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Color Wheel Art with kids!

Today, I’m sharing a basic color wheel project that I have done many times with kids. When I make art with young kids, I use the color wheel as a topic for discovery.

After, introducing children to the Color Wheel, I like to host a “color hunt” in the center of the room. I allow them to fill color coded egg cartons, using a collection of “found” kid-friendly objects. I love how the collage of colorful objects looks on black illustration board too. Every time, I do this lesson some of the materials I use changes…some objects such as buttons and puzzle pieces that can be recycled and found around the house. One thing, that I have used every single time was colored pasta and colored drinking straws cut small. First, I ask young artists to search for the primary colors during the color hunt. Next, I asked them to search for secondary colors and sort in the carton. I made my cartons out of Mochi containers, which required eating Mochi:) Then, I painted them with acrylic paint so it would stick. Tempera or poster paint on an egg carton would work too!

Color wheel Collage

Here are some of the materials I use for this project below:

  • Foam shapes
  • Colored pasta
  • Buttons
  • Feathers
  • Craft glue, these mini sized bottles are great for small hands, although they are used up fast, if they clog or dry out, I feel less wasteful b/c they typically last just a few projects.
  • Pom-poms, something soft or metallic looks good.
  • Black card stock or thicker

There are so many household materials that are good for collage. You can get creative and use anything in a primary or secondary color that you want to repurpose.

Here are a few of the artworks below.

color wheel

If any of you do try out this project with kids. I would love to hear about it. How did it go? Did your kids enjoy it? any variations that you tried and any final product pics? Please share!

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5 Winter Project Ideas + Follow Me

Today, I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you. I have been working on a new artist site and blog all season. It will be my new home base where I will share my daily inspiration and projects that you can try based on work that is evolving from my studio. I would love for you to consider finding me there.

For now, I would like to share, 5 of my favorite Winter Art projects that are handmade and craft-based. I plan give many handmade gifts this year, and these are my top 5 favorites.

  1. DIY Winter Succulents– You can see a DIY of this workshop over on my blog today.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

    A trio of succulents make thoughtful gifts.

  2. Desgin your own wreath or mini-wreath, my latest post!
  3. Block print your own gift wrap, I would love to try this beautiful tutorial. It feels even more satisfying to give when you have all your gifts in pretty colors and handmade paper.

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    photo via Honestly Wtf

  4. Design your own snow-globe (with kids), still one of the most adorable vintage snow globe DiY projects out there. I found all the supplies for this at my local home garden store.
  5. DIY your own holiday photo cardsI share cards from year’s past and how I work with a Minted online to create keepsakes for our family the past few years.

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    photo via Hilary L Hahn

Blogging here has helped me to grow immensely as an individual artist and product designer. I am thankful for those of you who have followed along over the years. I plan to continue to post project ideas here from time to time, but you can what my studio life emerge and grow here.

I hope you will come along for the ride!

Hilary

 

 

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A Light Installation

Emulate the Fifties with a Bingo-Inspired Light Installation
The Fifties: the time of rock-n-roll, Doo Wop, Pop Art and Abstract
Expressionism. It was a glamorous, fun, and fearless decade for art, and it
was when people began trying to move against established constructs and
trying to explore their own talents.

If you want to emulate this great decade, you could create a light
installation inspired by one of the biggest games of the decade: bingo.
While the game saw its popularity whittling down by the 60s, it’s seen a
resurgence like no other in the past few years, thanks to advances in
technology and the internet. In the UK, where bingo has seen much of its
renewed audience, the BBC reports that the 20 online bingo portals in 2004 had grown to over 350 in 2013, and with software like the Virtue Fusion platform, which was adapted
and popularized by Betfair when they launched their bingo portal in 2013, more and more sites are being developed and launched. This makes bingo an easy avenue to bring your
Fifties style into the modern age.

This bingo light installation is inspired by Progress Lighting’s Bingo collection. The lighting collection makes use of the images that are recurring in the game of bingo: circular shapes that remind one of the bingo balls that have made the game so popular, and thick
outlines that bring to mind the lines of bingo cards. To create your own
bingo-inspired light installation, all you need are round LED panel lights,
as well as other round objects like plates and mirrors. Try to find something like the round LED panel lights offered by Powertech, as these have the thick border that we are looking for.

To start setting up your installation, lay down the lights and begin
arranging the other round objects around them, similar to how you’d create
a plate wall. Use varied sizes of plates and mirrors and lights to create a
spontaneous feel. You could also wrap some of the plates in different paper
to create more variety, or paint over the borders of the LED panel lights.

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Playa del Rey Bathroom Reveal

I am so happy to be back after a short break from blogging feeling refreshed. I have made a conscious decision to create and design at a slower pace allowing time for perfection and reflection on the projects that I choose to design.

For this very reason, Lulu and Matt were awesome clients. They empowered me use my creativity in the design of their beachy modern bathroom while seeking quality in the aesthetic. I will share a thoughtful interview from Lulu as part of this post. All photos are courtesy of the talented Amelia Tabullo photography.

H: Lulu, can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
L: I love fashion and everything design related.
H: What motivated you to want to update your bathroom? 
L: I think bathroom and kitchen play really important role in home style, and our old bathroom is very out-dated, and we have been planning to renovate it since the day we moved in. We prefer stand shower to 2-1 tub & shower, because the stand-in shower gives us more space, and it is easier to clean.

 

H: How would you describe your design style and personal taste?

L: My style is modern, minimal, chic, and practical. My favorite design is North European interior style, I love the light, clean, and airy feel for my home.

 

H: What is your favorite aspect of your new design?

L: One of my favorite is definitely the marble shower and floor, I think it brings the bathroom (even my home) to a whole new level. I also like the color palettes, white, gray, walnut.
H: The frameless shower doors were key in creating an unobstructed view of the marble tile work.

Thank you, Lulu for sharing your beautiful home, the inspiration and the freedom to get creative with you!

Here is a close-up of some of the little details which include: Scandinavian style faucet, handmade brass sconces and custom recessed walnut shelving all coming together to make the space truly unique!

The finishing touches include modern towel rod, hand towel ring, soap dish, robe hook and toilet paper dispenser were all part of a chic set by Hansgrohe. I came across these gorgeous accessories in this Brooklyn bathroom.

I have also taken time to freshen up my Portfolio page, so please stop by to see more of what I do.

 

 

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Lulu’s Stylish Bathroom Renovation

Drumroll…today is the day!

I am pleased to share the results of the full bathroom renovation with you. It was a labor of love and I feel a satisfied with the way it all came together.

I will have the professional photo-shoot in August, but until then, here are a few pictures of the renovated bathroom.

Below is the picture of the vanity before and after. We created more storage by using a large mirrored medicine cabinet in lieu of the older vanity.

We updated the space using a modern floating vanity in walnut that provided ample storage space. The accent wall was painted in Pigeon Gray by Benjamin Moore. The coolness of the gray paint offset the warmth of the walnut perfectly as imagined. The brass sconces by Triple7Recycled were a sweet find! They add a touch a of vintage style and metallic shine to the design.

I especially like the way that the 2 display shelves replace then former mirrored side cabinet. The details such as the shower head and handles really modernize the space. We used a set of Hansgrohe towel rods, ring, robe hook and soap dish to accessorize the bath.

An update to the general room lighting was essential in transforming the space. If I could only change 2 things about a room, I always look to lighting and paint selection in the beginning. The recessed LED lighting provides a crisp white light and energy saving advantages in the long run. I love the way the lighting reflects off of the marble surface.

All the details in the marble finishing make the space truly customized. From the marble baseboards, the buffed marble edging on the shower, to the honed marble shower floor tiles this space is one of a kind.

Overall, you can see how the bathroom flows together…from the enlarged shower surround to the modern sink.

The best part was sharing the results with Lulu and Matt. Lulu was a big part of designing the space. I know they are going to enjoy it for many years to come.

***We have since added see through frameless glass shower doors. I will save the pictures of these for the reveal of the pro photos in August.***

 

 

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Rustic Oak Pie Slab at FOOD52

I have saved one surprise to share with you for the end of the week!

One of my handmade pieces is now available through FOOD52 and I am simply thrilled about the collaboration. It is a pleasure to work with such talented curators and photographers. I feel that they have truly captured the intent and essence of how I envision the piece to function in your kitchen.

It is with great pride that I share this piece, et Voila!, my Rustic Oak Pie Slab as part of the FOOD52 Summer Pie collection.

Photography by James Ransom

Doesn’t that galette look drool-worthy?

As with many of my successful pieces, I originally designed them for myself for the desert display at my Baby shower, and ended up honing the finish and offering it up in my online shop.

While exploring the kitchen collection, I came across so many must-haves for my summer kitchen! Here are my top picks from their website.

Gorgeous pinstripe blue linen napkins.

Photography via Mark Weinberg

Can you picture these inside the Farmhouse Kitchen on Keats?

Photography via Kristin Goose

 I am really tempted to buy this Stainless Steel Ice Pop Mold, as I vow to make these creamy looking fruit pops!

All while I am wearing this sweet Thick Linen Chambray Apron.

Photography via Max Weinberg

 As a bonus, they offer inspiring recipes with photos on their website.

As a last treat, I have been following chef, Ada Mollencamp on Instagram. This week we cooked a tasty black bean, avocado, radish salad with citrus dressing inspired by her recipe.

I want to hear from you, what are you cooking this summer? Any favorite recipes, please share!

 

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Lulu’s Bathroom Demolition

Today, I am feeling satisfied as I unwind and regroup from a month-long bathroom renovation with the sweet and stylish Lulu of Lulusfashionpick. You can see the Inspiration for her beautiful classic bath renovation here and see all the inspiring pics on our shared pinboard.

When the demolition began just about everything in the bathroom changed. If you have ever wondered about the process of renovating a bath from start to finish…here…we…go!

First, we removed all the shower and tub surround completely and lined the shower with green-board, a type of waterproof drywall that is essential in showers and baths. Suddenly, the space appeared to be twice the size without the metal framing and the tub.

I provided quick sketches in 1/4″ scale including a space plan and lighting plan for the contractors to follow. In red, I drew in the recessed lights and switches.

We removed the original vanity, lighting, and recessed medicine cabinet.

Next, our contractor hot mopped the shower surround further waterproofing the space, a final preparation before the concrete could be skimmed on to the walls and floor. It was exciting to watch the changes day by day. Did I mention that I loved working with the contractor? He was always on time, hardworking and helped to keep us on budget throughout the project.

The highlight of the demolition was watching the tile work put in place. The tile craftsman was so artful cutting the 3″ tiles for the edging and 5″ tile to become the baseboard as well. Later, he buffed and polished the edges of the tile for a bullnose curved finishing.

Once the tiling was complete, they began to focus on the plaster and detailing of the space. I leave with a shot of the Pigeon Gray paint that we chose to accent the room!

I just couldn’t wait to see the room without the drop cloth covering the floor and the plastic liner totally removed from the shower…

I plan to post the final pictures of the room next week! You can see a sneak peak of the vanity and sconces over on Instagram of this truly unique and classic space that has been a JOY to design. Until then, please share, what is your favorite tiling material and paint for bath? Anything finishes that you are dying to experiment with?

Happy Monday~ Hope you had a joyful and inspiring holiday weekend.

 

 

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