I recently met Paul Lowe from Sweet Paul and he was so calm and well, yeah, sweet. I didn’t know what to expect really, but I thought that it would be nice to meet him while I was in NYC so I took a shot of courage and sent him a message and said that I’d like to meet him in person and would he be interested in popping by the light studio where I was teaching in Soho to say hello. It was a long shot since we aren’t really web friends and I’ve never really talked to him before, but I believe in just asking people for things because if you don’t ask, you have no right to complain when stuff doesn’t happen in your life. So I asked.
And I received. Paul Lowe walked in during our class and not only did I meet him, but he so nicely met lots of my students too who wanted to know more about my mystery guest – and for those who did know who he was, well they had a total “moment” — I could tell.
Most of us are inspired by and like to see those who find success primarily from blogging as Paul has, I have, and so many others who began their career mostly by sharing their passions online first and then wham-o! It resulted in amazing things for their life and careers. Paul is incredibly talented and deserves his success and from my brief chat with him, he was very warm and polite but also grounded. He seems like someone that I would get on well with if I had only had spent more time chatting him up. But of course, I had a class to teach and so the Sweet Paul visit was quick but still deeply inspiring to me personally and I wish to thank him so much for stopping by to say hello. I’ve met some incredible people throughout my own blogging journey over the years and Paul was a highlight. Thanks, Paul.
I love these two spreads (above) as it really reminds me of the work of my favorite stylist, Dietlind Wolf in Germany whom I wrote about in January – she did the same thing with watercolors and food. Dietlind is a known trendsetter in the world of food styling here in Germany. The two spreads above are by Alicia Buszczak.
And with that, I’ll shout out the recent issue of Sweet Paul magazine (Spring 2012) with some images from it, and you can watch for it at Anthropologie stores sold nationwide and in the UK as it will arrive in printed fashion there very soon for Antho customers. Yay to Paul for scoring that collaboration, a huge win!
(images: sweet paul magazine)
Hello my dear friends on the day of love! Here is a very sweet video that I thought you’d enjoy featuring the work of Nicole Licht, a talented in-house designer/artist over at Etsy in Brooklyn. This makes me happy to watch, I hope it does the same for you.
By the way, say aloud Olive Juice while looking into a mirror. That’s how I feel about each one of you.
Would you like to visit an eclectic home today belong to a blogger who shops mostly second hand? Oh yes, of course! Lovely Amanda from Here’s Looking at Me, Kid and her partner Phil want to share their cozy Ohio home with you. I thought it would be fun to get her thoughts on decorating so in addition to her photos, here’s a mini interview too. I hope this gets your creative wheels spinning and pay extra special attention to the many details – very sweet!
What is the inspiration behind your eclectic second hand home decorating style?
Amanda: I’m really inspired by eclectic places that aren’t too carefully decorated. I like to see homes, like the loft space of Emily Chalmers (of the book, Flea Market Style), that look like the contents have been collected over a period of years and where everything is truly loved — though might not perfectly fit. We’ve only been on our own for just under five years and have been in this apartment for under two, so collecting and curating is something we’re just beginning to figure out. We are moving into our first house soon so I’m looking forward to wallpapering (yippee!) and arranging beautiful treasures that will add a nice, cozy feeling to our home. It’s also important to note that in addition to the dream homes of admirable artists and designers, I’m also heavily inspired by our tiny budget. If it’s free, made by me, or found at a thrift store, it’s much more likely to take a place in our ever-changing home.
How do you define your interior style?
Amanda: My style used to be much more modern, wavering between an intense appreciation for minimal Swiss design and American mid-century modern style. Since moving into this 1920′s Tudor revival apartment, I found my tastes encompassing more of a crazy variety of styles- like a mix of kitschy vintage, traditional, and a dash of the sort of mid century style I can afford.
Where do you find ideas and inspiration for your home?
Amanda: On blogs, online and in magazines. I appreciate referring to my inspiration folder, where I had adhered all of my favorite tear sheets from Domino, Metropolitan Home and Elle Decor. Since most of my inspiration is found lately in the digital world, my inspiration folder resides at Pinterest these days. It is tremendously important to save images of homes and styles I love because it can be so difficult pin-pointing my exact style. I appreciate all good design but don’t necessarily want to live with all of it in my home! Keeping inspiration folders online or otherwise makes everything much less overwhelming, helps me detect trends I enjoy, and encourages me to figure out ways to bring similar elements into my own home.
What do you love about your home?
Amanda: I really adore the high ceilings, unique architectural elements, and even the squeaky old wooden floors that hint to our apartment’s mysterious history. The structure of the space really sets a nice vibe for everything we’ve put inside. We appreciate the things that fill our apartment and are quite proud that none of our home furnishings and accessories are monetarily valuable. Almost everything has been purchased second hand, and that sort of responsibility makes for guilt-free enjoyment of everything we have.
What makes a house a home?
Amanda: We host lots of parties in our apartment, so it’s important for our space to seem approachable, comfortable, and intimate. I love that when new guests arrive and proclaim that “everything is just sooo you!” To me, that means our apartment hasn’t been just a living space, but a home that says something about the people who live there. I love to be here, our friends love to be here, and happiness abounds in our home. And that’s why it’s more than just a house.
Lovely, right!? What caught your attention? I love that striped light green sofa shown directly above because my mother had this in our home when I was a child and it made me happy to see it again! I also love all of her rugs, they are fun!
(images: amanda johnson)
When undertaking a decorating project, one of the first considerations is color and what your overall palette will be in addition to floor plan, furnishings, lighting, etc. Color sets the mood. If you need color inspiration, check out Design Seeds founded by color consultant Jessica Colaluca. Here are 8 of my favorite palettes at the moment, all dreamed up by talented Jessica.
Fun for a kitchen or living room: Treat Tones.
Very relaxed for the bedroom yet also a bit energetic for mornings when you don’t want to get out of bed: Produced Purple.
This could be a nice entryway, I see a very glamorous chandelier in silver discs suspended from the ceiling and a huge mirror above a lacquered white entry table: Glamorous Escape.
I love this palette – so fresh and inspiring – perfect for a child’s playroom or a crafting space for mom: Boxed Palette.
I see this and think of a nursery for the newest gift to the family: Present Tones.
A very happy and stylish palette, this looks like the office for a fashion designer or for a magazine editor: Glow Brights.
Very cottage in the country, a nice palette for a guest bedroom in your country home: Pink Plans.
I imagine a room with super dark walls so this could be charming in a very little nook in your home where you read and relax: Bouquet Hues.
Design Seeds even has lovely color palette books on Blurb and she has a zillion of them that you can view on her blog by color. Her “Creature Color” book is a favorite of mine, combining sweet animal shots with color palette ideas.
If you are not interested in using these for your next decorating project, why not think of other clever ways you can put these palettes to good use. If you design websites, these could be a great jumping off point. Perhaps you are a book cover designer? Scrapbook queen? Maybe you can put together a wedding using a palette from Design Seeds? Or compose your next outfit? Maybe plan out how you will wrap presents or something as simple as using one of these palettes to base your own mood board from over your work desk?
Psst: Design Seeds clearly even explains in THIS POST how to use her palettes to match the color and convert them to Pantone colors exactly – brilliant!
This is such a great resource, isn’t it!?
(images: design seeds)