Old World-Style Living Room

A family's newly added living room is transformed from cavernous to cozy.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis is an easy decorative piece to make.
Design coordinator Charles Burbridge creates an original art piece using a foam sphere and decorative glass discs (figure A). He first coats the sphere in artists canvas primer (available at most art-supply stores). This coating will transform the foam into a nonporous work surface. He attaches the glass discs using an adhesive specifically for glass (figure B) and then covers the sphere in grout, wiping off the excess while it's still wet. Once the piece is dry, he wipes it down again with a damp cloth to remove any remaining grout residue.