Here are some images that made me smile and just feel good today. I’m sure you’ll start to notice a theme as you look at them. I hope these inspire you to freshen up your home in some small way this weekend, even if it’s just a quick rearrange of your pillows or art, or perhaps cleaning out a closet or scaring away those dust bunnies beneath the bed. If things are too hectic, at least grab a bouquet of flowers and divide it up, adding a few flowers in small vases to dot around your home (on the bedside table, near the sink in your bathroom, next to your kitchen sink, on your entry way table, etc.). Remember, if you neglect your home, you are neglecting yourself – so take pride in your space and you’ll feel more invigorated and ready to take on a new week. Feel free to click on any of these images below to enlarge your view. Oh, and make it a nice weekend!
Adolie Day, a well established French freelance illustrator and painter, wrote to me today to share her work. Mostly images of children, she does a lot of work in textiles for children’s fashion for lines like Kenzo, for instance. I love the color palette she uses and the softness in the eyes of the children she paints. Her work has a lot of warmth to it, it’s very peaceful, and I like that. Her blog is a lot of fun to browse, she has a few shots of her atelier there (a very simple section carved out by a window in her kitchen with a water view) and more art for you to see. Enjoy.
(images from adolie day)
These tea towels from Third Drawer Down in Australia caught my eye today, available at Figments. Since they are over-sized, they’re great to frame, transform into a pillow (find a fun fabric for the back), cover a memo board, or create a simple sink or window curtain. You can even create a chair pad. Remember, it’s fabric – if you like the pattern, think about where you’d like to use it in your home and create something special.
Kat Nouri recently wrote to me about her new business, Modern-twist, a collaboration between Kat and independent designers (mostly from the west coast) like Amy Ruppel, Le Vu from Paper*Ink Studio, Sheila Metcalf Tobin, and Simone Rubi. If you plan on attending the NYIGF this month, they’ll be in Hand-made booth #5532.
My favorites are the VTB tabs (right column above) because they arrive in this great holder that snaps onto a wine bottle (fun and clever gift), and each holder contains six ‘ID’ rings for a glass stem where you can write on, and wipe off. They also double as napkin rings. (I bet the HWTM is drooling over these right now. They are *so* her.)
Another product I can see myself using is a Modern-twist table runner. I am very pleased to see these in polyurethane – no washing or ironing, and no stressing if a splash of wine or olive oil lands on them. Just wipe and move on with the party. Very Lo-Mai (Low maintenance). Cute coasters are also available, although I prefer mine with more of a ‘grip’ to them (like cork or at least with cork or rubber feet) because they hold the glass better for times when someone bumps the table, but that’s just my opinion.
The runners and placemats, along with the VTB tabs, are my picks. These aren’t available online yet, and so far it doesn’t look like they are in stores, so tell all your friends with a storefront to check out Modern-twist. I’m already thinking about Lekker in Boston (perfect fit) and Figments in Providence… Spread the news to modern home stores in your city, and thanks for writing in, Kat!
Psst: Be sure to check out these prints over at Paper*Ink while you’re surfing the links above. Inspired by the San Francisco Botanical Garden, her prints are hand silk screened in bold red and blue.
(images from modern-twist)