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.
I can’t recall if I’ve blogged about Jane Foster before, but I just love her work. Jane creates 50’s and 60’s Scandinavian inspired screen prints and ceramics in her Brighton, England studio. I adore her limited edition prints below, aren’t they great? Click here to view more from Jane Foster.
Meet my new favorite book, Simple Sewing with a French Twist by the popular Parisian designer, C?line Dupuy. Her work is regularly featured in Marie Claire magazine and her portfolio can be viewed on her website. Simple Sewing with a French Twist showcases C?line’s talents offering all of us a glimpse into her stylish world.
It does much more than delight the eyes. It provides the necessary tools to jump right in and create our very own Paris right at home with over 50 projects for all levels – from ohmygodwhatwasIthinking beginner to beentheredonethat advanced. It offers clear instructions, illustrated patterns, and images of the completed project that encourage you to take your idea from your head to the work table.
I love her eye, from the things she creates and how beautifully she styles them, giving everything such care and consideration, paying close attention to each detail without coming across too fussy… Absolutely beautiful. Lots of great patterns to sew up for your home, from placemats to pillows, as well as fashion accessories (love the totes), gifts, and super creative customizing ideas for your furniture (i.e. the buttons sewn on the back of this chair below. What a fantastic idea.) Here are some images from the book for a sneak peak.
This title is in English and is also available in French. Simple Sewing with a French Twist is exquisite on every level, a real gem for crafty girls everywhere and only $18!
(images from C?line Dupuy)
Curious Bird has lovely new works available from the Imago series in her store right here. Don’t they just set your heart all aflutter? Details: 9″ square mixed media shadowbox with vintage fabric and ephemera, 1.5″ deep. $90- USD each. I love the top left butterfly – oh, temptation!
Psst: There are owl plushies available. Don’t click here whatever you do…
(images from curious bird)