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Friday
Oct012010

how to: create woven wall art

slat rackspa windows, fall 2010

For our most recent spa windows, these inspiring wall art weavings are courtesy of mark-austin and christine. To create your own, here’s how they transformed upright slat magazine racks within hours.

Supplies:
1. A white slat rack.
2. Favorite fabrics cut into long, narrow strips.
3. Mounting hardware—consult your local hardware store for the best advice.

Directions:
1. Tear or cut fabric into strips approximately 2”x70” however they don’t need to be exact.
2. Tie a long piece of fabric to one end of the slat magazine rack and weave in and out of the slats. Tie off at the opposite end.
3. Repeat and alternate the weave.
4. Add shorter strips horizontally for the cross weaving.

hint: for a completely different effect, go bold and mix colors—throw in a neon for a dynamite pop of color similar to the palette from this Salone display we spotted in 2008.

Thanks to todd, west hollywood store designer, for this creative and beautiful DIY project.

Thursday
Aug262010

how to: create a stainless art installation 

Supplies:
1. Stainless balls, 6” or 10”, quantity as needed.

2. Enameled balls, 4” or 6”, quantity as needed.

3. Drill with a 3/32mm drill bit.

4. Drywall screws.

5. Pegboard, plywood or MDF, sized as needed.

6. Mounting hardware—consult your local hardware store for the best advice.

Directions:
1. Design a composition based on a mixture of stainless and enameled balls, 4”, 6” and 10” in diameter.

2. On a rug or protected flooring, layout the balls per the sketch to get a 3-D vision of the design.

3. Safety first: wear protective eyewear and be careful to keep the drill and balls from slipping out of control. Using the 3/32mm drill bit, drill a hole into each ball. Note: it can take a moment to ‘puncture’ the metal with the drill bit, so keep the pressure steady.

4. Screw a standard 2” drywall screw from behind the pegboard into the pre-drilled hole.

hint: if you’re not able to “float” a panel, attach the installation to a board sized for the design and hang it like wall art using the appropriate hardware for its weight and the wall.

Thanks to chris, midtown atlanta store designer, for this creative and beautiful DIY project.

Tuesday
May042010

displaying modern art

Mixing modern and vintage is right on trend but it can be a challenge if your architecture is from another century. We hope you can forgive us for the quality of the image, but this creative idea from our Miami store was one of our favorite solutions that we wanted to share.

In Victorian times, picture rails were incorporated into the trim or molding as a way to hang portraits and art. Usually thick ropes ornate with tassels were attached to the artwork and hidden clips allowed for easy placement and positioning on the rail—without doing damage to plaster walls.

While the bungee cords shown are looped around the metal pole, consider latching their hooks on to actual picture rails to hang modern art or framed photos. Cords come in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and colors; check your local hardware store to find the most appropriate for the task and hang on!


Wednesday
Sep022009

we <3 a good tattoo

tattoorug

Whether temporary or permanent, it’s been quite a while now that tattoos have gone from drunken sailor days to biker chic to everyday—and almost every age.

And it’s become pretty common to see fashion walk off the runway and into home decor. Have you noticed the proliferation of yellow in both ready-to-wear and shelter magazines?

Artist Sophie Conran designed the muscle tattoo pattern—that transfers wonderfully to a hand-tufted rug—complete with a banner draped heart. It could be the most radical way to liven up a beige room.

Can you imagine it in your space? On the floor—or as wall art?

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