Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Swallowfield *New* Prints

August 6, 2007

Beautiful prints from Swallowfield today (thanks for the update, Jen!) that reflect her life on the Maine coast so well, don’t you think? I love the first one shown of the mussels sold in a limited edition of only 20 (10 left!) for $18, so hurry if you like it. I never tire of blue tones and illustrated works of things found at sea, so this print is one that I really like. I also like the background of swirls and objects that almost look like tiny shells…

Swallowfield *New* PrintsSwallowfield *New* Prints

(images from swallowfield)






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Craving Yellow & Blue: Wish List

August 6, 2007

It’s always fun to pull together a little wish list and today, I thought I’d show you a mini glimpse of mine and some of the things that I’m into lately. Good news: Some of these finds are under $50 so I’ll include the price for those in case you are trying to find a gift for a friend. Top on my gift list right now is this yellow Kate Spade clock.

Craving Yellow & Blue: Wish List
Kate Spade Perry Street clock $40 in yellow (can their be a cuter bedside companion?), Kate Spade striped notepad for $12 – every page is striped to match the cover. Preppy meets Fruit Stripe gum! Pillows in blue from Orla Kiely, Paris knobs in blue from Anthropologie $8 and the Coqo floral rug 5×7 in yellow, Jonathan Adler stuff: Big Sur turquoise pillow and the giraffe lamp (I gave one to a friend but I still want one for myself. This craving has been since March ’06 so I think I may just break down and go for it.) I wish we had a good store in Boston that carried lots of Adler stuff). Vidalia vase from Anthropologie $38 and Mina placemats/tablecloth in ochre. I also really like the PB Teen task light (in white or navy for me).

What items have you been craving lately? Care to share?






Fashion + Accessories, Inspiration

Casch + Zara Home

August 4, 2007

I have to share Casch of Denmark with you today. I felt excited when I unwrapped my new Fall coat from Anthropologie today and find that it was designed by Casch. Here are some images from their collections, imagine turning these outfits into rooms?

Casch + Zara Home
I can see it now. A living room with a chair upholstered in cream with a golden ring pattern (like the jacket shown above), and lots of texture and details everywhere, like embroidered and beaded art in wooden frames and a capiz shell chandelier (or this citron light). Pale blue glass jars filled with shells and pebbles, a cable knit throw, linen curtains… Wait. I just thought of a post from April showing rooms from Zara Home. Remember? A look that is not too far off from what I imagine… Here are the rooms.

Casch + Zara HomeCasch + Zara HomeCasch + Zara Home
(images from casch + zara)






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Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries

August 3, 2007

I’m not exactly sure what causes these sudden cravings, like I was big into globes last week (my eBay globe arrived and I love it), and now I’m back into typewriters, a recurring love of mine as I have visions of them in vintage pale pink or turquoise from the 50s, perhaps with that retro Smith-Corona font on the front. Actually, I can trace this typewriter desire. It’s this photo that did me in. I saw it over 3 years ago (I think ’05 maybe) in Country Living magazine and never forgot it. It was from an article about a New York farmhouse owned by Peter and India Baird that I fell in love with.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
The typewriters below are from eBay, I was watching them but silly me, I forgot that watch means I need to frequently check back (and I didn’t) so I lost out. I only need one. So I am back to searching for the perfect Smith-Corona. Or any brand really, as long as it is in some delicious pale pink or blue color, works, and has pretty font somewhere on it.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
Here are some more shots of that farmhouse. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Imagine having a second home like this… And I adore that little vintage classroom desk in their kitchen. This is how I imagine my life someday when we have children. A place for my little one to color while I cook dinner. I recently found two of them at a local flea market for free – no one wanted them – but I passed them by because I was in a rush to get somewhere. Now I wish I had taken the time to stop.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living GalleriesVintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
More homes and tours can be found on the newly updated Country Living website, they have some gorgeous galleries and lots of modern country looks that are very nice to look at. Photos taken by the amazing Michael Luppino (check out his interiors porfolio, the man is unstoppable).

(images from ebay and michael luppino for country living)






Etsy Faves, Stationery

Simply Photo

August 3, 2007

Simply Photo sent over her new postcards the other day, they are so pretty and I like the simplicity, I think we’re all charmed by simple things because life can be pretty complicated and our homes can become quite cluttered as a result. At times, we find ourselves craving a simple way of life. Simply Photo offers us a glimpse into what that life might look like, if only we could attain it… :) As always, beautiful work Jen!

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(images from simply photo)






Color Inspiration

Color Conversation: Podcast

August 3, 2007

Here is a link to the podcast that I told you about yesterday, the topic is color, and I interview Rachel from Hue Consulting during the first half and the second half, I chat with Marisa from Creative Thursday. All three of us really hope you enjoy it!

Color Conversation: Podcast
Tip: The podcast is 55 minutes long, so you may want to download it and listen to it in two parts. If I host a podcast in the future, I know to keep it to around 20 minutes next time, but if you love color and would like to learn more about it from the perspective of a professional color consultant (Rachel) and a full-time painter (Marisa), I truly think it’s worth your time to listen in. I played it while organizing my office this morning and really enjoyed what both ladies had to say. :)

To read previous posts on decor8 by Rachel on color, click here. She covered all of the primary and secondary colors so well. I should have her back to talk to us about white and maybe black now. Hmm…

Here’s a link over to the podcast.

(The above photo is part of a creative exercise I started yesterday, which was inspired by my conversation with Rachel and Marisa. I decided to photograph a mini view of a room I imagine, laying only very few items on a white surface and photographing them, almost in color tray style. For this one, I imagined a nursery since our closest friends in Germany are having a baby. Maybe you would like to try this creative exercise as well, taking a picture of a few things that you imagine in a particular room? If you do, let me know and I’ll start a little flickr group or something where we can deposit them. Just for fun.)

(image from holly becker)






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