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.
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.
(images from holly becker for decor8)
I’m loving these vintage wallpapers from Germany. Hausen (the name of their brick and mortar store (aka 5qm.de online) is located in Cologne and I’m kicking myself because I missed it when I was there last year. I have to change that when I return this year.
I can imagine lingering in a store filled with rolls of vintage wallpaper to rummage through. Mmm. Nice thought. Hausen stocks papers dated between the 1950’s and 1980’s, but it’s the 50’s and 70’s prints that appeal to me the most. Most of the 60’s stuff kinda freaks me out. I’ve chosen some of my favorite patterns above from thier extensive stock – all presented in English online. See if there are any that you like. Rolls aren’t that expensive either, around $45 USD each (tax included). I’m thinking that next to most of the wallpaper I love from the UK, this is about 1/3 of the price I’m used to seeing. Best part, you can order any of their papers via email so we don’t have to just look with lust – we can own. View their collection here.
Oh, and I want to credit where I found the link to Hausen, the Le Train Fant?me blog. This is a blog about a family who recently relocated from London to a fixer upper home in the countryside. This is the wallpaper that they purchased for their son, and yes, it’s from Hausen – and I just love it. What a sweet accent wall! I can’t see an entire room in these papers, unless it was a half bath or something, but as an accent wall or to paper the interior of kitchen or china cabinets – even book shelves, it’s just perfect!
Here’s the kids room I was telling you about… Nice, huh?
I just came across a beautiful new read from North Carolina blogger, Amy Leonard (she just started blogging last week!) called Design DNA. I spotted an image that I just had to share with all of you, it’s this beautiful dressing area with shutters made using antique Indian screens. There is very little I wouldn’t do to have these in my home. I may even turn tricks. (kidding!) Imagine returning from a long day, stepping through doors like these into your dressing area or bedroom? Or, better yet, having these on the front of your house. These are positively grand. I need to seriously stop gazing at this image because it’s driving me nuts that they don’t belong to me! :)
(image via design dna)
If you’re already planning for a Spring spruce up, consider this…
It’s great how little improvements can make a huge impact on your space, isn’t it? Our decorating goal for 2007 should be to get creative in decorating instead of heading for the easy out – things that are already made and ready to install. I don’t mean we have to go nuts here, but let’s at least try out a few new ideas, okay?
One thing that comes to mind are window treatments. You can use tea towels as cafe curtains – a no sew version is to add clip rings to the tops and put them on a rod. Easy. Linens are pretty, and look for a tea towel that is around 17 x 22″. Two of these are all you’ll need for a single window.
Or, if you need curtains for your bedroom or living room, you can use a twin sheet to create a single panel (or a full if you like more of a gather). Just flip the sheet upside down (depending on the pattern, of course) so the wide hem puddles on the floor and the thin hem is at the top, where you will simply add clip rings to hold it onto a rod. You can also hang the sheet the correct way if your pattern demands it, with the wide hem on top, just open up the hem on each side of the sheet and put a rod through the newly formed pocket. Again, very easy and no sewing machine required.
If you have a good eye for print and pattern, your sheet curtains can add a lot of beauty to your space.
Not a fan of DIY? Well, try to change that. You’ll save a lot of cash and, funny as it may sound, it’s a huge self esteem boast to do things on your own – no matter how simple. Some people are a bit snobby when it comes to doing anything for themselves, others would never admit to using sheets. But think about it, a sheet is a textile right? It wasn’t a sheet until someone made it into one. Before that, it was on a bolt like every other textile out there. So lighten up if you find yourself overthinking things a bit too much. It’s fabric, get over it. :)
This is sheeting from The Company Store, it’s called Hexagon, and it just so happens to be on sale right now…
Can’t find sheets that appeal to you, or perhaps you’re looking to use something different like chenilles, velvets, brocades, or heavy cottons? A quick change for any living space is to add simple tab top or rod pocket curtains. Although this may not be a DIY project, it a budget solution for a tired room. Try to locate some inexpensive $20 panels. Target has some beautiful and inexpensive ones, so do other stores likes Pier 1, even the Martha Stewart brand at Kmart is nice. A simple curtain swap for Spring can breathe life into a tired space without breaking the bank.
Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give your space a quick facelift. With bed sheets, you can create a cozy grown-up space in a single afternoon.
Good sheet resources:
Martha Stewart Everyday at Kmart
Thomas O’Brien for Target
Garnet Hill (the GH outlet store in the mountains of New Hampshire is the best if you’re ever up that way.)
Bed, Bath + Beyond
The Company Store
L.L.Bean (they have some of the best colors for solids, pale blues and greens, for instance.)
Tip: Always wash sheets after purchasing them, as this will soften the fabric and help remove the creases. Apply a hot iron before hanging. 200+ thread count cottons work best. Avoid sateens and flannels.
Please measure your windows before purchasing. Some windows are much larger than the standard sizes found in most homes, and others are much smaller. BTW – If your windows are tall, you can always take out the wide hem for extra length or look for extra long sheets.