I don't know much about classic cars but I love old cars. The designs on a vintage car are much more intricate than the plastic accessories we see today. Summer time is one of the best times of the year to get my indulgence of these classic beauties.
Florence is a city of beauty, character and inspiration. Around every corner there is something to be found. What amazed me about Florence was the artistry embedded in the very frame of the city. One of the moments I loved the most was the impromptu opera performance in the square by a talented woman in black. The food in Firenze is exquisite and there is no such thing as bad table wine. Oh how I miss Italy!
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It's always fun discovering new art, artist, and designers. Edmonds Art Festival brought forth a wealth of undiscovered creatives. From handcrafted soaps to elegant woodwork it was a lovely day for exploring the artistic culture of Edmonds, Washington.
This glorious steel owl by Abraxas Crow Company hovered graciously over the festival. I would have to say Gunter's up bring in Alaska has something to do with the perfection of his work.
Walden Lane Gourmet
I love the intricate artistry of Darlene Hardenbrook.
Larry Richmond Pottery
To the Left Artist Scott Kattenbaker and to the right a gallery of artwork.
Dwell on Design has proven yet again to be a wealth of design inspiration. From interior craftsmen/women to jewelry designers you can find just about anything your heart desires. Dwell is a showcase for innovation in design as well as a learning tool for those seeking to be more environmentally conscientious without losing out on style.
A few of my favorites are the custom craftsman tiles brought forth by artist/architect/tile maker Cha-Rie Tang. Her love of the Arts and Crafts movement is well admired in her work. http://www.pasadenacraftsmantile.com/
Then there is Laurel & Wolf, a place where professional interior designers are matched with clients in an accessible and affordable way. https://www.laurelandwolf.com/
Or how about the folks from GEOS creating recycled glass surfaces. I can't think of a better way to create beauty from waste. http://www.eos-surfaces.com/geos/
Colorhouse brings us non toxic wall color with zero VOC's, no toxic fumes or chemical solvents. These stunning colors can bring life to any space with the compounds that have been known to cause health risk. http://www.colorhousepaint.com/
Abundant in design inspiration there are too many good things happening at Dwell on Design to list. But if your curious you'll have to wait until next year to check out the goods or if you happen to be in The Big Apple in the fall you can have your moment in the candy store of design.
Delta Millworks - specialized lumber and millwork supplier.
I absolutely love this!
Delicious indeed! I'm all about the gold Marilyn wall paper. Trying to figure out how I can work this into my next design.
Flavor Paper - http://www.flavorpaper.com/
Matt Locke - Infrastructure Art
This amazing wall art is a map of California constructed of solid copper wire, stapled by hand on rotary-cut red oak veneered plywood, custom stained with jet-black acetone dye.
Sofa - Antoinette Sofa, Urban Outfitter Home
End Tables - Wilmington End Table in Oak, Amish Outlet Store
Pillows - Delinda Boutique
Lamps - Regina Andrew Silver Plated Stacked Ball Lamp
Rug - Pottery Barn Sisal rug
Art - Dana Lynch abstract
Sustainable design is an important part of keeping the balance in our material world. So these are a few of my favorite wine related creations that aim to inspire and lessen our frivolous waste.
I love cork! So much so that I save almost every cork from every bottle I indulge in. LizzieJoeDesigns makes great use of the unused corks.
Shop Here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LizzieJoeDesigns?ref=shopsection_shophome_leftnav
This is a lovely way to make use of those used wine barrels that have served the excellent purpose of creating delectable wines. Wine Stave Crafts creates 100% recycled wine racks.
Shop here: WineStaveCrafts
LA Cookie Con 2015 is host to the first West Coast baking and pastry competition, featuring tasty treats from local and small businesses. http://www.lacookiecon.com/
It's the afternoon. The light is still vibrant, glowing off the white walls covered in art and inspiration. I lay on my belly with my low back exposed to the air. The room is comfortable. I hear the hum. The buzz of ecstasy and anguish. There is this idea that for art we suffer which in my daily is untrue, but today this idea is inevitable.
In the first moments I am reminded of the pain so long removed. I don't cry out but I'm screaming on the inside. After hour one the pain is an old, dear friend to me. I'm reminded of the joy it once brought me and reminiscent of the pleasures of our bond. At hour two I am deep in the breath and focus on the comfort of the pain and the lessons to be gained from it. My meditation 'love'. The symbol I have chosen is a testament to this. In the final hours the pain shows its full dominance over me, though my body lay stagnant for the most part, my jaw begins to quiver, teeth clashing against each other. My saving grace is that I know the beauty to come from this. My body is the canvas and the artist is Christina Hock.
Skilled in the art and versatile at her craft Christina's work is pretty mind-blowing. First off there is a comfortable vibe in the shop (Dolorosa) and upon meeting Christina I felt no judgment. It was clear to me that she knows how to put people at ease. Her personality is down to earth. Her work is edgy and feminine, cut-throat and detailed. Her ability to take her clients ideas and put them into visual form is an astounding talent. Line drawing is an art inherent in most of us, with daily practice anyone could be good. This I believe. But it takes a certain type of expertise to take the line to paper and apply that same line to the curve of the flesh. Christina does this with grace and precision. She is a talent and a force of artistry.
"Design is conceived when an inherent need to be creative manifests itself into physical or visual form."