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Wall Decorating Tip By Lily Gahagan: Botanical Prints

Wall Decorating Tip By Lily Gahagan: Botanical Prints

Published March 10, 2011

I adore lush, verdant plants — the problem is, they don’t stay that way for very long under my care. So in addition to vigilantly watering my feeble-looking flowers, I make sure to supplement with plenty of plant-inspired art.

My main source? Flea markets, of course. You can almost always find a booth specializing in antique prints, and botanicals are a particularly popular subject. See how members of Houzz use them around their homes and get inspired to start your own botanical print collection. … Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Erika Ward: Poster Panache

Wall Decorating Tip By Erika Ward: Poster Panache

By:  Published February 16, 2011

Take a second look at posters as art to proudly display anywhere in your house. You can use them to influence a color scheme, add a dose of humor, or even preserve a bit of your personal history. Some posters are highly sought-after collector’s items that can define a beautiful interior design. Others are moderately priced reproductions, and some are even free. Here are some fun uses of posters to spark ideas:

Living room

Photo by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti – Search eclectic living room pictures

This poster, via a Vanity Fair cover, adds a jolt of color to the space and together with the guitar reinforces the homeowner’s affection for rock and roll.

Gallery Collection Rooms

Any kid with dreams of being a pilot can take flight in their very own bedroom with this oversized Braniff Airways four-panel poster….Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By John Hill: Bask in the ‘Microarchitecture’

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac
By:  Published December 11, 2012

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, it headed to Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, where I basked in the amazing output of the design-team duo over the course of the past 15 years. Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac continues there through January 20, 2013.

The exhibition’s subtitle, Bivouac, refers to a temporary camp, typically an improvised one, without a tent. This is not a direct reference to a particular work but to a mind-set. Rather than focusing on stand-alone objects that fit into their surroundings in some manner, the brothers’ designs are often elements that are pieced together by the consumer or user to shape a space. “Microarchitecture” is a term often used to describe their designs, be they screens made of smaller components or individual pieces of furniture.

This ideabook walks through the exhibition at the MCA, highlighting a number of their designs, especially the ones that serve to transform the gallery spaces. These transformations hint at the potential of their designs for working in residential interiors. … Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Susan Redman: Supersize Portraiture at Home

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Wall Decorating Tip By Susan Redman: Supersize Portraiture at Home

By: Published May 6, 2015

Why stare at an empty expanse of a white wall when you can hang gallery-quality artwork that will always keep you company? Supersize portraits of favorite people, even family members, have the potential to add drama to a room in one bold decorating move. What’s more, you’ll never feel alone!

Visit local gallery exhibitions and keep an eye out for artworks featuring faces, preferably choosing modern works that use contemporary techniques, such as photo silkscreening, posterization, low-relief oil painting or monochromatic watercolor painting. Alternatively, commission a favorite artist to produce work specific to your home.…Read full article

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Wall Decorating Tips from Stacy Briscoe : Show Us Your (Functional?) Art


Wall Decorating Tips from Stacy Briscoe    : Show Us Your (Functional?) Art
Published on: December 24, 2016 By:

After having been renters in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years, my husband and I are now the happy owners of a house. As new homeowners, we’ve found that one of the most exciting things has been adding personality to our rooms. And what better way to do that than with art? But ours is a humble abode, and space is limited. We have a few paintings on the wall and, of course, our family photos. But then I started thinking, why can’t everyday objects double as artistic statement pieces? The answer is: They can.

Homeowners: Post a picture of your favorite artwork in your home. Does it have a practical, everyday function, or is its main purpose providing pleasure? …Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Cate West Zahl: Easels Take a Stand

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Wall Decorating Tip By Cate West Zahl: Easels Take a Stand
By: Published March 15, 2012

Easels aren’t just for artists. This mobile alternative way to display artwork can look quite chic and fit within the context of any room. From tabletop models used to display smaller work to oversize floor pieces used to showcase large oil paintings, easels provide an easy vehicle to make a statement with your art.

The easel itself dates back to ancient Egypt, where large panels rested on tripod structures. There are many forms of it, from the very basic tripod to the travel easel. The display easel became popular for presentations and to showcase artwork within the home. There are a range of variations, from ornate and wooden to sleek and modern acrylic. Outdoor artists’ traveling easels have also become popular for displaying pieces and look great in home offices or libraries.

Just take a look at all ways people are using the easel — and avoiding putting another mark in their walls.… Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

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Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

By:  Published October 12, 2015


A feature, or an accent, wall, which is a wall of a room or an area that’s different from surrounding walls, is a well-established design tool that performs several functions. For many years, painting one wall a different color has been a popular and effective device, but designers are now exploring other ways to shine the spotlight on it. Here, Houzz professionals share their views on feature walls, how they are being interpreted in today’s homes and what’s in store for the future.

What a Feature Wall Can Do

The feature wall as a design device has a long history. Vikki Montalban of VM Design — who prefers the term accent wall — says, “Not all rooms need one, but they are a great tool to balance the shape of a room and to manage focus in a space. For example, a contrast to draw attention to a [headboard], or a dark wall to deemphasize a television screen.”

Omni Interiors principal designer Amanda Kiley adds that a feature wall provides a starting point for a room’s feel or aesthetic, bringing color, pattern and texture together into a cohesive whole. …Read Full Article

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