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Sofia Barao (Paris)

Sofia Barao is a mixed media artist and accessories designer living near Paris. She has an etsy store where she recently started offering vintage French fashion and ad prints along with wallpaper scrap packs (great for mini projects… You could design your own closet door in the spirit of Ms. Posie!). These prints need to be framed and displayed, don’t you think? So pretty!


(images from sofia barao)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on February 20, 2007

Lapin & Me (London)

Pretty things, including French notebooks and things, from the lovely Lapin & Me in England.


Madeleine, and her daughter Delphine, created this special online boutique to present the most beautiful products, items both cherished and unique. Combining childhood memories and a touch of nostalgia, these sweet gifts warm the heart and demonstrate the care that both mother and little girl put into hand selecting everything offered in their little corner of the web.

Here are some of my favorites. See if you can find a few of your own here.


Thank you Madeline for writing to me!

(images from lapin & me)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on February 19, 2007

Turquoise + Build A Nest Trunk Show THIS WEEKEND ONLY in LA!

An event you won’t want to miss, the lovely and talented Turquoise teams up with Nest for a special trunk show – this weekend only!

What: The Build a Nest Trunk Show
When: Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th ONLY.
Time: 12-5 p.m. daily
Where: Turquoise showroom, 1641 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA
Why: Why not? It’s an amazing one time opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts from Build a Nest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing the lives of women in developing countries. Come browse (and shop!) for beautiful wares from around the world while learning about Nest and their mission.

Sweets and beverages will be served.

Please RSVP to turquoise [dot] rsvp [at] gmail [dot] com. It’s not too late (because it’s never to late to shop and mingle), so stop by this weekend and join the fun!


Psst: For those of us located outside of the LA area, Nest has a great online store

(image from nest)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, designers, shopping, travel on February 17, 2007

Get Cozy With Posie at Apartment Therapy

What makes Apartment Therapy stand out, is their major community vibe and all those frequent home tours, don’t you think? I absolutely love how they focus on real spaces and so many of their readers jump right in to be featured.

Sometimes though, I look at spaces people sing the praises over, and think of how cold they feel. It seems like so many of us are buying things we see on blogs or that our friends like, that we’re forgetting to cherish what we already have and just mix stuff in. Some homes are starting to look like people had no real history in them, like they just gutted and did a fresh slate makeover.

What do you think about this approach? Dumping the past and starting from scratch?

I think it’s almost like some dwellers survived a fire, their home burnt to the foundation and they were forced to start anew. You can look at their pad and pick out everything you see, crediting it to this or that store, or as something you’ve spotted a hundred times already in blogsville. Unless you are 18, you shouldn’t feel like you have to start from scratch. Look at Domino magazine as a perfect example. What makes the homes featured in their pages so envied? They feature real homes that were built over time. It’s a good lesson for us, decorating shouldn’t be an overnight process.

Here Alicia, aka Posie, papered her closet door. Sweet.


Take a refreshing step back and look at the fabulous slideshow of Alicia’s home over at Apartment Therapy SF. Even though it may not be the look some of you prefer, there is a lot to learn from Posie. Collect. Build. Blend in.

Alicia’s serene dining space.

Make decorating fun, not some stressful gottagetitdonein6months kind of thing. There’s no hurry, but if you make it into one, the result will not fully satisfy you. You’ll constantly second-guess your choices, after spending loads of cash and tons o’ time. Build your nest from many resources, tap into tag sales and antiques stores. The most beautiful homes sometimes took 5-10 years to get that way. Unless you plan to die soon, no hurry!

View from her kitchen window. Love the card mobile.


Great mix of vintage and new pottery. Key word here: vintage. You know, something old, something new, something borrowed, something Adler…

Remove cabinet doors and have a little fun with fabric or paper.


(images from alicia p. via at:sf)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on February 15, 2007

Books:

Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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