Monday, December 15, 2008

I LOVE Christmas!!!

There's something undeniably warm and comforting about Christmas--whether it be the crisp cold days in stark juxtaposition of the burning fire of the hearth... or the laughter of close friends and family.. the ugly "holiday sweaters" coupled with egg nog, roasted chestnuts and hot cocoa-- rosey red cheeks and the shine of ornaments on the Douglas Fir-- the off key hymns and carols sang unabashedly round the piano and the crunch of snow beneath your feet as you shuffle from one Christmas parade to the candle lite Christmas Eve service at church. The snow flakes that dot your coat-- the scarf that's just long enough to cover the tip of your nose-- icicles that form on the bottom of your car and the beauty of the lights adorning the front porch. The taste of candy cane and the aroma of freshly baked culinary perfections. For these reasons and many more--- I love Christmas.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Paper Lanterns!

I've always been a fan of fun and intimate lighting.. I love the feel these paper lanterns give.. it's soft but makes a HUGE statement. Chicness factor of 9.8

Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Dream Rug! -- if I had $900

If I had $900 I'd spend it on this fantastic rug from Anthropologie! I'm also intrigued by their wild assortment of unique Christmas Ornaments!

Crate And Barrel

Crate and Barrel just opened outside of Kenwood Mall! When I went to the grand opening I found a couple of lamps I really LOVE! --- the inspiration room is also perfectly chic!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Fashion Prints!

Here is a sample of some work I've been doing--- the original idea was to create a nice juxtaposition of patterns vs. flat figures in interesting fashion statements... what came next was the introduction of the same concept to retro chic furniture.. let me know what you think? The fashion prints were recently in a show @ NVISION. -- Give some feedback-- good and especially bad!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Charlie Harper

One of my favorite artists is Charlie Harper. His work is fantastic but largely over-looked by the art community. He has a cult following in his home town of Cincinnati-- but has received recent acclaim by Todd Oldham who has worked to archive the work of Charlie Harper shortly before his death earlier this year. His work is largely simplistic and graphical. Chic factor or a perfect 10!

Happy Thanksgiving you turkeys :o)

Here's some retro-inspired Thanksgiving Memorabilia! Happy Turkey Day :o)!


J. Crew has some spectacular new shoes available.... simply beautiful...

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Some beautiful things to help inspire you.. the chair with the pillow has SUCH beautiful contrast of colors/ textures...

Monday, November 17, 2008

My New Favorite Shop!

One of my friends recently introduced me to a shop down town Cincinnati called "High Street" -- it had the most beautiful and unique items in it! Please visit the shop virtually if you don't have
the opportunity to do so in person!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Pistachio Press

Wow! I found this calendar on I absolutely LOVE letterpress... so I certainly couldn't resist purchasing this 2009 jewel by Pistachio Press. If you like what you see you can purchase one as well (but it's a limited edition of 300) ... It's simple things like this that make me very happy! 2009 is going to be awesome! :o) -- This is chic factor off the charts!-- exquisitely scrumptious!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Elle Moss

Wow! I came across this artist's work a couple of days ago and it literally stopped me in my tracks.. it's so hauntingly beautiful-- quirky-- kitschy --retro inspired... I am in such AWE! Elle Moss photography amazes me! It's not self conscious at all... and that's what I think is soooo fabulous about it! Chic Factor 9.8


I came across this bust of a little girl with a song book about a month ago in an antique store... yesterday I went back *hoping* it was still available and it was! So I bought it.. a mere $50 I think it's one of the best antiquing finds I've had in a long time! BEAUTIFUL!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Digital Painting!

sooooooooooooooo I've been working on digital painting and was inspired by one of my best friend's wedding photos..... take a look! (you can also visit her wedding blog) I basically create the painting by referencing a photo and using Corel Painter X (an awesome program I might add). The inspiration photo was taken by Look Photography. I am going to start doing commissioned works in this style.. I can blow them up to larger sizes... please either email me or leave a message on the comments for pricing!