Tina voi, tina voi – What to do with a tin can?

With three children, we use a lot of ordinary tin cans. Normally, I throw them into our recycling bin, until I came across the beautiful tablescape below featured on Déco en Nuances.

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deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

My ordinary recyclable items became tina voi – the beautiful Finnish word for tin can. Its amazing how they can be transformed into elegant centerpieces and décor.

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growcreative.blogspot.com

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deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

Its incredible how such an everyday item that is usually discarded can be utilized in so many different ways.

 

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sisustuskarpanen.blogspot.com

 

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You can strip the labels off and let the natural aluminum shine or keep them on to add to your décor. Finding vintage cans at junk stores, antique shops and yard sales is a great idea.

deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

 

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how-to-recycle.blogspot.com

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deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

They can be used as containers in so many different ways.

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deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

Covering them with decorative paper can add to a theme – spring, baby shower, destination wedding, etc.

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marthastewartweddings.com

 

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deco-en-nuances.eklablog.com

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simpledecoracao.com.br

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cestpasmoiquilaifait.hautetfort.com

I loved the idea of spray painting them a gold/copper color and using them as vases. So I began by collecting various cans over time.

My own aluminum cans.

My own aluminum cans.

I bought a metallic spray paint and sprayed each one.

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My spray painted cans.

Like Deco en Nuances, I added white flowers for an elegant monochromatic look.

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I love my “tina voi” tablescape!

globalknockoffstincans2A simple, inexpensive yet elegant décor piece! Now, I know exactly what to do with a tin can!

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Wabi-Sabi – Finding Beauty in the Imperfections

As I spanned the globe searching to see what the world had to offer in interior design, I came across a Japanese design aesthetic that I love:  Wabi Sabi! Deriving its aesthetic principles from Taoism and Zen Buddhism, it is an approach to life which encompasses finding beauty in imperfections, appreciating the simple, serene, modest and natural beauty of things. It focuses on the appreciation of all that is natural and therefore, often imperfect.

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt

Interior Designer Axel Vervoordt via Pandashouse.com

The wabi-sabi perspective can also be interpreted as rustic and organic as Belgian interior designer Axel Vervoordt (above and below) reveals in his book, Wabi Inspirations.

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Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

Axel Vervoordt via livingxdesign.wordpress.com

 Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via pandashouse.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Axel Vervoordt via heirloomphilosophy.blogspot.com

Dutch Interior designer Jeroen van der Spek from Amsterdam at stillstars.com features characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic in his unrefined textures and simple elegance (below).

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

Jeroen van der Spek at stillstars.com

 

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

www.stillstars.com

www.stillstars.com/jeroen-van-der-spek/interior

Robyn Griggs Lawrence brings the Japanese concept of finding beauty in life’s imperfections to life in her books, The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty and Simply Imperfect (below).

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Robyn Griggs Lawrence-The Wabi Sabi House

Lawrence’s role as a green living advocate, environmentalist and overall healthy living guru is reflected in her serene, simple and peaceful designs.

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robyngriggslawrence.com

The Wabi-Sabi approach is an inspiration for many design styles like Scandinavian, Nordic, French, etc. It is an understated beauty that exists in the modest, rustic, imperfect, or even decayed, an aesthetic sensibility that finds a melancholic beauty in     the impermanence of all things.*

www.living.cz

www.living.cz

 

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The color palette encompasses soft neutrals, natural rough textiles like linen, cotton and burlap and organic elements (not synthetic) like clay, metal, stone and rustic woods.

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

www.dzinetrip.com

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thisivyhouse.tumblr

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

stampinteriors.blogspot.com

Elements of wabi-sabi design are raw, unfinished and earthy as illustrated by Greige Design below.

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home:  Nests of Creatives

Greige Design, featured in The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives

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greigedesign.blogspot.com

Seizoen & Stijl represents the wabi-sabi concept in their design approach which uses natural woods, earthy tones and rustic textiles.

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Seizoen & Stijl at seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

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http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

http://seizoenenstijl.blogspot.nl

Incorporating natural elements, muted tones, simple and imperfect forms and uncontrived objects reflect the unconventional beauty of wabi-sabi design.

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Maven Mama at madamemaven.blogspot.com

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livingxdesign

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

Keltainen Talo Rannalla at keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

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http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

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http://keltainentalorannalla.blogspot.ca

 

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feedly.com

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imgfave.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

From beautifulism.blogspot.com via ecminteriorismo.blogspot.com

dzinetrip.com

dzinetrip.com

designfieldnotes.com

designfieldnotes.com

 

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decordeprovence.blogspot.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

http://www.decoracionde-interiores.com

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blogger.aftonbladet.se via bohemchic.com

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bloodandchampagne.com

 

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bloodandchampage.com

 

Interior Magasitet via decoraciondeinteriores.com

Interior Magasitet via decoracionde-interiores.com

 

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www.living.cz

I hope you have been inspired to recreate the wabi-sabi design principles into your own home by creating your own unconventional beauty, valuing your imperfections and living deeply.

* Wabi and Sabi: The Aesthetics of Solitude at http://www.hermitary.com/solitude/wabisabi.html

Καλή Ανάσταση! – Greek Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are a big part of the Greek Orthodox Easter (Pascha) tradition. They are died red to symbolize the blood of Christ.

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Today, on Holy Thursday, after a morning Liturgy, the ladies of our church at St. Anna in Flemington, New Jersey got to work.

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First they boiled brown eggs. Brown eggs make the red dye more vibrant. Then, using a special Greek red dye (this one is from Astoria, NY), they dyed each egg, let them dry and then rubbed them with olive oil (so the color won’t run when the eggs are handled).

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We then wrapped them in white tulle and tied them with red ribbons. The eggs are handed out after the midnight Resurrection Service.

greekeggsRed eggs are also added and baked into the traditional Greek Easter bread (tsoureki). After observing and making the Greek Easter eggs for our church, I thought I’d make my own version of Orthodox Byzantine Easter eggs.

IMG_2802I  like to make eggs that will last for more than one year. So, I bought paper mache eggs and painted them red. I then sprayed them with a clear enamel glossy spray. The paper mache absorbs the spray, so I had to apply several coats. I also bought very small self-adhesive clear gems to make Orthodox cross designs.

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 I applied the gems using tweasers.

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 I love how they turned out!

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I hope you have been inspired to make your own Greek Easter eggs. Καλή Ανάσταση! Happy Resurrection!

Printemps Couronne de Provence – Spring Wreath from Provence

I love the delicate and graceful flowers of Provence, France in springtime.

Le jardin de Tim

Le jardin de Tim

The soft lavenders and whites exude the beauty of spring in such a subtle way (from France Romantique below) .

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weloveprevence.fr

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weheartit.com

 

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weheartit.com

 

J’adore this delicate and elegant wreath below from C…comme Coeur mes coups de coeur.

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It inspired me to create my own Printemps Couronne de Provence.

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I bought three artificial spring flower bunches ($3.99 each), a grapevine base ($4.99) and jute ribbon ($3.99) above. I originally wanted to use actual dried lavender, however, it was $8.99 a bunch – a little too expensive. I was also nervous that the dried lavender would break up when handling it. The artificial flowers had a green wire stem that eliminated the use of additional wire. I carefully inserted the wire stems into the grapevine and if necessary, twisted them to secure them into place.

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I love the carefree natural look of the small delicate flowers. I chose a simple jute ribbon that had a touch of white woven through it.

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I hope you have been inspired to create your own Printemps Couronne de Provence. I love mine!

Luces de la Primavera – DIY Spring Lights

I came across this easy do-it-yourself spring craft – spring lights made from cupcake cups at lluvia de ideas. It was so cute and easy, I decided to knock-it-off!

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I already had white lights. Rather than cut out the flower shapes myself, I bought Wilton flower cups at Michaels, a U.S. based craft store.

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I then carefully pushed the cups onto the lights.

IMG_2682Be careful not to push too hard. You want to keep the hole as small as possible so the flower cup doesn’t fall off.

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I love my luces de la primavera! And so do my kids! An easy diy spring craft that will brighten up any room, especially on a dreary rainy day.

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Los Colores de la Primavera!

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Los colores de la primavera son hermosos! The colors of spring are beautiful! The vibrant colors are a welcomed sight especially after our long chilly white winter. While the snow is slowly melting, the flower buds are revealing their heads. In anticipation of the colorful blooms outside, why not decorate your interior to reflect the season that is almost upon us.

Flowers are an easy way to add color to your interior. Give them a French twist as in the Chic Antique’s 2014 Katalog below. I love the contrast between the soft pale roses and the harsh wire basket.

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Or accompany colorful flowers with colorful books (from Um Brinco)

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Use a combination of vases, painted tin cans, and colorful containers with spring sprigs for an eclectic and vibrant tablescape (from Simples Decoracao below)

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Or you can create your own colorful blooms to brighten up your table. Paper flowers set atop a white table runner (from Skarlett Spanish Design) is an easy do-it-yourself Fiesta Primavera project.

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Use a combination of spring cuttings like forsythia, apple blossoms and magnolias and present them in monochromatic containers. I love the clear green vases (from Haken’s Place, below).

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From My Leitmotive (below) vibrant hydrangas are paired with rustic tins, washboards and a pale blue water pitcher. The contrast of objects somehow works!

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From Douce Etoile below, I love the old tin with the simple garden flowers.

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From Achados de Decoracao (below) a plain glass jar of flowers hanging from a door knob adds a delicate yet colorful pop.

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Simple clippings of forsythia branches in a vase add a spring feel. From Elle Décor (below). I do this myself every Spring!

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Home accessories can complete a spring look. Check out these wonderful dishes and utensils. Great way to add color to your kitchen all year round!

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From vasyweb.fr

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From in2life.gr

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Pastel pink candlesticks from LB Laursen Mynte Katalog

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From Designmag.fr

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LB Laursen Mynte

I love this Rose & Bee Biscuit Barrel from Emma Bridgewater below.

From Emma Bridgewater

From Emma Bridgewater

Mercury glass candleholders in soft pastels from DesignMag.fr add an enchanting Spring touch.

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I love this idea of placing spring blooms inside small mercury glass candleholders. From Chic Antique Denmark Katalog comes a very easy and simple décor idea (below).

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I love the idea of changing your furniture’s hardware to brighten up your interior. Check out these adorable door knobs from Chic Antique.

Chic Antique Katalog

Chic Antique Katalog

Inexpensive accessories, such as pillows, throws and bedding can add  “los colores de la primavera” to any interior.

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Milleneufcent20.com

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“Fun” colorful pillows from simpledecoracao.com.br

corcomcor.com

Corcomcor.com

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www.lifeasarts.blogspot.com

www.lifeasarts.blogspot.com

 

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www.iliapress.gr

www.iliapress.gr

 

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www.leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com.es

www.deccoesfera.com, Zara Home Catalogue

www.deccoesfera.com, Zara Home Catalogue

Chic Antique Katalog

Chic Antique Katalog

Add a pop of spring color with painted furniture, lamps and upholstery.

Umbrinco.com

Umbrinco.com

Paperblog.fr

Paperblog.fr

www.planete-deco.fr

www.planete-deco.fr

 

Tinkerbellsjournal.blogspot.com.es

Tinkerbellsjournal.blogspot.com.es

www.leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com.es

www.leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com.es

ludivine-decoration.blogspot.com

ludivine-decoration.blogspot.com

Tinkerbellsjournal.blogspot.com.es

Tinkerbellsjournal.blogspot.com.es

leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com

leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com

leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com

leitmotiv-interiorismo.blogspot.com

Umbrinco.com/blog

Umbrinco.com/blog

Online.carrefour.fr/Maison

Online.carrefour.fr/Maison

 

iliapress.gr

iliapress.gr

To have a more permanent reflection of spring in your home, why not use paint?

Decouvrirdesign.com

Decouvrirdesign.com

 

Umbrinco.com

Umbrinco.com

The gradated green staircase (featured at tinkerbellsjournal.blogspot.com.es) is a wonderful example of how bright spring colors can illuminate an otherwise ordinary drab area. So cute and refreshing.

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I hope these global inspirations have motivated you to celebrate “Los Colores de la Primavera” in your own home. And, I hope you have a very happy and creative spring!

 

Éirinn go Brách … Long Live An Irish Artist!

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One of my favorite Irish artists is Rita Stynes Stow. She is an Irish born artist who paints very unique depictions of biblical passages and Celtic myths. Her artwork is beautifully fused with Celtic symbols and design.

Queen Maeve by Rita Stynes Stow

Queen Maeve by Rita Stynes Stow

Her unique style of Irish iconography is vibrant in color and detail.

The Annunciation

The Annunciation

One of my favorite paintings, King Brian Boru at the Battle of Clontarf and the defeat of the Vikings in 1014 (below) is full of intensity and contrast. The depiction of the dramatic battle scene is presented in soft olive hues, while the detailed symbols that surround it, although equally energetic, are vibrant and strong.

King Brian Boru

King Brian Boru

Her renderings of Mary, the Mother of God are rich in Irish motifs that animate their subject matter. Her presentation of the Madonna are both innovative and avant-garde.

The technique of interlacing Irish knotwork and elaborate symbols is characteristic of the identifiable ornamental aspects of Celtic art.

The Finding of the child Jesus in the Temple

The Finding of the child Jesus in the Temple

Her habit of incorporating geometric decoration with stylized figurative subjects is creative and intriguing.

Legend of St. Bridget

Legend of St. Bridget

While her ability to combine the biblical narrative with geometric symbolism is captivating, her melding of diverse religious practices (as in Krishna and Christ below)is provocative.

Krishna

Krishna

I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of one of my favorite artists, Rita Stynes Strow. And I encourage you to express your own culture and traditions through the artwork you create and display in your home.

See the artwork of Rita Stynes Strow at Triumph Brewery, Princeton, NJ, now through May 11, 2014.

Global Design & Decor… literally!

Nothing is as classic as a map. Nothing says, “world traveler” or adventurer” more.

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Incorporating a map into your home’s interior design is a great way to express your globe-trotting spirit. (from Elle Maison above).

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You can use wallpaper with map designs or a framed image. A vintage old-world look can accentuate a home library or the classic style of a bedroom (Vim & Vintage above) as well as offer a strong yet elegant contrast to a modern interior (Regards et Maisons below).

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I love the idea from Sfizzy (below) which literally maps out a cherished destination. What a unique way to remember a special trip, a romantic place or your family’s origin.

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Want to give a unique gift to someone you love? Sfizzi commemorates special locations on a map (such as a destination wedding or marriage proposal) with a red stitched heart. So cute!

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Another way to add old-world charm to your décor is to decoupage a map onto furniture. I love the little blue nightstand (below) from Primitive & Proper which integrates an old Atlas map and a simple hand-painted table.

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From Ikea Hackers, comes this wonderful map chair (above) using a Nordmyra chair from Ikea. She was inspired by some tables and chairs she saw in London.

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I love the map dresser (above) from Homedeco2u.httpwww.recyclart.org201308recycled-stools

From Recycleart (above) comes some very clever stools that were inspired from the London tube map. They feature the colors of the metro lines and locations in London.

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From Paper Blog (above) comes a very unique decorative diy project that combines wooden letters with maps. Using your own initials and maps that point out special locations is great way to customize your wall décor.

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From Martha Stewart, I found these adorable ways to celebrate a destination wedding. Using a map that features the location of the marriage (above & below) on a frame, candle holders or on vases is both unique and fun.

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Another cute decorative item for a destination wedding or a bon voyage party is this map heart garland from 10PaperLane on Etsy (below). You could easily make this yourself.

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Have an old globe in your attic, or did you find one at a thrift store? From Viaggiare Oltre comes this unique decorative bowl (below) using half of a globe. I think this would look beautiful containing simple olive tree sprigs or eucalyptus.

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A great way to add a touch of New York sophistication into your décor is to knock-off these illuminating candle holders (below) also from Viaggiare Oltre. You could also use maps of Paris or Rome. Or apply the maps you actually used from a city you visited. What a great souvenir from your travels!

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Applying a map to a lamp shade is another great way to celebrate a favorite location or turn a traveling companion (a map) into a treasured souvenir. I love the two map lamp shades from Not On The High Street (below). One offers a soft pale green pallet while the other contrasts it with a vintage old-world feel.

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Check out another unique way to commemorate a great trip? From Map Motifs, comes this very creative light switch cover (below). My niece gave us one that featured Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, Greece – where she visited us while we were vacationing.

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Our own light switch cover featuring Thessaloniki and Halkidiki, Greece.

I love the idea of incorporating actual globes into interior design. The 3-dimensional quality adds a pizzazz that a 1-dimensional map can’t do. From Benoit Vieubled comes “World Upside Down,” a chandelier like no other (below).monde-a-lenvers@www.benoit-vieubled.com

From Pinterest, comes this hanging globes light fixture (below).

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And last but not least, my niece, Kathleen’s, own globe lamp shade creation (below)! She added a beaded fringe and used an antique lamp base. Beautiful.

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There are countless ways to incorporate maps and globes into interior design and décor. From world travels or thrift store finds, global design elements emphasize adventure and an enthusiasm for life. I encourage you to share your love of travel and your favorite destinations in your own home’s décor.

La Belleza de los Olivos – The Beauty of Olive Trees

One of my favorite places in all the world is Mission San Jose, California. I grew up running around its landscape populated by sun-drenched olive trees and habit-wearing Dominican nuns. My aunt, who was a nun for 76 years, lived at the Dominican Sisters Convent which is located directly behind the Mission. Nestled at the base of Fremont’s rolling hills, the landscape encompasses beautiful olive groves. This is where I fell in love with olive trees!

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

The Bell Tower of Mission San Jose, CA

Olive trees have a simple elegance. Their delicate leaves and their hardy fruit combine soft beauty with vibrant rich life. Some of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works included olive trees. Art historians believe that Van Gogh viewed the olive tree as something sacred. This perspective was eluded to in a letter he wrote to his brother saying, “The rustle of the olive grove has something very secret in it, and immensely old. It is too beautiful for us to dare to paint it or to be able to imagine it.”

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 - Van Gogh

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, 1889 – Van Gogh

The beauty of olive trees can be especially appreciated during the frigid months of winter. A simple potted olive tree inside can be a beautiful way to counter the chilly wintry landscape outside.

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A tall potted olive plant is a beautiful addition to any interior. Placed beside a console table as lifeasarts.BlogSpot.com does (above), it adds a touch of serenity.

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 It can also introduce tranquility in our otherwise hectic lives as lookslikewhite features above.

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From Prove di Casa (above), delicate olive plants add a “vita in cucina” (life in the kitchen) subtly pointing to the source of our sustenance.

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I love the simple touch of life that olive trees add. Here are some of my favorite interiors (above and below) that depict “la belleza de los olivos” – the beauty of olive trees.

From inspirewetrust.com

From inspirewetrust.com

From homebeautiful.com/au

From homebeautiful.com/au

 

From lookslikewhite.com

From lookslikewhite.com

 

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

Featured on akindoflove.blogspot.com

 

From Ballard Designs

From Ballard Designs

From Pottery Barn

From Pottery Barn

From heltenkelt.elsasentoourage.se

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From akindoflove.blogspot.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

From aboutgarden.wordpress.com

Whether placed in a terra cotta planter or an industrial-looking pale, there’s no denying the simple and natural beauty that an olive tree can add to any interior. I hope you have been inspired to display things that you love and incorporate them in your own interiors. And I hope you’ve enjoyed my appreciation for la belleza de los olivos – the beauty of olive trees!

XO XO XO! Valentine’s Wreath

From styeroom.se

From styeroom.se

I saw this unconventional yet very cute Valentine’s Day wreath on styleroom.se (a Swedish Pinterest-like scrapbook site). What an adorable idea to feature the “XO” (kisses and hugs) expression instead of the expected heart. I loved it so much, I just had to knock-it-off! Mine was a little different. I began with a plain grapevine wreath and a plain grapevine bushel to use as the base. I bought separate flowers – pink and purple.

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I trimmed the flowers taking the bare stems off.

IMG_2371I shaped the plain grapevine bushel into an “X” shape and wired them together.

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Using the same wire, I attached the flowers to the grapevine. I put all the purple on the “X” and all the pink on the “O”. I then wired the two pieces together allowing about 2 inches of space between them. I topped it all off with a long vibrant white bow.

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I love my beautiful and unique “XO XO XO” Valentine wreath.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my knock-off! I hope it inspires you to create something wonderful. Have a very happy and creative Valentine’s Day!