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This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don't have any so they feel free to buy what they love and not worry about what it...
Witness a Fantastic Chihuly Glass Sculpture Installation
The artist and sculptor Dale Chihuly is renowned for creating exuberant works of glass art from the very small to the huge. His work is in museums, botanical gardens, corporate buildings, luxury hotels and even homes around the world. You...
Houzz Tour: Everything Art Is Illuminated in Canada
Cowichan Valley is located in a bucolic corner of Vancouver Island and is known for its food, wine and Mediterranean-like climate — it's reputed to have more sunny days than anywhere else in Canada. So it's easy to see why painter and architectural...
See the Sky as Never Before, Courtesy of Artist James Turrell
The summer of 2013 will see three major exhibitions of the work of artist James Turrell. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's James Turrell: A Retrospective will explore...
7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art
Art engages us, stirs our soul and creates debate, but it is often the final piece in a room. Although art is usually saved for last, the right piece of art can tie all the other elements in a space together. When used in a surprising place, art can be...
Glass Art: How to Place and Light It
Before I became an interior designer, I was a full-time artist. Although I worked in several different mediums, my favorite medium has always been glass. Glass art has always been a passion of mine — I love the colors, depth and translucency. Because...
Interview: Ceramic Art Goes Vertical
In the hands of California ceramic artist Katherine Dube, clay seems to grow, following natural and imagined patterns up walls, around windows, and onto the ceiling. Dube came to ceramics after an advanced education in biology, biochemistry and chemistry...
Art Brings a New Experience to Modern Home Exteriors
Modern residential architecture is often described as museum-like. Minimalist white walls and spaces make them like galleries waiting for artwork to adorn their walls. But what about the exteriors of modern houses? How does art relate to the outside?...
Studio Tour: Creekside Appeal for an Artists' Workspace
Before starting construction of their house, this husband-and-wife artist team decided they wanted a studio first. Mark and Kelli McDowell both needed space to work — he, on...
Bask in the 'Microarchitecture' of the Innovative Bouroullec Brothers
Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, 40 and 35, were given a midcareer exhibition in France at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, from October 2011 to July 2012. After the show's run in their home country,...
A Little House Unfolds Into an Outdoor Theater
This house has a secret. Although it looks plain, some cranks of a hand winch unfold the home's patchwork pink sides to reveal a surprising new purpose: an outdoor community theater for the town of York, Alabama. Artist Matthew...
Houzz Tour: Wild Ideas in the Windy City
This house in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood is no less than a love letter to the Windy City, architectural history and art created by three native Midwesterners. It started with the owner, a man with an outsize personality,...
Face Time: Creative Ideas for Decorating With Portraits
Seaside scenes, landscapes and abstract works all have their place, but portraits have something that other forms of artwork simply don’t. When you look at a portrait, whether it is new or old, painted or photographed, you are seeing a...
The Faces Have It: Large Portraits Go Over Big
Anyone with an infant knows that babies love looking at faces — and the instinct has spawned an entire board book publishing genre with tiny tomes featuring nothing but close-ups of children laughing, crying or smiling. Judging from the interiors below,...
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