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Monday, February 18, 2013

Savannah Paintbrush Happy

 After years of talking about it, I'm finally trying it.  Portrait painting with wonderful painter and teacher, Melinda Borysevicz.  It's such fun.  I lose myself completely for 2.5 hours every Thursday.   So far I have discovered I'm hesitant to use enough paint.  Will fix that this Thurs.  I love painting the light and dark shapes...rather than a facial feature.  That puts me into flow nirvana!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wallpaper For One

There is something wonderful about wallpaper like this.  It doesn't rely on pattern or gorgeous repeat.  It tells a little story in a big way.  It makes me feel like I've stepped into one of the luscious images by one of my favorite illustrators.  I'm a character in my own room where a lifesize tale unfolds against a backdrop of timeless beauty.

Maybe it's that I'm tall and like feeling that I'm enveloped in a bigger panorama than interiors usually allow.   I'm not sure about any of it...but this i do know.  This sort of wallpaper treatment creates rooms I'd love to live in.

To dream in.

And yes, even to swim in.

They are ethereal.  Heavenly.  Otherworldly.  These are featured by De Gournay. If you know of any other wonderful wallpapers similar to these please share your links with us and with our readers by posting a link.  I'd love to see what you j'adore.

Monday, March 07, 2011


28 12 17.  Those are the lottery numbers I would pick today.  The numbers that would win me a giant jackpot.  A jackpot I would use to dial up  Leroy Street Studio (an architecture firm based in nyc) and say, "Get out your drafting boards kids!  Mama wants a new pad."
Enough words.  Pictures say it all.  Click & Drool, ladies & gents.

28 12 17.

28 12 17.  I'm just sayin...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Charming Art Collection, Really.

There's something unexpected and delightful about a collection of little art. It can take the most boring corner of a hallway or tiny strip of wall and turn it into a little surprise.   Eng Gee Fan also known as Minifanfan is this weeks pick for me.
Visit her wonderful website and you will find Eng Gee Fan,
currently works as an artist / illustrator in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
she loves bob hair, minimalism, gigs, drawing and handmade.
if you like her works, please funding her further study via purchase in her ETSY.
contact her about commissions, collaborations, and ideas here.
Happy Drawing for Happy People.
Her style charms me.  Her faces make me smile.  The hats they wear are darling.  Look closely and you might see that each one of these little works of art is actually a charm for a necklace.  Added Bonus Alert!
So...maybe this little collection could grace your closet...and you could choose a different charm to wear from your collection.   Wearable art collections.  Hmmmmmmm.   I'm off to try on some of my paintings.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tweets From Italy....

It's so much fun to read what etsy artists write in their profiles. At her etsy storefront dimdi , the lovely Irene had me at:
My name is Irene.I'm an italian artist. I live in a lovely land of Italy where the nature and the animals are the principal richness.
I love the animals and nature ... these are the principal inspirations of my art!

"Um, hello, Irene?  This is Curlin from the lovely land of Austin.  Can we be best friends?"

Her original watercolors of birds (and other lovely animals) make me want to spend an afternoon in her kitchen gabbing about all things art and animals and woodland menageries.  And can you say affordable, most original 8x10 pieces are $25.

Is it just me or do all of her watercolor creatures look as if they just remembered a funny little story?  It's hard to pinpoint which brush stroke makes it so...but give a look and tell me what you see.

I highly recommend adding an dimdi original to your collection.  For the gorgeous swirls she glides onto the paper.   And almost as important, to me, the swirls of detail and color she chooses to leave out.

She captures the essence of her subjects with the least amount of brush strokes possible.  Her work is spare and light.  Which I think makes her a fine feathered artist to be sure!

Monday, February 07, 2011

Color Me Happy!

What a fun way to start my day!!! I'm going to pull together a wonderful colorful guest room in about an hour  with the help of some seriously talented furniture makers & designers.  On the wall above the bed, I'd have to start with these...fabric covered horse shoes from  Hable Construction. At just $18 a piece, i think we should do a whole grid of them on a wall above our red lattice bed from Furniturea.
The curve of the horse shoes set against the grid of the lattice bed makes me whinny with glee.  But look!  This is no ordinary lattice...it's wonky...slightly askew....just the way i LOVE things.  Now let's throw down a wonderful plaid rug fromCompany C.

I do love a good plaid and this one is restrained  (not stuffy, tho) and so joyful.  I would have to jump wildly on the red lattice bed that sat upon this beauty.

And now for a moment of calm ....in our all white bedroom, naturally. I would add a lovely chair from Furniturea ( After all I'd need some place to sit after all my bed-jumping.)
And here is the table I would sit beside our chair.  A lovely organic shape from Thompson Rustic Furnishings to play off all the right angles.  A beautiful table on which to sit my thorazine drip!  Gawd, I'm going to need to calm down I'm so excited about this room!

Monday, January 24, 2011

I Think I Need Glasses!!

Those random glasses at flea markets and thrift stores will never look the same again.The lovely Propellor Design has gathered them all together to create one-of-a-kind chandeliers.  I must have.  Must have now!

Can't you picture this over a gorgeous white tempered glass kitchen table in an amazing white room?

Now let's find some wonderful antique chairs.  Something with a rounded back i think.  Like these featured on etsy by The Vintage Supply Co. (sorry they're sold)  I'm digging the wood tones with the reds and ambers and browns in the chandelier.

Now, let's add something like this Sariskar fabric designed by Henry Wilson for Osborne & Little.  Can't tell if it's a big repeat but i'd try to center the big flower on each seat if possible.
I definitely need glasses.  (as pictured above)   Clearly, I'm starting to see things!  Could be trouble.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Throwing In The Towel

I'm throwing in the towel on getting my monday post in on time today. The Marimekko tea towels to be exact. I had a huge stretched Marimekko Canvas as the central piece of art in my room growing up. It was bright and bold and modern and I thought it was over-the-top-cool.

And while I can't even remember what happened to the first piece of art I added to my collection at 13, I'm still a huge fan of Marimekko Anything. The patterns. The bold colors. The unexpectedness of the designs. And the range of colors and imagery is fantastic.

I'm so happy Crate & Barrel does its darndest to keep Marimekko patterns in their ongoing collections. I have two pillow shams on my master bed right now that are muted scandinavian nummy. If you want to make a little less of a commitment to the boldness of Marimekko designs...I say grab yourself a tea towel...or a set of tea towels as featured onwww.finnstyle.com.

For around $29 dollars you can pick out a set of two Marimekko tea towels. And bop around your kitchen with them...see how you feel about the bold colors and patterns. And even the more subtle ones above. I think tea towels are like new underwear for the kitchens. You'll feel fresh and sassy without spending a fortune. Only you will know you have new tea towels. I guarantee nobody in your family will know what you're smiling about. It's between you and the tea towels. And of course, all of us here at Spark.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year! New News!!

New Year.  New news!  After my home was featured on Apartment Therapy last december (see post right below this one), I was invited to join a collective of interior decorators &  landscape architects  & exterior space designers here in Austin.  It's a dream come true!

I'll now be using my creativity in a new and exciting way:  I'll be helping my clients design and create their own signature nests...through the thoughtful use of art, design, textures, textiles, budgets, vintage finds, treasures, new furniture and more.  A process that can take anywhere from a delightful afternoon to a carefully curated  lifetime depending on my client's time and budget.

The invitation to join Spark Interiors...to embark on a new chapter in my creative career is so thrilling.  I have very much missed collaborating with other people creatively on a regular basis.  This is my sweet new chance to spend more time in the world and a little less time in the studio.

to be sure, i'll still be busy in my pippingtooth studio...plotting and planning rooms & spaces and creating one-of-a-kind decorative accessories, art, ceramics  and repurposed wonders for my happy clients..  but  i will be taking a break from the retail part of pippingtooth for a while.  so, yes, my  store will be under the mulch  (closed) for a while.   at least until, i get my paint swatch fans firing on all cylinders.

for now, i'll be sharing my weekly Spark Interiors posts with you here.  every monday, i'll be using my creative eye to source great finds and pass along any deals and must-have-finds with you.  and  i'll even be available to do some online e-decorating with my sweet clients.  how cool is that?  You send a picture.  We gab.  I'll send you links & ideas.)

 ladies and gentlemens, prepare to feather together!!   you may want to start with these great silkscreen posters i discovered and posted about for my new partner, sparkinteriors.com 

Grab your hammers and  picture hooks, kids!  Give your walls a new twist in 2011 with these silkscreened posters featuring music lyrics & fab typography over at Music Philosophy

The talented creator of these marvy hits is based in the UK and introduces himself and his work thusly:
"Hi. My name is Mico. I am a designer. I like music and typography. So I combined them on this Project because I had nothing better to do."
How droll and delish!

In my next life, I fear my house will have no windows...only walls...so I can satisfy my passion for art, art and more art.   Or maybe i'll fancy a double-sided framing system for displaying ON windows.  How about a huge picture window with a poster featuring Johnny Nash's "I can see clearly now the rain has gone."  facing in.  And this wonderful poster (thanks to The Mouldy Peaches) facing out for arriving guests to see:

Thank you, Mico.  Wonderful work.  Love, Love.  Me Do.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

a home tour on apartment therapy

many thanks to my sweet friend, Misty Adair who is the oh-so-creative interior designer and owner of Spark Interior Style and also a contributing writer for Apartmenttherapy.com  She very very kindly asked if she might write an article and feature a house tour of our Austin digs as one of her first assignments. She is talented beyond measure and has created amazing interiors for homeowners
throughout Austin so the very notion that she chose our home made me hap-hap-happy and a little blushy.  It's nice to think I've created a home that is fun and welcoming.  Her 40+ photos tell the tale.  Yes, it's true.  Misty is multi-talented.  she not only creates amazing interiors,  she's also dang handy with a camera. come on in and see for yourself!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Free Signed Print GiveAway for A Special Apartment Therapy Reader!

helloooooooo apartment therapy readers!  as a thank you for stopping by, i'm offering a free give-away of one of my limited edition MOD MADISON signed  archival prints (8.5 x 11)to enter sign up for my "what's new previews" by posting a comment about what you love most about your home.  (make sure there's a way to contact you!)  i'll pick the winner by random number generator after january 1st.

if you're just stopping by and haven't seen it yet, my home, studio & art are featured on apartmenttherapy.com  what a fantastic early christmas present for us!  click by and take a tour.

hope you're home is cozy and cheery this holiday season.   merry everything!!!


The winner of the print is Jill.  thanks to all of you who wrote and posted comments.  Jill please get in touch with me if you check this again so that i can contact you and mail your print to you.  love the story of your dining room table.  i have a breakfast room table like that.

Friday, December 04, 2009

new 2010 calendars!

i'm loving how the calendar turned out this year. new images. and a new page for jotting down important dates and birthdays. quick little note today...am off to the studio to prepare orders for shipping!

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