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Shark and Olive is curated by a Portland-based creative, painter, and art enthusiast. Shark and Olive features finds that represent a never-ending celebration of art, architecture, design objects, and furniture.

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Black & White Forever

It is officially the end of October - which means it is that much closer to my favorite holiday: Halloween. In preparation here is a round-up of home goods that work especially well for this spooktacular month- but can also be incorporated into your space through out the year because black & white is timeless. Beginning with home accessories, which at the moment I can't get enough of- the Vintage Vogue Rain tray by Charolette Cannon is my new current obsession. Simple, modern, three sizes to choose from, and a pinch feminine, it is great for use in any room of the house. The Vintage Vogue Rain tray pairs well the Bean coffee table by McCollin Bryan. Although scagliola, the coffee table looks like buffed black marble. Now, instead of the predictable geometric Moroccan black and white shag rug, give the Aldana rug a try (it also comes in a burnt orange color!) For task lighting the gold dipped lamp also from Anthropologie is a more affordable option for those that enjoy a mid-century aesthetic. And, I could not do a black & white round-up without including pillows and a sofa! The Citizenry has so many beautiful pillows, it's hard not purchasing more than a few at a time. For the sofa (or arm chair) the butter leather with black legs Rondo sofa by Lucky Kurrein for Molinari is craftsmanship at its best.

Pink on Pink on Flamingos

Holy pink! One of my favorite colors and animals is everywhere in design as of late. Now, pink is a tricky color, because the wrong shade can mimic pepto-bismol, and too much pink is overwhelmingly frightening.  Flamingos on the other hand are simply fabulous.  And I am enjoying their less campy iterations currently found in design (from interiors to fashion).  But nothing is wrong with a little outdoor whimsy to bring inside for a punch of color. Back to the pink- the glas italia table iridescent pink, blue, yellow hues bring a modern glow to your space. Its simple form and modern assembly works well as an accent or side table in ones living room or bedroom. Textiles and texture are presented well in a dark spotty pink on the flutura occasional chair.  And if you prefer pink with a deep purple/blue undertone the patricia urquiola upholstered modular sofa for moroso is lounge and envy worthy.  The geometric pastel pink pillow with gold accent is one of my paintings transformed to textile.  Rest your head on some art. (gorgeous marble and metal shelving found via Pinterest)

Storage Needed Part Two


During a recent move it became apparent I have enough textiles, pillows, and rugs to outfit a small boutique. The never-ending puzzle of how to store it all without expansive built-ins or closets surfaced again.  To complicate this puzzle, I am not one for traditional looking storage bins or baskets that are hidden in closets, the second bedroom, or basement.  I prefer storage that can be displayed and is aesthetically in-tune with the surrounding space. This round-up includes both found images of spaces incorporating practical yet stylish storage, and actual storage pieces. Enjoy!

Metallics: The Bold and the Beautiful

Metallics are one of my favorite mediums to decorate with. From lighting to accessories, art, and even textiles, they add warmth and intrigue. Whether you use them as the focal point of your space, or more subtly with pops spread about, you can’t go wrong. And they can be used year round. My current favorites include: the gami rose gold candleholder from cb2. Its geometric and glows when you light your tealight. Also from cb2, the liberty pendant light is an overscaled modern update of your traditional pendant lighting. With a brass interior, your room is sure to glow in its warmth. While your lounging, wrap yourself in the grey stripes moroccan wedding blanket- sequence included for some metallic sparkle. This blanket from maven collection would also be a beautiful addition to your bed. For a little mid-century geometric glam, the worlds away surf coffee table with gold leaf legs and a black marble top is a must. Love those angular legs! Lastly, I can not say metallics without mentioning Tom Dixon. Besides wanting everything, the scoop high copper legs chair will do. Whether for dining or as a side chair, comfort and modern elegance are combined in this sculptural chair. Now go add some bold and beautiful metallics to your space. 

Furniture Objects Part Three: Bold & Beautiful

The bold & the beautiful sets the tone for this round-up of furniture objects. I am currently obsessed with the coffee tables comprised of marble yet used like paper to create ORIGAMI & Earthquake 5.9 furniture collections by Patricia Urquiola. The subtle colors are divine as well. Similar in color, the Mimosa side table (1984) by Ettore Sottsass takes my favorite beverage and re-imagines it as a subdued neon furniture object. Another furniture object that blurs into the world of art is the wire furniture series which resembles wire drawings by Jinil Park. The steel is transformed into distorted lines that when welded together form the furniture as a whole. Concrete cabinet by Jean Willoughby is the perfect combination of wood and concrete. The functional piece showcases the beauty rather than the utilitarian side of concrete. Finally, I could not resist a plywood crafted piece. The plywood table legs almost mimic crosshatching in their elegant geometric form. What better way to start your new year than interjecting color and unexpected textures and forms into your surroundings.