from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood

As a longtime fan of textile designer and artist Rebecca Atwood, today I am more than pleased to share this glimpse into her working process and sketchbooks. During one of her afternoon sketchbook sessions, Rebecca snapped these photos to give us a peek. Rather than muddling up her intent, I’d rather let Rebecca speak for her own work:

“I like to work on several sketchbooks at once as I work with watercolor and gouache and don’t like to wait for pages to dry.  I find this keeps me moving quickly and just getting down loose ideas.  I try not to think too much about what I do in my sketchbook – it’s a place to play and not worry if it doesn’t turn into something I actually love.  It’s a good place for me to test out ideas, colors, motifs, etc. ”

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
“A lot of the time I paint similar motifs or versions of the same idea as I warm up.  Then I always try to do something that’s a little different, too, of course.  For me keeping sketchbooks is a really important part of my process.  I often return to them well after I did the work to remember ideas and concepts I had. Sometimes something I put in there doesn’t really resonate with me, but months later there’s a connection.”

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
As a designer myself, I can totally identify with Rebecca’s process. I think that often times creatives like us tend to hoard because you just never know what can become inspiration. And, now that I have seen how this method works for Rebecca, I am extra keen on turning to my sketchbook every day, just to see what happens. Thanks for all the of inspiration, Rebecca!

from the sketchbook of Rebecca Atwood
photos by Rebecca Atwood

greeting cards from Vitae

I turn to Pinterest a lot when it’s time to get inspired… or if I’m trying to avoid unpacking my apartment. Lately I’ve noticed tons of pattern inspiration floating around. It’s almost like we’re subconsciously ready to leave behind the solid, all-dark uniform of winter and escape into a world of whimsical patterns and bold color. There are so many great examples of this on Pinterest these days — here are a few of my favorites. (top image: greeting card from Vitae)

print mixing
Print mixing is such an artform… but this image really speaks to me. There’s something about the prints being bold, but simple. Also, it helps that they are both grounded in white and roughly the same scale. What do you think about this look? (via Fashion Gone Rogue)

new textiles from elephant landing
I’m already a big fan of Elephant Landing, so it’s exciting to see the evolution of their textiles with this new collection. I might not be able to eat pineapple thanks to an allergy, but I’d certainly grace my table with this runner! (Head to The City Sage to see more of this collection.)

dots all overTalk about dots all over! I absolutely LOVE this image. (from Interview Russia)

home decor trend // the night sky //

While I was in Maryland last week, I was reminded of the magic of the night sky. Living in a city definitely has its perks, but I miss being able to glance up and find the constellations. It was just such a pleasant surprise to be under a blanket of white dots. Also, did anyone else make up their own constellations as a kid?

Now that I’m back in Philly, I’ve noticed that the night sky is popping up all over as a home decor trend. Often grounded in rich navy blue, celestial artwork is gracing the surface of textiles, ceramics, and even coasters. Here are some of my top picks for bringing the night sky into your own home.

home decor trend // the night sky // home decor trend // the night sky //
Bring this home decor trend into your kitchen or even your office with this Imaginary Constellations mug by Cutiepie Co on Society 6. Or star-gaze during your evening shower with this constellation map shower curtain from Urban Outfitters.

home decor trend // the night sky // home decor trend // the night sky //
Etsy artists are getting in on the action of this trend, too. Protect your coffee table and have a conversation starter at your next party with these hand-made Zodiac coasters by Natura Obscura Art. Or store your trinkets in this sweet little ceramic bowl by The Clever Little Fox. Vintage scientific charts have always been a favorite of mine, so I’m especially lusting after this one from Gritty City Goods (at the top).

home decor trend // the night sky // home decor trend // the night sky //
Lastly, bring the night sky into your textiles with these sky map napkins from Anthropologie and this star sign pillow from Free People.

scarf by Inks and Threads, plus a code for 15% off //

I don’t really feel totally dressed until I’ve accessorized my look with a scarf. There’s something about having a touch of print close to my face that makes me feel fancy. Inks and Threads is one of my most favorite place to shop for scarves. Owned and operated by Maggie Pate, each piece is a true work of art and utter silky perfection. Each scarf starts out with watercolored artwork, with some being painted by Maggie and others by friends and artists.

Plus, exciting news: Inks and Threads is offering 15% off to all Jojotastic readers through December 15th. Use code ‘LETITSNOW’ at the check out. Head to Etsy to shop more!

scarf by Inks and Threads, plus a code for 15% off //
scarf by Inks and Threads, plus a code for 15% off //
scarf by Inks and Threads, plus a code for 15% off //
images from Inks and Threads. found via Let It Be.

autumn leaves table linens for Thanksgiving

Speaking of Thanksgiving… table linens play a key role in your spread. Think of linens as a foundation for any and all decor decisions you make. This year, I especially love the autumn leaves printed table linens from design.christonium. Made of 100% heavyweight linen, this print is available in tablecloths, table runners, napkins, towels, coasters and a throw pillow. These pieces are sophisticated, yet simple enough to use day-to-day, or layer on gold pieces for a more luxe dinner party look. Another idea — the coasters and kitchen towels make great hostess gifts!

autumn leaves table linens for Thanksgiving
autumn leaves table linens for Thanksgiving

images via design.christonium

the zip pouch from Rebecca Atwood

I am such a huge fan of Rebecca Atwood. If there is someone who gets how to balance simplicity and elegance, it’s Rebecca. Her latest collection includes 3 zipper pouches made of shibori dyed fabrics and screen-printed designs mixed with metallic linen. Each piece is totally hand-made and one-of-a-kind, making these zippered pouches a great add-on to complete any holiday party outfit.

the zip pouch from Rebecca Atwood

So which one did I splurge on? This black and white spotted beauty. The back is made of black and gold metallic linen. I can see this lovely clutch lasting me through the holiday season and into spring.
the zip pouch from Rebecca Atwood
PS – for readers in DC and New York, Rebecca is doing two pop-up shops:

  • NYC – Remodelista Pop-up: November 21-23 at the Park Avenue Garage.
    Pre-Opening Shopping Party: Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm-8 pm; RSVP to Location: Park Avenue Garage Sale, Fourth Floor, 10 West 56th Street, New York, NY
  • Washington, DC – Thread at Union Market: November 29th – Sunday December 1st. Location: Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20002

Images via Rebecca Atwood

enter to win these pieces from Jenny Pennywood!

Last year I had the pleasure of meeting the incredible Jen Garrido, the tour de force behind Jenny Pennywood. You wanna talk about endless energy and inspiration? She’s got it. So today we’re super lucky because we’re giving away some of her beautiful pieces — a dashes and moon tea towel and a set of 3 notebooks! The tea towel is screenprinted in good ole San Francisco using water-based inks and are sure to brighten up your kitchen. The notebooks are perfect for any desktop, too. I love how the pages are brightly colored.

For 4 chances to enter, simply…

  • visit Jenny Pennywood and leave a comment saying what your favorite piece.
  • follow Jojotastic on Twitter and leave a comment here saying you did.
  • like Jojotastic on Facebook and leave a comment here saying you did.
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One winner will be chosen at random by Friday November 6, 2013 at 10:30 am EST. Open to US and Canadian residents only. Winner will receive one tea towel and 3 notebooks. Retail value is $48. Good luck!

photos by Jojotastic.

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