Fall Reds & Trompe L'Oeil

Kooky Lipstick Sweatshirt via Madewell
Kate Spade Cha Cha Mug
Steak & Roses Rug by Nathalie Lete

 

If I'm going to wear or exhibit the color red, it has to be something extra special, super minimal, or downright kooky. It's a color that has big impact in carefully edited doses... and can easily end up looking gaudy as hell.  But I say, if you (or your living space) are going to end up looking gaudy as hell, at least do it purposefully.  And have a shit ton of fun with it.

While specimens No. 1 No. 2 pique my curiosity, I'm completely smitten by this wonderfully weird steak n' roses rug by illustrator Nathalie Lété (and check out her other items available at Anthropolige ) via The Jealous Curator.  

Shades of red for fall & winter via the Pantone Color Report.

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Otherworldly Porcelain Jewels

Most Wanted | Porcelain Jewelry by Andres Gallardo
"Gallop"  |  Porcelain Horses
Clustered Porcelain Rabbits
Pendant Necklace with Porcelain
Porcelain Lion Necklace

So generally speaking, I'm not a big jewelry person (hang on don't slap me yet).  I find that the vast majority of jewelry available, even by high end designers, is pretty boring, or worse - cheap looking.  Apart from a few classic, simple pieces for every day - something slender, gold, minimal - jewelry should be carefully edited, and/or pack a significant, relevant punch.   

Enter the tzar of statement jewelry: Andres Gallardo.  Whatever this guy is smoking, I'll have what he's having. 

Not only is his aesthetic exactly the stuff I salivate over: porcelain, flora, fauna, feminine, and cleverly absurd, his pieces are hand crafted in small batches using found porcelain objects. Prices start at $100 (ridiculously accessible for a high-end one-of) and run up to around $650.  

 

Plunder more Andres Gallardo:  

WEBSITE  /  SHOP /  BLOG  /  MY PERSONAL FAVE, "BROKEN HORSE" NECKLACE

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Sneak Peek: Academic Branding & Blog

This design sneak peek is for an academic organization's branding and blog. I'm really enjoying the challenge of creating an online environment that is not only highly functional and organized, but also visually uplifting, and far from the unfortunate, ubiquitous boring-ness that plagues most liberal art centered academia.

My primary (aesthetic) concern for this project is balance: I know the staff and teachers will expect something professional and restrained, while the students (who will be the ones actually using the blog) need an engaging design that keeps their interest and is simple and intuitive to navigate.

So to meet both needs in the middle, I'm going for a relaxed elegance with a color palette of subdued greys and blues, jazzed up with an energetic hit of aqua.  To keep the design relatable, rather than rigid, I've used a handwritten type face for the logo and header, and a couple of bold graphics like the world map (shown above) for the translation tool.   

This is just a quick preview, as this project is currently in-progress, but you can see the rest of my design projects over here at the studio.

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Neo Prep

Fresh shades and simple shapes, perfect for the last month of summer.  (I'm kind of sad already, but also looking forward to a season sans bugs.  You know.)

 

FAVORITE FINDS THIS WEEK...  

[1] Samudra's Canvas Tulum Wave Pouch, $65 because, girl,  the beach looks so good on you.  [2] Tatty Devine's Butterfly Necklace, $56 I've never been a fan of plastic jewelry... until right now.   [3]  Always on the lookout for a unique, feminine watch.  Cold Picnic's Leather Icona-Pop Watch in Yellow, $50 totally fits the bill.  [4] I'll admit, I haven't tried  Byredo's Palermo Eau de Parfum, about $126 (€95) but the packaging is so divine, who gives a shit.  [5]  Luxury kitsch, no apologies:  Dolce & Gabbana's Fruits & Florals Scarf, $495 [6]  Lastly, the ultimate steal: Zara's Pointed Ballet Flats with Ankle Strap, $40 are a sweet (not saccharine) twist on the everyday ballet flat, and guaranteed to go with everything. 

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Beauty in a Tube - Handsome Packaging

So I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day, and discovered a whole mess of pretty packaging tucked away in my Graphic Design board.  Call me nerdy, but it was almost like I'd found a $20 bill in my pocket. I said ALMOST.  

Aesthetically speaking, I want my whole life to look like a cross between the RodinCrema and Tokyomilk Dark.  With frequent vacations to MarvisLibrary of Flowers, and Soap & Paper Factory.  

Furthermore, I'm having a heart attack (the good kind) over the whole Tokyomilk Dark collection.  Item No. 4, above, is scented, "La Vie La Mort", which happily translates to "life and death".    


 

NO. 1  /  NO. 2  / NO. 3 / NO. 4 / NO. 5  

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Decor Guide | Eclectic Interiors

Decor Guide  |  Eclectic Spaces
Decorating Notes on Eclectic Spaces



THE CONUNDRUM


IS IT JUST ME, OR DO BOHEMIAN STYLE INTERIORS SEEM SO MUCH HARDER TO REPLICATE IN YOUR OWN SPACE AT HOME?

 

One of my personal on-going projects is the arrangement of my apartment.  While it's generally the sort of project I devour with gusto, I've often found it frustrating (sometimes simply tricky, other times downright vexing) to create this kind of eclectic look and still maintain a sense of order.

Maybe it's just a personal peeve of mine (doubtful), but even though I crave a space filled with wonder and curiosity, I need a space that's organized and free of clutter and visual distractions.  That's what makes this whole bohemian-modern thing so perplexing (and alluring).  It offers a richly lived-in and well-loved vibe, and for the masterful few, a calming sense of unobtrusive order.

For the rest of us, I've pulled together a few common denominators, derived from careful observations of the best of the best (see sources below).  Look out Kelly Wearstler, I've made us mortals a cheat sheet. !!

Bohemian Decorating | Cheat Sheet!

UNDERSTAND THE BASICS


1.  COLOR     2.  TEXTURE     3. PATTERN

 

Instead of talking specifics (i.e. "this lamp" or "that rug"), I've divided everything into three general elements: color, texture, & pattern.  Why and How can certain details be used together? The key is in finding the right balance between the minimal and complex aspects of each element. Think of pairing vintage with modern, curves with angles, unusual with classic, smooth and textured surfaces, and bright hues with deep shades. 

 

ADD: NATURE, HISTORY, & MODERN ART  

 

These are the three specific elements every proper bohemian space will incorporate.  To truly nail the eclectic vibe, keep these words in mind when considering what should stay and what should go.

 


RESOURCES & GOLD MINES

Where to find your furniture, materials, & decorative details:


THRIFT STORES

Endless retro tchotchkes!  And be on the lookout for things that can be transformed with a simple coat of paint.  

A favorite for beautiful/retro home goods.

Inexpensive, modern, and on-trend, but be wary of anything too campy or (ew) dormy.

The Swedes have quite a handle on modern and minimal.

DIY 

I'm talking about the do-it-yourself projects that end up looking like they'd fit right in at Anthropologie.  No "loving hands at home", in the words of my fashion illustration professor.  You know what I mean.


GET INSPIRED


Finally, gorge your eyes on inspiration from a few of the very best...

/  1. Furniture Workshop Co-Op founders Poppy Lane & Scott Gibson's Melbourne home via The Design Files, photo by Sean Fennessy, styled by Lucy Feagins  /  2.  blogger guru & designer Bri Emery's home via Design Love Fest  / 3. artist Mary Nelson Sinclair's New York City apartment via Lonny  /  4.  Swedish designer Lisa Marie Andersson's home via Mackapar (visit Lisa's dress shop, Up the Wooden Hills)  /  Header image via Domino Magazine

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