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2011

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

March 2, 2011

Hello friends! It’s time for me to present this week’s picks from Etsy… no rhyme or reason, just some things that are quirky and caught my eye that may tickle your fancy too. I’m not spotlighting five sellers this week, in fact nothing has much to do with “five” at all but if you don’t tell I won’t. :) Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I Heart the Golden Girls Zine by Jackie Peppermint, Eco Ballerina Flats in Lime Green by the Generation, I was thinking of the sea print by Laura Amiss, In the Theater of Dreams print by A Fanciful Twist, Maple wooden clock from Off Cut Studio and placemats by Kathy Mellor.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Life is Beautiful print by magalerie, vintage jewel bracelet with gold ribbon by Dreamy Vintage, Rubber stamps by Present and Correct, Sparkling Antique Silver sequin pillow by The Home Centric and a Cup of Tea card by Present & Correct.

Bonus items not shown: white lace porcelain butterfly brooch by andO Design, Gold zig zag headband by Ice Cream Candy and the zigzag pillow by decoyellow.

(images: linked to their sources above)

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Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

March 1, 2011

It was such a pleasure to hear personally from Brooklyn’s own Paul Lowe today about his new issue of Sweet Paul magazine with a focus on kids. It just released online less than 15 minutes ago and I just had a peek and wow, it’s gorgeous and so creative — some of the spreads gave me goosebumps, it was exciting to see something fresh and new for a change and digital publishing gives so many the opportunity (who should be doing magazines) to have their own magazine now…

Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

Brand New Issue of Sweet Paul Magazine

All I can say is TGFSP! Thank goodness for Sweet Paul! If you’ve not heard of Paul before, his magazine is based on his wildly successful Sweet Paul blog – check it out!

(images: sweet paul magazine)

Decorating Tips

Stylist Twig Hutchinson

March 1, 2011

I thought about stylist Twig Hutchinson today and decided to visit her website to see if she had updated it at all — and yes she has, and it’s brilliant. I love how it looks like a real portfolio, a book, containing little notes and client lists along with side projects… it is all quite lovely to look upon and so enjoyable to flip through. Twig is such a visionary, she truly makes it easy for a photographer to take a beautiful photo. Have a look for yourself…

Stylist Twig Hutchinson
Stylist Twig Hutchinson
Stylist Twig Hutchinson

Be sure to visit her gorgeous online portfolio for dozens more delightful examples of her work.

And a big p.s. — I’m really in to silvered sequins right now, what about you?

(images: photographers listed on her website under contact.)

Shopping + Products

Spring Inspiration from Cox & Cox

February 28, 2011

Ooooh yes! The new spring things at Cox & Cox have arrived and being a big fan of their online shop, I simply must share some of my favorite things with you today. These put me in the mood for March which will be here tomorrow – yay!

Spring Inspiration from Cox & Cox

I love the product shots at Cox & Cox, it’s all so gorgeous and gives me lots of great ideas for setting things up around the house. I love, love, LOVE the paisley shelf and the barn stars in white are sweet, too.

(images: tara fisher and styled by tony hutchinson)

Color Inspiration

Mint + Beige

February 28, 2011

Mmmm mint! I’m all about beige right now also and loving it, especially as a trench coat with a fun, colorful patterned lining for spring or on the walls with crisp white glossy trim. I’m also liking mint and cream a great deal… I keep thinking of painting an hold cabinet a minty green like the one shown below. What is your current color crush? I think peachy coral would be a great accent with this mint/beige color combo, don’t you think?

Mint + Beige

Mint + Beige

necklace from boden, j.crew vintage cotton tee, sugarcane + cocoa necklace from anthropologie, pie crust dinnerware from anthropologie, escape from the black forest print by the black apple, birds eggs from Australia print from cake with giants, kid’s room from MILK magazine, little town made from envelopes by camilla engman.

Mint + Beige

Mint + Beige

Not a big fan of pastel-y Mint? Even though it is such a pretty hue… it’s not for everyone. You can combine it with fresh green or chartreuse to brighten things up or add in a muddy olive and deep gray to make the room more rich and cozy… above are some inspirations from vtwonen magazine showing you how to mix mint in for a fresh spring look. If you are not familiar with vtwonen, it is a fabulous decorating magazine from the Netherlands that I started subscribing to a few years ago. I can’t miss a month of this mag – even Leslie is a subscriber and a few of my other US-based friends. I definitely suggest it for loads of decorating ideas & inspiration. They produce books to, I will be in Amsterdam in June so I plan to pick up a few this time as they’re quite amazing.

(images linked to their sources above)

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Good morning, Monday!

February 28, 2011

I’m so happy Monday is here because now I can work on all of the projects that I need to get done since I couldn’t quite relax this weekend with deadlines looming. Today is also a special day because Blogging Your Way began and will continue for the next four weeks. I love teaching online, I can’t believe that I’m a month shy of two years of teaching this class – it’s crazy to think about how quickly time passes. It’s very exciting to teach because each course brings in an entirely new batch of students from all over the world that I can mix and mingle with quite intimately and it’s a nice feeling. While students are receiving their new wings to prepare them for a creative journey, I am dusting off my own and discovering new pieces of myself as I work with them. Teaching can be therapeutic, encouraging and eye opening to more than just the pupil!

Good morning, Monday!

Good morning, Monday!

Good morning, Monday!

Teaching in a room or a closed environment online feels so cozy! I also enjoy passing out homework each week because the idea of inspiring others to really dig deep and peel back the layers excites me. I always wonder what a student will take from the course and most importantly, what will click inside of them that is the one click that will make a difference.

How are you? What did you do this weekend? I spent a lot of time writing lessons for my class and hanging out with some friends, along with my mother-in-law who joined us for dinner on Saturday (so nice to have family in the same district). My mother in Boston got a copy of my book and called me because she was really! excited! and! had! a! ton! of! questions! She made me laugh. That phone call will stay with me for awhile. She was proud of me and that felt nice. No matter how old we get, or how far from home we live, a high five from a parent can be almost as satisfying now as it was when we were kids.

(image: holly becker for decor8)

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