Wanting: Gullfuglen

January 15, 2013 § 3 Comments

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Warm and cozy blankets are a “must have” this wintery season – and full proof gift giving mastery no matter who you buy them for. And these Norwegian cozies are so special!  Modern in design and pattern, but traditional in its material and construction.

I couldn’t decide which one I wanted more… you pick!

See these (The Power Collection and Gullfuglen) and more from Funkleshop.

Wanting: Waylande Gregory

December 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Waylande Gregory pieces are much sought after. He died in 1971 but his pieces are timeless. A prolific ceramist sculptor, he became famous for his groundbreaking technique allowing him to create very large sculptures. But for me… I’d be so very happy with these small trays. The 24 karat gold finish is stunning, peaking through white or black patterning.

These would be perfection in your front hall entry to lay your keys down. Or perhaps they’d contain your favourite jewellery in your Dressing Room? Or how about just on their own?! So warm and glowy and sparkly… sigh.

Custard Tarts and Tiles too…

November 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

You haven’t been to Lisbon if you haven’t been to Belém… and more specifically… to the bakery and café, Antiga Confeiteira de Belém. The most sacred of pastries (invented before the 18th century by the Catholic Monks of the Jéronimos Monastery) and let’s face it… the best pastry you’ll every eat, the Portuguese Custard Tart (Pastel de Nata) is known to draw three long line-ups: one for sit-in, one for take-away and the third, a much more frenzied and disorganized variety, where patrons nudge their way to the coffee bar and down an espresso and in two or three bites, a warm, just-out-of-the oven tart, sprinkled with cinnamon.

Trust me… there is nothing more delectable.

And while you’re there, look around you… the interior is covered in 18th century, hand painted wall tiles. Inside and out, the tile art is seen all over Portugal. So another ‘must-visit’ if you’re interested in this beautiful art form is the D’orey & Cardoso antique tile store. Here you’ll find a treasure trove of history and art – and proprietors that are more than happy to share it with you. I’ve chosen a few of my favourite patterns from their website. But the best part…they ship to anywhere in the world!

Inspired: Elisa Mazzone

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

There’s something so pure and direct about Elisa Mazzone‘s illustrations. Yet, there’s so much duality and complexity. I especially love the balance of soft and hard; precision and uncertainty; solid and flat versus translucent and dimensional.

Cloud House

October 1, 2012 § 5 Comments

Ok… I know. A ‘Cloud House‘??? Really?

Yes. Really. But before I go into the pro’s and con’s of having your home become a neighbourhood attraction… I want to focus on that hallway! I love it!!! What a way to make a mostly pragmatic corridor, something to REALLY rave about!

That is… if you can stop going on about the shape of the addition you just put on the back of your house!

Me personally… I’d stick with a striking hallway. ;)

Inspired: Alison Van Pelt

September 24, 2012 § 4 Comments

Pink and Orange Frida – Alison Van Pelt

Light Grey Nude – Alison Van Pelt

William Burroughs – Alison Van Pelt

After spotting this artist’s work in this interior, I couldn’t help but look into more of her work.

Alison Van Pelt’s works are BIG (i.e. 9 feet x 7 feet!!!). I love the scale of these paintings. And even though the images are purposely softened and blurred, it’s the bold colour and sheer size of the pieces that make an impact. And the portraits themselves are mesmerizing, transfixing. Wish I had a wall big enough…!

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Inspired: Veggies Delight

September 21, 2012 § 4 Comments

I absolutely fell in love with these crochet pieces from JungJung! The olives, especially!

How about a series of these on your kitchen wall above your banquet seat… each one pinned to a linen background, shadow-box framed with white, simple frames! They’re so delicate and lovely and intricate. Grouped together en masse. The colours, soft and organic. Sigh…

My mom will love this post… I can just tell. Crochet? And vegetables? Perfection.

Thank you to Florence & Millie for sharing this. I couldn’t help but reiterate. :)

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