Creative Envy


MERCURY GLASS BIRDS.
Sunday, October 5, 2008, 6:44 pm
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I don’t usually find too much that I absolutely LOVE in West Elm’s catalogs but I think these mercury glass birds are destined to be mine (or maybe just the smaller one). Aren’t they enjoyable? They have brightened up my very sluggish Sunday.



THE SELBY.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008, 10:52 pm
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Todd Selby (at The Selby) photographs people with amazing spaces in major cities, including Brooklyn, Manhattan and Los Angeles. And if you ask me, the people seem pretty amazing (and unique) themselves.

I love everything about these photos. From Selby’s photography style, to the environments that are documented, to the lifestyles they represent. I could make a wicked mood board using all of his pictures.

As you can see from the bazillion photos I’m posting, I had a hard time editing down my favorites (although the majority of my picks came from Cheri & David’s place in Soho and Fanny & Bill’s place in Brooklyn).

I seem to have an affinity for photos with sewing materials in them (shocking, no?).

These are just a small fraction of what’s on the site. Another great procrastination tool! Thanks to Made By Girl for originally posting about The Selby.



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.



POTLUCK-PRO.
Monday, August 11, 2008, 7:17 pm
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Jessica over at How About Orange posted this fun quiz to take to discover your decorating style. Mine turned out to be POTLUCK-PRO:

Your home certainly stands out from your neighbours! There’s nothing average or ordinary about the place, and that’s just the way you like it. You have a maverick approach to interior design and decoration, gleaning ideas, inspiration and objects from the unlikeliest of places. Over the years, though, this has synthesized into something unmistakably ‘you’. No one dares tell you how to furnish your home: you’ve got your own set of unique guidelines and that’s all that matters.

While I usually take such online quiz results with a grain of salt, this one pretty much nailed my style dead on. I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to decorating; where “eclectic” is a nice way of saying “visually schizophrenic”. But I embrace it wholeheartedly.

POTLUCK-PRO | Dining

POTLUCK-PRO | Dining



CHAIR HUNT.
Sunday, August 10, 2008, 10:55 pm
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After recently selling my old living room chair on craigslist, I have a very noticable gaping hole in the corner of my room that needs to be filled asap. Beck’s pile of toys and dog bed aren’t cutting it. Ideally I would like something different, possibly Scandinavian-inspired with a wooden frame and arms. One of these chairs from Anthropologie would be ideal….that is, if they weren’t almost $1,500.

Calandria Chair, Mod Garden from Anthropologie

Calandria Chair, Mod Garden from Anthropologie

Calandria Armchair from Anthropologie

Calandria Armchair from Anthropologie

If I could just travel back in time, I would just scavenge my childhood basement for the teak furniture we had in the ’80s. It would be perfect. The chair had a structure like this one but had fancy metal end caps on the arms and cushions upholstered in a loud Hawaiian print.

Scandinavian chair

Scandinavian chair

If I can’t find something Scandinavian-inspired, I’m really up for anything that is unique in style/shape. Here’s another one from Anthro that I love. The unexpected combination of a graphic, modern fabric with an antique frame is pretty great.

Antwerp Chair, Bloom from Anthropologie

Antwerp Chair, Bloom from Anthropologie

Here are a bunch I found in a Google image search….any of these would be a great addition.

a plethora of chairs

a plethora of chairs

I think I’ll be pounding the pavement up in Clintonville next weekend at the antique shops to see if I can find something slightly more reasonable than over 1,000 bones. Wish me luck!



FUN WITH PLY.
Friday, August 8, 2008, 2:50 am
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Besides this season’s newest merchandise, I also found this idea in the latest Fossil catalog. Yeah, the totes are cool and the outfits are nice but look at that wall in the background!

Fossil catalog

This reminds me a lot of a project I did a few years ago for my friend’s bday present. I had seen it done on some HGTV show and it was super easy. This is how it turned out.

Plywood project modeled by Geoffrey the cat.

All you do is get very thin plywood from your local hardware store cut into squares (I believe these were around 13″ or so…and they’ll even cut it to size for you, at least they do at Lowe’s). For this particular installation I used one (maroon) shade of water-based stain. The variation in color is just the difference in the numbers of coats on each piece. Next, attach very strong Velcro to the backs of the squares and attach them to the wall equi-distant apart. For an extra punch, I made little shelves out of clear plexi-glass and super glued them to random pieces on which to set tea light candles. Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of it lit up…it’s a great effect.

The example in the Fossil catalog is something I’d love to do in my kitchen. I assume I can do it the same way as I did the previous project, just with more colors, varying sizes of plywood, and making sure the angles are all 90 degress so they fit nicely together.

I love the combo of bright colors with natural wood.

Stay tuned. If….I mean, WHEN I do it, I will post pictures.