Silver Screen Interiors- Bohemian Beauty

I’m an artist, but I am also a professional too, so my house tends to have a look some where in between of bohemian and clean contemporary.  The artist in me often craves the 100% bohemian look and I blame some of these movie classics below, which made the look so easy and cool.  It is not as easy as it looks though.  Lots of patterns can make a room too busy if you don’t find the right balance in proportion and color.  Okay maybe the first image shows a room that is a bit busy, but it was the 80’s , so I am going to let that one pass.  I still thought Iona’s apartment (and her clothes) were the coolest!

From Pretty in Pink- Imd Century furniture before it was cool to have it (again), colorful and fun.

From Pretty in Pink- Imd Century furniture before it was cool to have it (again), colorful and fun.

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From Pretty in Pink- Lovely layering of red and pinks with subtle patterns.

From Breakfast at Tiffany's- I have always fantasized about having a studio with a n angled window.

From Breakfast at Tiffany’s- I have always fantasized about having a studio with an angled window.

From Zoolander-  I don't even skateboard, but I mean, come on...this is cool

From Zoolander- I don’t even skate, but I mean, come on…this is cool

From The Big Lebowski- Again there's something about those big roof line windows

From The Big Lebowski- Again there’s something about those big roof line windows

From The Big Lebowski- Nothing says "Artist Loft" like furniture with wheels

From The Big Lebowski- Nothing says “Artist Loft” like furniture with wheels

From The Truth About Cats and Dogs- The sexy photographer bachelor pad

From The Truth About Cats and Dogs- The sexy photographer bachelor pad

 

From Pretty in Pink-  I loved her room as a teen!

From Pretty in Pink- I loved her room as a teen!

From Flashdance- Okay i am not a dancer, but that doesn't keep me from twirling about my house and shaking it.  I loved her industrial loft style pad.

From Flashdance- Okay i am not a dancer, but that doesn’t keep me from twirling about my house and shaking it. I loved her industrial loft style pad.

Magazine Diaries – Saying It Out Loud

Magazine Diaries – Saying It Out Loud

As Marishka shared last week in this post I had been thinking about an online magazine concept for months.  I had a notebook with random blogs, designers, and other creatives that I wanted to opportunity to meet with, learn their stories, and share with the world.  I also love to travel and wanted to find a way to experience a new place differently and share it with the world.   In trying to figure how to go about doing that I decided that an online magazine was a way to get started right away and have the instant gratification I so desire.  I had it all worked out in my head, or so I thought, and quickly realized I knew exactly what I wanted but had no idea how to go about doing it.  I’m not a writer, editor, or graphic designer, but was willing to be all of those things to make this happen.  I knew I had to tell someone about the idea, someone who could be my partner in the venture and whom I trusted to help carry out my vision, but also add their own vision.  I knew Marishka was this person as she’s not only the most creative person I know, but she is also the most reasonable so I knew she would be honest and bring me back down to earth if needed.   As soon as I finally said it out loud it became SO REAL.  She was immediately on board which I wasn’t expecting so quickly (or at all).  Ideas were streaming and we had a real concept and direction of what Charmed-mag was to be.  We both dove right into the next phase which we’ll call intensive research.

What this research really consisted of was a very long list of books ordered about everything from publishing to editing as well as graphic design and layout, and finally a group of various blogging and social media books.  We studied like we were back in school coming up for coffee and to share notes on what we had learned.  Aside from that we quickly developed some simple tools that would allow us to communicate with one another and share ideas in real-time since we have day jobs.  DropBox was a brilliant way to begin sharing concept photos, and shared Excel files which allowed us to quickly lay out the first issue as well as serve as a template for future issues.  We spent our free time researching other publications both online as well as print both for things we loved as well as those that weren’t working to ensure we didn’t make the same mistakes.  There are pages torn from mags strewn throughout my home, much to the hubs dismay.  We dug around extensively for what publications are charging for advertising as well as what creatives in the industry are paid.  It may be a 2 man team for now, but we know we need to be prepared for contractors and employees very soon.  During this time Marishka began some creative and design work which I’ll let her share with you all.

Most importantly, during our second meeting we determined exactly how much we were each willing to invest to get this going, and thankfully we were on the same page.  Not just with the money though, also with the agreement to spend all of the time necessary to make this successful even if we have to pass up on fun and spend our weekends working.  We also agreed to re-evaluate after 3 issues (6 months since they’re bi-monthly) to determine whether this will be successful financially as well as for our careers moving forward as we both want nothing more than to call Charmed-mag our official full-time job.  It’s true, all of this in just 2 meetings.  We were moving quickly and quite frankly I wasn’t (and still can’t) sleep as there is so much to do and it’s so exciting to think about all of the things to come, like Fashion Week, and travel to London and Paris for the first issue.

We’ve had a lot happen since and we’ll continue to tell our story as we go.

xoxo

 

Wall Art- It’s not your momma’s wallpaper!

In the last 10 years wallpaper has had a reawakening.  With the advances in digital printing quality, artists have a whole new medium to explore.  Colors are getting bolder,  styles are getting edgier, and the sky is the limit.  Some manufactures are even open to customizing for your project.

I’ve had an image of Rollout’s “Ballpoint Pen” on my inspiration board for months now and decided to explore their website.  Check out these beautiful examples.

http://wallpaper.rollout.ca/product/acceptus-strips

http://wallpaper.rollout.ca/product/wale

http://wallpaper.rollout.ca/product/acceptus

http://wallpaper.rollout.ca/product/ball-point-pen

http://wallpaper.rollout.ca/product/80-chance-of-showers-wallpaper

Want retro, psychedelic or rock n roll?  Flavor Paper has loads of designs to choose from.

http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/detail_in_cat/77/177/Love-Monkey

http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/detail_in_cat/51/148/Vivid-Victorian

http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/detail_in_cat/54/152/Brooklyn-Toile

http://www.flavorpaper.com/wallpaper/detail_in_cat/52/145/Nazareno

Fashion Week Inspiration

How surprised was I this morning when more invites than expected for New York Fashion Week arrived.  I have to be honest that I had another post planned for today (you’ll get it on Thursday), but I was so distracted gaining inspiration for my own New York and London Fashion Week outfits that I thought I’d share those instead.  There are so many amazingly fashionable people attending and as of late ‘street style’ is ever popular and many only look at those images and forget all about what’s actually happening in the shows.  I for one want to see each and every piece coming down the runway and will happily take in everyone else’s style as a bonus.  My style, however, will be monochromatic (less one pink dress), classic, and tailored much like many of these beautiful women.

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xoxo

Back to School

It is that time of year.  The kids are going back to school.  No matter how old I get, I can’t help remembering the way it felt to start school again.  The perk was always getting to pick out new clothes, but I loved the little things too, like a fresh pencil case or book bag.  These were things that made the end of a care free summer a little more bearable.  So I decided to see what was out there that might make the start of another school year a perk for this years lot.

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Skip Hop Lunchies from Amazon.com

SO adorable!!!

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Rockland Rolling Black Dot Backpack from Target.com

Stylish but not to trendy.

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Mead 5 Star Flex Note binder from Target.com

Hermes orange sets the tone for bold new year.

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Washi Paper Masking tape from momastore.com

Have to decorate your binder or locker with something!

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Fluorescent Color Pencils from momastore.com

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Pretty colors!

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Candy Dots Post-it notes from thestationarystudio.com

Why use plain old yellow stickies, when you can go custom.

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Girls Hooded Jersey Peacoat from Old Navy

Cute and classic for the girls.

Have any back to school favorites?  Let us know!

Silver Screen Interiors- Romeo + Juliet

Just like any form of entertainment, we often turn to movies to be transported to another place, far far away from our daily grind.  The world Catherine Martin created in Baz Luhrmann’s version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet does just that.  Shot partially in Mexico, it feels both modern day and old world.  They dress in current (90’s) clothes, but speak in 16th century English.  It creates this strange in between world that is not reality, but real enough to relate.

The sets are full of religious symbolism and iconography.  For me it was representational of how often two countries would go to war, both feeling as though they had God backing them as righteous.  The same was for these two feuding families.

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ImageI love the set decoration above by Brigitte Broch of Juliet’s bedroom.  It just oozes angelic innocence.  This image below from St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral could almost be the design inspiration for most of the sets as far as color, elaborate pattern, and richness of materials.

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Image from St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

There is nothing subtle about these sets, and that is why they are so much fun.

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ImageWant to forget about your own problems and get lost in someone else’s…revisit the world of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet.

Tom Dixon Love

Now that a well designed object has once again gained the appreciation of the masses and there is a wider understanding of the benefit of good design, some designers are getting a celebrity like status.  There are also some celebrities that want to be designers…but that is for another day.  First a designer gets maybe a fabric line, then a furniture line, and it builds and builds.  Which is wonderful for them, but sometimes I wonder if manufactures are just cashing in on a name and not taking the results of their collaboration seriously enough.  On the other hand there are Industrial Designers like Tom Dixon who seem to be able to bring something fresh to everything he touches.  So often I would be looking through design magazines and come across something I adored.  Taking that precious extra second to actually read who was responsible for it, I would see Tom Dixon’s name.  Take a look at some of his drool worthy pieces.

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Image from tomdixon.net

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