Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Moments of Beauty

An ethereally beautiful bride, straight out of a fairy tale. Detail of a wedding gown and veil by Nina Ricci, Haute Couture Spring-Summer 1997. Via reminiscing.

Colourful Inspiration

Rooms that make great use of colour — brightly, subtly, or somewhere in between. From the colour series in VT Wonen.

Sponsor Spotlight

Amanda of the wonderful vintage furniture shop Amandromeda has just added a new clothing section called The Dressing Room, where you'll find cool vintage clothing, handbags, and jewelry. Amanda plans to expand it in the future, so keep checking back to see what's new. Shown here is a cute little floral dress with pockets — perfect on its own, with leggings or jeans, or tossed over a swimsuit at the beach.

Danielle of Stitchface is getting ready for Canada Day on July 1 with some patriotic new additions to her shop — beavers! An industrious little creature and the official Canadian symbol, Danielle's versions are much more cuddly than the real thing, and make a great gift or souvenir, too. Shown here is Leave it to Beaver in a soft velvety version, all in upcycled materials.

Kareem has been really busy lately, with the launch of a catalogue of 18 prints (including 7 brand new ones) at InPRNT, three new prints and an interview at I Vote For Art, and a line of great new t-shirts at White With One. Plus, some of his prints and originals are now available at Art Garage Sale. You can also check out photos from his recent solo show at Art Whino Gallery, too. I just hope Kareem's remembering to sleep now and then!

Jennifer of Lift Your Spirits is sharing another great inexpensive decorating tip with us this month, saying: "A fun way to freshen up the living room is to buy a new pillow or two." Jennifer recommends two of her favourite Etsy shops for lovely and affordable cushion covers — The Home Centric and Cobocollective — and Ikea for the pillow inserts. On the left is The Home Centric's Vintage Square Pillow Cover in Satin Ivory Ruffles, and on the right is Cobocollective's Jess-Alexander Henry Floral Print.

Besides selling her lovely prints on their own, Rachael of Number Eight also has a line of framed prints in her shop, including the one shown here, called Desdemona. A signed giclée print of a mysterious green-eyed beauty, set off in a delicate pink wire window-style frame, it's a one off piece with the title of the print, signature and the date on the back. This would definitely make a pretty addition to any room.
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