our place: Family Bedroom Inspiration No.1

When we got married, I requested a pink bedroom. Kirk obliged. Last year, we moved into a spare room at my parents’ house, which was even pinker and girlier than our previous bedrooms. I’m talking hot pink bed nooks, fancy floral prints on the wall, and frilly bright pink and green curtains and valances all around.

So when we started turning my parents’ basement into a live/work space for ourselves, along with all the renovating and re-decorating that requires, Kirk made a request: no more pink. Not that we couldn’t have any pink at all… just that it wouldn’t be a dominant color.

Fine by me! After 6 years of a pink bedroom, I’m ready for a change, too. I created a mood board inspired by the colors I see in the summer landscape on the hill where we live: the bright blue sky, the moss green of juniper trees, the golden yellow of long wild grasses, the warm brown of the dirt road and the washed-out beige of papery tree trunks. They’re similar colors to the beautiful watercolor by Anna Emilia above — only warm/pale browns and wood tones instead of cool grays and blacks.

It’s not as if I’m going to go out and buy everything below… I’ll use what I can of what I already have and try to find some things second hand as well. But this mood board serves as a good jumping off point…. I’m so excited to see how it turns out!

Clockwise from top left: bedding via Martha Stewart, Leran pendant lamp by Ikea, ombré rug by CB2, ticking stripe flannel bedding by L.L.Bean, velvet pintuck pillow by Urban Outfitters, cirrus rug by CB2, Sniglar changing table by Ikea, Sniglar crib by Ikea, and birdcage jewelry stand by Urban Outfitters.

Friday Favorites

///// A few of my current favorites /////

+ family heirlooms (the needlepoint map and 19th century documents pictured above belong to one of my mom’s good friends)

+ You Don’t Own Me

+ our hospital cafeteria (Sounds weird, but it’s honestly really good. I’m actually looking forward to my hospital stay so that I can eat their food for every meal.)

+ this adorable, stylish Swedish blog (thanks Michéle for the tip!)

+ the Chilean miners

+ Covet Magazine (via sfgirlbybay)

+ Trololo makes me smile (via my little brother)

Halloween Party Decor

Martha Stewart

I had fun looking for ideas of Halloween party decor. Not that I’m actually throwing one, or ever have for that matter.
But a girl can dream…

See the whole post over on Poppytalk.

at the table: Why I Could Never be Vegan

Does anyone else out there have a thing for cheese?

Except for a weird aversion to the stuff during the first trimester of my pregnancy, I’ve always had a love for cheese. When I was a kid, I’d even devour those fake slices sandwiched between plastic or the foamy kind you squeeze out of a can.

I’ve definitely become pickier as an adult. I don’t like that American style of Mexican food where everything is swimming in globs of mild cheddar, for example. And I don’t like anything labeled “cheese food”. But I still love some good cheese. Brie, romano, jarlsberg, and feta are some of my staples. I wish I had the budget and access to buy small nibbles of all different kinds on a regular basis: gjetost, chevre, havarti with dill, aged gouda, etc… Working in a gourmet cheese shop would be amazing!

That being said, I’ve been cutting down on my cheese intake lately for health reasons. Oh – the things you do for a baby! But a little bit here and there doesn’t hurt, right?

All images by Katie Quinn Davies. That top one is so beautiful… it looks like an old Dutch painting, don’t you think?

Laura Resen Photography

Last week, I posted a photo by Laura Resen in my living room inspiration post. Out of curiosity, I decided to look through all the images from her website, and wow… She’s had access to some amazing interiors, and her photographs are able to capture that (which is no small feat.)

The Cadillacs of Letterpress

Vandercook Brochure
The Arm

I’ve got Vandercooks on the brain.

For pretty photos and some handy information on these letterpresses, see my latest post over on PoppytalkAlso check out my Stationery Business classes on atly.com.

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! Although Friday ended up being a bad day for me, Saturday and Sunday made up for it. We made some good progress on the reno, relaxed with a couple of romantic comedies, got teary eyed while the children at church sang in their annual program, hung out with family, and ate some delicious food (calzones and trifle).

What did you do over the weekend?

Friday Favorites

///// a few of my current favorites /////

+ the details of a construction site

+ the striped top my parents brought back for me from a recent trip

+ Ingrid’s baby showers! (more on this later)

+ fall weather is finally here

+ double chocolate zucchini cupcakes

+ turning 31!

Living Room Inspiration

Photographed by Laura Resen for Domino Magazine


This is my favorite living room ever. I first saw it in Domino Magazine years ago and tore it out for my old-school tear sheet binder. What do I love? The white & wood color scheme with pops of color (mainly red), the rustic beams, the casually slip-covered couch with its varied pillows, the ethnic rug, the sheepskin, the books and artwork covering the walls, the red pouf, the and the fantastic light…. the only things I would add are more green plants and a TV.

I do also love pops of yellow! But I think we’ll be doing that in the bedroom.
Apartment Therapy
I’m on the lookout for affordable poufs. (Our space is too small for a coffee table, and we love to put our feet up on something soft.) This is also another example of a simple throw instead of a traditional slipcover. But I still think I’d like it to be white…
Home of Lila & Tom via Design*Sponge
Like these… and although we’ll probably paint the floor white for now, I love the look of these Spanish tiles.
Fine Little Day
Love the grouping of art on the wall and the pillows and throws in Elisabeth Dunker’s living room.
Home of the owners of the Brooklyn Home Company via Design*Sponge
Another case for white, wood, and books.
Home of the owners of Horne via Design*Sponge
I’m loving the color palette and the rug in this room. It’s making me think of adding black to my color scheme…
Light Locations
Another linen throw over a sofa… and that light!
Loft Life via SFGirlByBay
I’d love a vintage, worn in leather couch. That’s my dream. For now, we’ll use the couches we already have.
Marie Claire Maison
Love the mix of pillows, colors, and styles in this room.
Home of Emily Henderson via SeeSaw
Gorgeous vintage finds galore.

You can see the before pics of our living room here, and find out about our live/work renovation project here.

2011 Calendar Round Up on Poppytalk

I love the drawings and colors of this screen printed calendar by Curious Doodles. See all my calendar finds for the coming year over on Poppytalk.

Also, thanks to Nole at Oh So Beautiful Paper for including us in her 2011 calendar and Halloween card round ups this week!

Friday Favorites

the Sartorialist

+ isn’t this girl adorable?

+ these woolen laptop covers (via General Store)

+ Susan’s engagement story

+ tomato sandwiches

+ gorgeous photos by Abby

+ this hanging lamp

+ people first, then profits 

A Little Romance

A Little Romance is a fantastic little movie I’d never heard of until recently. Diane Lane and Thelonius Bernard play a young American girl and French boy who fall in love. They’re both so smart and sweet without being cloying. In fact, both won awards for their performances (as did the musical score and the screenplay). Lawrence Olivier also stars as an older gentleman who befriends them. And the entire film takes place on beautiful locations in France and Italy!

p.s. My mom lived in Paris as an adolescent just like Diane Lane’s character, and it’s uncanny how much they look alike at that age.

Paper Love in Park Slope

If you live in or near New York City, go visit Paper Love in Park Slope pronto! Kirk and I have visited a couple of times when we’re in town, and I can vouch for its charm and fantastic selection of pretty paper goods. Alison (the owner) is moving on to other projects and closing down the shop, so I think you’ll need to head over there in the next few days if you want a chance to see it. (I have a feeling you might be able to score some great deals as well…)

Halloween Card Roundup on Poppytalk

I did a little round-up of Halloween cards over on Poppytalk. I hope it’s not too tacky that I included a card that I drew myself! Oh well  — since I already did that, I may as well let you know that it’s available in our shop.

The below cards are from Greenwich Letterpress. They make great stuff, and if you’re a paper lover like me, a visit to their shop is like a trip to Ali Baba’s cave.

Friday Favorites

Satomi Kawakita

///// a few of my current favorites /////

+ the interview with husband/wife music + art duo Lullatone in the newest Small Magazine

+ homemade zucchini bread

+ Joanna’s birth story

+ the season premieres of Modern Family and Glee

+ drawing dog portraits

+ this article about “real life”

+ I don’t ever buy expensive jewelry, but if I did… (via unruly things)

Quote of the Week

White & Wood on Poppytalk

Via Decor8 via Living Etc

I would absolutely LOVE to have this kitchen. But right now, I think I’d be happy with practically any kitchen…as long as it’s my own. See more pretty interiors in white & wood over on my newest Poppytalk contributor post.

In case you missed them, see my last few Poppytalk posts here, here, and here.

Pretty & Practical Bags

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for the perfect bag. It can’t be too dainty or covered with unnecessary hardware, and it has to stand up to a fair amount of daily abuse. Here are a few that I found fitting that description. Oh — and as an added bonus, all are either handmade, sustainable, or both! Decisions, decisions…
Above images (clockwise from top left): No. 165 Medium Carryall by Billykirk, Small Condor by Ashley Watson, Fjallraven Kanken Backpack via Steven Alan, Angela Adams® and Sea Bags for J.Crew Pocket Sail Bag.
Above images (clockwise from top left): Waxed Canvas and Leather Portfolio Bag by Glass Architect, Scrap Market Bag No. 10 by My Favourite Dress, The Letter Bag by Moop, Belstaff Colonial Shoulder Bag 556 at J.Crew, Felt and Leather Laptop Sleeve by Byrd and Belle, Green Stripe Bow Bag by Freshly Picked.

Friday Favorites

///// A few of my current favorites /////

+ birthdays!

+ the new Rue Magazine

+ the veggie/turkey meatloaf we made from our CSA produce

+ Lonny Magazine now has a full website

+ fresh, seasonal plums

+ would love to go to one of these shows for old time’s sake

+ this outfit: chic or lame?

Sycamore Q + A: Cindy Ferguson of Scherenschnitte

Cindy Ferguson of Scherenschnitte is one of those people that I’ve admired from afar for quite a while. The thing is — she’s friends with a lot of the same people that I am. So why aren’t we friends? Busy lives and living just far away from each other to make it inconvenient, I suspect. (The truth is, Kirk and I don’t see much anyone these days except for those who stop by our craft fair booths…we’re kind of workaholics!)
So, at least I can have a little virtual conversation with Cindy through this interview. As you can see, she has incredible drawing, paper cutting, and design skills. I recently got a gorgeous wedding invitation in the mail that she designed for a mutual friend. I’m dying to show you! But it’s not my place, so you’ll just have to wait… I’m also in love with her new state paper cut series… and did you know that she puts free paper cutting templates on her blog?
1) How did you become an artist?
When I was a little girl, I loved princesses. Most little girls do. I loved to draw princesses, read about them, look at pictures of them in books, pretend that I would someday live in a castle (I still have that dream). I would also draw horses. Horses and princesses. My parents indulged my creativity and bought those little “How to Draw…” books by Lee Ames. I would spend countless hours trying to draw each image. Eventually my love of drawing princesses grew to a general love of drawing people. Always having a sketchbook with me so I can jot down ideas or little sketches is invaluable as is a ton of practice. It’s definitely something you need to work at.
2) What’s been inspiring you lately?
Lately I’ve been getting my inspiration from travel. Over the past two weeks, I’ve been to Los Angeles two times. Once with more artsy people and once with a less-than-artsy person. With the artsy people, I went to a few galleries. I saw a lot of amazing art and saw ways of doing things that I would never have even dreamed of. My favorite was a paper show at the George Billis Gallery where I saw a few pieces by Brian Borlaug. From far away, his drawings looked like they had regular shading, but when you got up close, they were teeny tiny details that were evidence of creative ocd. I would love to try something more like that. We also went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology. Holy cow, that place is fun. My favorite section was on various old wives tales called “Tell the Bees”. I would love to create silhouettes of superstitious lifestyles. With the less-than-artsy person, I went to Disneyland. I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was in 5th grade. That place is amazing! It is so flushed out in detail. My favorite was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The audio-animatronics were completed in the late 60s and they still look fluid and new today. Just to know that something as immense as Disneyland can be created from one man’s dream is inspiring. There is so much inspiration all around, even when not traveling. A lot of times I get my inspiration while taking a walk with my dog.
 3) Tell us about a recent project.
I just completed a showing of paper cut work at the Blonde Grizzly gallery in Salt Lake City, UT. It was a depiction of each of the 50 states with their state flower and bird. It was super fun to research all the flowers and birds. If I ever do something as enormous as 50 pieces for an art show again, though, I would like for someone to stop me.  Boy, does that ever take some time. In October, I am going to Olde Princess Anne Days in Princess Anne, Maryland. I will get to sit in a booth and represent someone from 1812 who would do silhouette art at the time. I think they want me to actually cut silhouettes of people, which is something I don’t do, so I’d better start practicing!
4) Is there anything else we should know about you?
Let’s see, I love cheeseburgers and cheese, Mexican Coke and my dog Starla. I recently have become obsessed with the Hunger Games series and am starting Mockingjay this week. I love to thrift shop and might be quickly turning into a hoarder. If I ever do have a garage sale it’s never any good because I can’t bear to part with my stuff. I’m snobby about spelling and love to play Scrabble. That about does it. Oh, and I love watching movies more than hiking.
Thanks Cindy!Her BLOG ///// SHOP ///// FACEBOOK ///// WEBSITE /////

Confetti Systems

Don’t you think these would make a lovely component to Ingrid’s nursery? Confetti System did team up with Urban Outfitters to create a more budget friendly collection, but I still love their original line best. (Ha! And of course it’s 10 times as expensive!)

(found via hello sandwich)