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Happy Weekend!

It’s a holiday weekend so I’m taking Monday off (well not really, I’ll just be working offline) so I’ll be back on Tuesday. I will also announce the winner for the Serena & Lily giveaway on Tuesday morning so stay tuned! If you haven’t yet entered I’m giving everyone a little extra time so you may enter here.

Natasha Mileshina


I’ll see you on Tuesday, April 14th. Until then I hope you have time to do fun things, bake up some new ideas, visit those you love, eat some peeps and candy while it’s still in stores, or whatever else it is that makes you happy this weekend. See you on Tuesday!

(image: holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on April 10, 2009

Bed of Flowers B&B {Holland}

These images are from a guest house in Holland (near the German border) called Bed of Flowers B&B and I’m smitten. Is this place not darling, where one would imagine writing the most lovely tales or wearing the prettiest dresses ever while picking fresh flowers? It is €95 per night for two persons, including breakfast – oh my what a great deal for such special accommodations.

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

Bed of Flowers B&B

“Floriene Bosch is very passionate about interior decorating with a very personal style and characterized by daring colors and flower designs. She also enjoys hosting people from all over the world.” Well Ms. Bosch you may host me anytime because I’m smitten! What style and class this lady has, my goodness!

(Bed of Flowers via Anna Spiro)

Posted in travel on April 10, 2009

Photographer Malin Ngoie

Anna from Absolutely Beautiful Things posted a room she loved a few days ago and when I spotted photographer Malin Ngoie, I couldn’t resist temptation! (I also love the name Malin, by the way.) Isn’t this photo so sweet? This almost looks like it was photographed in Germany, something about it really reminds me of my neighborhood there and the children’s clothing really makes me think of European kids in their colorful brightly patterned clothes!

Malin Ngoie

After browsing her photos I learned that Malin specializes in photographing children and children’s products and the more I looked, the more apparent it became that she not only loves kids but obviously makes little ones feel comfortable and creative alongside with her. It was really fun for me to ’see’ this as I looked at each photo, imagining the work involved in getting children to feel your direction as an artist like she does… I’m so impressed by this.

Malin Ngoie

Malin Ngoie

Malin Ngoie

Malin Ngoie

I selected the above images because each one made me feel really cozy and at home. The first one, with the tulips and open cabinet revealing patterned china and wallpaper inside, speaks to the romantic in me. The bedroom, in white, with those elegant beige drapes pushed aside to reveal such beautiful doors (perhaps to a terrace?) give me visions of living in a darling city in an old, historic building — perhaps in France, England or Germany even. The wooden children’s bed looks vintage and is so pretty but also sturdy and adds a lot of warmth here, it’s sweet yet has presense. The living area, contained in what appears to be a three season porch, feels calm and summer-y. I like something about this room that actually shocks me for some reason, as I am not naturally attracted to this kind of thing – I love that painting of the tall ship. I actually love ships and when the tall ships tour in America and hit Boston each year, I usually go see them and tour as many as I can. My father had a boat when I was growing up, not a ship, but a humble boat with a small sleep space below and I loved going with my family to enjoy the water and the sunshine. I never, until this very moment, considered a painting of a ship as something I’d like to own but now I’m considering this as a future option when I need to purchase something for the walls.

Please visit Malin’s portfolio for a dose of inspiration — you will definitely find some!

(images from malin ngoie)

Posted in inspiration, kids on April 10, 2009

Eloise Corr Danch

I heard from the creative Eloise Corr Danch today, she’s an artist based in Brooklyn who dreams up and creates the most exquisite paper flower sculptures ever! Lucky for those based in New York, some of her work is on view now until April 19th in the windows at Macy’s flagship Herald Square store in NYC (34th St. between Broadway and 7th). Fun! This whimsical installation features ornate headdresses with 2,500 swirling paper flower garlands. Weeee!

Eloise Corr Danch

About Eloise: “Her interest in paper sculpture grew from a collaboration with New York designers Ruffian in which she created a paper dress in rococo style for a New York Observer charity event. These and other recent projects, including product and prop design, have added a three-dimensional component to a background in painting and illustration. A proud member of the Society of Illustrators, Eloise received an MA in illustration from FIT and has studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Paris American Academy.”

Eloise Corr Danch


I’m inspired after seeing this to start making paper flowers again! I made them frequently growing up with my mother, and of course for my wedding and other parties I’ve thrown, but I haven’t done much lately with paper flowers so I’m inspired to dream up a flower project of my own in June or July when some extra time should present itself for creative add-ons in my life. How about you? Inspired too? :)

Have you tried crafting flowers from paper? Any examples of your work that you’d like to share? Please include links in the comment section below, I’m always up for a little show ‘n tell. :)


(images from eloise corr danch)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on April 10, 2009

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