Great news everyone! Kelly Wearstler has a brand new blog called My Vibe My Life! Yay! I was so glad when her office contacted me today to share this great news and asked if I would like to share it with all of you. Why yes, of course! Kelly contributed to my upcoming book, Decorate with a few great design tips so of course I am inspired by her work. I think what I love most about her is that she is fearless when it comes to designing interiors — I can’t help but think her new blog will be a huge success because of her style but also her courage in just going for it.
I like when people are fearless, when they have courage to go forth and do what their heart tells them to do. Unfortunately, so much of what we are exposed to goes through this giant filtering/editing process and the original beauty of it, the soul, becomes so completely watered down that the original voice gets lost.
With Kelly Wearstler, you never ever get the sense that she holds back. What you see is what you get, even if someone may criticize her designs for being so “out there” (design is subjective after all), she doesn’t change her style to please the masses. She is authentic, true to her vision, and this is what makes her so admirable to me personally. I can’t wait to follow her blog regularly and watch this creative dynamo in action. Congrats on the new blog, Kelly!
Monique Germon is the proprietor and creative director of Story, a sweet little shop that recently opened its online doors and features curated handmade goods from homewares to fashion and accessories. Story prides itself in, “Exhibiting the work of individuals who make a significant contribution through the production of exceptional art & design… [Story] reveres authenticity above all & pays homage to this as a style unto itself.” I love that thought, that authenticity is a style of its own that deserves as much respect as the creation itself. SO TRUE!
Fantastic stool made from paper
A dozen tiny ceramic mushrooms
More pretty things, including one-of-a-kind art and Australian magazine SOHI, one that I recently discovered and have formed quite a curiosity for because it looks quite fabulous and unique.
Story offers complimentary postage for all items shipped within Australia, but they also ship to locations worldwide so contact them directly for pricing and more information.
Thank you Monique for writing in and telling me about your new and delightful online shop!
Calling all stylists, set designers and anyone else in need of props in Boston! Lauren Niles, Prop Stylist, wrote in today about Mad Props and I couldn’t resist sharing this new Boston-based business with you. Mad Props (great name!) is a full service prop rental house catering to stylists, photographers and of course the film and event industries who shoot in Boston and greater New England. They have an extensive collection housed in a 3,000 square foot space that is open weekdays along with their online space where you can browse what’s available.
Mad Props carries everything from table settings to home decor, surfaces and furniture ranging from antique to vintage and modern pieces. Founded by owners Lauren Niles and Elizabeth Pond, they launched their business to fill a void and, “To make the propping experience more pleasant, convenient and efficient, and offer hard-to-find items for local clientele and out of town productions coordinating photo shoots in Boston.” Curated with care, Lauren and Elizabeth source items selected for their aesthetic photographic qualities and usefulness as props in general.
Sounds (and looks) like a fun space to visit — and a valuable resource for those looking for a great prop house in Boston. Way to go, ladies!
(images: mad props)
I was at the London Anthropologie shopping drooling on Monday and spotted pieces from their Spring collection trickling in, they have a rather modern African theme in housewares currently… I felt both inspired and mesmerized by the patterns and saturated colors with all the ethnic influence though I’m more about small doses and definitely not into overdoing things… I love dots of color splashed against a neutral background, but some of you love a bright, saturated background with more color layered on top and lucky for all this line satisfies all. This season at Anthro African prints and patterns are all the rage along with animal motifs but in addition to their pieces with African influence, they also have some industrial pieces and lots of flea market-inspired finds as they are best known (and loved) for. Here is a glimpse of a few of my favorite things.
Animal wall hooks in white ceramic
Block Begonia Wallpaper– I am dying to order 4 rolls of this for a wall in my dining room… I guess I should just go for it but I need samples first before I take the leap!
Safari Study Pillow, Gazelle
Flights and fancy salad plate, On-a-whim dinner plate, Wanderlust Journal – Chevron, Recipe bookmarks.
Ethnic rugs – love that magenta one, perfect with a gorgeous black leather sofa or a sumptuous linen one.
Coralie bed, Lunet chair and stackable animal pots.
Spot anything that speaks to you? What? Why? Do you like their modern safari style, industrial inspired finds and the overall eclectic, well-traveled look?
Ready for Etsy Take Five Tuesday for this week? Posing pup, old cups, curious characters, cheeky beaks and edgy seats… my quirky round up this week should satisfy you and make you smile. Enjoy!
If you love photos of dogs (and cats), you’ll adore the animal portraits by Sibling Rivalrie. These are so cute, oh my goodness I want a pet again soooo bad. I have a pug crush (they are called “mops” in Germany) at the moment. Any pet crushes you’d like to share?
I’ve talked about the Mincing Mockingbird before, but I have to remind you to visit this great shop again in case you’ve not stopped by in awhile. I love these serene blue and green hues and sweet little birds — though the shop still stocks plenty of cheeky beaks, too!
The vintage goods (not to mention the pretty product shots) in the 5 Gardenias shop may catch your fancy (and possibly be worth a bookmark). If you love old-fashioned charm that includes old cups, lovely glassware, vintage sheers and colorful spools then this shop is one to frequent for new, errr old, finds.
The whimsical illustrations by illustrator Tracey Long in London, also known as Chasing The Crayon on Etsy, has a fantastic imagination and a great eye for color — I adore her whimsical characters as well.
German etsy shop ShowRaum (showroom) has several fantastic designers who combine vintage materials to create edgy and new products from furniture to lighting and beyond. If in Berlin, you can visit this cool new shop in Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg district at Schönleinstrasse 3 or visit their website for more information.
Hope you liked my round up, see you tomorrow with more bloggy finds for you to enjoy!
(images: linked to their sources above.)
I have a hugely inspiring website to tell you about that JUST launched that hasn’t hit the blogosphere yet (not English blogs anyway) called Bolaget Inspiration based in Sweden and oh my! It’s delightful! I have my lovely blog collegue Frida to thank for sharing it with me today via email. Thanks, Frida!
Bolaget is managed by a dedicated team in Malmo, Sweden. It is the mission of Bolaget to find and sell some of the best properties in Malmo, and thanks to their team of interiors professionals, they can evaluate your property and decorate it (also known as home staging) in order to boost the value of your home. They have gorgeous places for sale, you simply must check it out but more than that, they just launched an inspiration site for those who want to see past properties.
By the way, if you don’t know what home staging is, also referred to in the UK as property styling, it is defined this way by wikipedia, “Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.” This is a smart approach to selling homes and has been around for years now, but Bolaget has a very nice touch that sets them out from the pack.
I don’t know about you, but this is the type of home staging that I love. I’m not so keen on the ordinary staging that I see out there and I’m sure you know what I mean, the cookie cutter look that almost always includes a stack of books with a shell on top or overly home staged to look like a model home or catalog spread. Bolaget seems to have a real knack for styling in a lovely, appealing way that feels fresh, casual and livable. I like that. These homes speak to me — I want to buy and live in them because they feel inspiring, eclectic, and perfectly imperfect.
What about you? How do you feel about the typical “staging” work you see where you live? Is it still popular where you live or not?