Weekend Link List: December 19th, 2014

19th December 2014

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Happy Holidays everyone! What are your plans for the holiday break? We’re going to Sonoma with my family… we rented a house & are looking forward to exploring the area and eating some good food together. I’m going to take a break from blogging next week to catch up with family but I’d love to connect with you on instagram in the meantime! Happy holidays everyone, I hope you have a peaceful time with you are your loved ones. xo
Here are some fun links from around the web this week…

I think everyone needs to read this list - 30 movies to watch with your relatives.

Totally awesome toddler beds.

Love this holiday tradition idea.

An awesome idea… give a subscription box!

8 totally AWESOME entertaining tips.

Calling all chic baby boys… a gift guide fit for a prince.

And what a SPECTACULAR bedroom makeover. I’m impressed.

Artist Series: Linda Fahey

18th December 2014

illustrated exampleI was first introduced to Linda Fahey’s work on instagram. And recently, I also had the chance to meet her at the West Coast Craft Fair in San Francisco. Her beautiful ceramics are hand shaped, designed, and decorated – making each piece special and unique. I’m so excited to have Linda on the Artist Series today, and I’m looking forward to checking out her shop in Pacifica in the new year!

How did you become an artist? What was your training?
I know many people say this, I was always an artist.  I was the artistic one of the family.  Later in life I made it legit and attended the art school in San Francisco. My focus was illustration and graphic design.  

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What are you working on right now?
Currently, it’s December and I’ve wrapped up my production for Holiday orders and shop orders, so I am taking a break from clay for a month or so and will focus on honing my wood working skills.  

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Where do you do your work from?
I have a studio+shop space in Pacifica, Ca — a small seaside town south of San Francisco.  The shop is a store front curated space and half is dedicated to a work space.  

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Who or what is inspiring you right now?
I’m a bit of an abstract nut.  I’m very interested in the early abstract movement in America, so Diebenkorn, Franenthaler, Pollock, and Clifford Still are always on my mind.  Eva Zeisel and Gertrude Vaasguard to name just a couple in ceramics.  I could go on and on.  Other than that I look at a lot of contemporary work — I find I lean towards the dutch/scandi aesthetic.  But many comment on my work trends towards Japanese stylistically.    

What are you the most proud of?
I’d have to say that after losing my job deciding to go full time as an artist is what I am most proud of.  That was 3+ years ago, so far I am making it work ! 

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What is your most prized piece of art in your home? What is the story behind it?
Tough one.  All my pieces are prized – each is important.  I have a extensive library, I suppose I’d say that is the thing I covet.  I’ve moved those many boxes of books many times and have a hard time parting with even one of them.  I have books my grandfather brought over from Italy in 1906 — many classics in italian – early editions, pinocchio in italian —  I might have to say that is definitely a prized piece for me.  

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Thank you so much Linda for the interview! You can see more of Linda Fahey’s work on her website, facebook page, or instagram.

(all photos courtesy of Linda Fahey)

Winter palette inspiration…

17th December 2014

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Hey guys… just a quick post today to show you some images inspiring me lately! I’m loving all of these images with a common palette of moody mushroom grays, blacks, a touch of metal and hits of white. It’s sophisticated, modern, and cozy. Done and done!

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Under $100 Gifts from Shopbop: Otomi Home Gift Guide

15th December 2014

under $100 gifts from shop bop

Shopbop is my go-to online shopping destination. And when you have Amazon prime, you can get 2 day free shipping with shopbop! Although they are known for their apparel, they also have adorable accessories and gifts. Here are my top picks from shopbop to give this season – all UNDER $100!

1. A crystal bottle-stopper is a great gift to give as a hostess gift!
2. This floral iPhone 6 case is fun and sophisticated.
3. This candle is almost too pretty to burn!
4. An edgy yet dainty little bracelet from Giles & Brother.
5. This is a perfect little gift for a world traveler – a chic adapter.
6. Love this alphabet necklace!
7. I still love having an actual agenda, and this pretty kate spade ikat one would be easy to find in a tote bag.
8. A pretty S’well Water Bottle in a frosty white

Weekend Link List: December 12th, 2014

12th December 2014

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The pineapple express is kind of raining on my parade, so to speak! Man, is it wet out there!!! Besides talking about the weather here in california (b-o-r-i-n-g)… some exciting changes are shaping up for the coming year. I love making new years resolutions and this year I’m really focused on dedicating myself to my design and interiors passion. The interiors world is calling my name & while I don’t have concrete plans right now, I’m excited to see where this next year will take me…

Here are a few links from around the web this week…

12 interesting decorating tips.

What your bag says about you.

Do yourself a favor and get one of these super cute festive desktop wallpapers.

A pink flokati throw, sign me up.

The CUTEST removable wallpaper!

And a very refreshing fireplace makeover.