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Wallpaper

Wallpaper doesn’t have to be outdated and boring.  If used properly, wallpaper can add a lot of personality to your home. Use it on an accent wall or in a hallway.   Second Hand Rose has a lot of vintage inspired designs that I love.

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Matryoshka Dolls

My parents are constantly traveling around the world and recently my father came back from Russia with gifts! I received a gift of Russian chocolates, tea, coffee and of course… Matryoshka dolls! Matryoshka or Russian Nesting Dolls refer to a set of wooden figures of decreasing size placed one inside the other. They’re beautiful and a fun way to add some color to your home.

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Embroidery Hoops

I love Pinterest and one thing I keep pinning is embroidery hoop artwork.  Check out some of my favorite ones and hopefully you’ll get inspired to make some artwork of your own!

Poppytalk Handmade

Poppytalk Handmade is an online curated marketplace offering some of the best designs worldwide.  Exhibitions change each month consistently offering fresh new designs. Any artist may submit their work to be included and it’s worth the try because Poppytalk receives traffic of approximately 1 million pageloads a month!

Poppytalk Handmade promotes each chosen artist on the front page and also offers them a separate page where they may include a biography and photographs of their work. Poppytalk sends consumers directly to the artist’s online shop so that the sellers may buy directly from the artist.

The new exhibition launches on June 4 so hurry up and check out these current items before they disappear! Here are a few of my favorites.

 

Owl Print by Gingiber, Terrariums Print by Small Talk Studio, Safari Rubber Stamps by Wee Gallery, Pops I Photography by September Wren

View the new exhibition schedule that launches June 4!

Pass the Baton

Pass the Baton has been deemed “the most random recycling shop in Tokyo.”

PASS THE BATON is a personal culture marketplace. By means of a bricks-and-mortar flagship in the center of Tokyo and an online web shop, we offer buyers and sellers a forum for exchange. Items for sale are presented not only through images, but also by a brief profile of the seller and a short anecdote about the item. As a member of PASS THE BATON, people of all backgrounds, from all over the world, can sell as simply as one would at a flea market?but with the added dimension of optioning proceeds to charity. (taken from pass-the-baton.com)

I went through the shop and found a few fabulous (even vintage!) items to share with you.

 

Lisa Simon

Lisa Simon is a mixed media artist in Louisville. I’ve seen her work represented at Galerie Hertz and I love her ceramic frames. She uses them for mirrors and to house her beautiful drawings.

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Mid Century Martha

Martha Stewart recently debuted her new line of furniture at the High Point Market this year. Her new collection features a lot of mid-century inspired furniture and updated versions of classic pieces. I’m a sucker for wood and gold combinations and tufted couches. I also love the incorporation of pattern and texture with basic white and gray colors as shown below in the Ikat armchair and rug.

The High Point Market is going on through April 26 in North Carolina and is a hub for home furnishings and interior design.

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Emily Church

Emily Church is an emerging painter originally from Louisville but now living/working in Brooklyn. I first viewed her work in an exhibition at Galerie Hertz in Louisville, 2010. The exhibition included a series of paintings by Church featuring images from the forests of Slovenia.  I had never been more entranced by paintings of nature before. I love how she complements the lonely landscape with vivid yellows and greens; her use of color and perspective is enchanting. Below are a few images from that series, though the pictures do not do them justice. Each canvas measures 30″x30″ and the large paintings further support the artist’s desire to captivate the viewer.

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Fair Trade in Your Home

Just Creations is hosting an Oriental rug event this coming Wednesday-Saturday (March 28-31). It’s a great opportunity to learn about Fair Trade from the leading Fair Trade organization in Louisville.

When I think ‘Oriental rugs’, it doesn’t really appeal to me. However, when I attended the Oriental Rug Event at Just Creations last year, my eyes were opened. There is a large variety of rugs available, many of which are minimal, contemporary, neutral, mid-century style, etc. I was pleased to see that there is something for everyone! I even saw some traditional rugs that I liked!

The styles of rugs I like are Tribal Gabbeh and Kilims. Tribal Gabbeh rugs have a contemporary feel but also resemble antique rugs by their natural colors. They have geometric designs, polka dots, stripes, and often have a mid-century and arts and crafts feel. Kilims have a traditional feel but are flat woven and often made with materials like hemp that give it a natural texture and feel.

The best part about these rugs are that the artisans are paid fair wages for their work and able to support their families. Most of the rugs are made with hand spun yarn and natural dyes.

Here are some samples of what you will see at the rug event.

Make sure you check out the rug event next week! There is a seminar on Thursday night starting at 6:30 where you can learn about the rugs and the artisans who make them.

Just Creations is located at 2722 Frankfort Avenue in the heart of Crescent Hill.

 

Heywood-Wakefield

Heywood-Wakefield Company was established in 1826 as a producer of wicker and rattan furniture.  They began creating wood furniture during the Arts and Crafts movement with sleek modern designs that continued through the 1930s in the French Art Deco style. They are most well known for their mid-century modern style furniture pieces which are also the most common Heywood-Wakefield items that you’ll find today. My friend Camille has a mid-century Heywood-Wakefield coffee table in her home almost identical to the one below but I know she didn’t spend anywhere close to $900! (remember… estate sales!)

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