Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pictures from the Castleberry Art Stroll, August 28, 2009

Click on the pictures to see them in Flickr. The slide show in full screen is pretty good.

We started the September Castleberry Hill Art Stroll at the extraordinary Besharat Gallery on Peters Street. Here is work from Merab Gagiladze.


Adam Thomas at the Granite Room.


Jacquelyn Gleisner with her "Yellow Wallpaper" at Cartel Studios.


Here is a some detail, there is stitching in there:


We'd met C.A. Coleman at the May Stroll:


Kevin Bongang's "Insane In The Membrane" is touching and disturbing.


At Krause Gallery:


The Art House Co-op features collaborative shows:


Yukari Umekawa:


Gallery Stokes featured an opening for Gyun Hur



We had a great time. Here is the auxiliary with Adam Thomas in the Granite Room: Katherine, Laura, Douglas, Nina.


The September Stroll will be at the same time as the 2009 Castleberry Hill Loft Tour - Sept 26 & 27, which makes it extra good for Architecture Tourists. Beginning in October the strolls will be on the 2nd Fridays.


P.S. If you in the neighborhood, check out No Mas and ring their gargantuan wind chime:


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Porch with lamps, sconces, curtains, and a mirror

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked on this porch, never seen one like it. P.S. to Atlantans: Hope to see you at the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll this Friday, August 28.

It's on a shady corner lot in one of the most charming neighborhoods in Decatur, Georgia. Your Architecture Tourist host drives by once a week. Now it's for sale; click here for the listing. The porch is cool but it's in keeping with the rest of the house. There is a private patio out back.


They keep the lamps on. Nice weathered awning. Perfect corner column. No climbing to the front door, just a couple of steps.


My favorite kind of lawn: No grass. It's too shady anyway.


Thanks to Hooked on Houses' "Hooked on Fridays" blog party.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Make a screen into a wall hanging

I'm participating in my 5th Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch! Today I'll show you how I made my screen into a wall hanging while preserving the "folds." This is my second non-screen screen application. Did you see the one I made into a headboard? It was easier because I wanted it flat against the wall. There are pictures in this post if you'd like to scroll ahead.

I'd been fretting over this for months and finally just did it.

There was nothing on the Internet about hanging folding screens on the wall. Gordon drew some brackets. I asked where to get them. He said, "I don't know." I took the drawing to Intown Ace Hardware's helpful hardware folks and made a plan.

The screen has four panels. The hinges swing in both directions so you can show either side. It's 3/4" thick.

Here is what I bought:
  • 1x4" ledger boards cut slightly less the width of the screen as I would hang it so it wouldn't show
  • Scrap 2x2" for making shims for the top ledger board to control the fold angle.
  • A strip of metal from which I could cut and bend the bottom brackets.
  • Screws for attaching the brackets to the ledger board.
  • Screws for attaching the ledger boards to the wall to through the studs.
  • Screw eyes for wiring the top ledger board to the hinges.
  • Black 11" cable ties to connect the screw eyes to the hinges.
  • Spray can of metal/wood primer.
  • Spray can of metal/wood paint.
  • Some dark colored stuff you can stick on the bottom of furniture legs to keep them from scratching the floor. I covered the brackets, the shims, and everything else that might scratch the screen.
  • Jigsaw with wood and metal cutting blades
  • Vise, hammer, screwdrivers.
  • Electric drill for pilot holes and screw driving.
  • Tape measure.
  • Level.
  • Stud finder.
Here are the brackets attached to the bottom ledger board.


Here is the shim and screw eye on the top ledger board. This is the point where the screen is furthest away from the wall.


Somehow I had to attach the hinges to the eye. I used black cable ties, usually used for electrical work or trash bags.


Ledger boards ready for the wall. The top is on the right with the "fold-hinge-shims, the bottom with the brackets is on the left. The blue tape mark the center-line of the hall, the shims, and the screen.


Bottom ledger hung. The width (depth) of the bracket notch has to accommodate the angled screen. It's actually bent to match the angle of the screen. The screen is 3/4" thick, the notch is 1 1/2" deep. It was a guess.


Bottom and top ledger boards are ready for the screen.


I used the cable ties to secure the top hinges to the top ledger board.


I don't have the right picture to show it to you in place. Here is the deal: You are standing in the foyer, walking towards the sconces. Can the see the stripes above the doorway to the left? Walk that way:


To your left you'll see the screen. It's a surprise.


You need to ground it otherwise it look like it's ready flay away. You just can't hang the screen alone. We're using file baskets for this picture. We've used a lot of other things on the floor.

Special thanks to my advisers, Architecture Tourist Auxiliary members Erin and Katherine, who both happen to be Georgia Tech Engineers.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

An Argentine Tours Atlanta - Thanks Norberto

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked on an Argentinian's (Norberto Feal) pictures of Atlanta. Certainly Norberto is an Architecture Tourist of the first order. I'm very happy to have a new perspective. And -by the way- this is my 200th post as Architecture Tourist.

Last week I was honored to receive this email. I guess he found me by Googling "Atlanta Architecture."
I write you from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Last year I visit Atlanta: I was
enjoy your wonderful city; and now I am writing an article -I am
architecture historian and critic- about David Yocum & Brian Bell Atlanta
office of architecture; and I discover your blog: Nice.

I send you the photos of some Atlanta buildings that I love.

Norberto (Feal)
So lets have a look. This first one in is near Murphy Avenue, near the office of architects Brian Bell and David Yocum. This is a neighborhood that time has nearly forgotten. Not anyone's destination but it's full of fascinating reminders.


What a porch!


Love the delicate details on the columns, the mini dentils, the transoms over windows and doors, beefy window moldings. Looks like there are permits in the oval window. Somebody has recognized this jewel.


This is the modest stair to a conservative facade in Ansley Park. From here you'd never guess that the back side of the house is ultra modern.


What was Norberto thinking? I'd say that this 4-square is still getting the job done perhaps after a variety of assignments. Who doesn't love the picket fence on the wall.


Getting down to the details: Diamond lights and impossibly proportioned shutters make the whole window into something else, just something else. And what about the brick coins?


Are there repurposed IHOPs (International House Of Pancakes) in Argentina? I hope so.


Thanks so much Norberto. Hope you get back to Atlanta.

Thanks to Hooked on Houses' "Hooked on Fridays" blog party.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

(No?) Crying in Design?

There is plenty of crying and fighting in design. Frank Lloyd Wright supposedly said something like, "if the roof isn't leaking you aren't trying hard enough." I don't know if he really said it but we certainly don't have to try very hard to cry during design.

So on Sunday mom, dad, and Daughter #2 visited Daughter #1's apartment to hang pictures, straighten, organize, and rearrange. And boy do we know each others' hot buttons. It could have been - should have been - an emotional massacre.

Here is a bit her "office corner" in false color from a year ago:


Gordon said get 2 big mirrors. We did about a year ago. We got them cheap. They Rule. You can see this one and in the reflection, you can see the other. It's like having 2 more big windows.

It's all inexpensive. You also see the baby blue, damaged, brand new sofa Gordon found at MANORism for $200 (MANORism has a blog). The bench under the mirror is from Antiques and Beyond on Cheshire Bridge but it's no antique. The desk from Horizon on Ellsworth Industrial is everybody's favorite. The chair is mom's derelict office chair from Office Depot.

But I'm not here to talk about mirrors.

Sister, dad and mom spent hours messing with daughter #1's apartment without a single fight and without a single tear. It looks good too.

It might have been the round of Zestos milkshakes that did the trick.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Touring Georgia's Railroad Terminals

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked on touring Georgia's railroad terminals online: Georgia's Railroad History & Heritage by Steve Storey. I'm also participating in my 4th Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

Two nice Atlanta Tours this week: Claire Watkins of HighGlossBlue gave us a tour of Atlanta's Inman Park and Things that Inspire showed us a glamorous Atlanta mansion.

I just going to point to an online tour of Georgia's railroad terminals. There are 216 terminal / depots on the list, each a handsome, practical, sturdy, flexible credit to a community. Most are more than 100 years old. Nearly all have metamorphosed to new uses.

Because I have personally been a boy all my life, I suggest you show this to the boys in your house. If you are a Georgian, you can learn good bit of history and geography without reading a word.

[Zebulon, Georgia Flickr user: jimmywayne] terminal details

You own state has plenty of them. Some cities have big-time architecture:

[Terminal Station Macon, Georgia Flickr user: drivebybiscuits1] terminal details

But most are in small towns, often the best building building in town, sometimes they outlasted the town. They are classy even in decay and ruin.

[DeSoto, Georgia, Flickr user: Amber Rhea] terminal details

What better place for a Victorian tower than Ideal, Georgia?

[Ideal Train Depot, Flickr user: jimmywayne] terminal details

With fresh paint and fresh purpose, their dignity will delight us for another 100 years.

[Adairsville, Georgia, Flickr user: jimmywayne] terminal details

Hey, there are more that 200 more in Georgia.

Thanks so much to Hooked on Houses' "Hooked on Fridays" blog party.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Use Colorsuckr to extract colors from web pictures

Thanks to this post from feed growth blog by Atlanta's Digital Scientists, I've learned about ColorSuckr. If you can find the URL of a picture, ColorSuckr will extract the colors and help you do a color scheme. It's a free web application.

I've used the stand-alone program "ColorSchemer" for years. It has been very valuable. The ColorSchmer website has boatloads of great palates.

Do you know about ColourLovers. It's more than I can handle.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Making a headboard from a screen - with "mirrors"

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked my headboard project. I'm also participating in my third Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

We found a damaged screen at World Market in Atlanta and Gordon decided we should use it as a headboard. P.S. Keep your eye on this lamp from Flora Dora. It will become a one-of-a-kind sconce.

Here is the screen against the old paint. We tried fabric behind it and it looked great. Then Gordon suggested we try a mirror behind it and Wow. But real mirrors are heavy and expensive, particularly if cut to fit. How to do it?


By coincidence I happened to see a "Painted House" episode using "Mirrored foil." I started searching the Internet and finally found "Reflective mylar" which was readily available from our local hydroponics store. It was cheap. It's the stuff they make those shiny balloons from. It's like a giant roll of aluminum foil but it not so wrinkly.

At Home Depot I had them cut 1/4" oak plywood into six panels to back each section of the scroll work. I got some spray glue and a 99 cent squeegee and I was good to go.

Here are the backing panels and the roll of mylar:

I cut the mylar into sheets bigger than the panels and glued them on. It was very easy. The mylar is sturdy and not wrinkly like kitchen foil.

I trimmed the excess mylar with a utility knife.

I temporarily taped the panels into place to see how they looked.

The mirror foil adds a luminosity that changes as you walk around the room. This picture doesn't do it justice! It sparkles. If we get tired of it, we can always remove the panels or cover them with fabric.

I used a "cleat" to hang the headboard after many look-sees by Gordon for the right height:

Note: The cleat on the screen also keeps the screen flat. There is another 1x2 board on the bottom of the screen to keep the screen plumb with the wall.

Then we redid the room big time. We painted the wood floor and

Benjamin MooreReady mixed "White" enamel floor paint, glossy


Benjamin Moore OC-19 "Seapearl" Latex eggshell


Benjamin Moore Ready mixed "White" Latex semi-gloss


Sash - Benjamin Moore 2063-20 "Down Pour Blue" Latex semi-gloss

Here we are partway through. We picked out a rug that pulls everything together. It was soon appropriated by daughter #1 for her apartments. Easy come, easy go NOT.

The sash was very controversial but kicks ...
I painted the chair red, it's just about my favorite chair of all times.

Remember the lamp? Gordon said to hang it on the wall as a sconce.

Here goes, sorry about the card table.

In ancient mode:

I sure appreciate y'all coming by.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

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