Today for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays I thought I’d change things up a bit and instead of grouping by seller, I’d just toss out a whole bunch of beautiful things and let you have at them! :) I was so inspired by a sunny lemon theme that I saw on the Etsy home page today that I went with a little lemon, green and blue which — if you’ve been following decor8 this week so far — has been a bit of a color theme here on the blog. I usually get into the green/yellow/blue theme in April but this year it didn’t strike me until just a few days ago. But when it hits, it hits me hard because it’s such a brilliant, happy color combination don’t you think? Let’s see some beautiful things by a bunch of fantastic etsy sellers today, shall we?
Exhibit A: 1. Flores del sol, 2. Depuis, 3. Fleur Fatale, 4. Sleepy King, 5. Bonde and 6. Penny Wishes.
Exhibit B: 1. Siiso 2. Printed Pretties 3. Bonte, 4. Wilkintie, 5. Roseau, 6. Siiso, 7. Simply Hue, 8. Pocket Carnival and 9. 3 Lamps Graphics.
Exhibit C: 1. Tortoise Loves Donkey, 2. Honey Tree, 3. Roddy and Ginger, 4. Claudia Pearson and 5. Bonbi Forest.
What do you see that you like? I love that Abe Lincoln quote, don’t you? “Whatever you are, Be a good one.”- how true!
(images: linked to their sources above)
I’m always inspired when I visit Jonathan Adler’s website because he is a real design dynamo constantly showing us something new and cheery in the world of interiors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday he’ll open a shop in mainland Europe so I can shop more frequently but I know this much: when I’m in New York this summer I’m going to raid his crackhouse of happiness and bring home some goodies for sure because I’ve never been to one of his stores and well, it’s about time I change that!
Have you had a chance to recently view his interior design portfolio? The home of Liz Lange, at least her country home, is shown in glimpses below. I can see most of these things fitting together nicely in a room or in a series of connected rooms – like a living room and an attached dining area, home office, or entryway.
The fresh touches of blue, green and yellow cannot help but let the sunshine in. How could one ever dread mornings with a kitchen to greet them for breakfast like this?
What strikes me most is her owl umbrella holder as I won something similar on eBay awhile back (and blogged about it here). My umbrella stand has a name, I’ve called him Oscar, and when he arrived in my boxes from America I quickly lifted him out to ensure he was crack and chip-free and he was in perfect condition. So now he is perched in my hallway and each day when I arrive home I’m greeted by this sweet ceramic creature. Hey, color me crazy but I love reminders of my favorite things dotted around my home.
Owls have always been my favorite bird, my mother used to bring me to Brookgreen Gardens a few times a month during my childhood to see the birds – the owls were the ones I was most mesmerized by. I could stare at them and try to engage them for hours, so enthralling… The fascination still continues. I often walk into the forest around the corner from my home and I hunt for owls sometimes right after the sun sets, the time of night when there is still enough light to make out silhouettes and a perfect time for owl spotting. I found a massive brown one just the other day, I do not know what kind it was, and wanted so badly to scoop him up and take him home with me. What I would do with this magical creature then, I have no clue, but I’ve always wanted to own an owl and now I do – my ceramic pal Oscar who sits in my entryway day after day holding my collection of umbrellas. And it looks like Liz Lange has one too.
What animal are you naturally attracted to and do you have this animal in your home – perhaps as bookends or a sculpture? Maybe an art print?
What do you connect with in the images above? Any accents that particularly call out to you?
(images: jonathan adler)
I first found out about Gary Spain in House Beautiful magazine — he is an interior designer based in San Francisco who has some lovely homes in his portfolio that you and I can peek in on today. His work gives a fresh twist to more traditional furnishings and I like how well he layers textures, patterns and colors because the results are welcoming and cozy but also a bit decadent and luxurious.
What elements in these rooms do you appreciate? I like the brown bathroom with that old-fashioned toilet (I know, right — of all things to pick out I like the toilet! LOL) and the round white coffee table with the black base along with all of that pink and black — pretty!
(images: gary spain)
I can get lost in the paper art of Dutch artist Ferry Staverman today… just look at these beautiful creations. Are they not grand? Ferry graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in 1970, before most of us were born, and has been exhibiting ever since. These beauties make the paper snowflakes that I made for my windows this past winter look like child’s play! I really like his use of color and the details – wow so meticulous – these sculptures range in size from quite small to larger than life and are constructed using recycled cardboard and thread and they remind me of honeycomb paper ornaments.
I can’t imagine the focus an artist must have to do work like this that demands such repetition. Their shapes are so evocative of things like bells, trees, sea plants and animals… I also love how he uses variations of the same color because this gives the work great depth and beauty.
What do you see when you look at these shapes?
If you want to see more of his work, pick up a copy of the beautiful Papercraft book published by Gestalten in Berlin. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book! And a special thank you to decor8 reader Gabi in Munich for telling me about this gorgeous work today! I always appreciate reader tips! :)
(images: ferry staverman)
Author/stylist Anita Kaushal would like to offer decor8 readers a very exclusive discount as she is currently making room for a few new things in her online shop and would like to offer her current wares at a very special discount of 50% off for decor8 readers (click here and enter the password: decor8). Just a few exquisite things for us…
And in case you don’t know Anita and her book… here’s a visual introduction to her glamorous yet livable personal style… Please examine all of the fine details as you peruse these photographs. Which rooms appeal to you the most? Do you see any ideas that you’d like to use in your own living or work space?
Would you not love to own a dining room or work room like this with such beautifully tiled floors? This looks like the most beautiful home, doesn’t it? I love the architectural details, the light, those windows! Eek!
If you aren’t familiar with Anita’s work, she is the author of the beautiful FamilyLifeStyle Home book published by Thames & Hudson and she was a regular contributor at Cookie magazine before they (sadly) folded. Above, you can see some glimpses from the book. It’s simply gorgeous… I have a copy and could flip through it a hundred times over. I think the silver bathtub is amazing with the Moroccan wedding quilt laid out on the floor before it. I also love seeing the bubbles… it really calls out to the viewer doesn’t it?
(images: anita kaushal)
The Graham and Green spring collection is now on their website and I sat here this morning looking through so many images of things that I would love to own! I also admire their styling as many online shops exist out there but those that make an effort to present their merchandise well are the shops that catch my eye the most. I think shopping for home items online is enhanced when you can view things in-situ, don’t you? Here are some pieces that I imagine would look beautiful in most of our homes. Do you spot any instant favorites? See anything that you can imagine owning and if so, where would you put it?
In the above photographs I find the bursts of color very refreshing and modern, don’t you?I also love seeing black with all of the white, that never grows old does it?
(images: Graham and Green)