It’s Friday, time to prepare for the weekend and hope for Spring with fresh images from the inspiration folders of Amy Butler Design. I haven’t talked about Amy in over three months so I needed a little of her sparkle and beauty on my site today. I’m so fond of her design work and home in Ohio, but I also follow her husband and business partner David because in my opinion his photos of Amy’s products radiant joy and life. When I look at his recent batch of photos (below), I imagine a charming country lifestyle… a sweet friend winks at you from the porch, asks that join in on a game of cards and whether or not you’d like one lemon slice in your tea or two.
I love single flowers in candle holders, I do the exact same thing with mine too. Just add a few tablespoons of water and your buds will stay beautiful!
(images from amy butler design)
Sunshine is flooding my home today so it was the perfect opportunity to spend lunch photographing my new bouquet from the 1-800 Flowers Martha Stewart collection. Remember my thoughts in Craving Spring when I expressed how I felt a bit tired of the weather and was hungry for Spring and that I ordered flowers for a little pick-me-up? I ordered for the first time from Martha Stewart since I had a coupon (code: MARTHA49 gives you 15% off) and because the offer included a 1 year subscription to MS Living magazine or $15 cash back. After these discounts I saved around $23 so that felt good. I was also able to justify this purchase because of the vase included — a matte white faux bois ceramic ‘stump’ with a shiny glazed interior. It’s delicate and beautiful, something I’ll use time and time again.
When my big aqua box arrived yesterday (Martha’s signature color!) I felt kind of goofy giddy like a teenager receiving flowers from her first crush. I guess I needed them and this gift to myself more than I had thought! I’m easily sucked in to beautiful product packaging, from the chocolate grosgrain ribbon to the white tissue paper delicately patterned with the Martha logo, so I was hooked. Then there was the chocolate swirly font welcoming me to her world of flowers and gorgeousness on the box, and a sweet package that included flower food (2 packs) and a lovely little booklet discussing flowers and plants with photos and instructions to help me care for my new blooms. “Your flowers will be thirsty from their travels”, it said. How cute. Now excuse me as I share 10,000 photos of my new bouquet as shown on the dresser in my bedroom, which smells like fresh picked freesia and roses. Now I’m feeling’ Spring, baby! The Holly is back! :)
The above bouquet is called Rose Medley and Freesia Bouquet in case you feel like treating yourself along with me. FYI - The roses really are this orange, though the website shows them to be more peach.
(images from holly becker for decor8)
Lealand Eve and I pulled together a page of deals exclusively for decor8 readers to take advantage of between now and February 28th. Here are a few of my favorites…
As a bonus for shoppers, anyone who purchases something from this page will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate awarded on 2/28. Prices start at only $8 so check it out!
(images from lealand eve)
What do two former Def Jam records employees, Jessica Jenkins and Andy West, do after living in hectic New York City? Relocate to Kennebunkport, Maine to open a design shop called Daytrip Society of course. Duh! (grin.) This is seriously such a cool story especially because they are originally from Maine and it’s a story of returning to ones roots. Jessica and Andy want their store to be the go-to destination for design lovers who are also inspired by nature and travel. They carry everything from home accessories to organic products and handcrafted treasures.
This is an inspiring example of those who completely change direction and dive into something new — it takes a lot of courage but I believe that those who are risk takers and who believe in their vision will survive this economy. I also see the need for people to get back in touch with their home turf, support their local communities or return home to where they have established roots and build something special within that community. I’m all for that. We all have the ability to shape shift from what we are today to what we want to become tomorrow, but lots of times fear holds us back — not actual ability.
Yay to Jessica and Andy for not only opening a great shop but for taking the leap and being such an inspiration to other small business owners out there.
(images from daytrip society)