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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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Floral + Fauna

Floral patterns keep coming back, or perhaps they have never left. And they are a refreshing pattern to infuse throughout your home in the warmer months. As a personal preference regarding furniture, textiles, and the like, I gravitate AWAY from muted large floral patterns circa the late 1980s through the 1990s. I love the patterns that invoke a midsummers party, Botticelli paintings, hand-drawn animals, and the like. Scroll through for current favorites to update and refresh your space for summer. For a bold and beautiful statement, the ARTEMIS Wallpaper Amaranth Pink by HOH x William Morris is divine. This wallpaper would work well in a dining room, hallway, or powder room. If wallpaper is too much of a commitment: hang an original acrylic piece by Jess Phoenix. The Branded Stripe Losange Chair is a modern-traditional and monochromatic nod to fauna. Another chair, because one isn't enough: the floral accent chair that works year round. Comfortable for lounging as well. Rifle Paper Co. offers fabric in addition to their beautiful paper collections. Grab their new Wonderland Collection fabric bundle to create any and every type of textile one can imagine. This collection features floral, fauna, and delightful geometric patterns in rich colors. Holli Zollinger designed the versatile Deny Desert Moonflower Credenza. Its metal legs are removable and features an adjustable shelf inside. Rounding out this list of flora + fauna is the Holy Mountain Embroidered Coverlet by Aelfie. It's bold, beautiful, embroidered and for both adults and kids, or perhaps the adult child!!

Dinner At A Gathering Part Two

As of late, my focus has shifted from the living room to the dining room. Perhaps it’s the upcoming holiday of feasting with friends and family, or that I have finally been able to decorate one. Regardless dining rooms offer the opportunity create a space for more than dining. The foundation and focus of the dining room include the table and chairs- all the fabulous chairs one could include. I have a preference for mix and matching chairs, or using the same type of chair in various colors. Another option is to have a bench or reclaimed church pew along one side, with chairs along the other. Breaking up the type of chair and seating allows your dining space to avoid looking like a conference table. For table wares and textiles one can get as fancy or minimal as they like. Table linens are great for incorporating texture and color into your space. And the same goes for table wares. Additionally, these components are the best for changing out depending upon what type of gathering you are having. Go gather.

Indoor Garden

Summer has arrived, and my plants need extra watering. For being a daughter of a landscape designer, my thumb isn't exactly green. However, my home is filled with plants that can go a few extra days with out watering - i.e. cacti. And others that are part of my watering calendar, including, palms, money trees, asparagus ferns, devils ivy, and succulents (creating a calendar of when to water has saved many an indoor plant). Above are images to inspire your indoor living-green accents. Ceramics and plant stands for your indoor garden favorites include: Eric Trine, Universal Isaac, and pieces from Leif. For tips on which indoor plants are best for eliminating air toxins, low light or direct light, I can't recommend enough: How to Grow Fresh Air.

Office Space

While it is already hard to work when summer is here, it's even harder to work in an uninspiring space. Currently, I am beginning to spruce-up, reorganize and revitalize my studio. Three necessary components for me are: a fantastic chair (maybe even two), a desk with ample room, and storage. The A-Frame table from Duffy London is a creative space-saving piece of furniture. Its adjustable legs makes it work as a dinning, desk, or coffee table. For storage that is actually aesthetically pleasing - Ferm Living is the place. I am currently obsessed with their wire baskets, boxes,  and brass trays.  And for a little lounging while in your work space - the Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner is just what you need. However, most important for me is to fill the space with inspiring art (not just my own), books, magazines, flowers, and whatever else one needs to keep the creativity flowing.  Enjoy! 

Traditional and Modern

I enjoy mixing traditional and modern pieces in a space. And often my favorite room in homes is the living room - a perfect space to mix and match.  Whether the space acts as a neutral backdrop to the furniture or the opposite; mixing traditional with the modern results in comfortable (perhaps bohemian) luxury with clean lines, neutral tones, and vivid patterns. A home in Russia features a timber interior as a backdrop for a neutral sofa and patterned textiles. Fergana by Patricia Urquiola for Moroson is an entirely wood framed sofa with comfortable cushions. The large cushions display delicate weavings which draw on traditional and modern techniques. The sofa is intended to be placed as an island in a space, rather than pushed up against a wall.  The Goddard Sofa is a fabulous example of combining traditional and modern elements that result in a contemporary shape with a refined feel. True understated luxury. Or the Abel sofa from BDDW. Impeccable craftsmanship with blackened cast bronze legs and wool herringbone fabric.  All of these sofas embrace traditional and modern aesthetics. 

Lounging About

Cold weather and an abundance of holiday food and drinks makes it hard to get out of bed early during the week, let alone the weekend. I have compiled an eclectic mix of bedrooms that reenforce the art of lounging about, cuddling, and most of all staying cozy. Some of these bedrooms act as a backdrop to its surrounding architecture, while others showcase covet-worthy bedding and textiles, or how to incorporate dark walls perfectly. Now if only brunch could be delivered and served right to ones bedroom.

Storage Needed

Storage is a huge. During a recent move I realized this more than ever, and it put me on the look-out for storage options other than closets. Bring on the shelving, consoles, desks, and more. Bradley Bowers created a beautiful geometric storage system that pushes the boundaries of traditional shelving for storage and display. Now, I am a lover of boxes in all shapes, sizes, and colors for storing odds and ends.I especially love incorporating the boxes into displays, or tucking them away into a console for extra tidy storage. If you need office storage, the Little Mountain Whale desk by Kevin Michael Burns is a mid-century modern gem remixed with a contemporary flare (and color). However, one can never go wrong with a traditional vintage bookshelf for displaying your treasures.

  

Not Your Grandmother's Wallpaper

I grew up with wallpaper around me, and forever will use this material in my home. Wallpaper adds texture, drama, color, and altogether fabulousness to any space.  For a monochromatic and geometric pop - Teepee wallpaper by Erica Wakerly is a must have.  The Hit Collection by Tres Tintas Barcelona is an updated modern take on a floral design. Calico has created a metallic wallpaper collection (need I say more). Farrow & Ball offers a wide range of wallpaper that is divine, sophisticated, and totally fun. Enjoy!

A Gathering, Dining Rooms

What we love to do: eat and drink and laugh together. Dining rooms are one of my favorite spaces in a home. They can be incredibly formal, informal, or a perfect mixture of both depending on personal preference. Regardless, they are spaces for gathering and enjoying  company, food, and drink. On top of it all they incorporate some of my most favorite things: fabulous family and friends, food, and a table and chairs. I love mix-matched chairs, dramatic walls, or the refined statement of mid-century modern design for a space to gather and share and celebrate. 

Wood Matters Part Two: Refresh Your Office

I love the versatility of wood for both interiors and exteriors. Depending upon the type of wood, if its finished or left untreated, its intended use, the structure, furniture, or product composed it comes to be, wood is one of my favorite materials. And, its a great medium to bring warmth and texture to office design and architecture. Along those lines, plywood has been of special interest recently. I enjoy how for such an informal type of material it can be transformed and dressed up from storage, full wall sliding doors, to exterior siding

Interior Spaces (i'd like to be in)
 pia ulin | photographer

pia ulin | photographer

Continuing along my current mode of thinking - nesting while its cold outside, interiors that promote gathering, celebrating, lingering, and eventually curling up, are where I would like to be. There is nothing like a comfy couch, full dinning room, or cozy bedroom. These photographers (professional + novice alike) have captured these spaces and made the objects within almost appear tangible.

 by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

by.bak | interior & lifestyle blog

 mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

 mikkel vang | photographer

mikkel vang | photographer

 morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

morgan satterfield | the_brick_house

Home Front

Winter weather invokes more time spent at home. Comfy cabins. Warmth. Fires. Hot toddies on the couch while relaxing. Just a few of my favorite things. These photos of beautiful homes inside and out, emphasize the joys of nesting while the weather outside becomes cooler and darker- or in Portland's case continuously gray from drizzling clouds.

Cozy
 Oppenheim

Oppenheim

Having a calm and collected bedroom to escape to is one treat you should always try and give yourself. All of these bedrooms are spaces that I would love to cozy up in for some relaxation. 

 Russet and Empire interiors

Russet and Empire interiors

 Blood and Champage

Blood and Champage

 The Brick House

The Brick House