Going forward into the new year I plan to toss up a quick weekly post called, “Listening To…” with the goal of sharing some of my favorite tunes with all of you. I think there is just so much amazing talent out there and because I get so much of my inspiration through music it seems like a natural fit to work it in somehow on decor8. So this week I’m listening to… Amy Seeley.
Above is the stunning cover of her new album, Plum Coulee. I just adore the room… so let us look at it again, shall we?
Oh yes, I still love it… beautiful. But I think I prefer seeing her in the room as the contrast of her gorgeous black dress looks so stunning in this white setting with that gorgeous concrete floor. Lovely. But beyond that, the music. Ah yes, the sound of Amy Seeley is perfection, like melting chocolate, raindrops against the window, the feeling of velvet on bare skin. I have her last album, Eight Belles, playing right now in fact. I’m listening to I’ve Got Ideas. Here are the lyrics…
“I’ve got ideas that might make the paper someday
Got folded up maps showin’ where I’m gonna be
I’ve got dreams that could sail a boat to the east
Pages and pages and pages of drawings….
But that don’t mean so much
If you’re not in my story with me.”
(images: amy seeley)
Oh my, you’ll love this shop and the things in it…Amsterdam is a direct train ride from where I live, only 4 hours away, and yet I rarely make the time to go there. This year I only visited once and stayed only 3 days — clearly more time is needed in such a diverse and lovely city. Since discovering recently the lighting of Maartje van dem Noort sold in a shop called Store Without a Home or SWAH), I have vowed that next year I will definitely make time in my schedule to visit Amsterdam a few times and linger a bit more… There are so many creative people who live there and some have the sweetest ateliers and shops. I think I’ll show you one now called Store Without a Home.
Store Without a Home is located at IJburglaan 354 in case you are currently in Amsterdam and want to catch a peek, though they are moving locations in January so check their blog for updates next year. I love how quirky and creative it looks – their products are whimsical and I imagine in person, a real delight to behold. I especially love the Hang Me Lightly pendant, Cloud stools, and the Paper Alarm Clock.
(images: store with a home)
I couldn’t pass by a chance to feature Anna-Wili Highfield today, because this Sydney-based artist makes the most beautiful sculptures of animals using paper but also copper pipe and I find them fascinating. Using archival cotton paper that is painted and sewn together, she breathes life into her beautiful work making it absolutely gorgeous to behold. Wouldn’t you love to have a bird from Anna-Wili and keep it beneath a glass cloche on your table? I sure would… Or perhaps an owl suspended from your ceiling?
From her bio, “Anna-Wili was born in 1980. The daughter of a puppeteer, she spent her childhood exposed to people making wonderful creatures. Anna-Wili has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. She worked for two years for Opera Australia as a scenic artist and has exhibited in small artist run spaces around Sydney.”
(images: anna-wili highfield)
Yes, Papier Mache magazine in Australia is primarily for parents as it is filled with children and wee little products that you’ll want to bring home for them to play with and sweet things to dress them in. But still, it’s so cute even for those without kids, like me. I appreciate the pretty layouts… and the stuff, oh my the stuff! It’s packed with great links to explore, dreamy quotes to linger over, you can get a little bit lost really. And sometimes being lost is just fine.
Some of my new favorites found in this beautiful magazine include:
Good news! Papier Mache is soon to carry a print edition that will be available worldwide! Click here for the deets. Yay!
(images: papier mache)