Friday, 27 March 2009

Style Resolutions: Grace from Poetic Home

Today's style resolutions come from Grace at Poetic Home. Her blog is a relatively new discovery for me, but I love the recycled objects which she features. Did you know an old typewriter could be made into a lamp, or that you could make a chandelier from a vintage birdcage? Her finds are very inspiring, and definitely make you think outside the box.

Thanks for taking part, Grace!

Style resolutions: Grace from Poetic Home

What is your favourite recent design find/achievement?

A few months ago, my husband and I serendipitously found a vintage library card catalog, and I immediately brought it home. At first, it served as a buffet in my dining room, as the small compartments (when lined) are perfect for holding silverware. However, I really enjoy its most recent incarnation as a bookshelf, stationery organizer, and plant holder in one. Orchids actually make for a great plant for a card catalog, as they only need water once a week. I water the orchid in the sink and wait until all of the water has drained before putting it back into its leak-proof container and into the drawer.

There are two other spaces in my home that hold some of my favorite recent finds, including antique theater seats, as seen in this post.

Do you have any design/style ambitions you want to achieve by the end of the year?

I’m constantly trying to live the Wabi Sabi philosophy, and thus, I try to balance my love for aged beauty and vintage collections with the desire to live minimally. My husband is a minimalist, so I believe that it helps in balancing the aesthetic of our home. I constantly am reevaluating my home and editing out things that I do not absolutely love or do not truly need. I think this creates a serene space where everything is valued or needed, instead of simply “things” that take up space.

For the rest of 2009, I am actually in the process of moving across the Pacific to live on a tropical island, and I am being “green” (aka frugal) and not shipping most of our belongings via containers. While I plan to rebuild on the other side, my access to both vintage treasures and well-designed furniture will be quite limited. However, I am determined to be resourceful and repurpose all the items I can find to create an eclectic interior space that is not dominated by aloha floral prints and bamboo couches.

Which are your favourite style blog(s)?

I enjoy visiting many blogs for inspiration, and it’s hard to name just a few! I am truly inspired by maya*made for her ability to transform humble materials into beautiful works of art. A Field Journal is a beautiful experience each and every time I visit, Heart of Light inspires me aesthetically and gastronomically, and Fresh Vintage satisfies both my funny and vintage bones.


Anniki :) said...


I found your blog thanks to Times Online and fell in love :) Excited to read more and more new posts!


laurens.paint.palette said...

Clever, clever! This is so beautiful!

Grace said...

Thank you so much Lynne for asking me to participate in this lovely series!

Kotori said...

What a lovely blog - I love what she did with that card catalog... genius. I must go check it out now.

Rachel said...

I love Grace and it's so fun to see her over here! And how did I miss the fact that she is moving to a tropical island?!

Anonymous said...

Grace is just about the sweetest gal I've (n)ever met, and I love her style! That card catalogue is too cool...and she's moving to an island? How rad is that!?

thehomebound said...

Love Grace and her style. How fun to see her posted about here.

Pattie said...

I guess I better go check this out :D

Taconcubano said...

Love that cabinet!

You are my fave... said...

That card catalog is amazing. Lovely find.