If you’ve been checking out the other photos of my house (here, here and here), then you’ve noticed that my style is pretty traditional. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it suits me to, well, a T.
For years, as I hit estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores looking for traditional items to fill my first home, a classical bust was at the top of my wishlist, but their high price tags meant I always went home bust-less. So I was thrilled to find this one at an estate sale for the bargain-basement price of….wait for it….50 cents! Yep, that’s right, it was tagged $1 and, as this was the sale’s last day, they had marked everything half price. Best of all, she represents my favorite Greco/Roman deity: Artemis (aka Diana), mythology’s original wild woman — goddess of the hunt, chastity, childbirth, the moon and protector of women.
My bust is plaster and therefore very fragile, hence the long (character-adding) crack across her cheek:
A plaster bust is the least expensive option. My friend and fellow traditionalist, Grant, one-upped me last weekend and scored this lovely pair of bisque (or unglazed) porcelain busts at an estate sale for only $20:
Ever hear of this? Me either!
Carnovsky for Blik
What will the kids think of next?
Today marks the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, and I don’t know about you, but I have Olympic fever. Feeding my obsession? This collection of vintage Olympic posters. Personally, I am charmed by this lady fencer in the Paris 1900 poster, but if I had to pick a favorite, I’d go with this dizzying example from the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
Designed by artist Lance Wyman, this poster marries traditional Aztec design with go-go ’60′s pop art. How about you? Do you have a favorite Olympic logo? Will you be watching the Opening Ceremonies tonight? I’ll be on the couch, popcorn in hand, waiting for that torch to enter the arena.
This unique set of spoons is a project from design student Niels Datema. They aren’t currently in production, but I think they are kind of amazing. Why? Because each spoon is the exact measurement for an ingredient to make a classic loaf of bread.
Fill the water spoon up to the top with water, the flour with flour, and so on…mix together and knead, and presto! Perfect bread dough.
Think of the possibilities! Cookie spoons, cake spoons, brownie spoons…my stomach is growling but my mind is inspired.
Can you guess what material artist Sean Avery used to create this bird? Look closely.
Answer After the Jump
Our friends over at PSFK recently highlighted Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama.
Kenji has, believe it or not, created and squeezed into pasta boxes, intricate scenes of museum-goers observing art. That’s right, pasta boxes! Kenji calls his collection “Institute of Intimate Museums.”
The images aren’t crystal clear, but come on — you try taking a photo inside a pasta box and see how clear you get.
Surprising installations such as this are appearing on walls throughout Paris.
Young French artist Mademoiselle Maurice is using the city’s streets as an open air museum to display origami art.
Her pieces are the cheeriest of scenes in the most unexpected places.
Watch this video of Mademoiselle Maurice beautifying Paris.
What is the history of bottle trees? Best I can tell (don’t quote me on this), their origin dates back hundreds of years. Evidently, it was believed that evil spirits would be drawn to the shiny bottles and become trapped inside. Folks would place bottles on trees around their home to keep evil from getting in the house.
Now, I don’t know about all that — but, I do know that today they are used as decorative art in gardens and landscaping. BottleTree.com has made having one super easy. They provide the “tree” and colorful bottles and ship everything straight to your house. They’re both stunning and unique.
Do you know more about bottle trees? Tell me below. And, let me know if you actually have one of these “evil catchers.”
Wedding season is approaching, and I’m sure many of you have been invited to a million weddings this year (or maybe you’re tying the knot!). It can be a little stressful to pick a gift if you want to give something more sentimental than registry gifts. This spooning print by Etsy shop owner petekdesign is so sweet and definitely not your average gift. The couple can put it above their bed, or you can hang them in multiples in your living room for a homey, vintage look.
I would have a hard time choosing my favorite print. How would you incorporate them in your home? Tell us in the comments below.
Remember that fanciful birthday card/crown that I posted a while back? The one by Present & Correct? It turns out that Mark of Present & Correct has been experimenting with paper shapes in jars. Here’s what he’s calling Jar No. 3. I don’t know about you, but I could stare at this thing all day!
I know the title of this post is a little strange, but that’s because I’m not sure exactly how to classify this work. Specimen? Display? Sculpture? Art? Geometry lesson? All I know is that it’s wonderful and now I’m desperate to get one for my desk at work.
Are you a fan of board games? I do most of my game playing on my phone these days (hello, Words With Friends!), but still love having game nights with friends and family. It seems I’m not alone, because searches for games like Scrabble are spiking on Yahoo! this week. If you dig Scrabble enough to take it to the next level, there’s always backyard Scrabble or cute Scrabble-inspired pillows, but I’m liking this tile wall art in a nursery instead.
Apparently this was a product carried by one of my favorite sources for kids’ decor, PoshTots, but it looks like it’s not available anymore. Luckily, Remodelaholic has a great DIY post to help you make your own version of it. I think spelling out inspiring words is a good idea, but you could also spell out the names of everyone in your family, as Justin and Cassity on Remodelaholic did.
What would you choose to spell with these fun wall tiles?
I think the latest DanMade tutorial on our blog left a big impression on me, because I’m smitten with this living wall art by BrightGreen that I saw on Houzz. From here it looks like a solid hedge, but the effect was achieved by grouping a number of vertical planters together.
I love the way the wall provides both privacy and style for the backyard. And the fanciful swirls and dots definitely call Van Gogh’s Starry Night to mind. Painting with plants, now that’s a clever idea.
Cross-stitch Easter eggs are impressive, but have somewhat limited, seasonal appeal. If you want to blow everyone’s minds with the power of cross-stitch year round, look no further than these large artworks by Jessica Decker.
They’re sweet and simple designs, and would really fill a wall over a sofa or a bed. They’re almost like pixelated pictures, but cross-stitch has a warmer, homier feel to it. Plus, I like to imagine that a giant with a huge needle and thread did them. (Anyone else? No?)
[Via: Pinterest, Design*Sponge]
For many people trying to keep a manicured lawn, dandelions are a spring and summer annoyance. But although they may not be delightful when they pop up all over your property, I think I can make a case for bringing them indoors based on this jaw-dropping installation by German artist Regine Ramseier for ArToll Summer Lab 2011.
Ramseier picked and transported nearly 2,000 dandelions from a field for the project. And just how did she get “the wishies” — my childhood name for the seed heads, as we used to make wishes on them and blow, like candles on a birthday cake — to stay intact, you wonder? A little spray adhesive and some special palettes with holes in them. (These pictures of the process are almost as cool as the finished product itself.) It’s so dreamy, I wish someone would manufacture a giant dandelion-like canopy so I could mimic the installation at home. But don’t worry, I won’t wish on one of those wishies.
[Via: The Jealous Curator]
I first saw this fantastically simple and fun melted crayon art on Pinterest. So I couldn’t resist trying it with my kids when my sister-in-law Courtney suggested this very project after seeing it on Whatever. When you’ve got two five-year-olds in your house, you end up with loads and loads of crayons lying around, so why not put them to good use? That is, as long as you’re brave enough to pull out a glue gun with young kids. I found that having a one-to-one adult to child ratio helped. A lot.
All you need for this project is a piece of foam core (you could just as easily use framed canvas), crayons in an array of colors, a hot glue gun and a hairdryer. We started off by choosing the colors we wanted to use and lined them up on the board. Since ours was going to hang in my kids’ room, we went with a rainbow of colors, but using all one tone or even just a couple of colors would create a great effect as well.
Clockwise from the top left: lining up crayons, hot gluing, all glued, and applying heat!
Once you’ve got your colors lined up, you hot glue the underside of the crayon. Ours weren’t perfectly lined up, given the lack of precision of my amateur “artists,” but that only added to the kid-made effect in my opinion. If you choose to do this project indoors like we did, you’ll want to line your backdrop with newspaper (lesson learned!). Start blow-drying keeping your heat focused at the middle of the crayon. I have a fairly powerful hairdryer so we saw the results in just a few minutes. You’ll notice the paper start to look wet, and soon thereafter the wax will start to drip onto your canvas.
Left: almost done! Right: the finished product
You can keep the heat on the crayons until you get the effect that you like. We had a couple of crayons that nearly lost all of their innards when some people (I’m not naming names) got a little bit overzealous with the blow-dryer, but I simply applied more heat to the “glop” to correct it. The wax dries very quickly and we were able to hang this up within 10 minutes of finishing. Add a signature for posterity and voila! A great piece of art perfect for children’s rooms.
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya, design lovers! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so by all accounts, I should be posting about shamrocks, or three-leaf clover. (Fun fact: St. Patrick used the shamrock in his teachings to illustrate the Christian concept of the Trinity.) However, I quite like this Four-Leaf Clover Print by Banquet Atelier & Workshop.
There’s something so jaunty about this print, and the slightly imperfect and off-kilter shape of the clover gives it a homemade feel. Plus, because it’s a symbol of good luck, you can keep it out all year round, not just on St. Patrick’s Day. Just don’t call it “the luck of the Irish.” (I hear that some people think that’s meant to be an ironic turn of phrase.)
Art makes the world go ’round indeed, and today I’ll be sharing how to create a quirky, informal art gallery for that empty wall you’ve been meaning to fill! Bonus? It’ll take just a short afternoon, so you’ve got no excuse not to give it a go!
Curious as to where you can score our art for your own home? I’ve got a source list right here – happy shopping!
Did you ever go to a theme park or a boardwalk and pose with your family for one of those old-timey photos? You know what I’m talking about, right? You dress up as cowboys and saloon gals or gangsters and flappers and you get a sepia-toned print of the photo? Well, 18th.me has elevated this kind of thing to an art. Now, instead of being cowboys and saloon gals, you can be the Mona Lisa or Napoleon Bonaparte! And it’s not just photo magic — we’re talking hilarious hand-painted portraits here. You select a famous work from their gallery, send in a photo of yourself similar to the pose in the original and 18th.me artists hand-paint your portrait and mail it to your door.
They’re kitschy, but that’s what makes them fun. I could envision these cheeky paintings over the stairs, in a small powder room, or in a game room. As the site states, they’re great conversation pieces. Or a seriously impressive gag gifts! As someone who spends the entire day on the Internet, I can tell you that there are tons of people who’ve Photoshopped themselves into these works of art, but I can’t think of any who’ve taken it to the next level like this. (And if you follow memes like I do, you will recognize the Ducreux self-portraits from their use with archaic rap lyrics.) Personally, I’d go for the Marie Antoinette, though I’d probably look more at home in American Gothic.
I kinda punted on Valentine’s Day this year. Sure, I got my boyfriend a heartfelt card and stuff, but it’s not quite the expensive restaurant reservation or romantic bed & breakfast extravaganza that it used to be. Time is an issue (we’re both busy!), as is money (hey, taxes are coming up!), but the sentiment is still there, which reminds me of this Love Print by Katie Daisy on Etsy.
I like the energy and whimsy the print has, and the feeling it gives me when I look at it — it just makes me feel happy. Not unlike the feeling I get when I look at the man I love. So, Happy Valentine’s Day, Buzz. Here, I got you a blog post!
Have I already explained what “NMS” means on here yet? (Apologies if I have. I’m sick at the moment, so I’m all NyQuilled out. Humor me!) Anyway, many of the ladies around here use the acronym NMS — which stands for “not my style” — when talking about things that aren’t exactly our personal cuppa. But it’s frequently in an affectionate way, as in, “Hey, that’s usually NMS, but this is cute!” And that’s my reaction to the weather vanes over the couch in this Connecticut home designed by William Diamond and Anthony Baratta.
I gravitate to Art Deco, Hollywood regency, or mid-century modern, but every now and again, some nice all-American country decor hits me, and reminds me a bit of the Bucks County home I grew up in. (Not that it was this opulent, but it had a similar pastoral vibe.) I never would have thought to bring weather vanes indoors and use a collection of them in place of paintings or photos, but this arrangement is charming. It’s NMS, darling, but I’m loving it.
[Via: Pinterest, Kelly + Olive]