DIY This: Planetary Mobile for a Minimal Nursery

Minimal Nursery decor: Make this planetary mobile

As nursery trends change, the traditional pinks and blues are slowly being pushed out in favor of current, updated looks. Parents are experimenting more and more with bolder hues, playful patterns, or simply less of it all. It's easy to see why the minimal nursery look is gaining in popularity. There are fewer elements to worry about, there aren't any color-related gender-indicators (which makes styling ahead of time a breeze), and the color palette is almost non-existent.  Continue Reading

8 Secrets that Will Make Your Art Look Good

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I’m going to just come out and admit it, I don’t know the first thing about buying original art, let alone really displaying it well.  If I find myself in a dicussion heading towards buying art, I either nod and smile or head for the hills. According to Lisa Diamond, Toronto educator of neophyte art buyers, there are eight fab and SIMPLE ideas for an art newbie to start working ‘real’ art into their home.

  • go big in a small space
  • don’t be afraid of figurative art 
  • create intimacy

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Ten Picture Arranging Guidelines

created at: 2009-03-06

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Lately I’ve noticed more than a few picture arrangements being hung curiously high on the wall. I’m not sure if this is due to a bona fide trend, or if individuals (close friends and relatives of mine) aren’t aware that there are, in fact, some general rules to follow that bring cohesiveness and balance to an arrangement. Of course, if the high hung art is your intention, then by all means Hang ‘Em High. Continue Reading

How-To: Make Your Own Calder Mobile

created at: 2009-02-18


The dangling bright colors and shapes of Alexander Calder’s mobiles have always fascinated me. I’ve never tried to make one but I’ve just found simple, yet roomy instructions to make your own interpretation of a Calder mobile for your own home. The newly rennovated Indianapolis Museum of Art has a fantastic heavy duty Calder mobile hanging above their atrium walkway that makes me want to get busy.

What you’ll need:

  • Needle-nose pliers Wire (hardware stores sell 200ft rolls of galvanized wire)
  • Sheet of 1/2″ ply wood for the weights or shapes at the end of the wires
  • Drill and bit (same diameter as the wire)
  • Clamp to hold the wood pieces when drilling
  • Jig saw to cut out the wood pieces.
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