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Samantha Brown Visits New Hampshire

Quick bite for you today… If you want to know a little about the state where I currently live, Samantha Brown visits New Hampshire tonight on the Travel Channel. I heard Nahcotta may be part of the show as Sam stopped there during her travels. I’ve long been a fan of her show, so it will be exciting to see NH in the spotlight. Did you know she was raised here? I’m not from NH, you can say I’m just passing through and plan to relocate, but it’s very pretty and restful and if you love nature there is plenty of it as I’m guessing 80% of the state is green. So lush. And the coastal town of Portsmouth, which will be in tonight’s show, is simply lovely. It’s like a mini version of Portland, Maine. So typical New England. Very quaint.

Samantha Brown with Deb from Nahcotta pictured in front of the
collage art of Michelle Caplan from the winter Tiny Art Show.

I’ve blogged about Nahcotta before, a lovely (and popular!) art gallery and design + gift store in Portsmouth. They’re hosting another Tiny Art Show in September if you are interested in attending, and their winter show will be in February 2009 — for that show submissions are now being reviewed so please contact Deb for more information: gallery {at} nahcotta {dot} com if you are an artist looking to be part of a great show. Their opening night receptions are consistently packed and my artists friends who took part in the show were pleased with how well work sold, so go for it if you are interested!

So! If you are curious to catch of glimpse of what NH life is like, tune in to the Travel Channel tonight. In this area, the show airs at 10:30 PM EST but please check your local listings for the exact time.

Thanks Deb for this wonderful photo!

(image from deb at nahcotta)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets, shopping, travel on July 24, 2008

Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait…

Just look at these darling handmade books (in English) for children that double as art — pretty enough to display on a shelf or frame. I could not wait until tomorrow to share them. They are made with love by La Pomme Stories in France.


What little (or grown up) girl would not love one of these… A special thanks to Shelly DeVous/heartlandart for the tip!

Also… If you are looking for a little inspiration today, I’ve posted some images from my binder over at haus maus along with a few of my finds from shopping at Red Chair Antiques yesterday…

(images from la pomme stories)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Etsy Faves on July 20, 2008

Trine Thorsen Photography + Rom123 {Norway}

One of my favorite things to do is to spotlight photographers that I love. Today I’d like to show you the work of Norwegian photographer Trine Thorsen. She has a great eye for photographing food, lifestyle, fashion and interiors as I’m sure you’ll agree. Here are some of my favorites from her dazzling portfolio. So much color, warmth and texture here, simply dreamy… A nice way to kick off a new week after a long holiday weekend, don’t you think? I love seeing fresh new interiors.

I discovered Trine’s work via Hei Astrid, a lovely blogger based in Bergen, Norway. Astrid took her readers on a little tour of Trine’s home as featured in Rom123, a design magazine in Norway. Rom123, despite my inability to understand a single word of their website, has some beautiful images if you feel like clicking around over there today. It looks like a really nice interiors magazine. Here are a few inspiring interiors and a few dresser DIY ideas that you may like. Check out those funky knobs!

What do you think of the styles shown above? Do these looks appeal to you? What elements do you like or dislike?

(images from trine thorsten and rom123)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on July 07, 2008

Artist Jennifer Davis

I’m sure many of you know Jennifer Davis but if not, you’ll want to as her work is pretty amazing. This is a painting that I purchased from her that arrived today. My current home is an 1875 carriage house with the horses names still on a beam across the ceiling in the bedroom! My last home was a huge 2 level barn that was gut renovated and just lovely.
I’ve always been attracted to historical homes, particularly since I was raised in South Carolina around so many gorgeous ones. I find myself loving either historical ones or extremely contemporary houses perched atop a mountain or ocean front. I think this is a good example of purchasing art that speaks to you though. This painting may not speak to you at all but because of the last two homes I’ve lived in, it truly means something to me. I’m bringing it with me to Germany to put in my apartment over there so that I have a piece of my life and memories around.

Here are some more paintings by Jennifer that I’m smitten by. I’d love to own them all if I could…


Jennifer also has an etsy store where she sells some of her more affordable original paintings, where I shop for them. :)

(image from jennifer davis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on June 26, 2008

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