August 20, 2012

ACE Hotel Inspiration: DIY Mural

I have recently had the very good fortune to visit the Ace Hotel, both in Portland while visiting family, and on a weekend trip to NYC. I absolutely love the brand, from the relaxed and edgy feel, to the city specific sensibility reflected in each personalized location. I enjoyed more than my share of Stumptown Coffee, and witnessed the sharing of the Roasted Suckling Pig at the Breslin. Each of these experiences rich in comfort and the culture of their environment.  In my room in New York, was an inspiring mural by artist Timothy Goodman. Unique and accessible, the artwork reflects a depth of content of the city, as well as the artist. A bit like reading a good book, I found myself visiting these images again and again during my visit.

Truly, an inspiration for a home DIY project, the handmade quality of imperfection in this beautiful display is something I believe could be personalized and stylized to suit any individual. Now, I won’t pretend to have the talent of Mr. Goodman, but I might be able to pull off a fun story for my own space. How about you?  Start by doodling, and enlarge or reduce images to suit your design, then tape them up on the wall. Once placed, sketch lightly first, then grab your marker and get to work. Personal, and forgiving, a mechanism to imprint a little bit of yourself on your space. Mr. Goodman describes taking the time to set up his project, to ensure proper alignment and position of each element. That’s experience talking, and worth the investment of time.

Images sourced at the artist’s website:  Timothy Goodman

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One Response to “ACE Hotel Inspiration: DIY Mural”

  1. Tim Martin Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Excellent article and nicely written , its got some really good ideas, this was precisely what as I was looking for and will be checking back to get some more ideas.