The days of decoupage have certainly come full circle! Thanks to creative designers like Amelia of Bombus what was once old can now become a beautiful piece of art! It's thrifty, fun and totally green. Check out DIY instructions here!
Happy Monday! Isn't great to start off the week with a little bit of artistic inspiration? The uber-creative home of artist Hilary Pfeifer is certainly a great place to start! Owner of the Portland-based store Bunny With a Tool Belt, her remarkably inventive uses of recycled and found materials lend such personality in her work and in her home! Knowing we're all voyeurs at heart she has generously agreed to walk Design^Sprout readers through her home.
"I use a ton of found objects in my work (above) and alter them until you don't recognize the original form as easily. They come from thrift stores and some of Portland's great reused art supply and building materials stores, which I scour on a regular basis."
"I saved covers from the New Yorker Magazine for a few years to get enough to paper a wall in my foyer. It was inspired by my grandmother's farmhouse, where covers from the Saturday Evening Post were decoupaged onto a cabinet in the bathroom. I put a few layers of varathane on top and then hooks so I can hang wet raincoats and my cloth shopping bags near the door and out of the living room."
"This is the stained glass window I designed and had made for my front door. I chose various pieces of glass from the scrap bin at a local glass shop, all with white, and a simple helvetica-esque font for the lettering."
"An ikea bookshelf lets me alternate square cubbies of books with some of my favorite art objects."
"A sitting area off the kitchen. We are planning on finding a great breakfast table for this space, but right now I love having this couch here because the light is fantastic!"
"One of many lights I own by artist/friend Daniel Sadler. A year or so before his death, he started this series of houses where he took photographs of actual buildings and transfered them to paper lamps. He told me that this one was taken
of various walls of a children's music school in New Orleans. He loved this building so much that he returned the next day to take more pictures and the building was completely demolished!!"
"There are a billion cupboards in this room, so I decided to paint the walls a pale greenish yellow, and then randomly choose others to paint brown, kind of like a Mondrian painting. The fridge is covered with a series of cards I
made last year when I turned 40 and decided to list 40 things I'd
always wanted to do in the hopes that I'd tick down the list before I
"A detail of two of the cards, which I made with some of the clippings from my massive magazine image database I've been compiling for the past two decades."
"Here's the only shot of the dining room I'll release right now! It's a quilt I made years ago from my family's huge record collection. I don't have a turntable and was in the middle of a transitional year, so I decided to use the Log Cabin
pattern to show a series of labels that trace my musical influences,
from my grandfather's 78's through my mother's albums like Bob Dylan
and Carole King, to my 45s like Rick James' Funkytown and Elvis
"The downstairs bathroom is quite small and so I decided to paint it electric colors and keep my collection of glow-in-the-dark things there. It's fun at night, when the blacklight does its magic!"
"One of my favorite glow treasures--an elephant ornament from the 1950's, which is early glow plastic technology."
"This box holds a lot of smaller objects, waiting for their second life! Here's one of the pieces I have already completed for the September show--a shiva-like plant with unusual blossoms at the tips."
First, I want to give a warm welcome to two new Design^Sprout writers Claire and Kristen. I fell in love with their blog So Sweet & So Cold awhile ago and pestered them to share their green and handmade finds with us! They are both creative and crafty on their own so I'm sure we're in for some inspiring finds. Welcome guys - so glad that you're here!
Below is Kristen's first post ....
I get the feeling that the folks behind these fantastic & unusual
illustration pieces are the sort who doodled on their desks and book
covers in elementary school. I guess I'm in good company, then. Gorgeous illustrated tea set by Esther Coombs (above) depicts buildings from New York City & Amsterdam.
Unusual illustrated pendant. I love the
detail, and also the weird combination of the Victorian-style face and
the television. From Tilly Bloom whose entire shop is just delightful.
Original paper & acrylic
artwork. The strange, fluid shapes, from Rochelle's Little Ones, contrast so well with the text
behind them. I love how this appears so casual & doodle-esque, but
has an amazing attention to detail as well.
Yeah, it took two weeks. Yeah, it's completely useless. I don't
care. I love this totally handmade, green and plush Nintendo system. Designer blueblythe from craftster.org felted the material then hand-sewed and embroidered all the details. She even
made interchangeable Duck Hunt and Super Mario screens for the
television. Definitely ranks right up there as one of the most
enjoyable wastes of time I've ever seen.
My lovely friend Nicole send me a link to artist Ryan Frank's web site and what a design^sprout find! His Inkuku chair is made entirely from old (hazard to the planet!) plastic shopping bags. The inspiration: a South African chicken ornament! I love when traditional local craft inspires the minds of our modern artists to be more green and utilize resources that would otherwise end up in a landfill. And if you can't afford the genius of Ryan Frank (I can't!) the chicken is pretty reasonable.
He also produces these cabinets which I think are pretty ingenious - leaving recycled white boards on the street of London for days, he then takes them, for better or worse, and creatively turns them into these funky cabinets.
While browsing around the internet over the holidays I ran across some fantastic designers just perfect for design^sprout. The above clock from architect/furniture designer Jason Linde is made of recycled wood veneer. The elegant lines would be at home in any setting from modern to traditional.
This hanging plant holder from perch! would be great in an outside setting, hung over a kitchen counter with fresh herbs or maybe a few in a baby's room stuffed with plush toys. I am love, love, loving this pendant light from Brooklyn's Re-Surface Designs. Made from rusted, found metal this is such a creative use of something you'd never normally appreciate.
These felt owl pins from designer lupin are such a hoot! I think they'd be adorable as push-pins for a bulletin board but just one would be fantastic on a bookbag or a purse.
Using traditional felt molding technologies and local manufacturers as
a source of inspiration, the Capsule Light from Mio explores felt’s natural
beauty as a material for diffusing light and is completely recyclable.
Completely handmade, these quirky gourds from Design Squire are perfect and soft enough for baby's tiny chompers.