Use Moroccan Stencils for Ceilings, Walls, Floors, and Furniture

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 01, 2010


Don't tell my local mid-century modern group (Atomic Indy) but I'm kind of loving the whole Moroccan pattern trend. My first encounter was when I accidentally came across the My Marrakesh blog, by the lovely Maryam. Next, I found out about Melanie Royals, a San Diego stencil artist  who organized a couple of painting trips to Maryam's pad in Marrakesh. Then, I discovered that Melanie's company, Royal Design Studio, now sells a huge variety of fabulous Moroccan stencils. I ordered  this one and this one for my own painting adventure. Not sure yet what to paint, but here is more inspiration from Melanie Royal's trips to Marrakesh.Continue Reading

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Jesus goes Modern

By: Diy maven Jun 17, 2010

KRUZIFIX by Stefan Strumbel

Back when I was a kid, there were two kinds of crosses. 'Ours' and 'Theirs'. 'Ours', aptly called a 'crucifix', featured Jesus in all his suffering. 'Theirs' was a more contemporary 'cross'. Artist Stefan Strumble has combined my two kid notions of 'ours' and 'theirs'. He puts Jesus on very modern crosses, some of which look like test patterns. And sometimes he keeps the crosses simple and paints Jesus.Continue Reading

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8 Secrets that Will Make Your Art Look Good

By: Modhomeecteacher Jun 09, 2010

Picture of a table

I'm going to just come out and admit it, I don't know the first thing about buying original art, let alone really displaying it well.  If I find myself in a dicussion heading towards buying art, I either nod and smile or head for the hills. According to Lisa Diamond, Toronto educator of neophyte art buyers, there are eight fab and SIMPLE ideas for an art newbie to start working 'real' art into their home.

  • go big in a small space
  • don't be afraid of figurative art 
  • create intimacy

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Drawer Front Wall Art

By: Diy maven May 18, 2010


Spotted this great idea over at Ikea Hacker today. The maker used recycled drawer fronts from Akurum drawers. Of course, you wouldn't even need Continue Reading

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Can Bravo Pick the Next Great Artist?

By: Diy maven May 11, 2010

created at: 05/11/2010

Okay, some reality TV is a waste of time, but some of it can actually be educational. Seriously! I can't tell you how much I've learned about draping (via Project Runway) or plating food (via Top Chef). Am I kidding? A little Continue Reading

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Two 16x20" Canvases Printed with the Artwork of YOUR Choosing!

By: Chrisjob May 10, 2010

created at: 03/02/2010

Hi Curbliers! has come up with a cool new way to print your original photos and artwork directly onto a gallery-wrapped stretched canvas. Which means you can create custom artwork that fits your own interior style and home's decor perfectly.

created at: 05/10/2010

Uprinting has been kind enough to offer a free 16x20" canvas to TWO (2) winners from the Curbly family. Each print has a value of $93.50, comes on a 1.5" wood frame and finishedContinue Reading

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Make Distressed Alphabet Art

By: Diy maven Apr 29, 2010

Jessica enlisted the help of her darling children to make this delightful distressed art. The way she gathered the letters is so clever and so elementary, you'll wish you had thought of it first! Here's what we'll need to make one for ourselves:Continue Reading

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Reverse-Engineered TV Homes

By: Diy maven Apr 29, 2010

Mark Bennett, Home of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson (Batman)

Mark Bennett's artwork is very unique and utterly cool. He reverse-engineers fictional homes from TV series and sells them as artwork/blueprints. And if you can read the fine lettering on the image above, you'll see that it's the blueprint for none other than Wayne Manor. 

He's also done the entire town of Mayberry.Continue Reading

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How To Scan Your Favorite Dress to Make Wallpaper

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 26, 2010

created at: 04/26/2010

The first time I used fabric to make "wallpaper" was when I was working on a nightstand for ApartmentTherapy's January Jumpstart project. I realized I could photocopy the fabric I was using to upholster the outside, and adhere the paper version of it on the inside of the nightstand.Continue Reading

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How to Make a Hubcap Clock

By: Modhomeecteacher Apr 20, 2010

created at: 04/20/2010

Photo: StevenShaverDesigns

Speaking of Secondhand Chic, can you get any more chic than a Mercedes hubcap clock? This particular hubcap might be a scarce commodity at a flea market, but if you do come across one, by all means grab it up. Hubcap art isn't especially my taste, but this Mercedes clock is smart! I especially like it that the artist used the open circle, mod hands which tie in nicely to the cutout edge of the hubcap. Here's all you need to make your own hubcap clock:Continue Reading

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How to Use Art as a Focal Point

By: Diy maven Apr 15, 2010

Have you ever walked into a room with a very large piece of art that seemed made-to-order for the space? It probably wasn't. The person who chose to displayed the art just knew how to make it work within the room. The good news for us is it doesn't take an advanced degree in picture-display to use art as a focal point in our own homes; the tips from Art Hound will do the trick. Continue Reading

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String-Art Chairs

By: Diy maven Apr 13, 2010

created at: 04/13/2010

Jessica Carnevale's collection dubbed 'Stretch' is reminiscent of 1970's string art. The chairs are made using latex, rope and bungees for a very springy and comfy effect. I dunno about you, but they make me wanna find a chair and take a saw and drill to it.Continue Reading

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Art Deco Before and After

By: Diy maven Apr 05, 2010

52-54 Iris: The Original Facade

Usually before and after images elicit a positive reaction. This one may not. Located in Laurel Heights, (San Francisco) the art deco two-unit building pictured above underwent a major renovation a few years back. Here's what it looked like after the remodel:Continue Reading

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He's Found His Balance

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 26, 2010

created at: 03/26/2010

Photo Images: Paul Octavious

           "Bored with his reading, Paul pushed away from the table, stood up and  began stacking 

           and balancing books. Thus it began. He soon discovered his real calling."        Continue Reading

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MoMA Acquires @

By: Diy maven Mar 25, 2010


Have you heard? With its inclusion into its collection, MoMA has solidified the notion that @ is a work of art. (And # is furious about it!) What does this mean in art circles? Quoting MoMA's website, the acquisition "relies on the assumption that physical possession of an object as a requirement for an acquisition is no longer necessary, and therefore it sets curators free Continue Reading

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