decor8 contributor, Anh-Minh Le, wrote to me last night about Amy Ruppel and her blog. Of course, we’re big Amy fans (see post from 4.14.06), but did you know she has a blog? Best part, she posted some photos of her home in Portland, OR recently that I just love. I don’t know about you, but I’d win the peeping Jane award because when I take walks at night, I dig gazing into the homes I pass. It’s so interesting to look at how others arrange things, don’t you think? Peek into Amy’s space. She has lots of great photos of her lovely nest right here.
(photo from early bird show)
Last night I decided that this whole cluttered closet thing has to go. I stepped into my walk-in, unable to locate anything quickly, for the last time. I completely gutted it and now, busily transforming it into a well-organized machine. As I looked over everything last night, I realized that I have lots to donate. I can’t believe how many pairs of jeans I own. I have shoes popping out all over, clothes still dangling price tags, design boards from clients’ past, paint and fabric books, it’s just out of control. The only thing that didn’t end up in a huge pile on my bed during the closet shake down is my vintage hat collection. I love hats from the 1920s and 30s and have a collection of some of my favorites displayed on the wall of my closet along the top. They were all passed down to me from mom. Anyone else have the organizing bug lately? So far, I have my living room and kitchen organized, yesterday I tackled everything under my bed, organized my bookcases and vacummed beneath everything along with gutting my closet, and today I have to put my closet back together again and work on my bathroom. Such a huge weight has been lifted by undertaking this massive spring cleaning effort. My husband is overjoyed, too. He won’t stop kissing me and telling me how beautiful I am. All this for organizing some closets and cabinets. Sheesh. I guess there are many ways to a man’s heart.
Let’s talk amazing hats for a moment. Isn’t this hat simply to die for? Oh, and why stop there, let’s examine her whole outfit. Don’t you just love her ruffled edge jeans, slightly cropped… And those fabulous shoes with the ankle strap? It’s very gothic chic, a little dangerous, a bit victorian, a lot rock star. The frilly part around the back of the jeans, very cute. Seeing this photo reminds me that I need to start sewing again. Although I can’t rock this entire outfit, the thought of owning cropped jeans with a little ruffle at the bottom, that’s inspiration to start sewing. How hard could it be to cut some jeans and add a trim?
By the way, I need your help. I found this photo on a blog, I remember what the blog looked like (it has a puppet in the banner, I think) and I can see the bloggers photo in my head (lady with brown hair, artist), but I cannot recall the name of it to give her credit for the photo. If any of you know, please email or comment below so I can insert the photo credit in this post. Thank you!
Bubblelicious! I’m crushing on this fashion blog called Style Bubble. Have you seen it? It’s wonderful. Susie is the most creative girl and it shows, from her banner to her posts, everything is a delight. I had to post these photos of little Marcus Brewer from one of my all time favorite movies, About A Boy. Seems as though Marcus, rather Nicholas Hoult, has grown into his bowl haircut. At 6’3″ and 16 years old, he is quite the hot boy on campus. Not that I’m lusting for the under 18 set, but I’m sure the ‘tween girls are going crazy for him. If you’re an About A Boy fan, I’m sure you’ll love seeing these photos of Nicholas. Susie has more posted over at her very fantasCHIC blog, Style Bubble.
Speaking of About A Boy, did you catch the interview of Rachel Weisz in the April issue of British Vogue? Stunning photos and a terffic interview – not to miss for Weisz fans!
(images from style bubble)
decor8 reader, Sky, told me all about this London based artist that she thought I’d like, Justine Smith. Sky was right on the money about that!
Justine Smith has this green theme (not eco-green, we’re talking bling bling green) and produces a series of sculptures covered in real money. “At once a visual pun, these works also explore our relationship with that most ubiquitous aspect of life and our responce to it, either in a political, moral or philosophical sense, as well as emphasising the physical beauty of the note.” Justine says.
Money aside, she is particularly known for her ongoing series of dog sculptures which are meticulously formed from chicken-wire and plaster. When the sculpture is complete, she collages over it forming one snazzy pup! A dog any landlord couldn’t refuse…
In addition to her sculptures, she also creates these beautiful wall-mounted paper contructions that I’m in love with. I can totally see these in my home. She uses paper pieces to form these stunning geometric or swirling silhouettes of birds, insects and in particular butterflies. Swoon!
Thank you again, Sky!
(images from justine smith)
Does anyone read Cookie magazine? I’m a huge fan, and I’m not even a parent. I just love this new parenting magazine, and I highly suggest it for anyone really. I like staying current with what’s going on in the world of parenting so that when I get there someday, I’m not totally clueless. Plus, it reaches way beyond parenting, including recipes, travel, decor items, and fashion. I have friends with kids, so it also helps me to understand and relate to them better. Often, when you have friends with children, you find yourself unable to identify with a lot of what they talk about. Funny as it sounds, Cookie has helped me ‘get’ my parenting friends and develop closer bonds because our worlds don’t seem so far apart anymore. Having kids doesn’t put you on some unknown planet where no one except other parents can relate to you. Great publications, like Cookie, help bridge the gap, or shall I say, make you realize that a gap really doesn’t exist between parents and non-parents. It’s all about educating yourself and learning to understand and be there for your friends as life changes.
To read my Cookie review over at GKFA, click here. Enjoy!
Sticky Prints is Cynthia Smith, a certified work-at-home mom and business woman. Having always been passionate about photography and displaying photos in her home, she wanted a practical, fashionable solution for showing off her favorites while saving space – so she invented one and Sticky Prints was born. The magnetic backed frames hold a 4×6 photo perfectly, leaving just enough room to show the trendy design border, fabulous for your fridge! New frame designs are added to her website each month, along with larger frames for displaying your child’s artwork on the refrigerator, or a filing cabinet at work. Visit Sticky Prints for pricing and more information.
(images from sticky prints)