medium /// design




i’m jealous of abigail ahern

Yes, yes, a million times YES! I am going to need all of these fabulous, vintagey {not a word, but still applicable}, ceramic animal lamps by UK designer Abigail Ahern. Ok, I may not currently have a room that would suit them, but I’m willing to completely redecorate in order to make that poodle work! You can visit her beautiful atelier for all of your pelican, greyhound, poodle lamp needs… oh, and don’t even get me started on her wallpaper!

{via sfgirlbybay}





i’m jealous of these… well, magazine bits!

So, on the last day of my ode to magazines week, I’ve decided not to feature a magazine. I know… crazy! Instead I’m going to make day 5 all about the art that exists because of magazines. A little snip-snip of the scissors, a bit of glue, maybe a splash of paint, and voilà… these old LIFE magazines, sexy/glossy fashion magazines, and good old National Geographics are transformed into something entirely new. From one kind of art form, into another. Sigh. So, so inspiring. In fact, maybe I’ll go and grab my scissors right now! Oh, but I promise I won’t cut up any of the publications I featured this week… well, not yet anyway.

{1. One of the forefathers of pop culture collage, Richard Hamilton 2. Ciara Phelan 3. Chad Kouri 4. Natalie Perkins 5. Stina Persson 6. Joe Ryckebosch 7. Jesse Draxler 8. Abigail Reynolds… ok well, this final piece actually uses book pages, not magazine pages… but, hey, it’s my blog, so I’m putting it in anyway!}





i’m jealous of anthology magazine

Ode to magazines week: day three…

Oooh, this is a good one! So, I know that more and more magazines are taking their articles and layouts online, which is great, but there is also something really nice about holding a printed piece in your hands… especially when it looks like this! Anthology is a gorgeous new quarterly lifestyle magazine that hits the shelves this fall. And if their beautifully illustrated cover, gorgeous layouts of inspirational interiors, and conversations with some very interesting people {ie blogger extraordinaire, Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge} is not enough to make you jealous, they’ve also created a lovely two minute stop-motion video, titled Print Is Not Dead, to go along with the launch, and here’s why:

“I wanted there to be a dual message: one announcing our magazine and another showing how print and paper are important in our lives. I drafted the concept of a woman going through her day and how paper (specifically a magazine) is a big, but subtle part of her daily experience. Even though I knew it was going to be a ton of work, I also wanted much of the set and the props to be made from paper.” ~ Meg Mateo Ilasco, Creative Director

{… oh, and thanks to Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, I can send you off to read her exclusive  interview with Anthology’s Creative Director Meg Mateo Ilasco… enjoy!}

*psst… if the video isn’t showing up, click here to see it.





i’m jealous of rue magazine

Day two of magazine week…

I’ve been following the launch of rue magazine on twitter all summer, and as of last week, it’s finally on the stands… well, the virtual stands. To be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about a magazine that existed entirely online {I do love ink on paper}, but last Thursday I sipped my coffee and “flipped” through the first issue of rue, and it was good. Very good! I suppose it only makes sense that it’s an online publication, seeing how the co-founders {Crystal Gentilello, and Anne Sage} met each other through blogging. Their love for interior design and writing connected them, and logically led here… lovely  layouts, great design advice, and interviews with interesting people from the coolest cities in the world. Good luck team rue! I can’t wait to “flip” through the next issue!

{…the pages shown above are from an article featuring the San Francisco home of the super stylish Victoria Smith. I’ve been writing guest posts on her blog, sfgirlbybay, about an imaginary home that I’m decorating with beautiful things… hmm, turns out that it’s not so imaginary! I think Victoria might actually live in “the house that jealousy built“!}





i’m jealous of frankie magazine

It’s my ode to magazines week… and I’m starting with a doozie!

I got my first copy of frankie about two years ago, sort of by accident. A friend of mine had been given a copy by an Australian friend of hers… long story short, everyone agreed that it was totally my kind o’ thing, so I ended up with it… and fell madly in love! What is there not to love about this artsy lifestyle magazine from down under? Beautiful photography, gorgeous layouts, hilarious/smart writing, and fabulous full page features on some of my favourite artists {Aris Moore and Holly Farrell for example!}.  Anyway, I managed to find a little shop in my city that carries it… that way I don’t have to wait around for Australian friends of friends to leave a copy behind on a coffee table. Much more efficient.

{Jealous Curator tidbit: about 5 months after I started The Jealous Curator, frankie did a little write up about it in their “frank bits” section. I was thrilled beyond thrilled… still am actually!}





september 18th ~ 19th

I first happened upon Sydney based interior designer Dana Hughes through a guest post that she did on sfgirlbybay. I was guest blogging that week too, and was quite happy with my contribution… until I read Dana’s. It was good. Really good. I immediately linked through to her lovely blog, and was hooked. If you’re looking for inspirational interiors, beautiful installations or stunning architecture then you owe yourself a visit to yellowtrace. But before you go, take a gander below this little dotted line to get a taste of the kind of amazing work that makes her jealous…

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I am jealous of Tokujin Yoshioka.


I am jealous of Tokujin Yoshioka. Why? First of all, he has a really cool name. And don’t even get me started on his incredible talent and his amazing mind. Tokujin’s work can’t easily be classified into any discipline – more of an artist than a designer, he is true magician of form, materiality and innovation.

His studio, Tokujin Yoshioka Design, was established in 2000 and since then he has done countless projects with Issey Miyake, Hermes, Toyota, BMW, KDDI, Swarowski, Cartier, Camper… ah the list is endless. Some of his most important works are displayed in permanent collections in the world’s best known museums such as Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre National d’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Vitra Design Museum.

I am in complete awe of Tokujin’s mind and the way he talks about his pieces. He creates interiors, installations and architecture where people can feel the light with all their senses. He explores beauty born out of coincidence and beyond human imagination; his work echoes the beauty of nature with its ever-changing expression, giving the idea “that the design doesn’t even exist”.

Oh Mr Yoshioka, how I worship you and envy your talent all the same time.

x dana

{Image Credits: 1. Sensing Nature / Snow / Exhibition
Mori Art Museum / Japan 2010 / www.mori.art.museum;  2. Design Miami / Designer of the Year / Exhibition
USA 2007 / www.designmiami.com; 3. Museum Beyond Museum / Rainbow Church / Exhibition
Korea 2006-2010 / www.beyondmuseum.com;  4. WATERFALL / Museum Beyond Museum / Table
Korea 2010 /www.beyondmuseum.com;  5. Moroso / Tokujin x Moroso / Installation
Italy 2007 / www.moroso.it;  6. MOROSO / MEMORY / Chair
Italy 2010 / www.moroso.it}

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Sigh. So beautiful. Ok, now go to yellowtrace… a tonne of inspirational interiors await!

Thanks so much Dana! xx





i’m jealous of amanda holt

So, you know how every wedding anniversary has a designated type of gift… first anniversary is paper, fifth anniversary is wood, etc, etc. Well, this weekend I’m celebrating my seventh, so naturally I checked the chart… Wool and or copper. Hmm. Well, I’m deathly allergic to wool, and I definitely don’t want a pot, so I made an executive decision. Seven years has officially become custom-designed, upcycled license plate belt buckles. Ah, yes. Much better! I found these little gems on Etsy {of course!}, and with one quick email to Amanda Holt of Vintage in Retrospect we were off to the races. She basically let us design exactly what we wanted… dark blue, a big 7, a star, and not one little bit of wool or copper in sight. Yep, we love each other, and our incredibly cool lucky 7 belt buckles, very much! Thanks Amanda!

{happy anniversary to the sweetest guy in town  xo}





i’m jealous of droog

Apparently, Droog is Dutch for ‘dry’, as in ‘wry, or wit’… but personally, I think it should translate to ‘love’, as in ‘Oh my word, I love this stuff so much!’ Droog is a design store/studio based in Amsterdam {with stores in New York and Tokyo, and world wide distribution}, that work with amazing designers to create fabulous things! I don’t know what I love most here… an antique chair covered in layers of fibre-glass strengthened polyester, the outermost layer silk-screened with a flowery pattern; or a log turned ridiculously cool bench; no wait, maybe it’s that jumbled up chest of drawers; ooh, or a swing you can hang in your living room that actually grows plants! Yep. Droog should definitely translate to love.

{All of these items can be found on their website. The designers are: 1) Jurgen Bey 2) Jurgen Bey 3) Tejo Remy 4) Marcel Wanders}





i’m jealous of jacque schiller

A boy in a book. Love, love, love.

This lovely handset & bound letterpress book by Jacque Schiller is now officially on my Christmas list… ok, I’m starting a bit early, but can you blame me?! Under Cover is a 32 page story of a ‘tiny boy who lives inside the book and is constantly trying to escape the page boundaries’. Poor little fella… holes, folds and all sorts of paper mechanics stop him from finding his way out! Such a clever idea, and oh so beautifully executed. There are only one hundred of them, so I’m going to have to be extra good if I want Santa to bring me a copy!

{You can find ‘Under Cover’ at the following places… Supermarket, Desert Island, Brooklyn, Proteus Gowanus Gallery, Brooklyn, Wonder Fair, Lawrence KS, The Secret Headquarters, LA, or you can contact Jacque directly.}





i’m jealous of shauna & stephen

Jaunty, no?

Oh, there are so many reasons to be jealous of Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt, the duo behind Something’s Hiding in Here, but I’ll try my best to stay focused. The project that has my heart today is called Forage… and it’s fantastic! Hand-made bow ties, in a range of styles and sorbet-esque colours. I’m jealous of this idea, I’m jealous that they get to hunt around for beautiful fabrics, and I’m jealous of the final product… but I have to say, it’s their hand-printed promo postcards {complete with teeny-tiny little bow ties}, that have pushed the designer in me over the edge!  Jaunty, and soul-crushing… not bad for a Tuesday morning.

{…and speaking of accessories, ‘the house that jealousy built‘ got a walk-in closet today! come for a visit over at sfgirlbybay!}