Lately, I've been loving the look of round rugs. Whether big or small, patterned or solid color, their unconventional shape can offset the angles of a room and add focal interest to it. Although they may not be right for all spaces, they can make smaller ones look larger and balance even the most refined ones. Take a look at their softening effect on the rooms below:
About a year ago I joined a group of local creatives. We count among us: architects, textile designers, jewelry makers, interior designers, business owners and several artists. We strive to meet once a month to discuss our individual creative paths or to participate in a workshop as a group. This month we met at Elsie Green House and Home in Concord, Ca. The founder and owner of the shop, Laurie Furber, spoke to us about opening and owning a retail store, her business philosophy and her passion for vintage French furniture and accessories. Kelsey Cox, a floral designer and founder of Mais Oui accompanied her that evening and lead us in a class of arranging foraged botanicals. The evening was quite delightful. I'm looking forward to revisit Laurie's store and take in all her beautiful Parisian wares in detail. Take a look at some images from that evening:
For this week's Botanical Inspiration, I'm sharing one of my favorite plants: the Hoya Kerri, also known as the Sweetheart Plant (because of the heart shaped leaves). Its succulent-like qualities enable Hoyas to need very little water (perfect for us Californians) and bright indirect light. They exhibit vine like growing tendencies since they are able to both climb and trail, so having a upward growing support and a large container pot will allow them to grow to their full botanical potential. I love when plants both fall over their pot and sprout up from it. Mine recently bloomed! For information on this unique plant click here.
Do you have a favorite house plant?
Visiting my mother-in-law's PodArt studio is an adventure for the senses. She utilizes seed pods, foraged branches, lichen and precious stones to create one of kind wall sculptures. Whenever I'm there, I want to touch and closely examine all the materials she uses. From feathers to birch bark, it's all very intriguing to me. I'm happy to announce that Natalia will soon have her PodArt website up and running. In the mean time take a look at a few images of her studio from my last visit:
Stay tuned for the PodArt website launch...
Accessorizing a space adds personality and depth to it. While offering guests the opportunity to learn more about you, it may also remind you of places you've visited and things you love to do. Some vignettes can be layered with multiple items [see above], while others can be minimalistic with a single standout piece that speaks to you. Either way, don't be afraid to display what is meaningful and inspiring to your family in an artful way. Take a look at a few examples of decorative accessorizing and scroll down for some tips on creating your very own:
7 Accessorizing Ideas:
1. Books: Stack your favorites on a table or a shelf. Include children's books for family reading.
2. Metals: Add some metallic to the mix for a bit of shine and sparkle.
3. Plants: Add life to your vignette with a plant or two.
4. Games: Display a box of cards, a small board game or a puzzle on your coffee table to encourage some playtime.
5. Art: Rest a favorite piece against a wall and change it out seasonally or as you see fit.
6. Bowls: Place a favorite glass or ceramic bowl on your coffee table to fill with nuts or candy as needed.
7. Lighting: If the space allows, add an interesting table lamp to illuminate your favorite objects.