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Creative Sunday: Paper Source How To Videos

Looking for something creative to do today? Check out the Paper Source How To Videos. You can watch them online and the instructor is darling, she’s like the art teacher that everyone loved from school or something. I love her laid back charm – she makes everything look so easy.

I really enjoyed the flower kit video because I have most of the supplies already, so this would be an easy and inexpensive project for me. I’m thinking these flowers would be adorable for a Spring ladies tea party, you could make mini flowers, tie them on ribbons, and wrap them around linen napkins, placing one on each plate. You could also create some pretty flower garlands to string around the backs of chairs or over the windows.

Paper Source has dozens of free instructional videos online – so enjoy!

Boston locals: Paper Source is located in Brookline, Boston, Cambridge, and Wellesley. They have fun workshops in their store locations. The Polaroid Transfer class on February 18th interests me…

(images from paper source)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, tips on January 14, 2007

Brocade Home Spring ’07 {Sneak Peek}

A huge thanks to Lisa over at Brocade Home for sending a sneak peak of their Spring ’07 catalog today. You can expect your catalog early February (if you sign up for it, that is). And in March, they will launch their e-commerce site, which will give us all a chance to shop BH if we so choose.

This season, look for Brocade to deliver fresh new colors (a lot lighter than the last catalog), shapes, finishes, and fabrics. I’m seeing lots of romance and old world charm that can easily mingle with even the most contemporary of decors, given you know what to add and how much, of course. I’m not opposed to throwing in a dash of baroque in a clean, modern environment. I think it adds cheeky charm, an air of confidence and whimsy to the home… You decorate how you want and no one is telling you otherwise. Amen, people.

Love this shot. Tons of plates, they look like Sarah Cihat‘s rehabilitated dishware. I’m not sure if the plates will be offered via Brocade Home, but the silhouette table, chandelier, and chairs are up for grabs. I love the shape of the table, and it’s not too expensive for oak. Available in 3 sizes ($599-799), the square would be perfect for a small eating space, the small rectangle can be used for dining or as a desk, and the large rectangle is perfect for your formal dining room.

“Honey I know, I know, I know times are changing…” When I saw this room, I started humming Purple Rain. I’m not a fan of purple at all, never have been, it screams 1985 Italian family in Revere, MA. If you come from a Revere Italian family, you’ll totally get what I’m saying here. Only, they’d have plastic covers on those ottomans, of course. But aside from my fear of purple (along with clowns, but that’s another story), the purple as shown just works with all that white. I’m liking it, and if I can buy any of these things in another color, I’m liking it even more. :) Aside from the purple, please don’t skip over the lovely vintage lace acrylic side table. I’m thinking it will be a big hit at $249.

I like the looks of this large tufted cube in crushed velvet ($399) and the headboard ($599-799) on this bed. Very inviting in this space, dreamy! Look ma, no purple!

I’m smitten by this lacecut media storage credenza for $599. That pattern is heaven. It’s nice to finally start seeing some media storage that has some real style to it. The velvet sofa ($1,499) reminds me of my favorite eye shadow color from Sephora. It’s this shimmery cocoa. Ah, so nice. I’d love it in soft blue.

These oversized tufted ottomans and the high back sofa make me weak at the knees. I would adore a sofa like this in my bedroom, if only my bedroom were about 45 times its current size, that is. The sofa is $1,999 (gulp) and the ottomans are $1,199 each (out of my reach). But, you can love from afar, I guess…

And finally, here’s a pretty boudoir with brocade trimmed plush towels ($12-24) and a charming ruffle edge mirror ($399) to add a dash of feminine flair.

Thoughts on their Spring collection based on what you’ve seen so far?

(images from brocade home. click on them for mega views.)

Posted in Objects on January 13, 2007

Susan Stockwell + Studio Caparrelli {london}

See this photo (first image)? I had to share it because I really like the idea of creating a paper quilt. I started making fabric quilts in 1999, but never did I consider creating one out of paper. This image sent my idea gears spinning… (click on any of these images for a larger view.)

The talented artist behind these creations is Susan Stockwell of London (read her bio here). Susan works primarily with paper, from coffee filters to tea bags, and my favorite, maps. Her work is something to marvel, especially when you see how she’s created life size gowns from paper – like this Victoria dress formed by maps of the British Isles.

You can arrange to see her works at Studio Caparrelli in London. Have you ever visited this studio before? Thoughts? It looks like a great way to spend a day in London, to me…

Studio Caparrelli
69 Harrington Gardens
Suite 3, London SW7 4JZ
Tel +44 (0)20 73703850
Studio website

(images from susan stockwell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on January 12, 2007

This Love Forever

A few pretty handmade cards spotted over at This Love Forever… Who also has a beautiful blog for documenting the creative process and design in general.

(images from this love forever)

Posted in blogs, Etsy Faves, stationery on January 12, 2007


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