Entries in Art (9)


How a Tree becomes a House. Or Furniture. Or Floors.

I follow ReBuilding Exchange (a great local Chicago resource for reclaimed building supplies & fixtures - love it!) on Facebook & they posted a picture of this sculpture by Vincent Kohler.  It is a great visual that explains how a log is cut & planed to create wood ready for building.  I found it to be fascinating!  


I went into the ReBuilding Exchange last week just to poke around a bit.  They have aisles of old doors, reclaimed wood, kitchen cabinets, sinks, toilets, you name it!  What I also loved were the carpet tiles.  At $2/tile, I was able to put together a  4x6 rug for $12.  It was high performance contract carpet, perfect for an entry.  I wasn't able to think of a place to use it, so I put it all back...but let this serve as a notice to you if you're in the market!


Cityscape Wall Murals

This image posted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation (the ones who do the best architectural boat tour!) popped up on my Facebook wall today. 

I love it.  They linked to the original article which had other cityscapes and trompe l'oeil murals.  Ahh Paris, je t'adore!

Before doing any research, I thought they were hand painted murals.  More clicking around led me to the company's website (Pixers) & I was surprised to learn that they are stickers...and how easy and affordable they are!

They are custom sized, even better! All you have to do is enter the height and width you want, then position the window over the part of the mural you'd like to have printed.  Easy!

An 8' x 9' mural costs under $300, which really surprised me.  I expected it to be far more expensive!

They have a lot of other designs and images - I highly recommend checking them out :)


Mountains of Old Books become Mountains and Landscapes

Someone on Facebook (I can't remember who!) recently posted an article about this artist, Guy Laramee, who takes stacks of old books and carves them into gorgeous mountain ranges and landscapes.  

I would love to see a video of the artist while working, as I am curious how he gets started on each piece.  I can't even imagine the hours of work that goes into these incredibly detailed works of art.

I think this one is particularly breathtaking.

I love art from an unexpected media!


Vintage Book Dog Art

Come again? These are not two things that would normally go together, but once you see this adorable art by Paste, you'll know what I mean.

The artist, Denise Fielder, found a box of vintage books one day.  My guess is that most people would display them or toss them, but she visualized this creative idea - use the varying yellow shades to create art!  That they are of pups makes me like them even more.

Books & dogs are two of my favorite things & I can see a bookified (is that a word) Derby in our future (she does custom orders!).


Giveaway! DaVinci Quote Print from Claremont Road

"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you will always long to return" - Leonardo DaVinci

I love quotes, and this one from DaVinci is one of my favorites.  My sister has loved it for a long time as well, so I knew I wanted to gift her something involving this quote.  I originally turned to Etsy, as one does when looking for these kinds of prints, but only found one that wasn't her style at all.  Google searches turned up nothing as well!  I then turned to Brooke from Claremont Road, owner of Curious & Company, for help.  She is the one responsible for my Bien Living branding - logo, fonts, colors, etc. - and she exceeded my expectations with this design as well!

I have an additional 8" x 10" print and I would love to share it with one of you!  It is printed on Kodak Endura Metallic paper, which gives the print a great depth and sheen.  

I framed her print in an Artcare frame from Blick.  The frame isn't included in this giveaway, but I recommend framing it in something similar.  The crisp white mat really makes the blue background and white letters pop.

She loved it!  

And now for the fine print: To enter, simply leave a comment below.  For additional entries, you can tweet about it (I just entered to win a print from @claremontroad on the @BienLiving Design Blog!) &/or post it on Facebook (mentioning the Bien Living FB page).  Come back & leave a comment letting me know.  

Also, I'd like to expand my audience, so feel free to blog about it!  That will earn you an additional entry as well.

You can enter through Friday, March 11th at noon.  I will use or Derby to select the winner!