I first discovered the exquisite paper blooms of artist and stylist Livia Cetti while shopping in Paris last spring. The Astier de Villatte boutique on Rue de Tournon had four of her stunning arrangements on display, and even amid all the heavenly ceramics, Cetti’s faux florals stole the show. It’s no surprise then that her blooms can now be found in all the chicest homes from Chez Kate Schelter in New York to Rebecca de Ravenel‘s dreamy Los Angeles pad. Coveting some paper blooms of your own? Just last week, Cetti’s new book, The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations, was published and though I’m DIY-challenged (or just plain lazy), I’m determined to give it a try. In the meantime, let’s explore some of my favorite designs by Cetti below. READ POST
I’ve been coveting a beautiful mobile for some time now (remember these beauties?) and the striking creations by Lappalainen may have convinced me to pull the trigger. Made of brass, iron, and copper, each of their stunning, handcrafted designs are truly works of art. While I love the modern look of one hanging above a crib in a nursery, in our home, I think I’d hang it in a corner of the living room, bouncing around the sunlight. Shop their full collection here. READ POST
Simon and I don’t always agree on art, but one medium we both love is the linocut print. These cool creations by The Inkery in Edinburgh, Scotland are both husband and wife approved. Each piece is printed by hand using vegetable oil based ink on acid free paper. I’m coveting the butterfly, thistle, and giraffe (and the dinosaur for a nursery!). They also make great gifts—I think my big brother needs the Boston Terrier (he has an adorable one named Hooper). Below, find some of my favorite linocut prints by The Inkery and shop their entire collection here. READ POST
Looking to spruce up your walls for spring? I recently came across the work of English artist Matt Underwood and was immediately taken with his colorful creations. Each original hand pulled wood block print is available as a limited edition. Some contain as many as 12 colors! I love how vibrant and playful, yet classically English they are. Explore all of Matt Underwood’s artwork here. READ POST
Looking to expand your stationery collection…? Lately, I’ve been admiring the designs of Ornament Letterpress. From chic coral branch gift wrap to preppy hydrangea notecards, this Ohio-based press, owned by Miranda Hunt Borden, does it all. The cards are printed on a vintage Vandercook Proof press circa 1941 (amazing!) and they paper is 100% recycled cotton. The decorative-obsessed will appreciate that many of the card designs are inspired by textiles—these Turkish flower cards are at the top of my wish list! Explore all of Ornament Letterpress’ lovely creations here.
I’m hoping to add more original art to my collection and have found woodblock and linocut prints are an affordable way to do so. These striking botanical woodblock prints by artist Deb DeCicco are high on my list wist. Deb has been a visual artist for over 35 years and creates her woodblock prints in the traditional method of moku hanga developed in Japan during the 18th century. As described by Deb, “Each individual print is made entirely by hand without the use of a press. Each color is printed from a separate hand carved block using acid free cream colored paper, paint, brushes and a hand held baren.” Explore more of her lovely work below, and find her Etsy shop here.
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