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February 2010

Inspiration

Paul Costello Photography

February 17, 2010

We all go through phases from a Moorish design craze to a navy blue stripe obsession. It’s perfectly normal to be passionate for pink today and big on black tomorrow. Truth is, we’re all curious creatures and these phases keep our blood flowing — without them I personally would be bored stiff. In addition to phases, memories often guide me forward because with them, I have inspiration for new dreams to dreams and plans to plan.

Paul Costello Photography

This is why I love the work of so many great interior and still life photographers — their work shows me glimpses of these phases trapped in time from the past to the present and is why I’ll never tired of browsing their many online portfolios. Take Paul Costello for example, whose photos are shown below.


Paul Costello Photography

Breathtaking glimpses, right? They made me remember my foo dog phase, all the times that my mother told me stand up straight, my former love of faux Zebra rugs (I hold Domino magazine responsible for that phase), my vintage velvet boxy sofa obsession phase, the canopy bed I had to have a child, making out in an actual car (ha ha, that’s not something you tend to carry on for life!), and how much I loved that bedroom in Domino with the blue and white striped cotton rug. It also reminded me of a passion I once had that I’m considering picking up again — collecting vintage feminine mismatched china to use and display.

Paul Costello Photography

I invite you to visit Paul Costello’s portfolio online to see if you can find spot some memories and phases lurking in there for you, too. If so, mind sharing them with me? :)

(image: paul costello photography)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

February 16, 2010

Oh my God (or shall I say ZOMGZ!) I totally cheated on this week’s Etsy Take Five Tuesday because 3 out of my 5 finds I spotted on the Etsy home page today. I know, I know, my head is low in shame. But I couldn’t resist, a few that I clicked on just blew me away and I thought, “Hey, I’m DOING this!” so here are my five finds for the week. Ready, ya’ll?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Gorgeous, colorful fine art photography by Mina Georgescu of depuis. I just love her in-situ shots, seeing them living in a space totally helps doesn’t it?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Cottage Farm in San Francisco has some lovely vintage finds in her shop, her French countryside sensibility makes me want to pack a cute little fiat and head out to a stone cottage ASAP. If only I had a stone cottage and it was about 900 degrees warmer!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I adore my leather bags but in the summer months I like to mix in fabric totes as I find them lightweight and easy to care for. These handbag goodies are designed by Creek Bed Threads in Pennsylvania. Her most recent designs and product shots are just great!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Sweet Beaker in Georgia has some sweet and simple handmade papers, and I even spot a little chevron action there, too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

And Plytextiles. Ah. Be still my beating heart, this is the good stuff. Handmade modern textiles for the home created from 100% recycled wool sweaters, made into felt, in Chicago. I’ll take… ten!

(images: linked to their sources above)

Round-ups

Chevron Inspiration

February 16, 2010

This is certainly no breaking news of a trend report or anything but I simply must call attention to the chevron pattern (also known as herringbone) that is still going big and bold in the world of interiors. I’m glad they’re not saturating the scene because the second something is everywhere I tend to get really, really bored and over it. But the bold, geometric zigzags aren’t in every single home out there yet so I feel safe sharing some inspiration. I don’t know… something about the pattern really has me feelin’ Springy today, in fact this morning I ordered some chevron prints designed by Paula Prass in yellow/white and black/white over at Volksfaden. Then I started to have a look around the web to see who else was digging chevrons still and here are some of my findings…

Chevron Inspiration

Sabbe’s cool DIY walls

Chevron Inspiration

Jess and her DIY chev-art over at Make Under My Life.

Chevron Inspiration

Made by Girl has a lovely black/white chev-rug.


Chevron Inspiration

And Made By Girl cards in her Etsy shop.

Chevron Inspiration

Linda & Harriett has cards too.

Chevron Inspiration

Feeling crafty? The orange and white chevron patterns handpainted by Leslie from A Creative Mint may inspire you! Painting the pattern in your favorite colors is relatively easy with a steady hand or a template (try a stencil). Frame them for instant art. You can paint your own chevron pattern on cotton rugs and pillows with fabric paint!


Chevron Inspiration

Madeline Weinrib’s organic blockprint fabric is available to the trade by yard or cheat and by her pillows instead!

Chevron Inspiration

Fabrics from Rubie Green

Chevron Inspiration

Paint the top of your desk in a zizag, complete instructions on the Sunset magazine website or paint your rug like Nick Olsen did.

Chevron Inspiration

The top left room is designed by Mary McDonald as seen in Domino magazine, the floors are painted in the best soft blue/white chevvy pattern ever. Here are some other Domino rooms with a little zagzag. The fabrics in yellow and black are from Volksfaden as mentioned earlier – I now own them and will soon do a little somethin’ somethin’ with these beauties.

Seems this pattern is best used on the floor, an accent wall, or as throw pillows or upholstery on a seat. I’d love to see a little chevron in the cabinets, as shelf liner, painted on a vintage soaking tub, or on the ceiling – oh my! And I must highlight, I think chevrons are more of a thing in America because I don’t see a ton of this pattern on this side of the pond in interiors magazines, stores, I don’t think it’s all that popular over here. Anyone in Europe have an opinion on this?

Not shown: More zigzag love with the chevron end table in the Sparrow’s Nest, chev-Queen card from Anne Chovie and gift tags from Every Jot and Tittle.

(images: linked to their sources above)

Bloggers

Bright Bazaar

February 16, 2010

With fresh snow on the ground, an enormous clear blue sky above, and warm sunlight streaming onto my desk as UK singer James Morrison sings to me in the background I have found my bliss. These moments are so precious. Living within this very minute — these are the best ones! How are you today? Yesterday I took off to work on some projects and to enjoy the day — and after spending 6 hours teaching my class last night it felt nice to wake up to sunshine and blue skies.

Bright Bazaar

Bright Bazaar

Ready for some inspiration today? I sure am! I just added a new blog of the week and would like to officially welcome new blogger Will Taylor in London who works at the Anthropologie UK web team in addition to authoring his new decorating blog called Bright Bazaar. I first heard about Will today as his blog was suggested to me via Twitter by Leslie who is a fan of his work. The photos in this post are from his blog which already tells you one thing: Will is colorful. Make sure you give this guy some blog lovin’ and cruise on over to Bright Bazaar when you have a chance to visit him. We need more boy-bloggers out there in the world of design.

(images: bright bazaar)

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Happy Weekend!

February 12, 2010

2/15 UPDATE: Today is Presidents Day so I’m taking off but I’ll see you in the morning. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your day!

Have a most pleasant weekend my friends and be sure to indulge yourself in a little something special. What will you do?

Happy Weekend!

Thank you for spending time with me here this week, I’ve enjoyed our time together and some of the comments were so funny, I think everyone is getting a bit of cabin fever and feeling kooky because it really came out in the comments section so thank you for making me laugh a lot. I’ll see you on Monday Tuesday morning you gorgeous things, you!

(images: my flickr faves, you may view them here.)

Inspiration

Interior Style: Color Splash!

February 12, 2010

I’m about to sign off for the weekend but before I do please spend a moment looking at these inspiring corners that I found in the decor8 Interior Styling group on Flickr. I’m so excited to report that the group currently has over 1,200 members, Sha-zam! Each one of these photos was contributed and shared within the group pool and though they’re all quite different in style, color, mood… they made me feel energized and inspired. Must be all of the splashes of color! I hope that they do the same for you.

Interior Style: Color Splash!

Wood & Wool Stool

Interior Style: Color Splash!

Ivy Style, Haust and Anja Mulder.

Interior Style: Color Splash!

Anja Mulder and Renee Anne

Interior Style: Color Splash!

Sandra Juto, Ich & Chi and Dottie Angel.

I’ll be back in a moment with a happy weekend goodbye post! :)

(images linked to their sources above)

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