Saturday, February 28, 2009

trashcans!

check out these awesome trashcans I saw at Target yesterday...


sorry for the bad quality photos - I only had my phone to take photos with. But aren't they cool? I love the pattern, and the colors were really pretty in person, too. 

Speaking of Target, anyone having any luck with the Orla Kiely stuff? Our Target is in a sort of 'artsy' area of town (that sounds weird....but it's true?), so I feel like that makes it hard to find the stuff I like when it comes in! Plus, from reading other blogs, I've gathered that the stuff has been hard to catch anyway. Our's only has the tablecloths and chair cushions and then the organizational stuff. I really wanted the tins! That was the only thing I was going to get (that green would be perfect for our green kitchen), but I haven't been able to find them. I think I may try out another Target today. Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

newnewnew etsy

new things at

www.kristenfountaindavis.etsy.com

jordan is a good model. however, this is not the intended way of wearing this headband. he looked like a little baby girl.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

d.i.y.



look at this lovely photo I got from designsponge...
It's a "DIY" post, so there are lots of do-it-yourself things in this room...I think most of them involve covering things with fabric/paper. Love it!

I have a DIY project I really want to do, but I am waiting for it to be warm outside again...stay tuned...


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

golden woodland mural


here's some looooovely inspiration from www.designamour.com. isn't it pretty?








Monday, February 16, 2009

Jonathan Adler Book Quotes

I told you I became mildly obsessed with Jonathan Adler (as a person and an artist) after I got his book for Christmas, so I want to share just a few of the wonderful quotes from said book. 
 

Also, if anyone wants  to buy me one of his pieces I would love you forever.






painting over old canvases

I am a big fan of buying any and all handmade artwork I find at thrift stores, because it makes me sad that someone would get rid of something that was made by hand, and undoubtedly took a bit of time and/or creative energy to produce (you may recall my story about the glitter mirror). However, sometimes when I have something sitting around for too long, I find the need to give it new life and spruce it up a bit. Sooo, I painted over an old thrift-store painting. !!! I know this post may seem a little insensitive to the original artist of this canvas but hey, better to re-do than to consume more stuff for no reason, no?

I started off by painting this painting with spray primer (you could use any primer or no primer, but I primed it because I already had a can of it sitting around...):

   
thennn, I used a sweet ballerina pink color (If you wanna know the color it's "paris pink" by Martha Stewart...it was sitting around from an old job as well) to cover the canvas entirely. Yes, there are traces of the mountain-scene from the old painting poking up through the pink, but I like it. It gives the solid color a nice texture and reminds me of its roots. 

After I let the pink dry, I wanted to add words, but decided I wanted them to be a bit organic and free-flowy, so I used india ink to paint on French words about sleeping (googled it...still not quite sure what it says...I know that's bad...). I love how the words aren't perfect, and that the india ink makes it look watercolor-ey. I added the brackets for flare too, I know they aren't grammatically correct. 


 

canvas makeover


Saturday, February 14, 2009

xoxo


happy valentine's day, friends 

hope you all get to eat some delicious chocolate and maybe have a little bubbly in celebration of the day of looooove

Friday, February 13, 2009

butler's pantry


Look at this cute butler's pantry makeover from Eddie Ross (from Top Design!)
all it takes is paint, people! and I love the color choice, too. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Dr. Seuss

Man oh man. Do I love some Dr. Seuss...my dad has always loved him too, which is where I "get" it from, I guess. Normally I sort of hate it when people put words in his mouth and try to imitate his dialect and way of writing, but this book is okay since it is mainly just taking words from his books. My dad got this for me for my birthday, and I think it's wonderful, so I thought I'd share! Each page is a little sticky note, so you can save and / or share the sentiment! So cute! 

fun fact: my dad went to a show of Dr. Seuss' works recently, and he said that the original painting of the Cat in the Hat was around 6 feet tall (or as dad put it "life size" - haha)! So cool 

I have no idea why the text is underlined. I can't get it to go away. Blogger is annoying. :(









Jill Bliss

look! this is a mural from anhminh's blog (anhminh.com - great stuff there, btw)...she had it done in her office...SUCH a wonderful idea! this is what I'm talking about folks...paint a tree in your office! I actually painted a tree in my bedroom in college...it wasn't as tasteful and beautiful as this subtle mural, but it's the thought that counts, right? I think it's so wonderful that she had this commissioned for her office...not her nursery. More people should do stuff like this...do you know how happy this probably makes her when she is doing work? (as does the Louis Ghost Chair, I'm sure...but that's another story...)

Anyway, I had to share. Mural is by Jill Bliss. Beautiful. Hats off to you!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

wanderlust






four places that i would like to visit right now...new york city, portland, venice and boston. have friends in a couple places, and some i would just like to visit. sometimes i get really restless - you know?

Friday, February 6, 2009

Monday, February 2, 2009

website!


drumroll, please....

my website is done!! please check it out, at:


(also, i have a little "deal" going on...)