Sorry for my long absence! I was in Mackinac Island for the weekend with my husband and his parents! Usually I am so good about blog posting, but I didn't have my computer on me so, unfortunately, it's been too long! Speaking of Mackinac Island, I found these awesome plates there that I was completely enthralled by. I know, what's so special about a paper plate? (drum roll...) Well, it's the fact that the plate above is not paper, but plastic!!! (pause for gasp) Yes indeedy. And these plates even have cute little ants stamped across them to take you to a picnic scene. They are made by one hundred and 80 degrees and I love them! This opens up the realm for so many new products! Glass solo cups? Cloth napkins that look like paper ones? White metal sporks that look like white plastic ones?! The possibilites are really endless on this one. It's classy picnic-ware for the home.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I love this night photo series by Harold Ross. It seems as if most photographers shy away from taking pictures at night because inadequate light sources can be difficult to work with. This series proves just how beautiful the result of taking risks can be. These pictures almost have a dream-like quality to them. The photos we do see taken at night are usually of cityscapes and lighted areas so this is especially bold to go out in nature and take these. It's amazing what beautiful colors a little photo editing can create as well.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Salvador Dali's surrealism comes to life in this awesome clock from Urban Outfitters. When I saw this, I thought it was FABULOUS. I love how it is hanging off the edge of the table, it is so unique and has so much personality. It almost makes me feel like I am in Dali's melting clocks picture. This opens up the realm for so many different types of art-based home decor. Blue guitars? Top hats and green apples?
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Love this cover art! I think the blocky colors and fluidity of the lines are fantastic. It is one of those ones that really stands out on the shelf when you are shopping for albums. I also really like the color scheme. It is soothing just like the image that is created. You can almost feel what the music might be like by looking at this. If you stare really carefully at the section where the waves meet the horses, there are some really neat shapes created that are unidentifiable, but really interesting. Overall, fantastic design piece.
Monday, May 23, 2011
These owl planters are just the cutest things I have ever seen! I found them on the Etsy shop twochicksandafancyowl. From a design standpoint, I love the white on green as well, they are very pleasing to the eye. It seems like owls are the "in" animal right now because I keep seeing them everywhere. I am always up for creative planters. I have even seen white ceramic ones shaped like heads where the plants grow out of the top to look like hair. It makes such a statement and is a great opportunity to do something different with your greenery.
Tim Burton is known for his movies, which are all fantastic and completely awe-inspiring to me (don't even get me started on Alice in Wonderland), but I especially appreciate his sketches of characters that never made it to the big screen. The one above is no exception. He is a creative genius. If I could get a hold of his sketchbook to look through, it would make my year. I love the different textures and detailing he uses. I also love the fact that you can just look at one of his sketches and know that he drew it. It's like he has created this magical world where all his sketches actually exist. You should check out his website as well. My favorite part might be the pre-loader numbers (which goes way too fast if you ask me). Here are a couple of them that I managed to screen shot below:
They are just fantastic! I would totally buy just these numbers to frame. The awesome thing is that each number is so different, but they all look as if they belong in the same sequence.
Ceramic Origami? That's the craziest thing I have ever heard, but it might also be the coolest. These fish are fabulous. I found them on westelm.com, one of my favorite stores. I really like the crackled white and teal color choices. These little fishies are such an unexpected piece and really have some personality. They are fun and sophisticated all at once. Now all we need are Origami folded ceramics....Yes, that last statement baffled me as well.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I have been experimenting lately with art collages. I just posted these pieces I did on my Etsy shop. I basically found some sweet paper at the store and glued it on brown textured paper, and sketched over it with pen and ink. It was definitely fun and different than anything I have done before. I had fun with the different patterns on the paper. There was a whole lot of glueing involved though and by the end, I found it pretty draining, especially after I did those waves in the picture below. Overall, I had fun though and plan to make more pieces like this
in the future.
I think these antler candlesticks are awesome. They are such a unique spin on the traditional candlestick. I love organic shapes like this sculpted in silver. The Michael Aram line has similar candlesticks that are molded into silver tree branches. A lot of his stuff has the silver organic shapes that I really like. We have one of his bark vases. I have also seen these candlesticks in white, which also looks pretty cool. It seems like antlers are the new big thing since I am seeing them everywhere and already inadvertently discussed them in my "fauxidermy" post.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Found some more wine bottles labels I love! Actually, I think I love them because I shouldn't even call them labels. I like how these designs break away from the traditional square label. The artwork uses the whole bottle to make something beautiful out of these abstract designs. I can't see the back of the bottles, but it looks like the designs go all the way around and I think that is great too. The backs of wine bottles are often neglected which is ridiculous because of the continuity of the wine bottle cylinder. They are so calming and whimsical. The design is very simplistic but there is also so much to look at. I think they just are brilliant!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I don't know about you, but when I think of awesome libraries, I think of the one the Beast gave Belle in Beauty and the Beast. I realize that is a fictional library, so I went on a hunt for a library to top that one (that actually exists, of course). I think i found it. Two, actually. The one above is the Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The one below is the Trinity College Library, AKA, The Long Room in Dublin, Ireland. Both are two of the most beautiful libraries I have ever seen. I'm starting to wonder why I didn't visit the library when I was in Dublin and why I haven't been to Brazil yet. These libraries are like something out of my imagination. You really need to google these libraries, though, because one single picture does not do them justice, if you could believe that.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Cool chandeliers like this blow my mind! I think it is so neat when people take small items like forks and spoons and turn them into a light fixture. And who could think of a more appropriate light fixture to go above the kitchen table?! It is so fitting. I love how the forks and spoons are arranged like crystals would be arranged on a traditional chandelier. I found this one on anthropologie.com. They have some other really neat ones on there as well!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Here I go with my rock obsession again! I know, it's a problem. I just can't handle the sparkles. I think this ring is absolutely gorgeous. It's called a druzy ring. I have never seen something like it before or even heard of the term druzy, but I guess a druzy is just a crystal rock formation. They have them in all different shapes and colors if you just google image it. For some reason, I really like this blue, though. I found it on the Etsy shop leslyquijas. I think the silver distressed band looks great with it too.
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this little guy at Home Depot a few months ago. I bought one of these, amongst a few other cactuses. I thought it was the coolest plant I had ever seen. It is literally called a Jelly Bean Plant (also known as a Burro's tail), and I think it might be my new favorite. Usually plants go running and screaming in the other direction from me because I will most likely kill them, unknowingly. I have not yet activated my green thumb gene that my mom seems to have. This little guy, though, has stayed alive all this time and is looking pretty healthy so I think it's a match made in heaven. Plants do not get any cooler than this. (Warning: Although it is called a Jelly Bean Plant, please do not eat, because it will certainly not taste like one:)
I just added some of my art pieces to Etsy! I'm kind of flying by the seat of my pants on figuring out the best way to market them, so we'll see how they do! Keep your fingers crossed! It is my first time using the site, but so far I love it! The Etsy blog is an excellent inspirational tool and I always find unique seller stories on there, so check it out! As you can tell, I love the items on Etsy since several of my posts have been about listed items!
Monday, May 16, 2011
I'm having trouble typing this one through the tears because I miss London so much. I was there three years ago (Wow that's a long time, I'm getting old!!) and haven't been back since. This poster by Jim Datz is stellar. It captures the essence of all the London neighborhoods and I just love the typography choices and how the signs are arranged on the signpost. Even the grey works perfectly because it is always gloomy there. I think this is another one for my apartment. My walls are going to be very cluttered if I keep this up!
Just saw this in my new issue of Real Simple Magazine. I think it is such a creative way to decorate a table or shelf. My eye is always drawn to groupings of different things in the same category, whether it is pottery, keys, bottles, globes, etc. This would be a fantastic idea for a study, it makes the room look like a place of learning and you get that cool Christopher Columbus explorer vibe.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
I kind of love this idea. It's an excellent way to add some freshness to a room without plants cluttering your space. Since glass shelves were used, it looks so light and airy. You totally get that greenhouse look without installing a huge glass building out back. Sometimes, it is hard to fit all your plants on the windowsill to get adequate sunlight so this even solves that problem. The benefits of this design are exponential. I found this idea on marthastewart.com. That Martha really knows
I took these door pictures in Prague and they are some of my favorites I have ever taken. The doors there are so neat, every single one looks different. I am going to get them framed and hang them in my apartment at some point! I don't know why, but I totally have a thing for cool looking doors. I don't know if it is the mystique of what is behind them or the wide variety of options for doors. I think that, in general, doors are so under appreciated. Most houses have such plain ones and it is such a missed opportunity to beautify your house. I went to an architectural salvage shop in Columbus, and those were by far the coolest I have seen since Prague.
I think the title sequence to this BBC special is phenomenal. It is called a History of Scotland. The typography and animation is just so neat at the beginning. It almost takes the way we think of history in our minds and puts it in visual form. It's hard to explain, so you probably just need to watch it and see the brilliance for yourself!
Some of the most beautifully designed pieces are often wedding invitations. There's nothing like the feeling of getting a gorgeous wedding invitation in the mail. If I could subscribe to a service that would send me one random, well-designed wedding invitation per week, I totally would (is that weird?). When done right, they can be absolutely gorgeous because there are so many different pages to work with. This is an example of a fantastic invitation. I love the blue pinstripes and the typography choices. Even, the envelope is great. I found them on Oh So Beautiful Paper. There are so many other awesome designs like this on the site. Each one is uniquely tailored to fit the couples' style and it explains the back story as to how the invitation came to be.
So pickled herring equals gross. Pickled herring with cool illustrated fish wearing colorful shirts equals AWESOME. I think these pickled herring containers are great. They are so charming and fun. I am noticing more and more in modern design that different products under the same brand name are being labeled primarily by numbers on the packaging instead of names, such as these different flavors of fish. These labels single-handedly save this unappealing product. Suddenly, pickled herring are too cool for school.
Thursday, May 12, 2011
I had a polaroid camera when I was younger that I absolutely loved, but I was too young to appreciate the picture quality. I think polaroids are spectacular. I really admire the photograph above by Susannah Conway and I think it demonstrates everything I love about polaroids. The colors are really beautiful and I love how timeless they look. The noise and texture (once seen as poor camera quality) only add to the piece, making it more fantastic.
How beautiful are these book spines?! I found them in a flickr photo series of antique books. I wish books still looked like this today. I think we've lost the beauty of books in flashy titles and eye catchy designs. Books are no longer something we want to pass down to future generations. They are devalued by the quality of the design. I just love the worn texture of the books and the beautiful etchings on the sides.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
As a child I was an avid rock collector (no joke, I actually have a rock collection), so naturally I would be totally obsessed with all pretty rocks. Geode necklaces, however, have caught my special attention. I think they are so beautiful and I love every rock's uniqueness. You will find the rocks in all colors, shapes and sizes. I particularly love the ones that have a silver finish around the edge and a silver chain. I also like the stones that are hollowed out with crystals in the middle, such as the one above. You can find them all over Etsy. This particular image was taken from the solisjewelry shop on Etsy, but there are dozens of great sellers. I have seen geode rings as well that are really fantastic.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Silhouettes seem to be the latest greatest craze in interior design, while also being a nice nod to past centuries. They have a very classic look to them. It is such an easy project to create silhouettes of you and your family and frame them in vintage frames. The great thing is that they are so personalized and create an interesting focal point to any room. I heartily give this trend my stamp of approval!
Picture was found on countryliving.com
Monday, May 9, 2011
I'm totally digging the artwork on this poster. I love the ironic contrast between the wild west Sheriff man and the Scuba Diver. The intricate design around "the sleepers" is one of my favorite parts of the poster. Even the color scheme is fantastic. It's just plain odd in the best way possible. I want a copy to hang in my apartment.
I love the work from this artist! Her etsy shop is called obsolete world. This piece is titled "Norman Told Bob There Wasn't Going to Be Another Tomorrow." I don't know what exactly it is about this piece, but I love it. It makes me smile and frown at the same time. All her pieces have so much emotion and it is almost as if she has created her own fantasy world through her art. She even gives a beautiful poetic description of this world on her etsy page. Check it out! http://www.etsy.com/people/obsoleteworld?ref=ls_profile
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Hammocks are one of my favorite things in the whole world, but most aren't that visually appealing. This hammock is a beautiful spin on its traditional counterpart. I just want to jump into the picture and lay on it! Suddenly, hammocks are not only something to sit on, but an accessory to beautify your backyard. The possibilities are endless! This particular one can be found at anthropologie.com.
Friday, May 6, 2011
I think it's safe to say that most people buy wine based on the label, unless they receive a recommendation from someone. It that case, that person would have bought the wine based on the label. It's a vicious cycle where wines that do not have good label design don't stand a chance. That's why it's so disappointing to see dozens of wine bottles on the shelf with uninteresting labels. I don't know about you, but I love love LOVE these wine labels! They just look like a party. The design is FANTASTIC and slightly hypnotizing. I don't know what this wine tastes like, but I want some.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
This is one of my favorite title sequences from any movie. It is from Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events. We studied it in my after effects class and I am completely inspired. The creativity and time it took to make this is unimaginable. I wish all title sequences were this good. It almost upstages the movie it is so amazing.
One of my favorite forms of artwork is album covers. I could look at them all day long. For every great album cover, there are ten bad ones. The great ones say so much about the bands music and make you want to listen to their album even if you have never heard of them before. This one is one of my favorite covers. I think it is so beautiful. I love everything about it, the texture, color scheme and typography. I had never listened to this band until I saw their album cover, and they are actually pretty good!
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
There's taxidermy, defined as beady moose eyes peering down at you from the fireplace while you watch TV, and then there's fauxidermy. Fauxidermy is basically a classy, less creepy version of that and I am totally feeling it. I love a good plaster gazelle smiling down at you from a bold backsplash of color. It is fun, modern and a great way to give your space some personality by shocking your guests (in a good way of course). You can find the ones pictured above at zgallerie.com, one of my favorite home decor sites.
I love creative DVD packaging design. This is for the series Six Feet Under. I have never actually seen the show, but I am now extremely tempted to watch it! It is really great shelf advertising for the show and provides a nice teaser. The Mad Men DVD sets, one of my personal favorites, also has fantastic packaging design.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
I don't know about anyone else, but I feel like I see these two plants everywhere! Television, stores, magazines, you name it. They are like the Charlie Sheen of plants. I had no idea that plants could be so trendy. The crazy thing is that I get it. There is something about these plants that is just visually pleasing.
The fantastic thing about Tillandsia, also known as "air plants", is that they can be placed anywhere. Stores have the neatest vessels for these guys (the ones in the picture are from West Elm). Another bonus is that there are so many different species, but they all look as if they belong in the same family. They have a light airy feel about them since they are not weighed down by soil.
These plants, also know as Craspedia or "billy balls" are appealing because they are so minimalistic. They compliment a room without stealing the spotlight. If these plants were a font, they'd be a sans serif. I am totally on board with both of these trendsetters and plan to get some of my own in the near future.