An encouraging email arrived from established artist Lindsay Brackeen who originally sold her mixed media paintings online but recently decided to move her business over to Etsy to offer affordable prints of her darling originals (just $20!).
Lindsay runs a home business in addition to her duties as a mom of two. She fits in time creating art during their naps so that she’s still able to do what she loves in addition to her favorite role as mommy. It always warms my heart to hear from independent mothers who are online and use all the great resources that exist out there to build a small business so that they’re able to spend more time with their children. The best part is that they’re not feeling trapped at home detached from the outside “adult” world, they’re connecting online and building a small business. No mom should have to sacrifice her dreams to raise a child, it’s just a matter of figuring out how to do both really well because we all know a happy, emotionally fulfilled mom is a better parent all around.
(images from lindsay art)
I have a few pretty spaces to show you today, the first is of a modern nursery in Vancouver, Canada. I rarely feature kid’s design but since these parents use many things that can be placed in an adult space, such as independent art and a fantastic tile rug, all can find inspiration from this colorful nursery. The space belongs to Tracy Harvey-Chan and her husband Francis Chan, Tracy proudly expressed that Francis was just as responsible for the design as she was. It’s great to see both parents having equal input on the design and I love that they teamed up to pull it together.
And if you wonder why there’s a sofa vs. a chair, well this first pregnancy is quite exciting for them as they’re expecting twin girls, hence the sofa for both parents to spend time with their little cuties. Let’s visit the Chan nursery, shall we? I asked Tracy a few questions…
decor8: Tell us about your inspiration…
Tracy: The walls were white and we weren’t allowed to paint, so we wanted to create a sense of nature and warmth. We started to do this through color – woodsy browns, mossy greens and sky blues, the reclaimed lumber shelf and the animal theme which runs throughout. We also liked the mix of modern, clean lines with the antique, ornate frames and shelf.
decor8: What was the first thing you picked up for this room?
Tracy: The first would be the squirrel painting which was given to us by a good friend, in fact all the art came before any of the necessities!
decor8: How did you decide on the colors?
Tracy: We started to decorate before we knew genders, so we wanted gender neutral colors that weren’t typical baby colors. We wanted muted colors that were drawn from nature rather than pink, blue or yellow.
decor8: Where did you find most items?
Tracy: The art came from several different artists on Etsy, the Numbers poster from Binth, antique stores, our friend Lara painted the squirrel, an old Richard Scarry book and our first Ultrasound. The baby furniture is from the Oeuf line and the carpet tiles are from Flor.
decor8: What are your 5 favorite pieces?
Tracy: The wooden plank shelf (from reclaimed lumber), ALL the art, especially the first ultrasound photo, 3. the throw (stag print) which covers the sofa is made by David Fussenegger, an Austrian designer, 4. The Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp, and 5. the stuffies above the crib (I believe this is a local artist, but unfortunately cannot remember the name).
decor8: Where do you like to shop online?
decor8: Where do you click when you’re looking for design ideas and inspiration?
Tracy: Swiss Miss, Cookie magazine, Design Mom, and Fine Little Day. Most of these blogs have links to other baby type sites – an endless list to get lost in!
(images by tracy harvey-chan)
It’s Friday so it’s time to sign off for now and go play a bit… I wish you all a lovely weekend and I hope that you’ll make time for yourself – paint, reupholster, draw, cook, just get out there and find something creative to do so that by the time nasty Monday rolls around, you’ll feel all good about yourself and stuff. ;)
So for now, I’ll leave you with a few links and some pretty photos showing the darling work of jewelry designer Halligan Norris who I discovered via the talented Liz from @home Vintage General in Savannah (store tour here in the Savannah shopping guide). It’s obvious Halligan attended SCAD because her work is exceptional, I can’t stop looking at all the details in her product shots, she’s quite a talented young lady.
More links to love:
Adam Smith, who comes highly recommended by Halligan. He is a jewelry artist too.
Paul Isabella furniture.
A NYC couple moves to Boston’s Chinatown (house tour on NYTimes).
Great resource for Shweshwe textiles online.
Vintage bathing suits from the 1920s to the 1960s from Petrie Point Designs.
Crafty Blog School from Feeling Stitchy. Learn how to start your own craft blog here.
Jaime Beattie and her beautiful work (and website).
Gorgeous paper wreaths from Haru.
New Kokka fabrics from Purl.
2008 Licensing Workshops in NYC and SF via Rachel Perls.
Sia Some people have real problems – great music, you have to check her out.
Wanna laugh? Click here and turn up your speakers!
So I’ll met ya back here on Monday morning for another week of drooling over all things design. Until then, so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye!
(images from halligan norris)