Houzz TV: First Comes Love, Then Comes a Wildly Colorful Mosaic Home

Houzz TV: First Comes Love, Then Comes a Wildly Colorful Mosaic Home

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While making repairs to their run-down house in Venice, California, artists Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran experimented with adding mosaic tile to their bathroom. They became so fascinated with the medium that they’ve spent the last 21 years covering almost every square inch of their home — inside and out — with tens of thousands of shards of colorful clay tile.

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mpnicol

I absolutely LOVE it!

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queenbeez
Now THAT'S adding a pop of color!
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katgraphic

what a beautiful piece of art everywhere

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spondulux
Just love to see houses where the owners just go for it. Now that interior shot is pure Van Gogh.
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HU-756215

An assault on the senses. An example of just too much of a good thing!

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jeffdobkin

This is just, just awesome. How wonderful to live in your own creation of art, and to actually get the chance to change it every day, and to see it grow throughout your lifetime. Wonderful...

The "Like" button just doesn't do enough. If I could hit it 10,000 times I would.

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meora

I am reaching for my sunglasses.

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Butler Arts

Fantastic !!!!

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scottishflower

Wow! This is living the way you want to live! I'd be interested in knowing more about how the curves are made, and more about what appears to be a fence or gate of different colours and things hanging off it.

It is interesting that the walls of the studio are white! I guess that is easier to work with!

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laurawinanslee
Pure joy.
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Annie Thornton

Thank you for sharing! I love how they have created a house that continues to evolve with them. I'm looking for this house next time I'm in L.A.

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Belahn

Now THAT is what I call colorful. I love a lot of color, but honestly the only thing I could see myself with is the staircase. It's beautiful.

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sddalg
Love, love, love! The antidote to white minimalist boxes.
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Maria espino

Truly inspiring in so many ways...Thanks for sharing. The world is our canvas.

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governorshill

Gaudi would be proud of you!

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susanb92

This wonderful work of art/home reminds me of Niki de Saint Phalle's sculptures. In San Diego, near Escondido, there is a park devoted to Niki's work...simply magical...just like this home. Thanks for sharing!

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pulp

I may have to rethink my neutral palette!

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RL Remodeling
Beautiful artwork!
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Liz H
I'm thinking this project must be finished because...well, what hasn't been tiled? But really, I love this. I've always dreamt of doing this kind of thing to my own house, but I have neither the time nor the skill, unfortunately. This is a lucky couple!
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marissa camacho
Fearless! Congratulations!
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lindasadeghi

PLEASE come to the OC!!! We have too much BEIGE!!!!!

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Juda Kaminsky
Fantastic !
What is your address?
In my next visit to Los Angeles I want to visit.
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Borboletazul
Beautiful to look at it. I would love to visit it. I love to wear colored clothing like their mosaics. Living with all that color day in, day out in my house ..... I would hang myself.
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Conceptual Light

Gaudi yes, but more so (or should I say less? : )

Niki de Saint Phalle & Jean Tinguely - Les Bonnie & Clyde de l'Art

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Shoshana Bloom

This should make the white haters happy

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wooliewebs

I am speechless.....too, too much. It makes me dizzy. I cannot imagine being in this house when you have a headache.

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zev4

I hope this beautiful home is kept as some sort of trust or museum for future generations. I wouldn't want to live there full time, but it's quite beautiful and inspiring.

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mariaoakes

Gaudi wasn't the only Art crazy !!!! I love, love, love your colorful creativity :)

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ccargogh

"…hired him to help build the studio--and then I started kissing him. And it took off from there." I love this lady.

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Audrey

To me, their home is secondary to their chemistry. That's what caught my attention.

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grandmariver

Why not? Color, design, creativity-a real treat for us all.

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Geraldine Schafer

What an amazing work of art and the people are a treasure as much as every piece of clay or mosaic set into the structure. I want to come and see this in May this year when I visit California. What street is it in Venice?

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ghorg

I couldn't think or rest there. No comfort. I suspect their minds and mine work differently!

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Kristin Nicholas Designs

Simply fabulous! Kudos to both of you and to Houzz for making the video to share this colorful place with the world.

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C U

Gosh, how original and cool! Love that the owners are confident enough to do this. Kudos!

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Toronto Designers

I love when someone really follows their dream for their home - so awesome!!

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tweedpatch

Amazing! That is love!

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d_buckleyantiques

It makes me SMILE!

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Elle Rivera

I love the idea behind it but the color mix is kind of obnoxious.

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Ms. Laurita

Like the nice little love story too!

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Mary DAcierno

That's a happy couple. So creative. I'd only change the kitchen..I'd need more monotones to cook.....

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Delora Dickey

While I certainly appreciate the diversity of "taste" offered by Houzz and homeowners, as with anything in life, there is a point to say "stop". How much more beautiful to have select pieces in each room and several throughout the yard that one could focus on and enjoy. As so many designers emphasize, when your eye doesn't know where to look because of the clutter, it's time to edit.

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Elizabeth Wallace

I wish I were that brave....however, I wonder about the amount of places dust can accumulate

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Simplified By Susan

Houses like this make everyone stop and wonder...why can't I be that brave? While the kitchen is a little much, I applaud their creative spirit!

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Faisal
wonderfull
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debragayle

I adore mosaic tile, but in this environment, there is nowhere for the eyes and brain to rest. It would be overstimulating for me.

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livedancer
Whoa! Over kill? They should be inspired by the work of James Hubbel for true beauty.
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Alicia Mintun

A National Treasure!

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Susan Miller

I think I smiled from ear to ear watching this video. I visited a place in Cuba tiled like this, but this couple's story make this unique and the fact that they're incorporating whatever is lying around (tools!). I love how she "started kissing him." One of the best Houzz stories ever!


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Gerald Lorentz

I'm a Minimalist so all I can say is- Ach mein Gott!

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rswsf

I applaud and appreciate their individuality and love their love for one another. But I just can't help but wonder what the house would say if it could talk...

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Rebecca Abraham Design

Love love it. What fun!!

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ddelongc

Wow! This is like mosaïc paradise, especially the studio!


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twcallah

fantastic, insane, awesome, inspired, crazy, wonderful. bravo.

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Abbey S

I admire the passion they have but, I felt dizzy just even watching the video. Love colors but, not to this extent.

   
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Diane Greenholdt

"....the kitchen was a mess..." Huh? The kitchen is still a mess! But I guess the colors and shapes distract from the clutter and lack of organization. I LOVE color, but this is too, too much. Interestingly, the studio is less cluttered than the house itself. Looking at the video actually made my stomach a bit queasy.


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Whitney F

These are the type of people who help us see the world differently. Thank you.

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Susan

Well, to each his own!

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Sapere Fine Art

A living work of art! Lived-in anyway. I am truly inspired. I am also a mosaic artist - but mine are in paint not clay. My CC&R's wouldn't let me have this much fun, but I WILL do a wall inside my house!

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Monica Shelvin

This is so inspirational!!!!

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fringedweller

They seem such sweet people; I would love to be neighbours with them.

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mmcnew

Totally awesome! It's alive!!!

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Cindy Childers

when I was a kid, my dad painted our white picket fence every color he had purchased on sale. Each picket was a different color, the gates were neon orange and yellow. He then added suns, moons, flowers, anything he could think of as well. Everyone called our house the Hippy House, but to a kid it was awesome. Now as an adult, I love color ! this home is not my cup of tea, but it makes me smile and the owners look like a very happy couple. Enjoy life and your home to the fullest !

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Annie K
Good for you! Not my style, but you both look happy with your results and that's what counts!! enjoy!
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armorsteelco

Laurel Skye, in Arcata, CA, has mosiaced not only her entire house and studio, she's also done the seven trash can containers in the Arcata Town Square in aquatic designs. Check out the images on Google... we discovered Laurel and her artwork by asking around Arcata who and where is the artist that did those containers??? Absolutely made the whole day for us...

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deec60

My name is Daphina I love the home PLUS from watching the clip of you 2 walking hand -N- hand with one another I 2 feel the love, your work is Beautiful, Intense, Passion & Livvin Life Breathing. I like to know if you all do art work for other's and if so please contact me E-MAIL DEEC60@ YAHOO.COM OR CALL (832-656-7029) I would like my home to have a touch of your work & LOVE in it too.

   
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2098a

Now that's fabulous - there is a mad energy out there! People live in that house!!

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Mike Vonnegut

The address is 1116 Palms BLVD, Venice, CA..


You can google it under GOOGLE MAPS; "Mosaic Tile House" In Venice, CA

   
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Image + Sound

their love certainly shows in their art. it's a love explosion. beautiful.

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buster57

LOVE IT. Wish I had the talent to do mosaic!! So creative, original, personal.

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jj92660

Perfect for Venice, California!!!

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Midwest Mosaic, Inc.
I love it. I've say more but the tilework. the colors the free form shapes. it all speaks for it self. one of a kind. I'd pay to see it.
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DeShon Rowland
I love when a home tells a story of who lives there... They've taken their passion for art and made their home represent that .. Because they did it themselves everywhere they look is a representation of their love for art and the love they have for one another.. This is dope...
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sharen warde
Better than drugs
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Wagner Remodeling

Wow. What project. It looks amazing. I can certainly understand why it took 21 years to complete!

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wilmof
WOW. Beautiful. Would love to meet the owners!
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Mostafa Shaboury
i like it
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kingrubu
Also reminds me of the work of artist Niki de Saint Phalle. I spent a month in Italy and visited her Giardini di Tarocchi (Tarot Garden) outside Capalbio. It is fantastic! http://www.giardinodeitarocchi.it
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paulbjr
This is the result of ignoring resale value! Love it and their freedom of expression. I think this is how it would be to live in a collidescope.
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veron73
I love the concept and the ability to feel so free, but I would go crazy living with it as I am a very restful soul, but do admire the incredible talent, WOW!!!!! Wish I could just let go like that
keep it up ,if that's what makes you happy well done !!!!!!
   
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Wendie Laurel-Croston

love, the love story!


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kyleegoo

One of my favourite places is the Giant's House in Akaroa, New Zealand. It has amazing mosaics all through a very beautiful garden. Definitely worth a visit if in that part of the world. http://www.thegiantshouse.co.nz/

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مؤيد صالح Muaiad Saleh
Wonderful artwork , l really love it
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Michelle

They are adorable!!! Good for them. I'll have to seek them out on our next trip to LA!

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610innerlooper

Wow! I wish you both would come to Houston and buy a house in the Montrose area and do something similar. I would volunteer to be your assistant for free to learn how you do what you do. It is amazing!

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Claire Woods
The house would be a great place to visit but I wouldn't want to live amongst that much color.
   
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Martha de Oca

Love this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Proyectart s.a.s

so awesome

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Cindy Childers

If more people did what they really loved and not worried about " resale " value, can you imagine what homes would look like ! The world would be full of one of a kind, funky, artsy, colorful, and much loved homes. I hate going to a housing tract where every home is the same. Most have only 4 elevations, 4-6 base colors, trims, brick and or rock. Same roof material, one little tree in the front yard, etc. SOOOOO boring, yawn. I love the older established parts of any town where the homes reflect the owners, past and present and so many different ones all on one block. Now that is what a home should be, not a builders template.

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Bonita

Thank you Kingrubu - I also visited Giardini di Tarocchi (Tarot Garden) outside Capalbio - it was amazing I thought of it right away upon viewing this article and couldn't remember the name so thank you for posting the info & website. Love this couples love story

   
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kkaccordion
OMG! WOW! These artists love color. Very inspirational. Even your paint was created by you... fabulous.
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lexiecolleen

Oh my goodness. I am a huge fan of Antoni Gaudi. This is the closest I have ever seen to his creative imagination. LOVE. I will definitely make a pilgrimage to Venice, California to witness this treasure for myself.

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Kathy Dunn

I knew this had to be in Venice before they said that on the video. A bit over the top, but if they like it, I am happy for them.

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rchannon

There are works of art like this, like the Giant's house in new zealand, like Gaudi, like http://americanart.si.edu/collections/search/artwork/?id=9897  - wonderful and overwhelming obsessions. Most artists create a thousand pieces, but there are those who make one piece with a thousand parts.

   
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mbartley56

Just....wow!

   
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withstyledesigner

WOW!!!!!! It's amazing, but you missed a spot, you forgot the roof. ;-)

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Mitra
Wow!
   
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benlomondbell

Love the art studio, only thing I can say about the house and grounds is, 'holy crap.'

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Teresa de_Onis
Wow! This is amazing! What a joy after seeing so many articles filled with white and beige rooms. Awesome.
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luvourhome

Freakin' ugly and a total eye-sore. Fugly. One of the ugliest houses I have ever seen. But whatever...and it figures it would be in CA. I wouldn't pay or drive out of my way to visit, I'm grateful I don't have to live there or near it, nor clean it! Yeah right, how the heck do you clean it? Hoard alert, gah. It looks like dumpster-diving on steroids. Two-words if I was mayor of that town/area: bull-dozer...

   
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kaylarus

how awesome that they can express their love and creativity in their surroundings. they radiate joy!

   
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paula mcvitty

I visited the mosaic house this winter. This amazing house that is a true work of art is also a witness to a wonderful love story. The details are incredible.

   
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Sue

Love the music! It really compliments the vibe of the mosaics. It's awesome!

   
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Dale Chuang
Wow~fantastic
   
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raviolis1
Amazing...thank you so much
   
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Awais Mughal
beautifully done
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valeriedennis
Whatever makes you happy. Glad you did your own thing and didn't worry about resale value.
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EyAd IbraheEm
nice
   
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artdreamer

reallygreat , thank you very much, and congratulation !

   
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Elizabeth Ann

Stunning ... The results are awe-inspiring. If I were building a small, simple home, which I hope to do one day, my dream would be to work with a visual artist to itegrate art into the design. I'm just not sure how I would go about finding and working with an artist to accomplish this. Any advice welcome.


   
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lifethrifter nonya

Love it! True work of he(art)! The people that don't like it? so what! It isn't posted for them, anyway! They are the vast majority of off white, grey and beige people! They are the majority! (or COMMON!) I love it that they spent all that time creating, eventually for OTHER people as well as themselves! Diamonds are easily spotted in the rocks....lovely! Thanks for posting different and interesting homes! LOVE the different!! Inspiring!



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Grant Goodman

You either love or not. While I like the bright, vibrancy and uniqueness, I don't think I could live there without going crazy - or being crazy already ;)

   
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shawn panah
Love it. I think we need one of these in each town for kids to see dream imagine and fantasize.
   
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DM
Gorgeous!! Love it!
   
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Cadence Williams

Oooh. Um.
I'm glad it works for them, but oouuff. I don't even want to know how much effort it would take to keep that clean.

   
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Danielle Belin

Two people living their lives to the fullest and doing what makes them happy. I just love the excitement!

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Carol Klein
Whatever makes you happy in your home in what matters-not other people's opinions!
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Dana Neal

What a beautiful expression of their dreams!


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silviakunst
What a crazy , yet wonderful space for these artists ...not sure how long I could visit ..but , it's certainly interesting and fun!
   
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Elizabeth Wallace

Good for them...but way too much for me.

   
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So loving and creative.. Wonderful video

   
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A&C Funez Painting and Restoration LLC.
love. it .. reminds me of my childhood in NYC