The Tower Along the Waterway

About a month ago I took the day off and had a Girls Day with one of my co-workers. We ended up going to the Museum of Glass, which is situated along the waterfront. After checking out the exhibits, which gave me a ton of design ideas, we took a walk along the Thea Foss Waterway. As we walked, I started seeing number towers along the pathway. Noticing how they lined up with other interesting elements, I decided to take a photo! I love how you can see foliage in both the foreground and background, the masts of the ships in the background, the towers of the bridge, the Tacoma Dome, and the sky full of billowy clouds. The other elements make a great backdrop to the large number 16 tower that is the center of this photo. This is a perfect example of how you can take beautiful outdoor shots even when the weather starts to turn (you can capture a similar look by traveling to your nearest waterway or ship yard). With Fall now upon us, this is the perfect time to update your space for the new season!

Wall of Venetian Art

The Venetian WallThis picture was taken at the center section of the museum bridge. This installation is called the Venetian Wall, and is made up of 109 different glass sculptures. Despite the size of this art piece, it is possible to replicate this in a small space. Choose a bookshelf that fits your space (many are on sale this time of year), and fill part or all of it with glass pieces. These can be any style you want and can be purchased at big box, craft, or second-hand stores. Display a wide variety of colors and shapes to get the feel of the wall in my photo. Not only will your wall create a conversation piece, but will also let you show off beautiful art!

The Architectural Courthouse

The courthouseI spotted this building as I was crossing the bridge mentioned in my previous posts. I love the period details of this historic building-especially the roof! This building, completed in 1911, was a train station that was later turned into a courthouse. I love the architectural details of this building, especially the fact that the city kept it in tact after the remodel. I believe it’s important to refurbish old buildings whenever possible. Though more expensive than tearing it down and rebuilding, it not only helps preserve history, but also the character of a community. Want to photograph historic buildings? Try checking out the National Register of Historic Places, or your local historic registry, for buildings in your area. No matter where you live, you can find beautiful buildings to photograph!

Bridge of Glass: Towers

Crystal TowersThis picture is another art installation along the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. It’s a photo of the Crystal Towers, which marks the center of the bridge. Blue is one of my favorite colors, so I had to get a shot of these tall pieces of art. At night the towers are illuminated, thus being a focal point both during the day and in the evening. Do you have a local landmark that lights up at night? Take pictures of it during the day and at night, and then display the photos on your wall. This will give the object you photograph two distinct looks. Whether you decide to display both images at once or swap them out with the seasons, you can have two unique perspectives on a local landmark!

Inside the Cone

Inside the coneThe picture to the right was taken inside the architectural landmark from my previous post. Many people take notice of the outside of buildings, but the inside of a building can be just as interesting. The interior of this cone is a hot shop, so the high ceiling helps funnel heat out of the space (though it’s still very warm in there). I loved being able to see the ‘bones’ of the structure from the inside. It’s a unique perspective that most people never get to see. Looking to add interest to a wall? Try using photos that feature the inside of architectural buildings. You can take these photos in museums, stadiums, government buildings, or even your own building or house. Your photo will not only be a conversation piece, but will give new perspective to some of your favorite buildings.

The Glass Town

The Glass TownThis is a photo of a town etched in glass. It’s part of an exhibit called “CAUTION! Fragile. Irish Glass: Tradition in Transition” by artist Róisín de Buitléar. I’ve always had a fondness for etched glass, and when I saw this piece I just had to take a photo! Since etched glass pieces are usually always made of clear glass, they’re the perfect addition to any shelf or nook. Simple etched glass pieces can be found at gift shops or online for a reasonable price. If you prefer something more complex or similar to the art in my photo, you’re best bet is to peruse an art gallery. Looking to be creative? You can also buy glass etching kits at your local craft store. Add interest to a vase, lamp, mirror, or any other piece you’d like. No matter your budget or tastes, you’ll be able to find a piece that’s all you!

Looks Like a Sea Cucumber to Me

Sea CucumberThis is another picture from the “Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert” exhibit. When I saw this it reminded me of a Sea Cucumber. I like the spikes on the top and how the piece is colored in blue and red. This is a fun piece that can add whimsy into any space. Displaying a fun, funky piece is a great way to add interest to your space. The piece you choose can be abstract like the one pictured, or more natural looking. Trying looking in gift shops or craft stores for inspiration. Either way, you can never go wrong by injecting a bit of whimsy into your space!

Inspiring Words

Believe wall artThe picture accompanying this post is part of the exhibit mentioned in my previous two posts. You can often find art and block letters that spell out words in most craft and big box stores. Why choose those when you can create something unique? The photo on the right is actually only one-third of an art piece. I decided to concentrate only on the letters. Taking a close up of the neon letters also created a picture that has a glowing effect. Want to add inspiring block art to your space, but want it to be more creative? Try taking photos at local museums or parks that inspire you. Another option is to buy cardboard or paper mache letters from a craft store and decorate them with your own personal style. Remember, no matter what words you choose, make sure they inspire you to shoot for the stars!

The Wall of Spheres

Wall of spheresI saw this wall of different colored spheres at the museum and thought it looked great! While I wouldn’t recommend doing this to an entire wall in your own home, there are ways you can integrate this look into your space. One option is to take a book shelf (or any shelves) and add colorful glass floats as decoration. These can be bought online, at museum gift shops, or stores along your nearest coast. Need a more economical option? You can also use colored glass globes that are available at most craft stores. A second option is to find a wall similar to the one pictured and put a photo of it on your wall. There are even some online companies that will enlarge it to mural-size. Whichever option you choose, you can have a wall that stands out and will give your space a colorful, modern look.

The Colorful Glass Tubes

Colorful tubesWhen I saw this art piece at the museum, I thought it was really cool! It’s part of an exhibit called “Look! See? The Colors and Letters of Jen Elek and Jeremy Bert.” I love the colorful, fanciful look of this piece. This particular art made me think of candy. I love the colors and fluidity of this piece. Combining colorful pieces into a single area is something anyone can do. You can buy reasonably priced pieces from museum gift shops, or buy pieces at a craft or big box store. They can be any shape or color you prefer. You could also find a picture with colorful shapes (or paint one yourself) and hang it somewhere that will garner lots of attention. No matter what medium you prefer, you can display art that’s colorful, fanciful, and so you!