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April 2009

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Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

April 23, 2009

I thought for a moment we’d escape to the The Netherlands to catch a glimpse of the work and home of illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw, who is obsessed with birds. Online, Myrte is also known as Mirthquake in case you’ve seen her during your web travels – she has an etsy shop and a blog.

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Myrte and her boyfriend renovated an older home which meant new windows, new plumbing, and endless amounts of time fixing things up, room by room and like all the rest of us her home is a work in process. I really cannot imagine another way to live though — I can never call my home “finished”, I wouldn’t want to, the process is organic and special to me as I imagine it is for Myrte and those of you reading.

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

I like this grouping of frames, it’s challenging to hang so many as perfectly as this – nice job Myrte!

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

I’m drooling over these vintage 30s Belgium tiles in her foyer that she found during her travels. I would never replace them, not in a million years! I’m so glad to learn that Myrte feels the same way.

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

Illustrator Myrte de Zeeuw

The blues, yellows, greens and grays in her home really appeal to me as does the array of pattern and style — I like mixing patterns so I appreciate what Myrte is going for here. Her dining room chairs are so pretty, she reupholstered them herself (and provides a tutorial here) with Heather Bailey fabrics. She also has a lovely kitchen, I like that there’s direct access to the outdoors through a gorgeous glass doorway. And just look at all of those transom windows — are you not dying to have the same in your home? Oh my! They allow so much light in and look so, so pretty. And don’t miss the William Morris wallpaper in the bedroom, very Victorian.

Thank you Myrte for writing to me and for sharing a peek of your home with us. If you would like to view more photos of her home please visit her home set on Flickr.

(images from myrte de zeeuw)

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Nymphenburg USA {new}

April 23, 2009

This is most certainly one of those posts where most of us will feel just a wee bit out of our league… but let’s indulge in the luxury of German Nymphenburg porcelain for a moment, shall we? Nymphenburg just launched a website for the USA and upon viewing it I decided that it’s much like taking a leisurely stroll through a museym — only you can purchase and own everything around you.

Nymphenburg USA {new}

Nymphenburg USA {new}

Some of the pieces are more affordable than others though; I can’t imagine spending thousands on a single Hella Jongerius dish (oh but I’d do anything to own the fawn or the bird), but I certainly respect and appreciate the perfection of these exquisite pieces as each piece is thrown, cast and decorated by hand and then marked by its maker, some embellish the pieces with gold. I also imagine an assorted collection of plates adorning my dining room wall — what a prized possession that would be, huh? Dreamy!

(images from nymphenburg usa)

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Photographer Nato Welton

April 23, 2009

Let the talented photographer, Nato Welton whisk you away to his magical land today, one that may not always in our reality but is certainly alive in our dreams… which is why we’re so drawn in, yes? This work space, a gorgeous necklace of pink ribbon and dainty charms, fresh raspberry pie, breakfast with a friend… brilliant.

Photographer Nato Welton

Photographer Nato Welton

Photographer Nato Welton

Photographer Nato Welton

Can you imagine enjoying your crossiant only to see a tiny guest had fluttered through the window, landing on your butter knife? These photographs are beautiful, but I’ve given you only a glimpse of what Nato can do. Please view hius online portfolio to enjoy dozens more. Each photo tells a beautiful tale if you look closely and allow your imagination to wander…

Nato is represented by Sarah Kaye in London.

(images: nato welton via sarah kaye)

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Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant {Adobe}

April 22, 2009

You may find this pretty inspirational, especially to watch on your lunch break today — I sure did! I use Adobe Photoshop CS3 and so I was recently browsing the Adobe website and came across such an interesting page that I never knew existed. It’s called “Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant” and is a section of the Adobe site where they spotlight several companies that use their software and show photos and feature videos taking us behind-the-scenes (ooooo! ahhhhh!) to show some of the projects they’re working on. I particularly enjoyed the SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design) and Anthropologie spotlights.

Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant {Adobe}

Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant {Adobe}

Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant {Adobe}

Discover Your Shortcut to Brilliant {Adobe}

It was fun to check out Anthro’s corporate offices (just a glimpse but still) and to see what they’re working on… always inspirational to watch others ‘in process’ I think… I hope that you enjoy this page and all the clicking around you’ll no doubt do, have fun!

(images: screenshots from adobe)

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Wunderlust

April 22, 2009

How badly do we need this? Not so much. How badly do we all want this… Oh yes, very. And in the end, does not filling a want ultimately fill a need you did not realize you had, namely to feel joy?

Wunderlust

Wunderlust

This charming nest is handmade by Wunderlust. Lovely. Lovely. Lust away! Only a few nests left…

(images: wunderlust)

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Stylist Jeanne Botes

April 22, 2009

Jeanne Botes is a freelance interiors stylist for magazines though, surprisingly, she once worked in the film industry where she was involved in set design for international and local commercials in South Africa where she lives! What a fascinating background.

Stylist Jeanne Botes

In addition to commercials, Jeanne has experience working in the interior design profession and has even had her hands in teaching (high school level) from everything from painting to sculpture, art history and graphic design. These experiences have no doubt influenced her styling work, her eye is definitely well-trained and she’s a master at editing in my opinion. She knows how much is exactly enough.

Stylist Jeanne Botes

Stylist Jeanne Botes

Stylist Jeanne Botes

Stylist Jeanne Botes

After studying each of these images I have made one decision. I must have a shelf in my bathroom someday simply for displaying beautiful soaps and girly things vs. the current towels and bleached coral that I currently have. I will keep looking at the top photo over and over again — the product packaging on each of these things delights me to no end.

Jeanne is represented by Bird on a Wire in Cape Town, South Africa.

(images from bird on a wire)

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