Boys Love Tree Forts

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 06, 2010

Sean Orlando and crew decided to build a Steampunk treehouse at The Burning Man Festival. Aside from all of the artistic implications, who could them for going to a little extra trouble in order to have some 'downtime' from the chaos of 25,000 artsy partiers? Continue Reading

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Learn How to Turn Wood

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 22, 2010

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If you see really beautifully turned wooden bowls, like at an art fair, stop and take a look. It's easy to overlook how much time goes into making a wood bowl on a lathe. This has to be due to the abundance of mass-produced, zero personality wooden bowls on the market. Continue Reading

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Origami Up the Wall

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 15, 2010

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What could be cheaper than using beautifully colored origami paper to make perfect wall art? It's geometric, it adds texture and, if you can make it look this good, it's practically free. A series of designs could be hung to give your wall an art gallery feel. But you need that wall for storage? Well, look what we have here - a giant sized origami wall unit that can multi-task as both art and storage...Continue Reading

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Mosaic-ed Blues

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 08, 2010

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Who would have thought of taking 'blues guitar' literally?  Artist Nancy Keating of Mosaics Garden must have rummaged through every last piece of her stash of Italian cut glass and tile to find enough blue to cover her acoustic guitar. Continue Reading

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Cubist Paper (?) Art

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2010

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This piece by Rob Bailey of cubist horses reminds me of stuff I tried to make as a kid in art class using cut bits of paper. (Emphasis on 'tried'. My versions never turned out quite this striking.) The website where the artist's work is featured doesn't sayContinue Reading

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How to Make Peel Off Fabric Wallpaper

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 07, 2010

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Are you living in a leased space and your landlord forbids painting, wallpapering, and hammering into his precious walls? And are the blank walls are driving you nuts?  Here's a simple, easily reversible way to wallpaper your wall with fabric and strip it right off when you move. It's so simple, ReadyMadeContinue Reading

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

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 01, 2010

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hi Curbliers! Uprinting.com 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.

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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

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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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