Oh, the power of advice taken! A letter just arrived from reader Julie Shannon that made my day. I love to know that you are out there reading and taking some of the tips that you find on decor8 and applying it to your own space. It’s exciting because when you write in, it hits me just how you really are listening in out there and I’m not just having a love affair with my monitor all day. So thanks for reaching out to me. And it may sound really cheesy to say this, but it positively drives me to keep blogging and to continue searching for finds to bring before you here each day. Now enough about me, let’s hear from Miss Julie.
“Hi Holly, I just wanted to email you and thank you for giving THE best decorating ideas ever! I LOVE your blog! I saw several artists from etsy.com highlighted on your blog and rushed to get their pieces for my new and growing collection. Birds on Tree print by Johanna Anderes and Owl Gocco print by Matte Stephens were both suggested, and I also found some great original illustrations by John Clark which I bought for myself and a few gifts for my fabulous girlfriends. I framed them and now have the start of my first ever little art collection! Thank you for your inspiration! Attached are a few photos. Cheers!- Julie“
Thanks, Julie! And I have to add that in addition to her art, I really like her color palette, so soothing for a bedroom and the dark wood adds a richness and warmth, a nice balance with the cool blue walls and silver frames. Her lamps are great to, as is the pattern on those pillows. She’s done a great job layering her bed with multiple patterns, subtle and soft, yet noticeable.
Do you have an art wall that you’d like to share? Send me an email to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com and please note where the art came from in case I blog your space so others can find it. Thank you again Julie, I’m thrilled you sent these images in.
(images from julie shannon)
Do you know Geninne from Hacienda Jajalpa, Mexico (just outside of Mexico City)? Let me refresh your memory. Her home was featured here on decor8 Reader Spaces back in September ’06, and she was one of the winners of our Workspace contest. Ah, now you recall…
This lady is super creative and so when she wrote in today announcing her new etsy store, I had to blog it right away – I’m so excited for Geninne and pleased that her beautiful artwork is being shared with the world in the form of prints and greeting cards. Her work is mature and beautiful, playful and colorful, and you can clearly see that the nature around her in Mexico directly influence her work. I really like her take on a stack of logs (below), you can almost imagine that she found them behind her house and quickly sketched them into her little notebook… I wonder what exactly inspired this drawing? Maybe she will comment below and tell us, Geninne are you out there reading?
Congrats, Geninne, we are all so very proud of you!
(images from geninne zlatkis)
I’ve featured several artists represented by Lilla Rogers Studio in the past, so I thought I’d show you a few more that I’m really liking these days. It’s super inspiring to look at illustrations, so many I imagine as fabric and it actually excites me as I’d love to cover my own home in some of these prints or just use them in craft projects. The color palettes are great to study, so many unexpected combinations, identify a few of your new faves below and try to imagine a room decorated in only the colors you see. I think the colors found in the horse pattern would make a gorgeous palette for a bedroom.
(images from lilla rogers studio)
I had the nicest email arrive today from Lucie Summers introducing her new etsy shop where she sells original 6×4 inch works on canvas and some digital prints of paper quilts. She has other projects in the works as well, like one-of-a-kind sketchbooks. Thank you Lucie for your sweet email and I wish you so much happiness with your new shop. Go shop girl, go!
(image from lucie summers)
It’s all about the details. And though I’m not one to write about totes, for ones priced under $30 that combine linen and stitching details, I can break a few rules. Alice from the UK (also known as Raspberry Fairy) goes above and beyond to deliver a quality product at a reasonable price. She’s a felt maker and textile artist who looks to create a unique piece of art through each piece. With so many denying both paper and plastic at the register in exchange for a trusty tote, I think Raspberry Fairy has some great ones that are sturdy, easy to fold away, and of course pretty!
Psst: She’s also a blogger.
(images from raspberry fairy)