Eggs-cellent Inspiration!

Planning to decorate Easter eggs this weekend? Me too. I’m hoping to glean some inspiration that elevates this years crop beyond my typical PAAS efforts, without actually having to work too terribly hard at it. I am hardly the crafty type (one year, I tried using silk ties to stain the eggshells. Not my finest hour…), but these DIY-ers make it irresistible to consider using decoupage, tattoos, rubber cement, glitter, sharpies or a host of other unconventional approaches. Here are a few of my favorites from the bevy of alternatives invented by brilliant creative types (click the image to get the how-to low down!):

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Today’s Track – Back to Life, Soul II Soul

Just got home from NYC late last night, and I’m faced with returning to the daily grind. Not that there’s really anything objectionable about that, but it’s so fun to be off on adventures, disrupting one’s routine with exploration and discovery. I think today’s track puts a toe-tappin’ spin on returning to norms while also providing a cheekily apropos anthem for the Easter holiday this weekend. I’m just saying… Back to Life by Soul II Soul from the album Keep on Movin’, 1989.

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Maison & Objet – January Trend Tour – part 2

As promised, here’s the second one of the Maison & Object trend videos from the January fair. This one’s well over 7 minutes, so it’s a committment and the music gets a tad tedious. Still, well worth it to get visuals representing the key trends they identified, which are:

  • Primal Nature
  • Revisiting Naturalism
  • Lightness & Freshness
  • Luxury’s New Natures
  • Tweaked Takes on the Classics
  • Nature and Minimalism
  • Quaint, Relaxed Spirit
  • Graphics and Colors
  • Fifties Spirit
  • True Colors & Playful Spirit
  • A New Scandinavian Spirit
  • Curiosities & Quirkiness
  • Artistic and Geometric
  • Nature & Science
  • Futures

Missed part 1? You can check it out HERE!

Hoppin’ Down the Bunny Trail

Today, a smattering of Easter cards that feel simple, fresh and modern. (as always, click to shop!)

Duet Letterpress - Hoppy Easter Card
Duet Letterpress – Hoppy Easter Card
Sugar Paper - Hippity Hop Card, $6
Sugar Paper – Hippity Hop Card, $6
Heartfish Press - E is for Easter, $5
Heartfish Press – E is for Easter, $5
Quill and Fox - Egg Painting, $4
Quill and Fox – Egg Painting, $4
Whit and Whistle - Easter Typography, $4
Whit and Whistle – Easter Typography, $4
Moxie House Paper Goods - Rabbit Letterpress, $5
Moxie House Paper Goods – Rabbit Letterpress, $5
Paper Source - Chocolate Bunny, $4.50
Paper Source – Chocolate Bunny, $4.50
Seahorse Bend Press - Striped Egg, $5
Seahorse Bend Press – Striped Egg, $5
Ink Meets Paper - Letterpress Easter Eggs
Ink Meets Paper – Letterpress Easter Eggs
Lion and Lisa - Carrot Card, $4.50
Lion and Lisa – Carrot Card, $4.50
Crane - Le Cottontail, $3.25
Crane – Le Cottontail, $3.25
Farewell Paperie - Easter Feaster Letterpress Card, $5
Farewell Paperie – Easter Feaster Letterpress Card, $5
Paper Finch Design - Peter Cottontail, $4
Paper Finch Design – Peter Cottontail, $4

Spring Summer 2013 Trends from Patternbank

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Pinch me. I’m a sucker for fabulous prints, and this Spring Summer 2013 forecast by Patternbank (one of my very favorite UK trend agencies!) is chock full of them. Looks like we’ll have some stunning fashion options once the snow finally gives way to warm, sunny skies!

African graphic impact ~ Tribal abstracts & geometric elements ~ Linear build ups ~ clashing repeats ~ Border and placed pattern ~ Painterly effects ~ Outline graphic art ~ Two tone effects ~ Batik and block print textures ~ Bold colour usage
African graphic impact ~ Tribal abstracts & geometric elements ~ Linear build ups ~ clashing repeats ~ Border and placed pattern ~ Painterly effects ~ Outline graphic art ~ Two tone effects ~ Batik and block print textures ~ Bold colour usage
Tropical vegetation focus ~ Photo-real jungle scenes ~ Micro and large-scale tropical flower studies ~ Watercolour textural effects ~ Symmetrical prints ~ Fern leaf overlap pattern forms ~ Engineered tropical placements ~ Distorted jungle prints
New form polka dot expression ~ Painterly textures ~ Pencil and delicate line work ~ Large and micro scale use of dots ~ Abstract compositions ~ Inverted circle formations ~ Shadowed and ghostly techniques ~ Muted colour hues
Fresh colour use ~ Garden life illustrations ~ Flowers and vegetable mixes ~ Botanical spring floral blooms ~ Traditional country garden flowers ~ White ground patterns ~ Stylised linear looks ~ Playful pattern
Fresh colour use ~ Garden life illustrations ~ Flowers and vegetable mixes ~ Botanical spring floral blooms ~ Traditional country garden flowers ~ White ground patterns ~ Stylised linear looks ~ Playful pattern
Abstracted geometric patterns ~ Stripe, Dot and zigzag pattern interaction ~ New Geometric variations ~ Bold clean looks ~ Overlapped geo pattern ~ New fractured pattern effects
Abstracted geometric patterns ~ Stripe, Dot and zigzag pattern interaction ~ New Geometric variations ~ Bold clean looks ~ Overlapped geo pattern ~ New fractured pattern effects
Digital blurs ~ techno tie-dye effects ~ Strong and vivid saturated colour mixes ~ Soft and subtle colour blends ~ Sunset colour banding ~ Fluid movement ~ Blurred and translucent layered effects
Digital blurs ~ techno tie-dye effects ~ Strong and vivid saturated colour mixes ~ Soft and subtle colour blends ~ Sunset colour banding ~ Fluid movement ~ Blurred and translucent layered effects
Tropical vegetation focus ~ Photo-real jungle scenes ~ Micro and large-scale tropical flower studies ~ Watercolour textural effects ~ Symmetrical prints ~ Fern leaf overlap pattern forms ~ Engineered tropical placements ~ Distorted jungle prints
Tropical vegetation focus ~ Photo-real jungle scenes ~ Micro and large-scale tropical flower studies ~ Watercolour textural effects ~ Symmetrical prints ~ Fern leaf overlap pattern forms ~ Engineered tropical placements ~ Distorted jungle prints

Today’s Track – New York, Cat Power

I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow for a weekend of fun and frolicking followed by a few days of intensive work stuff. So to get in the proper mindset, I thought I’d share this cover of a Sinatra favorite. New York, by Cat Power from the album Jukebox, 2008.

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Jennifer Graham Ceramics

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I did fairly well shopping-wise during my last trip to Canada, having procured only one foolhardy item (really, when will I ever learn to stop buying shoes that don’t fit? I have taken multiple oaths to that effect, but the sensible notion doesn’t seem to stick). My most prized purchase, though, was a lovely porcelain cup by Toronto-based ceramic artist Jennifer Graham. Using a limited palette and hand built forms, she creates richly textural artifacts with an organic sense of rhythm and contemporary aesthetic.

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In the Zone

Visited a very cute shop in Montreal a couple weeks ago that I thought was share-worthy. Zone is a Québec-based chain of 5 stores that has been selling decorative home accessories since opening their doors in 1980. The vibe is modern-lite (think: Canada’s answer to the UK’s Habitat), with a variety of housewares, furnishings and home accents at quite reasonable prices.

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Carlos Shower Curtain, $28 CAN
Carlos Shower Curtain, $28 CAN
Carved Vase, $28 CAN
Carved Vase, $28 CAN
Boda Accent Chair, $135 CAN
Boda Accent Chair, $135 CAN
Bird Ottoman, $158 CAN
Bird Ottoman, $158 CAN
Bollywood 4x6 Rug, $210 CAN
Bollywood 4×6 Rug, $210 CAN
Chalet Table Lamp, $65 CAN
Chalet Table Lamp, $65 CAN
Circle Bedding Queen Duvet Set, $228 CAN
Circle Bedding Queen Duvet Set, $228 CAN
Indigo Bowl, $11 CAN
Indigo Bowl, $11 CAN
Clea Set of 4 Placemats, $22 CAN
Clea Set of 4 Placemats, $22 CAN
Filament Pendant Light, $132 CAN
Filament Pendant Light, $132 CAN
Morgan Cushion, $58 CAN
Morgan Cushion, $58 CAN
Tower Set of 3 End Tables, $445 CAN
Tower Set of 3 End Tables, $445 CAN
Indira Table Cloth 60x90, $75
Indira Table Cloth 60×90, $75
Treela Waste Can, $16 CAN
Treela Waste Can, $16 CAN
Macie Cushion, $49 CAN
Macie Cushion, $49 CAN

Shades of Shamrock

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!)

Green Ginko
Red Bird Ink – Ginko Letterpress Cards, set of 12/$30
Hable Construction - Flip Flops, $16.95
Hable Construction – Flip Flops, $16.95
Jillian Rene Decor - Pillow Cover, $110
Jillian Rene Decor – Pillow Cover, $110
Oh Kuol - Green Ring, $57
Oh Kuol – Green Ring, $57
Happy Deliveries - Letterpress poster, $24
Happy Deliveries – Letterpress poster, $24
Garnet Hill - Printed Canvas Storage Bin, $34
Garnet Hill – Printed Canvas Storage Bin, $34
Studio LORIER - Ceramic Tea Cup, €19.50
Studio LORIER – Ceramic Tea Cup, €19.50
Just A Girl with String - Infinity scarf, $18.50
Just A Girl with String – Infinity scarf, $18.50
Rail 19 - Recycled glass soap dispenser, $25
Rail 19 – Recycled glass soap dispenser, $25
Hope Johnson - Ceramic plate, $28
Hope Johnson – Ceramic plate, $28
Zinc Door - Big dots blanket, $150
Zinc Door – Big dots blanket, $150
Emtek - Emerald door knob, $114
Emtek – Emerald door knob, $114
Bird and Feather Co - Air Plant Pod, $10
Bird and Feather Co – Air Plant Pod, $10
Ceramica Botanica - Platter, $40
Ceramica Botanica – Platter, $40
Kate Spade - iPhone 5 case, $35
Kate Spade – iPhone 5 case, $35

Today’s Track – Danny Boy, Eddie Condon

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We’re taking a slightly atypical course for today’s track. See, St. Patrick’s Day is not only a celebration of the Blessed Irish saint, but it is also my mom’s birthday. So we usually celebrate with a backdrop of Irish tunes, including one of her favorites, Danny Boy. But… well… it actually seems like quite a downer, doesn’t it?

“And I shall hear, though soft, your tread above me
And all my grave shall warmer, sweeter be
For you will bend and tell me that you love me
And I will sleep in peace until you come to me.”

I don’t even think you need to hear the lyrics to get the gist that something depressing is in play. Certainly not festive and birthday appropriate, right? So I spent the better part of last weekend searching for an acceptable alternative rendition. Of course, I was hoping for an upbeat electronica remix we could dance to, but – alas – that does not seem to exist. However, I did find a charming piece that I really like. It’s a dixieland-jazzy number reminiscent of a Woody Allen film, that takes the teary edge off while maintaining an appropriate level of integrity. Hope you like it, mom. xoxo

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Maison & Objet – January 2013 Trend Tour – part 1

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I think I’ve made it clear in the course of writing this blog that in my mind, Maison & Objet – the famed bi-annual exhibition in Paris – is without rival. Simply put, it’s the best, most inspiring trade fair in the world. Maison plays host to a bounty of amazing work by some of today’s most extraordinary designers, curated in a magnificent fashion. It’s a bounty of eye candy for creative thinkers, not to be missed. But alas, sometimes you just can’t attend. Fear not, today’s video (part one of two) provides an edited taste of the invigorating sights at the most recent show.

Interested in watching part 2? Click HERE

Spring Summer 2013 Color Trends from The Ultrabright

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Totally smitten by this heady look at the hues of the season ahead by The Ultrabright, a research and inspiration platform that provides color forecast, analysis and history overview. They have a knack for discovering inspiration in unexpected places, like new artists’ work, city streets and everyday objects.

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