I’ve fallen fast in love with Yelena Bryksenkova‘s watercolor and gouache paintings. Her reading ladies just look so relaxed and cozy that I’d love to crawl right in next to them and see what’s so interesting on those pages. Not to mention CATS! and DANCE PARTIES! Yelena has both original pieces and plenty of prints available in her shop, so you should probably head over before I buy her out. (You think I’m kidding?)
Astrology and horoscopes have always been fascinating to me, and by extent gemology. Naomi Ernest‘s birthstone series partners the structure of rigid, structural ink lines with freeform, organic watercolor. I love the juxtaposition. Each month’s birthstone is available in several sizes of prints here.
ROW 1: DIY Felt Treat Boxes // The Getaway Duffle Bag // Easy Homemade Valentine’s Chocolates ROW 2: Queen of Hearts Neon Pink Heart Vase // Graham Cracker Conversation Hearts // Golden Protective Hand Ring ROW 3: Anatomical Human Heart Cookie Cutter // Gold Heart Print // Heart Wreath No. 1 ROW 4: Courage, Dear Heart Print // All You Need is Love Handcut Paper Art // I’m Yours 100% Screen Printed Poster
ROW 1: Dip-Dyed Valentine’s Day Bags // Lip Donuts // Love is the Best Medicine Tea Towel ROW 2: Valentine’s Day Polish Chandelier // Dear Valentine Stud Earrings // DIY Sequin Marquee Heart ROW 3: DIY String Words Wall Hanging // DIY Valentine Award // Organic Heart Shaped Peppermint Patties ROW 4: DIY Valentine’s Day Branch Tree // Conversation Heart Cookies + Printable Box // No-Sew Valentine Treat Bag
January is the perfect time to take a look at life and maybe make a few changes. I’m not talking huge life altering things, more like tiny refreshes with a focus on increased quality in life and home. I’ve updated The Marketplace with plenty of new goods to make your January refresh a reality. Plenty of new home goods, art, and more – here are just a few of my favorite pieces.
The Family of Things: Woodland and The Family of Things: Polar can add a bit of magic to your walls. A colorful geometric pillow cover packs a punch of color for your living room or bedroom. This navy dot cotton scarf is a great piece to layer with to keep out the chill. Use this cork bowl in the kitchen to corral all of that lovely citrus bounty. The understated Nebula Bangle will work hard all winter, then transition with your wardrobe to spring. Don’t forget about your skin – use this detox body oil in your bath and on your body. Make your time in the kitchen happier with this sweet hand block printed tea towel.
See all of or makers and their goods over on The Marketplace!
I have a confession to make. I’m a legitimate print hoarder.
I’d guess I own around forty pieces of varying shapes and sizes, but only about half are actually framed. As someone who likes to change up the art in her home frequently this presents a little bit of a problem, and if you visit you’ll often find pieces hung by metal clips/pants hanger/washi tape.
Because I’m such a portrasti-framer (Can that please be a thing?) I’ve become very excited about affordable online framing. And one in particular, Framebridge. Basically you visit their site, then input the size of your piece and choose a frame style and a mat if you’d like one. Framebridge calculates the cost and then gives you the option of receiving a tube or flat mailing supplies or using your own. They email you the free shipping label to print and affix and you’re set. You can also send them a file you wish to have printed and framed.
A few weeks later your art shows up back at your house and ready to hang! I’ve used a similar service in the past that I was not nearly as impressed with. Framebridge‘s attention to detail and protective packaging had me smiling from ear to ear. Each frame comes with a bracket and nail to assure an all-around quality experience (and eliminates the need to dig through your own things to track one down).
These are two screen printed posters by Jordan Grace Owens that I’ve owned for just over a year, previously victims of the aforementioned pant hanger treatment. I chose a simple thin natural wood frame – the Marin – for both pieces so as not to detract from the art, and I also opted for no mat. The end result is just what I envisioned, two pops of color to welcome guests into my home in the entryway.
Try Framebridge for yourself before January 29th and receive 15% off any order with the code DESIGNCRUSH!
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Sayonara 2014, aloha 2015! Last year was full of much success on both personal and business levels, but it was also filled with turmoil and challenge. Some good, some bad. I’m looking forward to grabbing the new year with everything I have and squeezing every last drop of potential out of its 365 days. Here’s to a good one!
By now you might have noticed that we’re not doing any gift guides for the second year in a row. The reason? I for one am complete overwhelmed with gifting decisions and seeing one million more options doesn’t help me narrow things down. I also think there are so many sites out there who do a fantastic job researching and creating gift guides that I don’t want to add to the hubbub. Some favorites are Design Milk, Jojotastic, and Coco+Kelley, so I hope you’ll check them out if you’re jonesing for a fix.
However, on that note, I think this project would make a most excellent gift for the art lover(s) in your life. Meet Papirmass, a snail mail art subscription that delivers a different piece of art – with some beautiful writing on the back – every month for a year (with free shipping!). It’s more affordable than you’d ever imagine at only $69. You can browse the Papirmass shop if you’d like to purchase prints piecemeal. My very favorite is the one above, La Tatouée by Sophie Lécuyer with a piece titled Faces, Like Gravity, Fall, by Mary Pinkoski on the reverse.