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Kareem Rizk: The Suitcase

I could fill my walls with the work of Australian collage artist Kareem Rizk from The Suitcase. I felt a connection to it immediately so sharing it with you right away felt oh so necessary.


It’s exciting to find work like this, I see so much on a daily basis as a blogger that often one thing blends into the next and I can feel a little lost in the great sea of it all sometimes. Not because what I am exposed to isn’t lovely, but in order to write about something it needs to reach me on some level, I need to somehow relate to it or understand it in a creative sense. This is all so hard to explain in words as it is very emotional and emotions are never easy to put into words. The point is that I filter a lot of work on a daily basis and in the end, I write about what truly grabs me. Like Kareem Rizk.

These collages made my day as they are composed of the exact colors that I’m into right now and the layered elements make me think of some of my most cherished activities like foreign travel, hitting flea markets, journaling, and relaxing by the sea. Most of the art that I purchase is mixed media art. There’s a story in the layers, all of the found elements, paint, torn pieces of vintage papers, everything creates an emotion, a bigger picture. Something about the texture and imperfection, how random pieces connect to form a beautiful picture, it feels very alive and real.

Do these inspire you as well?

Psst: His website + portfolio can be found here.

(images from kareem rizk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on June 13, 2008

Catherine Ledner {+ Her Animals!}

If this isn’t the cutest way to start the weekend… Say it along with me, awwww. If you are an animal lover like I am, you’ll want to hug and kiss Catherine’s crew. Just look at these darling creatures modeling in front of some of our favorite wallpapers, including the lovely Cole & Son Cow Parsley in yellow. I love this little owl, I have always wanted to own either an owl or a trained falcon that I could send off on little missions. :) I dreamed of them as a little girl. I think in reality keeping one would not be practical for me, so I have set my heart on brightly colored finches or a lovely little blue + yellow parakeet instead. Off topic, but do you have a bird or have you ever enjoyed one as a pet? Tell me, tell me! I love the little guy shown below. He’s darling!


Okay back on topic. This is the work of Californian photography Catherine Ledner who is a professional photographer with an impressive list of clients that include Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, and New York Times Magazine to name a few. I can’t stop looking at her photos, such personality!


I can only imagine the patience and skill involved in photographing animals — I think she must snap a thousand photos and spend days in the field to capture the perfect image. These limited edition prints range in price from $250 – 1,700. To view more of her work, please visit her website + store, Catherine’s Animals where she features an array of animals from A-Z!

(photography: catherine ledner)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on June 13, 2008

Ah, Summer!

Today has been the first beautiful day all year, at least according to me, so I spent most of it outdoors enjoying the sun and working on an assignment since I really needed to step away from the computer for a day. Ever get that feeling? I couldn’t sit at my desk any longer! I didn’t walk away from my corporate career to spend summers locked indoors in front of a computer all over again, so I felt like today was my chance to show myself why I decided to pursue a freelance career in the first place: Creative freedom and the ability to call the shots from time to time. Today I gave myself a break and it was really nice.

“Be Kind To Yourself”

After being out and about, I am now at my desk once again but this time I feel refreshed, totally inspired, and energized. I’m thinking about all of the fun summer plans I have, my upcoming 7 week painting class, my 7th year wedding anniversary next month, and all of the lovely decor8 readers who visit me here each day. I cannot tell you how much I love knowing you all through this blog.

Just one day of being in the sun can truly make a difference and I have a new tan to show for it. :) Anyway, thank you for allowing me this mini vacation day off, please join me here tomorrow for a full day of blogging and lots of links to take you into the weekend and keep you clicking around. See you tomorrow!

(photography by holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on June 12, 2008

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Posted in stationery on June 11, 2008

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