It’s always nice to stumble upon a lovely new-to-me illustrator. This is Plingsulli, or twentysomething Ulrika Gustafsson, from Sweden and I believe that she has the most delicate florals and creatures in her work – how I’d love to see these as textiles sold by the meter! Some of her patterns have been used as characters for stuffed toys or on trays in her shop and her imaginative florals and storybook-like illos are showing up on bedding and cushions for Ferm Living and wallpaper for Photowall, which I would positively love to have in my own home on a feature wall. They are understated in a way, but also bold in another because they’re busy and engaging. Such pretty colorways too. Take a look.
This wallpaper above and directly below was originally available as wallpaper, sold through Ferm Living. I really love it.
These pillows below were created for Ferm Living and they ARE available and quite darling, don’t you think? I want this owl music mobile for my son.
And her bedding is available at Ferm Living too. So pretty. These sheets below, Mountain Friends, are ones I also have my eye on for Aidan’s bed. I love finding so many great things for his room that aren’t the typical “boy” or super hero/action figure theme. The In the Rain bedding below with the pink accents is another beautiful application of Ulrike’s brilliant work.
Aren’t these just delightful?
Psst: You can follow Ulrika on Instagram here.
(images: Plingsulli and Ferm Living)
Have you heard of Inaluxe? Fine artists Kristina Sostarko and Jason Odd formed this design studio in Australia and have collaborated with some very impressive brands including Kate Spade, Bloom Cosmetics, Land of Nod, IKEA and Urban Outfitters. Kristina launched the brand in 2006 online to share her projects but later, Jason joined in to help take the brand further which eventually landed them a studio space and many new projects. These make me happy!
Their work is just lovely. My wish list includes the Birds of Australia, Blue Winged Kookaburra, Odyssey, Laser Beams, Garden Party and Float prints. Garden Party and Float would be PERFECT in my new work studio. I also love the paper products they are creating for Earth Greetings, like this gift wrap above.
What do you fancy? You can shop online for these vibrant, beautiful prints here and they offer shipping worldwide.
When I found these hand-lettered silhouettes the other day on betype by Hannah at Pommel Lane, I nearly fell off my chair. So original, clever and gorgeous. I’d love to frame one for my wall. Silhouettes is a blog series where Hannah takes Creative Commons photography by other artists and applies her own hand-lettering to create one-of-a-kind portrait images. Check out these beauties…
“Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset” – Joss Whedon.
Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.
Sometimes you just have to let go and see what happens.
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates
I either eat too much or starve myself. Sleep for 14 hours or have insomniac nights. Fall in love very hard or hate passionately. I don’t know what grey is. I never did.
Aren’t these all just so amazing?
(images: pommel lane)
I learned something today, that artist’s have something like what a business has, a mission statement or more appropriately, an artist’s statement. I didn’t know that and I’ve been working with art and artists for over ten years now. I’ll get more into what these statements are in a moment but first, I want to talk about an Australian artist, Belinda Marshall, whom I found over the summer and quickly fell in love with. In fact, I’ve added some of her paintings and prints to my online shop (here) and I stock her 2015 wall calendar too. My very favorite piece is this first painting shown below called crystal, a print of an original painting of hers, that I think is absolutely delicious. I just adore the almost acid yellow in this size. Yum. I dream of this print at night, that’s how much I love it. It makes me crazy happy.
I also really like her work shown on these pieces of fabric, hung as banners. What a gorgeous piece this is.
I love Belinda’s artist statement, “My work is an exploration of emotional reactions to the beauty within my immediate environment. A connection to my experience of an idyllic country landscape during childhood drives the need to portray the beauty found in domestic settings and urban landscapes in my work. My works depict my vision of a perfect world – a calm, meditative space – communicated through layers of colour blocks and sections of representative imagery and repeat pattern. I focus only on what resonates and draws me in. By expressing observations of beautiful objects and moments in my work, I aim to create a space for the viewer to form a deeper connection to his or her surroundings and to access the contentment that can be experienced from this process.”
And a big by the way, do you know what an artist statement is? According to wikipedia, “An artist’s statement (or artist statement) is an artist’s written description of their work. The brief verbal representation is about and in support of, his or her own work to give the viewer understanding. As such it aims to inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for the work; it is therefore didactic, descriptive, or reflective in nature.”.
I think we all need a statement, artist or not, in any field we’re in. What would yours be?
(images: belinda marshall)
I’m having so much fun working with makers in my decor8 shop! It’s been really easy to manage and a lot of fun to curate. I’ve pulled together a fun Hollyday Shopping collection with a festive happy theme (not your traditional evergreens and reds, so be warned!) if you want to check it out. And below, I have a few of my favorite things in my home that I plan to use and enjoy for this season and beyond like the gorgeous handmade ceramic bottle by Texan ceramicist Keith Kreeger, hand thrown in Austin who happens to be a Martha Stewart American Made Finalist this year. Nice!
It’s always such a pleasure to have things that were handmade with love and care, crafted by those who also designed them vs. the design process being done in-house and the manufacturing in mass production plants abroad. Though truth be told, I am not a snob about it – I do shop both local and small as well as factory-produced (in fair conditions of course), because who can afford to always shop handmade and it’s also not so practical as many things that you need aren’t even produced by hand these days. But, when I’m giving gifts or need something extra special for my home, I definitely look at the small guys first to see what makers are offering on sites like Great.ly and my local craft and art fairs. If you’re like me and are looking for something lovely to give, a truly cherished piece, please do check out my shop and support those who are working mostly from home-based studios and small shops this season.
Shop these above: CERAMIC BOTTLE by Keith Kreeger $190 //2. LINEN NAPKINS set of 4 by Celina Mancurti $62// SERVING BOARD in maple with black handle by Araya Jensen $62 // PRINT 8×10 “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” by Colour Moon $25.
I can’t wait to put a few sprigs of fresh eucalyptus in the ceramic bottle and serve an assortment of dessert cheeses on the maple serving board with, of course, those gorgeous tactile linen napkins. The print is so funny, I’m sometimes a little bratty when I’m hungry (so is my husband), so this print needed to be in our home so it’s going in our kitchen. Do you become a crabby when you need food too??!?
Psst: I have lots of my other favorite things on Pinterest now too, so follow this board if you want to keep on top of my frequent updates there.
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Through my interview with Emily Jeffords, I discovered photographer Paige French. Then, I discovered something else. Paige is the photographer for Barb Blair’s next book. I wrote the foreword for Barb’s debut book, Furniture Makeovers, so this was a thrilling bit of info to learn of since I adore all things Barb Blair. Now I can’t wait to see her next book because Paige’s photos are tops. Particularly inspiring to me are her photos of artists’ works. Here are some that really jumped off the page for me – the art and the way it was shot. (Click on any image below for a larger view.)
Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle – I don’t know who did these paintings, but adding gold and gold painted men on horseback is by far, the coolest thing I’ve seen lately.
Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle
Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle – I’m IN LOVE with their sofa and rug, but interiors aside how about those paintings? I have to find out who did them – maybe Paige will comment and let us know. Swoon!
Barb Blair/Knack Studios – This random print washi taped to a concrete wall in Barb’s studio is just SO pretty.
Raven Roxanne – Don’t you adore seeing an artist at work like this? On the floor, immersed, trousers splattered with color?
Michelle Armas – Dear GOD these are stunning. I clearly need to go to the south because all of the art in this post seems to be from South Carolina or Georgia. Explains the color palettes and the lightness of the work. I’ve always loved the natural light in my home state. Which explains why, as an adult, I still love light and airy open spaces.
Britt Bass Turner – Stunning, stunning, stunning.
Barb Blair/Knack Studios -A pocket of inspiration on Barb’s wall. I loved studying it, to see what she is looking at.
Gosh I love all of this work. You just don’t find paintings like this where I’m living. German art is so different, there is no comparing the stuff coming out of Berlin vs. what is shown above. I miss it.
(images: paige french)