Fireplace for the Holidays?

So, you don’t have a fireplace for the holidays? No way for Santa to get in, huh. Whatever will you do? Well, there’s nothing like the power of imagination. This chalkboard-paint creation is the perfect solution to a festive holiday mantle. Ok, so you might need a space heater handy for warmth, but what a cheerful and fun solution for  hanging those stockings by the chimney with care.

This simple project is made with a painters drop cloth, primed and then painted with chalkboard paint. Sew in a rod pocket, and design away! Happy Holidays.

Image sourced at http://www.hgtv.com

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Hairy Expression

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Now that’s some Hairy Design Expression. Welcome to the World Beard Championships. A whole lot of fun, and a true indication that Design is alive and well. One might say these artful bewhiskered displays give voice to their personal design vision. Each sculptural mustachioed presence makes me smile.

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Image Credit:  Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson captured the event and has posted 164 portraits.

 

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Not Wallpaper

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This is decidedly NOT wallpaper. The way I see it, it’s large scale, room making, art for your walls. A collection of graphically engaging images by a diverse group of artists in varied styles, are available by yourwallpaper. Customizable in size and color and even image. ‘The xerographical printing technique enables manufacture in such small quantities as one single copy. Every wallpaper is unique as it is precisely adapted to the wall for which it is intended.’ Homeowners and designers alike can collaborate to create artwork, with a specific artist, or search within the collection to ‘find motifs or patterns for your wallpaper and adapt them according to requirements and environment .’ Brilliant.

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The xerographical printing technique enables us to manufacture in such small quantities as one single copy. Every wallpaper is unique as it is precisely adapted to the wall for which it is intended.

Images of art by self taught artist Moley Talhaoui. Images and excerpts sourced at  www.yourwallpaper

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Modern Landscape

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A formal Garden? Yes, pruned trees and hedges, but no symmetry  found here. Spheres, of varied shades of green are a modern twist on an age old concept. Why does it work? The repetitive singular variety of shrub, but of varied tone, planted  en masse does the trick. A lot of one thing, densely populated in an area creates a sculptural presentation. Eye catching, and oh so simple.

Image Source:  dwellerswithoutdecorators.blogspot.com

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Beastie

www.bestie.ca

www.bestie.ca

Simple as it gets, and a real applied DIY story. Restauranteurs Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown opened their currywurst restaurant ‘Bestie’ in the heart of Vancouver BC’s Chinatown. Designed for flexibility, and a DIY install, components are uniform, utilitarian, and perfectly spare.

The main wall is made up of an array of 116 holes and wooden pegs which support an ever-changing rotating composition of locally produced design objects and art; coats and umbrellas; additional stools and pendant lights. Always changing to adapt to the current need or configuration, yet appearing organized and thoughtfully designed. Painted surfaces, define areas within the space and their function as well as make cleaning high traffic areas a snap.

Stripping away what is not necessary seems to work, providing space to enjoy the environment and the people within, with clarity, focus, and loads of character.

Images and excerpt sourced at http://retaildesignblog.net

 

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