Garlands and wreaths have always been a huge part of celebrations and decorations and wow, how creative people get with them that they just make you forget to blink! Its holiday season in half of the world and Christmas is just around the corner – people have started to prepare for it already and the magazines and blogs are flooded with creative ideas and recipes, just like they do every year.
Better Homes and Gardens
Its so overwhelming to see people celebrate and be merry coming up with all the beautiful ideas that they wholeheartedly share with the world where thousands of people draw inspiration and motivation from them; filling their homes and lives with beautiful things and exchange gifts and presents. Its such an amazing connection between those who share and those who benefit from all of it. Its like a beautiful love and gratitude relationship…
I always love to see these things from a non-cultural and non-religious eye because even if there is no occasion, they still inspire us in so many ways to spark our own creative instincts that brings about even more ideas.
Here are a few ideas that caught my eye lately, making an appearance here…
Style Me Pretty
I am noticing some great and gorgeous woven goodies in magazines these days. It seems like they’re trending and it’s great to see that happen because woven handmade things for home have always been my favorite. They look beautiful, they look natural, they have a personal touch and last longer than we think.
Every home evolves with time, things get changed…updated…replaced; but there are some things that not only occupy space in your home but in your heart as well and become a part of your life. After years or even decades, they still hold their place and make you happy as they did when they first became a part of your life.
My mom was presented with a handmade rope basket by our gardener’s wife, when we were transferred from one station to another some twenty eight years back. She made it herself! We still have it and its as useful to us, and precious too, as it was back then…we still love it, though it now shows signs of times. Its an amazing piece made with love – its beautiful, it looks natural, has a personal touch and been with us for a long time.
I am nothing but admiring this amazing adrift in Brianna Land’s mind! Oh yes. I found her through Great.ly which is my new favorite spot to look for inspiring ideas and know about great new artists and designers who are living their dreams as creatives. Brianna Land is an artist who works in reclaimed wood and makes gorgeous wall art pieces with it. She works under business name “Adrift in my Mind” and also owns an Etsy shop though I found her through Great.ly as I mentioned and she is a favorite with many tastemakers there. Happens with great work!
I don’t write this blog for sake of commercialization – and so whatever product or artist I write about is the one whose work I truly admire and would like to bring home. This makes this blog a journal of ideas that I gather up for my own little-nook-of-heaven-on-earth. Only time will tell how good I’d be at decorating and bringing the best out of it.
I have been deeply inspired by the country style of living lately. Those natural elements, simple arrangements, and neutral palettes give your senses and eyes a little break and space to unwind and being close to the nature and Brianna’s work seems to do just that. It’s not only creative, but it is also artistic, and neutral enough to fit into any style of decorating – seriously, it could add up to an amazing gallery wall and I am imagining a great collection of art in the kitchen using her pieces, though they would do great in an entry as well.
Images: Adrift in my mind via Great.ly
Spring always has a special place in one’s heart because its associated with the arrival of nature’s most beautiful and lovely creation – flowers. They are such a sweet note on nature’s part – after a dry and boring winter (well, it has its own charms) there lies all kinds of beautiful shades of happiness and laughter in form of flowers and blooms. They are like sweet free spirits that come out of the moist scented soil and say hello to the sunshine and send out love to every living soul.
Style Me Pretty
Flowers are the best ornament for any home and the best gift for any occasion and spring is the best time that brings a lot of opportunities to play with these little pretty blossoms making a lot of bouquets and arrangements for every day. They just bring a vase full of life in a room.
I’ve been in much less practice when it comes to making flower arrangements (did I just made a confession?!) but I think its a beautiful craft that every home owner should know and can make use of any day. Any day is a good day to bring flowers home, right? And it doesn’t have to be complicated – I mean an arrangement can be simple and gorgeous rather than being large and complicated and being made with lots of flowers with lots of time spent on. So I thought, in honor of spring, lets gather up a few tips to make flower arrangements that anyone can do easily and be happy in their heart because whatever you do, its that happiness and sense of accomplishment that matters at the end of the day which is shown in one’s eyes; and which lies in the most simple things around us.
1. Create layers. Its the easiest way of putting together an arrangement. Starting with stems at the corners of a vase or bowl and work towards the center with focal large flowers first and then filling in with smaller ones.
2. Use flowers in odd number of colors. This is something that pros usually tell but it somehow seems to work perfectly though I don’t really know the reason behind (another confession!). But it’s well as long it works. So, use flowers in odd numbers both in color and quantity and see how pretty it looks.
3. Less is more. Its so true even when it comes to arranging flowers – it just takes a jar, a vase or even a bottle and a couple of blooms; or sometimes even just one. It the simplest of all and the prettiest of all as well. This is something that you need to try in order to understand what beauty lies in it.
Style Me Pretty
4. Turn the vase. Though, its more than common sense but the truth is that we sometimes forget going to the basics and this is going to the basics – keep turning the vase in order to see how the whole thing looks from every angle; unless its a special one that needs to look a bit different from different angles.
How convenient it feels to keep a record of small things that can be of use any day… especially around the spring.
This is where the actual fun part begins! Adding one’s favorite collectibles to the bookcase that already houses the best pieces in writing, arranging them to perfection, layer them to finest details; and then love the whole arrangement to your heart’s content!
Decorating is a great way to show who you truly are – deep down in your heart. And when it comes down to decorating a bookcase; its even more than that. Because a person’s taste in books and literature are a true interpretation of their life and interests; of who they are – and how deep they are as a person… even so that a taste in books shows how visual and imaginative they are!
The Lettered Cottage
Accessories add beauty and details to the whole thing. I love that part. It becomes so very inspiring to arrange them creating visual stories using their color, texture, size and the best thing is a reminder of all those amazing moments that these collectibles were inspired by.
House of Turquoise
Love of paper and inspiration got together when Suzanne created her stationery company in UK by the name Paper Tree Design. And as the name suggests, she is highly inspired by nature and creates beautiful personalized paper-cut wedding stationery and decorations.
Having a background in fashion and textile designing, she finally found her passion in paper and started putting her heart in her work and never looked back. It’s always amazing to see people who are trained in a different discipline, follow their heart and find their dream job in a totally different one and become successful in their own way.
It’s not about making huge numbers but doing what gives you peace of mind because, in the end, this is what is important. Doing great in your job and making huge profits become meaningless if that job makes you feel at a loss every single day. Suzanne’s designs and selection in colors reflect her pleasure and satisfaction in her job and I feel truly happy for her.
I too, once had a dream. And I still sometimes dream of having a stationery business, designing and creating beautiful inspiring pinning-up-on-pin-board-worthy stationery and you know, what I dreamt was much closer to what Suzanne is doing – I felt connected to her work instantly. Though I still wonder if it will ever come true… but for now, merely looking at these designs inspire me.
Images: Paper Tree Design
Photography: Cristina Colli
I am a huge fan of handmade ceramics and especially if they are in pretty colors and patterns and naturally-imperfect shapes, I just go die in love with them. I found these cute handmade ceramics by Susan Simonini and they’re just adorable. Bowls and plates like these are always my first choice to serve snacks when friends come over (for casual chats and coffee). They just create a happy palette on the table mixed up with food and linen! Lovely!
Susan is a ceramist from Australia who left work in painting and screen printing to find her passion in ceramics. She has an Etsy shop too, other than the one on her website, where she sells her beautifully created ceramics and she also takes custom orders. Take a look and just drool over with love!
Images courtesy: Susan Simonini // Etsy shop
Hello, and a happy new year!
Since its the second day of new year, I thought I should share the prettiest and happiest find during last few days. Textiles are always a favorite and easiest go-to to update a room – and if they are in cute pop-y colors and unique designs that just move you, then it’s the best thing in the world. I came across urbaani a couple of weeks ago and just loved their approach in homewares and textiles.
urbaani is a wholesale company run by two long-time friends who share the love for building spaces that are personal and tell stories of being loved. They bring together designers, curators and artists from around Europe and Scandinavia who specialize in creating designs that are truly unique and inspired from our daily lives — putting their hearts and souls in their work to bring life and joy to homes where their creations start their new lives and become a part of their owners’ days.
Their philosophy truly moved me because this is what a home is; filled layer by layer with the things we adore to our heart’s core. We all love to gather up things around us that inspire by being “us” and become part of our daily lives…and not to mention, put a smile on our faces every time we see them!
images coutesy: urbaani homewares