Although I usually tend to like a lighter color scheme, I was so taken by this incredible interior I found via Desire to Inspire. Hmmm, maybe I shouldn't be so quick to shy away from blacks and reds.
I like my home to reflect my personality, my husbands personality and our life experiences. It is important for me to use mementos that are treasured and special to us in my decorating.
This is the windowsill where I grow my herbs. Mixed in are silver incense burners that my husband had when he lived in India for seven years. I discovered them when we were going through a box of his old things and I polished them up and displayed them in a fun, unexpected place. I now count them as one of my/ our most treasured belongings. What is your decorating style and how do you incorporate your most treasured possessions into your home?
Rian Rae Interiors & Gifts online shop feels like browsing through a carefully curated Parisian flea market. Each item seems to be one of a kind and the photography and styling is beautiful and tempting!
I love the range of photographer Ann Lindberg. Her pictures of interiors range from moody and exotic to light and airy. Not to mention her food and portrait shots are pretty amazing!
What about you- do you have a "dream big" travel list?
The Lena Corwin Pattern Contest over at Design*Sponge has wrapped up! I am very excited to see the results and I do hope to win one of the five signed copies of Lena's new book 'Printing by Hand.' I would love to share some of the projects with you, my readers, and after my success with the radiator stenciling project, I would love some inspiration to start something new! I believe that the book contains the stencil for this amazing dresser below. This would look so incredible in a kids bedroom, but why let them have all the fun. A color change would make it perfect for our bedroom too!
Although my garden has proven disappointing this year (an attack by Japanese Beetles finished off the last of my tomato plants), I still love a good gardening store. East Side Eden goes above and beyond your typical gardening store, as is evident by their Rhode Island Monthly Magazine awards in two categories; Best Hostess Gifts and Best Urban Gardening Supplies . This store consists of a small shop attached to a large greenhouse. The shop stocks everything from jewelry to stationary, while in the greenhouse you can find an abundance of plants, succulents and gardening supplies.
**Many thanks to Susan for welcoming me to the shop and taking me through the interesting background of her life and Alexandra's path! Also note- there is an end-of-the-season, 50% off sale going on at East Side Eden, July 31st through August 4th!!
If you haven't seen the newly redesigned decor8 blog, it is definitely worth stopping by! The new site is very user-friendly, with an easy-to-navigate side bar and bright tabs directing you to cool features such as a bookstore and a very colorful blogroll.
Gorgeous crocheted flowers from Suili.
Am I being too pushy here? You can be honest...!
Tonight the Design*Sponge Lena Corwin Pattern Contest wraps up. If you have not yet voted, click here to get your say before the results are tallied at 10pm EST tonight! Why am I badgering you to do this- because I am a FINALIST! So if you feel so inclined- VOTE FOR ME! I am crossing my fingers and wishing and hoping...(photo courtesy of flickr)
I have been a bit consumed lately, which is my excuse for the fewer number of posts. I have an exciting design project that I am working on now, part two of my earlier joy. It has kept me very busy this past week. That project is wrapping up and I am on to another project; preparing my writing for the week long Cape Cod Writers Conference that I will be attending in a few weeks.
A bit of background... I did quite a bit of writing at my old non-profit job, everything from online newsletters to 12 page grants to volunteer handbooks. What I learned from all of this writing was that I was a decent writer but hated that type of writing. When I had a chance to quit my job due to our our move, I thought that it would be a great time to try a career in freelance writing. One thing I was sure of, I didn't want to be doing the same kind of writing that I was forced to do at my last job. I wanted to write about the things that interest me. So along with this blog, which is my creative outlet, I spend my days working on a series of short stories, mainly dealing with the ideas of multi-cultural marriages and foreign adoptions. My husband and I are in a multi-cultural marriage- I am a white American, he is a Canadian raised Indian (although he is lived all over the world- Iran, Greece, India, USA). We are also very committed to adopting from another country. We have both worked in orphanages, myself in Ghana, Vijay in India. When the time is right, we will be exploring adoption from one of those countries. So these subjects that I am exploring through my writing are very personal and I am looking forward to critiquing my writing at this upcoming conference.
I also can't help but wonder how I measure personal success. Is it career growth, income, career satisfaction, notoriety, personal fulfillment? I am not sure what the answer is, but I do know this: I am extremely satisfied exploring my creative side. I am also thrilled to answer only to myself. I set my own schedule, work when I feel inspired and have abundant time to enjoy my life and my marriage. Perhaps I have already reached a certain level of success...? I guess that as certain opportunities and projects fall onto my path, I need to embrace them, see them through to the end and not constantly question where all of this is leading me... What are your thoughts?
(all photos courtesy of flickr)
Record of the Day is a wonderful blog of daily collages. I love the simplicity of the twine and mason jars in this picture.
Honeypie Living's flickr page is so inspirational. She has quite a talent for photography, but she also has an eye for pulling together inspiration folders and creating mosaics. Just a little something to brighten your Monday!
Okay, so I can finally reveal the secret, the source of my joy earlier this week! This is only Part One, there is another part to this amazement, but that will have to wait! When my mom was visiting last week, I mentioned a little project that we created to enter into the Design*Sponge Lena Corwin Contest. I submitted the project pictures and thought that if I even received a reply, it would be amazing! Turns out I did a little bit better than that- I AM A FINALIST. And Grace (Design*Sponge founder) told me her team, "loooved my entry." Okay, so what, you might be saying...but this is Design*Sponge- the very first blog I ever read, my daily read, a source of great inspiration- and I, a two-month old blogger, am posted there, with my name up in lights! Actually, this is where the twist comes in! They put the wrong name with my entry...They have "Catherine's Patterned Radiator" instead of Christine's- oh I could cry...
Anyway, dear readers, if you think my entry is worthy (oh, you do? thank you!) please click over and VOTE FOR ME! And most of all- thank you for reading, commenting and sharing in this great love of design!