Sunday, October 31, 2010

Keep Calm and Carry On

I guess most of you have seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster anywhere (or should I say everywhere?). In case you're wondering about where it came from, let me share the story with you.

This poster is part of a 3 poster series made by the Ministry of Information in 1939, in the early beginings of WWII. 

 War had just been declared, so the British government comissioned some posters to the MOI especially made to uplift the people's spirit. They were meant to have a bold background color, a simple yet effective tipography, the symbol of the King's crown, and short messages.

The other two were printed, distributed and placed in public spaces such as bus stops and stores. However, the "Keep Calm" sign was only meant to be used in case Germany invaded the Great Britain. Since it never happened, the posters were destroyed, and were never used

The poster would have remained unknown forever, but in 2000 Barter Books  second-hand bookstore discovered the poster in one of its books, and decided to print copies of it for its clients.

Since a long time had passed, there were no more copyright issues, and prints have been made by people all over the world.

It's funny how, decades later, the message is still meaningful to people. I find it very inspirin and full of wisdom.

The one with the British flag is my favorite.

There are infinite options.

It is so popular, you can find all kinds of thing with the print. 

As well as all kinds of parodies. I find this one cute.

I even found this page where you can design your own "Keep Calm" poster.
I had fun doing this:


You can even order T-shirts, posters or mugs with your design.


After so many images, I remembered I need to make one for home.
So simple and cute.


By the way, I haven't forgotten about our little trivia from last post.

I asked you to figure out which was the Main Bedroom out of these two:
Option 1

Option 2

Ready for the answer? It's option number 1! 

The red room is the guest room.
How cool is that?
I want to be their guest!

images via:
1. kingdom of style
2. barter books
3. uber london
4. baby bites
5. le creazioni
6. decorpad
7. apartment therapy
8. tch
9. manolo home 
10. audrey's design blog
11. jratlee
12. keep calm-o-matic 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cool House Plus a Little Trivia

When I stumbled upon Jordan and Landon's, I knew I had to share it. I love the cool tones they used on their walls, the modern and yet relaxed decoration, and of course, the use of mirrors everywhere

Without further ado, here it is:

Hmmmm, there are soooo many ideas I'd like to steal for my house. And I want their office. At least I've got the sewing machine for starters. ;) 

And now, a little trivia for you people:

Which is the master bedroom?
The white one, or the red one?
images via

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


You won't believe what I bought this last Friday, as I stumbled upon a garage sale close to my daughter's school.
  Pretty fabric ribbons for a dollar all three of them.
The pink one is velvet, and it has little flower details.
I know they'll come handy soon. =)
 Oooh, and check out the cool opener, for 40 cents!
I loved it, especially since owls have come such a comeback everywhere.
However, my best buy (and this is no ad, lol) is this:
Have you figured it out?

It's an old Singer!

With its little drawers to put away buttons and stuff. 
And gorgeous vintage details.
40 bucks.
Best thing is it works!
We are so thrilled!!!!!!!

You must know my daughter LOVES sewing, and she was wanted a machine forever. We've bought her toy machines, but she's been so out of luck, none of them has worked. Well, now her luck has changed, since this is hers. She's really happy!

 And of course, she's already done her exercises. In fact, she has used it every single day. And it is tricky, for you have to move your feet back and forward in the pedal. I still can't make this move, but she has! 
As much as I'm also wishing to learn how to use it, I'm more interested in the possiblities. I'm thinking of painting the little desk white, you know, going for a French look.
Isn't she gorgeous?
At least she knows how to strike a pose for the camera.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Celebrate Pink!

October is the International Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we join the pink celebration of life by sharing with you beautiful pink spaces.

From high doses to subtle hints, pink is definitely an option, even in so-called masculine spaces. Of course it's girly, but you can also get balance from other elements or colors. Pink's got a huge range of tones, so you can personalize it to your own taste beautifully. I personally like the subtle pink chimney with the owl on the mantle... I love the way it combines with gold, gray and whitle... sublime! 
Now back to awareness. Remember early detection in in our own hands. Take care, and take care of the women around you!

More info here.
1, 5, y 10 : elle decor
2 y 6: house to home
3 y 9: ideal home
4: Martha Stewart
7: lonny mag

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cool, Tiny Kitchen

I LOVE happy places, and this is one of them: a tiny kitchen that can even acomodate two people for lunch. Pick a bright color, like this turquoise, if you'd like to spruce up your room. Everything looks so neat and in order, thanks to the white shelves. I'm especially fond of the spice garden by the window.


imagen: wohn idee

Friday, October 15, 2010

Living rooms - Coffee Table Options

A huge trend in home design is to use multiple tables or stools instead of the traditional, large coffee table. I find it quite interesting, since the result is visually atractive and light, plus it gives you the flexibility to move furniture around easily and according to your needs. I love it! Only wish I could find stools here.


By the way, I would like to thank you for your support regarding my paintings and my new webpage. You have no idea how much this means to me. Wish me luck in this new adventure I'm taking. =)

1, 5 y 7: elle decor
2 y 6: lonny mag
3: house to home
4: marie claire maison
8: coastal living