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Domino Presents: A Few Good (Etsy) Men

I’m excited to share the slideshow that I’ve pulled together for Domino called A Few Good (Etsy) Men – it just went live yesterday. I felt passionate about including a piece devoted to male artists in their online Etsy gallery because lots of guys are quick to judge Etsy as mostly an all-girl space and I’m determined to show that some amazing guys do successfully sell their art as affordable prints there. The fact that a magazine as hugely popular as Domino is paying attention to their work just may be the motivation needed to encourage more guys to sell prints on sites like Etsy.


This is my small contribution to hopefully motivating the men out there, high give guys! And I’d like to thank all who helped me pull together this piece. For the men I’ve missed please send me your shop information because who knows, perhaps Domino will feature an all male review – part two in the future.

I’ve been writing for Domino magazine online since 2006, the Etsy spotlights on their site are my pride and joy. You can read them all right here.

Go men, go!

(images from etsy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on May 13, 2008

Charmingwall Inc.

Now this is one cool website. It’s called Charmingwall Inc. and is based in New York City where they have a retail space at 191 West 4th. The website is gorgeous, I love how it’s designed, and the art featured is just great. I recognize some of the artists from Etsy. Charmingwall Inc. specializes in a hand-picked selection of open-edition fine art prints from artists located around the world, covering everything from fine art to the more illustrative comic book art.


They recently launched an online store for those of us not in NYC, I encourage you to browse it — great finds! I was happy to see an artist I love, Bailey Saliwanchik, featured on their site. If you recall, I used some of her work in a space I designed for Adorn magazine awhile back when Adorn was still around (R.I.P.) and I ended up purchasing one of the paintings I featured in that same room. Bailey’s work is awesome, and for $20 you can own a print of your very own from this talented artist.

(images from charmingwall inc.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel, walls on May 07, 2008

James Merrell {Photographer}

James Merrell, who is represented by Judith Miller Inc., is an amazing London-based photographer that you already know without even knowing. How do you know Merrell? His work has appeared all over, I instantly recognized it the moment I scanned his online portfolio — it’s been viewed in the pages of Anthropologie and Brocade Home catalogs, Elle Decor, LivingEtc, Target, you name it. The man is genius.

Most don’t bother to pay attention to image credits in books and magazines but I encourage everyone to do so because the imagery we see is such a huge draw to why we embrace certain publications and without them, we’d all be lost.


I was reading a book over the weekend, Life’s Little Pleasures: A Perfect Day (also our book of the week) and noticed his name in the photography credits and decided to look him up. So glad I did.

(all photos from judith miller inc photographed by james merrell)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, walls on May 05, 2008

Decorative Country Living

I discovered this great online store via All Things Bright & Beautiful and The Inspired Room, it’s called Decorative Country Living. I really like the product shots on their website and so I thought I’d share them here today.


I’m pulling together my inspiration boards for our new apartment this week so when I get them somewhat organized I’ll post them here for you to see. I’m not sure if I’m going to use a board or a journal since I need something I can pack in my luggage and a large book may work better. I have this vision of translating my exact style into my home because one rarely has a chance to start from scratch so why not use it as an opportunity to really connect with my own space?

One thing I definitely want in my new place includes linen, white twinkle lights and a pretty mirror to string them on. I also want to do more of my own DIY projects and do more work by hand. I can’t wait to hang wallpaper in the entry way, and purchase a really comfortable sofa. Of course, I’ll be mixing in vintage with modern, but I don’t want it overly pretty or country, I want to bring in some edge appeal through accessories that are modern and clean, urban, grown up, and again, uniquely my own vision. I’d like to find some silk scarves and make pillows. And I want to challenge myself and go ‘there’ as far as color is concerned.

Because our new apartment is a second home I plan to take one of my readers advice and go a little crazy — do all the things there that I cannot do currently due to space issues and the fact that we rent our house over here – no wallpaper and such. I have so many ideas that I cannot wait to share and work on, I can hardly wait until August.

(images from decorative country living)

Posted in furniture, walls on May 05, 2008

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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