Tuesday, August 28

Inspiration Fix

Today's inspiration fix is from the Finnish Embassy in DC. I went on a tour earlier this summer, and came away feeling very inspired. Between the oxidized copper, glass panelling and lush greenery (yes, lush greenery does occur in DC) the exterior of the building almost looks like a building forgotten by time.

Saturday, August 25

Fun Finds: Back to School Bags

I'm in the market for a new messenger bag. In my search for the perfect one, I came across lots of great options on Etsy. Here's a few of my favorite back to school bags for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure. Highlights are below, and be sure to check out the full collection. Enjoy!

Elessa Bag by milloo
Gray Messenger Bag by ZeroBags
Purple Messenger Bag by sineminugur

Tuesday, August 21

Design Your Own Wallpaper

I recently saw this on Apartment Therapy and fell in love with the idea. DesignYourWall.com gives everyone the opportunity to design wallpaper perfect for your personalized space. Their designers can take any pattern, photograph, drawing, etc. you provide and turn it into custom wallpaper. Customers can also choose the type of wall covering (removable wallpaper, grasscloth, etc.). The images here are some of my favorites from their existing collection, just to get your creative juices flowing!

Saturday, August 18

DIY Painter's Tape Projects

Recently DesignSponge asked readers to submit innovative DIY projects using painter's tape. The finalists are have been selected and waiting for your vote! Best of all? Each entry has one final picture and one in-progress picture, so you can see just how easy it is to do the project themselves. Many of the projects are simple enough to do at home and unique enough to show off your artistic skills!

The entries that earned my vote are below. Voting closes tomorrow at 7pm EST.
Ombre Stripe Pillow - Erin Souder

Geometric Painted Wall - Donna Yu

Thursday, August 16

Tuesday, August 14

Fun Finds: A Retro Summer Picnic

There are still a few days of summer left,  so enjoy them by picnicking in style with goodies from this collection of handmade and vintage picnic gear. Highlights are below, and be sure to check out the full collection on Etsy. Enjoy!

Vintage Picnic Plates by krankyk

Antique Picnic Basket by DACAIS

Picnic Blanket in Chevron by LemonSqeezies

Thursday, August 9

Wednesday, August 8

Fun Finds: National Lighthouse Day

Lighthouse Watercolor by yankeegirlart

Here in the U.S., yesterday was National Lighthouse Day. Of course, I had this special post all ready to go and then life got in the way and it didn't get posted. Anyway, it may be a day late but what's wrong with giving lighthouses another day of honor? :)

Lighthouses hold a unique place in America's history. When American relied heavily on the ocean for transit and trade, lighthouses served a vital function in the community. For the lighthouse keepers and their families, it was dangerous and difficult work with little reward (Have you ever visited a lighthouse? They aren't exactly roomy.).

To me personally, lighthouses are a reminder of simpler times and are worthy of preservation and attention. Enter the American Lighthouse Foundation. The organization behind National Lighthouse Day is also leading the fight to save and restore these aging structures. Learn more about the lighthouse way of life at ALF's website. And, take a look at this collection of handmade finds celebrating the lighthouse. Highlights are below, and be sure to check out the full collection. Enjoy!
Lighthouse Ring by tadastudio

Lighthouse Photography by SeeWorldThruMyEyes

Lighthouse Print by jennasuedesign

Saturday, August 4

Celebrating the Seahorse

Tale of Love Print by kellybermudez

Seahorses are one of the quirkier creatures created by mother nature. Among their interesting traits there are a few worth mentioning: seahorses are lousy swimmers, their eyes move independently of each other and when mating they are known to change color and swim with their curly tails intertwined. Not to mention the fact that they are only one of two species where the males birth the young. Their uniqueness has made the seahorse a darling of the ocean, so let's celebrate the quirky seahorse with these beautiful artworks! 
Seahorse Painting by WhitSpeaks

Seahorse Print by GreenGirlCanvas

Seahorse Print by DianaMartinStudio

Seahorse Watercolor Painting by anitarogulj

Thursday, August 2

Don't be Afraid of the Floor

One of the newer trends in home decorating is beneath your feet - bold, bright patterns on the floor. Below are a few of my favorites. but with enough tape, paint and imagination the sky (or the ground, ha ha!) is the limit. 
Via HuesAndCues

Via Things That Inspire

Via Curbly