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Colorful Artwork of Ana Montiel

The artwork of London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer Ana Montiel takes me to a happy place today. The first two works were part of a show at the Pop up Galerie recently in Paris. Artists were invited to choose an album cover and revisit it for the show. Ana combines her passion for flowers with a favorite album, New Order’s iconic “Power Corruption and Lies”. About this project she says, “I love the album, the original Fantin-Latour still life and the Peter Saville album design. I originally made the drawing with watercolour and sumi-e ink to then translate it to a 3 ink composition ready to be screen printed.” The album is shown below the first two paintings below. Lovely, right? By the way, I know we’re heading into Christmas but I’m really into yellows and greens lately. Crazy!

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I really like seeing work like this because I’m a music lover and actually miss the care that I feel once went into album covers. It seems thoughtful covers are a dying art these days, at least in mainstream music. In fact, the last more mainstream album art that I got excited about was Keane’s, “Under the Iron Sea“. I must confess though, my ultimate favorite record cover was from The Smiths, This Charming Man, which I have framed on my wall at home. I love the image showing Jean Marais from Cocteau’s film Orpheus.

Below you can see more stunning watercolors by Ana for the ultimate eye candy escape today. You can also learn more about Ana here (I love her bangs!) and watch this charming video about her life and work. What an interesting woman! I especially enjoyed seeing her paint and hearing her thoughts about, “Living in the NOW”, which I feel are so important. Some of her clients include Anthropologie, Carolina Herrera, Jo Malone, Nina Ricci and Rolling Stone Magazine to name a few.

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Lucky for us, she has an online shop where you can purchase lots of these paintings as prints to frame. Aren’t these pretty?

By the way, do you have a favorite album cover? I’d love to know more!

(images: Ana Montiel)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on November 12, 2013

Milk Farm Road: Dip Alert!

I like the whole “dip” trend happening out there. Dipped baskets, jars, linens, clothing, curtains, spoons, plates… If you can dip it you can do it! Here are some pretties from Milk Farm Road that may inspire you today. Milk Farm Road is owned by the talented Heather Chontos who wears three hats as stylist, artist and consultant who lives in Montana. Well, she has more hats – she teaches, is a great photographer, a blogger… The list goes on and on. But let’s focus on some of her work below because I find it really relaxed and pretty.

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Milk Farm Road

Milk Farm Road

Milk Farm Road

Use the rest of the paint to make pretty napkins…

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Milk Farm Road

Neon paint, eek! Love!

Have you ever tried this dip look? Maybe you have a basket or a jar or a spoon that you could apply a similar look to?

What do you think about the whole dip trend? I love it and hope it lasts for awhile… Even though I’ve seen it for a few years now, it still feels really fresh to me.

I found this originally on Pinterest via The Lifestyle Editor who has a fab interview with Heather on her blog. Thanks LE for this tip!

(images: heather chontos)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 13, 2013

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know I have a big thing for ceramics. I even have a pinboard dedicated to some of my favorites. So when I heard from the newly formed Danish ceramics company called Tortus Copenhagen over the weekend, I know at first sight that I had to share both their studio and work with you today. This is a cooperation between two established danish ceramists, Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen. You have to watch this video showing Eric throwing a vessel on a pottery wheel, it really helps you to appreciate the process and to realize that each vessel is made with such care out of their studio. For me, this makes these unique pieces worth every cent. Tortus Copenhagen has three key collections, Unika (my personal favorite), Fluted and Basic. Here is a glimpse into their small studio along with some of their products. Enjoy!

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio   Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio   Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio + Collection

Tortus Copenhagen Ceramics: Studio   Collection

If you would like to order, please visit their online shop.

(images: tortus)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 13, 2013

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

I love this handmade envelope DIY that I found yesterday on the Living At Home website. Living At Home is a German interiors magazine and they’ve been featuring more and more handmade stuff lately in their mag which is so close to my heart, like this handmade envelope DIY that you can see and read about here (but it’s in German, sorry).

Handmade Envelopes DIY

Some of the supplies that you see are from a sweet shop online called Franks Home. I love taking a creative approach to simple things, like an envelope, though honestly I would never send one of these – I’d most likely just attach them to gifts or maybe frame the more artsy looking ones for a kid’s room or in my own work studio which is really a giant playroom for me!

Handmade Envelopes DIY

Handmade Envelopes DIY

Handmade Envelopes DIY

Sweet idea though, right? And…. I’ll be in the upcoming May issue of Living At Home with my newly released German book, Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – so excited to be in their magazine again, they so beautifully promoted my first book so to have their support on my second title means so much to me. It will be on newsstands in a few weeks so if you have access to Living At Home, pick up the May issue and look for your blogger friend (me!).

(Photos: Styling: Katja Graumann, Anke Schütz)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on April 11, 2013

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