Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Calendars / Pretty Haute Mess2015 is going to be a big year, I can feel it…. And organization will be key. Would it be too much, do you think, if I bought all of these calendars for a 1-bedroom apartment…?

1. Sugar Paper via Target

2. Travel the World via Urbanic

3. Calligraphy Letterpress via Bloom Letterpress

4. Toyblocks via Snug Studio

5. Gem & Minerals via Leif

6. Beaute via Rifle Paper

7. Kukkuu via Marimekko

8. Isometric Risograph via Paper Pusher

9. Stendig via Crate & Barrel

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lately, I’ve been wanting to change up the living room a bit. Not with furniture or layout, but I’d like to create an art wall…

Minted Art / Pretty Haute Mess

Although I never considered visiting the awesome stationary site Minted, I was happily surprised to see that they have equally awesome framed art! I specifically loved all the black and white pieces in their art marketplace.

When I’m shopping for the home, I try to find cool stuff of course, but I always make a point of looking for shops and websites who appreciate independent artists. As much as I love Ikea and Target for example, I will never shop there for art.

Although I shop this way for pillows, mugs and most all of my home decor, I feel that art is particularly important to shop creatively. Since art can make such a huge impact on your home and provide personality that fits you and only you, it makes sense to select art and arrange it in a way that only you would.

Minted Art / Pretty Haute Mess

So here’s how I’m thinking of laying them out…

I know some people hang construction paper on the wall or arrange art on the floor first, but I work in Photoshop and then eyeball the placements on the wall. It’s my “nothing should ever be too perfect” approach.

Our old fashioned heater is an issue, but I think surrounding it with multiple art pieces is the best way to hide it. For the larger space on the left, I think it’s important to have different sizes of art pieces in different orientations, but for the smaller area, just a couple pieces in alignment will work better.

Minted Art / Pretty Haute Mess

1. “Line Drawing 4-131224″ by Jaime Derringer

2. “Sum Total” by Shari Margolin

3. “Writer’s Block” by Stephanie Nowotarski

4. “Restless” by Kayla King

5. “Embrace” by R Studio

6. “Point of View” by R Studio

*This post was sponsored by Minted, but all art selections and opinions are my own.






Thursday, December 4, 2014

This is the workspace of Swedish illustrator Sara N. Bergman. When your office looks like a super cool residence, you’ve officially made it. Keep that job forever.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Since Bergman is a successful independent artist, I think that’s what she plans to do…

Clearly, this talented artist has interior design skills as well! I just can’t get over the tile wainscot on a brick wall! Holy shit.

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

atelier / Pretty Haute Mess

Images from Nordic Design






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 / Pretty Haute Mess

I can’t focus on anything today, since hearing about the grand jury’s decision NOT to charge the police officer who killed Eric Garner. So I decided to scribble down what I was thinking.

While I can’t imagine what his family is going through and I think they deserve justice which was sadly not offered them today, this is no doubt a much larger issue. Last week, we heard the same results from a grand jury regarding Mike Brown’s murder. And today was the funeral of Tamir Rice, the 12 year-old killed by police.

That’s just the last two weeks, and that’s not even everyone…………………..

As the Latin-American wife of a Black man, I’m not sure I want to have children and bring them into this world. It hasn’t changed and now I wonder if it ever will…






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

Visual artist Shantell Martin, the cool gal who draws on everything, collaborated with designer Kelly Wearstler… What did they come up with, you ask?…

Just incredibly unique and totally awesome furniture, home decor and apparel, of course.

Shantell Martin + Kelly Wearstler / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Brea Ottoman

2. Sailboat Scarf

3. Big Diamond

4. Leather Jacket

5. Elliot Chair

Image via Complex






Thursday, November 13, 2014

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Well, this post is a little delayed. I posted on Instagram when I received my first Skandicrush subscription box and intended to post what was inside soon after. The last couple weeks, I’ve been wrapped up in making some fun changes to my apartment. And then there’s the day job of course.

But finally, here’s what was inside my Scandinavian subscription box…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

Admittedly, I was a little disappointed to see only two items, but once I saw what they were I was completely satisfied. The cost of the box was way under the value of the two items. They’re also perfect because I needed a couple pretty details for the kitchen.

So, the first item is a set of stylish bottle grinders. The ceramic design is smooth and pretty (perfect colors for me), but it’s also smart design. The grinder is at the top, so no mess. I’ll probably use them for pepper and sea salt, but they can be used for all types of spices.

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

The other item was a set of dish towels, which I was actually in the market for. I can’t express how perfect these are in regards to color and pattern. I love them.

I haven’t unfolded them yet, I’m saving them for a photo shoot in my home that’s coming up soon…

Skandicrush / Pretty Haute Mess

If you love Scandinavian design, I highly recommend subscribing. There’s also the option to just purchase one box if you prefer.

Top image via Skandicrush






Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween everyone!

In honor of this dark holiday, I rounded up some cool products for the home. Although, they aren’t so much about this holiday, as they are just awesome home decor for the whole year.

dark decor / Pretty Haute Mess

1. Skull Towel Set / Williams-Sonoma

2. Skull Candle / Williams-Sonoma

3. Hanging Raven / Story North

4. Black Candelabra / ZGallerie

5. Wild Dog Print / Society6

6. “We’re All Mad” Pillow /Society6

7. Black Picture Frame / ModCloth

8. Black Crow Doormat / World Market

Inspiration image via A White Carousel