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Mathieu Challi?res (France)


These are so sweet I had to share them with you today if you’ve missed them elsewhere. I spotted the Mathieu Challi?res bird pendant in the November issue of Living Etc and also over at Lena’s blog. When I searched their website, I found a few other faves, especially the apple light. Aren’t they all so appealing, in a kitschy cute way?

On a tight budget? I wonder how DIY friendly these would be with a little wire from your local home store, a light kit from IKEA, and a visit to the local craft store for birds or fruit?

hmmm.

(images from mathieu challi?res)

Posted in lighting on November 20, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {nov 20 ’06}


Like most of you, I regularly look to fashion for inspiration, and I’m particularly drawn to silkscreened graphics on tees, especially if they contain words other than my native English, like German, Swedish, Japanese – languages that have always fascinated me. Adds a bit of mystery I think, because not everyone knows what your shirt is telling them, which is great for starting conversations. I also love seeing fashion images shot in either overly stylish, surreal, period, natural, or in this case today, totally kitschy home sets. That is why I’ve selected German fashion designer Lotte Voss as inspiration for today. I love the tiny floral wallpaper and the soft hues, very light and fluttery, combined with the modern graphic tees in German. You can shop for Lotte’s designs (not all but some) here. I’d love too see these tees transformed into sheer panels for the windows in lilac or cream. Oh that would be pretty I think, don’t you?

(images from lotte voss)

Posted in fashion + accessories on November 20, 2006

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure – Thoughts???

Question. Have you read and applied the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure? I have it, but being away from home for nearly two months now, it’s not really a book I can dig into at the moment. I am a huge AT addict though and find the whole “cure” thing most fascinating – especially how Maxwell’s loyal (and massive!) readership responds to each and every step on his book blog. I can burn hours reading through all the comments. Good stuff.

Confession. I’m a pack rat. Bigger issue is that I don’t pack junk, I pack some seriously nice items that I truly love but have zero space for. People also give me lots of nice things that I don’t want to part with – things from clients, gifts from friends. How do you say goodbye to it all? I need to hop on the home cure band wagon and edit my space because my little home is bursting at the seams and this is not good but at the same time, how do you toss items you adore?

Have you followed the cure and if so, do you have any thoughts/advice on the subject? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

(image from apartment therapy)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on November 17, 2006

Camilla Engman – Limited Editions Available Now!


Cha-ching! I just purchased “The Sound of a Teapot”, a signed and numbered (limited edition of 50) digital print for onluy $22 from sweet Camilla Engman. I hope you can pick up a print for yourself to – but don’t take too long to think it over because Camilla’s prints sell out rather quickly. I plan to have mine framed and then, mix it in to the “gallery wall” I’m hoping to tackle next month. It’s a mini project that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately since I’ve finally built a nice little collection of works that I want to display together.

In fact, I’m thinking of many mini winter projects that I want to tackle this season. What about you? Any home DIY projects that you’d like to get started on? I’m in the mood for change and winter is the perfect time to get started on home projects, whether it be decorating, organization, deep cleaning, mending what is broken, sewing something new, all are perfect cold weather activities to chase away the blues, build self-esteem, stay active, and give you deep inner satisfaction that you have things under control on the homefront.

(images from camilla engman)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on November 17, 2006

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