I posted a ton of beautiful images today and talked about UK Photographer Rachel Whiting at Real Simple, here is a glimpse to whet your appetite. You can find more here.
I just love highlighting the work of all of the incredible interiors photographers out there, they do so much to make our world more beautiful.
(images from rachel whiting)
Music is such a fantastic gift — a real joy, it’s powerful and alive. One good song can change the course of an entire day from blah to rock on, baby! I really appreciate it when some of my online friends share the music that inspires them on their blogs. It’s quite a nice way to get to know your fellow humans better, to take a moment to hear what they hear, listen to the music that they feel a personal connection to. It deepens the connections we all have to one another. Want to know who I’m connecting to lately in the world of music?
Singer/songwriter Amy Seeley from Portland, Oregon. This girl sings like an angel, plays the piano and get this, the accordion! I just purchased her $10 cd and I can’t wait until it arrives so I can listen to it while I work. Great daytime music for writing but also fantastic for Sunday mornings lounging in bed with a book, some buttered toast with jam, and layers of cozy blankets. Amy’s voice makes me want to cry and smile at the same time, but it also energizes me because I can feel her passion in her work and it makes me want to be more passionate about the things I do too. Her lyrics are easy to connect to, she is such a fine songwriter capturing very basic emotions in a hauntingly beautiful way making things like heartbreak and pain feel somewhat romantic if that makes sense. The piano arrangements are glorious. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.
Here’s some other music I like here and here.
(images from amy seeley)
Speaking of food inspiring room design, do you recall this post that appeared on decor8 a few years ago? It’s called I Dream of Cake where I matched cakes to some of my favorite rooms. This is one of my favorite posts on decor8, I still reference it for inspiration today.
Cherry Blossoms, a touch of black, a pop of pink, delicate china, altogether gorgeousness.
I think everyone should try this once in their life, pairing food with rooms because it’s a fun creative exercise and I’m all about getting those creative juices flowin’.
(images from domino and i dream of cake – a website you MUST visit by the way.)
Driven by self expression over trends, Boston photographer Francine Zaslow has a welcoming and beautiful online portfolio sharing her work… pages to turn, buttons to click, and music with a very hip lounge vibe making the experience transporting and relaxing. I recognized some of her work instantly from catalogs and websites like Fresh and Mariposa.
Fashion, food, interiors, it’s all there and completely inspiring. What a lovely site to get lost in on a Friday morning.
(images from francine zaslow)
I found a blog that I really connected to awhile back but then I forgot all about it until last night when it showed up again. I seriously could not take my eyes off of the many images and I started to think about creating pretty collaged papers myself. All of the photos that you see in this post are my own work inspired by Record the Day.
a handmade tale
Do you know this blog? It’s lovely. I create books with images inside but lately I hadn’t felt much like doodling and pasting in my inspiration books. Plus my books are so permanent and I wasn’t feeling creative at all last night when I created the collages shown in this post. At least at first. The more I started to play around, the more inspired I became! That is the beauty of sometimes not over thinking something and just doing it! Record the Day encouraged me though her concept is a little different as instead of using words to blog she uses collected images glued to a piece of paper to show her readers what she is feeling or thinking or seeing on that particular day. It’s very cool. My idea was to use a similar technique to hopefully inspire me and it absolutely did!
Looking at the collaged images on Record The Day, I sat down last night with a stack of torn images from magazines, found papers, old wallpaper, some ribbons, a stack of old file folders, and a glue stick and for two hours and I just glued and cut. No music on, no television, my iPod touch and cell phone on ‘off’ tucked away in my handbag… just me in a quiet living room on the floor cutting and pasting. I thought about what inspires me and tried to include a lot of those things into each collage. I tried to think of feelings and experiences that I recently had. Suddenly my manilla folders came to life. I was only going to do one but completed eight. Perfection or artistic skill is not needed (as you can see), just a desire to have fun and enjoy the process.
It felt good to play a little, so today I’m going to encourage you to do the same if you can make the time for it. It was an easy, inexpensive, no frills way to inspire myself and have a little fun in the process. I was also looking for a quick fix, nothing that I needed to work on for days or weeks at a time. Just a quick session and I was finished.
Now I’m thinking of how much fun it would be to ask some of my friends to bring over collected images and things so we can sit around and do something similar as a small group. I guess it’s like scrapbooking or knitting circles… but less fuss and cheap (mostly recycled) materials. Maybe I could call my ladies night “Creative Cut + Paste” and serve some fun cocktails and homemade cookies.
What do you think? Could this be a fun hobby for you? Or maybe a fun girly night with your best buds? I’m always looking for easy, no frills but hands-on ways to get inspired…
(images by holly becker for decor8)
Speaking of spaces where women create, Tamar from Nest Pretty Things in Vermont contacted me over the weekend with photos of her newly designed arts and crafts studio – it’s full of positivity and warmth! I’ve been thinking about having my own room again dedicated to creative pursuits, an idea that I plan to put into motion in the months ahead. It also means I will have to move but I’m okay with that because I’ve realized that I can no longer accept my current space as being sufficient enough. It’s not, I need the space. I work from home, it’s important to have plenty of room for the many projects I have my hands in right now. I fantasize about how I want my dream room to look, I can see it so clearly… but until I can touch this dream I’m living through others, planning, thinking, and saving money!
Do you currently have a “you” room in your home? If so, would you like to link to it below in the comments section? If you do not, tell me about your dream room or point me to a photo of it online. I’d love to see and exchange some inspiration today! You can see more images and read about her studio space here.
Thank you Tamar for sharing!
(images from tamar at nest decorating)