Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fair Trade Interiors

“…An organized  Social Movement and Market-based approach, that aims to help producers in developing countries, make better trading conditions and promote sustainability”
 ~ Wikipedia

Its not always easy to be socially conscious, while thinking about Interiors. Especially since Interior Design, and Architecture, are based on personal “visual” preference typically.  Until just a few years ago, there really wasn’t a lot to choose from in the “Fair Trade” category, so I want to show you some of the beautiful options, that will brighten your home, and your spirit 😉

First, take a look at these beautiful “Prayer Baskets” (baskets made from African Prayer mats)  from Senegal, Africa! They are so beautiful, and knowing that women in Africa, are benefiting form the purchase of these baskets, makes doing laundry so much better 😉

You can buy these baskets from Unica Home, and they start at just $25 each!! Great colors!

Although the next selection is called “African Trash Art” its anything but trash!! I love these Kenyon, tin can animal sculptures, made from recycled soda cans! The largest stands 6″ and would be perfect for any book shelf !! starting at only $18 from Swahili Imports.

There are also, very elegant, and not so colorful options for Fair Trade items, the next three are very understated, but anything but simple. The bowls, are made from woven telephone wires!! amazing , right??

In the above vases from Ghana, Three concentric circles, represent the Adinkrahene, the chief of all West African Adinkra symbol system, would be beautiful with simple grasses displayed in them. $44.

Last, but certainly not least, there are a million, beautiful, Fair Trade fabrics now available. Beautiful bedding, pillows and upholstery have been made form these recently, here are just a few that took my breath away! (image)

I know we aren’t all out to save the world, but if you can do a tiny part to help, and still enjoy every piece of beautiful artistry, isn’t it so worth it?? My answer: YES!!! enjoy 😉

Sunday "Snippet" (Color ME…Colorful? Cont.)

 I am  really going insane for Spring to be here, so I am CRAVING color!!  Here are just a few inspiring photos of colorful interiors and design ( even if by nature) that are so beautiful to me, that I wanted to share!! Enjoy!

Can you IMAGINE walking into this home library every day to sip your coffee, and read a book!! Actually, with a toddler, I cant even imagine a second to sip coffee…BUT, I would still love walking into this colorful sanctuary!!

WOW!!!  what an inspirational room for A little one!! let the creativity flow 😉
what do you think? could you handle the bright green walls?
Ahhh breathe in…nature in all its glory! A field of Lavender in Tuscany…
I literally can imagine what it must smell like to be on the edge of this field, with the sun on my face, pure beauty.
Enjoy your Sunday everyone, and thanks for checking out my Sunday “Snippet”

COLOR ME….(Fill in the blank)

“Colors are the smiles of nature.”
Leigh Hunt

“My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white.  My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I’m told they look orange in the night.  My hair is reddish blondish brown, but it’s silver when its wet, and all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet”.  ~Shel Silverstein

 
I thought I would start out today with some GREAT quotes about color!! It is amazing, what  a touch of it, can do for your soul! Think of the feeling you get when you look into the clearest blue ocean or lake, or when you see the first leaves change for fall, or the beautiful first tulips you see of spring??  We all have certain colors that move us…what color makes you feel happy?

I tend to shy away from bold color in interiors for myself, and I’m not sure why. I am always drawn to colorful interiors for others, Look at this amazing Lilly Pulitzer bedding below!! Would you love to crawl into this bed!!

When it comes to color, I usually add just small pieces to my usually neutral palette, so below, see some of the great, colorful accessories available!
Look at these colorful, fun ,outside “Tiki” stools!! Sure to brighten up any patio party, and so great to be able to pull these little seats to wherever you need to go! $69 from Design Public
And look at this colorful yellow rug from West Elm! So perfect for a breakfast nook or a sun room!
so the top pics have been a little larger, but here are a few small things that can add a big “punch” to any spot in your home!

Love, Love LOVE this Bicycle print from LittlePaperplanes its only $14, just add a colorful frame, and you have a tiny colorful little Gem!! The next is also from Littlepaperplanes, and also, bicycle themed….it has nothing to do with Interiors, but I love this bag, and AGAIN, ITS ONLY $14!!! adorable, right??

Look at this super cool Abacus!! so creative to think an abacus can become an amazing piece of art when scaled larger!! Its from CB2 and little pricey, at $149…but I love the idea!!

Do you LOVE???
Look at these cute little bowls!! A perfect little touch to any table! If I told you they were from West Elm, Crate and Barrel or Pier one Imports..would you believe me?? I know!!! But they aren’t! they are from WALMART!!!!!  only $19.97 for a set of 6..the name of my game is AFFORDABLE design, people!!

So there you go..a few cheapies, a few not so cheapies..My point, a little color goes a long way!! I will end with a few more great quotes about color!! Enjoy your Friday!!

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”  Rabindranath Tagore ~indian poet

“The Best Color In the Whole World, Is the one that looks good on you”~ CoCo Chanel