Fancy a spot of tea? This isn’t your grandmother’s tea party. Visit Third Drawer Down for limited edition domestic artworks in the form of tea towels, artkerchiefs and artprons. It’s all about bringing a little more artistic flair into the mundane things of life, right?
[Posts are a bit short and sweet today, as I'm rushing around since we'll be taking off with friends for the next few days after 3pm today). Make sure you check out the blog of the week, Make It, and our book of the week, Junk Market Style. Don't worry, it's not how it sounds, the book surprised me with some clever projects and such. If I'm not back today, I'll be back on Sunday with an interview and some more fresh finds. Oh, and if you're in Boston this weekend, please do not miss the South End Open Studios, lots of fun! Enjoy!]
(images from third drawer down)
I first spotted Catherine David Designs in an Aussie magazine that I received from a swap, and since Modamuse recently blogged about her, I figured I should share this fabulous New Zealand designer with all of you. She designs shower curtains, like the one shown with the chandelier that I really like, along with interesting furniture and accessories, lighting, and a very cool vintage axminster 100% wool rug. Best of all, you can shop Catherine’s designs online!
This etsy seller is the cutest! Customize a vintage plate with any word you desire and she’ll create an art plate just for you. No matter how cheeky, Trixie Delicious can deliver. For dining or displaying, these plates are food safe and non-toxic. I’d love to see them served at a tea party with the girls or better yet, display them on the wall, mixed in with your dainty floral china. Definitely will give your wall a sense of humor. ($25 and up)
“Trixie loves to create art plates for people with a sense of humour. She has had many years experience as an exhibiting artist and designer and has a BFA in sculpture. When she gets a break she likes to spend time with her family and pets and also to travel. She needs a soundtrack when she works and her current faves include Goldfrappe,Ladytron and some golden oldies like The Cars, Blondie and T-Rex. She also enjoys red wine, tequila and movies by John Waters and the comedy of Eddy Izzard and Billy Connelly.”
(images from trixie delicious)
I really love foxy + winston. I especially love the hedgehog print shown above. The peacock in lace is clever, too. Something about bold red and navy lately, I’m finding myself more and more attracted to it. These cards would look equally lovely as fabric, wouldn’t they?
Any weekend plans?
(images from foxy + winston)
Lynda from Delight is another decor8 reader who wants to share her home with all of us. Since her weekend home was just featured in the LA Times last Thursday, she sent over the link for us to enjoy. Lynda thinks we’ll like the bold color combinations and the strong mid-century vibe. Her space is amazing!
When I browsed Lynda’s photos I instantly thought about how inferior my own space is. But it didn’t dampen my spirits, it made me excited about a few projects in my home that I need to get started on. Many assume that designers’ homes are these amazingly plush abodes, and for some they are…. For me, designing my own space is often the most challenging job I have. Trying to be perfect, feeling frustrated as a result, and then procrastinating the project altogether. Can you relate?
Setting goals beyond our reach is the quickest route to failure. Taking on too much at once, thinking too big, not being realistic when it comes to budget, expectations, and the time that it will take to complete the work are other reasons we feel stuck. If we aren’t realistic in our planning, stress and frustration will result. The happiness that you should feel ‘during’ the process will turn into a ball of dizzying stress. It’s more important to relax and enjoy the ride, not always struggling to reach the destination. This is where I must practice what I preach.
Most creative types, especially as we enter our thirties, start to see and then (the hard part) accept that we will never be normal. Our friends may decorate their home once and never think about it again. Ever. Creative types think about what they can improve on a daily basis. What could be more interesting. Maybe the sofa should face this direction. Perhaps the wall should be blue again. It never ends. Truth is, our home will forever be a ‘work in progress’. That can be hard to face, but it’s true. And that’s okay because I couldn’t live in a home that I couldn’t play with on a constant basis. On one side, it’s time-consuming, costly, frustrating and makes your husband think you’ve lost your mind. On the flipside, everyone has something that they’re into. If it wasn’t decorating, I’d be obsessed with something else. I have a design-savvy friend who seems to have contractors in her home constantly. My designer friend has painted her kitchen 5 times this summer. I am still trying to figure out how to configure my new studio space addition that we added to our house (gulp!) in, uh, well that would be last February.
I hope decor8 reader spaces help you to see life outside of the high gloss spaces in magazines. I love those spaces, so I’m careful not to complain, but just as fashion models are air-brushed to perfection, magazine homes are often primed and styled to absolute perfection. What we’re seeing isn’t really reality. The magazine stacks are hidden. The teacup collection is stored away. The litter box was quickly stored beneath the bed. And all those fresh flowers aren’t always in every single room.
Living Etc, Home Companion, Domino, Canadian House + Home and a handful of other magazines do a nice job at presenting somewhat attainable digs. That’s the appeal of Domino, don’t you think? However, many others feature spaces that only represent a small percentage of the ‘average’ home dweller. Sure, it’s fun to drool over gorgeous photos in Elle Decor, I can pull elements from the homes they feature, ideas for my own space. It can also be insanely frustrating. The exact sofa we see in a magazine can be delivered to our home tomorrow and never look as good because the room it was featured in has 12′ ceilings and a view of the Eiffel Tower. Do you ever look at these places and think that somehow you’ve missed the mark in life because you don’t live like that too? I have clients that express having felt that way from time to time. It’s simply untrue.
It all boils down to how each one of us defines success.
Of course, there are those (like Lynda) who can and do live large. And beautiful. And have it seemingly all together when it comes to design (drool!). Most of us forget though that Lynda may have spent years putting that home together, collecting those clocks, locating that beautiful art. Also, she may not always have lived liked this. I’m sure she didn’t shop a few catalogs and pull off that look overnight, either. This is no Trading Spaces abode.
Whatever you feel is a challenge in your own space, I hope decor8 reader spaces arms you with hope, courage and inspiration. I hope that they spark your creativity. Most of us have average spaces that are constantly evolving. And that’s okay. There’s joy in the process, remember that.
So, check out Lynda’s space; you can read the entire article and view the photos online here.
If you have photos of your home that you’d like to share, don’t be shy, shoot me an email.
Thanks Lynda for sharing this with us!