Saturday, February 27, 2010

Artist at Home: Nathan Abels

I'm very happy to share a few peeks inside the home of my good friend and fellow SCAD grad-artist, Nathan Abels and his wife, Lorna Cochrane.  The couples combined love of art and vintage treasures along with their effortless style is apparent in the thoughtfully curated historic apartment they share in Denver, Colorado. Luckily, some of these photos were taken before a few works of Nathan's were shipped off to galleries-so you'll see a glimpse or two of his fine art work. (Nathan's work is currently on exhibit at Rule Gallery in Denver through March 20.) {website} {flickr} {blog}
The building's charming exterior.

Nathan and Lorna have an ever-growing collection of artwork that they have either
purchased, found, or traded over the years. The painting over the sofa is an original
by Denver artist,  Kay Tuttle. The sofa is from Room & Board and the coffee
table is vintage Lane. 

A view of the other side of the living room reveals a large original painting, Overpass
by Nathan. The bench was a vintage find and the credenza against the wall is from BluDot.

Lorna arranged this artful still life that features more of the couple's art collections- a piece by Kay Tuttle (behind the candlestick) and a resin antler sculpture by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

The dining room wall entertains a salon style grouping of interesting images from a David Bowie album cover and a vintage book cover to original artwork and prints- see the detail here. The table is another great piece from Blu-Dot and the chairs are from Room & Board.

Vintage no-maintenance guard dog was a flea market find.

An old hand-made ship from a Silverton, Colorado antique shop.

The bedroom is serene in a wash of white. The painting is an original acrylic on panel by Nathan called, Dénouement. Nathan was honored with the title, Emerging Artist of The Year for 2009 by the Denver Post and his work is soon to appear in the juried Western edition of New American Paintings!

Nathan's work desk.

Meet Lorna and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your home with us!

View even more details of their home on Flickr. xo

Friday, February 26, 2010

Allyson Mellberg

Happy Friday! Here's a sampling of work in several mediums by Allyson Mellberg. I believe the prints are collaborations with her husband, Jeremy Taylor, and many of the soft sculptures were inspired by his drawings. They are a mixed-media dream team! There is a really great interview with Allyson on My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses. xo 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wreaths Gone Wild

I just added two twig wreaths to my Etsy shop that are packed to the gills with vintage and antique millinery goodness. A very kind fairy-flower mother of sorts recently gifted me an abundance of these old treasures and here they are ready to be passed on yet again- thank you, Sweet Sally! These have given me some ideas for some crazy brooches too- would you wear one? Amy Z. once told me she would wear one of my wreaths as a brooch if she could- I should have picked up on that sooner! xo

Laura Cherry

Really sweet cards by a fellow SCAD grad and native Arkansan, Laura Cherry!
Check them out in her Etsy shop and coming soon to shopSCAD! xo

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Unhappy Hipsters

Apologies if you've seen this already...but my morning was vastly improved upon finding, Unhappy Hipsters and I felt I had to share some favorites! Found thanks to a new favorite: Carolina Eclectic. xo

Monday, February 22, 2010

Jane O'Sullivan

Lovely ethereal works on paper (mostly) by Jane O'Sullivan. She lives and works in Ireland and luckily I found her work on FLickr. Click on links to view her work best in detail! xo
ink, watercolour and paper stars on board 

ink and acrylic on paper 

ink, marker, embroidered bird and acrylic on paper

ink acrylic and pen on paper on card

ink and gouache on reverse of glass

Friday, February 19, 2010


You know I love me some art dolls and peculiar mixed media! I am intrigued by the imaginings found in the collaborations of two young Romanian artists, Ildiko Muresan and Flavia Marele who call themselves, Harem6. Idliko created the collages you see below and the pair of them collaborate on the handmade dolls. I found their work thanks to Flickr. {Blog}{Etsy}. xo

The Handmade Marketplace

Very excited about this new book, The Handmade Marketplace written by Kari Chapin...and delightfully illustrated by the wonderful Emily Martin of The Black Apple!
found via Design*Sponge!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tundra Dear

I'm charmed by the storybook and woodland elements in the handmade jewelry by Tundra Dear. I especially love raw and cloudy gemstones paired with bronze or aged cast metal pieces that appear to be relics from antiquity. How sweet are her home, bird, fox and luck themes?! xo

not for sale