Creative Envy


CB2 LOVE.
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 10:01 pm
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I realize that I always post something when I receive the latest CB2 catalog, but I can’t help it. There’s usually at least one thing in there that I’m craving after the initial flip through.

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CB2 Holiday Catalog (love this cover shot)

I know that everything in the catalog is mass produced, but CB2 does an awesome job at offering products that don’t LOOK manufactured. Here are two items that I think could pass as found objects you’d see at an antique shop.

spoke mirror

spoke mirror

print block panel

print block panel

The bicycle spoke mirror is a bit more reasonably priced at $59.95. The print block panels are kinda crazy at $249 a piece and it seems like you need at least a couple to make a visual impact. And, CB2, I am STILL waiting for my coveted track brass wall strips to go on sale. Consider yourselves on notice.

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WALL DECOR IDEAS.
Monday, April 6, 2009, 9:44 pm
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Some great ideas on Do It Yourself (via How About Orange) for unique wall decor. These are my favorites.

ENLARGE TEXTBOOK COPY (my #1):

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HANG EMPTY FRAMES:

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MAKE ART FROM CEILING ROSETTES:

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USE VINTAGE ITEMS AS FRAMES:

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FUN WITH PLY.
Friday, August 8, 2008, 2:50 am
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Besides this season’s newest merchandise, I also found this idea in the latest Fossil catalog. Yeah, the totes are cool and the outfits are nice but look at that wall in the background!

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This reminds me a lot of a project I did a few years ago for my friend’s bday present. I had seen it done on some HGTV show and it was super easy. This is how it turned out.

Plywood project modeled by Geoffrey the cat.

All you do is get very thin plywood from your local hardware store cut into squares (I believe these were around 13″ or so…and they’ll even cut it to size for you, at least they do at Lowe’s). For this particular installation I used one (maroon) shade of water-based stain. The variation in color is just the difference in the numbers of coats on each piece. Next, attach very strong Velcro to the backs of the squares and attach them to the wall equi-distant apart. For an extra punch, I made little shelves out of clear plexi-glass and super glued them to random pieces on which to set tea light candles. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it lit up…it’s a great effect.

The example in the Fossil catalog is something I’d love to do in my kitchen. I assume I can do it the same way as I did the previous project, just with more colors, varying sizes of plywood, and making sure the angles are all 90 degress so they fit nicely together.

I love the combo of bright colors with natural wood.

Stay tuned. If….I mean, WHEN I do it, I will post pictures.