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!):
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.
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
Missed part 1? You can check it out HERE!
Today, a smattering of Easter cards that feel simple, fresh and modern. (as always, click to shop!)
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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
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
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.