As St. Patrick’s Day draws closer, shamrocks, shades of green and Celtic motifs proliferate in home décor. Though the style can often seem very seasonal, the holiday inspired us to discover new and different ways Celtic motifs are used in contemporary home design.
From the Studio: Celtic Carpets
This image from a radio rental store in Hamburg, Germany, has made the rounds as an inspiration
fueling the cult-love of Ghetto blasters.
Yesterday I discussed the retro electronics trend a bit, and over the next few posts, I’m going to discuss the works of artists who may be driving, or at least helping to facilitate, the trend.
Michael Johansson is a Swedish artist who uses thrifted dressers, file cabinets, office equipment, electronics, and other everyday items to fill a space, Tetris-style. I can’t stop staring at these installations; there’s so much detail and color packed into these perfectly fitted spaces, and the boxy 80’s office feel is in every installation. I’d do anything to have one of my doorways closed up this way! You can read the ideas behind Michael Johansson’s work right here.
Influences of the Retro Electro trend: Michael Johansson
I’ve noticed a growing popularity of a little trend this past year: retro electronics. Specifically, 80s/90s cassette tapes, video game motifs, clunky electronics, and neon lights are making their way to home décor. Today I’ll show you some of my favorite 80s inspired items and tomorrow, I’ll discuss the artists that may have jump-started the trend.
Source: flickr.com via Vecco Studio on Pinterest
- Aimee Wilder electronics wallpaper
- Be kind and Rewind print from Design Different
- Green Cassette pillow by Bluebutton Studio
- Multi-colored cassette pillow by Ayman Zedani
- Orange tape pillow by Dabones
- “Recolecting Koganecho” installation by Michael Johansson
- As Tune as Possible Bag
- Color Bars iPhone case
Stay tuned tomorrow as I feature two artists who have used retro electronics or electronic material to compose their work!
Emerging Trends: Retro Electronics
We’re just beginning 2013 and I’m already excited about the new home décor trends. Based on the home décor trends of last year, I have some predictions of last year’s trends that will continue to gain popularity and emerging trends that may gain ground in 2013. Stay with me this week as I present this year’s décor trends, and discuss the inspiration behind some of them. To start, these are the trends that were seen everywhere last year that I think will continue to be seen:
2013 Home Trends Here to Stay
When the New Year comes around it is easy to start looking back at the year you had and ahead to the year you would LIKE to have. Here at MCDC we gave the new year a tag line..."2013...it's ALL happening”.
While 2012 was “...making it happen” this year we are excited to keep up with all the hard work that was put into making the year a success! We wanted to share with all of you out top five New Year Resolutions for making your 2013 the best year yet!
Resolution #1: Keeping it Organized
Are you trying to run a small business, household, or simply managing to keep up with yourself? We found that lists are the BEST way to manage your time. Lists totally help us to keep track of all that the week ahead holds. Plus it allows us to let go of the stress that all those appointments and orders can have on the mind. By writing it all out we are able to make space in our brains for more creative thoughts!
We recommend finding the system that works best for you. Is it a calendar or note pad? Here are a few good ones:
Since we are floral designers it isn’t a surprise we adore Rifle Paper Co. new 2013 line of note pads and calendars. SO PRETTY! We are excited to start using ours!
Images via Rifle Paper Co.
Resolution #2: Keeping Fit
Image via Pinterest
Are you a yogi? A runner? Hiker? A gym enthusiast? Whatever it is you do to keep your body healthy we have a few ideas on how to KEEP it up in the new year!
Try a NEW class at the gym. Whenever we are feeling like just sitting at the desk and cranking out more work instead of going to the gym we try to add in something “new” to our routine. Maybe its trying the rock n’ roll ballet class or aerobic kick boxing...whatever it takes to make it more exciting! Sometime shaking it up does the trick.
Resolution #3: Keeping Inspired
Being both creative and business minded can be a blessing. It can also be very, very difficult. Sometimes when we want to create we are tired from handling all the business stuff (and vice versa). There are some tried and true tricks to get ourselves excited and inspired to get creative!
Check out what others are up to on your favorite blogs. Here are few of our...what are yours?
- Design Love Fest
- Oh Joy!
- The Palette (Obviously!)
- Mrs. Lilien
- The Chalkboard Mag
- LA in Bloom
- The Local Rose
Resolution #4: Keeping it Yummy + Good for you!
Clockwise from top: Edible Selby; In the Green Kitchen: Techniques to Learn by Heart; The Food52 Cookbook, Vol. 2; I Am Grateful, all via Amazon.com
Cooking can be a wonderful way to meditate and keep your body running in tip top shape. Here are a few of our favorite “good for you” cookbooks. You are bound to find plenty of healthy plates in these cookbooks!
Resolution #5: Keeping it Light
This resolution is often the hardest one to keep in this busy world we live in. Keeping it light mean not taking yourself too seriously. Being able to shrug off the things that are out of our control and go on with a positive outlook.
A few ways we Moon Canyon Ladies do that is with music, making time for friends and looking up at the stars. Look up when you feel down. Sing when you feel like you don’t have the right words to say. And lean on your buddies when you need to.
We hope you all have a wonderful New Year and hope its ALL HAPPENING for you in 2013!!
xo amy + kristen
New Years Resolutions: Top 5