Ouizi’s Incredible Floral Mural in Detroit

Arts & Crafts, Random Beauty

Artist Louise Jones known professionally as Ouizi works on many things – murals, printmaking, painting and drawing. I’m most taken with her outdoor murals: large-scale floral paintings on building facades, etc. My favorite so far is in Detroit, Michigan:

Ouizi Trumbull Porter Hotel Exterior Mural

Trumbull Porter Hotel, Detroit, Michigan. Ouizi.

Normally I tend not to gravitate towards black, but this exterior is so vibrant and astounding I cannot but love it. The boutique hotel Trumbull Porter has even included a video of the painting process on their website. (If not found there, visit Trumbull and Porter Hotel Ouizi Mural on Vimeo.)

More of her work on the Ouizi website and Instagram.

Found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Close Quarters: Floral Print Sofa with Geometric Rug

Colors, Design & Designers, Fabrics & Materials, Room of Awesome

Incorporating colors, especially strong colors, into interiors can be intimidating. Add to that floral pattern, and the task might seem insurmountable.

Not so for Melbourne-based interior designer Camilla Molders. She creates contemporary rooms with plenty of color, clean-lined and elegant furniture, and lush textiles and rugs. In her Prahran Flowerhouse project, what might otherwise been a grandmotherly floral print sofa instead becomes luxurious, almost throne-like.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

The neutral walls and curtains allow the furnishings and rug to stand out. The repetition of flowers in the upholstery as well as wall art is very clever – prominent but not overdone. The geometric rug is the perfect antidote to the flowers, and brings the saccharine factor down immediately despite its unapologetically strong reds and fuchsias. And did you notice that the sofa legs are painted a matching color?

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

It’s really impressive how well Ms. Molders has matched the colors in the rug with those of the sofa upholstery. The room wouldn’t work nearly as well if they didn’t coordinate so perfectly.

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Prahran Flowerhouse. Camilla Molders Design.

I don’t think the rug could ever come home with me, but that sofa is looking more and more appealing. And I might have to try the trick of repeating the same motif in textiles and art in a room – very effective.

Found via Desire to Inspire.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Floral Photo as Fresh Wallpaper

Design & Designers

It was time for a new wallpaper for my laptop. I used this photo…

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Hanging flower installation by Rebecca Louise Law at Bikini Berlin shopping center, Berlin, Germany. Found via Colossal.

…of a hanging flower arrangement by London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law installed in a German shopping center Bikini Berlin.

Floral Photo as Laptop Wallpaper

Lovely flowers in honor of a lovely spring day.

Image found via Colossal.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Online Finds: Free Floral Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Design & Designers

For two weeks, it looked like snow was receding and spring was on the way here in Massachusetts, then we got more snow yesterday. (As if we haven’t had enough already!) I’m so parched for warm weather, sun and springtime! If only you could bottle spring, I’d make myself a reserve each year to tide me over the winter.

To cheer myself up, I found this beautiful floral laptop wallpaper by Christina Williams:

Floral Laptop Wallpaper

Feels better already – I love the perky colors and the watercolor effect. I cannot wait for real flowers to emerge, though.

P.S. Should you want one, Christina made several sizes from desktop computers to iDevices. Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Making Progress: Breast Cancer Awareness Themed Items for 2014

Ahem Ahem!, Colors, Leveling Up

So far I haven’t created any products for specific campaigns or themes (apart from my usual business charitable giving). This year, I wanted to do a test batch and chose October and breast cancer awareness.

There are some gorgeous pinks and reds in my fabric stash. I selected a few to make a small quantity of lavender sachets and mini storage cubes. Some sachets are plain, some have a heart applique in the front and some were inspired by the Tardis; all are limited run and sold singly. A part of the sachets are in darker colors – burgundy red and purple – as a nod towards male breast cancer. I also sewed two unique sets of two mini cubes; the rest of the cubes are limited run and sold singly. Here is a group photo:

2014 PGH Breast Cancer Awareness

They are now available in my Etsy store; more photos can be seen on Flickr. Five percent of the proceeds go to Susan G. Komen. It will be interesting to see how a themed set like this performs compared to my usual selection. At the very least it has been educational to think in terms of a specific collection or purpose.

Caught My Eye: Sahalie Floral Fabric

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials, Stunt Double

Exhibit A:

Home Decorators Pillow Pouf

Home Decorators.

Pillow and pouf from Home Decorators.

Exhibit B:

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Playfully Grownup Home.

Yoga mat bag by me. No wonder it looks familiar!

The print is called Sahalie. Mine is a cotton duck (canvas), which doesn’t seem to be available anymore. Shame; I prefer natural fibers over synthetics. Although the good thing is that the outdoor-grade Sahalie made out of polyester is available in more colorways.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Discoveries: Gudrun Sjödén

Colors, Design & Designers, Inspiration, Thumbs Up

Gudrun Sjödén is a Swedish designer who has run a store by the same name for almost 40 years. I just discovered the company today, and I’m blown away!

They carry home textiles and women’s clothing of Gudrun’s design. One of her lines for the 2013 winter season (both home textiles and clothing) drew inspiration from Estonian folk art, but I see modern design as well:

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Gudrun Sjödén; collage by Eppu Jensen.

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Gudrun Sjödén; collage by Eppu Jensen.

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Gudrun Sjödén; collage by Eppu Jensen.

Some of the clothing reminds me of Marimekko or of Eileen Fisher except for the colors. Have a look yourself:

Gudrun Sjoden Clothing Collage

Gudrun Sjödén; collage by Eppu Jensen.

Granted, the designs are not for everyone – a NYT article from this April described the style “as if Putamayo, Marimekko and Eileen Fisher had a love child.” (Someone else sees similarities between Gudrun & Eileen Fisher, ha!) They definitely embody the company’s idea, though, which is to make “colourful clothes and home textiles in natural materials with an emphasis on Scandinavian design” (quoted from Gudrun’s World). A lot of her designs do feel familiar.

Although the Gudrun Sjödén stores are mainly found in Europe, they have a store in New York City, too:

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Gudrun Sjödén’s New York Store.

I wonder whether I’ll have to add the store to my things-to-do-next-time-I’m-in-NYC list…

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.