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Blog Spotlight – Hilda’s Hem

I came across one of the sweetest blog’s the other day and just had to share.  Hilda’s Hem is a fantastic inspiration blog that is invigorating and includes such topics as flea markets, crafts, cakes, and sweets.  The blogs author Sofia Brolin, is authentic in her writing and demonstrates talent in her designs and photography.  The website is named after her grandmother Hilda and so the blogs name translates to Hilda’s Home.

Sofia also runs a shop at Barntavlor where she sells personalized children’s paintings.

Images:  Hilda’s Hem

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March 5, 2012   No Comments

Meet Stylist Tara Sloggett

Isn’t it wonderful how you can start researching one thing online and then before you know it you follow a trail that lands you somewhere amazingly unexpected?  I’m sure I must have mentioned this before.  But it’s true!  My husband is always shocked how much I have going on at once on my laptop.  Generally, I have at least 10 internet windows going at once.  I LOVE researching, learning, being inspired and sharing what I come across.  So this is how I ended up at Decor and Lifestyle Stlylist Tara Sloggett.

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So here I am!  New beginnings three years ago took me from London to Cape Town and now that the dust and the heart has settled I’m here to stay.  Specialising in styling, art direction, prop sourcing and production for international and local editorial shoots and commercial clients, I’m lucky enough to do what I love, with amazing people, in a beautiful, inspirational country I’ve come to call home.  Thanks for having me!”

Sounds like Tara has been following quite an adventure!  Here are some of her decor photo’s…

Love the little bits of ribbon tied to this chandelier.  For some reason the ribbon reminds me of something that Cox & Cox would sell.

Images:  Tara Sloggett

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June 8, 2011   1 Comment

Stylist Irina Graewe

Irina Graewe is a freelance German interior stylist who studied at the London College of Fashion.  Her work is a regularly featured in various magazines such as Living at Home and Architektur & Wohnen.  I really enjoyed looking through her portfolio but had such a hard time figuring out which photo’s to share with you.  As you may have figured out, I am drawn to color and so I decided to showcase her Africa Meets Neon work.

I wish I could get the the color samples for each room – especially the turquoise colors as I’ve been thinking about painting my craft room this color.  But I must admit that my favorite photo is the pink room with the umbrella’s.  The color is soo girly, glam, and whimsical all mixed in one!  Plus did you see the wonderfully tall arch frame opening by the window?  If your thinking as I am, I wish to have a window like that in my house – of course, with the pink walls.

Images: Irina Graewe

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October 7, 2010   No Comments

Meet Artist Micki Wilde

Recently, I came across really wonderful artwork by Micki Wilde and just had to contact her for an interview with House of Many Hues.  I was delighted to hear back that she had agreed and that I could share her words and work with you!

Micki is from the UK and has a wonderful blog over at The Secret Hermit where she showcases her whimsical mixed media artwork.  The best part is that her paintings are available for sale at her Etsy shop.

HMH: What is the meaning behind your blog and shop name, “The Secret Hermit”?

MW: The meaning behind my business name is that most people I have met would say I am a very outgoing and even quite loud personality but what most people don’t know on meeting me is that I really am more at ease when surrounded by my own home, my comfort zone and I just am secretly a very hermit like person.  In fact, I could stay in the house for days on end without even wanting to go outside, so the business name really is describing what in all honesty I am really like :)

HMH: When did you start working with mixed media?  What are the top materials you love to work with?

MW: I first started working in mixed media around 3 years ago; in fact that is when I first picked up a paintbrush at all. Before then I had always been a doodler but never painted.

I was encouraged by my husband and also by a good friend to take up painting and I absolutely love it and can’t imagine a life without it now.

I have been mainly self taught over the past 3 years with the exception of a few online classes, it has been a case of trial and error working with lots of different mediums but now these are my favourite few that I wouldn’t be without:

Golden’s fiber paste

Tim Holtz distress crackle paint

Prismacolor pencils

Faber Castell black pitt pens

Vintage book pages and ledger papers

HMH: Tell us a little about your work.  Do you have a routine you follow when creating?  What’s a typical day like?

MW: I don’t have a routine as such but I do start the day off by walking my daughter to school, then taking the dog for a walk, then home for a cup of coffee before starting in my art room.

Whilst I am drinking my coffee I answer any emails and read through some of the blogs I am following, I answer any comments etc left on my blog, Flickr and Etsy then I get stuck in with some messy art stuff :)

As far as the creative side goes, I like to prep my canvases and canvas boards over the weekend with scrapbook papers, texture mediums and a few layers of random paint colours before even thinking about what might go on them.

Generally I will do a big group of 10-20 in different sizes and shapes of canvases/boards in one go, then they are ready for me to start painting on during the week.


HMH: When looking at the characters you create, their expression seems to suggest they carry a message or a piece of wisdom.  Is there any validity to this statement or am I looking too deep?

MW: Sometimes the characters I create do carry an obvious message which I have been known to write, use book text or stamp straight on to the piece of art, other times the message is left to interpretation from the onlooker and sometimes there really is no message and it is just a fun piece of art to look at.

HMH: Where would you like to see yourself and your work 5 years from now?

MW: Hmmm….In 5 years I will have just turned 40…..I hope to at least continue to be self sufficient and able to carry on doing what I love the most.

I would like to be earning a comfortable wage from it but I know I still have a lot to learn and have to look more into running the business side of things first before I get ahead of myself.

I have been very lucky so far I think and for saying I had never painted until 3 years ago have achieved quite a lot and am very grateful for that, I hope my luck continues and my business continues to bloom :)

HMH: What’s your favorite local restaurant and why?

MW: I live in a small village/town in the UK and there are not many restaurants locally (unless you go to the local chippy, which is actually very good)

My favourite type of restaurant though is anywhere that sells good Mexican food and even better cocktails to go with it.  I love a good Mexican meal!!

HMH: Thank you Micki for the interview.  We wish you continued success!


Images:  Micki Wilde, The Secret Hermit

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October 1, 2010   3 Comments

Meet Artist Talitha Shipman

The day is finally here for you to meet artist Talitha Shipman!  I’m really excited about this because she was not only gracious enough to share her beautiful artwork with us but also do an interview with House of Many Hues.  She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Fine Arts in illustration.  However, before we get started, let’s take a look at some of her work…

HMH: When did you first realize your artistic abilities?

TS: Well, I’d like to say that I could pinpoint the exact moment when I realized I loved to draw, but my mother is an artist herself, so she had me scribbling with crayons before I can even remember.  It just came naturally to me, and I’ve been “scribbling” ever since.  My parents have always been very supportive of my artistic endeavors, which I am eternally grateful for!

HMH: Tell us a little about your work.  Do you have a routine you follow when creating?  What’s a typical day like?

TS: I do have a routine.  I usually start with research. For example, when I start a Bird’s and Blooms project, I reference my National Geographic North American Birds Field Guide to make sure I’m drawing the birds accurately.  Once I’ve done the research I move on to sketches.  I do two or three sketches for clients, sometimes in color, sometimes in black and white to give them a few options.  After we’ve hashed out which version to go with, I start work on the final.  I work entirely in Photoshop from start to finish.  I have a Wacom tablet with a stylus that allows me to draw very naturally.  Within the Photoshop document I create separate layers for every element so that it’s easy for me to make changes for the client.

HMH: What are some of your greatest inspirations?  Any frustrations?

TS: Sometimes my greatest inspirations cause my greatest frustrations.  When I see amazing art that I just love, I get overwhelmed with how far I have to go as an artist.  I love the work of Charley Harper, Beatrix Potter, Cicely M. Barker, and Andy Warhol (he started out as an illustrator and his early work is amazing).  I’m also very inspired by nature!  There’s nothing like a walk in the woods during springtime to get me wanting to draw all of the wildflowers I see.

HMH: Are you currently working on any projects?  Anything we should be looking out for?

TS: I just finished creating the illustrations for a board game called Bear Hunt.  It’s such a cute little game that one of my friends, Gregg Drake designed.  It’s going to be available sometime around Christmas!

HMH: Where would you like to see yourself and your work 5 years from now?

TS: I would like to continue to grow and learn as an artist and hopefully to work on more children’s books.  I’ve had the chance to illustrate one already and it was a great experience.  In five years I also hope I’ll have more time to pursue more personal work.

HMH: What’s your favorite childhood memory?

TS: That’s a hard question.  There are alot of good ones!  I would say my fondest memories are from family camping trips.  My parents would load my sister and I up in our little camper and we’d drive to Southern Ohio to hike, canoe and, of course, eat lots of smores!

HMH: Talitha, we wish you all the success in the world!

Images:  Talitha Shipman, Lilla Rogers

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September 1, 2010   No Comments

Tracy Lee Lynch

Tracy Lynch is a beautiful stylist that has been featured in such magazines as Elle Decoration.  Her style is inspirational and very feminine.  Take a look…

Images:  Tracy Lee Lynch

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July 29, 2010   No Comments

Lo Bjurulf

Another great Scandinavian stylist – Lo Bjurulf has got everything from bright white to loads of color.  Lo’s clients include such companies as Ikea and Elle Interior.  Take a look…


Images:  Agent Bauer

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June 23, 2010   No Comments

Laura Lights

Great lighting is so important in the design of any room.  And when you use beautiful looking fixtures, you have just added icing to the cake.   So when I came across Laura Lights handmade rice paper lamp shades, my heart jumped!  These lamp shades are not only stylish, but their look creates mood.

Just how does Laura make these dreamy shades?  “I start with a white paper called Kinwashi.  I use the “paper mache” method to make my lamp shades, wrap strips of papers around the lamp shade frame and when they dry, it forms a tight drum like structure”, says Laura.

I was also curious as to the amount of time it takes to make one.  Laura says, ” It depends on the complexity of the design, but on average it takes, from start to finish, about 3-4 hours to make one lamp shade.  But you have to consider I can start with as many as 12 and have to work on them in stages.  It’s like pottery, I start with a wet lampshade, have to let it dry and work on it in stages layering it.  While some are drying, I can work on designs for others”. Take a look at the stunning results…

Red Shades

Green Shades

Yellow Pot a Dot

Squares

Laura also sells her handmade lamps on Etsy.  Check her shop out under the name lauralights.

Images:  Laura Lights

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April 19, 2010   No Comments