“Our favorite thing about our home is that it is filled with all the things we’ve collected on our adventures!”
Design*Sponge recently featured the quirky and creative Queen Anne Victorian home of touring musicians Darbie Nowatka and Justin Rice. When the duo is not touring with their band Bishop Allen, Justin writes and Darbie works as a graphic designer and makes jewellery and paper goods for her shop, Field Guide Design. Their home in Kingston, New York is filled with art, books, vinyl records, quirky collectables and vintage finds.
In response to the question “What I love most about my home is…” their answer had to be all the cherished curated items that they have collected during their travels (and adventures).
Be sure to pop over to Design*Sponge to check out the tour of the couple’s home. They have the coolest, most creative and enviable attic!
Tell me, what do you love most about your home?
Want to know what we here at Design Monarchy are currently crushing on? We absolutely love the idea of using glass-fronted cabinets or vitrines as additional kitchen storage. While the concept seems rather traditional, these type of cabinets can easily fit into a style of interior – anything from farmhouse to contemporary. As one blogger described it, “they are as versatile as jeans or a white t-shirt”.
A cabinet with glass doors allows for practical storage – you can immediately see what dishes you have without having to root around in the cupboard.
It also allows your dishes to become part of the show – a focal point. So much character is added to a kitchen if your gorgeous collections of china, glassware and vases are in plain view. In fact, with the current trend focus on more individual, lived-in interiors and décor, your crockery doesn’t have to be anything special or expensive. It just has to be you.
So whether they are loose-standing or fitted, that is why we have a big ole furniture crush we on glass-fronted cabinets in kitchens. How about you, do you like the idea too?
We interviewed local freelance graphic designer and illustrator, Nicole Long (aka Striped Flamingo). Her whimsy, vintage, girlie, pastel-coloured illustrations are simply beautiful – it’s right up my street. Don’t be surprised if you find Nicole’s work familiar – she has designed a ton of gorgeous stuff for Mr. Price (lucky Mr. Price)!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself… where you’re from, what you do, any likes / dislikes?
Born in JHB, grown up in Durban. I got my Graphic design degree at Durban University of Technology. I work full time for a Fashion retail store and freelance in my spare time. I love illustration and quirky drawings – my children’s cook book, Little Chef was my stepping stone.
Q: How did you get into the illustration business? Do you have an art or design background?
I have been drawing and painting since before I can remember and I always knew I’d carry it through in whatever I did.
Q: Where do you draw inspiration from when designing?
I draw inspiration from everything and anything around me – from food packaging, colours, children, the outdoors, and even things people say.
Q: Is there a certain style you admire or aspire to?
I like simple, pretty and hand drawn.
Q: Could you share your Secret Indulgence with us?
Shopping for my home, furniture and interior design.
Q: What is your favourite current décor trend?
Aztecs and geometrics in fabrics
Q: Tell us five things on your Bucket List…
Have my own shop
Holiday in Thailand
Publish more books
Q: Do you have a colour that you favour most and why?
Pastel colours, they are soft and refreshing and bring me peace.
Q: What do you have on your bedside table at the moment?
A bridal magazine, a fineliner, iPod & a white clock from typo
Q: Future plans?
A few fabric houses are about to stock my fabrics, I’d like to expand my range and get them into more shops.