Monday, January 10, 2011
I love knots, and this lovely knot above (photo via JJJJound) might as well be a work of art. This would be a simple thing to recreate as trivets, coasters or wall art! I can picture a wall covered in different types of flat knots.. hmm.. maybe a fun project to finish before spring? If you’re feeling inclined, Design*Sponge has a great tutorial on imitating this “carrick bend” style beauty.
For those of you that are particularly inspired, here are a few other ways to work in the classic rope and knot motif into your decor:
Clockwise from top-left:
Black and gold knot mirror featured on Horchow ($460)
Sailor’s knot throw pillow by Atlantic Linens ($35)
Knotted plant hanger from Imperishible Things on Etsy ($38)
Hand-blown glass rope knot on Nautical Luxuries ($525)
Hand crocheted glass bottles from Lock and Spoon
Colossal chunky knit throw from Anthropologie
Lautrec silver double-rope frame by Ralph Lauren Home at Saks ($125)
Colorful rope balls from Crate and Barrel ($19.80)
White trivet set by John Derian
Recycled climbing rope mat tutorial by Gjetost
214k bentwood chair with knotted leg by Thonet
Friday, January 7, 2011
These shots from Fleur Wood’s impeccably styled entertaining book, Food, Fashion, Friends, are without a doubt breathtaking and unique. I love love love the brightly colored clusters of balloons and the way they draw the eye up to the very top of this impressively sized old tree. Balloons are a commonplace decoration, but the styling in these photos makes me see balloons in a whole new light!
When I came across these above pics on Oh Joy!, I got curious about other fun balloon ideas that wouldn’t necessarily require a cherry picker (or a tree climbing specialist) to pull off. Any other ideas? Do share!
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I first stumbled upon this image from Peter Freitag’s “Private Stages” on Today and Tomorrow, and felt an instant attraction. A bit of reading revealed this work as one of many collages that was conceived with some creative editing of amateur nude photos found on the Internet. Say what? I know, crazy, but each of the lovely pieces in this series was painstakingly crafted by layering hole-punched dots from several copies of the printed photo until the provocative content was obscured. As a girl who has spent many an hour cloning, patching and healing in Photoshop, I find his handiwork especially impressive. Check out the full series on Peter Freitag’s portfolio site for so many more beautifully transformed photos.
Besides the fact that this work is absolutely stunning, the colors and the playful layering of dots in this particular collage got me dreaming of other things.. fantastically feminine pieces inspired by the white and pink hues and the pattern of the circles, reminiscent of cascading bubbles from a freshly opened bottle of champagne. My mind has been known to wander..
Clockwise from top-left:
Cream pom pom scarf found in melelim’s Etsy shop ($10)
Hand-crafted rings bracelet from bluehourdesigns on Etsy ($60)
T-Los Angeles circle tee in off-white on Boutique To You ($110)
ASOS DARE studded hightop sneakers ($55)
Circle jelly flats from Marc by Marc Jacobs
Mesh teardrop crop top from Topshop ($40)
Champagne bubbles ring by Kate Spade ($55)
Marc Jacobs polka dot mini-skirt in rose and cream on MyTheresa.com ($660)
Scalloped shift dress by Robert Rodriguez on Shopbop ($594)
Sequined fold-over clutch from BCBGMAXAZRIA ($43)
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Okay, okay. It’s been a while yet again, I know. But what better time to reform than at the start of a new year? I’m feeling re-inspired and thought it would be fun to jump back in with a little tribute to EL wire..
Electroluminescent wire (EL wire) is a pretty fantastic material.. it’s cool to the touch, thin, flexible, lightweight and easy to adhere to most surfaces. EL wire comes in a nice range of neon colors, and can be used in conjunction with programmable sequencers that allow the designer to control both brightness and movement of the light (check out Diana Eng’s 2010 Fairytale Fashion project that incorporated this technology, and her geek-chic tutorial on how to re-create the looks on Make).
I’ve been dying for an excuse to give it a try, and a New Year’s Eve dance party turned out to be the perfect trial run. It took a bit of playing around at first, but I was able to transform my studio apartment into a glowing dream come true in just a few short hours. In retrospect, I should have captured some video of the lights in motion. The pink wires were set to blink steadily while the blue and green were connected to a sound-activated driver that moved along to the music (thanks youtube, for the example!). Here are a few photos of the ridiculousness..
So fun, and now I have them around for future projects! Maybe some killer Halloween costumes? Only time will tell. Happy New Year to all! Here’s to a fabulous, creative, productive and joyous 2011. Cheers!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Lovin’ these photos from behind the scenes at a recent Kate Spade Home photo shoot. While credit is likely due to a Hipstamatic iPhone app, the colors and the retro vibe of these shots are what really draws me in. Admittedly, I don’t often (or ever) wear my heels to a picnic, but this shoot makes me want to get all dolled up for a summer afternoon in the park with my favorite ladies. The yummy recipes below seem perfect for a menu of light, refreshing fare that won’t suffer in the sun.
Clockwise from top left:
Rhubarb Strawberry Lemonade from Green Kitchen
Orange, Beet and Fennel Salad recipe by Vegalicious
Farmer’s Market Crudité photo from CookThink
Lemony Parsley Hummus by Dinner with Julie
Watermelon, Mint and Feta Salad from ayngelina on Flickr
Homemade Pop Tarts with recipes for cinnamon, jam or Nutella fillings from Smitten Kitchen
Fresh Edamame photo from World Community Cookbook
Spicy Chickpea Sandwiches from Sunset on My Recipes
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
This photo posted by Miss Heather of New York Shitty has been stuck in my brain since she shared it last month. This gem was spotted on the corner of Noble St. and West St. in Greenpoint, and is apparently the remnants of a recent photo shoot at this location. While one half of my brain is preoccupied with making plans to conduct my own shoot there before it disappears, the other half is spinning excitedly with ideas inspired by this gorgeous muted palette and super simple geometric pattern!
Clockwise from top left:
Pantone color chips for custom Pantone interiors paint (starting at $40/Liter)
Pipa table lamp in pierced resin and hardwood by Oly Studio (price upon request)
TwistTogether interactive block lamp from Glide Inc ($109)
Mosaic tile patterns from the Dwell collection at Heath Ceramics ($24-$48/sq ft)
Customized 4 x 6 rug from Jonathan Adler’s Design Your Own shop ($720)
Lamp table from Johnny Egg’s Daphne collection (price upon request)
Summer bud vase set in yellow, opaque white and aqua from Heath Ceramics ($100)
Danish modern love seat in chartreuse at Urban Outfitters ($398)
Smoky gray carafe and tumbler set from Haus Interior ($100)
Imperial trellis pillow cover in two-toned grey by Nena Von on Etsy ($35)