Art 133 Ideabooks

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 so they feel free to buy what they love and not worry about what it...
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...
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...
7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art
Art engages us, stirs our soul and creates debate, but it is often the final piece in a room. Although art is usually saved for last, the right piece of art can tie all the other elements in a space together. When used in a surprising place, art can be...
Glass Art: How to Place and Light It
Before I became an interior designer, I was a full-time artist. Although I worked in several different mediums, my favorite medium has always been glass. Glass art has always been a passion of mine — I love the colors, depth and translucency. Because...
Interview: Ceramic Art Goes Vertical
In the hands of California ceramic artist Katherine Dube, clay seems to grow, following natural and imagined patterns up walls, around windows, and onto the ceiling. Dube came to ceramics after an advanced education in biology, biochemistry and chemistry...
Art Brings a New Experience to Modern Home Exteriors
Modern residential architecture is often described as museum-like. Minimalist white walls and spaces make them like galleries waiting for artwork to adorn their walls. But what about the exteriors of modern houses? How does art relate to the outside?...
Studio Tour: Creekside Appeal for an Artists' Workspace
Before starting construction of their house, this husband-and-wife artist team decided they wanted a studio first. Mark and Kelli McDowell both needed space to work — he, on...
Bask in the 'Microarchitecture' of the Innovative Bouroullec Brothers
Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, 40 and 35, were given a midcareer exhibition in France at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, from October 2011 to July 2012. After the show's run in their home country,...
A Little House Unfolds Into an Outdoor Theater
This house has a secret. Although it looks plain, some cranks of a hand winch unfold the home's patchwork pink sides to reveal a surprising new purpose: an outdoor community theater for the town of York, Alabama. Artist Matthew...
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...
Bring on the Garden Bling With Artful Stainless Steel
The best gardens are those that intentionally engage visitors by offering an element of surprise. The appropriate use of sculpture is an effective way to achieve this. We have all seen the usual array of concrete Asian lanterns, frogs and umbrella-toting...
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