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Decor & Artistry

Finding art in ordinary items that serve a purpose, or not, brings personality to the space we live in. Art inspires conversation, creativity, and dreaming outside the lines. As an auctioneer for almost 20 years I love when I discover an item that I haven't seen before. Art, just like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Art combined with the beauty of decor is all in how you look at it.

Decor & Artistry

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Vioski Isola Lounge: This double chaise lounge can purchased online or you can make your own. Reupholster a full size bed with a thick fabric and then take two twin size head boards and attach to each side. Great for a reading nook for a kids play room or for a lounging area in a sunroom.

Clock made from license plates

Monogram patterns used for hand embroidery from old publications of magazines or needlework flyers from the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. These patterns can also be used in craft or decor projects, such as adding an intial to door or entry way, a mural or in a nursery/children's room.

Vintage mirror frame with mirror removed, replaced with a chalkboard and added features such as a chalk holder, door knob pegs and feet or hang on wall.

more monogram ideas for the "initial wall"

Large 35 in. Twig Branch & Bird Metal Easel. Price13.00 each

"Enough Said" Doll by stephanie rubiano, via Flickr using mixed media

Moda 9-Piece Sectional Sofa in Sectional Sofas | Crate and Barrel

Doily Light made from doilies, Elmers glue, and an IKEA light kit for about 10 dollars complete. Sends a great image on to wall and looks great when turned off. Holds up well if glue is allowed to dry completely.

Papered Switch Plates to blend into wall or to make a statement of color or theme. Any kind of paper (wallpaper, sheet music, map, book, verse, scrapbook page) cover with craft glue, spray with Scotchgaurd.

Applause Light Box, no longer available through PB Teen but could easily be made with a light box hung and vinyl lettering added. Wooden box with frosted plastic cover with a light kit inside would work as well. Fun for a media room or den.

DIY Umbrella Chandeleir with step by step photo tutorial. Truly a one of a kind work of art that will have guests looking upward when then they enter the room.

Cozy Rustic: DIY Umbrella Chandelier from Free People

Umbrella Chandelier Instructions: When you look closely at the picture you can see that it is hung from the handle. Spray paint the frame white. Use white lights, and just wrapped them around the frame. Tie them with a tiny wire (look in the jewelery section of craft store). Use extension cord to outlet.

Umbrella Chandelier DIY

Vintage ruler, used pencils for a key rack

Recycled Rabbit: watch parts turned into a rabbit. Photo only, no tutorial.

FlipBooKit - Mechanical Flipbook Art and Kit by shinymind, via Kickstarter.

Chandeliers Made from Salvaged Bicycle Parts by Artist Carolina Fontoura Alzaga. She constructs impressive chandeliers using chains, wheels and other parts from old bicycles as part of a series she calls CONNECT. Alzaga has lived in Brazil and Mexico and now works out of a studio in Los Angeles.

The Tree of Life

Headboard made from hood of weathered, classic car with hood ornament ('55 Chevy?). Notice book shelf storage on sides. Could also be wall art, minus the bed underneath. Depending on patina, dramatic lighting would be a plus for such a conversation piece find. Link leads to photo only, no turorial on how to secure/hang.

This link leads to several more photos of this stunning loft in NYC to show the view from this amazing window. Situated on the top floor of the Eagle Warehouse in Brooklyn Heights, this New York loft is dominated by a magnificent glass clockface providing sweeping views of Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline. The building in which the loft is located began as the HQ of Brooklyn Eagle, a newspaper which was once edited by Walt Whitman.

Velocity. There's a balance between control and risk. Explore it. Poster from Moto Lady Blog, for women who ride motorcycles.

Rainbow Bottle Chandelier on repurposed vintage industrial frame. Wine bottles would make an interesting presentation in right room.

Sand Bowls by Leetal Rivlin. Made with sand and glue formed over a bowl. Tel-Aviv based industrial design student Leetal Rivlin has captured the movement of sand and frozen it into a usable object. The bowl is hand-made by mixing the grains of sand with an adhesive. The viscous liquid is then allowed to drip and harden into the form of the container. Various layers give the impression of preserved movement.

Painting the inside of a cabinet is an easy way to add color to a room without painting the whole room and can be done for less than 15 dollars.

Frame Tray: Use a picture frame, install handles to each edge, place fabric or photo under glass, install non skid/scratch backing. Step by Step photo tutorial. Most items can be found around the house or second hand. Inexpensive & purposeful.