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KULOR Ceramics

August 4, 2015

Like most of you, I get crazed, borderline obsessed, with certain objects for the home and those things are all I that I see and think about. That’s a big reason why I began this blog in the first place, to document my obsessions. For instance, I’m currently hooked on ceramics and cutlery that have a unique vibe to them that are also functional for daily use because I don’t want ceramics as only art, but to be practical too. I’ve recently discovered German studio KULOR, by ceramicist Sabrina Kuhn based out of Karlsruhe, on Instagram and thought I’d write about her work today because it deserves to be placed before your very curious eyes. Just look at these pieces of beauty…

KULOR Ceramics

Clearly inspired by Danish design, these vessels are not only pretty but the patterns, shapes and color palette has my heart. I’d love to mix in a little cherry red and some copper – perhaps put them on a copper tray and incorporate red in a small way, perhaps a few red poppies in a vase? I love unexpected color mixes! I find Continue Reading…






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Watercolor Art Prints From Copenhagen

July 12, 2015

I love art that isn’t generic, you know like those typical framed prints everyone buys from big box stores, I find them boring. Before you call me a snob, I confess that I used to have them all over my apartment when I was living alone because back then, Etsy didn’t exist and it was really hard to find nice prints of original works from artists that were affordable or even easy to find. And hey, NO JUDGEMENT if you still buy art at big home stores – to each his own. Though as your trusty decorating friends, I want to give you a little push to check into buying more art prints because they are everywhere online these days and they are really, really good!

Watercolor Art Prints From Copenhagen

We’ve come a long way with art these days because you can find beautiful work nearly everywhere online and shop direct from artists or a middleman who sells their work. This provides endless opportunities for decorating enthusiasts. Not only can you get affordable work (prints are wayyyy less expensive than original works so I have lots of prints personally), but often stuff that no one else has and if you are supporting an artist so they can continue doing what they love.

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Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

June 18, 2015

I always return to a simple truth in my own work. Limitations foster creativity. The psychology of limitation is so interesting, don’t you think? Have you noticed this in your own work too? We can become so paralyzed from innumerable opportunities – for instance, have you heard of this new term, “Pinterest Depression?”. I heard this recently, I think from a friend, and I was like Yes, omg yes! You see so many ideas and you just freeze or feel like a giant loser because Pinterest stuff looks so much prettier than your stuff. Or you try to work on a few of the recipes you’ve pinned or a craft DIY and they don’t turn out nearly as good as what you saw on Pinterest and you feel depressed about it. Or you simply do nothing because there is just so much out there to see and do that you don’t know where to begin. This is called the paralysis of too much choice.

Second Skin Collection By Stylist July Adrichem

Has this ever happened to you… You want to bring a cake to your sister’s housewarming party but instead of baking one, you go to the corner bakery and select something from the dozen or so displayed there. Think about it though – if that bakery didn’t exist, or you were really broke, you would be forced to bake a cake and who knows, that cake may really inspire you, give you a sense

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Feathered Collages

May 29, 2015

Hello everyone! Please forgive me for disappearing from the blog but I’ve been tremendously busy between work and family, and wow, it’s all so exciting… Where do I begin?!? I’m currently scheduling locations for book #4 and planning book #5, I’m planning several trips for this Fall, including one that I’ve been wanting to visit for ages for a family vacation… I can’t wait to tell you where later. I also just launched the all new Blogging Your Way website and I’ve been working with my teachers to prep materials for the next e-course which begins on Monday (eep!). I’m putting finishing touches on the all-new decor8 blog to launch this weekend so when you come back here over the weekend you may see a construction page – just stay tuned, the shiny new site will be up by Sunday evening. I’ve been having fun making and photographing things for the next book and I’ve already begun writing it too.

Feathered Collages

Of course, I can’t not mention my little sweet son! Caring for him, who is home with me 24/7, has been a very fun and slightly chaotic reality of working at home and trying to keep him away from daycare for as long as I can because I just want to enjoy all of these firsts with him. But wow, it’s challenging! He is such a great little one, he’s a dream baby and why I have a dream baby I’ll never know because I’m so far from perfect. He sleeps full nights (10 hrs+) since he was 3 months old, was crawling by 6 months, walking at 10 months and now at nearly 16 months he is repeating words, understands German and English, and has begun climbing up the stairs at the park to go down the slide! He is a lovely dynamo – a force, he’s seriously such a cool kid and I love balancing work/life so far though OMG there is never a moment when I can say I’m resting – my day begins at 6am and doesn’t end until midnight since I work 2-3 hours during the day while he naps and I work at night from 7-midnight.

It’s not easy but nothing worthwhile ever is and at the end of the day, I decided to take all of this on and can certainly do less with my business, or get a nanny, or whatever… But I like the busy days right now. It’s definitely intense at times, but I only have one child – when I feel overwhelmed I think of some of these amazing wonder women I follow on Instagram with 5 kids and I feel like I have nothing to whine about.

Feathered Collages

Today I want to share a few inspiring things I discovered recently, the first is this brilliant art by sisters Clare and Joy from Mondocherry in Australia. They started doing feather collages and I love them, really, really nice. I also have more feathered stuff to share in a moment, and more art, so I think we can say today that is what I’m finding inspirational. Clare and Joy spend hours researching, painting and making dozens of feathers for each of their one-of-a-kind creations. The cool part is that they live thousands of miles apart yet collaborate so well that you can’t tell who did which parts of the work. That’s really how you know two people are compatible working partners, isn’t it?

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Feathered Collages

Isn’t this work just stunning? Learn more on their website here:

Back soon with another post or two before the weekend… xo

(images: styling richard hall & son, photography martina gemmola)






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Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

May 14, 2015

One look at these beauties and I was taken! These stunning prints are by Boston-based artist Elizabeth Corkery of Print Club Boston, an online shop for stylish limited edition silkscreen prints. And bonus! They are affordable too. This collection below is called Fractured Gems and was inspired by the extravagance of 18th century jeweled snuffboxes and “micromosaics”.

Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints
Print Club Boston: Fractured Gems Limited Edition Prints

Elizabeth took close-up photos of original boxes from the V&A Museum collection and with some creative twists, turned them into prints. “In some prints, geometric shapes act as stand-ins for the cut jewels, while in others painterly brushstrokes mask out the jeweled arrangements and become their own subject.” Each silkscreen is printed by hand and is part of a limited edition of only 30 and are embossed and numbered. I just love these great colors and patterns – so fun!

(images: boston print club)






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Buy Some Damn Art

March 11, 2015

I’m always on the prowl for new art to fall in love with. We are exposed to so much these days, aren’t we? When I was a child, I saw art in some magazines, in school books and during any exhibitions that rolled into town at the local museum. I remember seeing it in films in art class. Maybe you were lucky enough to live around artists and got to watch them paint in their studios – my mother painted and my aunt was a fine artist, so I was lucky to have artists in my family. Today, we all have a chance to see art from all over the world simply by sitting before a monitor and jumping online. What a lucky bunch we are.

Buy Some Damn Art

Buy Some Damn Art

Buy Some Damn Art

I love these works above, in fact everything that you see (and more) is available on the Buy Some Damn Art website with works by Dana Robinson, Lauren George, Polly Shindler, Kayleigh Fichten, Sofia Arnold, Wendi Turchan and more. So go on, go buy some damn art!

(images: go buy some damn art)






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