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March 2009

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

March 31, 2009

Etsy time! Etsy time! La la la la la! This week we have another featured seller offering a discount in her shop along with lots of other great finds. German mid century porcelain, vintage wares, beautiful illustrative art and quirky ceramics. I hope you enjoy my picks today!

Featured Seller: Coucou Madame

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Neda at Coucou Madame collects and sells German vintage mid century porcelain that is hard to find here in America from companies like Arzberg, Seltmann, Hutschenreuther, AK (Kaiser), Edelstein (I own lots of these), Rosenthal, KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur), and many more! She is offering decor8 readers 10% off, enter “decor8 discount” in the notes to seller section and Neda will reply with a revised invoice. This offer is valid until April 7, 2009.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I discovered the Weather Girl Shop who is illustrator/artist Aimee Sicuro via Melissa Loves and immediately saved the link to include in today’s round up. I cannot take my eyes off of Aimee’s work – wow! What a strong, cohesive portfolio of work she has, I really like the ocean theme going on in lots of her drawings. I know I’ll be ordering from Aimee in the future, that’s a fact.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Hello Victory is a fun shop with vintage finds, I particularly like the anchor art because I’d paint it bright aqua, yellow, red, or maybe even white and use it in a boy’s bedroom or even in a summer house by the sea. It would also be fun to paint it and then add patterned fabric to the back to ‘peek’ through, don’t you think? Darling stuff here!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

McCheeks Mayhem is based in Houston by way of Edinburgh and London where owner Carole Smith earned her degree and postgraduate in ceramics and spent five years running her own business making and designing lights and chandeliers sold in shops, museums and art galleries worldwide. Her one-of-a-kind ceramic shop consists of bowls, mugs and cups that are unique — both old-fashioned and edgy.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Great vintage finds and product shots over in the 26 Olive Street shop! Vintage labware, globes, metal bins and baskets, lots of fresh goodies that are new to you.

If you’ve missed previous Etsy Take Five Tuesdays no worries, you can catch up on your reading right here.

(images above linked to individual sellers listed)






Designers + Stylists

Kate Holt: Flower Wild

March 31, 2009

I just came across this Los Angeles-based floral designer, Kate Holt of Flower Wild, based in Los Angeles via a tweet from Sunset magazine (I heart Twitter so much!). Now I’ve found yet another floral designer online to admire and save for future reference. I have a file of favorite florists that I maintain for personal and professional use, usually 1-3 per major city, so now I can add Kate to my L.A. file. Just look at those peonies and pretty jeweled combs — can one take a bad photo of a flower? They are the most lovely subjects to photograph in my opinion…

Kate Holt: Flower Wild

Kate Holt: Flower Wild

This is a site any flower lover will truly enjoy so please take some time to enjoy Flower Wild today if you can. Kate has a blog, too. Swoon!

Speaking of flowers, I’m going out to pick up a few bouquets and photograph some birds for a project I’m working on, so I’ll see you tomorrow friends. :)

(image copyright flower wild/kate holt)






Bloggers

Real Living Blog

March 31, 2009

If you aren’t already familiar with her work, Deborah Bibby is the Editor-in-Chief of Real Living magazine in Australia, my current design mag fix (in English) now with Domino gone. Real Living is truly a feast for the eyes! In addition to the pages inside their highly inspirational decorating mag, Bibby authors the Real Living blog giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into their gorgeous, colorful world.

Real Living Blog

I particularly love how they spotlight finds from recent design shows they’ve attended in addition to showing what goes on during photo shoots including images that didn’t make the final cut. I love how laid back and approachable their blog is and I get a sense that they’re not only connected to what’s going on in Australia and New Zealand but they “get” what is happening in the rest of the world — like right here in America. They frequently spotlight artists, bloggers (like me), and designers from the states, and for that I’m grateful!

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

Real Living Blog

In addition to the Real Living blog, they have their own gorgeous shopping website called Real Shopping. Their online editor Belinda Graham also blogs, she writes The Happy Home highlighting her personal decorating projects (like this custom letter project) along with spotlighting trends and other, more personal, inspirations.

If Bibby, Graham and the RL shopping site weren’t enough to fuel your design cravings then add RL deputy editor, Natalie Walton, to your list because she authors her own blog called Daily Imprint. The design cup over at this mag truly runneth over! I love her recent post about London-based designer Lisa Stickley (her gray bag is shown in the last photo above – swoon!).

Now if this doesn’t inspire you to check out the blog of the week, well friends — nothing will! Have fun! Ill be back after lunch with Etsy Take Five Tuesday

(images from real living, daily imprint and the happy home, all linked above)






Etsy Faves, Rooms

Dallas Shaw

March 31, 2009

Such a beautiful thought today from artist Dallas ShawYou And I Both. Simple words that mean so much since we all need one another so much, often in ways we don’t even realize or appreciate fully until something happens that reminds us of our reliance. No man is an island, right?

You And I Both is a print available in several colors for $20 at Dallas Shaw’s pretty little shop. What a special gift this would make for a friend who has cheered you on, dried your tears, and held you up on so many occasions… don’t you agree?

(image from dallas shaw)






Inspiration

William Brinson Photography

March 31, 2009

It’s nearly lunch time so I’m certain you’ll enjoy getting lost in the delicious world of William Brinson — what a talented photographer! I first heard about Brinson only a few days ago on Friday and the moment I clicked over to his website I knew I’d feature him here. Brinson is a SCAD grad (not surprising given his ability) and he lives and works in New York City (Chelsea) with his wife. From food to still life and travel, his photos have a way of transporting you making even the smallest, often overlooked pleasure in life feel so grand and worthy of a notice — or in his case, a fully styled photograph! Lunch out with friends, a feather, a glass cloche over a few crackers… when a photographer has the ability to give me a new perspective I call that mission accomplished! I don’t know about you, but since I started to really take notice of food photography I see meal time in a new, more exciting, light. I paid less attention to the curve of a fork or the seeds in fruit before and so photographers like Brinson have greatly inspired the meals that I prepare and even those I enjoy at some of my favorite restaurants.

I enjoy Brinson’s perspective, use of color and pattern, and particularly how he plays with light giving his photographs a genuine mood — you almost feel like you’re there. I think it’s harder and takes a considerable amout of skill to shoot objects and give them life, don’t you?

To see more, you’ll need to visit his complete portfolio online right here.

(images: William Brinson Photography)






Stationery

NEW: Freshlyblended & Lara Cameron Journals

March 31, 2009

Hello, it’s so nice to be back blogging again today. I had such a terrific long weekend but the moment I got up this morning I couldn’t wait to get back to blogging because I have such a great line up for you this week to enjoy. :) First up, Nicole and Lara contacted me this morning about their limited edition journals, a collaborative project by Nicole at Freshlyblended and the lovely Lara Cameron at Ink & Spindle — a great team! The illustrations of Lara Cameron are hand silkscreened onto 100% organic fabric and the book interior displays a custom bookplate and an Italian cotton ribbon book marker from Angela Liguori at Carta Inc. in Boston.

Please note: Once these journals are sold out that’s it — so get ‘em while they’re hot!

(images from freshlyblended)






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