I couldn’t decide which Halloween video to feature this year. So, I figured, “what the heck, each one is only a minute long” and decided to offer up this two-for-one. The first was made by Freezelight in Moscow, Russia and the second designed by Michael Dibblee of Vancouver, BC. Hope they help get you in the holiday spirit! (Hee hee! Get it? Spirit? No? Hmpf.)
As you know, I’m terribly keen on amusement. Especially so when there’s a killer (hee-hee!; a little Halloween humor there?) back story. Should you be strolling through the streets of London today, consider stopping by Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to pick up a brilliantly designed little surprise for the trick-or-treaters or a clever all hallow’s eve hostess gift (Not in London? Everything’s available on-line too!).
Established in 1818 (or so I’m told), they are a “purveyor of quality goods for monsters of every kind”. But that’s not all. Head toward the back of the shop, and you’ll find something equally special; the Ministry of Stories, a volunteer organization dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation. Here, they provide a free space, workshops and one-to-one mentoring for young writers. The services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all donating their time and talent. Now, that’s not so scary after all, is it? (As always, click to shop!)
Forget the orange, folks. (Tangerine Tango is SO last year!) This fall, the autumnal decorating trend eschews a traditional harvest palette in favor of rustic pumpkin accents in a dreamy white. (I’m so sorry I don’t have the original photo credits for these great pics – they’re assembled from Pinterest; so if you’re curious, follow this link.)
Finally. It’s here. Today’s the day I fly back to the USA and get to see my hubby! Sleep in my own bed! Have a nice, relaxing catch up with mom! Eat a proper American cheeseburger! Deeply grateful to have had such an adventure over the past couple weeks, and overjoyed to my core to be home. Home by Daughter from the album Wild Youth, 2012
Here’s a heady look at the incoming hues of the 2014 Spring Summer season 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. In this forecast, they are inspired by form – it’s a pretty interesting read.
Looking for a way to update your decor for fall in a way that feels luxuriously modern? Well assuming you’ve got a spare $185 bucks handy (which is nutty, I know – but these are SO beautiful!), consider adding one of these gorgeous hand embroidered, chain stitched, 18′ x 18″ Judy Ross pillows to your environment! (As always, click to shop!)
I’ve been getting my fair share of really, really long international flights lately. Even when they’re overnights, I’ve never manage to sleep on a plane… though not for lack of trying. (Pretty sure my subconscious mind goes something like: “Right-o. You’re not laying down properly, ergo thou shalt not slumber.”) Instead, I get “faux sleep”, in which I lull myself into a dreamy state of relaxation by strapping on my eye mask, wrapping up in a cozy pashmina and turning to my iPod for a perpetual shuffle of my “nighty night” play list. Here’s a tune from that list never fails to provide a tranquilizing escape. Don’t Have To Be So Sad by Yo La Tengo from the album Summer Sun, 2003.
When I got my very first apartment – sans roommates, I was thrilled by the prospect of being able to decorate it anyway that I wanted. And I chose black and white. Yup – EVERY room was pretty much a monocolor parade. I loved it at the time, of course (“How chic! I’m such an ’80’s hipster!”), but over the years the idea of black and white decor lost it’s appeal. It seems so cold, dated and uninspired. Yet, as we all know, what’s old is new again, right? Looks like Black + White (especially with gray accents – or even better: wood accents) has made a comeback of sorts. I compiled these inspiring photos to get across the point that black and white is a thing again. (Since I made little collages, I wasn’t able to link each image to the proper source; but they’re all posted on my pinterest page – in either “color” or “great spaces” if you’re interested in learning more about a specific pic.)