Summer Interiors, Colors, Accents & More....

You don't have to have a beach house to create a summer interior. By painting, adding  accent pillows, accessories like lamps, artwork, fruit all in the colors that create the feeling of warmth & summer. Having a white back drop makes the colors really pop. A monochromatic color scheme create a unified look.



  Chartreuse   Pistachio 

Adding natural materials softens any color as well as adds texture, i.e. straw, weaved baskets, shells, starfish, etc...

orange   MELLON   tangerine

aqua blue Turquoise robins egg

design by Georgia Carlee

Wycinanki, The Art of Polish Papercutting

My daughter was researching Poland for Heritage Day in school, so I was looking for any items my family might have from Poland for her to bring to school.  My dad recently gave this to me, it was my grandmother’s and I wasn’t sure who made it or what it was.
After doing some research I learned that this is a Polish version art form of paper cutting, called Wycinanki, pronounced (vee-chee-nan-kee).  I learned my uncle bought this for my grandmother while traveling to Krak√≥w, Poland in the 1970's.
Wycinanki is hand cut colored paper, often folded in half to get a mirror image, like the one I have below.
my grandmother's wycinanki

Wycinanki originally started in the country side of Poland from shepherds cutting designs out of leather and tree bark with their sheer cutters. Colorful paper Wycinanki dates back to the mid-1800’s used to decorate the inside of the country cottages, on the roof beams, in windows and often given as gifts.
The most popular subject matter are symmetrical birds, roosters, flowers and star medallions.
In some towns and villages competitions evolved to create the most beautiful Wycinanki. Traditionally done for relaxation in rural Poland, the techniques were passed down through generations, with new themes and ideas developing as the paper cuttings became more detailed and intricate.
Below are some other Wycinanki art works I found:

Furniture from Recycled Materials

 Inspired by traditional Polish dowry chests.  Hand woven using colourful recycled magazines and papers, the Pleciuga chest is lined in removable red fabric and finished in strong matt varnish. Designer: Katarzyna Herman-Janiec


Classic looking 50's style couch made from a refridgerator and leather car seats = Fridgecouch

Inspired by the solar system, these global pendant light fixture shades are made 100% recycled carboard

New York City-based furniture designer Chris Rucker creates new pieces from picking up curbside trash

Recycled Surface Chair, made from reclaimed wood found in a warehouse
design: Nicola Santini (Avatar Architettura)