painterly mood + desktop calendar note

good morning! i’m blogging from beautiful portland, oregon today and the jet-lag has me up bright and early. i can smell the stumptown brewing below our hotel a room so before i crawl down for some coffee i thought i’d start off the morning with something i’ve been feeling a lot lately: painterly designs.

when i was in my college printmaking i always admired people who were able to pull off a look conveyed movement. especially with watercolors- that was impossible for me to do (my own artistic style is far more rigid and geometric) and i was always envious of people who had a style that felt fluid. as i’ve gotten older i’ve found myself drawn more and more to this style, especially when the pieces themselves feel like paintings. anthropologie’s fall catalog came in the mail this weekend and these pieces were right on target for that painterly look i’m loving. the chair especially is calling my name, but perhaps the knobs would be a more affordable way to re-create the look on a small scale. either way, today something colorful and fluid seems inspiring….

*ps: i’ll be tweeting throughout the day this week about what we see during our trip to portland. i’ll be posting like normal here, but if you want to catch a more real-time look at what’s inspiring in portland, you can follow the feed here. also, if you’re in town come join us tomorrow night for a meetup!

*pps: there will be a d*s desktop calendar for august but we hit a slight delay and it won’t be ready until mid-week. but i promise i’ll get it up and downloadable asap!

[image above, clockwise from top left: blazing poppies wallpaper $148, zinnia plate $12, soren chair in painter’s palette $1598, streets of paris pillow $88, firework florals journal $14, tiny composition knob $12]

  1. Jess says:

    So nice to have some colour on these chilly “summer” days in London! Sure has brightened up my day – thanks!

  2. Alison Cole says:

    Hi Grace,

    I live in Portland (but I’m out of town for the week.) If you find yourself in SE part of town you must visit Clawhammer + Clothespin. It just opened up at SE Division & 36th.

    Love your blog. Enjoy Portland!

  3. a perfect, romantic splash of color for an otherwise gray day in san francisco. the blazing poppies wallpaper is an absolute dream – with a lucite writing desk and chair – it would be an incredible office!
    wishing you a wonderful northwest adventure, grace!
    sylvie of silver lining

  4. Alexandra says:

    Oh, and Fishes Eddy has plates right now that are ‘artists palattes’ – they would fit perfectly in this round up!

  5. Emily says:

    Check out Frances May, The English Dept for to-die-for clothing and Hopworks for some yummy NW beer!

    I fell in love with many of these pieces at Anthro recently; perfect for combating the grey Portland skies!

  6. thanks! I’ve become addicted to the desktop calendars! :)

  7. Hope you enjoy your visit to my city :). Delicious beer, coffee and food abound, along with pretty things to look at. Can’t wait to read your take on Portland!

  8. Eva says:

    I would love to have a dress out of that chairs fabric

  9. Leigha says:

    Welcome to Portland. If you get a craving for sangria and salsa, you have to check out Por Que No at 4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd:

    The ambiance, food, and sangria are all delicious.

    Looking forward to tonight!

  10. Heather says:

    Flowers, flowers, flowers…. Love, love, love!

  11. Emilia says:

    Can’t wait for the calendar!


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