Summer snail mail is some of my favorite to send and receive. Maybe it brings back memories of simpler times, when email and cell phones weren’t commonplace and summers were spent at camp. My mom would send me a card with a letter every. single. day. (She’s the best.) And I still have every one to this day. (In a box alongside my color war flags and camp crafts, obvs.) I think I need to read them over again sometime soon, and maybe send off a few of these summertime hellos to surprise some friends!
I’ve always been a sucker for hair art studies, but I can’t even begin to tell you why because I don’t know. (Maybe it goes back to being a big Crystal Gayle fan in the 80s??) In the case of Jaclyn Conley‘s work, I think it’s a combination of the sticky sweet hues she paints with and the fact that maybe you wouldn’t even know you were looking at hair had someone not pointed it out to you.
I have some great news – as of last Wednesday my home is under contract! I finally feel like I’m at the halfway point with this move, and now my fingers are crossed that I can find a new house in Pittsburgh to call my own in the very near future (and that both escrows go smoothly!). Of course now I’m busy thinking about how I might freshen up the yet-to-be-found place as I weed out what will be making the big move halfway across the country with me and what will be sold or go to a thrift shop.
Lucky for me – and everyone else – Target‘s Room Essentials line has been given new life and is full of the pops of color and modern look I gravitate towards. It’s in stores and online beginning this month and I have big plans for some of it’s most affordable pieces. A pair of Corded Geo Toss Pillows would add some nice pattern to my slate colored couch, while this Storage Ottoman would be the perfect place to stash remotes and work detritus in the living room. I love the industrial look and feel of the Dipped Cement Mix and Match Lamp, a great option for any number of corners or tables. My old ottoman is one of the pieces that’s already been given away, but this grey Saddle Ottoman would fit right in and is just the right size for propping up my feet. I’m considering a pair of these Core Red Barstools to act as bedside tables – there’s just enough room for a lamp, a book, and my phone. And last but certainly not least, a new Welcome/Goodbye mat is in order for all of the visitors I’m hoping to entertain in my new space.
Sarah Burwash has a definitive gift for telling stories with her folksy style of illustration. I feel like I want to see a fully illustrated version of Little House on the Prairie full of her work, which oozes intention and pioneer spirit. A match made in heaven.
When it comes down to it, the jewelry I wear is very minimal. And my favorite pieces to throw on are almost always long and simple statement necklaces. These marble and copper pieces from RillRill are strung on leather cord and finished with a simple metal clasp, and in my opinion the perfect finishing touch for jeans or a ball gown.
It looks like Canadian artist Erik Olson has found the intersection of cubism and expressionism, and I have to say I’d be happy to park myself there for awhile. I’m especially loving Olson’s New Portraits, full of thick paint and a deconstructed look that can make your eyeballs vibrate in your head.
Georgie Cummings‘ Symmetry Collection is quite stunning, don’t you think? The metallic pattern is hand-painted by Georgie herself and most pieces are available with the print or plain. I can imagine using these little circle coin purses for their intended purpose or to hold small pieces of jewelry while traveling. And the pretty neutrals of all of Georgie’s pieces would work seamlessly with most wardrobes (i.e. MINE). Check out all of her pieces in her Etsy shop.
Colorhouse paint and Rejuvenation have teamed up to bring us the Mercantile Color Collection, a palette of 36 interior hues designed with the modern pioneer in mind. The line’s main inspiration is rooted in history, when quality home items used to be purchased in one general store and were made to last. Both Colorhouse and Rejuvenation create products whose quality, authenticity, and sustainability reflect the spirit of their shared birthplace – Portland, Oregon – and all of those characteristics are clearly present in the Mercantile Color Collection.
I’m in love with the classic palette, and definitely daydreaming of using this collection in my next home. (I’m also daydreaming about this kitchen!) The 36 exclusive colors in Mercantile Color Collection are organized into six families named after traditional general store bulk items – CHALK (whites), TEA (warm neutrals), SEED (greens), DENIM (blues), FLINT (cool neutrals), and SPICE (yellows, reds, oranges).
What’s not in the paint is just as important as what is. The Mercantile Collection is tinted in Colorhouse paint, which has no VOCs, no toxic fumes (HAPs-free), no reproductive toxins, no mutagens, no hazardous air pollutants, no ozone depleting compounds, no formaldehyde, no phthalates, and no chemical solvents. Colorhouse paints are low odor and boast superior coverage, durable finish, and easy cleanup in flat, eggshell, and semi-gloss sheens. All huge deals when it comes to what you’re putting on your walls. I’m looking forward to trying this line out for myself. And I have a feeling CHALK .01, FLINT .01, and FLINT .02 will be prevalent to my walls in a few months!
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I couldn’t find much background about François-Henri Galland, so I suppose it’s a good thing that his work seems to speak for itself. The blurry, washed out portraits are my favorite. See those and more on his blog.