Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Creating cool ideas with crates is easy
Many wooden boxes are the perfect size for sliding under a bed. Use them to compartmentalize objects normally stored there, such as children's toys or board games.
Using a wooden box as a planter will make an unconventional and stylish addition to any room in the house. Simply fill the box with topsoil and put it somewhere with plenty of sunlight.
Instead of boring wall-mounted storage made of particleboard, a group of wooden crates mounted on the wall will provide a visually pleasing and rustic storage or display area. Try arranging them in a square, a rectangle or an unconventional shape.
Stacked for a Bookcase
Making a bookcase out of stacked crates is a technique commonly used by minimalistic decorators or apartment-dwellers. However, if done with some thought, a bookcase made of stacked wooden crates and boxes can add style and personality to any room.
If the box has a closed top, cut two circular holes in it and place metal bowls in each one for food and water. Dogs and cats can eat in style, too.
If you have a wooden box or crate that is the right size, it can make the perfect footrest. There is no underestimating the added comfort that an ottoman can bring to your living room.
Monday, January 17, 2011
At the age of 72, Mary Delany embarked on a series of 1000 botanical collages or "paper Mosaicks" in the 1770's, that would prove to be her crowning achievement. These delicate hand cut florals made by a method of Mrs Delanys invention are of the finest botanical quality that inspire even today.
Painted Silhouettes are one of the earliest forms of portraits . They could be painted with soot or bronze or cut from painted papers. They became prominent with the leisure class of the 17 and 1800s. They were much adored additions to the Neo classical home, admired for their classical purity that referenced Greek and Roman literature.
from Emma Rutherfords "Silhouette- art of the shadow"
Painted Blue paper life size cut outs: Subjects were drawn using a candle and a piece of paper attached to a wall behind the person. Here is Sir Roger Bradshaigh form Lancashire and Lady Echlin from Derbyshire in 1758- both drawn by Lady dorothy Bradshaigh
Sunday, January 9, 2011
This Christmas, Nikole gave me a Terrarium she built herself from a store on Etsy.com, she ordered most of it online but had to do some leg work in the city too. Two things i love about it. 1 don't have to water it and feel free of responsibility and it reminds me to remember the small things.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Recently walking around Red Hook and noticed the beautiful embossed bricks that are everywhere there. Most embossed bricks were used for paving and was advertising for the companies that made them, Calvert and Minerva being the most common. In red Hook they were made by S.B & T from clearfield which I think references an area near the Williamsburg Bridge.