After weeks of holiday decorations in my home (which I love, btw), I’m enjoying my decluttered living room now that everything is safely stored for another 11 months. I really feel like I can keep going- put away more stuff and keep it simple for the rest of the winter. Even my (beautiful) red dinner dishes are feeling a bit heavy at the moment, especially because I can’t wait for winter to be done and I’m sort of obsessed with simple lovely pastel ceramics. How about some new serving pieces or an espresso set to help transition into spring? I think I’ll do it.
Denim is a remarkably versatile fabric and yet it’s typically used for the basics. New takes on denim are a great way to mix things up, such as this gorgeous lace denim top by Vanessa Bruno and these patterned chambray pillows. And just like basic denim pieces, they pair well with just about anything!
A great place to find affordable and unique art is on Etsy. You can search by location, budget, style, vintage or handmade, and many print artists have a variety of sizes they offer.
One local Los Angeles artist I enjoy is Mishel Valenton of Aeropagita. Valenton describes her work as “really focused on self awareness, positivity and enlightenment”, which she expresses well through her use of color and forms. The palettes have a cheerful Southern Californian vibe that would brighten and add texture to any room.
Add instant cozy to your living room or bedroom with a sheepskin throw. They’re luxurious draped over the back of the sofa or the foot of a bed, or as a seat cushion of your favorite chair. You can even lay one out on the floor in front of the fireplace- and don’t forget the marshmallows!
Growing up in California gave me a great fondness for cacti, made stronger by frequent excursions to Joshua Tree. But it was a recent trip to Arizona that turned my affection into a bit of an obsession when I was introduced to a landscape covered in saguaro cacti, a giant breed that can grow up to 40-60 feet and is only found in the Sonoran Desert. I am now filling my free time learning about landscaping with cacti in the Pacific Northwest. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Decorating with cacti is a smart idea for those who can’t be bothered to water and maintain plants all the time, just be sure to stay away from pricey varieties if you have children or pets in the home. If no plants stand a chance, a lovely pillow with a variety of different cacti is another way to go. I love this one by Amelie Mancini for Wolves Within.
(Images by Birgitta Wolfgang for Bobedre & Wolves Within.)
Since today is Martin Luther King Day, I wanted to discuss a California artist who speaks to the struggle and important history of African Americans, and there are few artists whose work is as powerful, tragic and beautiful as that of Kara Walker.
Walker was born in Stockton, CA in 1969 and received her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991, followed by an MFA from RISD in 1994. Using Victorian-style silhouettes, Walker depicts themes of slavery, sexuality, racism and sexism. To walk into one of her life-sized exhibits is to walk into the deep history of American tragedies; her work is so stunning and rich with metaphor that it’s hard not to be drawn in to the world that she has created.
More recently, Walker received acclaim for her giant sculpture Marvelous Sugar Baby, “Measuring approximately seventy-five and a half feet long and thirty-five and a half feet high, the sculpture is white—a mammy-as-sphinx made out of bleached sugar, which is a metaphor and reality” (Hilton Als, The Sugar Sphinx, The New Yorker). The sculpture was erected in the Domino Sugar Factory in Williamsburg, NY and spoke to the history of the factory as well as its workers. Similar to her silhouettes, the mere scale of the piece served as a reminder that black history and the current problems of prejudice that continue to permeate America cannot be ignored or forgotten.
Every room needs a little drama, and the backsplash in the kitchen is a great canvas for texture and color. A cool pattern created with geometric tile works whether you have traditional or modern cabinetry, and can be an instant update. I love the use of color and shapes in these two images.