Yesterday on The Bright Side Project we featured Janice Rusnak of Papier Valise. For those of you who are crafty, she needs no introduction. She is the go-to shop for the little bips and bobs you need to complete your latest artistic endeavor. She’s the craftista’s dealer, if you will.
I used to be crafty. Creative, even. In fact, in school there were two subjects at which I excelled–reading/writing and art. Writing the Papier Valise feature reminded me of that, and how little crafting I do these days. I’ve kind of become a one trick pony–if you consider staying up until 1am reading a trick a pony would do.
I’ve made up my mind to change all that. Less reading, more action. To that end, I’m going to start working on projects around the house a bit more. I’ve already tackled one project, my kitchen back splash, which resulted in THE RED SHARPIE OF DEATH. At first I hated it because every time I walked into the kitchen I thought SHARPIE!! But since I was able to clean the furniture, I’m backing to thinking it looks pretty good. I mean, Design*Sponge isn’t blowing up my inbox, but it doesn’t look like a bachelor pad, either.
This is where you come in. Who are you reading now for design tips? I have all the major players in my reader, and now I want some of the new kids on the block I may have missed during the decorating hiatus I took this last year. Things I like: before and afters, real homes, reasonable budgets, and a healthy mix of modern and traditional. Every other week I like a different style (no surprise that I am all over the map) but I consistently enjoy Jennifer and Wes at The Newlywed Diaries. Jennifer always features a nice mix of modern and traditional that doesn’t seem so damn trendy (Hello, cow hides, antlers, owls, shell rockers, quirky pillows, and ironic posters). My favorite post hands down is Right Amount of Black, mainly because I am injecting more and more black in my home and love that Martha and I both have cream cabinets and soapstone counters in our kitchen.
So tell me who you are reading, because I need to immerse myself in creative people, get thoroughly intimidated, and then decide to do nothing because it won’t measure up to my insane need to do things perfect on the first try.
But, really, I do want to hear about your favorites.