I’ve been a busy bee this week! In addition to planning for the Liberty event in London on Wednesday night (we’re making lots of pretty things for the tabletop and a special installation to go above the table), I was asked if Where Women Create magazine could shoot my work studio this week and of course, since I’m a keynote speaker at their special upcoming Creative Connection event (alongside Oprah’s own Cristina Ferrare) in September, I said yes! It worked out really well because I was able to work with my husband, who shot the story, and I styled the shots which was fun — it definitely made me miss working on the road last year styling my book Decorate! Here is an outtake from the shoot of my desk area. You can see the entire room in their next issue!
Above my desk I have this very quick and easy DIY mood board/art display. I made it up myself – hey, decorating isn’t rocket science! What I did was cut a piece of linen and secured it to the wall with 5 nails. I then disguised the nails by looping some simple ribbon around each one. I let the linen drape because it looks more natural than if I had pulled it extra tight across the wall. It looks more casual and soft this way. I have tons of prints that I’ve purchased over the years from Etsy and I can’t properly frame all of them so, using Japanese craft tape which sticks so well yet can be easily removed without tearing paper, I “tacked” everything to my mood board/art wall. I can swap imagery whenever the spirit moves me. I like that because the spirit moves me quite often! In fact, changing a mood board regularly is a trick that helps me to stay out of creative ruts. The moment I feel one coming on, I edit my mood board and the fresh perspective helps energize me. With the “Holly” mood board, you only need a little less than a meter of linen, 5 nails, and some ribbon and of course Japanese crafting tape and some art, tears from magazines, etc. and boom! you are in your creative zone in minutes.
I had some major déjà vu moments working on this story for Where Women Create and definitely feel like I need to do more of this in the future along with books and anything else that I can continue to do to combine imagery and words to communicate what’s inside of me to all of you. I love decor8, so the blog will always be front and center, but side projects are so meaningful and rewarding and it’s good fuel for me to have them as they also feed my creativity so that I can blog with more passion. I have come to realize over the past five years that blogging with intention, with heart, with passion is always my goal — it is so much more rewarding over simply tossing up posts for the sake of writing something. For me, a blog is a place to communicate feelings, a vision, talk about inspirations, ideas, goals, dreams… I think that is what makes a great blog, well, great. What do you think?
(photo: thorsten becker)
I have a special preview that you’ll love but first, this week slipped by so quickly and truth is, I don’t like it! I feel sad when I’m away from my blog and apologize for not writing since Tuesday. Thing is, I’ve been a bit busier than usual and haven’t had much time to compose a post and I hate throwing something up just for the sake of having a blog post. I miss you all! I’m having blog withdrawal though it’s only been three days — it’s funny how much a blog becomes a part of life just as much as anything else you grow to cherish. How are you doing? Are you well? I thought I’d tell you some exciting news – I worked with Leslie Shewring to produce a story on creativity that will run in the summer issue of Matthew Mead Holiday magazine! We are both very excited and so I thought I’d share some glimpses of the magazine with you today to whet your appetite for the other features that you can find in the same issue as well.
Isn’t this all so inviting and pretty? Matthew Mead does such a nice job on each carefully thought out issue. He really does produce lovely things and I enjoy seeing his touch on an entire magazine – he certainly has the eye for it.
The issue is filled with beautiful color, simple ideas and decorating tips along with recipes and a trip to Trish Foley’s house near the Hamptons along with an article about tapping in to your creativity by Leslie and I. You can order online here and issues will be in the mail during the first week of May. I can’t wait to see it!!!
(images: matthew mead holiday)
Ah handmade… doesn’t it just tickle you pink? There are so many delightful things to fall head over heels for over at Etsy. To think that when I launched this column years ago I wondered if enough talented crafters would rise up so that I could keep this column going for awhile – Ha! Guess so because here I am still finding plenty of precious handmade treasures to love. Here are my top five picks for this week, they range from artsy to whimsical, so there is a little something for everything. Enjoy!
Jeremy Miranda is an artist in Salem, Massachusetts with a shop under the same name, Jeremy Miranda, where he sells original paintings and limited run prints. I love his murky, moody palette with almost splashes of pure color being flecks of hope — and that his inspiration is both nature and architecture. Lately he has been painting icebergs and greenhouses because, “They both seem to blur the line between landscape and architecture,” he says. Nice work!
Emily Zych in Maryland who runs Which Goose, a shop specializing in mostly vintage-inspired clips and combs for decking your locks with flowers and bows. Such a sweet shop, and she has lovely product photography and a great eye for texture and color to be so young.
Cori Dantini is such a gem, I love her work and find myself doing frequent “drive bys” to see what’s new in her shop. Recently, she started to group her paintings and prints by colorway which I find extremely helpful. I like when sellers put themselves into the shoes of their customers to make shopping more fun (and easier!). My dream is that she will someday surprise us with an illustrated book for kids. I’ll write it Cori! I can imagine her characters delighting children (and parents) alike.
I love seeing what others make using vintage and vintage-inspired fabrics combined with stitch work, like these pretty bracelets by Amy at Ponder and Stitch. I especially love seeing them displayed in this pretty wooden box.
Maison Paulette is owned by artist and collector Iris Schwarz in Zurich. She seems to gather the most curious objects from flea markets that she offers in her shop and ships worldwide. My favorites are her original pieces of art though, I find them just brilliant! I also love the glass domes that she finds in beautiful shapes and sizes, gently aged as vintage pieces are give them that not too precious “from the shelf” look if you know what I mean.
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