I’ve been a big fan of MrPS for awhile now but for some reason, forgot to share this store with you. So sorry! MrPS is Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt, illustrators based in England creating everything from collages to tea towels, offering them in their etsy store. I think their tea towels are fab, especially this one. When I see it, I think of that line in About a Boy from Lindsey’s Mom, “Duck? Are we having duck? Delicious?”. :)
I always preach that you can find inspiration anywhere, right? So I decided to take my camera to the local zoo (of all places) to study patterns and colors for inspiration and ideas. The India area of the Hannover Zoo was my favorite, the environment was quite transporting for a zoo with curry and incense in the air along with the laughter of children – it was fun to play pretend for a moment and imagine myself in Bombay.
The prints and patterns in the various buildings there sent my imagination into overdrive, it again reminded me of how badly I want to work with a client on a modern Indian design – pulling together a space around various tones of red (think pink and fuchsia), white, and pale turquoise with lots of gold accents and modern Indian patterns based on traditional motifs. Embroidery too, of course. But the look would be very clean, very exotic, and far from boring.
I also dream of hosting a summer party beneath a tent in my background, perhaps next summer. Wouldn’t it be fun to go a step further and jump into a commercial space with this idea, perhaps a store or day spa, maybe even a swanky lounge? Oh imagine that. Or a bedroom. Can’t you see it now? Here’s some examples with special thanks to House to Home.
(images from house to home)
Looking to be inspired today by some beautiful rooms? Visit House to Home for the ultimate room inspiration – what a terrific website this is from the UK. You have to visit! Best part, if you see something you like in these images, you can search the site for the photo and view some of the items used in the rooms – complete with links. It’s the best.
Or you can stick to a white or grey color scheme for equally beautiful spaces.
A living room that reminds me of a Coastal cottage space, a vintage bench reused as a coffee table is a smart choice because it doubles as seating, and the patina gives it warmth and a sense of history. The floral pillows on the sofa blend nicely with the flowers, apple, book imagery, and vases on the bench. Very simple accents, high impact.
Comfy sofas, pretty stools, pastel-y hued walls. So feminine and zen-like.
It looks like tweed, doesn’t it? And the wallpaper is so mesmerizing.
I could get used to this one next to a warm crackling fire in the winter.
And finally, this very folksy dining room with a green cabinet that you love the longer you look at it – it seems to have some history to it, maybe it once stood in a old drug store. I really like the curtains, painting, and the soft green hues – but I’d replace the chairs and chandelier immediately with something more modern with cleaner lines – everything is a bit too country for me.
(all images from house to home)
I can’t believe the many calendars that readers submitted to be included in the annual decor8 calendar round up (thank you!). I’m having a hard time deciding on just one, so I’ve decided to purchase 4 and place them in different areas of my home – the kitchen, over my desk, in my arts + crafts studio, and another to lean against the wall on the credenza in my living room (like the Rhythm calendar from Japan below).
If you wonder how I find all of these calendars, I can’t take full credit because at least 1/4 are submissions from readers. I hope that you enjoyed Part One, now it’s time for the second and final collection of calendars designed by mostly independent artists. I tried to include a variety of styles to appeal to all of you. :)
A collaboration between Eun-Ha Paek of Milky Elephant and Little Otsu,
the 2008 postcard calendar, $16.
Good on Paper’s Save the Date calendar, $20.
Satsuma Press calendar, only 73 in stock, $39.
Papered Together letterpressed desk calendar, $26.
Hand-glittered Seaside desk calendar by Seaside Designs, $30.
Flora and fauna illustrated calendar by the Paper Princess, $13.
Wolfie and the Sneak calendar, $25.
“Things to Make and Do”, $18.
And last but certainly not least, and I apologize that I don’t have a sneak peek for you, but the Port2Port Press calendar is another limited edition letterpressed calendar that is beautiful and sells out quickly each year. It goes on sale November 15th so watch the Port2Port website mid month.
Psst: Looking for planners? You have to check out Buy Olympia.
I can’t resist a good round up, so this year I’ve decided to pull together some of my favorite calendars for 2008 just like last year. I may have to add a part 2 to this in case a few slip my mind, so bear with me! Most of these calendars are available and ready to ship, others aren’t but the date in which they’ll be available is listed below. If you see something you like, because many are produced in limited quantities, don’t sleep on it because if you snooze you lose. Enjoy!
Adore the graphics, composition, and colors, really great work.
so watch for it on etsy!
two of her latest drawings. Only 16 left! $30.
fine papers and handpainted accents. $20.
in to share this one, $13.
…I’ll be back soon with Part Two of this round up!