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Highlights from RUM magazine

Sidsel from the Spagat design studio in Denmark sent me a gorgeous interiors magazine called RUM featuring design and homes from all over the world. I am really enjoying this magazine with my tea this morning Sidsel, so thank you!

As I was flipping through it I found lots of good links to share with all of you since few have access to RUM magazine. Time for a little show and tell from me and of course RUM!

Ferm Living has a new collection of wallpaper and I found the beautiful Fairy Flowers on page 122. Oh my goodness! oh my goodness! OH. MY. GOODNESS. Get the point!? I’m dying to own this wallpaper. I cannot take my eyes off of it. I’ve been adding in gold accents into my living room lately so seeing this made me quite excited as it’s so fresh and the patterns make me drool… This is on my wish list for sure. I want to paper my kitchen with this now or my bedroom. P.S. Ferm also has a new kids collection here.

Next up is the new Cycle of Life pouf from Nicolette Brunklaus in Holland. I love this modern take on poufs incorporating photography into the design. Very nice. She has new pendants in her collection too. I’ve been following her work for a few years now and just love how she uses photographs in most of her work, it’s really inspirational to see photos used on household items without it looking tacky. Her modern laser cut pendants are great looking as well and also a new addition to her line.


Ah Andrew Tanner… What you do to me! This contemporary ceramicist blows my mind. Look at these plates, created back in 2005 but still relevant today. I think this is amazing work and a great example of being original.

I also found a kids shop in Copenhagen called Cr?me de la Cr?me ? la Edgar. I want so badly to book a flight and go up there for the weekend in November. It’s only 45 minutes by plane…

I also found out about Steen Drabik and his artwork that he shows on his website called Stonys. I LOVE his mobiles, you should see it in person – wow! Steen is super artistic, I really can get into his work and loved reading his interview over at the Saatchi Gallery. His work is really out there and I appreciate that because it is uniquely Steen.

Another fun link I found was an etsy seller called Odelia Lavie who is currently in the spotlight on their website. I was so surprised to find an etsy seller in the spotlight of such a posh design magazine. I LOVE seeing this, it’s really amazing as years ago the only names you’d see were the big guys. Now smaller independent designers sit near the great ones. Yay Indie! Odelia Lavie is from Jerusalem and designs fun softies that have a bit of an artsy vibe — they could live alongside contemporary art so I’m thinking parents that are drawn towards more modern things would really like to have Odelia’s dolls in their home. These are great for the kids with all the shapes and colors but equally fun for those without children because softie love knows no age – my grandmother still gets excited when I visit her with plush toys.

Someone once wrote to me after reading a post I had written about softies and she thought that most people consider them childish and that this holds her back from owning them. I’d like to quickly address this concern. You cannot live to please the design tastes of others — only the taste that you have and love should be embraced and shown in your home. I am so tired of mainstream design lately that I almost want to encourage a bit of rebellion — be YOURSELF and put things around in your home that reflect your unique self. I guess I’ve always encouraged this on decor8 which is why I show a diversity of styles here, but I thought I’d voice this today because there is no better time to start living in a home that sings your life than NOW. There is no future point when you are allowed to love your home. And there is no looking back to a home you once enjoyed more than your current place. Today is when you should consider where and how you live and what little things you can do to create an environment that gives back to you. A place that encourages, refreshes, stimulates, gives you pleasure and a sense of well being. I had a conversation with a lady over the weekend (who will go unnamed) and she kept telling me how she hates her apartment, this or that isn’t perfect enough, and so she is working extra hard to save for the home of her dreams that she will own in a few years. In the meantime, she admitted, “I’m comfortable being uncomfortable”. In other words, she is content to be miserable as she has a goal ahead. This bothered me very much. I think that part of the idea of having a dream is to enjoy the process of living in the ‘what if’ moment. You know, like it’s more fun sometimes to dream than to actually have. I dream of many things and often the dream is satisfying enough. When the reality of hopes unfold,? often we are no longer excited because we have ‘it’ now. Then we’re onto the next dream! I think dreams are rewarding and should be had, you should aim high and hope and wish and work hard for the ‘next’ step in life that you want to take. But to simply wait for that time to occur without really living today is not the best way to enjoy life in my opinion. Years slip through the fingers so quickly. So if you have an apartment or home you dislike, or you live in a city or country that you do not enjoy, set a plan to make changes in the near future but while the plans are working themselves out, look for ways to improve your life today. Find ways to enjoy what you have now. The grass is always greener they say. I hope what I’ve said here doesn’t come across as preachy or ‘know it all’. I am not a therapist but I have lived in many homes and apartments and states and now I’m in two countries living in each part-time, so I have some life experience to support my words. Enjoy your home today as it is, do little things to make it better, look for ways to enhance what you have, and keep dreaming and working for your future. Please do not settle into this thinking of being comfortable in an uncomfortable life. This is also how I would answer anyone who asks me if being an adult (without children) and owning softies is okay. Own whatever makes you happy. Don’t wait until you have children to own softies. You don’t need an excuse! :) Okay… Enough on that!

A few things I noticed in RUM magazine… Lots of floral motifs, cut out patterns on lights, plates, you name it — silhouettes are still hot… Also many different takes on poufs, seems like they are all the rage and for good reason, they are very practical and can be used in so many different ways, stack them as a side table, use one for a coffee table, sit on them, place them at the foot of your bed or beneath a entry table as ‘spare’ additional seating or in place of a bench. They really are great!

I’ll be back in a few hours with Etsy Take Five Tuesday, so stay tuned for that! :)

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, travel on October 14, 2008

Record The Day

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up today? Looking for a creative outlet that is inexpensive, easy, fun, and a way for you to connect with others or to simply inspire yourself? Many of you know the creative Jess as the lady behind the lovely Lobster and Swan blog and from her etsy shop… but did you know that she maintains another blog as well? Oh yes, it is called Record The Day and it’s very, VERY inspirational. {Warning: Jess may inspire you to start recording your day as well.} Her blog contains little text and lots of gorgeous collages that she pulls together to give you a glimpse of her day translated into papers of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

This is a brilliant idea, a very visual journal, a great way to record your life if you don’t always feel like writing. I’d like to experiment with something like this as a personal project or as a way to share my day with my Flickr contacts. I already have a large empty journal that would be the perfect place for something like this. Would you like to share your day visually too? Why not give this idea a try.

Paste, tape, staple… receipts, photos, torn pages from magazines, a train ticket, a mood board recording the thoughts and experiences had during the day… I really love this as a form of blogging as well and think that Record The Day is absolutely lovely. Thank you Jess for putting your wonderful self out into the world, we are all so inspired by you!

(images from jess from record the day)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, inspiration on October 13, 2008

New: Unique Los Angeles Design & Gift Sale

I just heard from Sonja who has organized a fantastic new design and gift sale called Unique Los Angeles set for December 13-14, 2008. Sonja was hoping I’d spread the news as she’s super excited about her project and hopes that local artists and designers will be interested in partaking in this very special event she has planned. I really like her website and think that based on that alone that her taste must be good so I’m sure you can trust this event to be just as nice. Unique Los Angeles is a shopping event held at the California Market Center in downtown LA that gives shoppers the opportunity to buy local handmade indie goods while supporting the local economy and the massive creative community that exists there.

Sonja has around 225 vendors that sell everything from clothing to stationery, jewelry to baby products, and of course ceramics, screenprints, artwork, body care, and more! In addition to shopping you can also enjoy:

  • LEARN: A DIY Lab where you can create your own gift tags and wrapping paper at no charge and where you can screenprint custom t-shirts.
  • RELAX: Enjoy relazing in the The Lounge to take a break, read a magazine and enjoy a drink while listening to the DJ.
  • EAT & DRINK: Eat a little something at The Cali Cafe – meals, snacks, coffee, dessert, etc.

If you are interested in setting up shop for a few days and participating in this event, vendor applications are online and the deadline is November 2nd. You can obtain more information here.? Thank you Sonja for getting in touch with me and all the best on Unique LA!

(images from unique los angeles)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on October 09, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hello and welcome to another Take Five Tuesday. Sheesh that sounded so boring. Let me try that again. Hey there and welcome to another installation of Take Five Tuesday where I nudge you over to the fabulousness that exists on Etsy. Better? Nah. How ’bout I just show you the goods! This week we have darling deer, cutie bags, little dolls, pretty rings, and a mini game for you (see the last etsy seller featured and play along!) — I hope that you enjoy my picks this week!

We Dream In Color is beyond beautiful. This jewelry artist makes me want to spend money I don’t have. I must comment on the prices of these pieces – GREAT. I mean you’d pay much more at some of our favorite chain stores for jewelry like this and I’m willing to guess it’s all made in china. These works are made by Jade Gedeon and Jade is one talented lady! Drool fest…

I can’t get enough of cute little bags for all the strangeness floating around in my massive tote. Sometimes I open it and pull out the oddest finds! I won’t go into detail on some of them, but you must do the same and wonder, “What the… where did THAT come from?”. Today I found a $10 bill and I honestly have no clue how that showed up because I haven’t seen or touched American currency since the end of July. That is why a girl like me needs little bags in my purse. I have one for lipgloss and a mirror, another for my train pass and keys, and another for coins. I also have a little bag for aspirin, gum, and mints. :) If you are a bag lady like me, you may like Pocket Carnival. Good name for a shop that sells bags, so if there’s a carnival in YOUR pocket(book) too, well you can easily manage the chaos with sweet hand illustrated bags. Darling!

Fatty deMonsey is her name and producing cute things for tea time is her game. And show of hands, who doesn’t need a mug with a reminder like this along with a darling doe? “Every day I realise just how important my attitude is. No matter what happens in life, the way I approach each situation is the most important part of it. I can’t change the actions or words of others, but I can make a choice about my own attitude. My mind is the most valuable asset I have. Come rain, hail or shine, it’s more valuable than money, land, career, looks, skills or any other attribute or item you care to think of, and using it well should be the most important part of any education program. Life may be too short, but it’s just too long to have a bad attitude when a good one can improve everything I do and every interaction I have. 90% of my life is how well I use my mind. Be brave, life is a joyous and wonderous thing.”

Amen sista.

Or this reminder, “Downsize, simplify, spend more time with the people you care about… Buy less stuff, it brings such a short lived joy. Sit by the river and enjoy your favourite drink with a real friend or in peace on your own. Live your life to the full.” I’ll drink to that. After I buy the mug, that is. Then I shall simplify…

Ravenhill just may be the cutest shop in the whole wide world of Etsy. In fact it’s so cute lets have a drinking game. When I say cute you drink something yummy. This Oslo artist makes THE sweetest cutest dolls (drink). You have to look at her cute shop (guzzle) and click on all of the cute dolls (slurp) and see the cute images (gulp) that she’s uploaded to accompany each. So many sweet and cute detailed photos (drink), I like it so much. If you don’t have babies (or friends with kids) you will want get baby pangs looking through her cute shop (chug) I swear it. :) Her blog is just as sweet as her shop and can be found here. This doll set is called, “Babies in a basket in need of a good mommy or daddy”. Is your heart going to burst from the cuteness (drink)? We all want to be the mommy of those wee little softies!

Sean Morris is Bad Hair Mountain (I’m dying to know what that names all about but part of me is a bit scared to learn), a twenty something illustrator from Western Australia and I don’t have anything insightful to say really, I just like his work. I mean it’s simple, clean, and this particular print gives the imagination a chance to soar. You can look at it and build an entire story around the character he has drawn. It’s fun, try it. Here’s Meds above. I’m thinking she is playing with meds as in medication. Maybe mommy is on some, or perhaps she found these in the playground. What story can you build around this piece? I’d love to hear what Meds means to you… Do tell!

(images linked to artists featured above)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on October 07, 2008

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