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June 2008

Inspiration

Get Real: Foo Dogs

June 19, 2008

Becky from Hatch wrote in this week with a few words about Foo Dogs for our Get Real question of the week. If you have a question to submit for next week, please send me an email.

Get Real: Foo Dogs
Becky writes, “There are those awesome huge ones (foo dogs) on Jonathan Adler’s and Simon Doonan’s balcony, all the way down to the ugly pillow by West Elm. I know they were a trend, evident by how prices soared for them on eBay, but who liked them and who didn’t?”

Care to dish?

(images from Happy Mundane, Cleopatra’s Boudoir, MWTWT, and West Elm.)

Etsy Faves

Ten Lovely Things

June 18, 2008

Here is a collection of things that I’m enjoying lately… These ten lovely little things just may make your heart sing in tune with mine. This little round up is dedicated to and inspired by my dear friend Ez who is one of the kindest and most unselfish ladies I know. I can imagine her loving each one of these finds as much as I do.

Ten Lovely Things~&~
Ten Lovely Things~&~
Ten Lovely Things

1| Little bird print 2| Greta’s Disguise jointed paper doll 3| May flowers bag 4| Stay gold necklace 5| A Building Block: little thoughts for your day 6| Baker’s twine in pink for wrapping presents 7| Hush print 8| Lily Crowned tea towel 9| The Bird and the Cage necklace 10| The White Swan fairytale plush for grownups.

(images linked to sources above.)

Etsy Faves, Objects

Domestic Construction {lighting}

June 18, 2008

I’m so excited to share some rather unique lighting with you this morning from Domestic Construction in Brooklyn who just launched their new store on Etsy yesterday! It’s fully stocked with dozens of darling upside down tea and coffee cup pendants so go ahead, have a spot{light} of tea.

Domestic Construction {lighting}
These are so sweet, they have that northern European feel going on where designers there love to be cheeky and play with traditional objects so that they are suddenly modern and fun. Of course recycling is hugely popular now so these vintage cups may not have made it off the shelves at the local Goodwill but when recreated into lighting they suddenly are very appealing and fresh. They just so happen to have another perk, they are affordable and unique making them a great find at $58 each.

(images from domestic construction)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Poppy Jane – New!

June 18, 2008

Consider this news fresh out of the oven! Poppy Jane in Australia just told me about her new shop and now all of you are in the know along with me. Original works of art in gouache, ink, and watercolor on wood panels, they sell for around $100 each. I love the fairytale like feel, that lost in the woods vibe in each of her paintings reminding me of the stories I read as a child. Delightful!

Poppy Jane - New!
Congratulations Penelope!

(image from poppy jane)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

June 17, 2008

Here are some new finds from Etsy this week that you just may look at and say, “I have to have it!”. Peonies, linen, wood, a conjoined couple, some softy storefronts… They’re all here waiting to inspire – Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays Cool Citrus Basil in Singapore makes so many sweet little things that all look so delicate and pretty. I like that she works with a lot of linen because it’s one of my fabric fabrics to wear and use in the home. I love the weave and how durable and comfortable it is. I someday want a linen chair upholstered using pale cream French vintage feed sacks accented with a few navy stripes.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
K Studios designer Shelly Klein has a new etsy store where she offers original paintings and pillows. I just stumbled upon it today while searching for embroidered goods. This conjoined pillow made me laugh because I feel this represents my husband and I so perfectly since I often feel like our brains are connected. Our anniversary is next month so I guess with nearly 7 years behind us, 10 years total if you include the time we dated, it only makes sense that we’d start to know what is on the mind of the other. Some have this with their friends, parents, lovers, and it is just the best feeling in the world, don’t you think? This pillow reminds us of the blessing we have to enjoy such bonds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Lush pink peonies are my favorite flower but I find them incredibly difficult to keep indoors as the moment they are plucked from my garden, they fade and the beautiful petals start to fall. My mother has a background in floral designer so perhaps I should pick up the phone for some tips because she did not pass the green thumb to her daughter. :( But ah… Peonies. I especially enjoy the romantic modern photography of Kari Herer whom I read about today on Grace’s blog. A peony photo (or two) is one sure way to preserve their beautiful petals forever in your home.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
I shared these with you last week over in the Etsy Faves but I had to write a little something about Beacon Bookmarks because they are super cute, useful, and a good reminder to read more books. It seems like everyone does their reading online these days but I keep a few novels on my bedside table at all times — currently I’m reading Empress by Shan Sa.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
I also featured the adorable soft toys of Mummy Sam in my Etsy faves a few weeks ago but realized that giving her some blog space is a must since this artistic lady is nothing short of inspiring. I know where I’m going when I have children someday — Mummy Sam’s etsy shop! Wouldn’t it be sweet to have a bench seat beneath the window in a nursery and a collection of these tall slim storefronts arranged on a pretty box cushion? I keep adding all of these things to my database for future reference as I really want to own my own storefront. I keep telling myself that I will have a Holly Shop. I think I can, I think I can! My husband and I had a really long conversation about it again last night and he is 100% behind me so we’ll see what the future holds. Blogging from my little shop sounds like heaven, that way I can still mingle with all of you and meet new people and help build my community and support artists in a whole different way in addition to decor8.

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out.

(images linked to sources above.)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Brand New from Ubiki!

June 17, 2008

Sion shared with me today some of his new works. I’m a big fan of Ubiki, his new building/house/city artwork is so colorful and simply darling. These colors are dreamy!

Brand New from Ubiki!
His 3 latest prints include:

* She Always Left The Light On – Dedicated to those who are always there for us.
* Tall Buildings – Whimsical artwork of tall buildings.
* My Village – A western-style take on traditional Chinese folk art.

Brand New from Ubiki!
You can purchase these online right here in case you are interested. Thanks, Sion!

(images from sion lee)

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