Rooms

Hable Construction Horseshoes

August 21, 2007

The second I saw these in the recent issue of Country Living magazine, I had to write to Hable Construction to inquire about purchasing a few. Jen sent over some images so you can see for yourself, aren’t these Hable Construction horseshoes the best?

Hable Construction HorseshoesHable Construction Horseshoes
Jen said that the horseshoes can be used as decorative, yet utilitarian items throughout the house (separators in clothing closets), paperweights on office desks, or displayed in multiples staggered onto walls (supported by nails), etc. I plan to hang them, as I live in a carriage house so it would be really fitting!

Hable Construction Horseshoes
They are $15 (smaller) and $18 (larger) each. This is their most recent stock, and can ONLY be ordered through the Hable Construction store in NYC, so you’ll need to call them directly at 212.989.2375 between 12-7 pm EST and describe the style that interests you.

(images from hable construction)






Inspiration

Music: Laura Veirs

August 21, 2007

Speaking of illustration, have you checked out the cover on the latest from Laura Veirs, Saltbreakers? Great deep blue and green tones with a sea dragon. Inside there are illustrations of both land and sea.

Music: Laura Veirs
My husband gave it to me yesterday, he said the second he laid eyes on the cover, he thought of me and after listening to it, he knew I’d be into it. And he’s right. It’s great when someone knows you so well. Some of the songs are dreamy, floating, with a children’s storybook feel. Others are more indie rock style with a catchy beat. It’s funny, but some of the songs have a little ghost of The Cure floating through them, too. If you listen to Pink Light, you may hear what I mean.

Music: Laura VeirsMusic: Laura Veirs
I love seeing more and more artistic covers on music lately, and it’s even better when they’re made solely of quality paper and not cheap paper jammed into ugly plastic jewel cases. I think it’s because they remind me of mini vinyl covers, as when I was a kid, records started to massively move over to the “new” cd format and I really disliked it because I loved the thick cardboard album covers.

After losing nearly all of my iTunes music yesterday (didn’t back those up), I can say that I’m still a fan of cd’s and would much rather buy a cd and then burn it then to purchase only downloads and risk losing them. Plus, there is something to be said for the artistic covers and inserts, which you lose when you purchase only digital. I’m a technology geek (for a girl) but I’m still not sold on the whole digital download movement. I say, commission more artists for cd covers, scrap the jewel cases, and make cd’s special!

(images from laura veirs)






uncategorized

Where am I?

August 20, 2007

I’m recovering from waking up to a completely fried hard drive in my iMac G5 yesterday. After replacing the hard drive, along with a new O/S, and some software, I’m running around trying to get my computer back to normal today. I should have everything worked out by tomorrow. See you then!






Books + Magazines, Inspiration

Midwest Modern *New* Amy Butler Book

August 18, 2007

I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek and a mini review of this wonderful book next week. Amy sent along her new book, Midwest Modern (release date 10/1), and I’ve already read half of it and it arrived a few hours ago. Whenever I flip a page, I keep thinking about you and how you’re going to love it, it’s so inspirational that your head will explode with ideas. :)

Midwest Modern *New* Amy Butler Book
If you feel like shopping for Amy stuff, her web shop is having a sale, 40% off pillows, journals, and handbags. Just enter SALE upon checkout.

Hope you are all having a a great weekend!

(image from holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Interviews

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)

August 17, 2007

So many inspiring, creative women out there! I’m constantly reminded that blogging is the only way I’d know about so many of them. It is via all this web digging that I found out about Melissa Anderson Contreras, also known as Axel Honey, an artist based in Los Angeles. Her work is so colorful, full of whimsy, and very detailed, I felt like I had to get to know her better. She received her BA in Fine Art from UCLA and made a living as a graphic designer for quite some time before pursuing her dream: painting. Yeah Melissa!

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey) Self portrait, Melissa A. Contreras.

I can see her illustrating children’s books, greeting cards, product packaging, she’s super talented. And it’s clear to me that she found her visual voice, her unique style, because her work is authentic, you can see the passion in her lines and colors. Here’s a little q + a I had with her recently that I think you’ll enjoy, and she exposed me to a few new links, so click around. I kept it short since it’s Friday and I don’t know about you, but I’m in weekend mode!

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
First Melissa, can you tell us what you do for a living? And where do you live?

Melissa: I’m an artist, currently not making much of a living but I have done: catalog layout, product packaging, tee-shirt graphics. I live in Fresno, as of August 1, quite a change from Los Angeles, but it is my hometown and I am near my family and more affordable real estate.

Where do you sell your work?

Melissa: Currently I have a little show up at The Kids Are Alright, a store in Echo Park (Los Angeles). I also have a piece hanging at Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles) and The Hive Gallery (Los Angeles). I have work for sale online at Rising Artist Series as well as a few other places. I have my art on products at My Favorite Mirror and I am on of the artists available for web design at Aeolidia Web Design.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
I guess I should have asked this first, what do you sell? :)

Melissa: Paintings, mooshees and cooshees (small hand painted sculptures) and other
crafty things.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
What inspires your designs?

Melissa: Everything. I love folk art, nature, good design and beauty in unexpected places.

I notice lots of American Indians and nature in your work, why?

Melissa: They embody a lot of things I embrace: rich culture, relationship with the environment, an appreciation of nature, geometric patterns, feathers. A romantic view in a world that is becoming homogenized and man made. Also, I grew up in Central California. It is probably the closest to a true American culture that I have been
exposed to.

Describe the type of client that shops with you?

Melissa: People who appreciate handmade and enjoy whimsy.

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
What are the store display photos all about over on your Flickr page, did you design the window? Or? I love seeing artists commissioned to do window displays!

Melissa: I created the window display for my solo show, Sickly Sweet, at Black
Market/Blu82
on Sawtelle in June. The characters are modeled after these little sculpted ornaments I make, that are about 4″ tall. I tried to make it look like one of my paintings in 3D. The people that ran the series are using it again at Atmosphere Boutique on Vermont in Los Angeles. I installed it a little differently to fit their windows better. Here is the original setup (below).

Meet Melissa Contreras (Axel Honey)
Thank you Melissa, so nice to meet you and view your work! And if you have time and would like to learn more about Melissa, click on over to im right your wrong.

(images from melissa contreras)






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