Sunday 29 April 2012

Surrealistic Decor

I will never forget the lasting impression Salvador Dali's museum in Figueres, Spain left on me. When i was sitting in a train reading his book, on the way back to my hotel in Barcelona, Spain, his whole life flipped before my eyes. I was overwhelmed and happy that i lived long enough and was rich enough to see and touch the higher power. Salvador Dali was an incredible artist, the most influential among the surrealists and his work still touches many lives. He famously quoted : 'The only difference between me and a madman is that i am not mad'. Did you know that through his life, Salvador Dali also created furniture, statues and decorative objects ? The Figueres museum used to be Dali's home. Most of the furniture and objects in this house were created by Dali. Let's use it as a sample to get inspired enough to create surrealistic decor. Lets immerse ourselves in madness which usually defines higher level of art.

This is not a painting but an actual room inside Dali's house in Figueres. The red lips is an actual sofa.

As much as the room above is full of love, life, joy. The room below is influenced by Dali's fear of death. The house museum in Figueres was the last residence of Salvador Dali where he eventually died. It is filled with his fascination of human body as it ages and his ideas what happens after we die. The example below demonstrates that to some extent.

The ceiling in the hallways continues the idea what happens in after life.

The famous melting clocks continue the fascination with time and it's meaning in our lives.

The exterior of Dali's house is just as filled with stretched imagination as it's interior.

As per Dali 'Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.' In other words there is a whole wide world outside of what we can see. This world has limitless possibilities and it can be a part of you if you allow it, a world you can escape to inside your own home.

This room has a surrealistic motive created by our brake out wall art.

A little touch of surrealism can make a world of difference and bring that special uniqueness into a room.

Personally i am a huge fan of surrealism. Why ? As the man himself put it : 'People love mystery, that is why they love my paintings'.

Would love to read your comments about surrealism and home decor.

Friday 6 April 2012

Easter egg as double agent

Christmas is long over and most of winter was boring that is why i am so happy Easter is at the door. Whether it's significance is important to you or not Easter traditions can be a fun and colorful activity.
When i was little i loved coloring eggs for Easter. Easter eggs can double as meal and decoration.

 Coloring eggs is super easy. Here is a quick guide.

Protect your work area with paper towels. Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food coloring in 1 cup of hot water in a heatproof bowl, cup or jar. Submerge eggs for less than 5 minutes for light colors and leave the egg in for 10 minutes for deeper shades. Use tongs to remove the eggs.

This is traditional method of course. You can also use food coloring paint to color the eggs by brushing the paint on the boiled eggs. This will allow you more design flexibility and more color options.

When you are done painting the eggs it is time to decorate your table and your dining decor. Did you know that Easter eggs could double as food and decoration ? Please have a look at the two elegant egg decorations.

Even your walls can take a little egg decor this Easter. This Snap decal can be decorated with Easter eggs stickers, removable paints or anything your imagination will tell you.

Now you are all set to entertain your family over a traditional or non traditional Easter meal.

Happy Easter decorating !