Today’s Track – Snakes In the Grass, The Essex Green

Aaah, Home Sweet Home. So happy by the prospect of sleeping in my own bed after a couple weeks in hotels halfway around the world! So today, something to stave off the jet lag… Snakes in the Grass by The Essex Green from the album Cannibal Sea, 2006.

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Spring Summer 2016 Pattern Trends from Patternbank_part 1

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Love this sampling of trend-relevant print & pattern for spring/summer 2016 from Patternbank, a global trend forecasting company based in the UK that delivers innovative (and typically spot-on) forecasts as well as a huge selection of licensed pattern designs. These totally inspiring works of art may have their roots in women’s fashion, but many are also generally (or certainly, directionally) applicable in home and giftware categories.

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Foody Fare

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ANEK shop is all about simple pleasures of food, and cooking, and beauty and joy of everyday moments. The lovely assortment of prints are created by Ana Zaja Petrak, a graphic designer and illustrator working and living in Zagreb, Croatia. Each one is an archival fine art giclée reproduction print on beautiful white Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 276 g Paper (genuine artist paper made of 100 % cotton with fine, smooth matt surface), printed with finest archival, fade resistant inks. Prices range from $30 – $85, depending on size. (As always, click to shop!)

Food has always played an important role in my family growing up. I’d say my love for food started with my granny’s delicious recipes. Gastronomy is something that I really love, it excites and inspires me. I tend to make my artworks simple, colorful, accessible and witty, wanting to reflect feeling of good food & living. I’m inspired by everyday moments and small things, simplicity and nature. Passionate people, cookbooks, dance, music, nostalgia, sentimental things…and gorgeous Italian food.

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Today’s Track – 7, Prince

The Philippines and Vietnam are now in my rear view mirror, and I’m newly settled in to quarters in India. It’s an amazing journey; wonderfully inspirational and a much needed jolt from my daily routines. But I have to admit, I’m getting pretty homesick over here. So today calls for something familiar – something from home – something that reminds me of my roots… So, that has to be Prince. And since I’ve got a week left before heading back to the states, it could only be one track… 7 by Prince from the Love Symbol album, 1992.

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Painterly Pillows

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Brooklyn-based designer Rebecca Atwood began her career at Anthropologie before launching her own collection of home textiles. Her products begin in her sketchbook, and then are created in small editions using hand-dying, printing and painting techniques. I especially love the unique softness of the one-of-a-kind Shibori pillows, and how lovely they layer with her other pieces. (Prices range from $109 – $225; As always, click to shop!)

Our original collection of home textiles focuses on the artistic process. Drawing, painting, collecting inspiration, making collages, creating swatches, and testing colors: it all begins in the sketchbook. The first samples are made right in the studio. We cut the pillow fronts and backs ourselves as working on this process in the studio allows for more creativity to occur and instant design decisions to be made.

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Jazzed about Julia

So excited to see the work of a dear friend of mine from college! Last week I ventured in to Julia Moss’s Pop Up Shop in the uptown area of Minneapolis and was instantly transported into a world of irreverent color and playful femininity. Each vintage item (most of which are silver) is hand-selected by Julie and given a new life through a unique colorizing process; making each item a one-of-a-kind treasure of upcycle chic.

Need a piece to call your own? The line has been picked up by amazing retailers like Martin Patrick and the Walker Art Center Gift Shop, or visit the showroom (best to call or check the website for hours.)

  
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Today’s Track – Lilac Wine (The Album Leaf Remix), Nina Simone

I don’t even know what Lilac Wine is, but I’m pretty sure I’d like a glass right now. Lilac Wine (the Album Leaf Remix) by Nina Simone from the album Verve Remixed 3, 2005.

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Spring Summer 2016 Color Trends from the Trend Council

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Today’s peek at key colors for the for the Spring Summer 2016 season comes from the Trend Council, a great trend forecasting agency for the fashion industry that provides both analysis and design inspiration.

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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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Glad for the Grad

It’s about that time when we begin congratulating this year’s crop of new graduates on a job well done. Loving some of the new approaches designers are taking to carry the message without the ivy and mortarboard… (As always, click to shop!)

Henley Paper Co, $4.50
Henley Paper Co, $4.50
Sycamore Street Press, $5.50
Sycamore Street Press, $5.50
1 Canoe 2, $4.50
1 Canoe 2, $4.50
Elum, $5.50
Elum, $5.50
Serena Rivera Designs, $5
Serena Rivera Designs, $5
Steel Petal Press, $5
Steel Petal Press, $5
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Elum, $5.50
Typoretum, £3.50
Typoretum, £3.50
Paperwheel, $6
Paperwheel, $6
Noi Publishing,
Noi Publishing, £3.50
Sugar Paper, $6
Sugar Paper, $6
BS and RS, $5
BS and RS, $5
Emily McDowell, $4.50
Emily McDowell, $4.50
Iron Curtain Press, 5
Iron Curtain Press, $5
Smock Paper, $5
Smock Paper, $5

 

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