I love crafty girls! If you’re looking for a little inspiration for your arts and crafts space, this may be just what you need to see today. Introducing… Allyson’s sweet sew space.
Name: Allyson Vermeulen
Occupation: stay-at-home mom
State: Beacon, NY
Theme: A sweet little sewing room full of vintage details, where organization and order inspire creativity.
Inspiration: Things that are pink and dainty: a plate of raspberry glazed cream puffs, a pair of satin shoes in the perfect ballerina pink, an embroidery sampler in many shades of rose, delicate floral handkerchiefs. I have also taken a cue from vintage sewing supplies and notions, and muslin covered dress forms. More than anything I find myself inspired by organization: the jars of notions with fabric-covered lids, the baskets separating works-in-progress, the proper work table, the spools of thread tied to their matching bobbins, stacks of neatly folded fabric. I am realizing just how much good design can improve your quality of life – not just because its pretty to look at, but because it functions well, and helps you stay focused. My imaginary room is also inspired by necessity.
Notes: Right now my “sewing room” is a corner of our living room where I keep my machines and tools. My fabric is in bins in the attic and my cutting table is the dining room floor. By the time I have taken out whatever I am working on and set everything up, one of my boys is up from their nap and it all has to go away again. I imagine that if I had a room to keep it all in, a room where I could leave things mid-process, I’d get so much more done! And being the only girl in the house, I would love a room thats pink!
Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Allyson! I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!
(images by allyson vermeulen)
Another stunning entry… This time, it’s of a nursery for a little boy built around a woodland theme. I hope you’ve been clicking on all the images and reading the notes on some of these boards, you don’t want to miss out on the details!
Name: DeNai Jones
Occupation: Designer & Founder of Petunia Pickle Bottom
Your blog/website: www.petuniapicklebottom.com
Theme: Woodland Explorer/Boys Nursery
Inspiration: My son and the evolving baby industry I am privileged to design for. I am a big fan of decor8 and just had to submit a mood board for the contest! My hope was to include everything from the crib, changing table, storage, wallpaper, paint, mobile for the crib, mom’s chair, and other unique pieces created by some amazing artists. Clean design without a lot of fuss. My paint choice is a pallette of cool browns and beiges for the center wall (and opposing wall) framing the crib.
“The Cole and Son wallpaper is to be used on the two opposing walls (windows on both walls). The wallpaper gives the impression of the outside living within the walls; and the background being nature outside the windows. Sleek, simple shelving holds interesting pieces from nature walks as well some artistic pieces. The mobile I created is a step away from the ordinary. I have an aversion to brightly colored stuffed animals that sing sacchrine music. I chose the Egg Birdhouse by J. Schatz suspended from a couple of twigs. I think these would be intersting shapes for a baby to look up upon. The owl night light is an amazing creation and would give a wonderful glow to the room at night. I think crickets would have to be on the CD player for the babies “white noise” sleep music. ” -DJ
“Part of my inspiration was from the Wondertime Magazine spread. Kids whiling away the hours in nature, building, creating, and daydreaming. My friend let me borrow one of her letterpress blocks–mushrooms. I have a certain fascination with the different varities of mushrooms. I am in love with the simple baby rocker as well as the mom’s chair. Both are examples of clean line and function.” -DJ
“The flooring I chose is similiar to what I have in my own house. I love the distressed and no fuss look; and the sheep skin rug makes a perfect textural centerpiece for the room. The owl and tree stump pillows are perfect accessorie pieces that I fell in love with a few months back.” -DJ
“The changing table I chose offers storage as well as a tidy changing station. The changing station can be removed once baby is out of diapers. My quick brainstorming sketches show the room layout and mobile idea. The crib would be placed on the back wall, changing table in corner, mom’s rocking chair kitty korner, sheep skin rug center. Owl light and pillow tree stumps anchor the corners.” -DJ
Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, DeNai! I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!
(images by denai jones)
Anne Harwell is this amazing self-taught artist based in Florida that works mainly in gouache/ink and acrylics in some of the most beautiful hues. She just added prints in Annechovie (her etsy store) featuring some of her interior paintings, you have to check them out, they look exactly like some of my favorite rooms from past issues of Domino magazine!
Anne even accepts commissions if you have a picture to send her. I’m positively smitten by her work, as I can imagine framing these and placing several over a credenza in a living room, especially the chairs. Wow.
Great work Anne, thanks for writing in!
(images from annechovie)
I’ll post as many entries as I can fit in today, and then that’s it, the contest will wrap up and tomorrow we’ll all get to vote for our new winners. Yeah!
Name: Michele DeVous
Occupation: Homemaker, Grandmother (a young one!), collage artist.
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Theme: Urban Sophisticate: Black and White and Red all over
Inspiration: Downtown lofts are revitalizing cities all over the country and young sophisticates are flocking to them. “Black and White and Red all over” is meant to reflect the urban: environment–geometrics, black buildings punctuated with neon signs, nature with a stylized perspective. The new urban dwellers are successful, well-traveled, investors, business people, collectors of unique travel finds with an eclectic mix: Eames print, antique kitchen linens, Art Deco salt and pepper shakers, American folk art and Chinese antiques. The open loft flows from one living area to another; one palette carried throughout the space–black, white and red all over.
Thank you for entering the decor8/Amy Butler mood board contest, Michele!
(images by michele deVous)
The new painting that I blogged about on Monday arrived today from Marisa at Creative Thursday. I’m so excited, I have to share it with you. It’s up on my temporary art wall, temporary because I have to paint my office and add all of my prints and paintings to this space, but for now this little painting will stay right where it is.
Sure, it may look like the wall of a fifth grader, but anything goes in my workspace. After sitting in cubicles and offices for 10 years surrounded by schematics and excel spreadsheets pinned all around me, I decided that “free” is in the word “freelance” and I need to exercise my freedom of expression in my home office, on my level, now that I’m working for myself. And you know what? Good for me. And if your art is a bit childish, three cheers to you, too. If you don’t surround yourself with things that evoke certain positive emotions in you, then save your money and live with four blank walls, no furniture, and throw a mattress in the middle of the room because I truly feel that you’re not living if your space reflects the style and taste of someone else. For me, I think 34 going on 13 pretty much sums up this little space above my desk, and I like it this way.
(image by holly becker for decor8)