Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring is At Hand!

It's snowed almost all day yesterday and it is so beautiful. The snow is magic indeed! But my heart is in Spring already and I can't go backwards. I think focusing on a little creation that spells beauty and a touch of Spring, will lift me up. I mean this girl-y stuff that can not be enough some times...
So, I decided to dig into my picture treasure and find some fun Spring-y bags that are like blooms of spirit, and let you play the "Inspiration"/"Find" game, and so let the inspiration meet the new arrivals for Spring.

The Inspiration: 
Fresh pink hand-embroidered bag with fuschia handle





































The Finds:
Glenda Gies Millie Fuschia Chenille Bag







Vera Bradley Cupcakes Pink Super Tote



GlendaGies Fuschia Chenille Flowers Handbag







The Inspiration:
Mulberry Sunflower cross stitched tote


The Finds:






















Kiss and Sunburst Ruffled Laundry Bag


Relic Monaco Crossover bag



















The Inspiration:
Hibiscus Butterfly Canvas Tote
The Finds:Tianni Floral Garden Tote

Mary Frances Flowers Bead Shoulder Bag
Vera Bradley Hello Dalia Purse
The Inspiration:
Crochet Striped Bag with Bead Handle

The Finds:
Tianni Pink and Aqua Laminated Tote
Relic Crossbody Canvas Spring Bag




















 Capelli Ring Bead Handle Tote





















Happy Spring!
Cheers and more to come,


Monday, March 7, 2011

Mood Board Monday - Nursery Edition



Making collages and project boards is one of my most favorite things to do, so today I decided to participate in Sarah's Moonboard party over at Pweter+Sage. I chose the French Toddler bed and I am creating a romantic and gracious room setting for a little girl from my favorite store Layla Grace. My room has tall ceilings and chocolate brown walls, and feels soft and sweet...

I chose to set to tone with a Paul Thomas hand tufted wool rug, which will "anchor" the room with its beautiful  pattern and color palette.

In the middle of the room I hung a Maura Daniel pink crystal-like chandelier

I thought this French three door pink armoire will give extra storage and will make the room look so delicious!
I added a romantic white chest of drawers,

and I accessorized it with this beautiful roses lamp,
a personalized photo album with brown ribbon and initials by Jan Sevajian

and a pink and brown daisy photo frame.
Then I hung a Victorian reproduction pink mirror over the chest.
I set the crib with soft pink and brown linens by Anette Tatum. This 3 piece crib set added pattern and texture with its polka dot bumper, the jersey crib sheet and the gathered crib skirt in stripe.

I added a soft chenille blanket with contrasting colors

 I bought some fabric by the yard and made a couple of curtain panels with pink ribbons, and an extra pair of sheets.
I completed the bed setting with a hand knit Peruvian doll
and a paper doll patterned pink and brown pillow.
What else? For all the toys, a fun and functional pink paper doll pattern storage bin

 and a totally un-expected Zebra print kids accent chair in dark brown and white that "jazzes" the room up!


ALL DONE!
I had so much fun! 
Thank you Sarah!
Pink kisses and chocolate hugs,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Favorite New Book



I recently went through a presentation with the new Country Linens collection by Sanderson textiles, and oh, how fresh and beautiful! The show was accompanied by the "Essence of English Decoration" a book full of Sanderson's inspiring design ideas, new colors and modern patterns, that is now my favorite book!

The book is about the story of England’s leading manufacturer of wallpapers and decorative fabrics, illustrated with archival images and specially taken photographs. Picture the interior of the quintessential English home—whether the chintz parlor of a Victorian row house, a postwar urban flat, or the majestic blue drawing room of Buckingham Palace—and you inevitably picture Sanderson. For 150 years Sanderson has been at the vanguard of every significant movement in European decorative arts, from Arts and Crafts and Art Deco to 1980s country-house style to the vibrant interiors of the twenty-first century, shaping a distinctive style of English decoration beloved throughout the world.

Granted unprecedented access to the Sanderson archives, Mary Schoeser relates the history of the company from its founding to the present day. A preface by renowned British fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and an introduction by Whitworth curator Christine Woods celebrate the importance of the “Sanderson style” in modern British decoration and design.
With over 200 patterns specially selected from the Sanderson archives and reproduced in full color, this book is a font of inspiration for decorators, designers, graphic artists, and collectors. 300 color photographs and illustrations 


About the Author:
Mary Schoeser graduated from the University of California and has since worked as a textile curator and consultant for, among other institutions, the National Trust, English Heritage, Liberty of London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A respected writer on textiles of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, she has contributed to numerous publications and has lectured widely. Her books include World Textiles and Sanderson: The Essence of English Decoration. She lives in England. 



I hope you love these books as much as I do...

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