Beautiful rooms with that European flavour. Soft light and unanswered questions. Who lives here? Who just walked out of that room? Who is the owner of that creative and chaotic workspace? Does the owner smile as she stands in the sunlight when she washes the dishes? A great photographer not only captures an image they capture the imagination. They leave you asking questions or nodding in agreement. Yes. That's it. That's what I love, what I want, that's the picture for the inspiration file. Serena Eller Vainicher does just that. Captures the shot and your mind.
It's the final week of the Great Gift Challenge. For the last three weeks Kim and I have had the "arduous" task of joining forces with Martha Stewart and eBay to find the perfect Christmas gifts for loved ones. I have had so much fun and found so many cool eBay sellers. This week's budget for the gift is $300 (excluding shipping). Hello eBay!!!! Let me loose. This could be dangerous. The recipient of my eBay hunting is Donna, a wonderful friend and soon to be bride. She and her long time main squeeze Alan are taking the loving spirit of the holidays just a touch further than most of us by marrying on New Year's Eve. So with $300 in my virtual hand it just had to be a very special wedding present.
I've been helping D & A renovate their apartment so I have an idea of what they like and I think I found it. Ever since I saw Grace from Design*Sponge upholster a headboard with an Otomi Indian embroidery I fell in love with these beautiful hand worked textiles. So did Donna when I showed her the D*S post. Light bulb moment! The hunt was on.
I bought this silver grey otomi from Mexican Textiles Museum Store. $255 USD. Lesson number one. Photos on eBay often do no justice to the item and colours on monitors are never right. Lesson number two. Things are never quite the size you imagine them. I thought it would be bigger but it's the size it says it is. Shipping was super fast and OMG it's gorgeous. I just want to run my hands over the silky satin stitches. I did have one problem though. I still had $45 left to spend. I tried my hand at a couple of auctions for suzanis. I know I know. Fad fabric but I still love it. When the auctions went above $45 I had to come up with another plan and fast. The wedding is 3 weeks away.
So I bought these. Three Turkish kilim pillows with just a touch of the "it" colour orange. They are from this store and are on their way from Turkey now. Fingers crossed they get here in time. Hardest thing was choosing which ones. There are hundreds and I love them all. The seller also has patchwork Turkish rugs. Just wish the shipping wasn't so high to Australia. Actually lucky otherwise I'd be buying too much! If all things suzani still have you tingling then take a look here. I've got my eye on a few things there for my own place.
How to wrap my treasures? I think I'll use brown paper and tie them with string. Add a couple of stars and hearts to tie in Christmas, New Year's and a wedding and reluctantly hand them over (I want them myself!). If you're a resident of USA don't forget to pop over to the Great Gift Challenge for your chance to win $1000 to spend on eBay. You will definitely find the perfect gift ... for you ;)
I saw the following photo on Sköna hem and had to post it as Jo and I are huge fans patchwork sofas. While I don't love the florals used, the other fabrics are working for me and it looks so loungey and comfortable. I also love that it has no legs. That way all the cat toys don't collect underneath. :) (I know, this isn't a full post but it's Sunday night and frankly I'm dying to try out this cake-in-mug-recipe before it gets too late.)
If you'd like to send us photos to include in next week's "pets on furniture" post, please ensure your photos follow our basic rules: First, the pet must be on a piece of furniture. And said piece of furniture must be clearly visible in the photo, so both pet and furniture takes center stage. (Think of it more of a photo of a great piece of furniture...and your pet happens to be sitting on it). And second, the photo must be of decent quality. For example, if it's REALLY dark or fuzzy (camera phone) then it may not make the cut. Thanks! (Photos can be sent to email@example.com)
"This is our family Shih Tzu, Coconut, propped on grandma's couch in her sitting room. One of the few times you won't see her in someone's arms. They work well together, don't you think?"
"I wanted to send along a photo of my little one - Javier Mascherano (my husband's a big, big Liverpool football fan). Javier (a pug/beagle mix) has been such a naughty little climbing monkey these days, constantly climbing on laps, sofas and even the mantle! (OK, he had a little help with that one...)"
"I saw the pics of cat on chair etc..it's why I hope you'll like my cat Keshi on my old orange EMU i did in pink now."
"Pets on furniture submission!"
"Here is Gatsby, our mini-dachshund, on his 2nd birthday sitting on our Thonet bentwood chair."
"We have two wonderful cats - Suess (the one on the top of the cushions) and Esperanza. These are their favorite sleeping spots in the entire house - in the sun room in the front of our eastern facing bungalow."
"I'd like to share these two pictures of Scratchy and my sparkly stool. I love them both!"
"Here is a photo of my beautiful Irish Wolfhound Fergus trying very hard to pretend he doesn’t take up much room on my 2 ½ seater sofa!"
"This is my mum's chihuahua Kara taking a nap."
"I know I have missed this week's post but maybe you can post Chen for next week."
"I have been reading your blog for ages now, and I am a true fan of "Pets on furniture". So now I finally decided to send you a mail with pictures of the two most adorable dogs! First, meet Cindy. She is a 4 year old wirehaired dachshund. She lives with my brother, his fiancé and their little daughter. And her favorite spot at the time is in the firewood basket on top of a fluffy carpet. Since the new baby came there is not room for Cindy on the couch anymore, and this is the nearest she'll get :) She LOVES it in there! And then you can meet the love of my life, Lilo. She is a 2 1/2 year old Staffordshire bull terrier. The most loving, cuddling and big hearted dog there is! You will never meet a dog quite like her<3 She unfortunately does not live me anymore, but there isn't a day when I don't think about her! On the first picture with her ears up she is just "chillin" on the couch - that she is not allowed to be on - while I am in the other room. Picture two; baby gets busted and puts her cute face on."
"This is my smooth English cream mini dachshund Shira, who was raised with our cats and has some identity issues - and her son Frisco, who seems to understand the purpose of a sofa better than his mom does!"
"About an hour after my gorgeous new wingback chair was delivered, Olivia staked her claim to it."
"My photo is of our recent addition to the household, Dangercat. A neighborhood stray who decided to stay since he matched the decor."
"I love this concept, so thought I'd share a few of my own photos. Here's a few pics of my terrier mutt Sherlock, on various pieces of furniture he has commandeered around the apartment."
"I have one more 'pets on furniture' submission for your consideration. Whenever we go to my aunts farm, there is yet another cat in the house. This was one of the first times I'd met Ginger, camouflaged in her natural environment."
"After testing all the various spots, Robbie has chosen his optimum sleeping spot."