Some quick news for you to report… While I was out shopping for paint this weekend, I ran across the new line of craft bags at A.C. Moore by Amy Butler for K&Company. The A.C. Moore site says that they’re not in stock, but they are in stores just not online yet. They also had lots of other Amy products, but the bags were to cute and fully lined with a coordinating print from her Sola and Belle collection. I appreciated the cell phone pocket on the side and that they’re roomy enough to carry lots of things around in but not so huge that you need to hire help to tote it around.
Another bonus — it’s a great bag for bringing with you to the flea market. Best part, if you go to A.C. Moore online, search for a store nearest you, and click on ‘special offers’ you may find a coupon. The coupon for my area is good for 40% off any one item, so I can get my very own Amy bag for only $22!
(images from a.c. moore)
Lagom is a Swedish word meaning just right. Design that is just right is exactly what the crew behind Lagom Design works hard to achieve through their creativity, passion, and product knowledge. Their goal is to represent a handful of the best companies in Europe that produce exceptional greeting cards, prints, trays, and other accessories for the home and office. One company they carry is iBride.
Ah, the unique and lovely trays from French design team iBride. These things have been all over the blog circuit for about a year now but when Ez mentioned them on Creature Comforts today she pointed to a different website that I hadn’t seen before called Lagom Designs. It was on Lagom that I noticed that they not only carry iBride trays but cards in the same Asian/animal/floral motifs with the swanky cutout patterned border. If you visit their website, you’ll see art, chairs, and other products as well. Lagom Designs also carries Boda, Kisu, Tr?dg?rd and the lovely patterns of Opoponax from Stockholm.
By the way, don’t miss browsing iBride’s website, it’s such a delight to click through the pages of their diary. Major creativity happening here…
(images from lagom designs and ibride)
One of my goals for decor8 this year is to spotlight more of my favorite photographers because I don’t think most of them get nearly the credit they deserve. I mean c’mon, these are the peeps showing us the world through their lens, their talent is what drives us to purchase some of our most cherished magazines each month. What good would a design magazine be without photos? One photographer that I found through the pages of Domino magazine last year is Justin Bernhaut. Interior photography is very competitive and demanding — one of the greatest challenges is lighting. No doubt working in a confined space, perfect exposure — making sure the color is captured correctly, and of course excellent composition plays a part in the creation of a perfect shot. Justin seems to excel in all of these areas. He’s brilliant.
Remember Domino’s Woodycrest project? Back in January ’07, Domino magazine teamed up with 8 interior designers and several companies who donated their talent and products ($650,000 in donations!) to transform apartments in a 40-unit apartment building in South Bronx for families living with HIV and AIDS. I thought this was the best project ever, I hope they sponsor another one because everyone should have an opportunity to live in a space that makes them feel at peace but also supported on every level. Anyway, Justin photographed all of the rooms for the spread that appeared in the magazine so some of these shots below you may recognize from Woodycrest. If you missed that issue, the slideshow is online here.
If you’re interested in learning more about Justin, he is represented by Anyway Artists in New York City and you can view his portfolio online here. His food photography is not to be missed, I tried to sneak it in some of the collages I’ve arranged above. :)
(images from justin bernhaut for anyway artists)
Not quite neon, not entirely a pastel, these vibrant paintings fall in a place between all that and for me it’s one of my favorite places right now as I’m so inspired lately by pastels turned up a few notches. Etsy calls this trend Nu Rave Neon.
What makes the art of Brandi Strickland so appealing in addition to the obvious is that these are original watercolors (not prints!) and they are under $100. These are the artists to look for on Etsy when you want to start an art collection, reasonable and beautiful work that is one-of-a-kind. I love my prints, don’t get me wrong, but nothing is as precious as an original piece of work in my opinion. We Grow On Trees and Home is Where are my absolute favorites, punchy, happy, lots of personality.
(images from brandi strickland)
One look at Donna Compton’s work this morning and I was sold: I immediately purchased some postcards for my inspiration board and to keep on file for tucking into future gifts.
I can’t get enough of flowers, ask anyone who knows me — I was called the flower girl at work since I religiously organized weekly flower swaps with with other ladies in my office for years. Plus my mother has a background in floral design so I was influenced by her skillful arrangements growing up. I’m also big on fresh flowers in my home, have to have them. When I’m in Germany the first thing I do is go to our storage room there and pull out my blue vase and bring it over to our hotel where it sits on my desk for two months with fresh flowers filling it weekly. I’m not a plant person oddly enough, but flowers are my guilty pleasure.
Just last month, I ‘subscribed’ to a new flower service where my friend (who happens to be an amazing Boston-based floral designer) delivers flowers to my home almost weekly. This service keeps me sane during the winter. I feel depressed when I don’t see them in my vase. Donna’s postcards are the next best thing. Just look at them – the beauty and clarity, it’s almost like the real thing. Perfect to keep near the monitor during long winters as these beauties most certainly help to push our thoughts into Spring.
Sorry but I had to include lots of her images because they’re just so creative and colorful. Thanks so much for lovely Irene at Bloesem for telling us about Donna. :)
(images from donna compton)