Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How To Train Your Dragon Week

I had a blast watching How To Train Your Dragon with my son.  If you haven't seen it you're missing out.  I want to go back and see it 3D.  I want to congratulate all the talented artists who worked on this film. Last November I got to tour  DreamWorks thanks to Gabriele. What a beautiful place they have there in Glendale. I felt like I was in a wonderful Mediterranean town.  While I was there, I was able to see apart of How To Train Your Dragon. From what I saw back then, I could tell that it was going to be a great film. I was also able to meet a lot of the artists that worked on the film.  The artwork that I saw was amazing.  They could have filled up multiple art books with the stuff that I saw.  I was able to see a lot of the design stages for many of the characters. I also saw some artwork on the walls from some of their upcoming projects which I sadly can't talk about.  I was in heaven!  What a wonderful experience.

Anyway...  I can honestly tell you that How To Train Your Dragon is one of the top animated movies I have seen. I hope everyone gets a chance to see it.  The story, animation, and artwork are fantastic.  I wish they could sell it on Blu-ray as soon as you come out of the theaters. I would have bought it right then.

To help celebrate such a awesome movie, DreamWorks has allowed me to show you some of the artwork that I saw there. So for the rest of the week I will be posting some of the artwork that is not in the art of book. Make sure you do yourself a favor and go see the movie.  Come back here tommorow to see some amazing art.

subtle + subdued {seaside}

Beach themed interiors can very easily be over the top. I definitley prefer a more subtle and neutral nod to this motif and these bedrooms accomplish that perfectly.

The sandy inspired colors, well used shell adornment and driftwood touches create a serene seaside retreat.

(images via veranda)

Decorative Wire Fencing

Dutch designers of Demakersvan started this idea as a design thesis project but it has since started to go into mass-production for commercial and home use due to popular appeal.

Combining the delicate decorative appeal of lace and the polar-opposite aesthetic of rugged wire fencing, these works of bent steel are like functional and appealing versions of boring large-scale metal artwork you see at office buildings.


Butch Bakery: Manly Cupcakes!!!

"Our objective is simple. We're men. Men who like cupcakes. not the frilly pink-frosted sprinkles-and-unicorsn- kind of cupcakes. We make manly cupcakes. For manly men."

Hilarious! Check it out.


Evian: We Are All Babies Inside


Dear Adobe

Dear Adobe, Please give PhotoShop a GLYPHS Palette. By ILoveTypography.


Why don't you?

Why don't you refashion your chipped or broken china as beautiful desktop accessories? Here I'm using a chipped Wedgwood jasperware creamer to hold paperclips on my desk at work.
Waste not, want not; Definitely cheers up my day!

My Kikkerland Store Sandbox

I love this shop! It has a museumish design feel to it and their products are fun, colorful, and affordable. If you have not checked Kikkerland yet, go have a look, it's worth it... Click here

Here are a few items that I really like from the Kikkerland product line...

Clockwise (from top to bottom) : Mobile Phone Holder - comes in black, lime green, orange, pinkm red, blue and white - $7; Charging Station - Hide messy phone, media players and camera cords, $27; Magnetic Kitchen Timer - comes in black, blue, silver and yellow, $13; Flowers Felt Placemat (gorgeous!!!!), $6; Shower Curtain Police Line, $20.

A Belgian Farmhouse Remodeling

Came accross these wonderful photos of an old farmhouse in Belgium remodeled by its new owners... I love how they kept the authenticity of the old farm features (brick walls, wood ceiling structure), yet the result gives a very modern feel to the whole interior. Enjoy!

via : My Scandinavian Retreat

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Lately Adelaide and I have been the happiest when we head out into the city for day-long adventures. We take the bus downtown and will spend all day wandering the seawall, having lunch together at favourite yummy spots, perhaps pausing for our favourite hot chocolate, hitting a few shops or bookstores or the Aquarium. Many times we will visit our friends Tristan and Isolde at Lost Lagoon and the amazing Blue Heron nesting site. And often on our days out we will stop by a business-end flower vender for 3 bunches of tulips for $5.

The only problem is that, with dozens of amazing and wonderful colours to choose from, Adelaide will only ever let me buy pink tulips. Pink! PINK! PIIINK! She will moan and I really don't have a choice but the pink... some fights just aren't worth fighting.

Pink. I always thought that - maybe - my little girl may be one who adores another hue. I've surrounded her with, encouraged, and shown her a whole world of colours, but she will pick pink most every time. Perhaps this will change some day, but for now, my Adelaide is just one more little girl who loves pink.

tolix + topiaries

While I am on the subject, this space made me realize that there are two requirements that must be featured in my dream casual dining room--tolix chairs and tiny topiaries! And I also wouldn't mind a wall of charming cubbies filled with heavy glassware.

(via vt wonen)
Do you have "must have" accessories for any room in your house. If so, what are they?


Cool and beautiful swing for adults and children
Design: Veronica Martinez

waiting for the sun

A typical day, when we are at home with the sky full of rain and grey outside. Often these days move at a snail's pace, and I try to keep us busy with proven good time killers: long bubble baths, lots of activity books, toddler-paced (slow) walks through the wet around our block. The cooking of dinner from scratch. All the while trying to keep things tidy so that we don't go mad in our own clutter.

It feels like almost all the days are rainy and grey lately, and I am looking forward to the return of sunshine. And peeping into the windows of travel agents, scrutinizing the deals, and dreaming of the sun, adventure, and beautiful locales.

Antonio Santamaria Interview

Antonio Santamaria: Designer / Story Artist
Media: Adobe Photoshop and Wacom Cintiq.

Lisa Neimeth's Ceramic World

I just discovered this talented San Francisco based artist and absolutely die for her ceramic plates work... Somehow, food is more yummy when you eat it in a nice plate, and you also tend to eat more heathly food in nice dinnerware (I know, I'm weird!).

You can check her entire collection, and shop (!) right

via : Lisa Neimeth

Oversized Cup Planters

With this Giant Teacup anyone can feel a bit like Alice in Wonderland! The oversized teacups at Thorstenvanelten are perfect for those who like gardening and growing their own herbs with a touch of style.


My Sweet Flowerbomb

Viktor & Rolf celebrate their Flowerbomb perfume's 5th birthday with a cake from top chef and pastry chef of the hotel Meurice in Paris. The ingredients the chefs choose have the same taste as the notes of the perfume.


Crown: Splashing Liquid Glass Coasters

Crown glass coasters designed by ETRAK.
Crown shapes created with splashing water/milk.


Intervention Ware

Intervention Ware features a dinner plate and a salad plate designed to make you think twice about whether or not you truly need to indulge.

The text on the border reads:
Do you really need that second helping? It's hard to be around you when you eat like this. Please stop eating. We're worried about you. For the love of god stop eating.

Buy it here.