“A beautiful oil painting the first time you try.” Our childhood memories of those easy to follow paint by number kits are sentimental and fond – so much so that in recent years, Lauren has started collecting vintage paint by number works at flea markets and thrift stores. So the timing couldn’t have been more serendipitous when I came across photographer Ashley Cambell’s tutorial for turning thrift store art into a self guided paint by numbers. It’s a brilliant way to give an inexpensive piece of art a face lift. Plus, it’s incredibly relaxing and wonderfully encouraging for those of us that aren’t skilled painters!
We’re not even a full week into the new year and I’m already shopping. But the sales right now are too good not to pass up, especially when it comes to neutral pieces that will live in my closet at least for several seasons. Besides, I never did get those Chloé monk strap booties for Christmas. Wink, wink.
As of late, I’ve been overwhelmingly inspired by collages. The more I see them, the more I’m tempted to start collecting old magazine cutouts for hours of cutting and pasting fun. Eugenia Loli‘s amazing work opens the door to imagination wide open.
Quilted linen jackets, frayed blue and white denim, bonded heather gray jersey sweatshirts, and textured mohair coats . . . we’re loving all the amazing textures in Rachel Comey‘s pre-fall collection and can’t wait to get our hands on these transitional, Monday-through-Sunday wardrobe wares.
The Loft is a periodically recurring pop up store, hosted by Amsterdam venue and event space The Playing Circle. Everything in the beautifully decorated showroom is deep rooted in craftsmanship and natural materials and the rotating designs provide endless amounts of inspiration for any dweller looking to give their home a lift. Plus anything and everything in The Loft is for sale – from the aprons to the lighting fixtures, to the wood burning fireplace to the plants. What an amazing concept – hope they’ll eventually make their way stateside! Until then, I’ll just peruse online . . .