Elevate Your Art Collection with Unusual Pieces and Displays

Creating collages of art works is an opportunity to let your imagination take over. An opportunity to let your personal style shine, while allowing  the art dictate the display.

artwall-mochatini1Don’t be shy about mixing different styles, frames, and mediums. The wall is your canvas. Im always on the hunt for new textures, techniques, framing options, and pieces that reflect me as a person.

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For instance, these city and state maps from artist Alex Elko via Minted Art are a lovely addition to my collection, reflecting my love for gold-embossed designs, and for DC, and California. These gold embossed maps offer an elevated twist on the more tradition map print. And, each map is hand-pressed with foil making each one uniquely yours. You can find one of your liking here.

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Another fab resource to find art online is UGallery. This piece, A Dance, is by Photographer Gregor Hochmuth is unaltered by special lenses. Every droplet of water in this composition sparkles with colors. Instead of the traditional frame, I opted for a the acrylic glass mount which makes it feel vibrant and alive.
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The simplicity of people enjoying rain, is captured so beautifully in this complex composition. It makes me smile and serves as a reminder to be in the moment.

Foil Stamped Map, Minted | Dance, Acrylic mounted Photographic Print, UGallery
Note: Thank you to Minted and UGallery for sponsoring the art for this post. 
 

Brunch Recipe: Arugula-Egg-Tomatoes Flatbread

This arugula-egg flatbread, is one of my go-to recipes for brunch.I made this version for a feature on HGTV couple of years ago. Not only is it delish, and  easy to prepare but can be made ahead of time, so you only have to add the fresh toppings when ready to serve. To save time and if you arent into making the dough, you can replace with store-bought dough. 

Over the years I have concocted several variations of it, by adding seasonal ingredients, switching tomatoes for caramelized onions and goat cheese, etc.

Enjoy!

Makes 4 flatbreads or 8 servings
Ingredients
For the roasted tomatoes:
3 pounds fresh plum tomatoes, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence
6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2-cup olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste

For the crust:
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
1 tablespoon honey
2 1/4-ounce packets active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Cornmeal, for sprinkling

For topping the flatbreads:
8 large eggs
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8 ounces fingerling potatoes, cooked, cooled, cut crosswise into 1/3-inch slices
2/3 cup frozen peas, thawed
1-1/4 cups baby arugula leaves
salt and pepper, to taste
Parmesan cheese shavings, for serving

Directions
For the tomatoes:
Preheat oven to 425° F. Wrap aluminum foil on a baking sheet and arrange tomatoes in single layer. Toss tomatoes with 1/2 cup olive oil, chopped garlic cloves and herbs de Provence. Bake, uncovered for about an hour, or until tomatoes are dry and lightly brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
Tip: You can make the tomatoes up to two days before serving.

For the dough:
Stir together warm water and honey in small bowl. Stir in yeast. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Place flour and coarse salt in stand mixer fitted with dough hook attachment. Pour in water mixture. Mix on medium speed until dough comes together and pulls away from sides of bowl, adding more water by tablespoonfuls if too dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Brush large bowl with oil. Form dough into ball. Place in bowl; turn to coat. Cover with plastic; place in warm draft-free area until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 500° F. Place a pizza stone or baking sheet in oven (if using rimmed baking sheet, invert sheet, rim side down). Knead dough in bowl, turning over 3 to 4 times. Cover and let rise again until doubled in volume, about 45 minutes. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Form each portion into ball. Place on floured work surface; cover with plastic wrap and let rest 10 minutes. Sprinkle rimless baking sheet with cornmeal. Working with 1 ball at a time, roll out dough on floured surface to 12x7-inch oval. Transfer to baking sheet.

To finish the flatbreads:
read roasted tomatoes evenly over dough, leaving a 1-inch border. Sprinkle each flatbread with 1/4 of the potatoes and peas. Spoon three or four tablespoon-sized dollops of ricotta cheese atop vegetables. Slide pizza onto stone, if using; bake until crust is golden brown on bottom and around edges, 10 to 12 minutes.
While the flatbreads cook, make the fried eggs. Brush nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium heat. Crack 2 eggs into skillet and cook until whites are set but yolks are still runny, about 2-3 minutes each.
Transfer flatbreads to work surface. Place 2 fried eggs atop each flatbread. Scatter Parmesan shavings and arugula leaves on each one. Cut pizza into halves or wedges and serve immediately.

 

 

DIY Checkered Tablecloth

A simple DIY for multi-purposing a painting drop cloth as a durable table cover for outdoor use.

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Materials:

  • Natural Fiber drop cloth
  • Lime green and black spray paint
  • Painters tape
  • Yard stick or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Heavy objects ( food cans, tools, exercise weights, etc) to hold canvas down

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Instructions:

  1. I recommend doing this project outdoors or in a garage to avoid paint fumes indoors.
  2. Spread drop cloth on an even flat surface. Place weights on all four corners to hold down the drop cloth.
  3. Measure 3 inches from the edge of cloth and mark with pencil.continue making marks the length of the drop cloth.
  4. Line up and place painters tape along pencil marks.
  5. Repeat every 3 inches until bottom of the drop cloth.
  6. Turn drop cloth and repeat steps 1-3 creating a checker board pattern.
  7. Spread out drop cloth in well ventilated area.
  8. Starting with top most corner, spray square with black spray paint making sure to fill in completely.
  9. Spray black spray paint on every alternating square. Fill in remaining squares with lime green.
  10. Allow to dry completely before use.

 

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Helpful hints!

  • Make sure painters tape is firmly secured to the canvas to avoid paint bleeding
  • Get a friend to help with the painting. Each person takes a color to spray and you’re done in half the time
  • Because of the lined bottom of the drop cloth, both sides work well as a tablecloth

Full instructions and more step-by-step photos

 Photography + styling by Manvi Drona for DIY Network.

 

Thanksgiving Table Decor : Rustic-Glam Edition

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Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.

 

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1-3: Created by Manvi for BrightBazaar, Photography by Manvi

4&5: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography 

6&7: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography