As you’ve come to know, I’m a fool for pottery. Especially simple pieces that exude modern elegance, yet retain a subtle sense of play. Enter Julia Paul Pottery, a studio based in the mountains of Virginia. Her works are wheel-thrown and influenced by the local landscape; she even includes a reference photo on her website of the inspirational imagery. I’m including those dreamy photos along with the corresponding pieces today; oh, it’s so lovely! (As always, click to shop!)
It’s likely you’ve seen this – as it appears 22 million people have already watched it on YouTube. And yes, I understand it’s a marketing strategy to sell more soap. And maybe some can’t get past that commercial element; but I for one think the message is compelling. Both startling and expected, I suppose. It’s about how critically we as women see ourselves. I watch this and think of the amazing women around me – who are the very foundation of my life; my beloved friends and family – are they able to see themselves the way I see them? Is it clear to them – as it is to me – how profoundly beautiful they are? How innately exquisite? Give it a watch, and then let’s all agree to go a little easier on ourselves.
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This weekend’s holiday has me in the mood to get my green on – but not in the form of a plastic hat or silly t-shirt. No, I’d prefer to mark the occasion by indulging in a some emerald accents; here are a few I have my eye on… Happy St. Patrick’s Day! (As always, click to shop!)
Peek-a-boo color is a trend that’s taken hold in a big way in the home accessories realm. It’s not like it’s something radically new, but somehow, it looks fresh; especially when paired with a milky matte exterior finish and a hint of texture. (As always, click to shop!)
Hi all! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting here at Blue Bergitt today. Sonjia, thanks for having me.
Today, my guest post is about the beauty of color on the floor. With seemingly endless possibilities, it was difficult to choose just a few, but here are eight clever ways to give interior spaces a boost with color underfoot. Please enjoy!
This first room seems to fit right into our topic with three large area rugs laid down in an open living space. Though totally different in pattern, this trio looks quit charming together.
The rusty hues of a speckled cowhide on the floor coordinate beautifully with those of the wall art and carved wood sculptures. A feather pendant light adds an appealing contrast to the design.
For a lovely cottage look, a hand-painted or stenciled wood floor can be perfect underfoot. This one goes decidedly feminine with a soft pink background.
A single solid paint color can be used to add a more formal look. A minty hue on both floor and ceiling brings unity to this living room.
Here, a glossy jewel tone blue adds a happy vibe to a tiny under-the-stairs dining space. I’m intrigued by the clever way the light fixture is hung.
Color doesn’t always have to be bright or high contrast to be beautiful on the floor. This area rug is lovely with a pale calligraphy pattern that mimics the graffiti†wall art.
Black and white squares are exceptionally versatile on the floor. The pattern and color is gorgeous in marble for an elegant entry or in rugged tiles or paint for a hard-working laundry room as seen here.
In the image above, black and white stripped rugs bring color interest and texture to dark wood floors. A splash of orange paint on one wall adds a cheerful touch.†Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4†|†5 |†6†| 7 | 8
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As you may be aware, the Tea Towel has soundly replaced the tote bag as the giftable add-on of choice. Their easy-to-create format appeals to Etsy artisans, while an accessible price tag make them a great hostess gift or mini-self-indulgence. Besides, it’s a simple, low-cost way to freshen up one’s kitchen by adding a splash of color, pattern or just cheeky text. Here are a few lovely example I’d welcome wholeheartedly to my towel rack… (As always, click to shop!)
I’m on a comfy-cozy kick; I guess winter in Minnesota can do that to a person… Normally, bedding that really appeals to me has bold graphics (a la Orla Kiely or Area – be still my heart); but for some reason, lately I find myself drawn to more cottage-y, layered, natural takes on modern. Coyuchi is a company I discovered at the New York Gift Fair that has that look down. Founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small, rustic town on the Northern California coast, they offer a full line of eco-conscious home textiles, most made from 100% organic cotton.
Darling Clementine is a small Norwegian design agency that also offers an edited collection of products under the banner: “Darling Clementine Paper Empire” (love that moxie!). I am totally charmed by their scandinavian aesthetic, and ability to create work that is clearly modern yet gives a warm nod to tradition. They also write a nice blog that you can visit by clicking HERE.
It’s the first of the year; the time when many folks are feverishly preparing a list of resolutions – near as I can figure – so they can feel really bad about not having done any of them come April. I, for one, am taking a stand against resolutions and, in their place, substituting gentle reminders to myself. A brief sampling of my 2013 list:
- Reminder #1: When you find a gorgeous, comfortable pair of shoes in Paris (or anywhere, really) that comes in two colors: buy them both. Even if it seems extremely foolhardy. That way you won’t spend the better part of the next four months scouring the interwebs daily, hopelessly searching for a pair in your size.
- Reminder #2: You are not your job title. Whether it makes you feel big and tall, or rather more like a speck of dirt. You are the person as seen through the eyes of those who love you most. Genuine, flawed, lovely and uniquely you.
- Reminder #3: Try your best to get to Barre class at Centerspace on Monday nights. Driving around with your workout clothes in the trunk of the car does not constitute “trying your best”; though, arguably, it’s better than nothing.
- Reminders #4, #5, #6, #7, #8: Take some chances. Do what you can. Be in the moment whenever possible. Play. Regret nothing.
Of course, reminders are really only necessary because we tend to forget stuff. Out of sight, out of mind and all that. So, I intend to pick out a lovely new journal in which to jot things down.
In a perfect world, you’ve already got all your holiday shopping complete, and everything is all packaged up with a bow on top. However, if you’re like me, it’s just dawned on you that if you’re interested in concealing gifts in something other than last weekend’s newspaper, it’s time to procure some sweet wrapping paper! Here are a few of my favorites this year. (As always, click to shop!)
About a week ago, we got a good ol’ fashioned blizzard. After a few hours of shoveling out and a rather silly ritual of “shaking the conifers” (in which one stands under the delicate, snow laden, 9′ trees and shakes the boughs. The obvious results are a tree that can stand upright again, and a human who quite literally resembles a snowman.), I needed to nestle into a snug and comfy retreat desperately. Luckily, I am well fortified in the cozification department. Thought I’d share a few of the most beloved, dependable, cozy amenities in case it inspires cold-weather gift-giving ideas… (As always, click to shop)
As part of my new job, I actually have to go “experience” a black Friday in action – live and in person. This is distressing to me, as I am a decidedly foul morning person and am significantly more likely to go to sleep at 4am than wake up at that time. Besides, I deliberately try to be less so compelled to buy products because they’re a good deal (anyone else have a closet full of “good deals” – unworn and with the tags still on them?), and more so because I love and adore them. So, my ode to Black Friday is simply a menagerie of lovely things… in black. And to those of you braving the crowds today – good luck and Godspeed.
I don’t remember exactly when the baton was passed – but I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving now for what seems like several decades. I’ve never once sent out invitations; people just know to come, and to bring who they please, and to invite any strays who may be in the mood for a warm, friendly feast amongst the giggling ruckus that is my family. But in case you prefer the formality of a proper invite to request the presence of your guests, here are a few of my favorites this season. (As always, click to shop!)
I arrived in Paris last night; about a month too late to attend my favorite trade fair. (I just could NOT miss my hubby’s birthday this year – it was a big one!) Perhaps you missed out on attending this fall’s Maison et Object too? Well, while it’s not exactly like being there, this video gives you a sense of some of the trends and new products at the show… and your feet will hurt less. So, make yourself a delicious baguette jambon et fromage, and settle back to get a taste of the experience.