Monday, November 29, 2010

Drink Fabulous!

The entertaining season has officially begun! I thought these pics were great inspiration for fabulous looking bar ideas.

Im planning on hosting a few dinner parties during the holidays and I am excited to set up my own stylish little bar. Sometimes to start my inspiration process I flip through my old domino magazines. Above I  found this great bar area, inspired by a holiday outfit. I love the dark artsy gothic edge to this one! 
 I also found some inspiring pics from this great blog called La Dolfina.
(I also want to use some of my retro cocktail drawings from the above pictures, on napkins or print them on little labels. Stay tuned for future pictures of how my bar comes out)!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Fluffy Chef

I thought I would post a quick meal I made on Friday night, "Tomato&Arugula over Pasta". This is a quick and delicious recipe!
 Find this Fluffy Chef print on my etsy site.

Ingredients:  *1/2 pound of Angel Hair pasta *A pound of fresh tomatoes(plum and or cherry) * 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil * 4 gloves of chopped garlic * Fresh arugula(one package) *Sea salt(about a teaspoon) *Fresh Pepper(about 1/2 teaspoon) *1 tablespoon of Fresh Basil *Shaved pieces aged Parmesan or Asiago cheese.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tales of a Pisces

I'm a Pisces, so by nature I love all things dealing with water. I have always been fascinated by all the blue and green hues of the ocean, they  make great color stories while decorating a room or creating artwork. On Sibella Courts site she has created beautiful color palettes for her paint line. I especially  love her one room entitled "Tales of a Sea Gypsy". The pictures and colors from this room have inspired me to create my own mood board, that I have titled "Tales of a Pisces". 
Above, I have included one of my Pisces prints that you can find at my Tomato9studios Etsy shop. In the below mood board check out these great screen printed ship tea towels from Oh Little Rabbit etsy shop. Make sure to also buy Sibella Courts book This is a great book for room and color inspiration.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Heart VERA!!!!

Well I Heart VERA!!! Everyone who is close to me knows I have collected Vintage Vera Neumann stuff since high school! I love her scarfs, shirts, and houseware items!!! She was way ahead of her time and has always inspired my artwork!!
Her patterns are still popular today, you can still find reproductions at Anthropologie. I have included both my vintage finds and some reproductions. Hanging on my armoire are two of my most treasured vintage vera shirts.  I also really want this Vera book for Christmas........hint hint ;)
This is a picture of all the houseware items I own by Vera. I have included both vintage an reproductions. Can you guess which ones are really vintage?? The small swatches are rugs I would love to have! How great are these prints!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Van Gogh Sketchbook

During my live drawing class last thursday the instructor showed us this wonderful Van Gogh drawing book The marks create such great textures and each and every drawing breathes! I thought this would be a great starting off point to use for my fall inspiration while decorating my apartment. I have included items I would love to have and also pictures of my decorating in progress.
Anthropologie is one of my favorite sources for inspiration. I would love to re-upholster some of my old chairs with these fun bold sketchy prints! I also bought these great Vera mugs from Anthropologie and I love staring at them every time I drink my coffee! These books are actually boxes and are great for small storage! ( Magnetspillow)
Find the print above at my Tomato9studios etsy shop. 
Here are a few pictures from my apartment.