Carleen Spring 2013

Mixing traditional Americana with modern nostalgia, designer Kelsy Carleen Parkhouse has our hearts aflutter with her impressive debut collection. The Pratt graduate and recent recipient of the inaugural Liz Claiborne Award found inspiration in the stratification and color palette of the Grand Canyon, as well as the age-old art of quilting. We’re simply smitten with the colorblocked dresses held together with buttons, hand quilted separates and gauzy skirts. And if you have a few minutes, be sure to check out the video below which highlights the painstakingly beautiful details of her pieces.

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Bly

We couldn’t be more excited about the launch of Bly, a newly designed site that allows the wanderlust in all of us to travel and shop some of the world’s best bazaars and flea markets. Bly will visit a new city every two months, offering over 200 one-of-a-kind home goods and accessories along with profiles of various local artisans, insightful stories and street photography. This month’s premiere city is the ever so colorful and bustling Mumbai, India, and word has it that Kumasi, Ghana and Bukhara, Uzbekistan are next on the itinerary. In the meantime, I’ll be busy shopping for vintage saris, antique brass objects, and handpainted trunks . . .

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Daily Petri Dish

For every day in 2013 San Francisco based artist Klari Reis will be creating art within the confines of plexiglass petri dishes for a project called The Daily Dish, which is a continuation of a project she completed back in 2009. Klari uses layers of reflective epoxy polymer to create colorful and abstract paintings that look like living microorganisms. And they have the most brilliant names like Octopus KissesMoshing At A Pearl Jam Concert, and Jellyfish With A Brooch. We can’t wait to check in on the project to see the progression through the year . . . 86 days and counting!

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DIY Decoupage Eggs

Oh, how we have a special place in our crafty hearts for the art of découpage. We can always rely on good ol’ trusty Mod Podge to assist in embellishing handbags, boxes, and even pumpkins. But eggs? Ostrich eggs?! Only Martha would think of something so clever and perfect for the season. Head on over to HonestlyYUM to get the full rundown on how to recreate these colorful spring objets!

(tutorial via HonestlyYUM)

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