Why Don’t You…?

ceiling mural

… mural your ceiling?

I posted a glorious chalkboard ceiling last month, but isn’t the idea paling in comparison to this Sistine Chapel-esque muraled room? It’s overwhelming, yes, but is the perfect hiding spot for an art lover with a penchant for painterly inspiration.

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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.

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Why Don’t You…?

Image Credit: Clayton Hauck

…use a large-scale canvas art piece as an impromptu room divider?

In the photo above, an existing room divider / half wall dons an artful mural in lieu of a headboard, creating a high-impact visual for a serene bedroom. Yet if you aren’t blessed with a drywall divider in your loft, why not fake the look? Hanging a large-scale canvas, art installation or even textile could act as a room divider, and by placing a bed in front of your newfound divider, you’ve created a cozy headboard along the way.

Smart idea, yes? Happy decorating!

 

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Why Don’t You…?

A Modern Miami Home modern bathroom

… let stone take center stage in your home?

Sure, rocks are so often relegated as an accent: granite countertops, marble lamps and concrete planters. Yet when’s the last time you saw stone make such a huge, vertical impact as it does in this modern Miami bathroom?

I can’t imagine how expensive an entire slab might cost, so instead, I’d simply head to my local printers and blow up a large-scale agate photo to create a one-of-a-kind wall mural worthy of even the choosiest of geologists.

What do you think? Is this too much for you to handle, or would you try an agate mural in your home?

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