Yearly Archives

2010

Rooms, Stationery

Lisa Jones Studio

February 11, 2010

Influenced largely by mid century design illustration, Scandinavian ceramics, the kitschy 1980s and 1970s textiles, Lisa Jones is one great illustrator. Have you heard of this London-based talent before? If not, you’ll want to visit her website, Lisa Jones Studio, to preview her work which ranges from cards to tea towels, books and prints.

Lisa Jones Studio

Lisa Jones Studio

Lisa Jones Studio

Lisa ships worldwide if you worry, and her shipping prices are affordable to the states and she accepts Paypal – even more reason to love her! Here is a preview of the cuteness that is Lisa Jones.

Let me guess, you have your eye on that blue house print and the pink hearts in a jar card too? Or? :)

(images: lisa jones studio)






Shopping + Products

Haus Interior

February 10, 2010

I wrote about the lovely Haus Interior over at Real Simple today… have you heard of this shop yet? I love the home of the owner too – she is originally from Germany but now lives in New York City and I find her such an inspiration because she has a beautiful apartment, a shop, a blog and offers design services. What a lady! Next time I’m in New York I have to make time to visit.

Haus Interior

You can read the complete post here. Enjoy!

(images: haus interior)






Arts + Crafts

Jordan Clarke (+ Vintage Circus Trend)

February 10, 2010

I was reading Daydream Lilly this morning and found a beautiful link buried in one of her old posts that I clicked and boom! into the rabbit’s hole I fell! I found Jordan Clarke in Australia who has a delightful blog that I’d seen before but somehow forgotten but a new discovery awaited me — Jordan’s online shop!

Jordan Clarke (+ Vintage Circus Trend)

About Jordan’s work, “Fascinated by all things dark, whimsical and vintage her work is characterized by a collision of Victorian vignettes, rockabilly pin-ups, religious iconography, tattooing, 20th century circus and fairground lore, to name but a few.

I’ll admit, none of these themes are ones that I am naturally drawn towards but somehow when combined they really interest me! Funny how that works. Jordan has a very curious eye and a delightful way of mixing things that is really fun to watch.

It’s interesting to note how she mentions her work being inspired by 20th century circus and fairground lore. Did you see the new Anthropologie catalog for Spring which had some circus inspiration sprinkled throughout? And what about the recent film, Sherlock Holmes, also with a scene of a vintage circus. Same with animated film Coraline. Even the most recent Pink album and of course, Britney Spears. I find it so interesting how you’ll begin to spot certain themes pop up – maybe in film, then fashion, then video, and suddenly you notice it in art or in home accessories. When I was watching Sherlock Holmes last night at the theater, I thought about how I’d love to see a vintage style circus come to town, wouldn’t that be grand? Of course, only if the animals were treated fairly and if the clowns were not scary as I truly have a fear of wild-eyed clowns. But other than that, I can imagine a vintage circus being a very exciting event to attend – candy wrapped in decadent papers, gorgeous costumes, painted elephants, pointy tents… and then I start to wonder how this theme could be interpreted for the home through color and pattern — all in very subtle ways of course.

Have you spotted a bit of a vintage circus love thing going on too? What do you think?

(images: jordan clarke)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

February 10, 2010

Hello friends! Sorry for not getting this up a bit sooner. Hopefully we can apply a little bit of better late than never to excuse my tardiness? And how are you doing? Is all well for you?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I’ve talked about Leah Duncan and her illustrations before but I keep returning to her prints and tea towels because I really like her style. If you missed my review of her work before, here’s another chance to bookmark her site – she’s brilliant.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Whisker Graphics sells printable stationery and tags and big, yummy spools of baker’s twine in pretty colors which is all the rage and a bit hit when used on gifts.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Mélangerie Inc. is a Brooklyn-based design consultancy that specializes in one-of-a-kind gifts and other designs for both large and small events, like weddings and parties. These bags are so cute, a great way for guests to write down and air their dirty laundry at your party. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Mandy Lynne, also known as Skippy Designs, has such a fresh and whimsical view of the world. Looking at her light hearted work cannot help but inspire joy – a little vintage and a lot of color make her photographs very special.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Lilla Lotta is designer Anna Barrow in France who makes by hand cotton tapes and fabric in her little studio – she also accepts custom orders if you have a shop or special occasion for instance.

(images linked to their source above)






Interviews

Interview With Deborah Needleman

February 9, 2010

I just read such a lovely interview with former Domino magazine Editor-in-Chief Deborah Needleman over on Natalie Walton’s blog Daily Imprint.

Interview With Deborah Needleman

If you didn’t catch that, you must check it out. I have to quote Deborah for just a moment because I love how she defines what she thinks makes a truly stylish person. I think it shakes up the typical impression one has when they think of successful New York stylist, writer, designer… I once only imagined ruthless and pretentious types (ha ha Hollywood films and television series didn’t help!) but Domino did a great job of bringing in those who possessed genuine passion for the magazine and decorating vs. those who simply had talent for design and a massive attitude problem. Domino had heart and soul.

Natalie asked Deborah who inspires her and she replied so perfectly, “People with great style who live easily and happily with it. Many seemingly stylish people are pretty awful — fussy and uptight. But I am interested in style that is expansive, that makes lives more beautiful and the people in your life happier. This goes back I guess to the team we put together at domino: I am really inspired by many of the people there like Rita Konig, Dara Caponigro, Sara Costello, Stella Bugbee. I am also really inspired by women who are focused, smart and accomplish a lot while never becoming one of those scary businesswomen, if that makes any sense.”

I also love her thoughts on how she created a strong team and how she views that as her proudest career achievement. “It was a collection of the most talented, wonderful, kind and hilarious people ever. We never made a space for someone who might have been gifted but was difficult or tricky.” Truly great words!

The above photo was shown first in the NYTimes in 2007, you simply must view her home tour there if you didn’t see that already.

(images: deborah needleman, her home in NYC)






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