I’ve long loved the idea of grid-like photo wallpaper, filled to the brim with portraits and adventures and mementos. But the process seemed daunting, so I never quite gave it a second thought. Until I spotted Elsie’s amazing photo wallpaper she created herself – in just a few days!
April 3, 2013
Artist Nick Cave is a multitalented creative force. Working in varied medium and creating dynamic visual display, his art at once incorporates textile design, sculpture, dance and performance art. A professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a professionally trained dancer with Alvin Ailey, his current installation at Grand Central Terminal is not to be missed. Unsuspecting commuters come face to face with these dancing horses brought to life by members of the Alvin Ailey troupe, offering a moment of beauty, movement, and reflection in an otherwise routine driven commute. Detailed, elaborate, these horses make reference to the history of transportation of this glorious building. What a gift.
April 2, 2013
Are you crazy about the kilim craze like me? I love this material. Kilim is of Turkish origin and is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flatweave. The result is a completely colorful and cool product. What’s neat about kilim is that the use of it is just like any fabric. Many people use kilim to make pillows, covers chairs and, of course, rugs. I also love…
…how this colorful material can add definition and impact to a space. Check out these interiors. The colorful kilim plays off of a more industrial space. This editorial company’s new look bumps up the design factor with the addition of kilim throughout the space. The rugs add a wonderful warmth to the industrial vibe. Do you use kilim in your home?
(Image via Jessica Helgerson Design)
April 2, 2013
… start a collection?
I clearly have collections on the brain, as I just wrote about displaying them a few weeks ago. But what if you don’t yet have a collection? Might I suggest one of my favorites?
April 1, 2013
Yeah. Um. So….remember that time not so long ago that I rearranged our living room for the first time in 6+ years and bought myself an awesome-sauce FLOR rug to keep our toes warm, our eyes relaxed and our knees from getting busted every time we played with our kids on the floor? Remember, I specifically wanted a rug that wasn’t a bold color because I wanted it to be able to handle the every-day dirt and smudges of having a two-kids-under-four household?
Yeah. Well – apparently it wasn’t the kids I needed to be wary of.
Just last week I hosted a wine/dessert party at my house for some of my most favorite girlfriends on a Thursday night after kid-bedtime hours. And I may or may not have gotten a little animated while telling a story and I may or may not have committed a heinous party foul with a full glass of red wine that may or may not have splattered all over my WHITE couch and onto my BRAND NEW FLOR TILES!!! Ok…this actually DID happen. No more “may or may not”.
The good news is that my friends are all close enough to not even bat an eyelash at me desperately tearing the slipcovers off of the couch cushions while pre-treating them with a stain stick. I actually don’t have a picture of the mess, but believe me when I tell you that not a single section of the couch was spared. There was red wine spattering all over every cushion and the frame. Thankfully, the whole purpose of having a white, slipcovered couch is so that it can be washed, and in extreme cases, bleached. So I am happy to report that the couch looks good as (almost) new.
Moving on to my new FLOR tiles…
Not one to ever stop a party, we just took up the two tiles that got the spatters and moved the coffee table over to cover up the ‘hole’. Funnily enough, most of my friends had no idea it was FLOR tiles until I took two of them out and ran them into the kitchen triage area…
…where I sprayed the offending wine stains out of the FLOR tiles with cold water and propped them up in my dish drainer to dry.
By the next morning, you couldn’t tell at all that there had ever been an incident. And THAT my friends, is the stuff of urban legends.
What’s the biggest mishap your FLOR has ever seen?