Looking for a little special something? If you’ve been reading for awhile then you already know that I’m a fan of the photography of Shanon Gass of My Fine Garden. Not only does she have a lovely aesthetic and is a complete natural but as a person she takes the cake — she’s a genuinely nice lady who is warm and charming. We’ve exchanged emails and are somewhat penpals and I really enjoy our notes — they’re meaningful and encouraging. I feel so lucky to meet and maintain friendships with so many good people like Shanon. And speaking of good…
If you’d like to add a photo of hers to your home or would like to give one as a gift to a special person, she is offering readers a promotional offer until December 13. Visit her shop here and purchase any photo and you’ll get a second one for 1/2 off! Just enter “PNSHoliday” in the note to sellers box.
My favorite: taken saved (love!)
(images: shanon gass)
Have you heard of photographer and blogger Nicolle Null of Sacred Lotus Photography in Portland, Oregon? She lives and works there with her husband Chris and their little boy and is working hard to become a full-time photographer supporting herself through her work. It’s a tough market and a competitive field, but I have great faith in Nicolle and that she’ll be able to sail along just fine because well… just look at soft and graceful work, how can she not succeed? Especially with all of us supporting her!
Shooting with either a vintage polaroid sx-70 using 600 & 779 film or her trusty Nikon D300, her photos are certainly very lovely and feel cozy and relaxed — don’t you think? I found out about her work through Victoria who wrote to me to share her photos with me. Thank you, Victoria for the introduction and yes you are right — I do like her work very, very much!
You can purchase photographs from her at her big cartel store if you’re interested too!
Psst: Nicolle is on Flickr, too.
(images: nicolle null)
I had such a nice exchange with Victoria Cramsie at PaperBoy recently, I have to share some of her wallpaper designs for boys. These papers are made by Robert Hamlin-Wright at his small factory in Norfolk, England and they’re made to order, so after you place your order it will take 4-6 weeks for it to arrive. This hand screen printed wallpaper is FSC accredited sustainable forest paper, in a nutshell this means, “Your paper has come from a forest that is managed to the highest standards to meet the social, economic, ecological, cultural and spiritual needs of present and future generations“.
Victoria’s wallpaper is geared towards boys, as you can tell, but I still liked it enough to share it here on decor8 despite how little I show kid’s design. These photos feature Victoria and her two boys, Rory and Archie, another sweet thing about homegrown companies is when family members are photographed in some of the product shots, don’t you think?
Here is what inspired Victoria’s line: “Her boys outgrew their nursery style room and needed a place that they (and their mother) could be proud of. So she thought about what made a beautiful house. A place with a few lovely, classic things. A place with designs and materials that sing. That’s filled with colors and shapes that have a sense of harmony and intrigue. That makes you feel somehow calmer, more comfortable. As if the world is really rather fine. Somewhere that might even make you smile. And she thought wouldn’t it be great if you could find designs that did this for the boys? But she couldn’t find any. She was looking for boys’ wallpaper that felt handmade, but wasn’t folksy or whimsical or twee. Something more pleasing than tacky, standard licensed wares. But affordable, too. Something classic, even iconic, but with an edge. Modern, but with room for nostalgia. Enough fun for little kids yet cool enough for bigger ones. And lovely enough to fit in with a beautiful, grown-up design scheme. Well made, slightly subversive. And funny. So she gave up looking and started to create. She liked the handmade look so she drew images by hand. The boys she asked liked ‘edgy’ images, from graffiti to slightly scary skeletons. And more classic images like pets, puppets and dinosaurs. And they responded in a surprisingly sophisticated way to color, simplicity and texture. She came up with designs that would appeal to boys from preschool to teens. Something for after the fluffy bunny stage that would see them through until they painted their bedrooms black.”
Bravo, Victoria! So many successful business are born out of frustration — you can’t find what you want out there so you create it yourself. Then you learn that so many others were in fact looking for the same thing. I guess the moral of this story is to spend less time complaining and more time doing, right? If something is lacking out there, and you are passionate and talented enough to fill it, then by golly – do it!
Congrats on your new line!
Based in Rio, Gecko Stickers are decorative decals created by several different designers commissioned by Gecko so the selection spans many different sizes, styles and colorways that are both affordable and accessible – they ship worldwide. I don’t use a lot of wall stickers in my home, I have a simple bird on a light switch in my hallway and that’s about it for me. But I would consider adding them to my windows as a quick seasonal decoration or if I had kids, I’d allow my little ones have them around their bedroom. They are also really sweet on organizing canisters and glassware.
There are so many wall sticker designers out there and it makes me wonder, do you buy them? Where do you stick ‘em? On the walls, tiles, appliances, windows, furniture, or? I’d like to try some inside the glass doors of my china cabinet, perhaps full lace sheets that are very subtle so that I can stuff more in the cabinet without anyone seeing inside. :) I know, a lazy solution, I am still procrastinating when it comes to organizing my cabinet. With family coming over tomorrow and a festival to attend on Sunday, I may have the procrastination gods on my side allowing me to get to it next week, instead. :)
But yes, back to the stickers. Do you use them and if so, where?
(images: gecko stickers)