Close Quarters: Oval Rainbow Rug and More

Colors, Design & Designers

French home decor magazine Marie Claire Maison toured jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. The rainbow rug in this sitting room is an interesting take – and certainly catches your eye, even with so much color elsewhere in the room:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

While there are pieces of furniture with very modern lines, they go quite well together with the ornate stained glass windows, moldings and laurel and vine motifs on the painted ceiling.

There are also rooms where a single color dominates, for example in this aptly-named Sunshine room…

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

…with plenty of playful details:

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Jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge’s London home. Via Marie Claire Maison.

I really admire Ms. Azagury-Partridge’s skill in pulling together such different elements into a cohesive whole. Visit Marie Claire Maison‘s article for more!

Found via Making It Lovely.

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

Now on Etsy: More Mini Storage Bins

Ahem Ahem!, Arts & Crafts

So far I’ve made two batches of storage bins for my shop this spring. First, there are sets of 6 mini cubes in rainbow colors:

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Second, I used up a variety of remnants and scraps to make a hodgepodge of low bins and cubes:

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Find them in the Playfully Grownup Home shop > Store Me section.

New Art: To Live by Likhain

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers, Thumbs Up

I’ve been waiting for an envelope for almost two weeks, and finally, finally, it arrived!

To Live by Likhain Unpacked

This gorgeous print is by Filipina artist likhain. As soon as I saw it, I knew I’d have to get it.

Likhain says they made this piece in response to the question “What do you really want?” and the calligraphy in the background reads:

“to survive. to grow. to study without being bullied. to work without being under threat. to walk around and not be harmed. to meet people and not encounter abuse. to take public transport and not be harassed. to hold each other’s hands. to marry. to raise our families. to build our homes. to be safe. to know peace. to access care when we’re sick. to help when we can. to have help when we need it. to contribute to our communities. to be equal under the law. to belong. to sing. to dance. to create. to speak our truth. to be happy. to love.”

I will frame it as a present for a loved one.

(In case you’re interested in buying a copy, here’s my experience: The print itself is beautiful, and came very well packaged / protected. However, the delivery company that InPrnt used, DHL, was annoyingly slow. It took them 11 days to get the envelope from Florida to Massachusetts, where USPS took over and end-delivered my envelope in one additional day. I’d have no qualms about bying again quality-wise, but if delivery time was an issue I might consider something else.)

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

When Even the Waste Looks Good

Behind the Scenes, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

Recently I’ve worked on several small projects with colorful fabrics. One of the delights of working with bright colors is that even the littlest scraps look cheerful!

Colorful Clippings

It’s especially nice on grey days. This weekend’s forecast looks rainy; I’d better bring out my scraps bin again for more projects. 🙂

Flying Geese in Rainbow Colors

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Design & Designers

Work in progress: a prototype with flying geese piecing made from scraps in rainbow colors.

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This is one possible layout. I was originally thinking two mirrored table runners or small mats, but seeing them on the floor like this makes me wonder whether one lapquilt might look better after all. Clearly I will have to experiment! 🙂

Hyvää ystävänpäivää!

Arts & Crafts, Colors, DIY, Fabrics & Materials

Happy Valentine’s Day! Or, friends’ day as it’s known in Finland!

This year, I made my own heart-shaped cards:

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They look pretty nice even in their raw form:

Valentines Day Cards Cut 2017

I experimented with decorations, but ended with this minimal design: understated pen lines with some color coordination (but not too matcy-matcy). The only problem was the placement of text on the heart shape; it was almost impossible to do neatly. I’ll need to work on that.

I also made custom envelopes by recycling magazine pages:

Valentines Day Cards Envelopes 2017

Being able to make things from scratch really is one of the enduring delights in my life. 🙂

Cute Rainbow Heart Banner

Arts & Crafts, Colors, Fabrics & Materials

What a cute crocheted heart banner!

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Sam from Thrive 360 Living; at International Arrivals / Ooly.

By Sam from Thrive 360 Living; tutorial at International Arrivals / Ooly. This photo is actually from a tutorial for the jars, not the heart banner. But don’t you think that the banner would make a nice treat for your color-loving Valentine’s Day sweetheart, if you happened to be so inclined…? Looks like there are plenty of free crochet heart patterns available all over the Internet, too.

Thanks for sharing, Sam!

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

Online Finds: Scandinavian-Style Fuse Bead Xmas Ornaments

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

Bea at Sew and So Ideas shared a fuse beads tutorial for making traditional Scandinavian-style Christmas tree ornaments:

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Bea at Sew and So Ideas.

Lovely! The combination of red and white (or sometimes red and grey, at least in Finland) and the embroidered details definitely remind me of the Nordic countries.

As it so happens, I’m sharing a related printable freebie tomorrow. 🙂

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.