I wrote about St. Jude’s Prints today over at Real Simple thanks to my current partner-in-crime Jo Copestick who is writing Decorate with me. She went to their gallery in Norfolk, England a few weeks ago and told me all about her visit so I had to learn more…
Here’s a link to the post on Real Simple, enjoy!
(images: st jude’s prints)
I’ve talked about Art as Life before on decor8 and have had Debee Campos as a Flickr contact foreevah but I thought today I’d give her the spot as blog of the week because her work continuously inspires me… And well, when people give you a positive reaction, share so many great ideas and inspirations and well, make your day so often then it’s not a bad idea to shout them out once in a while, is it?
So Debee this post is for you. Thank you for bringing your art, talent and beauty into the world. You rock, girl.
You can follow Debee’s inspirational blog, Art As Life, for a weekly dose of gorgeousness too. She has an etsy shop under the name Bella Drummer as well. Enjoy!
(images: debee campos)
When I was in New York a few weeks ago (so fun being there for July 4th!), I spent 8 days mostly working but whenever I could find a free second, I slipped out to hit this or that design store — so many great places to shop, omg! I hit Kate Spade one afternoon after a shoot, the homeowner actually brought me there to go shopping with her and then she pointed me over to ABC Carpet + Home where I fell completely in love with their ceramics, pillows, jewelry and the Madeline Weinrib Atelier. There are no words to describe that store, right?!?
But Kate Spade was such a highlight for me, the store was so decked out in all its colorful amazingness – a little quirky, a little retro, and a lot of style and color! I wanted to buy everything I saw but I only had a pair of sunglasses in my budget so I picked a pretty pair and now I can’t stop wearing them – so comfy and no lines across my nose – yeah! They came in so handy too – we were in New York during the heat wave and it got up to 103 F one day so my little purchase really got me through that crazy weather – and in LA too – I wore them on Hermosa Beach and Santa Monica and felt like a million bucks because well, that’s what a great pair of sunglasses can do for a girl, am I right!?
(images: kate spade)
Today I’m loving the vibe coming off of the work created by artist Sarah Ogren…
Well okay, I guess I was also feeling it yesterday to when I wrote about her here on Real Simple. :) Love her eye and the meaning behind her work… super intriguing to see a counselor translate her work into art.
(image: sarah ogren)
I watch a ton of Japanese films, and own a slew of them. While I’m not about to start a column reviewing movies anytime soon, since this one may not be hitting theaters near you, I have to at least point it out! It’s also part of my own personal goal to encourage people to watch movies that inspire creativity and so often Hollywood blockbusters just don’t do it for me any longer — don’t even get me started on the latest Twilight film. My gosh, what happened? But anyway, this film, Rinco’s Restaurant, is a Japanese film and has lots of gorgeous scenes in it and if you love to cook and enjoy lots of eye candy, you must check it out. The story is also very inspirational about a girl who, despite a rather loony mother (to put it politely) who seems to love her pet pig more than her only daughter Rinco, launches her own business after working in a dead end job for years and finds success in it — cooking out of her cute little shed in the back yard (which she decorated so sweetly).
There is a lot of depth in this film and loads of creative vision and fun things to look at — each scene could be a picture, it’s all quite visually stunning. I watched it on the long haul flight from Los Angeles on Monday and found myself totally lost in the sheer prettiness of it all…
You can watch a preview in Japanese on the official movie website if you’d like… It reminded me a bit of Amelie in a rather abstract way. If you watch it, you will see what I mean. It made me feel so creative and energized which is why I simply had to share it with you today!
Did you see this film? What did you think of the story? How about the set design? Wardrobe? I loved some of her crazy mother’s outfits and that fabulously plump porker who was always laid out so well on the sofa (sheesh!). The best part was the facial mask scene where both mother and her pet pig had masks on – too funny. While I felt a bit lost in parts (I nearly always do in Japanese films and realize that it’s usually a culture thing) it was still a darling film and I hope to own it eventually.
(images: rinco’s restaurant)
An interesting story hit my inbox a few weeks ago and I had not a moment to examine it further until today. I am so glad I did! Wow! I think this may inspire those of you who either have a lot of IKEA things in your home and feel bored with it or for others who see IKEA as only a place for the budget-conscious or college crowd. In these images below, stylist Lo Bjurulf, who is represented by Agent Bauer, takes everyday IKEA objects and styles them in a way that gives them a whole new look and feel. Take a look and leave your thoughts below, I’d love to hear from you and see what you think of these styled shots.
See what a little creativity can do to budget items?
(images: agent bauer)