Finds: A Pinch of Lovely

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I love when you come across a new designer or artist, don't you? A Pinch of Lovely is, well, lovely. I came across the bridal party brunch invitation pictured below on Pinterest and immediately followed the photo link to her blog.

Krystal Bennett is a very talented designer creating gorgeous custom-made invitations. These aren't just any invitations, these are invitations you will want to keep on your refrigerators long after the event takes place. She brings out the personality of the event, involving you in the entire process for everything from fonts to envelopes. Of course, you can also rely on her expertise and good taste.

Take a look at some of her creations:

Her blog is a fun read too. I'm definitely commissioning some invitations from her for some upcoming parties.

Finds: Bridal Hair Combs

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How gorgeous are these bridal hair combs? They are perfect for a spring bride. I'm already wed, but I want to figure out a reason to wear one of these combs because they are so beautiful. Made by Alona Freeman.

Fiddle Leaf Fig

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Fiddle Leaf Fig seems to be popping up everywhere. The large houseplant with high-impact foliage is obviously a favorite of designers.

 All Images from my Pinterest

It's a great indoor plant, but it does require a bit of upkeep. I have one that I picked up from Home Depot on sale a while back. I did a bit of research into the care after I bought it. Here is the skinny:
The watering can, shears and planter are from one of my favorite stores, Terrain.

Finds: Spring Break

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ahh, spring. This weekend was the first time I could confidently say that spring was coming. Even with the mild season, it felt like winter just kept holding on.

We spent much of the weekend outside - playing on a quilt in the backyard, taking the baby for afternoon cocktail strolls (the cup holder isn't quite strong enough to hold a full beer though...), eating brunch outside. It was lovely.

I don't often miss school, but this time of year has me longing for a spring break vacation. I just need getaways after enduring winter, you know? Not in the cards this year. If we were heading south for a spring vacation, here is what I would pack.

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Finds: Little Lady Dress

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Would it be aggressive to buy this dress in a size that is two sizes away? Hmmm. I think not. It's perfect, after all.

Affordable Art by Donna Walker

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I often search Etsy for affordable art, which usually leads to some *interesting* art. Sometimes you find a gem though. I've found several over the years and I'll post them on the blog at some point.

Today, I'm highlighting Donna Walker. She is a painter from Fort Worth, Texas, and her art clearly reflects her setting. She paints landscapes, farm scenes, and animals with a modern twist. She says her paintings capture "Modern Americana." I love that.

Her beautiful paintings of animals and birds have an interesting ethereal quality. This one would be perfect in a nursery.

And her still-life paintings are lovely and slightly abstract, keeping with that modern, yet homey feel.

Her paintings come in a number of sizes and price ranges. She has a very affordable series of small paintings, so small she can complete them in a day. These paintings are about $55-75. She also has larger paintings that run up to $950 and many paintings in between.

Noted: Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Chalkboard paint is all the rage, and with good reason - it's fun. I love the idea of having a message board and a place for my daughter to be creative, but I also want some space to hang things like invitations, announcements and papers. Yesterday I was lamenting the lack of magnetized space as I was trying to squeeze a handful of invitations, a grocery list, some coupons and a couple of adorable birth announcements on our tiny bit of exposed refrigerator side (we have stainless steel appliances).

I think I found a way to kill two birds with two stones, maybe three stones. Primer Magnetic Paint + Chalkboard Paint + Top Coat(s) of Paint = Problem Solved.

Finds: Elizabeth Peyton Beach Towel

I have long been a fan of Elizabeth Peyton. She was the darling of the art world in the 90's, capturing the essence of that time's angsty, rocker youth in her amazing portraits.

I was lucky enough to see the Live Forever exhibit at the New Museum in NYC. I have a long list of artists I plan to invest in when I have 'made it,' and she is at the top of the list. Strangely enough, she has popped up during my morning coffee-in-hand internet browsing, not once, but twice.

The first, the beautiful book, Live Forever, is on sale at One Kings Lane. (Coincidentally, another 'Made It' list artist has a book on sale at OKL too - Sally Mann.)

Then, she popped up on ShopBop when I was scouting a new watch (more on that later). I mean, really? An Elizabeth Peyton beach towel? That's both crazy and awesome.

 Not sure I can stomach spending $105 on a beach towel, but if I could, that would be the towel.