Thank you so much for having me as a guest contributor today on your fabulous newly designed decor8, Holly! Hello everyone, this is Irene — some of you may know me from my blog Bloesem or B:Kids, two blogs that are about expressing my ideas about design and giving exposure to many creative talents in our world while looking at beautiful images that inspire much day dreaming!
Just a few inspirational images from the portfolio of Stylist Irina Graewe above. Don’t these pillows make the space so much nicer? I think they also provide a nice base as this post is about some of my favorite pillows and now you can also see how I enjoy seeing them displayed in the home.
Those who know me well understand that pillows and I go very well together… I guess it has something to do with my love for beautiful fabrics. When I see a nice fabric I think that it would make an awesome pillow, so in our house there are many different styles and types — mostly made by me, but the ones I’m mentioning today could easily fit in our collection as well.
The first ones that I would like to show you express my love for vintage and linen. Mel Bomba from Sydney is a graphic designer by trade but in her etsy shop, MelVilleMade, you can find these awesome pillows that will fit in any interior. Mel and I both prefer books with pictures over those with only words and we share a love for the color green. An instant connection!
These lovely cushions have a very fresh and retro feel and are made by the Toronto based company, Tonic Living. They are a small, family-owned operation selling a large pillow collection online. I?m thinking of ordering these for our balcony, which I?m currently redecorating with only white and wood furniture and bright accessories. These will bring such an extra summer feel. For inside our apartment these ?grass? pillows would be great, like I said before green is my favorite color, together with my grays and linen I think it would look very nice and chic. The people behind Tonic Living strongly believe in Karma, positive energy, quality and their slogan is, ?We hope that the cushions bring new life and energy to your living space which makes us an overall “Tonic” for your life!?
These are not your average pillows, but very funky ones with some great illustrations on them made by the creative duo Leal&Mabe, two people who feel strongly about bringing good design and respectful manufacturing practices to market. I discovered them at the fabulous online shop Supermarket.
At Volga Linen you can find the basics that are so important for decorating a house, beautiful colors combined with linen textiles make the perfect pillows. Volga Linen is a family-run British company with strong ties to Russia, where they obtain these exquisite linens.
And last but certainly not least are these lovely appliqued handmade pillows by Dawanda seller, Brokesy who has a collection featuring all things about air travel. As well as making pillows, this Canadian lady works as a costume designer, stylist and a wardrobe girl (not sure what that is) in L.A, California.
So that?s it for today, I hope you like my selection of pillows and I wish Holly a wonderful stay in Germany in her new place!
(photos linked to sources above, text by Irene Hoofs of Bloesem.)
This is Marisa from Creative Thursday and I’m an artist, blogger, and author from LA visiting you today while Holly is away. If you already know me in this internet blogging, podcasting land, then it will come as no surprise that my article today is for the creative dreamers, a subject I am endlessly passionate about.
So you have dreams that you want to see come true? Go for them.
Honestly I don?t think that any one of us can be reminded of that sentiment enough.
If you are a regular reader of Holly?s beautiful blog, then I?m sure you are one of the dreamers, and maybe one of your dreams includes working creatively for yourself? There are always insightful and inspiring discussions going on here in support of the creative dreamers. I was one. In fact I still am. And it?s important to note that I write this as a believer in the idea that you can have what you want in your life. My dream of being creatively self-employed came true. And my intention with this post is to share some thoughts on what has worked for me in allowing that dream to become a reality. It?s about letting go, something I am still learning to practice daily both personally and in my business.
Reaching for something greater than where you presently stand is life giving. Exciting and a little bit scary, it makes you feel ALIVE. Well let me re-phrase that; if you feel hopeful that your dream will happen it is life giving, but if you are afraid it might not, it can be a very unpleasant experience. Believe me, I know all to well that there are days when because it hasn?t happened yet, it can feel more than frustrating, often even devastating. Part of the delicate dance we learn in our life is how to find happiness in the times between the dream and the realization of that dream, a place I will call the space between. Because what you come to realize is that this is where you actually live, every day, in the space between.
Once you come to accept and even embrace the space between one dream and the next, the process of letting go becomes easier. So you might be wondering, why exactly do I want to ?let go? of something? Because when you let go, your dream has a chance to become real. I?m not sure how this happens exactly, but as much as I don?t want to believe it, every time I let go, something that I?ve been wanting comes in, even if it?s simply an answer about what to do next.
Chances are if you?re not letting go, then you are probably afraid, holding on desperately to the idea of what you want. And by doing this your life begins to stagnate, you become tired, you may blame those around you for things not happening faster, you begin to lose hope, you become frustrated. You make important decisions out of a fearful place instead of a hopeful place. Simply put if you?re not letting go on some level, then you are not trusting. And if you?re like me, you may even be trying to control EVERY aspect of your life. Not only that, but your present days become clouded with disappointment of what has not happened for you yet, instead of filled with appreciation for all you do have. And in a separate topic altogether, being in a state of appreciation is a blissful place to be and a sure sign that you?ve let go for a moment.
Not only does ?letting go? allow room for the new dreams to manifest, but it creates this space for you to notice and be grateful for your life just as it is.
And when you appreciate your life just as it is, more space is created for happiness to come in. I think it?s fair to say that most of us are in pursuit of our dreams because we think that by having them, we will be happier. True?! So why not be excited about your next dream and feel happy now. It is also important to note that I?m not referring to ?letting go? of the excitement that your dreams bring you, or letting go of the hope that they will come to fruition. I?m referring to knowing when to release the grip a little, knowing when to step back but doing so in a state of peaceful trust.
Usually there are two ways people let go. One is to give up. Right, you?ve heard that before? The familiar story is ?someone gave up on their dream and then boom! their dream came true”. The second is to trust that it will all work out.
I find it very sad to ?give up?. While I have unknowingly taken this approach, I find it incredibly disheartening to just throw in the towel. So recently I?ve tried a new approach, and that is to turn feelings of desperation and fear as to whether ?it? will happen, into feelings of hopeful expectation that ?it? will happen. This slight shift brings about a sense of knowing and calm that I can only hope to experience more often.
When I do glimpse it, this sense of calm allows me to move more graciously in life, to operate from a clear state of mind. Let?s face it. As much as we try to plan out our lives, LIFE still has a life of its own. And even though uncertainty, also known as the space between, can feel a little intimidating, there is still an excitement to not knowing how it will all turn out. What I am coming to know is that when you give into the unknown of it all, when you trust and ?let go?, whatever that means to you, life will flow in the direction it is meant to, and I believe, with your best interest at heart.
Dancing this delicate dance is constant, knowing when to take action and when to step back. When I achieved what felt like my very ?BIG? dream of being creatively self-employed, ~ somewhere just before it took hold, there was a moment where I let go, not so much in the trusting way, but in the giving up way. I literally felt like I had tried everything and I was all tapped out of ideas of what to do next. In my mind I had given it my best shot, and that?s all I knew how to do. Within weeks of this awareness, my business changed forever and has been going strong ever since. I experienced firsthand what happens when I let loose of my grip on my dreams. New doors opened and new inspiration appeared, a momentum took hold and it hasn?t slowed down. Now I have so many ideas at any given moment, that it?s all I can do to stay focused on one at a time.
Now that I?m fully living this dream that felt like years in the making, I am still reminded every day I run my business, of moments where I need to let go. There are always those times where you gear up and put action and effort into the direction you are wanting to go, and the trick is recognizing the subtle difference between those times and the times when you need to let go and trust that you?ll know the next step. These are also the moments when you become a hopeful, appreciative observer of the magic of your life, especially in the space between.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I have to say here and hopefully start a discussion so please join in with your thoughts.
Thank you for having me today decor8 readers!
(image and text by marisa haedike of creative thursday.)