I love a good DIY project or two (which is why I write the DIY for this lovely mag). These four projects are on my to-try list. The above honeycomb shelves are awesome. Love the shape, love the stained wood. Problem is they require many sharp tools… This one might be a joint project for me and Michael (M, if you’re reading, don’t say no just yet!).
I’m digging how this chandelier softens a space, and I think it could be just the thing to cure our sunroom’s serious lack of pretty lighting.
I think I’ve blogged about this tray before (perhaps elsewhere?) and I keep coming back to it. It’s not a DIY (it’s from etsy) but it definitely could be. Take a wood tray, some painter’s tape, a shade of neutral and a shade of gold, and you’ve got it. Could be great for our coffee table.
Once over the summer in college, I took an abstract painting class, and one of my paintings turned out like this. Maybe it’s time to resurrect it?
Are you a DIYer? Have any projects to share? I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to.
I’m really digging the look of these cowhide rugs. They are just so beautiful (and they are stain resistant and last a lifetime). When I was home in Chicago, my family and I walked around the Kane County Flea Market and my dad and I found this seriously awesome cowhide rug vendor. The best part? They were only $200-300 for a large area rug! I haven’t had the best luck with animal skins (I recently threw away my sheepskin floor rug… It had gotten so dirty and ratty. And Michael hated it from the start) but I took the guy’s card and am thinking of ordering. What do you think?
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Currently, I work for a professor, spending most of my time researching for a new business plan and writing case studies. I don’t have an office, so oftentimes my local coffeeshop becomes just that. I tend to love being able to walk through my quaint Charlottesville neighborhood to a locally owned cafe, sit on a bar stool, and zone into my work amidst the bustle of morning coffee drinkers and the handful of other regulars.
But sometimes when I am working on a more creative project or when I want to really dig in to writing fiction, I crave a space of my own to spread out my stuff and my thoughts. I have half transformed our sunroom into my office, meaning I moved the furniture around so my desk would fit at the center of our large back window overlooking the magnolia, apple, peach, and fig trees. The view is quite pretty for a suburban home pushed up against our neighbors, but the space itself is lackluster. Here’s what’s inspiring me today – an artist’s workroom.
It’s funny how I am drawn to both whitewashed spaces and their darker alternatives. I don’t seem to care for much in between. I think a few things are key: natural light, fresh flowers, art on the walls. I really love attic spaces too – there is something totally romantic about holing up in a small room all to oneself, exposed beams overhead, and a large window overlooking the countryside.
Workspaces: 1 source unknown (anyone know?), 2, 3, 4
The colorful landscapes of artist Michele Norris are not exactly new to me, but I can’t help but post about my love for them. A few years ago, I had the great pleasure of working for an art gallery which represented Michele. Her pieces, with their bold brush strokes and dripping paint, speak to the movement and spirit of her land and seascapes. As she herself writes, “The landscape moves beyond simply the illustration of an actual location and begins to symbolize thought, emotion and energy.” One of these pieces (the one above) is especially meaningful to me: It hangs on my dining room wall. This landscape spoke to me. It looks just like a small field overlooking Lake Michigan in Door County, Wisconsin (my favorite place in the world, but that’s another post) where I have shared some of the most meaningful moments of my life. I love this painting. Isn’t it a gift how art brings life to an otherwise dull room (or dull moment for that matter)? Please do check out Michele’s work if you have a moment.
All images of Michele’s work from her website.
I just love the glam feel of gold. There’s a warmth and a brightness there that seems to both hearken back to the Gilded Age of antique romance and to enlighten us of future glory. Yes, I think all that about gold. Plus, it just looks so pretty.
Totally want to snatch up the new gold designs by Rifle Paper Co.
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