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Color Me Pretty

Hello friends, it is Leslie here again with Color Me Pretty and in the spirit of back to school I thought I would explore a combination of blue, red, a dash of pink and a sprinkle of yellow. This time I wanted to bring in a Cath Kidston inspired theme as I have always admired her graphic florals and the overall freshness of her aesthetic. I played in her style creating some watercolors that I made into patterns for you.

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Ideas for using this palette in your home: I remember not being able to paint the walls of my rental apartments and so I had to find other ways to add bursts of color to cheer up a rather plain interior. Rather quickly you can add some bright color to your kitchen sills by spray painting some aluminum cans and using them for flowers or utensils. You can also cover cookbooks in bright patterned paper to display on your shelves. I found an old lunch box for a dollar at a nearby second hand shop that I spray painted blue, keeping the red handle covered with masking tape. It is now a cute storage container don’t you think?

I just love adding new life to an old worn out item and with just a little paint this is totally doable! As well, Cath Kidston always recommends using oil cloth to cover an old table or desk top as its easy to keep clean and can be changed quite easily.

A white interior provides the perfect back drop to this bright palette that can be mixed and matched at a small scale with pencil and button displays or at a larger scale with cushions, tablecloths and curtains.

I really hope you enjoy this investigation and I’ll see you again in a few weeks with my next palette! -Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)

Posted in uncategorized on September 09, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Well what do you know… Etsy Take Five Tuesday is back! To kick things off, I’ve rounded up an eclectic mix featuring a few of my current favorite shops. Next week I’ll be back again with more and before you know, Miss Holly here will be back on schedule just like old times before I relocated. Feels good to get back into a routine again, I’ve missed it. I’ve decided that I won’t be writing much of a summary for my finds going forward since most of you don’t really read them anyway (most tell me you scan to see my finds and the shop name/link). Instead I’ll place links to all of the known spots online where you can find out more about the artist/maker and their work, including their etsy store link (well, of course). I hope you don’t mind and most importantly, that you find this slight modification to this column a bit more helpful. Okay, so are you ready for my picks? Here ya go…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Emma Lamb: {etsy} {blog} {flickr}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Brett Manning, aka Brettisagirl: {etsy} {website} {red bubble} {flickr} {blurb} {blog} {mysoti} {zazzle}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Deer Face, Devon Smith: {etsy} {flickr} {blog}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Beeb Design: {etsy} {blog}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

HarBenger Duo: {etsy}

 

I hope that you enjoyed my mix this week! :) I’m loving them all and I can’t stop checking out those legs on that nightstand above — sweet.

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, furniture on September 08, 2009

KailiArt

I don’t always share things that I purchase because I don’t want to create a spirit of “gotta have it now” on this blog —  my life isn’t about what I buy and I don’t think it’s important to constantly own the latest. But every so often I do find something so sweet that I bought and feel inclined to share… like this original painting from Australia that I will soon hang in my apartment…

KailiArt

This is so sweet, don’t you think? I want to save it and place it in my work room once we upgrade into a larger flat… I think the words are pretty simple, yet profound, “From Little Things Big Things Grow.” I think I can apply this to so many areas of my life… you too? From dreams I’ve had to the love I first felt for my husband way before we married and we were only penpals living on two different continents… This is from KailiArt on etsy by the way…

(image: kailiart)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on September 08, 2009

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

I just learned about a new book from Denmark that I must get my hands on, it’s called Elsk Dit Hjem which I think translates to Love Your Home in English. It was recently released and the author, Ranvita la Cour, is a Feng Shui expert, stylist and freelance writer from Copenhagen and one half of the duo behind Happy Living. Here’s a peek of her new book…

Elsk Dit Hjem

Elsk Dit Hjem

Elsk Dit Hjem

Elsk Dit Hjem

Elsk Dit Hjem

I’m hoping that someday I will get to meet Ranvita at a home show or something, as she’s just north of me living in Hellebæk, Denmark and I’m dying to meet the movers and the shakers in the design world over here and Ranvita seems to be quite an “it” girl in Denmark. I just learned about this book today via Spagat (thanks, Sidsel!) so I will now go off on the great hunt to locate a copy of this book online…

(images: elsk dit hjem)


Posted in Books + Magazines on September 08, 2009

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