{designer crush] | ore studios

Designers are always on the lookout for inspiration, especially for their own home. One firm inspiring me these days is Ore Studios. I've included a few images from owner, Cara Scarola's home, which totally resonates with my personal style. I'm in LOVE with the painted cabinet and lacquered hardware. Such a great example of how to easily pull a scheme together. (Red flowers, red hardware, red pillow...the power of three!) Check out the cartoonish exclamation painted on the wall acting as the kids coat rack. LOVE IT!! You can view more images of Ore Studios portfolio here.

And last but not least, I'm always looking for new ideas on how to hang things. The enlarged photograph (top left photo) and desk/shelves (bottom middle photo) are hung via galvanized piping. Genius!? I'm not sure what it is, but I've always loved galvanized piping, ie: exposed fastening systems. Piping is such an inexpensive way to support things!

An INSPIRATIONAL FACT for all you design buddies wanting to start a business but feel you can't because you don't live in the same state: Cara and Andy went to graduate school together, went separate ways, found their way back to one another, and now work in separate states! It can be done friends, it can be done!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!



{Graphics} | creating patterns using an existing nursery scheme

I've been playing around with a new pattern making software program I just purchased called RepperPro. I'm addicted. If I had a second life, second career, it would be designing patterns for stationary, fabrics and wallpaper, etc. The patterns above were inspired/created using the nursery image above. My next pattern trial will be bigger and bolder graphics, a little more modern and playful. I think these would make a great sheet set. What do you think? I'm planning to have a couple options printed over at Spoonflower, just for an excuse to try this company out! Can't wait! I'll be sure to post an update to let you know how things turned out!

Happy Thursday!