Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Witty Workshop

August 9, 2007

More pretty things for your walls… Valerie told me about her store Witty WorkshopI really like this tea party print because it not only reminds me of the ones I had as a child, but I’m always looking for pretty art for children’s bedrooms that have a bit of a storybook quality to them. Does that even make sense? It sounded better in my head… :) But I think you know what I mean. This print is one that a child can look at and build an entire story around it, it’s so charming.

Witty Workshop
I’m forever fascinated with color and the direct link that it has to mood. The colors in this print are very soft, calming, you could pull together a room using this palette and create an inviting magical space for a little girl. I really appreciate it when artists write to me sharing their work, so thank you so much Valerie for saying hello.

(images from witty workshop)






Arts + Crafts, Travel

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!

August 9, 2007

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!
I’m happy to see her branching out, it’s very exciting as I’ve been watching her work for some time now and enjoy seeing her progress, she’s becoming a brighter star in the art world all the time. Go Marisa! And the best part, she’s not a shooting star – quick in, quick to burn out and fade. She is steady, forward moving, and patient with her process and content with the truth that the best things in life are often attained one step at a time. I think this is one of the most important things to be comfortable with about your career, your health, everything really. Enjoy the ride, right?

So I’m happy today to see Marisa doing well and that Elizabeth from Twig is building her business and moving forward, too. Outside of Marisa’s print, Twig has other great things like some of the Orla Kiely Fall collection (drool) and a few things from her previous collections as well. I really like this travel bag because I need something like this for Fall. I’m still running around with the luggage given to me at my bridal shower 6 years ago and I’m sorely in need of a quick weekend bag in a perky print. It also has to travel well, and I’ve heard Orla makes a sturdy bag. How cute is this?

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!
Bottom line: Shop Twig! This lady has a great eye and a beautiful selection. Thank you Elizabeth for writing to me.

(images from twig)






Inspiration

Refinery29 Summer Playlist

August 9, 2007

Today the weather is beautiful, finally some sunshine! Here in the northeastern part of the U.S. summer has been rainy, grey, constant thunderstorms, not exactly beach weather. Friends in northern Europe tell me that they haven’t had much of a summer there either. That’s why my eyes grew wide when I opened the Refinery29 email this morning to find this very summery image, so laid back, gorgeous colors, to go along with a terrific summer playlist that they’ve pulled together right here.

Refinery29 Summer Playlist Illustration by April Lee

Music uplifts and inspires when the weather lets us down, so why not crank up your stereo and listen to some of your favorite songs today? Thanks Refinery29 for the terrific playlist.

(image from refinery29)






Objects

Brocade Home Fall 2007

August 9, 2007

I’m glad that Brocade Home recently launched a new collection called Petit Boudoir targeting all the little girls out there that want mommy to turn their bedroom into a plush pad fit for a princess. If I could turn back time and be 12 again, I’d be begging my mother to buy me some of this stuff, it’s simply adorable in every girly way possible. Of course, Brocade Home has their collection for the bigger girls too (the rest of us) and these are my fave four from their Fall line.

Brocade Home Fall 2007
Most of BH stuff is too large and ornate for my home (the architecture of my place would not welcome the baroque look at all), but I do adore their laser cut headboards because they look a little fantasy-like and remind me of Swedish designer Myrica Bergqvist. I also really like their ribbon duvet, it’s charming (I love texture), the bent wood chairs, and the laser cut felt rugs. Felt rugs are extremely nice to have around in the Autumn and Winter, I’m attracted to the cut out designs and the visible fibers, so tactile and dimensional, something about them look earthy but also very fashion forward.

I have to ask this, has anyone out there shopped Brocade Home yet? I keep wondering how they ‘re staying afloat because I don’t hear much web chatter about them. Maybe many of us prefer to see furniture in person first before we buy it? I didn’t shop Anthropologie, DWR, or West Elm online until I started visiting their stores. Now that I know their quality and the various labels they carry, I feel confident shopping from home without ever stepping foot in their stores again. But I did need to visit them in person first. I don’t care about small things, like what I find on Etsy or books and such, but when it comes to larger furniture (beds, sofas), I prefer seeing it first in person because I just don’t trust most of what’s out there today. If it’s an antique or a vintage piece and I know the name, I will buy it online (and have, like my bertoia chair that I’ve had for years and my Swedish sideboard)… Any thoughts on this that you care to share?

(images from brocade home)






Etsy Faves

Elly Nelly *New* Wall Decals

August 8, 2007

Elly Nelly is a mother and daughter team, Elaine & Nell Oliver, and they design wall graphics and sell them on Etsy. decor8 reader Alice wrote in to tell me how much she loves their designs, she found them over at Some Notes On Napkins. Check them out, they’re quite lovely!

Elly Nelly *New* Wall Decals
The interesting thing about this little design duo is that Elaine lives in Australia while Nell resides in New York, something I just love to see because it shows that running a business successfully isn’t always about location or sitting together in the same room. No matter how far we are from other creative types, the internet makes it so easy to collaborate on projects and do things that we love – like in the case, these ladies love to design and they are doing just that! I am fond of their wall stickers because I’m seeing a heavy ethnic influence and some organic shapes mixed in, which I love right now, and they are extremely affordable. Great for windows and mirrors, too!

Elly Nelly *New* Wall Decals
Way to go on your business and best of success to you both! And thank you Alice for the tip!

(images from elly nelly)






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