Anne Ten Donkelaar

by Joanna on April 21, 2015


Floral design has always been an interest of mine, but lately, I feel like the trick is to figure out a new and fresh way to explore the medium. These pieces by Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar are a great approach. Anne graduated in 2007 with a degree in 3-D product design and has since applied this knowledge to a multitude of forms, but my absolute favorite are her flower constructions. Each work is a 3-dimensional collage composed of pressed flowers, branches, and cut out photos of flowers. Like a true 3-D designer, Anne has arranged the pieces with pins to create depth within each frame. For this project, she posits, “Weeds become poetry, each unique twig gets attention, nature seems to float.” The result is a totally unique work of art that feels like a breath of fresh air.

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{ images via Anne Ten Donkelaar }



by Joanna on April 20, 2015


I have a confession to make: Despite the plethora of weavings and woven wall art lately, I haven’t been able to commit to any one style or piece for my home. Well, that is until I recently discovered these pieces by Jujujust. Bright, bold, and three-dimensional, these weavings have my name written all over them. They are just so amazingly impactful, I can’t help myself.

Each piece is handmade by Judit Just, an artist residing in Asheville, North Carolina, but originally from Barcelona. Growing up, she first explored sewing and crafting in the footsteps of her mother, and even made clothes for her dolls. Then, after studying fashion design, Just craved the ability to make something with her hands and thus explored sculpture. These weavings are clearly an amazing marriage of her two disciplines in the best way possible!

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{ Images via Jujujust }


Project Roundup: DIY Cacti

by Kate on April 17, 2015


My love of trompe l’oeil objects runs deep. I cannot tell you how exciting it was for me as kid to visit the Boston Children’s Museum and peek in the cubby holes at little Colonial dioramas starring tiny costumed mice, and fake food, all fake food, was just the BEST thing I had ever seen. This is something all kids love I imagine, and sticks with us forever. Have you ever met an adult who didn’t delight, even just a tiny bit, in seeing objects recreated out of other materials?

Fake plants also hold a special place in my heart, right up there with fake food. Longtime readers of this blog may remember I wrote about indestructible plants a few years ago, but there have been so many amazing fake cacti projects as of late, I couldn’t resist sharing more. What I love most about these objects is that they are simple and inexpensive, and they reuse materials to create something fun and beautiful. Making these as gifts, or just as little pick-me-ups, would do the mind and body good. I’m going to try one this weekend. I hope you join me!

{ Image above: These adorable card cacti made by Catherine at Little Glowing Lights, using the tutorial in Beci Orpin’s book Home }


 { Colorful paper cacti you can make in a minute: The Port-a-Plant from Chronicle Books }


{ Learn how to make a clever abstract version of faux cacti on The Jungalow }


 { A painted rock garden would be a great version to make with kids, but is also a perfect solo craft. }


 { You can’t go wrong with a cushy cactus! I love this little pincushion version from Anna Evers }


{ Need a fun home project for spring? Cover your couch with these cactus pillows from Everything Emily. }



by Joanna on April 16, 2015


I recently moved into an old loft in the Pioneer Square neighborhood of Seattle, complete with exposed brick walls. As I decorate the space, I have this stronger and stronger urge to switch things up and move on from the gallery wall. I crave a mix of art, with touches of the old school. These hand-embroidered, felt pieces by Etsy artist Eradura would be absolutely perfect.

The subject matter is inspired by the Southwest and “all wandering and worrying” shopkeeper and maker Erika Duran has done. Most of her designs are made of felted wool with touches of dense hand embroidery. For a sneak peek of items to come, as well as her making process, be sure to follow Eradura on Instagram.

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 { Images via Eradura }

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Kate Pugsley

by Joanna on April 15, 2015


Chicago-based illustrator and painter Kate Pugsley is a woman after my own heart. She expertly mingles gorgeous colors, bold washes of hue, and abstracted forms. Her work feels totally unfussy and perfectly casual—great for my new home. I love her use of blank space, as well as filling pieces with small bits of pattern. The result is work that feels a bit modern, but also a touch vintage. It’s just a wonderful balance, don’t you think?

Pugsley sells high-quality giclees, original paintings, as well as hademade screenprints via her Etsy shop and gives peeks into her process and inspiration on Instagram.

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{ Images via Kate Pugsley }