I’m Not A Designer, But I Play One In Real Life
Douglas Light brings his strong sense of style (and humor!) and fabulous taste to whatever project he takes on. As a trained painter his artistic influences focus his choices, and at Previously Owned by a Gay Man his influence and joie de vivre…along with his house-flipping treasure hunts, helped inspire a company. We have learned to always listen to his advice. He insists.
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How do I put together a really good looking cheese tray? I want to impress my boyfriend’s ex (long story!).
A super great cheese tray begins with the plate. Whether round, oval, or square in shape, white or ivory is best to showcase your edibles. I always go with a soft (Camembert), medium (Drunken Goat), and firm (like Manchego or cheddar) — and I most always avoid orange cheeses! I like the look of combined grapes so I mix green and red grapes piled HIGH. During these summer months, Bing and Ranier cherries are a beautiful option. Don’t forget to leave room on the plate for a small bowl filled to the brim with Marcona almonds or toasted pecans. I treat the assorted crackers or thinly sliced baguette to their own plate.
Help! Is there any way to create a stylish sink area? I never know what to do with the soap/sponges/compost pail/etc
When it comes to my kitchen I try to keep as much off the counters as possible. Dirty sponges and compost pails are an eyesore. Our garbage disposals aren’t on display, so ugly sponges and a bucket full of cracked egg shells and blackened banana peels shouldn’t be either! There are plenty of really great looking “counter” dish soap bottles available. However, getting the soap into them is a hassle and messy????. For me, a bottle of Mrs. Meyer’s is the way to go. Plus, you get to change colors and scents.
I’m ready to transform a blank wall with a slightly eclectic collection of art, but can’t figure out how to begin. Do I have to make the craft paper templates I see in the magazines? Do I need a tape measure? Can a nude sketch from my 1982 Life Drawing class go next to my Grandpa’s oil landscape?
Templates shmemplates! A tape measure is a must. Always hang the largest and most important piece first. Be careful not to hang too high or low. Stand and sit to gauge. Be accurate, those freshly painted walls didn’t come cheap, ONE hole per picture. By all means hang the nude next to Gramp’s landscape next to Aunt Beatrice’s needlepoint still life. Don’t forget the hammer, and don’t smash your thumb!