A few of my favorite things: papernstitch
Hello everyone, I’m Brittni from papernstitch. I’m visiting you today to share a few favorite things around my house. I live with my husband and our two animals in a small (less than 1,000 square feet) bungalow in Florida. Because of the size of our home, we try to keep clutter to a minimum by featuring only the things we love most. But there are still plenty of little trinkets and nooks in our house that inspire me everyday.
One thing in particular that I absolutely adore is my vintage typewriter. It’s my favorite color, light blue, and in great working condition. So, whenever I have something really important to say (and my computer simply won’t do), I spend a little time in this writing corner collecting my thoughts.
I feel it’s important to surround yourself with things you love, and being an artist myself, the thing I love most is art. I really enjoy collecting pieces from other artists, whether it be photographs, paintings, drawings, or even prints. This wall is in my home office, where I spend most of my time, so I am able to stare at some of the pieces I love most everyday. I decided to create a cluster that was more color focused here, and mixed an Ashley G postcard with a Selflesh mixed-media drawing and a local artist’s photograph. The photo is by an old friend of mine’s brother, who I have lost touch with. But every time I look at it, I am reminded of that time in my life, and it brings back a warm feeling inside.
Since I spend much of my time sitting at a desk, its only natural that one of my favorite things is an office accessory. It’s my antique, cork pencil holder that I use for storing odds and ins, and one of my most prized possessions: a picture of my grandmother. Whenever I visit her and my grandfather in California, I raid their photo albums for pictures I can bring home and display. This picture was taken when my grandma was my age, so it’s extra special. I love her hair!
After a long day, this hand-cut chihuahua woodblock print always brings a smile to my face. I picked it up at an art opening a couple of years ago, and it greets visitors as they walk in our front door. It has certainly become a conversation piece amongst friends.
And finally, my last favorite thing: the third shelf of our bookcase, which houses no books at all. Just a couple more family photos, a Viceroy automatic super 8, and my old Polaroid land camera.
Obviously, my affinity for vintage pieces has, in part, guided the way I decorate my home; but I am also influenced and inspired by the combination of clean, modern lines and more organic shapes and forms. Individually, I am inspired by many things… patterns and repetition in nature, bold color, and mid-century design to name a few. Which, I think, is reflected in my home.
To wrap up my favorite things, I thought I would share something that I try to live by when searching for art for my home, since it is something that I am so passionate about. Often when people are just starting to buy artwork, it can be intimidating. I remember when I bought my first “real” piece of art, I was unsure…Where do I start? What should I buy? Buy what you love. It doesn’t matter if it’s an original or a print, a well-known artist or someone you have just discovered, paper or canvas, small or large. Just buy what you love and you can never go wrong. I have heard this so many times, and it couldn’t be more true. –Brittni
(images from papernstitch)