Posts tagged ‘organic’

Tue.April.19.2011

Etsy Interview: {Kaleda}


One of the hardest things in the world to find (even on Etsy) is a beautiful, modern wreath. Nate and I have been on the hunt for almost two years–stopping only to sleep–for a wreath that matches our decorating aesthetic: modern shapes with lots of nature-inspired texture and form. Over the weekend, I gathered a few tidbits from around the apartment that sum us up pretty well (and, yes, they are displayed on a meticulously-ironed white sheet…only the best for you, dear readers!):

Alas, our poor front and patio doors have remained cold and barren despite our tireless searching. But there is hope for our doors yet, thanks to {Kaleda}on Etsy! The shop is run by Vaida, a Lithuanian florist-at-heart who uses nature to inform her designs.

Via Etsy, I was able to get in touch with the delightful Vaida–Thank you, internet!–and ask her a few questions. First thing’s first: Why wreaths? She explains that wreaths have a sort of “magical significance” and are thought to protect the house they adorn from evil. Neat, right? I’ll take one for every door and window!

Not surprisingly, natural forms play an integral role in her creative process: “Wild nature landscapes, flowers, trees–they’re my inspiration source. I like to watch seasons changing, and I try to show every season’s beauty in my work.” 

I love that Vaida’s work is natural, yet abstract: perfectly marrying the modern with the organic. The key is that she allows nature to set the mood and tone of the work, and then she “conveys that mood with symbols, colors, and factures.” (In case you’re like me and don’t know what “factures” are, here’s the answer: the process(es) used to make or construct something.) Translation: She lets nature inform everything from her design to her wreath-construction process. (Who knew reading blogs could make you smarter?)

Looking at all of the widely varying shapes and concepts she uses for {Kaleda} wreaths made me wonder how she keeps it up and stays creative: “Interest in different art mediums helps to improve creative skills, and it’s not a problem for me, because I’m very interested in different mediums. Of course, there are still some unlucky days, when you can’t do anything at all. These are good times for little break: I go to walk in a park or forest (because I really like trees), or listen to some good music, or just look through my favorite florist books.” 

Vaida also took the time to share a couple of photos of the natural forms that inspire her. What do you think?

Hard not to be inspired, right? And there’s even more to kick-start your creativity at the {Kaleda Etsy Shop}! In the very near future, my front and patio doors will be singing Vaida’s praises and inspiring me on a daily basis! Which wreath are your doors calling out for?

All product images courtesy of {Kaleda}

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Thu.January.27.2011

Dear Spring, Heel. Sit. Stay.


I’ve been getting ansty for Spring lately. Last year Nate and I filled our porch to the brim with vegetables, herbs and flowers and I can’t wait to do it again this year! Yesterday, as we were walking into Wal-Mart, I realized that all I wanted to do when I got home was change into workout gear, and charge outside for a run to the park with my hubby. We did that almost every day last Spring and Summer. We would arrive back home sweaty and deliciously exhausted, grab a glass of water, and head out to the porch to talk, cool off, and watch the hubbub of the city. (Did I mention that we were going to Wal-Mart to get hairties? Yes, my hair is finally long enough to stay in a weird little ponytail! Hallelujah!) Anyhow, I thought I would share a couple of pictures of our garden last year with you all:

  First we had to build the planter boxes. This couldn’t have been done without Nate’s dad to help us draw up the plans, my dad to help up choose materials, and our besties from Waldo Bungie to help us with the manual labor!

Nate’s box was filled with veggies and herbs, but mine was filled with marigolds and purslane to add a bit of color!


The purslane eventually overtook the marigolds (lesson learned…), but they were ridiculously beautiful and vibrant! They will definitely be a staple in all my future gardens!

Later in the summer, we started seeing these breath-taking bi-color purslane blooms beginning to appear. Isn’t it fantastic?

Nate’s veggie and herb box was a huge success too. Here is the proud papa with just one of our basil harvests!

Here is our main harvest of lemon balm. The leaves smell like lemon Pez! The idea was to use the leaves to make tea, but we tried it once and weren’t huge fans. We’re not going to plant this little guy again, but it was fun to try!


Here we have a trio of yellow bell peppers. They were delightful, but miniature. We think we planted too many and they weren’t able to reach their full potential, but we loved them just the same!

We grew Roma tomatoes and chives as well, so we were able to make some delicious pesto and bruschetta! Yum!

We learned some very important gardening lessons last year, so I’m excited to get this growing season started and have such a beautiful garden that we earn the respect of Mother Nature and make friends with woodland animals like Johnny Appleseed. In the meantime, I’ll just have to carry a little bit of Spring with me via this incredible, handmade succulent jewelry from WoodlandBelle on Etsy:

Mon.January.17.2011

Spring Crush: Shane Powers for West Elm


Not going to lie, decor8 posted about Shane Powers’ new collection for West Elm recently, and I fell in love. He uses the architecture of both the plants and the vessels to create works of organic art like you’ve never seen! The collection features “air, water, dried, and cut flowers.” Take a look:

Air


Water

 


Dried


Cut

I don’t know about you, but my head is swimming with all the lovely arrangements for spring that could fill these! And imagine those air plant vessels hanging in front of a window on a sunny spring day… *sigh* What would you fill them with?

Check out Shane’s video tutorial here.

All images from West Elm Online.

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