A while back I found a great post by Miss Moss about Siobhan Frost’s Slanted Mansion, a site dedicated to photographing the natural, un-styled spaces of creative people all over the world.
This morning, over a delicious cup of coffee, I’ve finally been able to take the time bask in these wonderful creative spaces. I love getting a little glimpse into people’s lives and processes, and I’m pretty much obsessed with the work spaces of creative types. This obsession likely stems from the fact that Sean and I are trapped in a tiny one bedroom apartment while starting up our business. It’s very crowded in here — I swoon at the thought spreading out in a workspace of our very own.
My favorite space featured is from the wooden toy makers and artists, Gonzalo Arbutti and Matias Resich. Their set up is ideal for me…lots of airy covered outdoor space, great storage, and beautiful blues and greens. Also, there is a kitty cat. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Now I want more. Let’s hope Siobhan Frost is busy out there taking more photos of wonderful spaces.
There have been many many times when I’ve whined about how little natural light we have in our apartment. I miss waking up to sunshine pouring through the windows.
But then there are days like today when I finish a muggy run and am completely drenched in sweat. I walk into our apartment, and a wave of cool air washes over me. Yeah…never mind. I can deal with this.
For now, I think I’ll just admire other spaces with a whole lot of natural light instead.
via Emmas DesignBlogg
I am pretty much obsessed with Charley Harper’s illustrations.
His style is…just perfect. It’s described as “minimal realism.” To me, it’s playful and fun and beautiful and it simply makes me happy. It doesn’t hurt that he’s done a lot of prints featuring robins, which were a childhood favorite of mine.
His prints bring me back to trips to the library as a little girl with my mom. Actually, birds in general make me think of my mom and her father, so there is a lot of added sentimental value. He also spent a lot of time in the Midwest. So, you know…we have that in common.
I had trouble narrowing down which prints to feature because I love so many of them. I think his work from the 50′s might be my favorite, but there is good stuff from beginning to end. If you like the few I chose, you should check out the full shop at Charley Harper Prints. Also, you better believe I’m going to check out Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life from the library.
Vigilant Vireo, Lithograph
Black and White Warbler
Blue Jay Breakfast, Notecard
I have a serious and lifelong addiction to magazines. I check my mailbox everyday, excited that perhaps one will be waiting for me. I subscribe to so many magazines that often there is. This love for print magazines has bled into an enthusiasm for online magazines. I love the layouts and the visual act of turning the page, even if it’s not physical. So, it surprised me today when I learned of Styled Magazine. I mean, how did I not know???
If you are in the mood for a visual treat: bright colors, great photographs, sweet (and simple) DIYs, you really have to take a look at this month’s issue. It’s free! Just click here.
via say yes to hoboken
You may recall my love affair with vintage hankies. I don’t think I will be hanging my collection on the wall just yet, but this is a cute way to display them in all of their lovely glory.
house and home via say yes to hoboken
I pretty recently discovered the children’s shop The Land of Nod and was surprised to discover that I want A LOT of what they have. It’s fairly reasonably priced, too. Actually, both Sean and I had a lot of fun shopping the site together. Sean is fairly passionate about things designed for children. He feels that “children’s design is some of the best because it reaches for the archetype; it is simple and it doesn’t get bogged down in the mess of stuff.” I think it also simply appeals to both of our senses of color and fun.
For a little visual exercise, and some photoshop practice, I’m going to pull together some of The Land of Nod’s decor that sort of fits what I am going to call Anthro/Mod/Retro/Boutique Chic. Mostly, it’s just girly to the max. Enjoy!
zig zag baskets, set of 3 – $49 / bird’s eye wall hook – $29 / teal gumball lamp – $89 / aqua magic carpet – $99+ / pink in the mix curtain – $29+ / white ahoy there mirrors, set of 3 – $69 / pink mushroom lamp – $49 / yellow raised floral rug – $249+ / full azure jenny lind bed – $649
Our dining room has sort of turned into “The Family Room” because, in it, we have Tim’s grandmother’s dining room table & chairs and the desk that once belonged to my Nana. These are the kinds of things I have a hard time giving up. I also have a tough time seeing something as ugly when it once belonged to a dear loved one that I never had the proper chance to get to know. Quite frankly, I find that my Nana’s desk is now a part of who I am because I’ve had it ever since she died in 1991.
Sometimes I look around my apartment and want to redo the entire thing. I think, “If I had the money, what would this room look like?” As much as I would like to have a ridiculous desk with a million slots to put my things in (I tried counting to figure out the exact amount, but I got totally cross eyed), I still have to admit that I wouldn’t want to give up my Nana’s desk. Every item I own has a lovely memory attached to it, and that, my friends, is priceless.
Do you have anything that you refuse to give up?
My adorable Nana