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Wall Mural Question

Seems like Scrappy Girl, and now decor8, started a little stir by blogging about tree murals. In a good way, though! My inbox has been on fire with questions about taking on a mural project. Here’s a question from decor8 reader Megan that I’m hoping you can help her with:

“I am an Interior Design student at San Francisco State University. I love to do little crafty projects on the side. I was excited about your link and info on the tree mural project. I am trying to do one myself. The biggest challenge has been finding a good image of a simple tree (no leaves) to project and paint on the wall. I would love to figure out where the tree image came from on the image that I included here (shown above). It is from the November 2006 issue of Nylon magazine from the Billabong office. It is a bit small, but I am wondering if you or your readers could help me figure out whether or not they think the wall image is painted or if it is a decal.” – Megan

Megan – I’ve not seen this as a decal, so I’m thinking it’s a mural… If you can’t freehand it yourself, post an ad on craigslist or visit your local art school and check out their bulletin boards. You surely will find a free ads posted from students on commission work they offer, murals, etc.

Can anyone help Megan? Anyone know of any Billabong contacts?

(image from megan via nylon magazine)

Posted in reader questions on January 09, 2007

Tree Wall Murals

I’ve been watching Catherine over at the Scrappy Girl blog pull together some concepts for a tree mural she’d like to have on her bedroom wall, extending onto the ceiling. After giving it much thought, I think Catherine should select a blue that is about 2-3 shades darker than her current wall color and free hand a tree silhouette that way. It would take a lot of the ‘pain’ out of the execution, given that Catherine isn’t a fine art painter (neither are most of us for that matter) and I’m sure she’s nervous about applying brush to wall. I’d suggest using a template on an overhead projector and penciling it on the wall, then filling it with paint. Here’s a few visuals for you if you’re not following me here.

Of course, this template was designed with a baby in mind, but you could find one that is more grown up, minus the birds, of course. I love the idea, especially extending over the window. Looks a bit like the same corner Catherine is looking to place the mural. Cathy, what do you think?

What do you think?

(images from

Posted in blogs, DIY, tips on January 08, 2007

Alberto Pinto Design Firm

Maryam mentioned him on her blog recently, the great Alberto Pinto, a designer I have watched and admired for a long time. With a firm based in France and a staff of 55, they are truly international stars in their field, designing everything from the homes of the royals to the interiors of yachts and private jets. I dare you to try to control yourself. View the Alberto Pinto portfolio here.

(images from alberto pinto)

Posted in Designers + Stylists on January 08, 2007

Lazy Sundays @ the ICA

Museums never fail to inspire. A relaxing Sunday at the new ICA was a time well spent today. I loved the lobby wall mural, “The Divine Gas”, by Japanese artist, Chiho Aoshima. (click on images for a larger view.) This space is actually called the Sandra and Gerald Fineberg Art Wall, and is dedicated to original work commissioned from a new artist each year. (This mural will be replaced 10/07.) Learn more about the artist and The Divine Gas here.

A few exterior shots…

The ICA is one of the first designed by NYC architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro in the United States. They are currently working on the redevelopment of Lincoln Center in NYC, including a 45,000 square ft expansion of the Juilliard School and a complete renovation of the Alice Tully Hall.

A view from the side of the building looking over the Boston harbor at the city skyline.

Psst: If you live in Boston or plan to visit, the ICA gift shop carries nearly the same merchandise at the MOMA in NYC (it’s just a smaller space).

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 07, 2007


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