A Cluttered Life

In the midst of a seriously magical trip to New York City, my birthday festivities, and a string of activity filled weekends (including a few catering gigs), I’ve been mentally and physically preparing (aka editing things out of my room) for a huge move with Max this July. Needless to say, I haven’t been posting as much, and everything in my life seems to be so cluttered as of late. I’ll try to pick up some slack here and post more soon!

Renegade Craft Fair SF: Vendors I’m Still Shopping From

This is just a spur of the moment post, but I wanted to share a few of the vendors at Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco that I just loved, and whose shops I’m still browsing!

Norwegian Wood:

A chic shop selling everything from furniture to hanging planters!

Madime:

This Berkeley artist is all about macrame, and these knotted nests are what got me!

Local and Lejos:

A shop I’ve adored before, Local & Lejos features work from artisans around the world. Really diggin’ that serape!

Sarah Duyer:

Sarah Duyer creates playful and geometric ceramic pieces including planters and bowls, and a few very chic dip glazed pieces.

Darzah:

The hand embroidered flats (and many many other pieces created by talented Palestinian women artists) from Darzah caught my eye as I wandered through the aisles of Renegade.

Res Ipsa:

Arguably my favorite vendor, Res Ipsa turns Turkish kilims into flats, loafers, and the most gorgeous bags and backpacks!

Moccian:

I fall hard for woven anything–which is why I stopped to ogle Moccian’s woven bags, totes, and clutches.

Lazy Lotus:

I’ve burned these candles every night since Renegade. They are the most affordable, fragrant candles I’ve had and I will soon stock up on more jars!

Have you attended any of the Renegade craft fairs? What artisan or crafter do you recommend?

7 Insta Bedrooms to Dream About

I follow several beloved designers, stylists, and shopkeepers on Instagram who have serious vintage and boho style cred. They grace my feed daily with stacks of Moroccan boucherouite pillows, found rattan baskets and peacock chairs, and plenty of bold color and patterns. I’m a fool for their impeccable styling and am constantly finding inspiration in their vignettes of different interiors. Some of these spaces are used to market the treasures they find for their shops, and some are real spaces that either belong to or were designed by them.

Bedrooms are typically on my radar when I look through blogs or shops….naturally, as my bedroom is my only true personal space and is always a work in progress. And let me say, with Instagram’s new feature that allows you to save posts, Insta has become my new Pinterest and I’ve found myself collecting plenty of bedroom (and home) inspiration. It’s been like reading a miniature blog, but in a more practical format for a gal who’s frequently on the go but wants a quick design fix. So on that note, here are a few dreamy bedrooms I love, that I’ve found on my ‘Instapades’, from designers you seriously need to follow:

@DKRenewal:

I was drawn to this space for a few reasons: the collage of baskets (a trend I love!) that pop perfectly against the navy walls, the intense color, and the peach throw pillows hiding behind the other cushions. Those had me jonesing for peach velvet and I looked everywhere online for a similar fabric to make my own–so far I haven’t found a match.

@refoundvintagenewyork:

The bold wall thing has been a major trend for a while, and dark rooms are not only chic (and elegantly moody), but artwork, textiles, and natural surfaces stand out beautifully against them.

@thejoshuatreehouse:

I grew up visiting the desert multiple times a year, and also with parents who loved Mexican equipale chairs (and all things Mexico). The resort we’d visit (boughie I know) was filled with southwestern flair, with a few hints of Mexico. This space obviously leans toward Moroccan style, but the wood ceiling and hanging bookshelf, equipale chair, and crisp white walls remind me of that resort. The space feels cool and open–perfect for the surrounding Joshua Tree.

@leahhofff:

The home of Leah Hoffman–a modern hippie of sorts, Insta celeb, and Nashville beauty (can you tell she’s my woman crush?)–feels right out of the 70s, especially her bedroom where you’ll find a custom triangular wooden headboard and stripes running across her wall and bedding. Seriously a retro retreat.

@shopballandclawvintage:

Remember my falsa blanket rant? Well, this particular space is always being styled in different ways by Ball and Claw Vintage, but I couldn’t resist the falsa pillow and kitsch desert blanket combo!

@arteboheme:

The petite peacock chair in the corner is really what got me about this bedroom. I’m not a minimalist, but at second glance, this space feels so calming in crisp white walls and natural woven pieces.

@fleamarketfab:

It’s no news that Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab is a queen of styling with vintage and found pieces. There are so many of her spaces I adore, and though she’s styled this particular bed frame in different ways, I loved the contrast between the bedding and frame, and the chic, unkempt look of the space.

Who are your favorite Insta designers or shops?.

Curated Craigslist: A Deco Bedroom

Lately I’ve yearned for change. Perhaps it’s the monotony of work and classes, or maybe it’s Midnight In Paris suddenly appearing on Netflix?

But seriously..something’s gotta give and I’d love to do some traveling when I can. I yearned for the experience of exploring a new city and the romance of it all while watching Owen Wilson rendezvous through Paris in the Roaring 20s. I’ve actually walked those cobbled streets myself, but years ago with my family. But I was Owen 14 years ago, enamored by San Francisco and swearing I’d live there one day. I made it, and I’ve been here now for over three years. San Francisco is my Paris, but I feel as though new adventures may be on the horizon.

I see pieces from the Art Deco period daily at work and I’m always learning something new about the era, and others. This Curated Craigslist was inspired by the Anthropologie quilt and white bed frame combo, but after I added the dresser and tufted velvet chair (I can’t get away from them!), it slowly turned into an amalgamation of Deco, boho, and somehow, an artist’s retreat that you would find, perhaps, in bohemian Paree decades ago. The vanity I’d added formerly was replaced by a large easel, and the vintage brass horn just seemed right (ok, it’s a bit much)…and a potential piece of wall decor. Oh, and the chandelier was a must! That was long winded…

Anyways, enjoy!

Links to Shop:

Chandelier

Dresser

Anthropologie Bedding & White Bedframe

Red Velvet Chair

Pink Pillow

Mid-Century Nightstand

Easel

Art Prints

Vintage Horn

 

 

The Tufted Flea

I’m on Spring break for the first time in…4 years? It’s become such a novelty for me, this educational interval, and needless to say I’m grateful for the extra free time! This will be a week of catching up on sewing projects (aka sewing class homework) after work, buying more lumber for my side table (post to follow when I’m finished!), and now, working on my new Etsy shop, The Tufted Flea! I’ve had so many pieces lying around that I’ve been meaning to sell–though frankly I’ve become attached to many of them who now sit on different surfaces of my apartment–and I finally shot a few, edited my photos, and set up shop (again).

The Tufted Flea will feature vintage goods, funky finds, and hopefully furniture and my own handmade pieces. I’ll slowly accumulate more product as time goes on, but until then, see if anything strikes your fancy–welcome to The Tufted Flea!

On Life, Adventures Home, and Falsa Blankets

Sorry for the late post! Life’s been pretty hectic, as usual, and I tend to bite off more than I can chew. My motivation to post on The Tufted more often has dipped a bit, and I’m struggling to juggle everything and still find some personal time. I wish I could dedicate more time to all of the creative stuff I love, like creating posts on this blog, or taking photography classes, or finally making my curtains longer by sewing more fabric and my leftover thrifted tassels onto the bottoms. Even in woodworking, I’m not able to spend more time in the workshop than the length of the class period. Life’s a grind, and being a creative in an expensive city is a grind. But I’m slowly working my way toward something.

I spent the weekend home in San Diego, basking in the sunshine, exploring every part of the city, and enjoying time with my family, friends, and pups. I miss home and nice weather, and I’m looking forward to warmer times, in every sense.

Before I went home, I made the decision to embark on a quest–for a Mexican falsa blanket. Truthfully, I’m not sure how I developed this mania of falsa blankets, but I’ve always loved Mexican and South American textiles in general, and I find them frequently in bohemian and vintage interiors. I’m also always looking for pieces of home and the stereotypical beachyness of Southern California. In the home tour of my friends’ apartment, you can find a falsa draped over their bite sized love seat–a perfect accent within the space of a couple from the California coast.

A bit of history about these blankets–erapes and falsas were woven by the indigenous Chichimecs of Mexico, and found within “poorer communities of Mexico and Guatemala” in precolonial days. Falsas in particular today are a blend of different materials including “acrylic, polyester, and cotton”.

There’s something really nonchalant, yet energetic about these blankets, so I set out to find one against the will of my mother who believed she could find a cheaper one during her frequent travels to Tijuana and Baja (you can’t get cheaper than 11 bucks, so waiting was out of the question). Anyway, I settled on this over saturated beauty (and came back from the trip with a few other goodies):

Yes, I found my falsa amidst a pile of several other falsas at a kitschy shop in Old Town after looking through a few stores like a tourist (and in my defense we were with one, a good family friend), but this one stood out from the bunch! So far I’ve draped it over my bed, washed it, then decided to fold it with my other blankets. I went looking for falsa inspiration and decided this post would feature the many ways in which you can use this iconic textile.

As a coverlet.

A super affordable way to a bedroom with a boho vibe and a pop of color and pattern. Seriously, it beats a $100, or even $50 duvet.

As a throw.

Because obviously. Falsas are warm! Cozy up with one on the sofa.

As a throw pillow.

Falsas are equally as cool when DIYed for pillows!

As a tablecloth. 

Perfect as a tablecloth for a wedding, kitchen, or hackneyed “Indie” al fresco Summer dinner.

As upholstery.

Who knew that a fauteuil and a falsa were such a perfect match?

Thoughts on juggling life, or falsa blankets?

Interior Art: Paintings I’d Love to Live In

Not long ago I posted about my fascination with Hunt Slonem’s electric paintings of textiles and interiors. Looking through my art Pinboards, I realized I have a general love of interior renderings, especially of the painterly variety.

I’ve always had a thing for still life paintings and depictions of food and flowers (and particularly flowers), and lately my eye has been drawn to art most closely related to Fauvism–pieces with bold color and expression–and that depict spaces. I’ve been delighted to find that there’s a world of artists who paint interiors. Some are known for their lush floral paintings and drawings, while others just seem to be fascinated by super bright spaces. Not only are these pieces beautiful to look at, but they provide so much interior design inspiration, and I’m seriously diggin’ the homes and spaces of whatever imaginary individuals live there. Here are a few:

The bright, boho, and layered paintings of Anna Valdez:

I probably couldn’t keep a collection of plants like this alive, but I’d be in heaven if my place were covered, carpet-to-wall, in colorful patterned textiles! That macbook and rug are totally my aesthetic (hah).

The feminine florals and pastel paintings of Lulie Wallace:

I’ve followed Lulie Wallace for a while on Instagram now, and I know one day I’ll purchase one of her paintings. But it didn’t occur to me until I did my research that she has a delightful collection of interior artwork, and some where she’s incorporated the mixed media bouquets that make her work so special! This kitchen is a patterned, pastel dream and such an “artsy” little space.

The boho, flora filled renderings of Elizabeth Barnett:

Definitely one of my favorites, this gal paints the most incredible bohemian spaces, most filled with vines, fiddle leaf trees, furniture I would absolutely thrift, and textiles. Can I live in this room, please?

The quaint and colorful paintings of Becca Stadtlander:

Becca Stadtlander’s artwork is full of “everyday objects” as she mentions in her bio, including plates, fruits, detailed vases full of bouquets, and teacups. At first glance, I got a “European country cottage” vibe from her work, but it also spans landscape and animal illustration. I loved this particular rendering for the wallpapers and detailed plates.

The saturated, collage-like artwork of Jenny Wheatley:

Jenny Wheatley’s aesthetic reminded me of Becca’s, but with a collage-like twist. The objects in her work seem to be playfully thrown together, furniture, animals, view, and all–just how I like my spaces!

Which of these rooms would you love to live in?