Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Paper Blooms by Livia Cetti of The Green Vase

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

Parvum Opus: Marbled Paper Desk Accessories

When I stumbled upon the creations of Parvum Opus last week, I swooned. If you share my love of marbled papers and plaster intaglios, you just may too. Based in Michigan, the shop creates the most lovely bespoke desk accessories and frames using exquisite marbled papers. The pieces are all crafted by hand and each is truly one of a kind. I’m coveting a pair of marbled obelisks for our living room, a picture frame for my nightstand, and a letter sorter for my desk. Explore some of my favorite glimpses of Parvum Opus below (definitely kindred spirits!), and shop their collection here. READ POST

Best of Etsy: Brass Mobiles by Lappalainen

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

Artist Spotlight: Linocut Prints by The Inkery

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

Artist Spotlight: Woodblock Prints by Matt Underwood

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

On My Radar

Cy Twombly at the Pompidou: I don’t have a trip to Paris scheduled until May (I’m going with my mom and Grandma Rita—girls trip!), but this may have to change. You see, a spectacular Twombly exhibit is open at the Pompidou and I’m absolutely itching to see it. The major retrospective includes over 100 works of art, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, and photographs. Can’t make it in person? The book looks beautiful. Open until April 24. READ POST