current obsession: spin art

There it is on the right -- spin art. I'm mad for this stuff right now. It does seem very childish in a way, so it is quite right for this play room designed by Laura Day. But for me it's just an outright celebration of colour. Pure and simple -- and chic.

The spin art in this home -- the very stylish pad of Jimmy Choo shoe guru Tamara Mellon (from Elle DECOR)-- is by Damien Hirst. He seems to be the only big time artist doing spin art. And he's making a killing selling the stuff. Everything he touches turns to gold. I'm also a fan of his spot paintings -- again, just colour, pure and simple. He's a very controversial figure in art. Many call him a fraud. He's one of those artists who has a factory. In other words, he employs others to make his art. In fact, he has been quoted as saying that his own spot paintings were "fucking shite". He only did 5 of them. The rest are by employees. Hmmm. Don't care and still like them. Though of course I'd never be able to afford one anyway, so the authenticity debate is moot. 

But back to spin art. Here's the principle: pour globs of paint onto a spinning surface and the centrifugal force pushing the paint out to the edges greats the pattern. Neat. Every time it's different. I was searching You Tube and My Space for video of spin art being made and found a collaboration between Damien Hirst and John Cusack. Yes, that's right. Lloyd Dabler aka Martin Blank. That's him on the right below. See all the cups of paint. 

They pour them over the railing onto this:

check out the vid here

Damien also does spin art cars:

And the best best best part about spin art: There's an App for that. Once discovered, I promptly downloaded it to my trusty iPhone and here are some of my own digital masterpieces.



Oh yeah, and apparently you can make spin art with a salad spinner. Check out the how-to at Brassy Apple. Dying to try this.


painting the trim


I'm painting the trim at my place in Tweed , Ont. And when I say "I'm painting." I really mean that I am doing the painting. No professional painter, no help from hubs (I think he would if I'd let him, but I'm not me, it wouldn't be good for our marriage.) The house is not huge, just a 3 bedroom red brick number with all the normal rooms. But oh my, there is  A LOT of trim. I did a calculation on the weekend. I will be painting 58, yes 58 pieces of corner block moulding -- each block takes 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint -- as does all the linear footage of trim that runs between all 58 blocks, plus I am painting some of the walls, too. I'm quite thrilled with the results so far, so thought I'd share some befores and durings. For the After shots, you'll have to check out a future issue of STYLE AT HOME. This is a BIG project. I'll keep you posted.

I took this before shot just post-Christmas (hence the evergreen swag on the newel post). It creeps me out to think how long I lived with this looking this way...

As you can tell from the chaos of this shot, I took it just after finishing painting -- guess I should've moved the lamp and ladder. oops. There is much to do still in the stairway area: paint risers to match spindles, paint treads, handrail and newel post in Farrow & Ball Railings in full gloss (yum), new stair runner, new lighting, hang art along far stairway wall, whitewash floor...

YIKES, I disliked the stained trim around the front window so much I tried to hide it behind these feeble curtains. And I chose a nasty golden wall colour just 'cause it blended with the trim stain -- proof positive that you should NEVER decorate around something you don't like in hopes of making it look better. Won't work. You will still dislike. Lesson learned.

Oh, hello pretty stained glass window with yellow. I did not even notice you before because of the ugliness surrounding and obscuring your beauty. I'm inspired by your colour and I promise your next dressing will be much more flattering. I'm working on that now...(ps sorry again for not moving the lamp + don't have photoshop).

Here's the magic potion I am using on the trim: Farrow & Ball Eco Finishes Estate Eggshell in the colour Pointing. The stuff is like thick cream and has just the right look of age to it -- perfect for my 100-year-old home. And yet, as you can see, the effect is light and bright. Oh, actually, just realized, I used the same colour in full gloss on the panelled stair wall and balusters -- that finish is perfect because the gloss really picks up the light coming in the front door. I decided to use Farrow & Ball because my kitchen already had trim painted in this colour. I know people in design go on and on about maintaining flow -- and this is a prime example. Before, when you walked from the kitchen into the living and dining rooms, you felt like you were entering a different home. Now there is flow. Flow is nice and peaceful. I quite like it. I painted the walls in the living room (see above) in the same colour, Pointing, in a flat finish: Estate Emulsion. The hallway walls are Farrow & Ball's Lime White -- they've been the same for years and I still like it. Love the mixing of whites.

And in case you are wondering, yes, I will be using some of the new STYLE AT HOME paint colours that I worked on for Beauti-Tone. I'm in the process now of choosing one for the mudroom walls -- that will be the most incredible makeover...can't wait to tell you more about it....and there's plenty more.