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April 2007


Journals As Inspiration

April 5, 2007

Victoria does it. I do it. Marieke Berghuis is huge into it. Irina Troitskaya makes her living from it. And Jason constantly blogs about it and even creates the goods to do it. So I ask you, do you journal?

Journals As Inspiration

I maintain several. One is a written one, a “diary” of sorts that I’ve actually been writing since I was 7 years old. Then there are the more artistic journals where I draw and paste words and images that tell a story of what I’m feeling at that moment. These are a bit more personal, so I don’t share them with everyone. Finally, there are my inspiration books that contain hundreds of clipped pages that inspire me or my work. These I freely share with anyone that is interested.

Journals As InspirationVictoria Smith of SFGirlByBay

Aside from being an amazing spot to catch all of your thoughts, dreams, fears and I-can’t-believe-I said-that moments, journals give you an outlet to plug into, a place to collect everything that you ‘see’ in your head and translate it into the pages of a book through words, images from magazines, photos, stamps, ticket stubs, fabric and paint swatches, wrapping paper, anything that can help you tell a story or create something to inspire you. You can create books according to category, i.e. bedrooms, baths, living rooms, outdoor spaces or by object, like art, chairs, or whatever it is that you are passionate about.

Journals As InspirationMarieke Berghuis of Treats + Treasures
Journals As InspirationRussian Illustrator Irina Troitskaya

I encourage you to start a journal of your own. You’ll absolutely love doing it. If you don’t like to write, and many people don’t, then go for more of a visual journal like some of those shown above. It’s quite relaxing to sit down and cut + paste your thoughts into books. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll learn about yourself. If you’d like to get started, click here for a DIY guide on how to create your own Look Book.

Have fun, explore, enjoy, JOURNAL!


Modishoppe – *New* Indie Design Online Boutique

April 4, 2007

A huge congrats to Jena from the Modish blog on the launch of her super new store for indie design, Modishoppe. I’m so proud of her and think her store is just beautiful, I love how it’s set up and the selection is just great. For the next week (4/4-4/11), if you enter congrats44 upon checkout, your order will ship for FREE if it totals $75 USD or more.

Modishoppe - *New* Indie Design Online BoutiqueJena told me that success with this shop will signal her big leap into the world of the “creatively self employed”, and I know from my own experience how terrifying that can be, so let’s all wish her lots of success and show our support in any small way we can, either by making a purchase or spreading the word to our friends and family, via blogs, or any other way that will help Miss Jena take the leap from her day job to the exciting, scary, roller coaster lifestyle of the freelancer! :)

Congratulations Jena – Way to go on your new store!

(images from modishoppe)


Heidi (Stationery + More!)

April 4, 2007

After the Zara Home images (a heavy dose of white overload), and now seeing tons of snow falling outside of my window (it’s April, hellloo?), I needed a jolt of color to cheer me up. Color and pattern in bold, geometric prints is what our girl Heidi is all about. She has some stylish papers and cards; I’d love to blow up some of these patterns and paste them on a wall, what swank wallpaper some of these would make. Fresh!

Heidi (Stationery + More!)Heidi (Stationery + More!)
Thanks Mona for the tip!

(images from heidi)

Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Zara Home Inspiration in White

April 4, 2007

I wrote about Zara Home this time last year, and despite how it pains me that their home stores aren’t in the states (yet), I’m thrilled to at least catch a glimpse of their catalog online because the images are gorgeous and packed with styling ideas. Plus, there’s a lot of things I see that resemble pieces that I can find here in the states from stores and flea markets, so it’s just a matter of pulling everything together to create the relaxed, soft look that is Zara Home. It’s a little bit of the Beachy Keen and the Nurturing Naturalist combined, don’t you think? And Miss Victoria from SFGirlbyBay was right, white is too a color!

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteLots of antlers, texture, shells, bird cages, painted wood floors (white-washed), white furnishings, hints of blue, white in many shades keeping the look warm vs. cool, ceramics, driftwood, flea market finds, it’s all gorgeous, isn’t it? Click on any of these images to enlarge…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteZara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis is my favorite room (below), I love everything about it. It actually reminds me of this living room in Linda Gregoriou’s home from Australian Vogue magazine. I love how they filled the fireplace with books, and this gorgeous cut out rug…

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteThis kitchen feels so Scandinavian to me, it looks so clean and warm, which is sometimes hard to accomplish with an all white palette because too often it can read as sterile and cold.

Zara Home Inspiration in WhiteWhat a gorgeous entry, it almost looks like the railing is an ornate wrought iron. Don’t we all dream of a balcony or patio like this?

Zara Home Inspiration in White(images from zara home)


DWR’s Miss Gana Ottoman [Hot or Scary?]

April 4, 2007

Is this thing hot or hairy scary? Resembling a Muppet and badly in need of google eyes, only 50 are available over at Design Within Reach, so if you want your eco-friendly Miss Gana ottoman made from unworn, overstocked flip-flop sandals for $250- act now before it rolls away… Or walks. Or ends up with an acting career on some Nickelodeon show.

DWR's Miss Gana Ottoman [Hot or Scary?]

Hot or Scary? Would you own this thing? I cast my vote like this… If it was in one of those massive, swank Elle Decor style homes with all the right billion dollar furnishings, it would work. If it was in my home, just plain scary. And you?

(images from dwr)


eBay Find: Dorothy Draper Style Dresser

April 4, 2007

This is such a cool eBay find from seller Mod Avenue (one of my faves), and I think with the right knobs, it would make a great accent piece. I just love the price– Buy It Now for $300 and it ships to your home straight out of Brooklyn. I love it because I had an entire bedroom set just like this growing up, only it had cane trim and was white.

eBay Find: Dorothy Draper Style DresserIf yellow isn’t for you, paint it your favorite color, it has such great lines and detail, and you can find knobs over at eBay Find: Dorothy Draper Style Dresser Paint it in a few colors, outlining the details. Line the drawers with your favorite vintage wallpaper. Use it in the entry to store paperwork, bills, scarves, mittens, keys… Or in the more common places, like a walk-in closet, bedroom, living room, etc. It’s so much fun to find pieces like this on eBay, such a great bargain and so much potential to perk it up and have fun.

(images from ebay seller mod avenue and anthropologie)

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