Etsy Monday: Matou En Peluche. And Blogger Issues.

Let's start with blogger issues.  Because I've been so rubbish as of late, I want to just get that out-of-the-way and we can all carry on.  I've not been writing much at all recently.  And I feel like I'm in this flood of bloggers recently who are all going through the same thing...creative block.  I love writing.  I love writing Thrill of the Chaise.  I love writing for you and for myself.  But sometimes, it just doesn't flow like it should.  So instead of giving you a bunch of  half-assed posts, I felt maybe it was best to just take a step back for a moment and regroup.  Have I properly done that yet?  Not really.  But I'm getting there.  Life gets in the way sometimes and your focus is pulled other places.

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I don't know if I have properly explained to you lovely people that I am back in the big kid work force with a full-time permanent position.  And it's writing.  A lot of writing.  So I think it's a combination of being a bit creatively exhausted when I get home and not being as used to writing in my own voice anymore.  The point is, I'm going to make an effort to change.  I miss you lot.  And I miss sharing all the things with you.  So I will be a rock star at work.  I will be a rock star for Thrill of the Chaise.  And I will get enough sleep (maybe).  Let's move on, shall we?

So Etsy Bloody Monday, eh?  How I have missed thee!  So let's jump right in.  With the delightfully darling Matou En Peluche.  As I continue to settle in my new apartment (which is coming along swimmingly, although not as quickly as I would like, which is 'all at once'), my focus remains quite steadily on decor.  I have a list of things I am really 'into', which are all a bit bizarre but, hey, we all have our things:

  • Sea urchins
  • Solving almost every problem with 'just spray paint it gold'
  • Agate
  • Skulls (oldie but a goodie)
  • and MERMAIDS

Some of these things are new fascinations.  But a couple are old faithfuls.  And, in fact, mermaids are something that I have quietly coveted since college.  BACK STORY ALERT.  I went to a small liberal arts school that had a mascot.  It was the devil.  Which I love.  But we had a bit of an unofficial (and historic) mascot who is the one who really struck my fancy.  Way at the top of our school's first building, Old West, was a beautiful mermaid looking over all of us, being adorable and majestic all that once.  Every now and then, I would be given a thoughtful mermaid token and now I have a bit of a collection that I adore.

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When I came across Samantha's work at Matou En Peluche, I was struck by her style that seemed to mix both Art Deco and Asian influences and created a depth to something seemingly straight-forward at first.  There are elements of fashion illustration, mixed with vintage story telling and a healthy dose of childlike wonder that comes out of each image.

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And then I saw the MERMAIDS.  I mean, come on.  How gorgeous!

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Check out all of the stunning artwork at Matou En Peluche here.  And make sure to stop by Samantha's blog here!  See where the creative genius is coming from...

(Images c/o Pinterest, Dickinson College and Matou En Peluche)

Etsy Monday: Rabbit & The Duck.

As the school year begins for many, my jealousy of being able to go on a full-on school supplies spree ranks pretty damn high.  It may not be that I am nerding out over finding the perfect 5-subject notebook that will keep me super organized (for the first week...we all know it's downhill from there) but maybe just a reminder of how much I love friggin' cute stationary and such.  In a world full of IKEA hacks and creating a special personal touch, there is something to be said about getting your adult-shaped craft on.  And no one knows this better (and helps us all find our way) than Shannon from the ADORABLE Rabbit & The Duck.  I mean, her shop's motto is 'create a lovely life'.  Thank you, don't mind if I do.

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Rabbit & The Duck takes the cute and makes it cuter.  Like, impossibly cute.  Like, 'I'm sorry but could you get cuter if you tried?' 'No, I could not'.  The shop is filled with a little bit of home decor...a little bit of fashion...and a whole lot of things to help you get creative and make basically the best care packages/favors/whatever you want the best ever.  Especially washi tape, the most badass member of the masking tape family.  I MEAN LOOK AT THE AIRMAIL KIT BELOW AND TELL ME YOUR BRAIN DIDN'T COMPLETELY MELT WITH JOY AND THE DESIRE TO HAVE A NOTE LIKE THAT ARRIVE AT YOUR DOOR.  I would also like to discuss with Shannon how she might be able to sneak in to my apartment while I am at work and make my bed look like the one below.  Just. So. Cute.

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For the next week, Thrill of the Chaise readers will be able to enjoy an amazing 20% off their purchases at Rabbit & The Duck!  Just use the discount code 'THRILL20' when you check out. Maybe stock up on washi tape.  I want to washi tape everything.  Seriously.  World, look out.

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(All images c/o Rabbit & The Duck)

Etsy Monday: More Than Porcelain.

Don't we all want to be 'reloved'?  Well, Berlin-born and Athens-based Monika from More Than Porcelain does just that.  She takes vintage (and sometimes new) pottery and creates something new and unique.  From sweet and delicate, she uses her love of surrealism, Victorian art and graffiti to give these pieces a personality ten times larger than it could have been before.  With Monika's help, her items begin to tell stories all their own.

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So I know that I very recently wrote about how I have to stop collecting skull artifacts but, dammit, what choice do I have now?!  It helps that Monika's interests are the same as mine (Victorian faces, skulls, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Hitchcock) but how these details give already beautiful artifacts such life in such an unexpected way is imperfect perfection.  I want an entire wall in my apartment dedicated to these plates.  And a whole cupboard dedicated to these teacups.  Oh, and also, I want to throw tea parties on the regular.

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Want some of this beauty for your very own?  Thrill of the Chaise readers can get 15% off their orders on Etsy with the code '15OFF'!  Go buy great things!  You can check out everything from at More Than Porcelain here and check out an amazing interview with Monika here.

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(All images c/o More Than Porcelain)

Fornasetti Architettura Candles. Expensively Obsessed.

I am the kind of person that really wants to be into candles.  Like 'oh, that Kate always has the most beautiful candles, her place always smells like expensive taste'.  That's what I want.  Except, like with most things that I decide would be fun to be really into, I tend to completely forget that I want to be into these things until I see it in all its beauty somewhere like Pinterest.  Which is exactly what happened with my candle situation.

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I saw this collection of Fornasetti Architettura candles and complimented them on their beauty out loud while looking at them on a screen.  'You're great...so pretty'.  Their response was to direct me to the Barney's website and say 'well, crap, you're expensive'.  But it doesn't matter.  Doesn't make me love them any less.  May put a damper on collecting all six of these bad boys but I can appreciate from a distance.  I don't even know which one I like the most.  Owls? Smoochers? Moon?

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Are you a candle person?  Can you teach me the ways?  I think I may be serious about it this time...maybe.

(All images c/o Barney's)

Rockett To My Heart.

I stumbled across Rockett St. George a couple of years ago when I was probably avoiding doing actual work at my job.  It all started with me seeing a bulldog shaped lamp and it didn't take long for me to fall head over heels for the entire store.  It has all the unusual home decor items you could ask for, at quite reasonable prices, and there is something for everyone.  So I wanted to share some of my favorite this for THIS everyone  :)

It could take a person days to properly look at all they offer at Rockett St. George.  But as far as I am concerned...it would be time well spent.

(All images c/o Rockett St. George)

To The Fair We Go.

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you may know that a couple weeks ago my little hometown played host, as it does every year, to the Bridgewater Country Fair.  It has been an institution in my town for as long as I can remember and beyond, when the town comes together to volunteer for three days over a weekend in August, raising money for our volunteer fire department.

There is something I love about the colors and the lights and the fonts (yes, I said 'fonts') that are part of the anatomy of a fair/carnival/circus.  Oh, and I'm seriously obsessed with cotton candy.  It is my home decor dream to have some kind of light fixture that looks as though it was taken straight out of an old time carnival.  And thanks to Etsy, that dream may very easily become a reality.

Some of my vices.

I am a little bit in love with Jonathan Adler.  If I had a home (and money), I would fill the place with his designs.  They are kooky, sometimes a bit weird but always adorable.  I saw these canisters a while back and am completely obsessed with them.  Problem is, aside from having nowhere to put them or money to spend on them, you can't choose just one! Do you have a favorite?

Other gifts from Mr. Adler which I would be more than happy to accept include: Also, I got completely pre-occupied by these pillows and then they seem to have disappeared but you ARE able to custom make your own needlepoint pillows so if any of you would be so kind... Hugs & drugs, people.  Hugs & drugs.

Because I love England.

I find it delightfully kitschy and super personal when home decor can have moments of showcasing where you live (or where you have lived) in quirky ways.  At the moment, London is my home and I love the UK dearly, so I believe an homage is much due  :)  (Though this is just a very small sample...I am sure I will do a 'continued' post of items soon!)

But I also couldn't resist this necklace...so sweet.  (And please support this artist!  She deserves it...read here.)