Victor & Rolf Fall/Winter 2016/2017

If ever there was a runway show to inspire upcycling — this is it.

Mark my words — that basketweave effect on the jeans will be a street style trend.

Apparently, Victor & Rolf created this “Dickensian vagabond vibe” by upcycling their previous collections. I don’t know about you, but I am inspired to create a rag rug dress. It would be the perfect thing to wear to an art opening. Minus the chimney sweeper hat.

Read the full runway review over on Vogue.com.

Emma Watson’s Met Gala Dress will inspire you.

Here is another reason to love Emma Watson. You should follow her on Instagram.

For the last few decades, if someone asked you, “Did you make your dress?” — it was not exactly a compliment. If your dress looked “homemade” then it was construed as not chic. It feels like the pendulum is swinging and we are in a time when wearing your sustainability on your sleeve is respected and admired.

This Friday, I feel lucky to be able to attend  TEDx PiscataquaRiver at 3S Artspace. I am most excited to see Maxine Bédat, the co-founder and CEO of Zady. Zady is a clothing and consumer goods e-commerce company that emphasizes ethical consumerism. Thinking about all this prompted me to scroll through the Zady Instagram page. I was struck by this quote below.

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Wouldn’t it be great if Portsmouth became the capital of sustainable style? Let’s start by supporting our local tailors.

THAT WOULD BE GREAT

 

5 Ideas I will steal from Remodelista

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This morning over coffee I looked through this Remodelista book. It is full of gorgeous ideas. Below are the 5 ideas I hope to steal from this book. The images below are not from this book. They are images I found on the internets. If you click on the image you will be taken to the source.

>> Dan Flavin Inspired Lighting

CCS Bard College , photos by chris kendall
CCS Bard College , photos by Chris Kendall

On page 73 of Remodelista is an example of using Dan Flavin inspired lighting in the angle where the ceiling meets the wall. It’s a high ceiling and the materials are raw. It works. Perhaps I could use this in the basement where I perform large messy craft projects. It is such a delightful surprise.


>> Trompe L’Oeil Runner

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The only set of stairs in my house are to the basement but they are a fabulous set of old homemade stairs. Many of the steps are worn and rounded from so many years of use. It would be fun to paint the whole thing pale gray and give it a trompe l’oeil runner in a pop color like this green. And why not add this spill landing as seen above? I know, right.


 

>> Store Cutlery in  Mason Jar
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I’ve actually seen this done in restaurants but I didn’t think to do this at home until I saw it in Remodelista. Now the cutlery is always on the dining room table where we need it.


 

>> Clipboards as Bulletin Boards

clipboards-on-wallThere is space just above our family desk to mount two clip boards, one for each of my boys. It would be a good place to hang important school forms.


 

>> Splatter Painted Floors

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I have yet to update my kitchen. We tore up the hideous linoleum because a dirty bare floor was an improvement. It could be a decade before we can update my kitchen so in the meantime I think I will splatter paint the floor. Remodelista has a nice post about New England splatter-painted floors.  

This book is a Portsmouth Public Library book. If you are a member, you can place a hold on it here. xo jam