Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Strange Nature

Jessica Joslin has a new collection out called Brass and Bone. Isn't it amazing how she can make skulls and bones look so cute?!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A little ditty

Here is something I painted in watercolor a while ago. It's a study, based on some Sailor Jerry work. I wish the scan came out a little better. This was really only the 2nd or 3rd watercolor I have done, so I think it came out pretty good. I am still working out technical issues, like how to do better shading, masking, line work, etc. I used coffee for the background color, ala Angelique Houtkamp. She is an amazing tattoo artist/artist worth checking out! I have been dying to get her "Marie" print for my nautical themed bathroom...


Monday, March 29, 2010

Rip it up, tear it down

Over the past few days we started renovating our laundry room. It was the ugliest room in the whole house and hadn't been updated once since 1953. We have been using the washer & dryer that the house came with, and I think they were from the 60's! They still work, but they aren't anywhere near energy efficient using about 35 gal. of water per load! Horrific!

Here are some pictures I was using for inspiration, still stickin to the vintage/retro theme.

I had been looking for a jadite-like color (see below) and found some Behr paint at Home Depot that was similiar. The floor tiles are very dark, almost black, so I decided to use black paint for the trim to echo that. I will update with more pictures soon.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

No Monsters Allowed

These two prints by Point Blank Design currently grace the walls of my kitchen.

I just got this print from Hen N Chicks to replace my Night of the Living Dead poster in the hallway, because I thought it might scare the baby. This one is cute though, and will go in the kitchen also.

Then I saw this from John W. Golden , and thought it would be funny to counteract all the monsters/skulls I have going on in the house. Funny, no?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bright Lights

We have a black and white dining room, fully equipped with very large photos of the Ramones, and The Stooges. Every piece of furniture is vintage, done in black or white laquer. The room is almost complete except for the horrific brass ceiling mount, which came with the house. I have been investigating some mid-century modern lighting updates. I really love the lightness of the first light by Crystorama. I also love the bottom two lights by Rejuvenation.
This is going to be a big splurge for the house, so I am trying to find something with an interesting look or light pattern to add effect to the room.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rock and Roll Heaven

These are some rock and roll spaces, dreamed up by 2 amazing designers... Kim Montenegro of Very Bad Horse, and Agatha Blois. One specializes in amazing denim, and the other in custom leather and perfumes(Carnival Wax). I am still trying to figure out how I can incorporate some of these elements into my own house. Top image is from a past issue of Inked Magazine featuring Agatha, all others are from Very Bad Horse.

On a sad side note, Kim is closing her V.B.H. store in Philly and will be selling her line through her website. It's a shame because I thought her old store was amazing, and didn't get a chance to visit the new one yet. I love the spraypainted(?) couch on the bottom!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Be Mine

Valentine's day has passed, but I came across this interesting article on sailor's valentines today in the Freemans Spring 2010 issue. Check it out.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vintage Clothing

Cute and cuter! Does a green dress count as an homage to St. Patties day??

Paint it Black

paint it black, none more black, back in black....I will soon be taking the plunge to black. In the next few months we are planning on painting our kitchen cabinets some shade of black. I am currently researching some colors for it. Black cabinets with chrome & robins egg blue handles, robins egg walls, and of course... the original pink counters from our 1950's split level house.

Here are some inspirations from subtle to awesomelly dark. These images came from other blogs, but I don't remember where.