Monday, October 31, 2011

Not Your Ordinary Pumpkin...

Happy Halloween!

Now there is nothing like going to the pumpkin patch & picking out the best looking orange pumpkin you can find, but it seems like everyone likes to carve just a plain orange pumpkin & stick a candle in it. Here are a few festive & unusual pumpkins for a yummy Halloween or Thanksgiving party!

Stylist Liz Demos Took a Paintbrush Instead of the Usual Craving Tools
to These Great Silver Moon Pumpkins!

Photo via Country Living
Artfully Decorate Your Pumpkins in Gold & Silver for a Glittering Display
Photo via Country Living
This Blue Hubbard Pumpkin Got it's Theme From the China Pattern Underneath it.
Photo via House Beautiful

This pumpkin looks at home sitting under the tree that inspired its pattern.
Photo via House Beautiful
Take Inspiration from Your Clothes! This Applique was the
Perfect Inspiration for the Pumpkin Carvings.

Photo via Country Living

This Cinderella Pumpkin has Deep Reddish-Orange Skin & a Bright Orange Flesh,
Dramatically Evoking the Fabric Beneath it.

Photo via House Beautiful
Most of the above designs were created with linoleum-cutting tools ,
which can be used to carve a motif on the surface of the pumpkin,
rather than cutting all the way through.
*This gives off a warm glow when you put a candle
is inside the bottom of your cleaned out pumpkin!

Gorgeous White Silver Moon Pumpkins Line Each Side of the Staircase.
Photo via Delicate Creature

A Mix of White and Sage-Green Pumpkins Bring an Organic Feel
to This Very Traditional Butlers Pantry

Photo via Houzz
Lil Pump Variety of Pumpkins are Placed Among White Shabby Chic Decor
Photo via Houzz
Silver Moon Pumpkins Complete the Cream and White Color Scheme
in This Autumn Table Setting

Photo via Houzz

Gold Spray Painted Pumpkins Instantly Turns The Regular
Pumpkins into an Elegant Accessory

Photo via Houzz

Regular Pumpkin Decorated with Buttons & a Bow
Photo via Pinterest

My sister would love these cute decorated Owl Pumpkins!
Photo via Pinterest

& of course I had to add some Pink in here!
These Regular Orange Pumpkins are Spray Painted & Bedazzled!
Photo via PinkChocolate Blog
Flat Matte Craft Paint Coat These Regular Orange Pumpkins
Photo via CW Styling

peace & love,

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Add Some Sweetness to Your Life with Ombres

I have always loved the ombre patterns, ombre is a French term meaning shaded. To me it always reminds me of watercolors--you can see my obssesion with watercolors here. They just have a simple ease to them, if that makes sense.

I especially like the pale coral pink and light turquoise ombres. They remind me of delicious cotton candy! Here are a few favorite finds inspired by these yummy splashes of painted color...

I'm loving the coral watercolor stripes of these birthday cards by socialproper
Imagine the work that goes into the papercut designs of these topographical map cards, found at The gradient effect of the coral colors against the crisp white cardstock is a nice modern touch!

Painting a radiator in an ombre pattern, like this one from WaryMeyers,
brings in a bright dose of color & it really makes it pop unlike other plain radiators!

This earthy vase would be a nice alternative to the bright colored ombres out there.
This is the "tyrian ombre vase" by anthropologie
These mini ombre pots would awaken any windowsill with a sweet splash of color
I'd love to try this as a DIY project, but these dip-dyed pillow covers
from etsy make a lovely readymade option!

The Windsor Love Seat by Anthropologie would make a nice statement
& bring in some color at any entry or mudd room!

Some even have gone more daring with bright ombre in their hair.
I don't think I could pull it off!
photo via

This dress found on shopbop paired with
a mustard color cardigan, would make for a really great fall outfit!

Peace & Love,

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Graffiti: Dare to tag your home with urban edginess!

Looking for a funky addition for your space?

Consider graffiti. Its unconventional color groupings & pop-art vibes will bounce off your home's walls. As graffiti's popularity as an art form grows, people are hiring graffiti artists to create colorful murals in their rooms & framing graffiti posters to place around the home; some even pick up a spray can & create their own graffiti masterpiece!

No matter how the paintings take form in your home, graffiti evokes an urban feel more than any other art form. If you're ready to pierce your habitat with these edgy notes of the street, take a look at the following for some inspiration.

This media room has a layering graffiti effect, kind of like the real streets. A first layer of graffiti was painted directly on the wall. Then, framed graffiti was added on top of it. These pieces were done by designer Gioi Tran.
This eclectic dining room uses graffiti as a backdrop. Graffiti can step up any room because of its bold aesthetic & can be an inspiration for the other pieces or colors in the room.

Graffiti doesn't have to be only in garish colours & 'in-your-face' images...using softer colors & an abstract design can have a more contemporary effect.

To inject some of your own personality into the graffiti, spray paint words in a creative way onto the canvas. 

Framed graffiti pieces are a great alternative for those people that don't want to commit to a whole wall. Use it in conjunction with more subdued elements, so as not to overwhelm the room.  

This piece by Jennifer Sanchez is a mix of graffiti & graphic design in a gorgeous group of colors. It would look great in a black or white room, as either would allow the pink & yellow to really pop.

Here are some accessories that have that urban feel and would bring graffiti into the room in another way than art.

Stroll with graffiti on hand with this eye-catching Tumi carry-on featuring
the work of graffiti artist John Matos

For a twist on the graffiti theme, opt for a graffiti cocktail shaker.
It's a fun & creative way of introducing street art into your home

This coffee table, by John Beck Steel & Paper,
has a graffiti feel & could be a statement piece in any modern space

This colorful custom coffee table resembles a different graffiti.
The more you sand down & beat up the table,  the colorful it looks.
You never have to worry about pesky scratches because they add to the table!

peace & love,