IKEA TRONES in the Bathroom

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Think these shoe storage bins only belong in the entryway, think again. At an exceptionally shallow depth, they also work wonders in a small bathroom that can’t spare a storage footprint.

These two wall-mounted bins store hair tools {hairdryer, curling iron, products} on top and bathroom supplies {Magic Erasers, cleaning spray and toilet paper} on bottom.

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Featured on Apartment Therapy!

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This wardrobe “before and after” I did last year is being featured next week by Apartment Therapy in their section of the same name! Basically this means I can go to that big home improvement store in the sky fully self-actualized and smiling as I clutch my 18 volt drill. Stay tuned for screen shots! And if you want to beat them to it, check it out here on “Tales of a Weathered Wardrobe

Museum Day: Dallas Museum of Art

On a trip to Dallas recently (to shoot a pilot – yay Salvation!) I had a couple of days to explore the city. I was excited to hear about their free art museum downtown, the Dallas Museum of Art, so I took the free bus called the D-Link to check it out. Free is the best price! I wasn’t sure what to expect since it’s free – but it was amazing. Lots of variety, lots of wow factor in the pieces and the displays were focused and accessible. They have collections of African, American, Ancient American, Ancient Mediterranean, Asian, Contemporary, Decorative Arts and Design, European, and Pacific Islander art. Good job Dallas!

I love to photograph my favorite art pieces during a museum tour, especially now that none of the attendants seem to mind as long as there’s no flash! I only just realized that MarlaneDesign is a perfect place to record this inspiration. The photographs are obviously not as great at the art – you have to go to see it yourself 🙂

I also enjoyed their conservation studio where you could see paintings being restored and view some in 3-D in order to see the way they were framed and the special materials that might have been used instead of canvas. They also had delicious food at their cafe!

Check out my faves from the tour below:

Nature or Abundance by Leon Frederic

I love the assault of colors.

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Valle Buona, Near Bordighera by Claude Monet

The Impressionists are favorites in general so I enjoyed meeting this piece by Monet.

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Noir Design

I’m working on a noir film right now, which really is all about the design.

The Big Combo (1955)

 A few things about noir from our good friend Wikipedia:
“Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classic film noir period is generally regarded as stretching from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Film noir of this era is associated with a low key black and white visual style that has roots in German expressionist cinematography.”

The mash-up article goes on to say that later films copying the style are known as neo-noirs. So I guess that’s really what I’m doing, because it’s in color. All I know is that I am murdered – very exciting!

This stunning art deco image is by Cristiano Siqueira, who has an Adobe Illustrator portfolio at http://www.behance.net/CrisVector

Even though I am not sure how these images apply to my design art, just being blown away by them is enough. Collecting them now will ensure that when that perfect project reveals itself, I will be ready. (Didn’t that kind of sound like something a secret agent would say?!)

Sunshine and Noir – Feast your eyes on an entire collection!