I love unique artwork that isn’t on everyone else’s walls, don’t you? That’s why I’m so drawn to original works from artists and also those random vintage paintings found at flea markets – they really become your own. When I heard from Jane Denton recently, a textile artist and designer from New Zealand, I fell in love with her contemporary, colorful artwork which predominantly uses wool on canvas. It’s so happy!
If you are interested in inquiring about her work, you can contact Jane directly or work with either Allium Interiors or Small Acorns. If you worry about shipping expenses, I’m sure she can send pieces unframed and flat packed for international post so then you simply need to have your lovely piece framed locally. Easy!
To learn more about Jane, you can read a fab interview on The Design Chaser here.
Such lovely and unique work! I particularly love seeing a grouping above a sofa – don’t you?
(Photos: Kirsty Gibson Photography)
Hey gang! How are ya? I’m doing well – just insanely busy with our renovations on the new apartment and now, of all things, I’m shopping for rugs when I should be packing my entire house. So let’s talk about rugs. I’m all into the fuzzy plush throws at the moment because it’s freaking freezing over here. With hardwood beneath my toes, I decided to buy three rugs to cozy things up so that I could enjoy being at home this winter just a wee bit more. The first of three is a Flokati rug in cream for our baby’s nursery. Allow me to introduce you…
I’ve been wanting one of these since I started blogging in 2006 (yes, really!) because I saw it way back then in Domino magazine and thought it was the best looking rug in the world. I really have no clue what took me so long… Here is the rug above (shown in someone else’s home that I swiped from the seller’s store). It will look super cozy against the new hardwood flooring that will be installed first week of December. I bought it from a seller on eBay Germany called easy carpet, 140 x 200, for $235 with shipping and tax included. Cha-ching. Affordable and the right size. The seller may or may not be a total jerk and the rug may or may not show up looking great or awful, so this is by no means a review of the product or seller. But with a 100% rating and a swanky rug photo (above), I’m thinking it will be just what I was looking for. Plus, if I were a baby, I’d vomit on this in a hot second so it will be perfect for my wee one to laze around on while mama blogs. The beauty of this beast is that it’s neutral so If I don’t end up liking it in the baby’s room, because I’m like that a lot lately (ask my husband), it may end up in my bedroom or someplace else. But for now, it’s destination baby room.
Okay, moving on to my second rug. This one may make you a little jealous. My apologizes in advance.
In 2010 I was introduced to vintage Beni Ouarain carpets while in Marrakesh on a retreat where I was teaching students about how to find their style and inspiration which ended up being a big 10 day slumber party with lots of booze and food with a bunch of amazing women. We ate, shopped and gossiped our way to insta-friendship and we’re all still friends today… We stayed at the fab Peacock Pavilions owned by the author of Marrakesh by Design and blog goddess, Maryam Montague (who was one of my first blog readers from wayyyy back in 2006!). It was Maryam who turned me onto these Beni O’s. Before that, I’d seen them around but never knew what they were called.
A few years prior, in 2007, I bought a gorgeous Moroccan wedding blanket off of Maryam and cherished it so much that when the trip of a lifetime came for me to lead a class in Marrakesh for Ace Camps, I raced for the nearest airport because I wanted more of where that blanket came from. And wow, when I arrived, I was in Moroccan bliss. Souk after souk, rug after rug, pouf after pouf and spice after spice, I was seduced by Marrakesh and it’s loot and three years later, I still wished I had listened to my gut when I was drooling over Beni Ouarain rugs with Maryam one afternoon. I nearly settled on one in particular but I walked. And I’ve been wanting it ever since.
I remembered what it looked like thanks to my photographic memory and my amazing skill of never forgetting when I do stupid things… But I’d not found anything even remotely like it since, until a few days ago when I spotted it on Etsy (of all places). I instantly realized that this was my big chance to reclaim my lost purchase in time. I could, after three long years, own the rug that got away. So I contacted the seller, Pink Rug Co., frantically measured my space, and clicked PURCHASE.
Ah yeah. I am the proud owner of this rug shown above. This sexy lady will lay perfectly beneath my dining table but she may end up getting laid elsewhere as the mood hits. I always buy rugs and most everything else that can be used in any room to suit my decorating ADD.
Another carpet I bought recently, for the baby’s room (I know, baby, baby, baby! martha! martha! martha!), is this Olli Ella round felted gum ball rug. With one catch… I had it custom made because neither one shown below fit my scheme 100% and they were nice enough to create one for me (aka put up with my crap)- which, honestly, was the nicest thing in the world because I didn’t expect it at all. Most companies tell me to bite it. But listen up (this next bit requires a cup of coffee to understand), the color palette is a combo of both rugs so imagine balls (!) in gray, mint, yellow, pale beige and I think a darker yellow (I can’t recall what I ordered anymore). Can you envision this? It’s a bit of both of these rugs below minus the pink? I don’t know. It’s just going to be pretty and that’s all I care about.
Yeah, so there are some of my new rugs. When I get ‘em in place in the brand new space, I’ll show you the pics and give ya some tips. Word. Stay tuned.
Any rug crushes you’ve had lately? Any rug purchases made that you’d like to share? With cooler temps, rugs are all the rage in my world at the moment. I have all of my sheepskins out and on chairs and floors and I’m doing the whole rustic thing at the moment. You too?
(images: linked to their sources above.)
Hello everyone, are you ready to learn how to make a lovely, healthy side vegetarian dish for Thanksgiving this year? This is Jewels (Liz and I alternate months on decor8) with another episode of Food in Motion! So tell me, are you guys already thinking about what to make for Turkey day? I grew up in Germany and Thanksgiving had no meaning in my family’s life. My German family is looking forward to Christmas and can’t wait to have me and my new little family including my tiny daughter Clementine come visit. Over here in the US though, Thanksgiving is so important that I almost feel like it’s a trial run for Christmas! My husband’s mom has been browsing through food magazines for weeks to find inspiration. I am a vegetarian, so a shiny bird is not going to float my boat. I need some tasty alternatives that are a little more exciting than just mashed potatoes and sautéed carrots. I want to contribute something to this meal and of course also impress my American family with something that is healthy and super delicious at the same time.
As I learned Thanksgiving is supposed to be all about giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest. Good thing I am blessed with a beautiful farmers market that conveniently offers me their harvest every Wednesday. So I chose some winter veggies that I usually eat cooked but that are also edible raw. When I know that I will photograph something later, I always think of color, too. So I picked only white vegetables and then some green micro radishes for contrast. They are full of flavor and vitamins! For some excitement I decided to make a vinaigrette with sparkling wine. I have never made that before but I had heard of it and it always sounded like a great idea to have some bubbly in a vinaigrette. Mmmh.. and it turned out to be true. But try for yourself!
1 tablespoons of sparkling wine
3 table spoons of olive oil
3 table spoons of red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of agave
juice of the other half of lime
How To: Shave all the veggies and the apple into thin slices. Pour the lime juice onto the apple to keep it from browning. For the vinaigrette put all liquids and the spices in a small jar and shake well. Pour the vinaigrette of the salad and enjoy!
Next month, see what Liz will make for a Christmas sweet treat! Bye for now – Jewels.
(text/copy/video: julia “jewels” cawley)