So, the Alt Design Summit sounds like something I would want to go to. Totally. It’s a conference for design bloggers. And. AND! It’s held at the same time as the Sundance Festival. Does it get any cooler than this?
According to their site, you should attend Alt if you fit any of the following criteria:
– People that love talking about design in all its iterations. What it is. How it’s changing. Why it’s important. (Check.)
– People that read sites like Apartment Therapy/drive German cars/subscribe to magazines from Europe. (Check – well, that Apartment Therapy part)
– Design or lifestyle bloggers who want to (finally!) meet their fellow design and lifestyle bloggers. (Check. That’s right. I’m a stalker.)
– People from across all the design disciplines: graphic, industrial, fashion, interior, product, textile. Plus illustrators and photographers too. (Check.)
– Business Owners who make pretty things and want to figure out how to get their products on design sites. (Erm, ok, not me, but interested in learning about this kinda stuff!)
– Advertising Agencies and Marketing firms that want help creating social media campaigns for their design-minded clients. (Not exactly me either, but I’m sure it would be educational nonetheless, n’est-ce pas?)
– Employees who would love to get credit for working while actually hitting the slopes. (I think this fits Simon, so ok, check.)
– People who create inspiration boards. (Check!!!)
– People who look at inspiration boards. (Check! Is anyone still checking?)
– Big-Love fans that want to find out if polygamy is for real. (Um, no. Not me. We can’t win ’em all.)
– Star-struck film fans obsessed with the Sundance hype who want to spend a weekend celebrity sighting. (Ok, who are we kidding – check.)
Now, will childcare be provided?? Just kidding. Kinda.
Doesn’t this sound like fun, though? I’m thinking super fun.
Altitude Design Summit – Home.
When we were in Rochester up at the Mayo Clinic, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon a shop called Counterpoint. It was just about as cool as any museum of modern art shop. You know the kind – all the exciting Italian designers, as well as fun gadgets, interesting books, etc. As it so happened, they had the largest amount of Marimekko products that I have ever seen in one place, in real life.
Silly me – I must be living under a rock or something, because this whole time I’ve been thinking that Marimekko was Japanese. Wrong. It’s Finnish. Well of course it is! Because anything cool is coming from the northern European countries. Anyway, there were tons of amazing fabrics, eye-catching pillows, and these amazing melamine trays that I wanted in every single pattern available. They also had some of the Marimekko clothes, but I’m just not that into their apparel. The cut is a little too…. generous. And the prices are astronomical. Not that the rest of the Marimekko line is inexpensive – it’s pricey, but the home goods are more reasonably priced.
I might have to troll around over at eBay….
Marimekko – Taikamylly fabric, blue – Sanna Annukka.
What is it about a cute little pagoda that is so appealing? I got the latest WilliamsSonoma Home catalogue in the mail today, and fell promptly head over heels for these cornflower blue pagodas and matching key trim. Too fun!
Williams-Sonoma Home | Pagoda Scroll Embroidered Bedding.
Brooklyn Limestone is my new favorite blog. She posted over here last week and I made my way on over. I think that she and I could be BFFs. You simply MUST see her fantabulous bathroom. It is divine. I want her to adopt me or marry me and let me live with her. It’s that gorgeous. Anyway, look at this totally adorable project that she did – aren’t these silhouettes just too fun and whimsical?
Girlfriend, I am your newest blog stalker. XOXO.
I think it was the post from last week about those homemade dry-erase boards over on Design*Sponge that got me going this weekend. It was like a surge of craftiness. I went to Michael’s and the sales were so good. I found some paper I had been eyeing for quite some time on sale for 50% off, and so I jumped on it. It was an Anna Griffin set of papers with a great Hollywood Regency feel to them, in some fantastic colors. So I did it.
And yes, I attempted to make one of those dry erase boards I talked about last week. And no, you can’t use Contact paper for a dry erase board. It doesn’t work. But it sure looks cute if you want a semi-permanent note about something. ::sigh:: Oh well. At least it was only on cardboard. It was a good idea. ::sigh::
So. Moving on. I had also picked up these die-cut pieces of plastic that were packaged to be some kind of plastic scrapbook or something. I don’t know – kinda weird. But they would make perfect little frames for something, I thought. And seeing as how I loooved the patterns of that AG paper, I trimmed them up and hung them in the spare bedroom.
I was so pleased with the final outcome that I decided to apply the same treatment to our mail mess disaster zone sorting area in the laundry room. I really want the whole mail situation off of the counter in there. There’s little enough counter space in the laundry room and it usually gets overwhelmed with Jude’s junk, my junk, stuff I don’t want to put away, and Simon’s humongous overnight bag briefcase. So if I can get anything up on the wall, awesome.
This was another simple dimple project. I bought a set of 3 clear hanging wall files from Office Depot for a grand total of $17. And then I simply used doublestick tape and adhered the paper to the file. Done. And then I used some little clips to attach the labels. I can switch things out at any point when/if I get bored of them. Wallpaper would work just as well!
Ok, thanks for indulging my random crafty weekend. I’m sure Simon is ready to see the Modge Podge and doublesided tape go away. And in the meantime, I’m working to get my office rearranged and organized, including all of my wrapping paper. It really is a mess.
Peace out —
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by sites like eBay or Etsy? Me, too. I’ve always had great success with eBay, but couldn’t ever get into Etsy — at least, until lately. I’ve started looking at various etsy sellers via sites like Decor8 or Design*Sponge. I’ve been so excited by what I’ve found! Here’s some of my recent faves.
Medium Red Vintage Number 8
Mind your Ps & Qs
Custom Monogram Kids T-Shirts
Set of 2 Vintage Metal Drawers
Bird No. 5 Print
Cypress Tree print
These Japanese-designed stick lighters remind me of art school and the myriad art supplies I purchased for 4 years at OU(remember, college students, if you’re bemoaning having to buy all those expensive books, at least you can sell them back. Doesn’t work that way for art students, unfortch).
Anyway, as I’m always on the hunt for a match to light candles in the house, wouldn’t this be a fun alternative?