Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.
I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.
Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.
(images from matthew mead)
I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.
The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.
Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.
(image by holly becker for decor8)
I’m doing a lot of research around ethnic prints and patterns right now, so decor8 will reflect a lot of that this week. I love the work of Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia of Ankasa and just found out via blink decor that they’re soon to open their own store in NYC.
I like their modern take on traditional patterns, especially all of the embroidered work, and the strong colors against crisp white. Makes me appreciate why so many love to keep the foundation pieces in their space neutral, a great canvas for layering in colors and patterns, swapping them with each season, or as your design mood changes. For me, that’s monthly. :)
(images from ankasa)
Melba wrote to me about a craft fair that she is hosting on Cape Cod in October, The Creative Bazaar. She’s looking for vendors, so if you’re interested, applications are now being accepted through July 15th. The fair takes place on October 13th in Hyannis, further details can be found right here. Get involved!
This is Melba with her paintings, available on etsy.
(images from the creative bazaar)
Lena got me thinking about linen today, and then I came across these linen covered organizers with deep pockets from Shim and Sons.
I think these would look so pretty on the wall in a work space to showcase all the things that inspire you at the moment. I love the simplicity here. Lena is so right, things really do look lovely against linen. Have you ever tried selecting a surface and with your camera, styling objects against it to see what you can come up with like Lena did? Mini studies like this can be a lot of fun, why not try it sometime?
(images from shim + sons)
With so many gorgeous ethnic fabrics out there, why limit yourself to bedding and curtains when you can bring color and beauty to your walls with works from Hadley Hutton?
Her prints and paintings are a gorgeous complement to the dreamy textiles we are all so crazy about now, Robshaw, Cassill, Ireland, Guild… And after visiting Layla over the weekend, then spotting Hadley Hutton’s work on the etsy homepage last night, I can’t help but think how beautiful the two would be merged together. Hadley’s art would complement a space filled with ethnic prints in apple green, hot pink, lemon yellow, turquoise… Maybe a charcoal or white sofa with pillows from Designer’s Guild (US) and a few Hadley paintings nearby?
A gorgeous room from Domino magazine, the perfect space for a Hadley print, don’t you think?
I love seeing all these pretty things living together, great energy and nearly impossible to feel sad in a home decorated in such happy hues!
Happy Monday everyone!
(images from hadley hutton and pillows from designer’s guild)