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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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Spring Fling

Per the cherry blossoms in full bloom, spring has sprung on the west coast. It is also in full bloom at Anthropologie. This post is a dedicated roundup of Anthro home items to help usher the new season into your space. 

1. Blooming watercolor wallpaper // Would look great in a kids rooms, or in a powder room.

2. Colorado footed bowl // Great centerpiece on the dining table, or use for a pop of color along the kitchen counter.

3. Patterson chair // My chair obsessions are real. Would love to own a store with nothing but chairs to mix and match!

4. Pierre bar cart // Elevate your bar cart with a touch of terrazzo and muted pastel palette. 

5. Woven edna pillow  // I can't have roundup without including a pillow! Chunky texture, yet comfortable feel. 

6. Hand-embroidered safari rug // Layer over a larger neutral rug, use as a stand alone next to your bed, or in the bathroom. Endless possibilities for this fun piece. 

7. Be my guest decorative tray // How cute?! Use it in your guest bedroom as a catchall or  serving tray. 

8. Kalmar armchair // Another chair, for another lounge opportunity. Love the design of the reclaimed wood and fabric choice. Bit of a traditional modern feel. 

9.  Laura taper holder // Always good to have a beautiful candle holder on hand. It's fancy without being fussy. 

10. Zephyr dinner plate // Stoneware is having its moment! Affordable, dishwasher safe, and you can mix and match colors as you please. 

Color Punch Part Nine: Inspiring Tile

Tile isn't just for the bathroom and kitchen. Whether you go bold with color and pattern or streamline and traditional, tile is a great alternate flooring (or wall!) option to hardwoods and carpet. A large part of tile is the pattern created from solid color tiles or patterned tiles. Adding another dimension to creating pattern, is using curved ceramic tiles. Marazzi Progetto Tiennale via Archiform has beautiful curved ceramic tiles that spark a dialogue between present production and their inception in the 1960s. Additionally, they can be used as wall or floor tiles. Now for those that truly embrace the bold- sitio by commune slash tiles are amazing. They have a limited color palate, but the geometric pattern created is a tile trend worthy of lasting a lifetime. The herringbone pattern is quite traditional, but when executed in a bright color, the result is a classical revival (modern!). Another option is encaustic cement tile. It can be used for both floor and wall tiling, and has a nice smooth feel to its surface. And for those that love traditional Spanish / Mexican tile, Latin Accents is a great resource for sourcing.

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.

Modern Mondays: Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park Series


West-coast artist Richard Diebenkorn was influenced by his surrounding environments and successfully combined abstract expressionism and color field painting. He was the alternative (laid back and more private) to New York artists Jackson Pollock and William de Kooning. His Ocean Park series has long been a favorite of mine for their color palates, expressive brush work, and grid-like planes. All painting images found online via: Glasstire from a past exhibit at the Orange County Museum of Art / OCMA

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)

Color Punch Part Eight: Textiles Under Foot

For this round-up of color-punch textiles it is all about rugs.  Rugs are a great starting point for setting the tone of a room.  I tend to love rooms with neutral tone furnitures with lovely wood accents, leaving the bold and geometric colors to the textiles.  My current favorites are woven rugs featuring beautiful pinks and oranges. These colors add warmth and a focal point to a space and are a design classic.  Moroccan and Turkish rugs have long been my favorite woven rugs, and luckily they are more available in the States.  The 1970s vintage pink one featured is perfectly worn and would look beautiful in any room. A slightly muted and variation on a theme version can be found at urban outfitters.  And I couldn't resist the playful boobie rug from cold picnic. Who doesn't love a little humor in ones space?

Chair Obsessions Part Five: I Need Them All

WHOA. It has been too long (January!) since the last round-up of my current chair obsessions. For this round-up there is no theme. Some are leather, others painted, metal accents, maybe color punch worthy fabric too.  To begin is the Robin Day Festival Hall 658 chair. A beautiful retro chair with blonde wood and fabric components. The Tropicalia chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is both playful and bold, and is the perfect punch of color for your space. I enjoy the geometric forms created by its multiple colors that are also used to create a pattern. Now, for those that source eco-friendly furnishings, the Ciel! chair for Tabisso is an elegant high-end chair both for residential and office use. Its craftsmanship takes into account the full life-cycle of its design, from inception through production. Combining both retro aesthetics with bold colors and form, the Ignacia chair by Sergio Martinez is statement worthy. It is the perfect accent chair.  Rounding out this Chair Obsessions is the Leather Tillie Armchair.  A modern spin on a classic English leather wrapped chair with a houndstooth cushion. It is time to lounge. 

Color Punch Part Six: Interior Landscapes

It's that time of year again- time to switch out the textiles, rearrange some furniture, and hang a few new pieces of art. Now, its not fall yet, so no need to break out the heavier textiles. But it's the twilight of summer and I always find myself wanting one last burst of bright textured  color to recreate each interior landscape. I am a fan of slip-covers on couches. And they are a great way to change the feel of a space. I tend to go with a white or light colored slip-cover in the summer so I can punch up the blankets and pillows with pinks, aquas, greens, and oranges. Not a slip-cover fan? Then this multicolored lacquered steel chaise lounge is your alternative. For a pillow + rug refresh leif shop & the PS2014 collection from ikea offer great finds. Currently love the desert ocean & cabo colormix woven pillows and the flat woven PS rug with geometric detail. Another way to add color into your space and truly make an interior landscape is to add plants. Love the found image of plants in a dinning space from the portfolio of photographer Claudio Tajoli. Livens up the already colorful space.

Modern Mondays: MCM Italian Design

Not only masters of celebrating food and wine, Italians are forerunners in the world of design. I will be jetting off to Italy in the coming week, and I thought it would be fitting to have a Modern Monday that focuses on Italian furniture design. Clearly, I am a sucker for chairs, and this post features an adorable RIMA burnt coral armchair with an all metal frame. Perfect as a dinning chair with the Mario Bellini for Cassina table. I enjoy the monumental stature of the table mixed with the curvy lines of the RIMA armchair. Always on the hunt for lighting, the vintage Murano Chandelier by Cenedese is an elegant tubular delight. Prefer more whimsy in your home? Brass scones, “Il Diavolo” by Gio Ponti are essential. And, a space can never go wrong with modern brass and glass accessories.  Finally, a vintage metal desk (but could be used as a side table) adds a bit of masculine mid-mod pop. The dark wood and metal legs are timeless in their modernity.  Ciao a tutti!

Modern Mondays: Bold and Geometric Art

Like in design, I am a lover of bold geometric art. I especially enjoy artists from the mid-century modern era, for what they were creating then is still contemporary today. Whether arranged as an hypnotizing geometric abstraction, op art, or thru mixed-medium hue matching and text, these artists works celebrate the power of color. Enjoy!

Transparent Surfaces

Decorating with transparent surfaces brings an unexpected element of surprise and illusion into a space. Tokujin Toshioka designs the most stunning furniture pieces that appear to float or magically disappear into their surroundings. The armchair from his Invisibles Light Collection is a covet-worthy piece. Along those lines is the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Whether crystal clear, or opaque black, these chairs are a contemporary take on a classic silhouette. From the functional to whimsical, transparent surfaces also offer space saving solutions (illusions!) for small spaces. CB2 has a variety of acrylic furniture pieces that are simple, sleek, and multifunctional. Lastly, I couldn’t resist the playful nature of John Brauer’s Illusion Table. The acrylic is genius and bold in mimicking an actual table cloth. A transparent trompe l'oeil. 

Color Punch Part Five: Patterns

Pattern is one of my favorite ways to incorporate color into a space. It can be done subtly with neutrals and pale tones, or the complete opposite spectrum. Whichever your preference, pattern is a perfect accent to creating a space that is fresh, inspiring, and classic with pops of whimsy.   My automatic response to adding pattern is textiles. I love a pillow or three, and throw blankets. Cb2 has some eclectic pillow options, and Leif Shop always nails it with their pillows. A consistent favorite for patterned (colorful or monochromatic) throws is Caroline Z Hurley. Her throws are perfect for adding springtime color to your space. Another way to add pattern is hand-painting your walls or using wallpaper.The modern-romantic wallpaper featured in an entry way is inviting, and its color palate of blues & greens complements the pinks, reds, and yellows of the textiles within the space. Love color & pattern! 

Modern Mondays: Eames molded wood side chair

"It’s been more than 70 years since the Eameses began experimenting with molded wood, using their “Kazam! Machine” to press thin sheets of wood veneer against a heated membrane that was inflated by a bicycle pump. As the designers pushed the material as far as it could go, they continued to explore and discover, surrendering to the design process that ultimately led to their Molded Plastic Chair. In its longstanding commitment to the Eameses’ vision of continued exploration, discovery and refinement, Herman Miller introduces the Molded Wood Side Chair (1950)." - Design Within Reach

Things for your Wall: Print Love

Lets talk about prints. Whether large or small scale they are one of my favorite mediums to adorn my walls. I love how versatile prints are. From the purely graphic, to photography, to other art and mixed mediums. They also work well framed or simply hung from clips. Here is a roundup of my current (some longtime) favorites. Mixed-media print series, Dark Island, by Evan Hecox are his graphic and visual explorations of New York City recreated on vintage newspaper. The color palate is brilliant. I can’t get enough of what Print Club Boston is doing right now. The hand-pulled screen prints are simply stunning. How I still haven’t procured For Like Ever is insane, but it will be my next print. Catherine Ledner’s Wild Animals series combine two of my favorite things: patterns & animals. The results are quite the conversation pieces. Xochi Solis’ mixed media creations (arrows of carnations shown) are layered, colorful gems. Print love

Brass is Back

Brass is back. Forget those awful brass accents and finishes from the 1990s, because brass got a modern update (hello, no more lacquer) and is here to stay. Brass accents and finishes have an understated elegance and modernist aesthetic. It is strong, won’t rust, and has been reimagined into a variety of geometric forms. Brass also adds a natural pop of warmth to any space, and is a perfect complement to textiles. I love the versatility of brass. It can be used as a singular show stopping piece like side chairs done completely in brass. Or as accents like a task lamp and side table. Whether you are sublet or bold with your brass, this precious metal is here to stay. 

Pale Pink Accents

Pink has long been one of my favorite accent colors (flowers, art, textiles, the list goes on). I am especially drawn to vibrant fuchsias or the palest shades. Currently, the pale pink accents are taking over. I enjoy the versatility  pale pink accents offer. From softening and contrasting metallics, to adding color punch to predominantly monochromatic spaces.  For this round-up of pale pink accents I chose both large scale accents (hello beautiful area rug and modern rocking chair) to small vessels, candlesticks, pillows, and one of the most amazing stools.  Click the arrows to have a look. 

Chair Obsessions Part Four

Bring on the gold, lacquer, craftsmanship, and wood. These elements set the tone for these scene stealing chairs. The Eames side chair golden. Gold leaf, fiberglass, lacquered metal, design perfection. In the same vein, Hans Olsen chair in a lacquered teakwood with metallic cover. Both of these jewels of design, work well in multiples or as a single statement side chair. I want both of them. Rami Tareef created COD for Gaga & Design at imm Cologne 2013. The intricately woven synthetic sleeve is a beautiful juxtaposition to the rigid steel frame.  The colors are muted, but his design is successfully bold. STEEL chair by Reinier de jong is a simple chair that highlights its natural components. Color and texture results from the materials used to create what becomes STEEL chair. Similarly, the reclaimed teak rocker from sobusobu uses reclaimed and natural components to create a show stopping rocker. It is more subdued than gold and lacquered design, but just as attention worthy in any space. 

All of the Lights Part Three: Task & Desk Lighting

Lighting can set the tone of a room or space. Peaceful, intimate, comforting, shocking, or subtle. These are a few moods lighting can interject onto its surroundings. Wood tones, brass accents, and playful silhouettes set the tone for these functional lights.  The Fellow Lamp is an industrial designed lamp with quite the personality. Its wooden legs are in a fixed posture with an adjustable head for directional lighting.  The Demi Lamp designed by Mattias Stenberg is its own little gem of high-tech lighting created from mouth-blown glass. The Pipe Table Light by Tom Dixon is a piece of sculptural light for any table or desk. It has a matt powder coated exterior juxtaposed with a shimmering anodized interior. The Factory Task Lamp from West Elm brings elegant industrial design to any workspace that needs direct bright light. Lastly, the Baltensweiler Type 600 Lamp is an avant-garde industrial mid-century modern design that is still contemporary today. 

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.