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From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

Published by: on December 8, 2014

I’d like to explain how to make a real mobile. By a “real” mobile, I mean one in which the balance of the different parts depends on those parts, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat hanger or a horizontal circle.

There are a number of how-to articles for specific mobiles with specific materials, but none of the ones that I’ve come across explain how the balance structure of a real mobile works. I’d like to provide you with a sort of blueprint for mobiles. Once you have that, you can apply it using any materials, whether those are just some random objects you find around your house, objects specific to a season or a holiday, or some midcentury modern shapes….Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tips with Mary Jo Bowling: Rugs Find Their Place on the Wall

Modern City Loft Bedroom

By: on October 4, 2014

There are many reasons to hang a rug on the wall — including the need for large art, preservation (rare rugs are for places where you do not dare to tread) and texture (there’s nothing two dimensional about a rug). Whatever the motivation, relocating a rug from floor to wall can add a lot to an interior. In this home Modern Mecca made a simple headboard so much more by placing a bold rug behind it. The idea of a rug’s bringing texture to a room is highlighted in this project by Mark Ashby Design. The colors, pattern and texture of the rug do much to warm the stone walls of this room. …Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tips with Mary Jo Bowling: Catch the Wave of Decorating With Vintage Swimsuits

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Until recently, old swimwear was usually found in attics or flea markets; but people across America are rediscovering the forgotten charm of bathing suits designed to leave almost everything to the imagination. Interior designers and homeowners are framing vintage swimsuits and using them to dress up nearly every room of the house, and their appeal is undeniable. Something about their shape commands attention — almost as if the original owner were daintily standing in the room. Pam Fierro, a vintage bathing suit expert and dealer, says that the suits are beautifully designed cultural artifacts. To understand how old swimwear migrated from the pool to the living room, you have to know a bit of backstory…Read Full Article

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