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Gary Spain Design

I first found out about Gary Spain in House Beautiful magazine — he is an interior designer based in San Francisco who has some lovely homes in his portfolio that you and I can peek in on today. His work gives a fresh twist to more traditional furnishings and I like how well he layers textures, patterns and colors because the results are welcoming and cozy but also a bit decadent and luxurious.

Gary Spain Design

Gary Spain Design

What elements in these rooms do you appreciate? I like the brown bathroom with that old-fashioned toilet (I know, right — of all things to pick out I like the toilet! LOL) and the round white coffee table with the black base along with all of that pink and black — pretty!

(images: gary spain)

Posted in designers on May 04, 2010

Donna Wilson

Designer Donna Wilson in London is no stranger to this blog, I’ve talked about her work twice before (first in 2006!) though it’s been awhile… Let’s check in on this talented lady for a moment to see what she has been up, shall we? Yes, we shall. :)

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson

Donna Wilson

Donna has lots of quirky home accessories in her collection but my favorites include the girl pillow, house blanket, trays, and most of all the hand painted pups! Playful, tactile, colorful… her work covers everything from art to knitted monsters and ceramics so I encourage you to check out her site as there is truly something for everyone. You can see more of her work in-situ along with some of the shows she has been in by following her blog, Leaves and Twigs.

(images: donna wilson)

Posted in designers on April 08, 2010

Vicente Wolf – Why Blog?

I had one of those “Like, wow!” moments during lunch today when the Vicente Wolf requested my friendship on Facebook. I mean, Vicente Wolf? Hello! This man is a style icon, a design guru, a top designer! Here is a glimpse of his work from his portfolio — such sophistication and beauty, and so well-edited. His books are classy and he is soon to release a third, Lifting the Curtain on Design, which sounds like a great title — I’m officially intrigued.

Vicente Wolf

If you’d like to keep up with his work, you may visit his blog where he reveals great design and style tips. I really enjoyed reading his perspective when it comes to blogging in his post, Why Blog, where he reveals why he bothers to keep a public journal and where some of his readers chime in with their viewpoints too. I always find conversations like these interesting because I think we each have our reasons for writing online but in the end it always comes back to a desire to share what one is passionate about and to attract like-minded individuals for discussion and ideas — and even friendship. It was interesting to read the views of a top designer and author like Vicente though and I think you’ll enjoy his post on this topic too.

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P.S. Etsy Take Five Tuesday is taking a day off and will resume next week on Tuesday. I was going to write it today but my friend just called me — she read my blog and saw that I’m looking for a desk and found the perfect one for me at the vintage shop downtown so I have to run down there to see if it’s still available! And then a group of us are going to see Alice in English as the local theater is only showing it in English today — so I have to run! I hope this doesn’t sound irresponsible of me, but living in a foreign country means you must see films in English as they come to your city, it’s a big event for me now! :)

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(images: vicente wolf)

Posted in designers on March 23, 2010

Rie Elise Larsen

More pretty things for you to drool over today! :) I just shared her pretty lampshades and mobiles in the post before this one (here) which inspired me to visit the site of Rie Elise Larsen to see if she’d updated it recently… and she has!

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

I’ve talked about this talented Danish stylist and designer before but in case you’ve not heard about her you simply must visit her online portfolio today for some inspiration because her 2010 collection for the home is just great!

(images: rie elise larsen)

Posted in designers on March 23, 2010

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