design

Love for Minted.

Hi lovelies! I don't often post on the weekend but this couldn't wait! I just discovered a treasure of a site full of beautiful artwork, stationary, journals and other paper pretties. I'm in heaven!

These days, curating is a serious business on the internet, with a plethora of endless choices it's so refreshing to see the cream of the crop all in one place isn't it? Well, that's what I love about Minted. They support creatives all over the world by selecting gorgeous designs and artwork and then make it easy for us to get our paws on all the goods! Love that. Sure they do custom photo cards and all that but what I really adore about this company is the stunning collection of artwork and stationary that is available! I literally spent a good chunk of my morning perusing all the paper goodness - my favorites list is rather long...

So, here are just a few of the things I had to heart!

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So pretty right? If you are a sucker for lovely paper products and unique artwork like me - go check them out. I'm off to go order some custom journals! :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! It's a rainy one here!

xo,

Ivy

I'm dreaming of...

Hi there. How's life treating you? We are back into the swing of school around here and I'm trying to get organized and make the most of each day. Not easy. I often find myself being pulled in so many directions that I get overwhelmed. So, I retreat into my own little daydreams. Highly productive. Not. We have been renting a beautiful home in a fabulous neighborhood but it's been three years and I'm getting itchy feet! Growing up, I lived in 10 different houses and two countries (the U.S. & Australia). When Chris and I got together, we moved 5 times in 4 years. Finally, we settled in Portland and have lived here for almost 11 years. No wonder I'm getting wanderlust!

Moving is in my blood and I'm totally dreaming of us buying a large piece of land and building a sweet farmhouse. I want a big porch, an old barn for my art studio, chickens (why not?) and a large, white kitchen, where I would bake bread and make delicious meals. Realistic? Probably not, I don't even bake - but wow, does it sound good to me right now. I'm being drawn to wide open spaces, quiet, solitude, a slower pace. A place to focus and create. Sometimes life just feels so noisy. Know what I mean?

So in my procrastination, I pulled my favorite farmhouse images from my Pinterest board to share my vision with you...

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Okay...I think I got that out of my system. Now back to the laundry...ugh.

Have a beautiful afternoon.

xo,

Ivy

* For sources and more dreamy Farmhouse images see my Pinterest board.*

Designer Love: Lisa Bengtsson

I'm not sure why Scandinavian designers are so darn fabulous...but they are. There's no denying it. One of my favorites is the very talented Lisa Bengtsson. Her bold, fearless textiles are amazing! Incorporating a myriad of patterns and vintage images is no easy feat, but Lisa masters it beautifully. I have been drooling over her work via her website. Definitely worth checking out, but be warned, unless you are fluent in Swedish, you won't be able to understand a word. Using my little friend, Google Translate, helps me cheat.

Eclectic and glamorous, just one of her pillows in your favorite chair is sure to be a conversation starter and guess what? You can buy her gorgeous designs here in the US via Huset! (My new fav online shop).

Thank you Scandinavia! We love you!

Happy Shopping!

xo,

 

All images via lisabengtsson

 

Design your own textiles with Spoonflower

Have you ever been hunting for the perfect fabric? It's so clear in your mind, yet you wander the store, scanning the bolts, clutching your color swatches and praying that the ideal print will jump out at you. It can lead to a desperate situation. Well fear not, Spoonflower is here to save the day and your design! You can now upload your custom design and have your one of a kind textile printed and shipped to you for a very reasonable cost ($18-$32/yard) with no minimum order! Sounds like  dream huh?

Not only that but they use an eco-friendly digital printing system and you get to shop the gazillions of designs submitted! It's a virtual fabric wonderland! They even have fabric design contests each week to really inspire your creative juices!

I love this whole concept! Here are a few of my favs right now for Spring...(I know it is still away off, but a girl can dream)...

Seriously though, there is something for everyone at Spoonflower! And if not...design your own!

Are you a fabric lover? What kind of patterns do you adore?

xo,

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Dreamy Whites - a new blog to love

Hello there. I hope your Sunday has been relaxing. I just discovered a new blog - Dreamy Whites - via Houzz (an online interior design source), that I'm completely in love with. Maria is the author of this delightful blog and is one talented lady!  She magically finds time to juggle five kids, a husband and a beautiful ranch home while expressing herself creatively through interior design, photography and graphic design! Can you say Super Woman?

Oh, and her home is being featured in this book, by Fifi O'Neill (who also has an amazing blog) ! Just added it to my wishlist!

Her style, photography and writing resonated with me...so I had to share! Check out these pics of her lovely home...

Gorgeous right!? Her rooms feel so dreamy and romantic. One day I hope my home can be this enchanting!

xo,

All images via Dreamy Whites

Inspired by Sibella Court

Hi Friends! Hope you had a decent Monday. Ours was very rainy but a trip to the antique stores with a dear friend made it a perfect day! You may have seen on my other blog, that I posted a curated collection of images by Sibella Court. Well, her book - Etcetera: Creating Beautiful Interiors with the things you love - arrived and I couldn't help but take pictures of it. It's so beautiful!!

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Really, you must have this book. It's a treasure trove of inspiration. I promise.

Have a lovely Tuesday!

xo,

 

French lights, crystal birds, sparkling beauty

I just got Pia Jane Bijkerk's book Paris: Made by hand. It's so beautiful.  This small, treasure of a book, is full of beauty, inspiration and the goods of genuine French artisans. Pia's stunning photography visually documents these amazing shops. One of the many shoots that caught my eye was from a store called Bagues. It's famous for its decadent, sparkling chandeliers that grace the lobbies of famous hotels and celebrity homes.

So magical...I want one, s’il vous plaît.

xo,

Ivy