Apr
18

12 April DIYs

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Apr
02

Howkapow Spring Collection

Bristol, England-based Howkapow brings a smile to my face every time I visit them online. Their shop is full of innovative, fun, interesting work from breakthrough talent as well as a few carefully-chosen independent, family-run brands. There’s an ever-changing collection of unusual pieces at affordable prices, and their spring collection was just recently released so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you.

 

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Wooden Dutch Wall Clock // Art Pop Mini Clutch // Rubi Floor Lamp // Labradoodle Tea Towel // Silk Canisters

Mar
17

12 March DIYs

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Modern-Brushstroke-Hot-Pads-Oh-So-Beautiful-Paper-Design-Crush

 

Speaker-Box-Covers-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

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Faux-Fold-Bookends-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

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Mar
14

Time to Brag: Kolo’s Noci

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So let’s get real. I love talking about my pets, an embarrassing amount really. I adopted my two oldest cats, Roxy and Peanut, when I was in college. I have almost an entire photo box full of their first few years of life, but then this thing called digital photography happened. Which meant that a decade later when I adopted my  dogs Piper and Bebe, and my kitten Rainey, everything had changed. Yes my iPhone is full of photos that I will most definitely whip out and gush about to you, but I don’t have any printed photos of my furry loves.

 

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Peanut’s huge, manly tomcat toes make a cover appearance.

I first became acquainted with Kolo as a grad student, in fact I used one of their Newport album as my art direction portfolio right out of school! I love the clean lines of their photo books and the beautifully smooth, high-quality paper within. I swear, they have the ability to make even mediocre photography shine.

 

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Just hanging out in a clothes basket, as you do when you’re a cat.

Kolo has grown as a brand since being founded in 1999, and now offers a great range of products. What really stood out to me is that they can “load” an album for you. You upload photos to their free unlimited photo storage, fill the album of your choice with the images, and Kolo prints it all using Canon technology with stunning clarity and color trueness for a super reasonable price. Trust me, these are not the cheesy photo books you’re familiar with. They’re quality in every way, including the environmentally friendly raw materials used in all Kolo products.

 

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Piper uses those amber eyes to get every single thing she wants.

I filled the Noci with 24 photos of my five furry children between its Ivory covers. This was my first experience with Kolo’s Canon printing and I’m completely impressed. Not only do the colors pop right off the page, but the paper feels substantial and luxe. The Noci is the perfect size to create a brag book or remember a specific event, or for business it would work great as a small portfolio or product catalogue.

 

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Bebe playing boss on Halloween and Rainey snug as a bug in a rug.

You’ll also be happy to know that most of Kolo‘s albums are available as printed books or as classic albums where photos can be swapped out. The Noci Original is the same price empty or loaded, which is crazy! My plan is to eventually have several of these cloth-bound albums lining a bookshelf in the fantastic color palette offered, they all work really well together because they’re designed to.

 

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Mar
11

Elephant Landing

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I love getting the down and dirty back story on products and companies that I want in my home. I love it even more when I find out that the story is a good one, one that I want to be a part of. Such is the case with Elephant Landing, a beautiful line of textiles founded by Caroline and Jayden (who you may know as Woodnote Photography) and created by women in India. You can watch the beautiful background story, then peek at the entire line of textiles. Both are bright and full of promise.

 

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Feb
21

Trending: Shibori

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Hand Dyed Indigo Silk Shibori Scarf by Lizard Land // Black Shibori Oversized Foldover Clutch by Aiko Threads // Original Shibori Fabric Notecards by Cape Cod Shibori

Tie-dye is experiencing yet another comeback, but not just any tie-dye – shibori. Shibori is a Japanese process for resist-dyeing cloth by binding, folding, twisting and compressing. There are tons of ways to manipulate fabric for shibori, each one creating different designs and patterns. And right now it’s showing up everywhere in the home and on the runway.

 

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Shibori Pillow Cover by pillow1 // Hand Dyed Shibori Scarf with Fringe by Oh Suzanni // Blue Shibori Dip Dye Pillowcase Pair by Noble & Iron

 

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Blocked Tote by Job & Boss // Shibori Hand Dyed Indigo Dinner Napkins by Squid Whale Designs // Shibori Wristlet Clutch by Sea & Stone

Feb
20

Susan Connor New York

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I’m thrilled to see Susan Connor of SusyJack fame branching out into the world of textiles! She’s a self-taught pattern designer whose new new shop – Susan Connor New York – is full of textiles that are both modern and relaxed. Most of the pieces are being created in limited runs to afford Susan the ability to consistently explore and create new and exciting things. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this line evolves!

 

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Feb
19

12 February DIYs

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Honeycomb-Shelves-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

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Paint-Dipped-Wood-Candle-Holders-A-Beautiful-Mess-Design-Crush

 

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Feb
03

Happy Hearts Day Gifts + Treats

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DIY Concrete Love Hearts Necklace // Skip a Beat Tea Towel // Candy Buttons // DIY Cupid’s Arrow Piñata // Heartstring Garland // DIY Heart & Arrow Headband // DIY Leather Conversation Hearts // Heart Backdrop // Darling Dearest Frame

 

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Heartbeat Necklace // DIY Floating Heart Backdrop // DIY Fabric Valentine // Heart Lips Graphic Tee // iceDrops heart Ceramic Beverage Chillers // Besties Floral iPhone 5 Case // Makes Outs Foil Stamped Print // Love Necklace // Black Triangular Wall Hearts

 

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Baked Chocolate Cherry Doughnut Hearts // DIY Valentine’s Pillows // Linzer Cookies // Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies // Heart Hole Punch // Heart Pattern Friendship Bracelets // Heart Shaped Mini Cookies // Not Soap, Radio Body Wash // DIY Copper Arrows

 

Jan
22

Bundle Up in a Blanket

As I write this I’m trying to ignore the buds i saw on the tree in my front yard this morning. In January. I’m so not okay with that, I haven’t had nearly enough time in front of my fireplace yet this winter. Inside I’m keeping it as cozy as possible despite nature’s warnings – spicy candles, pots of soup, and of course plenty of blankets to bundle up in.

 

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ROW 1:Artillery Blanket // Pyramids Travel Throw // Zag Blanket    ROW 2:Armand Diradourian // Pilot Rock Blanket with Leather Carrier    ROW 3:Pink Geo Scarf Blanket // Sea Blanket // Grey Throw with Orange Piping