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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Artist Profile — Anne Lullie
Sometimes to find your true creative calling, it takes bumping into kindred spirits.
Anne Lullie could draw an apple better than most five-year-olds, and decided right then that she would be an artist.
“I learned to sew and embroider by hand as a child,” said Anne. And with her treadle machine, she was stitching together clothes by age twelve.
She went on [...] Read more »
I am thrilled to be able to share this with you as the first item in my OpenSky Shop.
It’s a creative person’s dream wallpaper, Graham & Brown’s “Frames” by Artists
Taylor & Wood.
This is such a fun idea, and those of you who have followed HomeWorkshop.com for some time might remember I posted about this fabulous paper before. The empty frames design (below left) is [...] Read more »
Posted in Art / Craft
, Wall Art
on August 10th, 2010
If you’ve been visiting HomeWorkshop.com for any length of time, you know that I’m enamored with the design of chairs. To design a comfortable and attractive chair is not an easy thing, and that’s why good chair designs become classics. Read more about classic chair designs here.
That’s why I was thrilled when I came across cutoutpaper’s Limited Edition Laser Cuts – unusual art that [...] Read more »
Posted in Artwork
, Wall Art
on July 27th, 2010
Years back, I attended a San Francisco art sale at the most fantastic place. Creativity Explored is nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit, and sell art.
Color and smiles were free-flowing, and I came away with a half dozen of the most uninhibited and visually striking drawings.
I was thrilled to learn from my best friend, that CB2 is featuring [...] Read more »
My walls have never been the place for the blah. If it’s bold, colorful, and graphic – sign me up. And as you know, I’m a fervent DIY’er.
So when I saw Lola Gavarry’s new book, DIY Art at Home, 28 Simple Projects for Chic Decor on the Cheap (Watson-Guptill Publications, 2010), I snatched up a copy.
Gavarry, a designer who creates artwork for residential clients [...] Read more »
by Regina Garay
Let’s put the alphabet to creative use, with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her artistry and inspiration
In the midst of creating a warm space for themselves, many homeowners decide to bring in a more personal touch with lettering designs. These can include important quotes, the family crest or monograms. And businesses need to [...] Read more »
I’m an art enthusiast. My best friend is an incredible watercolorist and art instructor, and I marvel at what she creates with a vision and a brush.
I know countless palette- and pencil-wielding types, some of whom I’ve met doing interviews for our Artist Profiles here on HomeWorkshop.com. I’ve even dabbled myself.
So although there are still many incredible art galleries worth a visit, I’ve been [...] Read more »
by Regina Garay
Let’s dance with paint today with our Decorative Painting and Surface Design Expert, and Contributor Regina Garay. Regina blogs about her creative work and inspiration
My friend, Sharon Adelman, is a true DIYer. She loves color, she loves design, she loves learning new skills…it’s the starting that’s the hard part.
We were recently on a double date with our husbands and were talking [...] Read more »
This Challenge is closed to new entries and you can see the randomly-chosen winners here. But, please DO scroll down and see the wonderful and touching artwork that kids from around the globe submitted.
Also for those of you who didn’t win, remember there is still time to order your own canvas print from MyKidsArtOnCanvas for a fab Father’s Day surprise. I’m thrilled to announce [...] Read more »
My snowshoe hike through the woods yesterday showcased winter’s beauty. Frosted pines and cedars dwarfed me as I earned my dinner tromping through nature’s fresh-powder Stairmaster. In the solitude of the forest, only a few speedy squirrels’ tracks crossed mine.
Back at the house, as the oxygen returned to my brain it hit me—Hey it’s spring! And while enveloped in all that white—however scenic—I thought we [...] Read more »