I know, I know… I just mentioned Leela Cyd Ross in a previous post, but I found this image in her online portfolio and it grabbed me hard and wrestled me to the ground with emotion – I love it and wish I could frame this pretty pic for my kitchen – this is such a gorgeous piece of work. I love photographic storytelling and a diptych photo like this one below really opens your heart and mind to what stories lurk there, doesn’t it? To me it’s the perfect blend of beauty and melancholy. It’s serene and hopeful but also a bit sad.
Leela Cyd Ross is a features writer for Kitchn but also a wonderful photographer with a great online portfolio that you must browse for a moment today… You’ll find images that just may transport you into a space and time with lots of sun, cloudless skies and warm temps like this…
Leela your work is beautiful, thank you for sharing it on decor8 today.
(images: leela cyd ross)
So, this women loses her job and has the genius idea to turn a double decker bus into a vintage shop. Really? Sounds like a lady that I want to know!
Lodekka is a restored British double decker bus (a 1965 Bristol Lodekka, hence the store name) that was transformed into a vintage dress shop and photographed by the talented Leela Cyd Ross who happens to be a great photographer AND a writer for Apartment Therapy’s Kitchn site. Located in northeast Portland, Oregon the owner, Erin Sutherland, has created quite a unique and lovely shopping experience for those looking for their next party dress or some sparkly shoes. This whole concept makes me happy, a great space and a women who is so creative and just goes for it. Yay to Erin Sutherland!
Psst: Like jazz music? Erin is also part of a band – The Stolen Sweets. What a talented lady!
Thank you Leela for writing to me to share this gem of a shop!
(images: Leela Cyd Ross)
I talked about online shop Gretal Home last Spring but I have to write about them again because they have some unique new items that deserve the spotlight. Plus, I love pretty stuff and seriously, can this book light below be any sweeter? Nah. Not really.
Gretal Home is an inspiring online shop that is wonderfully curated. Whenever I visit, I am instantly charmed by their product shots, cohesive collection of goods collected from various sources around the world and their eye for quality products that are also beautiful. Be sure to check them out. My wish list includes the Distortion Candlestick, Joy Table Light, Large Vitriini in Clear Glass and Oak, Large Mocha Helene Vase, Gomitolo Oversized Knitted Clock in White and the Book Table Light. Spot anything you love? I think that distortion candlestick is my favorite though because it’s affordable but also very quirky. Imagine a bunch of them on a big wooden table in a dining room? They definitely make guests feel like they’ve had too much too drink before the cocktails are even poured!
(images: gretal home)
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)