How to Hang a Picture (Hardcover)

And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home

By Jay Sacher, Suzanne LaGasa

St. Martin's Griffin, 9781250036032, 160pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

List Price: 19.99*
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Like tying a Windsor knot or brewing a perfect cup of coffee, knowing how to hang art on your wall is a hallmark of everyday style and nuts-and-bolts know-how. The where, what, and whys of hanging art are an overlooked, under-appreciated line of inquiry. Most of us simply wing it with a quick eyeball and a swing of the hammer. How hard can it be? we think. What can go wrong? The answer, of course, is plenty: crumbling plaster, ruined antique laths, mismatched art hung too-close together, or a poorly-mounted photograph warping in its frame. But beyond the technical mishaps, there is a more essential lesson to be learned: The skill and consideration with which you decorate your home makes an aesthetic statement about the world you inhabit-and more importantly, when it's done right, it very clearly looks a whole lot better.

Slim and stylish, How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for a Stylish Home is a user-friendly guidebook that details everything you need to know about hanging, framing, decorating and displaying art. If Strunk & White's Elements of Style was crossed with a no-nonsense how-to manual, you will have captured the tone and immediacy of How to Hang a Picture: simple rules and essential information presented with charm and intelligence.

About the Author

JASON SACHER is a writer, illustrator, and a founding member of the celebrated independent comics collective, Meathaus. He is a former editor at Chronicle Books and the author of How to Swear Around the World and The Amazing Story Generator.

SUZANNE LAGASA is a graphic designer, working for clients like Chronicle Books and She worked at Dwell magazine, designing a regular feature, "In the Modern World," about furniture and accessories. She is co-author of How to Hang a Picture. She lives in Portland, Maine.