Paint On Drama With Color Blocking

Color Block Mountain Screen from Craftzine

Craft on-line magazine just featured a video tutorial with a painting technique that any non-artist can do. The best part is, this gradient paint method requires only two paint colors combined to create varying tints and maximum impact. Paint a canvas for your very own modern art, apply graduated stripes to a staircase, or create a monochromatic mountain screen like the one above. The options are endless!

Paint Swatch Wall from Curbly

Still afraid of taking paintbrush in hand? Okay, then. . . try this overindulgence of paint samples. Color block an entire area by sticking paint swatches on a wall in a graduated rainbow of color. If that’s too much, just take the same idea and apply it to a smaller surface like a sheet of matte board displayed as art.

Color Blocked Bookcase from Apartment Therapy

You see the color blocking concept in everything from textiles to bookcases which add bold, graphic impact to a room. Whether it’s one pillow or a whole wall done in color blocks, the effect is always modern and somehow “organized”. And really, who couldn’t use a little more visual organization?

Seen Around: Invisible Easel

Seen Around: Invisible Easel

Now you see it, now you don’t. Artwork can hover mid-air on this clear acrylic easel from CB2. We love acrylic furniture for it’s modern, space-age look that somehow blends easily with more traditional or antique furniture. It’s visually weightless and seems to take up no space, yet it functions just like ordinary wood pieces. [...]

Crushitecture!

Crushitecture!

28 12 17.  Those are the lottery numbers I would pick today.  The numbers that would win me a giant jackpot.  A jackpot I would use to dial up  Leroy Street Studio (an architecture firm based in nyc) and say, “Get out your drafting boards kids!  Mama wants a new pad.” Enough words.  Pictures say [...]

Dine On These Dining Tables: Modern

Dine On These Dining Tables: Modern

Current obsession = dining tables. Well, that’s one of them along with rugs and lounge chairs. The options in dining tables are endless — modern or traditional, painted or stained, round or rectangle, new or vintage? Then with the addition of dining chairs, the entire look can change from expected to eclectic. We all know [...]

Plan Ahead: Austin Design Events for February 12

Plan Ahead: Austin Design Events for February 12

Copenhagen contemporary furniture store is having a moving sale starting February 12. After 16 years of serving Austin from its current location at Burnet and Anderson, Copenhagen will relocate to a larger, more innovative showroom. All items on the floor will be sold as-is on a first come basis with discounts ranging from 15-60% off [...]

Come Gather Together…

Come Gather Together…

What a fun way to start my day!!! I’m going to pull together a wonderful colorful guest room in about an hour  with the help of some seriously talented furniture makers & designers.  On the wall above the bed, I’d have to start with these…fabric covered horse shoes from  Hable Construction. At just $18 a [...]

I Think I Need Glasses…

I Think I Need Glasses…

Those random glasses at flea markets and thrift stores will never look the same again. The lovely Propellor Design has gathered them all together to create one-of-a-kind chandeliers.  I must have.  Must have now! Can’t you picture this over a gorgeous white tempered glass kitchen table in an amazing white room? Now let’s find some wonderful [...]

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Design Series: Planning for Outdoor Living #2

Image from Austin home tour Spring 2009. Outdoor living is around the corner here in Austin, a mere few weeks away really. Tuscan retreat designed by Annabelle Lennox-Boyd Last week I asked you to dream big about how you want to live in your outdoor spaces. I requested that you burst through those self-inflicted constraints [...]