Kate Spade never fails to inspire me with something bold and now that I live abroad, what looks very, very American all of a sudden. And it’s nice. Here are some fabulous Kate Spade things mixed with rooms that feel a tad bit Kate-inspired from two of my favorite magazines Livingetc in England and House Beautiful in America. The best of both worlds!
And by the way… I thought I’d share a bit about expat life for a moment if you don’t mind. It’s interesting how when you grow up in one country like me and then relocate to Europe and start to settle in how very American certain behavior, fashion, interiors, even “text speak”, slang and pop culture (like reality television!) really are. While in the states I never gave it much thought but now that I’m here someone will say, “Oh that sounds so American!” or “Your way of speaking German is so cute – it’s sooo American!” (is that good or bad by the way, I can’t quite decide!). And so today, exactly 6 months since I relocated here, I’m finally starting to sink into what this whole, that or this looks sooo American really means. And I like it. In my city, I’m exotic. I like being exotic.
+ Kate Spade — you indeed are very American and that is a very good thing.
(images: kate spade, house beautiful, livingetc)
Jacqueline (Jackie) Kari Bos is a successful freelance designer and illustrator in New York City who combines found imagery with hand drawings to create whimsical illustrative work. From small books created in limited editions to prints and pillows, Jackie has a unique eye and I just love the softness of her work and her color palette in addition to the stories her work tell. Here is a glimpse into Jackie’s world…
I’d love to just sit down with Jackie for an afternoon in her Brooklyn home and watch her create… I love the finished work but find the process so intriguing as an artist builds a piece, layer by layer, thought by thought… to an artist this is so second nature and I don’t always think they realize how others would love the opportunity to watch them. My friend once told me that she would be so embarrassed to have someone watch her work, it would be so boring for them and she thinks it may not inspire anyone but I feel exactly the opposite, to watch the blossoming of a flower is often sweeter than the final bloom or as sweet I should say.
Do you also like to watch an artist at work? Why do you think that is?
You can find her online in a variety of places from her blog to her etsy shop, book shop and website. Can’t you imagine her designs at Urban Outfitters in homewares or as prints on tee shirts and sweatshirts?
(images: jackie kari bos)
I was visiting my friend Ingrid and her lovely daughter today and she shared with me the A View To blog and something about it felt familiar and then when I arrived home I realized that it’s the blog of Klee in Paris. Klee is a designer I’ve talked about before, but since my last post I’ve now discovered her blog (thanks, Ingrid) and her pretty photographs and postcards from her etsy shop. These go so nicely with my mood lately — white, soft, reflective, fresh, and new.
Speaking of white and the feeling it gives, if you could describe yourself, at least your current self as we’re constantly evolving, what would it be? For me, a clear confident white.