Design Inspiration From the Alice & Olivia Shop

For someone who loves textiles, it’s ironic I’m not more in love with fashion. Don’t get me wrong–I do love vintage pieces and thrifting for clothes, and a good embroidered blouse–but I like my fabrics on furniture and the design of a rug more. So when I walked into Alice & Olivia, a peppy designer boutique on Fillmore St. here in the city with my roommate, I was the one ogling the furniture while the others ogled the merchandise (and I will admit, it IS adorable stuff). I’d been before, but I had my camera with me this time and … Continue reading Design Inspiration From the Alice & Olivia Shop

Angela Rizza’s Whimsical and Intricate Illustrations

I found Angela Rizza’s work on Society6 after I searched “cactus” to find any photos or artwork I could add to my growing collection. This is what popped up: I adore cactuses and love birds (as you know if you’ve read other posts here) and this print was just so beautiful and detailed I had to check out more of her stuff! And to my delight, I found this: A HOOPOE! This is one of my favorite species, (I’ve even considered getting a hoopoe tattoo), and a bird I’ve actually felted for a small project in college. Apparently Angela is … Continue reading Angela Rizza’s Whimsical and Intricate Illustrations

Fantastic Bohemian Living Rooms

For the individual who loves a modern space without the rigidity and lack of organic elements that characterize it, bohemian modern is the way to go. Personally I’m an artist of the eclectic variety, so the style appeals to my love of mixed design and I am always delighted to read about bohemian spaces on my ever growing list of interior design blogs. Days ago, I was very inspired by Justina Blakeney’s submission to Loloi Rugs’ styling competition (third image down), and wanted to share a few more photos of beautifully designed bohemian living rooms that I’ve collected recently: The mix … Continue reading Fantastic Bohemian Living Rooms

Companies That Sell Global Goods & Help Artisans

I love the push for sustainability and fair trade that’s been happening in recent years. With everyone concerned about the dangerous changes in our environment, designers and businesses are seeking to use recycled materials and locally sourced items for their creations. Similarly, society has become more conscious of poorer communities of the world, and many organizations have worked to create better and more sustainable economies for them. I wanted to share with you some companies who sell home goods from global artisans, promote their crafts, and dedicate themselves to making sure these amazing makers receive fair wages for their work: … Continue reading Companies That Sell Global Goods & Help Artisans

The Finished Fjellse

  I mentioned in my For the Love of Fjellse post weeks ago that I would reveal my finished Fjellse bed frame. It’s been a while but I finally got around to photographing it and this is the result: I am extremely pleased with the stain and how the frame helped simplify and give structure to my bed. My mattress had originally been resting on the futon I’d bought when I first moved to San Francisco and it drove me crazy! The frame is lower to the ground as well, making my ceilings seem a little taller, and the color … Continue reading The Finished Fjellse

Piles of Pillows: A Recipe for a Bohemian Sofa

Recently I’ve been downsizing in an attempt to make my painfully small bedroom feel larger and less cluttered. I folded up my new bird shams yesterday and stuffed their pillows in our linen closet, leaving only my two tufted beauties and embroidered cushion behind. For a gal who loves pillows, saying a temporary goodbye to mine was disheartening (goodbye until I find a bigger place one fine day). Minimalists will tell you that “less is more”, and de-cluttering parts of my tiny space has definitely made things feel lighter…but when it comes to design, I’m in cahoots with Robert Venturi’s … Continue reading Piles of Pillows: A Recipe for a Bohemian Sofa

Just a Thought: Unexpected Angles

Looking through an Apartment Therapy house tour, I noticed this curious living room: Aside from looking as though they’ve had an argument, this armchair and green armoire display some other interesting quirks I’m not used to seeing in a home. Angled away from each other, the chairs and cabinet seem to create two separate spaces in their large living room (though the rest wasn’t featured). The result is an intimate sitting space on one side and a more open area on the right. Just a thought 🙂 Continue reading Just a Thought: Unexpected Angles