Friday, July 29, 2011

Home Offices and Craft Rooms Part II



Hey there...  It's Friday, yay! 
Isn't that chair above absolutely gorrrrrrgeous!?  I want one, now!


Today I have Part II of Home Offices and Craft Rooms and believe me, these images are going to make you itch to revamp your work space!! Right now I'm thinking about going home and converting an armoire into a dreamy little office/craft center. I don't know about you, but if I don't have a beautiful chaotic mess of a workspace I can't work! Hehehehe... And by chaotic I mean full of little inspiration clippings, photos, vintage teacups and dishes full of beads, paints and charms, mugs and vases full of pens, pencils, color pencils, markers and of course - paint brushes! I could go on a never-ending descriptive rant here and paint you the perfect picture of what I mean, or you could just check out the first image in this post on my old apartment when for months my dining room table was happily infected with crazy craft mania!

Enjoy these gorgeous spaces and, as a woman in my office building laughingly exclaimed as she saw me dash out of the elevator towards the parking garage yesterday after work said, "May the force be with you!!" Hahahaha... yeah, it's true, she thought it was hilarious that I was in such a hurry to get out of the building and go home that she laughed and said "Damn girl, you're in a hurry huh!?" and I laughed "Yes, can't you tell by the way I'm flying outta here, I never leave on time so I'm happy!" and she said "You don't have to explain, just go! Go! May the force be with you!!" and then we both cracked up. Corny story, I know, but it was funny! Besides, it's nice to experience such friendly camaraderie with a stranger because these days that's becoming rare, at least in Miami! So yes, may the force be with you, the force of inspiration and creativity! Go and create wonderful things and have a great weekend!

You might also like:
Home Office and Craft Rooms Part I
Pretty in Pink!
Bright and Fresh Colors
Designing With Maps
Decor Desire: Card Catalogs
Artful Arrangements Part I
Artful Arrangements Part II
Beautiful Wall Decor and Art: Plates Part I
Beautiful Wall Decor and Art: Plates Part II






























(All images sourced via Google images, Pinterest, Martha Stewart or where otherwise noted in the image file name.)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blue Teddy's Bazaar: Suzanis and Kilims!



Hey hey hey!

As I mentioned a few weeks back there are several talented artists and decor sources that I want to share with you... well here goes the first...


Blue Teddy's Bazaar is a shop from the online community of artists called Etsy that sells vintage hand woven kilims and suzanis from Central Asia. The curator of this lovely bazaar full of vibrant tribal textiles, throws and rugs lives in York, England and her name is Rhonda - a creative soul with a degree in Art and Design specializing in ceramics. Rhonda has a great love for many creative things, particularly home decor, woven fabrics, crafted goods, wood and British, American and French retro style. It's no wonder she is drawn to the unique beauty and craftsmanship of kilims and suzanis! In fact, in her profile she says "...these treasures from the East can transform your home or your office, bringing it drama, colour, ambience and cosiness, regardless of whether you live in a spacious loft, a flat, a normal house or a country mansion." Well, that about sums it up - I couldn't have said it better myself Rhonda!

In case you don't know, a suzani is a hand-stitched/embroidered textile made in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries - its name derives from the Persian word Suzan, which means needle. A Kilim (or Kelim) is considered a woven tapestry or rug originating anywhere from the Balkans to Pakistan, and can be purely decorative or used as a prayer rug.

After dedicating a whole week of blog posts to suzanis in 2010, dubbed "Suzani and Ikat Week," I'm sure you've noticed how much I love ethnic textiles! Suzanis and kilims have a way of adding endless character and eclectic global vibes to any space! With that said, scroll on for some of my favorite suzanis and kilims (mostly suzani's, hehe) from Rhonda's beautiful store and be sure to drop by Blue Teddy's Bazaar and check out the rest of her inventory from Kurdistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan - she's adding new treasures all the time! For more posts and information on suzanis and kilims please see the related post links below.... Have a wonderful afternoon!

Related blog posts:
Suzani and Ikat Week
Suzani in Detail
Suzani and Ikat: Tables, Chairs, Sofas and Beds
Bokja Design: Suzani + Furniture + Heaven!
Pakobel, Inc. Handmade Rugs and Tapestries from the East
Ikat and Suzani Pillows
All posts labeled suzani
All posts labeled kilim
All posts labeled ethnic textiles





(Also pictured in detail in image at beginning of post)
This is my favorite suzani in the shop, gorgeous colors!
Suzani from Uzbekistan


Suzani from Uzbekistan

Suzani from Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan



Suzani from Boysun, Uzbekistan
This one is so fun!!




Suzani from Boysun, Uzbekistan


Suzani from Boysun, Uzbekistan



Suzani from Kosan, Uzbekistan


Another stunningly vibrant and amazing Suzani from Uzbekistan!


And now, for my two favorite kilims on Blue Teddy's Bazaar....

Another beautiful kilim design from Maimana, Afghanistan...


Great colors and a pretty ikat design!! This one hails from Afghanistan....


(All images sourced via Blue Teddy's Bazaar Etsy shop with permission from store owner, please do not use images without permission, contact Rhonda through her Etsy shop.)