Archive for the ‘Art / Craft’ Category

DIY Decoupage Storage Pails

DIY Decoupage Storage Pails by Sherri Blum

Here’s a fun DIY for you and the kids, from our Nursery and Kids Room Design Expert and Contributor, Sherri Blum. A pioneer specialist for children’s-room interior design, Sherri designs for celebrities, and for the baby next door.

Let’s face it, most children’s rooms are small. And considering that these rooms usually hold more junk stuff than most, parents find ourselves dealing with organizational [...] Read more »

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery

Contemporary Crewel Embroidery A traditional handicraft can add warmth and character to a space. A graphic Amish quilt suspended as a headboard, a braided rag rug anchoring the coffee table, Grandma’s crocheted, zig-zag throw draped over the arm of a club chair.

Or colorful, textural crewel embroidery.

As a young girl, I spent many an evening cranking out chain and satin stitches, and flocks of french knots. [...] Read more »

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14

Mackintosh-Inspired Trees — DIY Ornament #14 It’s time for another design influence, on Day #14 of 30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments. This time we turn to the Arts and Crafts movement.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a notable designer of the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements. One of his most recognizable motifs is his geometric “Mackintosh Rose.” I love the simple, tumbling layers of the Mackintosh Rose, and decided to [...] Read more »

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments

30 Days of DIY Designer Ornaments Our DIY Special Event, 30 days of DIY Designer Ornaments launches today! For the next 30 days visit us each day for a new, easy ornament project.

We’re not talking candy canes and snowmen here –

but simply stylish confections to deck your tree in design.

Your tree will have it all:

Texture

Color

Sparkle

Spunk

We’ll look to current design trends and we’ll include a healthy dose of sentiment. Some [...] Read more »

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook!

Introducing Secondhand Shabby — Diana’s Ebook! Our Contributors here at HomeWorkshop.com are a talented tribe of design doers, and I am amazed daily at their creations. Excitement abounds today as I announce that our maven of makeovers and wrangler of reuse has published her first Ebook!!

Diana Durkes put her sandpaper, paintbrush, camera and keyboard into overdrive, and Secondhand Shabby, her 90-page downloadable Ebook is here!! Inside, Diana demonstrates how to:

“Give new [...] Read more »

How to Find Art for Your Home

How to Find Art for Your Home Right In Your Own Backyard

by Mari Robeson

Let’s hit the design road again with Mari Robeson, as she helps a client find the right artwork for her decor. Mari—Interior Design expert and Contributor—takes us inside the world of design, and helps us bring beauty and color to the places we call home.

 

I love fall, not only because it’s a beautiful weather time on the Central Coast, [...] Read more »

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version

Kids Growth Chart — Finally! A Modern Art Version Haute Height Chart™ Now Available in My Shop!

Loved it the moment Jessa ZG showed me a photo. Her pop-art creation for tracking little one’s growth is Clean, Colorful, Contemporary. Not just a growth chart, but a work of art. To be sure the product was good enough for you, I borrowed a sample, and gave it the two-year-old test.

Aah, our model-in-the-making in front of [...] Read more »

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday

Amy’s Annual FOBOTS Sale Monday A Quick Announcement:

I just heard from our friend and Senior Fobotologist, Amy Flynn, about her

Annual Year-End FOBOT Sale, happening:

This Monday, November 1

Starting at Noon Eastern Time

At ifobot.com

You’ll recall Amy’s fun and funky FOBOTS (Found Object Robots) from our Artist Profile back in May.

Amy will be uploading about 50+ new bots for sale Monday at ifobot.com. Rumors are, you should be speedy if you want [...] Read more »

Beauty in the Disposable

Beauty in the Disposable Artist Profile — Virginia Fleck

I promised you another master of recycled art, and that Virginia Fleck is. Through her artist’s eye and craftperson’s hands, the commonplace and oft-discarded becomes mesmerizing and kaleidoscopic. Visit with Virginia, and I know you’ll be inspired.

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All images used with permission of, and Copyright Virginia Fleck.

 

HomeWorkshop (HW): Was art important to you when you were [...] Read more »

Recycled Art and Cubism

Recycled Art and Cubism Artist Profile — Enno de Kroon

The next two artists you’ll meet here at HomeWorkshop.com, transform recycled materials into stellar artwork.

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All images used with permission of, and Copyright Enno de Kroon.

Today, it’s artist Enno de Kroon from The Netherlands, whose Eggcubism is—in a word—brilliant. By painting on the challenging canvas of recycled egg crates, he plays with perspective, and forces [...] Read more »

Venetian Plaster Demystified

Venetian Plaster Demystified by Regina Garay

Let’s get the low-down on a high-style finish, with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her artistry and inspiration at Fauxology.

Venetian Plaster is a technique that has been around for hundreds of years — but there are many misconceptions about it, especially for those who are trying it on their own.  Here’s the scoop….

Here are [...] Read more »

To Excite and Soothe

To Excite and Soothe Artist Profile — Sharon Cummings

The moment I spied artist Sharon Cummings paintings, I needed to know her philosophy about color.

“Colors are never bold enough for me…never bright enough…and there aren’t enough of them,” she said. “I go for ‘impact’. I use color to draw attention and create a ‘feeling’.”

I was captivated by the lively works in her mosaic, Labor of Love series, [...] Read more »

A Second Life

A Second Life Artist Profile — Evan Brennan

Sometimes getting off the main road can lead you to a new calling.

That’s how it was for photographer Evan Brennan. A former sales rep for an eyewear company, Evan racked up the mileage trekking throughout North and South Carolina.

“I always hated taking the interstates so I would routinely take alternate roads, those roads that used to connect towns before the [...] Read more »

Room Design — Go Small to Think Big

Room Design — Go Small to Think Big We’ve all got BIG design plans:

Renovate the kitchen.

Update the living room.

Get bold and more confident with color.

All good, but it can get overwhelming. What if instead we take a breather from our giant to-do’s, and gain a little perspective by going small?

Carole’s ‘Retro Tiki Lounge’.

I found a group of talented designers that create the most captivating rooms. Creative, colorful, and playful. Playful being the operative [...] Read more »

Fall Colors Decor Roundup

Fall Colors Decor Roundup There is a welcome chill in the air today; it’s time to freshen up our decor for the coming autumn. Enjoy clicking around these rich-toned items – offered by retailers and

talented artists.

Get a print made to order, of Jonathan Harris’s luscious painting, Aspen Nightfall.

Create a display of color and light with these Polymer Clay and Glass Candleholders

from Etsy Artist ArzuMusa.

What a deal for this [...] Read more »

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