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I’d like to explain how to make a real mobile. By a “real” mobile, I mean one in which the balance of the different parts depends on those parts, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat hanger or a horizontal circle. There are a number of how-to articles...
9 Reasons to Buy a Painting
There’s no doubt that buying prints and posters is fun (and affordable) — but there’s a lot to be said for saving up for a piece of one-of-a-kind art. If you’ve been sticking with framed prints, let these 10 reasons tempt you into your neighborhood...
10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers
This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any...
Witness a Fantastic Chihuly Glass Sculpture Installation
The artist and sculptor Dale Chihuly is renowned for creating exuberant works of glass art from the very small to the huge. His work is in museums, botanical gardens, corporate buildings, luxury hotels and even homes around the world. You...
At Home With Art: Suspended Sculptures Heighten the Possibilities
When it comes to different types of art, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for sculpture. There is something about three-dimensional art that inspires me and moves me in a way that two-dimensional paintings don’t. But I’ve noticed that...
Houzz Tour: Everything Art Is Illuminated in Canada
Cowichan Valley is located in a bucolic corner of Vancouver Island and is known for its food, wine and Mediterranean-like climate — it's reputed to have more sunny days than anywhere else in Canada. So it's easy to see why painter and architectural...
See the Sky as Never Before, Courtesy of Artist James Turrell
The summer of 2013 will see three major exhibitions of the work of artist James Turrell. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's James Turrell: A Retrospective will explore...
Art in Motion: The Story Behind Mobiles
Most people are familiar with baby mobiles. Fewer know them as an interior decorating accessory. And even fewer know them as a fine-art form. What are mobiles? Who invented them? To start, mobiles are a type of suspended sculpture based on balance and...
Room of the Day: New Life for Historic Wallpaper Landscapes
Ann Clark had one reaction after seeing the walls in two rooms of the 200-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, mansion she had been hired to restore: “What are you going to do with that?” The wallpaper was...
Room of the Day: Art an Inviting Presence in a Formal Living Room
When interior designer Enza Ricco meets clients, she goes to great lengths to get to know their tastes and personalities. She’ll ask permission to troll their homes on treasure hunts and learn about their travels, favorite colors and interests and how...
7 Things to Know About Foo Dogs
Foo dog statues, with their striking, often colorful appearance, have become a favorite of decorators in the West — but their history spans thousands of years, tracing back to ancient China. If you’ve ever spied these creatures and found yourself...
Room of the Day: A New Art Studio Paints a Perfect Picture
Artist Elise Marshall has been painting since she was 10 years old. And throughout that time, she’s always relied on spare rooms or crowded garages to make her art. So after living in a small house with her...
Houzz Tour: A ’60s Apartment Gets a Retro Revamp
This fifth-floor apartment built in the 1960s needed opening up to make it lighter, brighter and more livable. But in updating the decor, Mr. Mitchell interior designer Andrew Mitchell resisted...
Follow Nature’s Lead for Artful Stacked Stones
Stacking stones is one of nature’s specialties. She does so beautifully, and sometimes with a finesse that can only be described as naturally tongue-in-cheek. Take the hoodoo, for example. Commonly found in desert...
Houzz Tour: A Manor Near D.C. Goes From Suburban Modern to Georgian
Before its most recent remodel, this home had a classic face and a modern heart. Located in Northern Virginia just outside of Washington, D.C., it was built in 2002 with a Georgian-manor-style exterior. Inside, on the main level, it was mainly one open...
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