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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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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Beastie

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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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Big Bold Unabashed Color

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Big Bold Color. It demands space to empower a room. These stunning examples of large splashes of pigment speak to simple gestures, not letting the space get too busy but rather placing sculptural, singular elements of focus in the room. So dramatic, and full of energy. Notice how the floors are used in this color scheme?  All planes (walls, ceiling and floor) play off each other to become part of the composition. These spaces work so well because the saturation of hues are balanced.

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“Designed by Gisbert Pöppler, The Hansaviertel Project is a full renovation of a private apartment owned by a prominent writer for the popular German television show “Verliebt in Berlin”. The property is tucked in the corner of a large modern apartment building, designed by Walter Gropius for the 1957 Interntational Building Exhibition, “Interbau”. As if intentionally planned to coincide with this important milestone, the renovation was completed just in time to celebrate the 90th year anniversary of this now classic modernist BAUHAUS experiment in urban living.” architectonic

Image and excerpt source:  www.architonic.com 

 

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Warm Modern

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Modern design is often thought of as cold or harsh. That need not be the case. If you are a fan of modern light filled rooms with simple clean lines, you can also enjoy a space that is warm and comfortable. Introducing a neutral palette of warm tonal whites, paired with mid value woods can create a welcoming and relaxing environment.

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“In the Italian Alps, in the heart of South Tyrol, architects Vudafieri Saverino Partners designed a modern house which thanks to a thoughtful choice of materials and colour combinations blends seamlessly into its surroundings and proves warmly welcoming, reinterpreting the spare, almost monastic spirit of the typical buildings of the region. ”

 

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