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Best Art Direction Oscar Nominations Announced.

No self-important actor types here, or insufferable directors. For the 82nd Academy Awards DesignCrave is all about Art Direction and the talented production designers and art directors who make the movies look so damn good.

2 Picasso works, 1 Matisse sell at auction –

Two paintings by Pablo Picasso and a third by Henri Matisse were among works auctioned off Tuesday at Christie’s, including “Jacqueline,” a Picasso not seen publicly since 1967.

Whether you run a home business or just sometimes work from home or need a place to work on your home computer, your home office can be an important and functional room of your home. This is why it is important that you learn how to properly decorate your home office. The right design can make all the difference when it comes to being comfortable in your home office.

You need to use some home decorating ideas to help you create a comfortable and pleasant space out of your home office so this can be a place to be productive, no matter how often you are in it. You want your home office to be relaxing but functional and you may have limited space, if you’re like most of us.

This is why one of the best first steps you can take to decorate your home office is to get yourself organized as well. You need to remove the clutter, only leave what is important and make sure what you leave has its place. Papers, pens, computer accessories and everything else you use in your office should have a place so when you tidy up, it looks neat and so that you can always find what you’re looking for.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Use whatever space you do have to its fullest- you want easy access to the things you need and remove anything that doesn’t pertain to office work
  • Place your furniture in the room so that you get the maximum potential of the space that you do have- read up on this if you’re not sure what to do with the dimensions of your room
  • Use furniture and items that meet your needed function- if it doesn’t work for your needs, get rid of it. Function is the key to productivity.
  • Add a personal touch- form and function are one thing but it’s that personal touch that makes you feel at home in your office.

When  you take the time to decorate your home office in a style that keeps you organized and makes you feel good, it will be much easier to get work done in there and feel good about it, too.

One of the rules of grandparenting is that grandchildren are not allowed to be bored. Grandparents should always be able to pull something fun to do out of their bag of tricks.

via Thrifty Thursday: Paper Crafts Are Cheap and Easy.

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It’s hard to ignore what’s happening in Haiti. Many families look in horror as they imagine their own homes ripped apart, their children orphaned and without access to adequate food, water, or health care.

via Craft Hope for Haiti: Etsy crafters helping out with hand-made goods.

Notable gaffes involving art and artifacts – The Globe and Mail. Sometimes saying “sorry” is not only the hardest word, it’s insufficient to make a boo-boo go away.

via Notable gaffes involving art and artifacts – The Globe and Mail.

Do you want to know how you can create a beautiful romantic home for Valentine’s Day? You can use Valentine Decorations to create a beautiful home that you never imagined was possible. One of the best ways to create a romantic home is to discover how to pull out the best with your V-Day décor.

First, you need to familiarize yourself with the best in Valentine’s Day colors. There are reds, pinks, white and other lovely tones and shades that make great Valentine’s Day home décor. In fact, you’d probably be able to find a lot of what you need in your child’s craft box.

You can work the décor and design into things that are in your home already or you can build new items and décor pieces to hang up just for this season. Did you know that you can even use Christmas and other holiday décor for part of your Valentine’s Day décor?

Pearl garlands and red candles are two simple examples of Christmas leftovers you can use for your Valentine’s Day décor. You can even let your kids join in the mix making cut out hearts and more.

Here are some additional items that will create a romantic home with your Valentine’s Day décor:

  • Candles- they come in all shapes and sizes and you can even make your own. At this time of year, candles often go on sale and you can also more easily find floating candles that can be neatly arranged in dishes and much more. Set them up around your home and light them in the evenings for an even more romantic feel.
  • Foods- there are many foods that can be romantic. You could get heart-shaped candies and place them out in glass dishes on display around your home. They make a tasty treat and a great décor piece.
  • Homemade decorations- hang streamers and other homemade decorations throughout the house and in your entryway so that guests are greeted by the love of Valentine’s Day when they enter the home.

Now that you have these tips, you are ready to create a romantic home today. Do you have any great ideas that we didn’t list here? Feel free to leave us a comment and tell us all about it!

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