Are you still loving the whole wallpaper comeback? I remember when it first started regaining popularity again around ’04/05 and I was just getting started as a decorator and freelance journalist. Today, the trend is no longer a passing phase but in full bloom and seems to have real staying power. I was writing a piece for Oprah.com about wallpaper and trends, etc. and came across the work of Flat Vernacular in Elle Decor and had to show you this gorgeousness. Are you familiar with Flat Vernacular? I wasn’t either until this morning and now I really dig their work. Check out what founder, Payton, did to a bedroom with her STICKERS below- yeah stickers, lovely, right?
You can see more of this NYC townhouse here. Yowser! So cool! Payton Cosell Turner lives in Brooklyn and is the granddaughter of the late sportscaster Howard Cosell (I remember him so well growing up with my father watching sports on tv). She is also the lady behind Payton Cosell Turner Design (mostly wall stickers) and co-founder of Flat Vernacular, a bespoke wallpaper company that she runs with artist Brian Kaspr.
I was really drawn to these patterns (wallpaper) from FV below… Fun and funky! I don’t know if I’d have these in my home, it really depends I guess, but my mother had metallic gold wallpaper just like the first one shown below in our living room when I was a little girl, I remember her picking it out with her interior designer who later became her best friend and a huge decorating inspiration to little me back when I was around 6 years old. I never forgot my first home or the design of it – my father designed it and had it built and my mother hired a designer to help her decorate it – it was split level so we had 4 levels of living space. I just remember loving it so much because my mother loved that home – she had so much passion for decorating, gardening and landscape design as well as all of the flower arrangements she made, oil paintings she did to adorn the walls and her bold color choices of avocado, red, black, gold and indigo blue. She had NO fear. That’s a good thing, I think, to have no fear when decorating your home. To just go with it. I think Kelly Wearstler does that in her designs and while they’re not for everyone, you can’t help but think she is the coolest lady on the planet for executing such (often) outrageous ideas with so much confidence. My mother was the same, she was confident and just went for it and to think she was only 31 years old when she was hiring an interior designer to help her pick metallic wallpapers makes me smile. I love that.
From that Elle Decor story about Payton, I also happened to find Juell, whom I featured in my earlier post today. I love the web, so many beautiful things to find made by some exceptionally talented people. These wallpapers above are so dramatic – total statement makers and very edgy – love it.
What do you think? Can you imagine using any of these patterns in your home? Would you stick a million stickers to your wall to create a pattern similar to the top images? All I can think about are my old collections of Mrs Grossman’s stickers from the late 80s!
(images: elle decor/flat vernacular)
I recently stumbled upon the commercial and interiors photography of Juell Photography and wanted to share a quick glimpse of her portfolio with you. I’ll show you in a moment, in my next post, where I originally spotted her work while I was researching for a write-up I did on wallpaper for an Oprah newsletter. Back soon with that…
For now, enjoy. And by the way, I’m still dreaming of owning a tufted sofa with buttons… Can’t you tell? Sigh….
(images: juell photography)
Light and bright, gotta love light and bright! I’ve talked about By Nord before but when Cozy Living sent over press access to their images, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite new products with all of you. I love their shower curtains, really pretty, and of course their cushions and the darling bread apron on their cute male model (wink). Everything looks so rustic and natural – and coastal but not your typical coastal style – very graphic, modern, clean and tactile. I don’t decorate with navy blue at home, but against white it all looks fresh and bright enough – not depressing and heavy. I also love seeing navy with blush pink, a terrific combination.
Today is the first of May and is a holiday here in Germany, so I’m taking off to clean up my balcony, repot 24 geraniums, prune and re-pot several indoor Dronning Ingrid geraniums, and decorate my little outdoor city oasis. I love creating a green space for myself, and since the balcony is located off of my work studio, I can use my ipad and laptop out there in the summer and still link in through my wifi which is a bonus – so I can work from home, but outside in the sunshine. Are you thinking about your outdoor spaces now too? A patio? Porch?
I have two wintergartens in the back of my apartment facing the backyard and gorgeous pear tree, and the front balcony faces the street, so I have 3 spaces to spruce up for summer in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to pulling them together – my friend Leslie Shewring will be here soon and we’ll begin shooting for our upcoming book, so I have only a few weeks before she arrives to get the house together for our shoots. I can’t wait because now we can get moving on our project and start to really SHOW you some peeks as we go and tell you more about our book. What I know right now is that it will release Spring ’14 and we’re doing a North American book tour, along with hitting London and Germany and maybe a few other countries over here! In each of our stops, one of us will be teaching or, if we’re together, we’ll both be teaching, so no matter where you find us prepare to have fun and learn and walk away super inspired and happy. Before all of that can even happen though, we have to shoot and write the book! So that’s our mission between now and mid-summer since that our editor has now finished the flat plan and we fed through all of our ideas to her and the publishers, and the book designer and I had a lovely call so she’s on board and ready to go, too. We have to turn the book in October 1 so it can be printed and ready for all of you in the Spring and we plan to take vacation time this summer to be with our families, so we have to get moving! I can’t wait until I can tell you more about the project, reveal the title, etc. You will (hopefully) swoon and feel happy about it. We want our love for this project to beam through the pages, we are putting so much love and effort into it, so let’s see what it looks like in the end – we hope, a really lovely, creative book!
I was going to go on a big North American tour for Decorate Workshop this month with West Elm, but since Leslie is coming and we have tons of work to do for our book, I sadly had to postpone the book tour and just combine it with the tour for book #3 in the Spring so I can see everyone then – you can bring Decorate Workshop to any signing next year for our book and I’ll happily sign and dedicate your copy. I won’t be coming to America this year for Decorate Workshop (big frown), and I know a lot of you were excited about getting together, I was too, but balance is so important to me! You just can’t tax yourself out when you are writing a book – your energy and love needs to really flow into it and that can’t happen when you are burnt out, stressed or rushing the project. Good ideas take time and great ideas take more time so this summer, it is all about our book. But let me tell ya, when I’m back on American soil next Spring with book #3 touring with Leslie, we will see all of you and hit as many cities as possible thanks to Chronicle Books and West Elm and hopefully, we can grab some of you as helpers, guest speakers, co-teachers, etc. so stay tuned for that! We want to include as many bloggers as we can so the events are really inspiring.
Kate Spade stuff is just so cute. Here is my current wish list and yes, it’s obvious I have a thing for watches but when they look this cute, how can you not have a total addiction? What Kate stuff are you wanting for summertime? Have you smelled the new Live Colorfully perfume yet? I can’t find it yet here in Germany so I have to wait until I’m in London so I can sniff around their store there.
I’m still waiting and waiting for them to make stylish camera bags for women… Please Kate, Please.
And I keep meaning to ask, how are you liking their new Kate Spade Saturday brand?
(images: kate spade)