Art for my new flat

Moving house is always a fab opportunity to buy new art! I am thinking about moving in the next couple of months, so I will have a whole new place to decorate, and I’ve had my eye on these beauties…

Check out the almost excruciating detail in this awesome woodcut.

Tugboat Printshop Overlook Woodcut

This gorgeous woodcut took the Tugboat Printshop three years to make. I am saving my pennies because it costs $1000, but it is so beautiful.

Samantha Keely Smith is another favourite of mine that I am saving for. I could get lost in her tremendous, abstract works which meditate on the sea. I’m praying she will do a print run one day.

Samantha Keely Smith

How amazing would that look over your sofa? Or over your bed? One day, when I a Real Adult who spends ten grand on a piece of art, I will get one of her paintings, and I will love it my whole life.

This one is a sort of sculptural, relief of plants that is made as a tile with plaster. Handmade here in the UK by an Etsy shop called Tactile Studio. Lovely colours.


Also one to save for, as it’s £1400, but I just love all the details of the plants and its texture.

Of course, I’ll need something to remind me of my roots, so something like this lovely cactus watercolour by Etsy shop Arminho should do the trick!


And how could I do without a nice photo of the mountains?


Love the misty clouds in this one of the Alps by Adele Photography on Etsy.

I may have to go ahead and get a couple of Pedro Covo‘s delightful swimmer paintings. They are just abstract enough and have a beautiful colour pallet (I hear that pale pink is so in for 2016 interiors!).


What’s on your art wish list?

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Paris Market Finds

Europeans just have better junk than Americans.

I enjoy thrifting and market-going, but I have to say, it’s just so much easier to find great, old stuff in European markets than it is in America. In America, “old” is so new, it’s not uncommon to go to a flea market only to find yesterday’s junk instead of vintage treasures. In Europe, however, “old” really means something.

My best friend for university lives in Paris now and I was lucky enough to sneak in a quick visit on a 24 hour work trip a few weeks ago. We went to a Sunday market that had set up on a street near Montmarte and I found a super cute set of brass bucks for a bargain price!

vintage brass deer from a parisian market

They are so cute! I was going to set up a vintage shop on Etsy and include these guys, but I like them so much, I’m having a hard time putting them up for sale. I do like the idea though… if I opened a vintage shop, then I could go to markets every weekend, buy amazing things, and get to share them with those who aren’t quite as close to the treasure trove of European markets! Stay tuned…

Irish Artists

Being back in Dublin was so great. It reminded me there are so many talented folks in Ireland!

irish finds on makeorbreakblog

Miniature Irish Cottage by  HomespunIreland

Irish lichen necklace by RubyRobinBoutique

Reindeer and robin Christmas card by Mireog

Ceramic birds walking across a platter by karoArt

Tweed set by TweedCo


Artists of Palma de Mallorca

On my recent trip, I found an impressive array of craftsmen and artists living and working in Palma. Here are just a few!

artists of mallorca finds

Leather journal cover by JustWanderlustShop

Original Robin painting by Nuredduna

Floral belt buckle by Movibelt

Triangle Design pillow by PALEOLOCHIC

Vintage letters by StupidFlamingo

Explore Palma with me.

Woodland Creatures for your Desk

I work at an incredibly cool company that gives us $100 to decorate our desks. I haven’t spent all of my budget yet, but I just bought these little guys.


Oh my goodness – they are just the cutest! I have put the fox and bunny on my monitor’s base while the robin flies on the upper right corner of my monitor.

I’m so glad I have these guys to keep me company during my work day!

Thank you so much to Hannah at Ainigmati for making these especially for me!

Parisian Finds

Being in Paris a few weeks ago was so inspiring! Here are a couple of Parisian things I have been thinking about…

parisian finds

1. Vintage Paisley Dress by HUNTERSBAZAAR

2. Leather Bracelet by Fosseth

3. Antique French Tea Cup and Saucer by ParisMadame

4. Stamp by Lebaldessylphes

5. Knitted and Knotted Necklace by rhizomknitwear

6. Vintage Filigree Ring by xDIVINEx