Creative Envy


WALLPAPER.
Thursday, August 28, 2008, 8:59 pm
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One of my favorite sources for desktop wallpaper is Veer. Their stuff is kinda designer targeted, but it’s always innovative and lovely. Here are some of my favorites:

Confidence

Confidence

Free Dive

Free Dive

Heart Quote

Heart Quote

NY Postcard

NY Postcard

Rococo

Rococo

Type City Skyline

Type City Skyline

Studio Sweet Studio

Studio Sweet Studio

Toy Land

Toy Land

Validation

Validation

Wardrobe

Wardrobe

Wedgie

Wedgie

Wish List

Wish List

They have also updated their sizes with an iPhone version for each design which I would use if my current wallpaper wasn’t so damn adorable:

Beck

Beck



IF I LIVED IN L.A., THIS PLACE WOULD BE THE END OF ME. AND MY WALLET.
Monday, August 25, 2008, 8:06 pm
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How cool is this? Fresh Pressed is a walk-in screenprint shop in Los Feliz, CA. I’m so jealous of local residents…I am gonna have to start a petition to have one of these started in the Short North here in C-bus. I think it would thrive in that kind of neighborhood.

Fresh Pressed screen print shop | Los Feliz, CA

Fresh Pressed DIY screenprint shop | Los Feliz, CA

First of its kind, FreshPressed™ allows users of all ages and all skill levels to make truly unique, one-of-a-kind screenprinted wearables, gifts and goods for themselves, loved ones, clients and customers. Gone are the days of limited typefaces that were prechosen for you. No longer must you resort to using iron-on transfers to produce that gift for a friend. No more creating online and waiting eagerly for your item to show up (or not) via mail. No longer must you order more items than you need to fulfill the minimum requirements of your local printer.

I love the vintage laundromat feel it has, with old washing machines serving as surfaces for the screenprinting process. Here is owner Jonathan Sample giving a video tour of the shop:

I think my friend Jeff, who recently moved out to Burbank, needs to whip up some custom tees STAT.

Photo courtesy of ReadyMade magazine.
Video courtesy of LoftLivingLA.



CUCKOO ROUND-UP.
Sunday, August 24, 2008, 12:19 am
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I love to see all the modern spins on cuckoo clocks that have become quite popular in recent years. I’m still on the hunt for one that fulfills three qualifications: 1) i love it, 2) it has a real, functioning cuckoo bird, and 3) i can afford it.

All the ones that I would love to call my own are way out of my price range (see below). I did settle for Walmart’s imitation cuckoo made of plexi (#8 in the round-up) but it broke when I was trying to dust. It dropped to the floor and shattered….but it was also only $14 and did not have an operational cuckoo bird. My favorite to date is #1 from Anthropologie. They don’t carry it anymore but even if they did, it would be a pipe dream….ho hum.

modern cuckoos

modern cuckoos

1. Orangita cuckoo clock by Anthropologie from 2007 | Price: $598
2. Gökur Half Time from DesignTorget in Stockholm | Price: 1950 – I assume that’s Euros?
3. Pink Cuckoo Clock by Wake Up Frankie | Price: $13.50
4. Wall hanging cuckoo clock by Decoylab | Price: $28
5. Cuckoo Clock by Tobias Reischle at the MoMA Store | Price: $450
6. Cosine modern cuckoo (sorry, no info)
7. Birdhouse cuckoo clock by SnowHome | Price: $115
8.  Faux cuckoo by Walmart | Price: $14.88
9. The Silos by G. Lacchetti (sorry, no info)
10. Cuckoo Forest Clock by Pascal Tarabay | Price: $399
11. Mod Cuckoo clock by Chia’sso | Price: $88



HANDY ADVERTISING.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008, 9:36 pm
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So I realize that this is really just a big advertisement for Rustoleum spray paint, but leave it to ReadyMade to make it into a full-fledged DIY project. They offer up two ideas to spruce up boring personal objects.

The first, updating your beat up vintage suitcase with some graphic splendor. Step-by-step instructions can be found here or you can check out a video.

Claim Check

Project #2, prettying up your patio furniture. Instructions here or a video version.

Lounge Act

Currently scouting for a well-ventilated area.



LOLLIPOP POTTERY.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 10:36 pm
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I discovered Lollipop Pottery today through one of my favorite blogs, Decor8. They are one of Holly’s new sponsors so I checked out their web site and came upon some lovely pieces (as well as a logo that’s right up my alley).

Lollipop Pottery

Lollipop Pottery, Ohio grown

Turns out married couple, Jessica and Tyson, are from Ohio. Represent! (And I have to say, any business that uses pictures like these for their ‘about us’ page is A-OK in my book.)

The duo behind Lollipop

The duo behind Lollipop

Each piece is handmade by Tyson and Jessica (Tyson throws, Jessica paints). I have my eye on this set of 4 plates and these two one-of-a-kind bottles (Yellow Medallion and Bermuda Dot).

Caged Lollibird Plates

Caged Lollibird Plates

Yellow Medallion Bottle (left) and Bermuda Dot Bottle (right)

Yellow Medallion Bottle (left) and Bermuda Dot Bottle (right)

I see a new wish list entry in my near future.



FUNNY BLOGS.
Monday, August 18, 2008, 10:38 pm
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This one comes courtesy of ReadyMade’s blog. I had to re-post because these ideas fall into the category of “why didn’t I think of that?” and they will definitely have you laughing out loud. From Readymaker Jen T:

Now entering the blogosphere: beautifully funny blogs about unfortunately ugly stuff.

First up, It’s Lovely, I’ll Take It! [A collection of poorly chosen photos from real estate listings]. Sara’s commentary is so witty and pretty much genius.

...previous tenant was a giant pitcher of Kool-Aid.

Caption reads: ...previous tenant was a giant pitcher of Kool-Aid.

This one was titled 'Wood paneling with wood paneling accents'

This one was titled 'Wood paneling with wood paneling accents'

Next up, D-Listed Decor [Design Within Retch: The worst home furnishing finds of Craigslist] from ickykittygumgum. Look at this absurdity:

Custom Made Living Room Set - $800

Custom Made Living Room Set - $800

Made of bull horns and bull fur.

Made of bull horns and bull fur.

The commentary: “These bulls died for your sins. Are you happy now?”

And finally, Cake Wrecks [When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong] by Jen.

Extra Terrible

Title: Extra Terrible

What the customer said:
“So we’re throwing a going-away party for our friend, and we’d like you to write “Good luck at U.C.”, since that’s the college she’s going to. Also, she’s a big E.T. fan – you know, from the movie? – so we want to incorporate that somehow. I’ll leave it up to you; we just want something E.T.- related on it. Can you do that? Yeah? Cool! Thanks!”

What the decorator heard:
Blah blah blah, write blah E.T. blah blah on it. Blah.”

What the decorator was thinking:
“Okey doke, easy peasy, now I’ll just write ‘Good Luck‘… oh, wait: does ‘good’ have two ‘o’s or two ‘d’s? Dang. Oh well, I’ll just make this letter look a little like both. There! No one will notice anyway. Ok, and then: ‘at…U.C…’…thank goodness that doesn’t need any periods; those are so hard to do with this icing! Ok, let’s see here…you know, I think I’m going to go the extra mile for these folks and write E.T. on it THREE times. And I’m pretty sure just the ‘E’ has a period… yeah, that looks right. Dum dee dum…. There! All done! Aw, they are just going to love me.”

These made my day.



I DREAM ABOUT IT.
Sunday, August 17, 2008, 9:55 pm
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I’m in complete awe over the lovely Philadelphia abode that is home and studio to the duo of Something’s Hiding in Here. Featured in this month’s issue of ReadyMade magazine, I am dying of envy over this place. It’s so original; a virtual fantasy land that I know if I lived/worked within its walls, I would have a very hard time going outside into the real world.

Something's Hiding In Here's rental loft space

Something's Hiding In Here's rented loft space

This is the kind of home that both inspires me and makes me feel like a failure in my procrastinating nature when it comes to all the home projects of my own in need of completion. Although it makes me feel slightly better that the article says it took three years for them to build it out. Slightly better.

How great are those globes up there?

How great are those globes up there?

The couple is Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt, who have been married for 9 years and have their own business, fashioning “objets d’art” that they sell at outlets and on Etsy. (He bought her this swing for Valentine’s Day, which just makes me swoon. Not only because of the sentiment but, hi, they have a porch swing inside their home!)

Alterio and Loidolt

Alterio and Loidolt

These two exemplify one of my deep rooted beliefs when it comes to your home: it doesn’t matter if you live in a rental. It’s so important to make it your own and transform it into an environment that represents your personality. Having a signed lease and a landlord has never really stopped me from painting my walls crazy colors, putting up murals, or taking it upon myself to swap out window fixtures. Most things can be taken down or painted over, so why not enjoy it while you’re there? The couple has a welcome mat that says “home sweet rental”. My sentiments exactly.

some great organizational details

some great organizational details

The article closes saying that Alterio and Loidolt anticipate feeling the itch to move. Hmmm….I HAVE always enjoyed a good Philly cheese steak.

Note: photos courtesy of Something’s Hiding In Here on Flickr.