Just a friendly reminder that my lovely columnist Leslie Shewring, who authors Color Me Pretty on decor8, will return next week! She took January & February off to pursue teaching a class with me about creative, inspirational blogging (Blogging Your Way) and now that the class has wrapped up I’m pleased and honored to have signed on Leslie to return to decor8 once again. Leslie will be back to visit us once a month with her inspirational color and style story. If you’ve missed her work on decor8 in 2009 click here to be inspired.
Next week the theme is Spring — so lots of soft pastels — you won’t want to miss it!
(image: leslie shewring)
You are not confused! Really! It is Wednesday… but I’m determined to write this column even if I am a little late because I know how many of you look forward to it and also how much I enjoy featuring these talented independent artists and designers each week — they are the ones who inspire me so much each day and keep me going. Here are my favorite Etsy shops this week…
Ello There in Utah design some of the cutest wedding invitations (and posters) and save the date cards that I’ve seen… so original and definitely great for those of you who are opting for a more handmade touch to your big day. They also carry custom portraits – so fun!
Judy Kaufmann creates bold graphic prints that would attract attention in any room. I imagine them in a modern office, can you see that too?
Late Night Drawing is the result of artist Catalina in Stockholm who loves drawing with ink and who gets her creative boost at night (me too!). Are you a night owl? If so, you can relate.
Cards For Complicated People = the best! Each card is hand painted by artist Anna Fraser in Sydney — no two are alike — each completely original in pretty watercolor pastels. You have to spend some time today looking through them all because some of them will really make you laugh. I’d like to frame a few for my office.
Barbaer Shop is the work of graphic designer Jana Kleineberg from Berlin who now lives in Finland. Jane stocks some folksy cuckoo clock prints that can be customized and some really sweet animals — the owl is great, he reminds me of a boss I once had whom I called (behind his back of course) the Steam Roller. Ever had a boss resembling this owl? Intimidating, uptight, etc. etc. etc.?
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Design rock star Angela Adams just rolled out her new collection of hand-woven wool rugs. I’m a flat weave rug girl myself so these geometric patterns in a flat weave construction look pretty good to me.
There are 3 in this collection, shown above is the Nectar in Dandelion (my favorite) and also the Ruthie Seaglass which would be beautiful in a house by the sea with lots of natural wood accents and some turquoise lamps with crisp white shades. I see the Nectar in a hallway against hardwood floors. That would be a nice rug to greet guests. There is also the Zag rug, not shown but you may view it here.
“Nectar is a modern checkerboard pattern that is inspired by the birds that are busy during sunny summer days while the Ruthie pattern pays tribute to Angela’s mother with a modern home-spun vibe.”
Details: Hand-woven of 100% New Zealand wool, available in 5 sizes: 3×5′, 2.5×8′, 5×8′, 8×10′ and 9×12′ and prices range from $349–$1,950.
(images: angela adams)
I’m happy to introduce a new blog of the week, this time we’ll be peeking in on illustrator Ishtar Olivera Belart in Spain. She loves to craft and create many things in addition to her hand drawings — she’s so creative and an inspiration to me personally.
Her photos capture such a nice mood — cozy, accepting, without judgment, familiar, crafting, home… I do hope you’ll visit her blog.
(images: ishtar olivera)