From my title you may assume this post will be about some dumb new American reality show where beauty competes against brains to win the bachelor or something. But no, I’m simply pulling together inspiration for my next apartment (we’re currently on the hunt) and I thought I’d share some from Skona Hem in Sweden and they happen to include a rack and some books and I am simply making an attempt at being clever with my quirky title.
I love the pendant above, though I wonder if little Greta is missing her ballet tutu and hasn’t thought to look up? And I’m digging the clothes rack in the home below, not because I’d ever consider doing it now (my clothes are not nearly as hip as this homeowner), but because I had one from an old store in my bedroom in Boston for years and my friends would laugh at me for not having a proper closet. They thought it was so tragic that I had a vintage rolling clothes rack in my bedroom. I wish I could have pulled out this exact photograph below to prove to them that I wasn’t only too broke to afford a proper closet, but apparently I was hip and cool to have even used one in the first place. Plus we all know that once the Swedish give something their stamp of approval that things we once saw as strange suddenly become Oh My God desirable.
What do you think of books with pretty covers displayed as art? I see this idea in lots of decorating magazines here where a series of 3 shelves are installed, usually slim ones with lips created specifically for leaning art against the wall, and instead of photos and prints you see cookbooks or artsy books. I loved this idea when I first spotted it a few years ago and the more I see it lately I’m considering the idea for my kitchen. Would you do it? Anything in these images that catches your eye?
(photos: skona hem)
I’m so star-struck by stylist and author Shannon Fricke in Australia. I wait for her posts in my inbox and the very second I see one I immediately click over and fall in love. Take this gorgeous image she posted below for example, this is something that she recently styled for a magazine… how beautiful.
Her blog and all three of her books have had a tremendously positive influence on me since the first time I discovered them. And you know what she did one time? She sent me one of her books with a lovely note that I will always cherish, it is what drew me to her right away — she’s not only talented and successful (you can read her column in Inside Out magazine, one I subscribe to just to read her words) but she’s really down-to-earth and sweet.
It’s been awhile since that lucky day when I received her gift, but I’ve not forgotten the kind gesture and so Shannon, this post is a little shout out to you and the magical work that you do. From your writing to your styling and photography, it has all touched me so greatly and in addition, has provided the total escapism that I sometimes need during cold winters as I watch this lady style gorgeous settings in sunny Australia.
Before I wrap up this post, Shannon found a gorgeous photo from Anthropologie (above) that I know I’ll keep and post to my inspiration board because I love a good butterfly print and these absolutely have my heart. What a lovely room. Shannon sure knows how to pick the best spaces for sharing on her blog.
Shannon, you’re the best!
I’m glad that you enjoyed my flower power post from earlier today. Seeing beautiful floral arrangements never ceases to put a smile on my face. Let’s look at some rooms with a floral theme to keep the beauty flowing, shall we? I’m all about the eye candy today, I find that bright colors and bold patterns are preparing me for Spring and helping to clear away those cloudy skies outside.
An floral inspiration folder that I created.
Whether you choose just a touch, through a pillow or a painting, or bold blooms spread over an entire wall, florals can be the perfect touch to any home no matter what style – modern, minimalist, romantic, eclectic. Aren’t these spaces so alluring?
(images linked to their sources above)
Hello everyone! It’s time for Etsy Take Five Tuesday… are you ready? First let me say that I’ve been a busy beaver over the past few days with my e-class that kicked off yesterday and today a mountain of paperwork to do in addition to an open house to go to as we’re still on the prowl for a new place to live. It’s been one thing after another, I feel like a little hamster in a wheel! Oh wait, I’m a busy beaver… well you catch my drift. :) I’m so glad to finally sit down before I start recording my podcast for tomorrow’s class to talk to you and let you know that I’ve been thinking about you. How are you doing? Good? Bad? Just okay? Blah? I’ve been feeling a lot of chaos and nervous energy around me lately, especially online, people seem to be a bit unfocused and even uninspired and I want to tell you straight up that it’s the beginning of a new year, this is common and shall pass. Now let’s look at some beauty, shall we? These etsy stores have been on my radar over the past week or so, some you may know already, others not but all are equally beautiful and lovely to look upon. I hope that you enjoy my picks!
F2 Images has some of the best prints for the home, I love this photo featuring so many designs featuring insects… Aren’t they the best? Talk about an amazing product shot, this makes me want to own them all!
Next up is Claudia Pearson in Brooklyn who is an illustrator with an impressive portfolio – her work has been published in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Elle, Communication Arts and more, including books. In her shop she carries colorful prints and cards, the pink row houses are a personal fave because they are so very American to me even though they originate in England, and I love them because they remind me of some of my favorite neighborhoods in America. And funny thing is, I appreciate them even more now that I’m on new soil abroad because I no longer have exposure to them in Germany and things are always easier to see when you step back vs. when you look at them under a microscope.
Now let’s look at Nut and Bee in New Zealand. Oh my, the cuteness just kills me here! I love the bubble tea print, the tea looks so happy and that is nice because who wants to drink sad tea? It makes me miss going into Boston’s Chinatown for my monthly bubble tea boost. We have it here as well, but only in the summer months so I’m starting to crave it even though I have to wait until May. Nut and Bee has stickers, notepads, cards and prints along with other paper goods like sticky notes. Very sweet!
Cynthia Vardhan is a successful potter in Ohio with a degree in fine arts and a beautiful body of work that will have you swooning. Such talent! Her work is available in fine boutiques across America in addition to shows that she participates in and of course, her etsy shop.
Stuart Kolakovic is one to watch. He lives in Staffordshire, England and has some of the best work, the most unique, that I’ve seen in a while. Looks like he is closing up his etsy shop soon to reopen on his own website, so definitely check him out on etsy while you can. Great stuff.
See anything you like? I know, I know… it’s all good. :)
(images linked to their sources above)