I really like photographer Diana Brennan. She’s an interesting, sweet and all around genuine person. She’s a nature lover too, like so many of us. Her photos are a study of natural history as she shoots in museums and I find them so interesting, I even grabbed my husband and showed him her photos because her subject matter isn’t typical and I like that it sets her apart from the pack. It made me think of natural history museums as a bit more of an exciting place to spend an afternoon too. I plan to bring my camera and use the lens as a more creative way to view displays going forward.
Last Fall I was at the Landesmuseum in Hannover and saw an amazing exhibit that I liked so much that I stayed in the exhibition hall for nearly 2 hours just gazing into the display cases. I wish I had taken photos and I remember being annoyed that I had forgotten my trust camera as I stood there amidst so many inspiring displays. If you’re in Hannover anytime soon the exhibit runs until May and is called Fantastische Riesen und bizarre Zwerge – Fr?chte und Samen der Sammlung Erika Schmidt which was all about large and small seed pods found all over the world curated by Prof. Dr. Erika Schmidt from the Institut f?r Landschaftsarchitektur in Dresden. I think if Diana Brennan could see this exhibit she’d be moved to photograph it for her own collection of photos because the seed pods, illustrations, and watercolors were amazing. I had never been so moved at a natural history museum before.
If you are interested in Diana’s work, she’s offering decor readers an exclusive 10% discount if you mention decor8 during checkout in the comments box. At that point, you’ll need to wait a few moments and Diana will send you a revised invoice (of how I wish Etsy would allow stores to create discount codes!).
Thank you Diana for sharing your fascinating and wonderful photography.
(images from diana brennan)
I’m really enjoying BlueFlip Art lately, like I needed another place to find gorgeous prints, right? But seriously, it’s a wonderland of delightful work that I’m sure you’ll really enjoy peeking at and here’s why…
The sheer variety of affordable quality prints from artists located around the world is reason enough to visit Blueflip, but another perk is that each print you click on reveals a bio and the charity that the artist will donate a percentage of sales to if you purchase their print. Now that’s smart shopping!
(images provided by blueflip art)
Here are a few must haves for sprucing up ones nest for Spring! It’s obvious to me that geometric prints are huge again this season. I have zero problem with this, in fact I’m thrilled to pieces to see that you can scoop up affordable rugs with that high end showroom look we all crave without the massive price tag.
Here’s a few of my favorites this week: The petal rug in yellow from West Elm, a fish umbrella stand sold at Pieces that I found in the April issue of Domino magazine, the Bridget mirror from Pottery Barn (because it reminds me of this one below), and of course everything in a room can’t be brand new so a fab vintage chair from Turquoise LA is another must.
I see the Bridget mirror against a dark brown wall much like the one Petit Collage has in her living room. She found her mirror in South America so the Bridget a nice find if you’re looking for something along these lines. I heart this living room so much. I love her collections, you can view more of her home here.
And have you seen some of the new rugs at Pottery Barn? PB is surprising me lately. Love these geometric prints and their selection of awning stripes would be great for giving the bedroom or eating area a boost. I imagine a black and white one against a black painted hardwood floor with crisp white walls and lots of Scandinavian inspired furnishings. Yum.
(images from west elm, turquoise, pottery barn, and pieces)
Do you recall this amazing home? It’s the posh pad of senior stylist Liza Giles who works for Designers Guild in London and features loads of prints and patterns from the DG wallpaper and fabric collection which inspired lots of decor8 readers. That’s why I’m once again pointing you over to Designers Guild… Because most of us are huge fans.
This time around, I’d like to highlight their new global website (it’s so much cleaner and easier to navigate now) and the slew of new papers and textiles they’ve added. And they’ve added a new feature called a Scrapbook where you can save your favorites and purchase bed linens, towels, cushions and throws, rugs and paint online in the UK and Europe (there’s a US site too). I’m really excited about the paint option for my new apartment in Germany so I just ordered the free paint color cards.
(images from designers guild)