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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.

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