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Spring Art Auction

Hello there friends! I hope you are all having a lovely Monday! I just wanted to pop in and let you know that tomorrow, I will be the featured artist in a big Facebook Art Auction! Go here to join in on the fun!

I will have over 36 pieces of my Artwork up for bidding including both originals and beautiful stretched canvas prints!

Here's a sneak peek at some of the pieces that will be up for sale...

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Red Petals on white

What Remains

Dark Waters

Distant Dawn

Paperboats at night

I would love to "see" you there! It's a very fun crowd and the bidding wars can be downright entertaining!

Wish me luck!

Have a beautiful afternoon!

xo,

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ART to adore - Kat Hannah

Hello friends, How are you?

All is well in the Newport home. Busy with all the routines that make our days fly by. It can get a little nuts! Which is why I wanted to feature this artist today - Kat Hannah.

Her beautiful artwork holds a stillness for me. A sense of surrender. Minimal. Soft and yet poignant, I adore these works.

Aren't they wonderful? I love how they evoke so much story with so little detail. Please do go visit Kat's Etsy shop...she has so many more gorgeous pieces.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

xo,

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All Images by Kat Hannah

Winter Art

Hello! Okay so...seriously if it's gonna be this cold it should SNOW! In my area, we only got a tiny dusting - not too exciting! Oh well. Anyway, since I'm craving snowflakes, I thought I would share with you some chilly artwork from some fabulous artists on Society 6. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

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{by Paula Belle Flores}

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{by Laura Evans}

Have a wonderful weekend.

xo,

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Ruffles of Pink and Red

Every week, I try and buy myself a little bouquet of flowers. It's my treat for the week and it makes me smile to see fresh blossoms on my table. Now that the ranunculus are in season, they have taken center stage in my home for the past two weeks...and of course, I had to take pictures! Enjoy...

Don't you just love them?...all those ruffles. sigh.

Now, go get yourself some flowers...seriously.  I mean it.

xo,

 

p.s. want more Ranunculus love...go here.

Etsy Love: Macaron Magic

Lately, I've been wanting to buy macarons. Not because I have a craving, or I want to give them as a gift...I just want to take pictures of them. Yah...I know it sounds weird but I have seen the most gorgeous photos of macarons and I want to give it a try! I've almost ran out to Pix to get some...but I decided to head to Etsy for some inspiration first! My dear friend, Amy referred me to the beautiful work of Havilah...a local Portland photographer! Her Etsy shop - dearmachine has some lovely images! Check out these delightful photographs of this most famous French cookie...

So pretty right? I love that something so simple as a baked good can look so special. Almost as enchanting as a cupcake...

xo,

 

p.s. want to try making them yourself? here's a recipe from Martha. ;)

 

all images via dearmachine

Spring Decorating via Skona hem

Last Monday, I featured a Scandinavian designer and it looks like, quite by accident (well almost), I am back in the land of Swedish goodness. I'm sure many of you love the Swedish magazine, Skona hem...what's not to love? If you haven't checked it out...you should. Can't understand a word but the images are breathtaking!

I was drawn to this article about re-decorating for Spring, using what you have. I love the creative ideas and the colors are so fresh!

How gorgeous is this floral head board? It's made from MDF board and covered with fabric! Instant garden in your bedroom!

Simple Ikea lights and glass shelves make the blooming background functional.

This whimsical arrangement was made using wire and colored paper. So pretty and that cobalt blue paint is rather stunning!

Little vintage doorknobs make for an instant jewelry display...

and this re-finished vintage chair couldn't have more personality!

Remember to use Google Translate if you actually want to understand this fabulous magazine. I'm seriously considering learning Swedish.

Hope your Monday is going smoothly!

xo,

 

All images via Skona hem

I heart my camera

Hi there! Hope your Monday is going smoothly. On Saturday, I took a fantastic photography workshop with Peter West Carey and I'm completely in LOVE with my new camera (now that I understand it)!  I look a little silly walking around the house and yard in my yoga pants and sweatshirt with my Canon around my neck but I don't really care. Every time the sun peeks out behind the clouds, I squeal and run outside desperate to capture the beautiful light.  Here are some of my humble attempts. I'm learning and loving it.

This lovely camellia is the first bloom in my garden. I was so happy to see her.

My poor kitty has been very patient with me...

I will leave you with another pic of my beloved camellia. I played with some filters on this one. So much fun!

Have a fabulous afternoon and thanks for having a look.

xo,

Let's Bring Back...

Hello friends. I hope your week has been good to you. Just a quick post today...I just found this book and I'm thoroughly intrigued and delighted...

The whole concept of bringing back things like tea time, typewriters, fountain pens, calling cards and white gloves seems so romantic. I'm a sucker for nostalgia. There was such a sense of decorum and etiquette in the past. Now it sometimes seems there are no rules that can't be broken, lines that won't be crossed. Sometimes our world is just a little too extreme for me. I can't help but dream of days gone by when there was a proper way to do everything. A ritual to follow and a clear part to play. When gentlemen opened doors and asked permission to court you. I know that there were some negatives too, of course. But still...there is something nice about tradition.

Check out the video below for a sneak peek into this book's playful and whimsical pages, honoring the best of the past...

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It's published by Chronicle Books. Click here to buy your own copy. I just got one! Here's to the three martini lunch!

xo,

Wall Wonders

I've got these big blank walls in my house. Still. It's sad, really. I know I should be brave but I'm scared of hanging the wrong thing. Big...I need big, expensive, beautiful artwork - at least that's what I keep telling myself.

"I'm so boring!"  the walls seem to scream at me.

Okay, walls. You win. I will fix your blankness. But first, I need inspiration!

Wow, I feel so much better! I love all these ideas and I really LOVE that I don't need to run out and buy huge pieces of artwork. This curated, collaged look is much more interesting! How cute are those little plates floating up from that vintage stove?

Oh and it's not out yet, but I've added this book to my Amazon wish-list!

Are your walls blank too? I hope this gave you some ideas! If you love it, hang it up! A card, a poster, a gorgeous tag, a beautiful image from your favorite magazine...whatever. Your walls can be your very own composition! Your very own gallery! Have fun with it!

I'm going to be working on my blank walls and I will share my "installations" once they are up!

Have a inspired Friday!

xo,

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To view my entire gallery of wall inspiration images check out my Pinterest gallery of Wall Wonders.

Etsy Love - Trish Grantham

Happy Tuesday! Hope your morning is going well. Today, I have a new favorite, Portland artist to share with you. Her name is Trish Grantham and her work is absolutely delightful!

Back in early December, I attended the most lovely, curated Sunday Best Holiday Show with my friend Amy. It featured some of the best handmade art around. Trish had her table up front and was my first stop! I quickly purchased a stack of her gorgeous postcards and drooled over her wood & resin originals. One day, I will own one!

Her work makes me smile. I love the whimsical nature of it, the distinctive way she varies her line weight and of course, the layering of all those precious vintage papers! Her little characters are enchanting and authentic, conveying an unexpected dose of emotion and feeling. And yes, I'm a sucker for her birds! I'm a bird freak...I know.

Have a look....

Her paintings have been shown all over the world, including Tokyo, Sydney and London! Get your very own piece from her Etsy shop and check out her full gallery of work on her site.

So inspiring!

xo,

All images via TrishGrantham.com

Hello my beautiful tree.

After a teary eyed day, picking up all Sydney's toys and cleaning out her food bowl...I needed something pretty to work on...something to cheer me up. On Saturday, Chris brought home the most beautiful tree for us. It's our first real tree! I haven't had one since I was a kid. The whole house smells amazing!

I set to work decorating it...

I kept it super simple using only silver and white ornaments and paper snowflakes. Instead of a star I crowned the tree with sparkling branches.  It was an honor to adorn such a grand tree and I often just sit in the living room and smile up at it. I'm still missing my kitty but this gorgeous house guest brightened my day. Thank you tree.

Have you decorated your tree yet? How did you do it?

xo,

Cabin Couture

I've always been a sucker for a cozy cabin in the winter...but this home takes it to a whole new level and I'm all for it! Check out this sumptuous space - a lovely balance between rustic and elegant.

Don't you love those shots of royal purple? I do.

Bundle me up...I don't care how cold it is, I'm going to sit out here and drink wine!

I want that bed and that chaise...

Pure brilliance here - these bunk beds are perfect for the kids.

And of course after being a snow bunny all day, you'll need to defrost in this stunning tub.

Don't you wish you could spend your winter days in this space? Yum.

Okay...well, I have a sick husband and a hungry daughter so I best get back to my day job. Hope you enjoyed this beautiful home.

xo,

All images by Miguel Flores-Vianna via Elle Decor

Anahata Katkin - Postcard Tins

Rummaging through the antiques yesterday, I found myself drawn to tins. Tin boxes, tea tins, chocolate tins, candy tins...you get the idea. So when I found these stunning tins by Anahata Katkin, I had to have them. No they are not old, or vintage but they are covered with her beautiful artwork and filled with gorgeous postcards. What great gifts! Aren't they yummy!? Go here to order your own! For an extra treat, go visit Anahata's inspiring and quirky blog.

xo,

All images via Papayaart.com

Home office makeover

For the past 48 hours, we've been hard at work redoing my home office...or as I like to lovingly refer to it - my studio. For months, I had put off re-designing it. Not really sure why? I think  I was scared I would make a mistake but finally I worked up the courage and tackled it. Chris devoted some of our budget to it and voila - a NEW creative space for Grace & I!!! Check it out... Now Grace and I have a space to craft together. She loves her new "big girl" table!

The decor is a blend of new pieces from Ikea and old items I've collected from various antique and thrift stores.  I like the contrast between the clean white lines and the imperfection of the found objects.

Now this room feels like me!

Do you have a special place in your home where you create?

Have a beautiful Wednesday!

xo,

p.s. Don't forget...we are off to Greece on Wednesday! If you missed our other "trips" catch up here and here.