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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    The colorful bottle wall at Nuela

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    Sparkly wall art at Nuela

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    Crisscrossing saffron panels at Nuela

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    The DIY colored bottle wall

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    The DIY sparkly wall art

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


    The DIY crisscrossing saffron panels

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson


The colorful bottle wall at Nuela

Inspiration: The interior at Pan-Latin restaurant Nuela (43 W 24th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-929-1200,

TONY version: When sprawling modern Latin cevicheria Nuela opened its doors this past July, it made a splash with its dramatic, glitzy decor, conceived by Venezuelan fashion designer Angel Sanchez and interior designer Christopher Coleman. Fans of the duo's industrial-chic stylings will be happy to hear that it's a cinch to replicate the look: To assemble your own spectrum-spanning bottle wall, simply fill glass containers with food dye and water (we purchased hinge-top vessels from Ikea, but you can just as easily reuse clear wine or coke bottles). Arrange them on a window ledge, prop them on a shelf or line them up on a table for a conversation-starting centerpiece. For the mirrored-disc panel, we wrapped a piece of wood with holographic paper and adorned it with foil paillettes, though you can just as easily use a backing of foam core instead. Hang it on a bare white wall for instant art-gallery cred or make a larger version for a homemade headboard. Finally, we draped a wall-mounted wooden beam with a length of orange burlap to mimic the eatery's crisscrossed saffron-hued panels. Those with converted two-bedroom pads can intertwine panels from wall to wall for a chic room divider, or try wrapping an outdoor balcony for a similarly dramatic effect.

Total cost: $70
Estimated time: Three hours

Materials needed:
* Self-adhesive holographic paper or wrapping paper ($1.51 per 9" by 12" sheet at Pearl Paint, 308 Canal St between Broadway and Greene St; 212-431-7932,
* A 2' x 4' wood panel ($2 at Home Depot, 40 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-929-9571, or 24" x 36" sheet of foam-core board ($3 at Pearl Paint)
* Two packages of 30mm foil paillettes ($8 each at M&, 1008 Sixth Ave between 37th and 38th Sts; 212-391-6200,
* Straight pins ($3 at Duane Reade, locations throughout the city; visit
* Six hinge-top glass bottles ($3 each at Ikea, 1 Beard St at Otsego St, Red Hook, Brooklyn; 718-246-4532,
* McCormick assorted food coloring (four for $5 at any grocery store)
* One ten-foot roll of orange burlap ($15 at B & J Florist Supply, 103 W 28th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves; 212-564-6086)

1. For the bottle wall: Fill plastic containers with tap water and gradually add drops of food coloring until you've achieved the desired shade. Pour into bottles of different sizes and shapes for variety. Position on a shelf or window ledge.
2. For the mirrored panel: Measure the space you wish to decorate and cut the wood or foam core to size. (We advise having a professional cut the lumber, but an X-Acto knife and ruler will make a clean score on the foam core.) Affix self-adhesive paper to the panel, then thread straight pins through the foil paillettes and press or hammer them in. Hang the finished piece with picture hooks and wire.
3. For the fabric sculpture: Make a frame with two dowels and begin by draping the precut roll of burlap fabric vertically over the top of one beam. Then continue winding the fabric up and over between the two to create a crisscross effect. For a more varied look, cut pieces of fabric into narrow strips to intersect any open spaces.

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