Archive | March, 2012

LOVING: agate bookends

29 Mar

 I have been coveting agate bookends for quite a while now. This natural specimen strikes a perfect balance between both rough + refined elements. The crater-like surface of the outer shell has the texture of a regular rock. But what it houses inside its’ polished edges is a spectacular sight: layers of beautiful swirling hues + crystals. These swirls + patterns are reminiscent of a gaseous substance, freely flowing around, melding with other elements. Formed in ancient rock, agates can be found in a range of colours, from neutrals to bright jewel tones (and sometimes they are chemically enhanced). To me, they possess a magical, mysterious quality, which I cannot remove my gaze from. Mesmerizing!

So when I unexpectedly came across them at Homesense yesterday, I was thrilled! They have gorgeous colouring and a substantial weight to them. The height is about 7″, which isn’t dinky by any means. Oh, and not to mention that the price was absolutely ridiculous – a mere $16 each. A total steal!

The reddish-orange pair is for a client. And they are perfect – all the colours of the bedroom can be found in the depths + layers of these natural bookends. This pair is sure to make the room dazzle. But I couldn’t leave without a pair for myself – so I took home the lovely green/white duo. Such an awesome find!

Below I’ve sourced other naturally made bookends, equally as interesting.

Brazilian Agate Bookends, pink – The Evolution Store

Geode Bookends – vntagequeen via Etsy

Copper Bookends – By Nature Gallery

Oval Soapstone Bookend, white – Indigo

 Petrified Wood Bookend, Araucaria Arizona – By Nature Gallery

Petrified Wood Bookend, palm tree – The Evolution Store

Marlstone Burma Teak Bookends – Ten Thousand Villages

Agate Bookends – Lawson-Fenning

reddish-orange + green/white agate bookends- Homesense

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DIY-ING: upcycled mosaic vase

28 Mar

 

Make yourself a pretty, layered, mosaic vase! Here’s the how- to:

1  Gather your supplies together: an old glass vase, magazines + clippings, scissors, glue, clear gel medium/(optional) paint glaze that would match the overall colour you are going for + a paintbrush.  Also, lay down some craft paper to protect the surface you’ll be working on.

2  I chose to create a pink tone vase, so I began snipping out any pages that had pink-related colours: fuscia, powder pink, even some coral etc. Cut the pieces out irregularly to enhance the mosaic look. Most of the pieces I cut are in triangular or diamond-like shapes. TIP: be sure to cut out many, many pieces so you don’t run out during the gluing process!

 3  With a paintbrush, you can start by applying some glaze to the vase to adhere the paper pieces. Or, you can apply everything with glue. I tried a little of both ways, but found that working the glue with my finger was the most efficient – it’s quick, easy + fun to spread around like that!  Ensure that each piece overlaps another + that gaps are minimal. This step does take some time, but it definitely puts you in the zone. It almost has a meditative quality.

4  Once the entire vase is completely covered + dry, apply your glaze everywhere. The glaze is optional, but I wanted to add an element to unify all the pieces. I used a transparent metallic glaze which gives a beautiful, subtle pink sheen in the light. Alternatively, you can coat it with a clear gel medium, to protect the paper and keep it from fraying. Gel mediums come various finishes including matte, semi and high gloss, so choose one that best fits your project.

Once your mosaic vase is complete, have fun playing around with it + styling it up!

 

TRENDING: floral that packs a punch!

26 Mar

 One of the most eye catching trends this season is big impact floral. Let it be known that it’s not the cutesy kind either – but more like the sassy, full of attitude type! Fully saturated hues + large scale flowers are loudly taking over everything from textiles to tableware (which, I don’t mind at all because I seriously love this trend + I do own #11 myself!).  But make no mistake about it: this isn’t a dainty or delicate motif – these blooms pack a serious punch!

1  Jeffrey Campbell X UO Foxy T-Strap Heel – Urban Outfitters

Tree Peony painting – Rosie Sanders

3  Cafe Capri in Fresco Floral Sateen – J.Crew

Little Pops painting – Kate Lewis

5  A2 Floral Thank You Card – Rhubarb Paper Co. via Etsy

6  Gerbera Daisy Wreath – Pier1

7  Carded ID Wristlet Sateen in Hotty Pink Day Lilly – Lilly Pulitzer

8  Tessellate Necklace – J.Crew

9  Romantic Floral Scarf Shams – Urban Outfitters

10   Carried Away Creamy Body Wash – Bath & Body Works

11  Blouse in black/floral – H&M

12  Sissinghurst Castle Dinnerware – Anthropologie

LOVING: Nasty Gal

24 Mar

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I’ve recently discovered the most amazing shop, and wish I had sooner… alot sooner. Within seconds of browsing around I obviously needed everything from the website, but in the end, narrowed it down to this + that (not to mention, which shipped super fast). I feel like I’ve struck fashion gold, and now can’t wait to share the awesome-ness with you!

Nasty Gal – a funky clothing shop inspired by none other than soul/funk/rock legend, Betty Davis. With inspiration being drawn from such a vivacious, larger-than-life icon, a shop will naturally offer up the wildest, sexiest + most unique pieces. And the best part about it is, you can look bad ass without breaking the bank. Love it!

Founder/owner Sophia Amoruso started up Nasty Gal Vintage in 2006, which had its’ early beginnings as an Ebay store. She ran the entire business on her own from start to finish: from seeking out those one-of-a-kind vintage gems, to styling, shooting and spreading the word. Nasty Gal has grown even larger since, and now has a range of creative talents (and friends) working in the team. Read Sophia’s inspirational story here.

What I love? Nasty Gal continues to create unique, knock-out pieces that ooze with a powerful, feminine attitude. And they have the coolest vintage finds a girl could ever want! All I gotta say is, I can’t wait for my next purchase.

GET THE LOOK: spring whimsy

15 Mar

colourful – fresh – playful – natural – delicate
spring whimsy inspired by Fawn Galli’s modern fairytale living space.

GET THE LOOK!
 1  chevron patterned curtain – Urban Outfitters
2  medium sussex framed double sconce – Circa Lighting
3  cats meow red fabric – Thibaut
4  palette rug by fiona curran – The Rug Company
5  davinci silk print, multi – Michele Varian
6  end table with fluted front – Elte
7  oak hardwood, winter white – Armstrong Flooring
8  sherwood iron/glass table – Arteriors
9  teal blue glass decanter table lamp – Lampsplus.com
10  icy mint 6001-7A paint – Valspar
11  “leaving autumn behind” giclee print – SUZEEE via Etsy
12  jamaica sofa – Ralph Lauren Home

INSPIRING: Fawn Galli interior

15 Mar
the ideal example of a fresh, playful spring room.
a “modern fairytale” living room by designer Fawn Galli.
this space was created as an escape from the chaotic and congested new york city core.
modern – fairytale – colourful – calm – whimsical – natural – delicate
HOW THIS WORKS
colours carried throughout the space are drawn from the rug + window coverings.
patterns from the rug, chairs + drapes create movement, and allow the eye to continuously wander around the room.
the layering of pattern + pops of colour create an energetic + dynamic space.
interesting shapes + other pieces like the unconventional branch side table + fantasy painting add to the sense of whimsy.
a pretty + ethereal pale backdrop brings everything together.
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