Monday, January 31, 2011

Love it / Live it: Walking on Sunshine [Seldon Conor Gile]

Hello and happy monday everyone! After a grey and dreary weekend here in Seattle I'm craving the sunshine more than ever. 'Pink Trees' by Seldon Conor Gile is the perfect fix when the Winter days just won't stop. I love the tonal purples and blues against the saturated yellow-greens. The grass in the foreground seems to glow in the sunlight.
chairs aka found on architonic

These chairs seem to have that same effervescent glow, the neon transparency appears to almost be lit within. A chair like this in my living room would give me that daily shock of color that I so need this time of year. As this blog also serves as my own little sunshine I have so many exciting plans to come, starting with a (Strataflora) GIVEAWAY in only 3 days, so start the countdown!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Art + Interiors: Geometric Abstraction [Sarah Morris]

 I hope you all had a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend. I myself spent the weekend completely unplugged moving into my brand new place! I am so excited to share with you all the projects we're working on very soon (you know, in all that spare time I have). In the mean time I'm feeling inspired by these bold geometric paintings by Sarah Morris.
There is something about the graphic intensity of these particular works mixed with their toned down palettes that gives them a uniqueness that only Sarah Morris can accomplish. The crossing lines play with space beautifully and I'm thinking about a space that does the same thing... 

end table west elm, chair chiasso, screen abc home, pillow etsy ship ginette1223, coffee table wisteria, wallpaper flavor league

A different kind of geometry in each piece keeps the overall effect from feeling stale while a few black and silver pieces really help to anchor the space. Imagine this wallpaper on a far accent wall, the room would open up before your eyes in every direction...Enjoy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Love it / Live it: Winter Glow [Abby Blaine]

Happy Friday everyone! Today I'm embracing winter's cool neutrals and lusting over this gorgeous ethereal photography by Abby Blaine. And this necklace by SADIE is just my style, earthy with a touch of glamour...
Also consider this a sneak peak of our exclusive interview with The The Head and the Heart's stylish and inspiring front girl. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ladybird: Nightnurse - Dean Wareham Britta Phillips

hi readers, i am sorry i have been absent for the past week or so, like Laura i have also been going through some changes in my life. the stresses of work and constant reminders of things needed to be done are why i need to post a song that is soothing to the heart, sole and mind. Nightnurse by Dean Wareham is a lovely song w/ a carefree melody. i have been playing this song on repeat just to get through the day. i hope that it releaves the stresses in your lives too.

signing off ladybird

And from me, Laura, a little inspiration to take with you...
via fancy treehouse, living etc.
via fashion toast, lonnymag, fashion toast

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you're leaving just a little bit lighter. Enjoy!

Love it / Live it: Juice it Up

Well as you know this has been a huge time of change and transition for me and I am thrilled to begin sharing with you all the exciting new developments in my life. I am thrilled to have been hired on to work for the fabulous and incredibly talented Kelley Moore and will be bringing you the backstage look in a new series here very soon. In the meantime I am getting excited about the upcoming launch of the new online lifestyle mag High Gloss in which Kelley will be dishing out her Entertaining wisdom. And since I've been thinking in glossy pinks and oranges....
Gorgeous fashion shots from Fashion Squad mashed up with this deliciously juciy glassware from Zara Home ..hope that's enough to wet your appetite for High Gloss and get your creative juices flowing today, Enjoy!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award

Hello! I am so flattered to have been given the Stylish Blogger Award by one of my absolute favorite bloggers, Miss Amy of Strataflora (Whom I will be doing a GIVEAWAY with very soon..) With accepting the award comes a few responsibilities...

And though I have tons of blogs I read daily (check out my blog roll on the right) I did my best to narrow it down to 15 to pass along the award to...

I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about me today I will be back with more very soon and make sure to check out all these wonderful blogs for some extra inspiration!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Art + Interiors: Mountain Graffiti [TCHMO]

Hello and happy weekend! So glad to finally have had time to sit down and create a full post. This time of year in Seattle can be tough , a lot of grey days and misty mornings and while the mountains do provide a bit of relief I find myself craving the addition of color and texture to the horizon. These prints satisfied that craving beautifully.
The Giclee prints found on caught my eye with their frosty mountains peaking through clouds of pinks and blues. I love the layered method and abstract mixed with photographic realism. It makes me want to spray paint a little color on my windshield to update my view of the winter days.

end table wisteria, chair cb2, pendants studio bel vetro, end table architonic, pillow sachin + babi, pillows abchome, salt+pepper shakers wisteria
A little bit of organic texture thrown into a Winter to Spring palette makes this a fresh take on a living space, mix in some greys and natural surfaces and you've got a room with modern sophistication that will leave a lasting impression. Thanks so much for stopping by today and come back soon for a little forecast of things to come!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Love it / Live it: Great Waves [Katsushika Hokusai]

One of my all time favorite pieces of art is The Great Wave by Hokusai, (I've lived with an oversized poster of the print over my bed for years) I love the juxtaposition between the flowing wave and the stark contrasting lines of the wood cut. There is just something about the wave crashing bold and crisp against the unknowing sky that gives me both a sense of excitement and of calm. This just so happens to be a great analogy for my life right now...Huge changes, overwhelming responsibilities and bold moves are happening in my life and as hectic as it feels it's all coming with a peaceful calm that is undeniable...
I'm absolutely loving this handmade leather iphone case from Tinder & Bloom Studio's etsy shop, (and for those of you lucky enough to have one, they have ipad cases too!) and I'm dying for this wallpaper by walnut wallpaper to cover my powder room with...I'm looking forward to sharing all the exciting changes in my life with you all soon, until then...Enjoy!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Lady Bird: Françoise Hardy - Ce Petit Cœur

french twist...this adorable song by francois hardy has been stuck in my head all day long. i love the video and her black and white striped dress. i think we can take a thing or two from this simple style and her sweet sound. for all of you who do not know, le petit coeur means small heart. enjoy this blast from the past!

signing off ladybird

photo via late afternoon, art-deco-interior.blogspot
1. stylecaster 2. topshop 3. etsy bestillshop

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Live it / Love it: Purple Haze [Sam Gilliam]

Hello everyone! I meant to get this off to you all earlier in the day but had a very crazy day at my NEW JOB!! details on that soon...until then enjoy this dreamy purple Sam Gilliam painting and this killer accent chair...give me colorful abstraction and metallics and I'm in LOVE...
Sam Gilliam painting / Chair Wisteria

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Art + Interiors: Brushed Nostalgia [Gerhard Richter]

The work of reknowned artist Gerhard Richter is a mash up of my absolute favorite artistic mediums. Nature and colorful abstractions combine to make stunningly rich pieces that cause a second and a third look from the viewer. The work has a sort of nostalgic quality to it as the photographic can only be seen through heavy stokes of painted and the photographs content is somewhat lost leaving the veiwer to fill in the story themselves.
For me the overall feeling of these pieces is of the unique, diverse entities each of us are on our surroundings. As beautiful these photographs probably are on their own, it is the artistic presence that gives them life. Let's not be afraid to have the same effect on our world, color your surroundings and jog the ordinary with imperfect abstractions to give them new life....

coffee table arteriors home, wallpaper anthropologie, daybed west elm, pendant arteriors, end table wisteria, pillow west elm, pillow and dinnerware cb2, bowl urban outfitters, chair west elm 
I love a juxtaposition between manufactured and organic, soft and hard, fluid and concrete. None of these pieces are individually bold or outrageous but together they create a quiet and natural environment where earth, metal and water all have an equal presence. Its sophisticated without being uptight and without losing that little element of surprise...Thanks for coming by today, Enjoy!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ladybird: Lily Allen - Not Fair

i had a short relationship four years ago when i first heard lilly allen's sweet accented voice, i have to say i am jealous a little. i came across this western style video today and just fell in love w/ her white unisuite. i think we need to bring this back soon, very very soon, but not after labour day please!! not fair will bring you back to the lost beauty of western style!

signing off ladybird

Monday, January 10, 2011

I want to live in...Free People

Recently I found inspiration while perusing the light lacey frocks and flowing tops of our local Free People store. I can't afford a single thing in there but I just love being in the store. Whoever is behind the visuals of that place is absolutely brilliant...
 All the decor and furnishings are hand-sewn and made specifically for each location (and no they won't sell them, I asked). My favorite was an oversized round ottoman covered in bright green sari the wheels  turning for my first DIY project I just need to find the right fabric...Enjoy!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Love it/Live it: Glamorous Geometry [Frank Stella]

 Hello! Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday! Just a little post to round out the weekend...Frank Stella prints and House of Harlow jewelry, geometry and metallics, what's not to love?
And get excited because the talented Amy of strataflora and I are teaming up this week for some giveaways! So stay tuned because you don't want to miss out on this....

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ladybird: Jeremy Jay "Airwalker"

Last night i was chosen to attend Teatro Zinzanni which is a dinner and theatrics show; it was nothing less than amazing. i was inspired by the trapeze swingers and thought how afraid i would be to hang 25 feet off the ground and dance on air. jeremy jay sings airwalker from his 2007 ep "the airwalker". i hope you enjoy his light and airy voice as much as i do.

signing off ladybird

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Art + Interiors: Gut Instincts [Sam Gilliam]

"My formula has always been one of change....It's really a matter of confidence and of gut instincts. I'll take a chance on losing everything in order to gain something else. As a result, I usually gain, because all of my experiences and methods are cumulative" -Sam Gilliam
One of my favorite works of Art at the Seattle Art Museum has always been the 4 panel, 50+ foot wide piece by African American Artist Sam Gilliam. The over scaled tie-dyed canvas explode with color from frame to frame. When standing in front of them I get a feeling of endless possibility, they're so full of light and movement that they seem to inject their energy right into the viewer. Gilliam's quote is a great reminder for me in both my art and my life. Sometimes we have to take a leap out of our comfort zone, just move on a hunch that there's something better for us, better from us. So I'm taking a cue from him this week and ignoring any worry and self-doubt and looking a bit more to my confidence and gut instincts on these next steps.
chair via architonic, curtains via urban outfitters, pillow via john robshaw, chair via four hands, agate plate via urban outfitters,  rug via odegard, end table via west elm

 What I love about this little roundup is the play between geometry and abstract, between circles and squares and between the color-drenched and the colorless. The decor is in the movement, the elements and the pops of color broken up by the textured stainless steel. And I'm especially loving these agate plates that are popping up everywhere lately, they're such a fun way to add a shock of color and texture to a space. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Art + Interiors: Cali to the Northwest [William Wendt]

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had fun celebrating and are excited as I am to take on a brand new year. As I begin this new chapter of my life back here in Seattle I realize how at home I feel among snow capped mountains, grassy parks and ever-changing trees. And ironically enough I'm looking to the "Dean of the California Artists", William Wendt today for my inspiration. His works show the richest parts of California and those that would fit just as seamlessly into the landscapes of the Northwest.
We've been lucky enough to have sunshine and blue skies here lately (though it is freezing) and I'm learning to take the best of what my time in California taught me and fuse it with my new found perspective of the Northwest. Wendt's greyed out trees and cloud spotted skies seem like the perfect representation. I love the rough and gestural landscapes capturing sun-soaked weathered trees curving around shaded hills.  They are not about a perfect day, or a perfectly manicured scene but the paintings feel incredibly warm, welcoming and open.
chandelier via Arteriors, agate plate via, chair and chest via Anthropologie, pillow via dwell studio, ottoman and chest via Four Hands, sofa via American Leather

As you know I love infusing nature into my interiors whether it be through the palette, the textures or the materials and then adding a bit of glamour for the unexpected. This space does just that. The greens and browns anchor the space while a bronze brushed accent pillow and a mirrored chest keep it from feeling too granola. Earthy Chic is what I like to call it, Enjoy!