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Stumbled upon these beautiful collages created by Australian artist Lee McKenna, and found them irresistible and inspiring. Check out more of her work on Tumblr or by visiting Boom Gallery.

My collages embrace the imperfection of old, used, discarded and damaged paper. These papers depict moments in time – often bearing marks and traces of a past life and the human hand. I ‘rescue’ these unwanted fragments, creating layers and building connections into some sort of new, elusive and unpredictable thing. The process is wholly tactile – nothing is digital. I like the restrictions that this creates… the hand-cutting and gluing down, the use of only original papers and ephemera. Elements are added or removed, or covered over and reworked. Ideas and narratives may emerge, but often a series is initiated through the acquisition of a certain type of raw material – an old photo album, a stash of old maps, a pile of old postcards…

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In Gratitude

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I just watched this video for the first time over the weekend – I was really needing a dose of joy with all that’s going on in our world, and so this lovely reminder about generating happiness seemed like the right thing.

2016 Artisan Home Tour – part 1

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I love stomping around the city, peering into homes far out of my reach, and imagining possibilities. The Artisan Home tour provides the chance to see the work of local builders and designers, on projects most of us would only dream of! Yes, one can get a bit of a complex touring these multi-million $ homes (um, yes, I do), but at the same time, it’s totally inspiring because there are ideas that you totally can apply to your own home. Here’s a few pics from the tour last weekend:

Put Yer Feet Up!

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I’m on a mission to find a new coffee table for my living room. I want something cool looking, but not weird; practical, but not boring – not too big, not too small. It’s a tough decision, as there are sooooo many good options out there! Here’s a sampling of contenders… (As always, click to shop)

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Target – Marble and Gold Round Coffee Table, $149.99

 

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(full view of Target’s table)

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One King’s Lane – Brass Table, $599

All Modern - Corona Coffee Table, $179

All Modern – Corona Coffee Table, $179

West Elm - Mid-century Pop-Up Table, $599

West Elm – Mid-century Pop-Up Table, $599

West Elm - Metal + marble pedestal table, $649

West Elm – Metal + marble pedestal table, $649

CB2 - Adam Coffee Table, $429

CB2 – Adam Coffee Table, $429

Etsy - Mid-century coffee table, $749

Etsy – Mid-century coffee table, $749

Room and Board - Union coffee table, $599

Room and Board – Union coffee table, $599

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Color Forecast Fall Winter 2017-2018 from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming color trends for the Autumn / Winter 2017-2018 season. Just a little taste of what’s to come for women, men, kids and home…

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Makes Scents

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Love these deliciously scented candles from Brooklyn Candle Studio, where their small batch, hand-poured candles are a nod to 19th century apothecaries.

Brooklyn Candle Studio was founded as an homage to the meditative approach of the small batch process. Production is kept small and simple — candles are poured by the team in batches of 9 or 10. Each candle, from wicking to wax melting to pouring and wick-cutting, is created with the utmost care and precision. Known for their fresh, calming botanical fragrances and gorgeous packaging, these candles are simple and modern with a hint of vintage charm. (As always, click to shop!)

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