December 17th, 2012
Ever since I spotted those beautiful wall hangings in Morgan Satterfield’s house, I’ve secretly been hoping to score my own masterpiece. Morgan is the author of the Brick House, a great blog when it comes to renovating, DIY’s and mid century modern aesthetic. She just has the knack for thrift shopping and finding affordable precious gems in flea markets and auction houses.
Seriously , how gorgeous is this pieces? And there are plenty more around her house.
It’s interesting how she considers her love for fiber art controversial. I understand that you either love it or hate it but I think these pieces are spot on with the current trend of decorating your house with handcrafted one of a kind pieces. Here are some other examples I found around the web to illustrate this trend and the new wave of weaving.
Some people are even getting crafty themselves. Heather Taylor of L.A. in Bloom shares, besides pictures of her sunny bohemian LA lifestyle, small snippets of her hobby and I am also really fond of the work of New Friends Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski.
I think this is a great way of adding colour and texture to any interior. For more inspiration do check my Pinterest board Fiber + Textiles.
Pictures 1,2,3,4,5,6 are by Morgan Satterfield of the Brick House | Picture 7 is by Cara Robbins of the Seattle shop Totokaelo | Picture 8 and 9 are by Modern Findings | Picture 10 and 11 are by New Friends | Picture 10 and 11 are by Heather Taylor of LA in bloom |
December 10th, 2012
Let’s say that, just like me, you aren’t that fond of the holiday season. What would your tactic be to escape the drama? A nice getaway, some place warm and sunny? My first guess exactly! Unfortunately ever since I saw pictures of Maison Rika the land of tulips and clogs is high on my priority list. This guesthouse in Amsterdam is owned by fashion designer Uirika Lundgren and houses her shop on the ground floor. I’m in love with the dramatic black wooden floors, the carefully decorated rooms and the Ulrika’s trademark star popping up in the interior.
I could so see myself cozying up with a warm cup of tea and a stack of magazines in one of these rooms. Seems like the perfect urban hide away to forget about the time of the year and sub zero temperatures. And in case you wandered her own house is also as gorgeous.
Oude Spiegelstraat 2
August 20th, 2012
I’m a huge fan of the 5 days|5 looks|1 girl feature on Vogue.com. The pictures are perfectly executed, styled, lit and I appreciate the detail shots in particular. Do you see how the combination of colours and textures could easily translate into interior details? Wall paint, sofa’s, cushions, duvets etc… My all time favorites are these of Chioma Nnadi (pictured above) and I completely fell in love with the style of Simone Tetteh, a true style chameleon.
How many can effortlessly go from sneakers and jeans to a bright yellow evening dress (by the way it’s H&M!)? For a great insight into how Chioma Nnadi started her career it’s here and to see the full feature on Simone Tetteh and how she rocks dungarees it’s here.
pictures by Marko MacPherson for Vogue.com
July 30th, 2012
They are named Odette, Ingrid, Diana, or June. They come across as fragile young women yet at the same time confidently look you straight in the eyes. Aware of their beauty but not blinded by it, somewhat mysterious and melancholic. These are the women who come to life in the paintings of American artist Ryan Pickart. I noticed his work during some late night wandering on Pinterest. This is why I love internet because you can discover genuinely talented people regardless of where they or you are located.
The influence of Gustav Klimt is obvious. To say I’m a fan of Klimt is an understatement. I stopped counting the publications I have about his work. I love how he painted women in all their glory in the different stages of their life and how he used colours and created fascinating patterns. The care he took to paint their attire keeps on surprising me.
Mada Primavesi, 1912, oil on canvas, 149.9 x 110.5cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA
Eugenia Primavesi, 1913/14, oil on canvas, 140 cmx 84 cm, USA, private collection
Like Klimt, Pickart pays great attention to detail the background and the garments his models are wearing. The first three paintings immediately reminded me of this Balenciaga collection and, more specifically, of this jacket which Charlotte Gainsbourg (pictured below) wore on the cover of French Vogue shot by Graig Mcdean for the December 2007 issue. I don’t know if this was his actual source of inspiration but my guess is I’m not far off.
You can purchase Ryan Pickarts work on U-gallery where he sells original paintings and some prints (if you are on a tighter budget). I strongly recommend you to follow him on Facebook where he frequently shares updates of work in progress.
I’m eager to see this painting finished, looking at the inspiration I’m convinced it will, like his other work, be breathtakingly beautiful.