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Inspiration

5 Tips for an Eclectic Decoration with Hoops and Frames

Decorate in eclectic style can be challenging, but mixing rectangular frames with hoops can make your house show a witty, laid back personality.

To create this unique aesthetics in your walls follow these 5 tips:

1. Pick a theme

Artist and architect Carol Grillo mixed cats and coffee with contrasting frames and lots of humor

Instagram: @fofysfactory

2. Play with sizes and texture

Carlota Zorzáles mixed rustic and golden finishes in a charming asymmetrical gallery

Instagram: @criaturas_cardiacas

3. Pick a colour palette

Andrea used a pair of hoops and flowers in harmonic colours to create a transition between rectangular frames

Instagram: @eraseunavezandrea

4. Try a focal point

Haley focused on the cat and flower, tying together watercolours and technical prints

Instagram: @hoopsbyhaley

5. Go bold

Sarah Benning used pairs of hoops to strategically break the angles in this stunning stairway gallery with contrasting wall

Instagram: @sarahkbenning

I hope you got inspired by these ideas and decided to create your own embroidery gallery. If you make one, please let me know on the comments or send me a message! I would love to see how you display your embroidery hoops!

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Inspiration

10 Delicate Floral Pink Wall Coverings

I’m obsessed with romantic style and lately I discovered they are popular again, thanks to grandmillenials. House Beautiful describes this as: “Ranging in age from mid‑20s to late‑30s, grandmillennials have an affinity for design trends considered by mainstream culture to be “stuffy” or “outdated”—Laura Ashley prints, ruffles, embroidered linens.”

Pink floral wallpapers give a dreamy vibe to my grandma chic style. Scroll through for a glimpse.

Morris and Co

By YvesTown

De Gournay

At Houghton Hall

Rifle Paper Co

With Loloi Rugs

Sanderson

By Yves Town

Sanderson

By The Green Eyed Girl

Bennison

By McGraph2

Bennison

By McGraph2

Vintage

By Minnette Jackson Interiors

Eijffinger

By Brewster Home

Laura Ashley

By Peonie Cole Cottage

Did you like my selection? Leave me a comment telling me what you think

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Behind the Scenes

The Happiness of Designing a New Collection

Hello and welcome back!

This year started with great productivity for me. When we are happy at our work, everything flows better, isn’t right? Since I started creating illustrated embroidery designs I’ve been more relaxed and stable in my process as never before.

One part of me was able to lower my expectations and focus on simple things. I guess on the surface it might look like as I’m not pushing hard or not trying to do anything complex or new. But it’s really interesting how our mind works. As I create a lot of simple designs, I’m having a lot of ideas and I guess you will see some very original projects here if you keep in touch.

You can’t have new ideas if you are not creating. At least that’s how it works for me. I need to do constant research and produce tons of things to start merging all the ideas in my mind. I have way more concepts than I have time to explore them, but I’m not anxious. It’s such a pleasure to create and I’m glad I have a huge list of subjects, I can just pick one and go.

This week I’m launching some floral designs for Valentine’s day and they are inspired by Botanical Illustration. This is a subject I’ve been always thinking about exploring and it’s a constant presence in the interior decorations I’m attracted to. I’m going to add more designs to this first launch but if you enjoy them you can shop the hoops on my shop.

I hope you are having a great start of the year! Keep in touch! Cheers!

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Behind the Scenes

Embroidery and the cute life

I got an embroidery machine. A beautiful, amazing machine and I’m enjoying every minute!

Did I ever tell you I worked with custom embroidered products from when I was 15 until my 20s? When I was teenager, my parents opened an embroidery shop and I worked with them for a long while. We used to make mostly hats and t-shirts. Themes were more casual and we didn’t focus on home decoration.

Working in my family business, 1997. I’m the one on the phone.

A few weeks ago I went to Brazil to visit my parents, and they still have the same shop. While I was explaining my project for illustrated products, my mom insisted that I should buy an embroidery machine. That thought actually crossed my mind a few times but I was not thinking seriously about it. But she was confident I should get a machine now, and I should start creating embroidered illustration.

Well, I got myself some courage, cave in a bit of my savings and here it is. A lovely Brother Innovis NQ1700e.

Her name is Fofina

The machine come with many designs but of course I’m not so interested in using other peoples designs. I want to create my own illustrations and convert them in stiches. For that I use the same program my parents have been using for the last 20 years, a Brazilian software called Bordarte.

Bordarte and I, a partnership of more than 20 years

I’m amazed at how beautiful anything looks as you transform them in thread and stitches. I decided to start as simple as possible so I’m creating just embroidery hoops. Some are ready to shop, and others are custom designs. After that, my next step is to get back to the tote bags, but this time, embroidered.

Check some of my first creations:

A custom name embroidered flower hoop
A monochromatic hoop to decorate the studio

It’s been a lovely experience. I really enjoy the texture and the cozy feeling of these pieces and I’m thinking in more ways to explore the machine and software possibilities.

This is just the beginning! I hope you enjoyed my big news and keep in touch to see lots of new cute embroidery designs coming in.

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Lifestyle

A new personal style

Hi there! It’s been a long time right? Today I would like to talk to you about something completely different and personal. My clothing style.

I’ve been all over the place in my adult life and I have a tendency to just dress comfortably and don’t worry too much about the way I look. But I feel things changed in the last three years.

Lately I like more sweet and feminine styles. My house is becoming more dreamy, my work is getting full of arabesques and details, I like things with more patterns and creativity.

I asked myself: why am I still using jeans and plain t-shirts?

There are a lot of reasons for that. I can list a few:

  • I just bought “work clothes” and my work was very informal
  • I didn’t give priority for “clothes to go out” with friends or family
  • I don’t like shopping for clothes
  • I was not taking care of myself properly

Wow! It was not easy to see the truth! But with that on mind, I started to act.

I made a huge clean in my closet and made a list of the things I need. I realize I need more clothes for social events (like visiting friends and family) and for my everyday activities. Nothing fancy actually, just simple, more feminine clothes.

So I’m going to start by sewing a few skirts and dresses for everyday use. Check this lovely project I found on Burda website:

Just perfect for this fall/winter! I can’t wait to find some good fabric and make them! I hope to feel more comfortable with the way I present myself to the world.

How about you? Do you feel sometimes you can’t recognize the person looking at you in the mirror? Tell me in the comments!

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Jonara Academy

The power of comparing your artwork

Would you like to improve your artwork faster and with maximum impact? Open your mind to the power of comparing.

Everywhere on internet people say:
“don’t compare yourself to others”

It seems like, by comparing your skills with others, you are going to hurt your feelings and mental health. But not having references to improve is going to hurt you even more in the long run.

If you already recognized your standards are higher than your skills, now we are going to understand how to identify the first skill to improve.

1. Comparison can be a powerful tool

Internet is full of amazing artists and from time to time you may have some toxic thoughts while navigating:

  • “I’m not good, I’ll never be like them.”
  • “There are way too many good artists, there is no space for me”

But one question can make you think deeper:

  • WHY is their work so good?

2. Comparing can be the best way to find where to start

At first, all you can see is how other artworks are overwhelmingly better than yours.

They are so much better you feel defeated.

I know it’s upsetting. Take a good breath!

If you can handle just one thing at a time, you will reach your goals much faster.

All you need to remember is:

One. Thing. At. A. Time.

3. Create a “dream board” of artists and artworks you love

When you create this board of artists, companies and artworks you admire, pick at least 5 artists.

Choose images that makes you think:

  • I wish my work was as good as this

It’s very important that YOU love the works and artists. Don’t put anything on your board because someone else says it’s good. This is your dream board.

4. Search for what attracts you

Look at each image and ask yourself:

  • What do I like about this work?
  • What are they doing right?

Search carefully for things they have in common and attract you. Listen to your heart, make notes.

Try to identify a pattern.

5. Discover what do they have in common

If you are not sure about what is good on these artworks, you can analyze each criteria separately.

The 7 Magical Art Qualities are:

  • colors
  • theme
  • texture
  • composition
  • complexity
  • storytelling
  • message

Does your favorite artworks have some of those qualities in common?

6. Now compare to your artworks

Time to be brave!

Place some of your current artworks beside your “dream board”. Cry a little, it’s ok!

Now back to work!

Do you feel your artworks don’t “belong” to the “dream board”?

Ask yourself why.

7. Discover where to start improving

Identify which quality is lacking on your artwork in relation to your dream board.

Sometimes the answer is obvious. Immediately you can see your colors are not attractive or your texture is too plain.

But if you are not sure, start comparting quality by quality using the 7 Magical Art Qualities.

8. Start improving right now

Your goal is to make your artwork belong in your dream board.

By giving priority to the skill you missing the most, you will cause maximum impact and achieve faster results.

All Photos: Inga Seliverstova, Cottonbro

Understanding what is meaningful for you will help you take better decisions to reach your goals.

On the next #learnwithjonara I’m going to speak about the 7 Magical Art Qualities. Follow for more!

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Behind the Scenes

Creating my first pattern collection

Drawing patterns is an old dream and I did my first course on the subject in 2018 (with the lovely Elizabeth Olwen on Skillshare).

I got way too busy with other things, time passed and I forgot the little I learned.

This year I said: the time has come!

I enrolled in a course by Ana Sanfelippo at Domestika and it is exactly about what I wanted to learn: tell stories with patterns.

1. Chose the theme

NBC Universal

I was inspired by a short scene in the movie Gosford Park. I love the bedroom furniture and ladies style.

If you want to read my full analysis of this bedroom click here.

2. Define what to draw

My drawings were divided in 3 categories:

Characters: the ladies who socialize in the bedroom
Elements: the furniture and window
Miscellaneous: small objects of the room and wallpaper details

3. Decide where to use the patterns

Early on I decided I wanted to apply the patterns mostly for decoration. Fabrics, wallpapers and art prints are my main goal.

4. Search for references

I always like to get extra references for my projects, so they feel very unique.

For this project I also got inspired by:

  • Chinese scrolls and vases
  • French Toile de Jouy fabric and wallpapers
Images: British Museum and Pattern Observer

5. Draw the elements

This part took forever but it’s so important! I drew all elements by hand in my personal style, then digitalized all elements on Illustrator. It was a very long and exhausting process but now that I’m done I understand how important it is to draw each element very carefully.

Slide to see before and after!

Before and after

6. Pattern creation

For this collection I drew 10 patterns, but in this first moment, I’m publishing just 3:

  • Micro elements
  • Vertical Stripes
  • Brick / Toile inspired

7. Have fun with mockups!

I can’t finish an illustration without testing on a mockup. That’s how I adjust colors, proportion and other small details. When I worked as an architect, I couldn’t live without 3D models and mood boards.

I guess my brain still works the same, I need to see it in the real world!

8. Print fabrics and licensing!

Ok I’m not there yet! I’m still waiting for my fabric samples to arrive, but we will get there and I’ll be here updating you ASAP!

In the mean time check this super cute video I did for my my Instagram, speaking about my pattern process.

Gosford Park Scene: NBC Universal / Video Music: Spring @iksonmusic

If you love it and would like to see more, please check my portfolio page:

Thank you so much for reading! Tell me what do you think about it in the comments!

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Jonara Academy

Getting frustrated about your work is actually great

When you look at other Illustration accounts, do you often feel you are so behind and have so much to learn? Do you know how to stop feeling overwhelmed and take action? Check these 8 points!

1. You can’t get the result you want

We all have been there.

You have an amazing idea for an illustration, you sit to draw and all you see is:

  • lack of proportion
  • weird colors
  • an overall feeling that something is off

You erase a thousand times, start again.

But you still can’t get the result you want.

2. Things work in your mind, but not on paper

When you have an idea, it looks like you can do something great!

You feel confident!

But as soon as you start drawing you can see clearly it doesn’t work.

You close your eyes and try to remember how it worked in your mind.

But things are blurred now.

You can’t connect imagination with reality.

3. Your work is not as good as the other artists

You decide to search for more references.

The work of other artists look so much better than yours.

So. Much. Better.

You can’t even explain why it’s better. You just feel humiliated and feel you want to give up.

4. You just can’t do it, it’s so frustrating

You feel so small and distant from your goal.

It seems easier to just give up of everything.

When there is so much to improve, the whole challenge seems impossible.

5. What you want to do is different from what you can do

You want to do more and better than what you are doing now.

That means:

you can see potential in yourself for growing.

You can see there are lot of possibilities to improve.

You are just not able yet.

6. This lack of satisfaction is actually great!

It’s easy to focus just on the moment and forget the big picture.

Looking at the present, all you can see is that you can’t have the result you want.

Actually what you found was an opportunity to grow and now you can make a choice.

You can choose to improve!

7. Acknowledging your standards are higher than your skills is the first step to success

When you are 100% satisfied with your work, there is no need to improve.

You are comfortable and your work is on a plateau. There is nothing wrong with that!

But if you feel your work is behind, that’s because your mind is ahead!

So congratulations, you are on the way for progress!

8. Choose just one skill to focus at a time

What makes you overwhelmed is the feeling that everything needs improvement.

Focus on one thing.

There are many areas to improve:

  • colors
  • composition
  • linework
  • proportion
  • texture
  • storytelling

Choose just one!

On the next posts I’m going to speak more about how to chose one skill to improve, what to consider and how to measure your progress. Follow me for more tips!

Thank you so much for reading! All photography courtesy of @rf._.studio

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Lifestyle

The Living Room Saga – Part 2

If you’ve been visiting my blog for long enough you know I’ve been working to make our house more cute and cozy. I did a whole analysis of what was going wrong on this post and after putting on some though, I decided to take action.

In November I finally decided to buy a new table and chairs for our dining corner. The table was easy! Most tables from regular furniture stores are way too large for our space. We narrowed the search in just two stores, Structube and Ikea, the only ones that had smaller sizes. After a bit of consideration between a rectangular or round table, we opted by the Docksta from Ikea and we love it, it fits well in the space and it’s very neutral. I was not sure about the white at first but the table just disappears in the space. That’s exactly what I wanted.

Docksta Table from Ikea

But the chairs took a bit more effort… I wanted something delicate and modern at the same time. After getting to the conclusion that upholstery was the way to go, I visited many stores and check dozens of models. It had to be compact, light and allow me to create a fabric cover (I’m planning to sew them in the future). We finally opted by the model Polly from Structube in light grey.

Polly chair from Structube

Structube has amazing products but since the pandemic they’ve been facing some very slow deliveries. I was aware things could take longer but it was a lot… We ordered in November and received in March.

All the wait was worthy!

Notice below how our “dining corner” is so compact. The table and chairs fit perfectly and the set doesn’t look bulky. I can’t believe we finally have four chairs and it doesn’t feel it’s out of proportion. We definitely need to pull the table to use that chair in the corner but this just happens when we have visits, so no problem at all.

I’m specially happy about the metallic finish of the legs, the brass tone is very subtle and makes a nice contrast with the grey fabric. I also really like how the light grey goes well with the darker color of my sofa. Having a neutral base was really important and I like the contrast of the cool furniture with the warm tones of the house.

Spring is here and I’m happy to see the sun coming in through our new curtains. They made a huge difference and the room looks way bigger. The linen curtains made everything more cozy and since we are not allowed to make large holes in the walls, we used a pressure rod.

The wooden coffee table was a present from one of our friends and I love to keep it decorated and change the objects from time to time. It really helped organize the structure of the space. With more beautiful things to look up, there is less attention to the carpet. It doesn’t bother me so much anymore.

In the pictures above you can see the two pillow covers I knitted last winter (the gray and the graphite ones). After finishing, I simply stitched my work to some pre-made cover from Ikea and it looks awesome. The crochet napkin on the table is also my work.

I decided to always keep something over the accent chairs to help blending the orange color with the rest of the room. I crocheted this throw (it’s not ready yet!) and combined with a lumbar pillow, it makes a nice set.

The side table used to be green and I painted with white and brass spray, it looks way better and it’s not fighting with the rest of the furniture anymore. I noticed flowers and plants with round edges goes better with this decoration. Sharp and pointy ends fell more tropical and casual and it doesn’t give the cozy effect I’m aiming for. During the spring I’m using these hydrangeas from Pottery Barn, but I might change when the summer arrives.

My idea is to keep the neutral base and start changing the colorful pillow covers according to the seasons or events. Did I mentioned I started designing fabrics? I’m developing my very first pattern collection and it’s inspired by the movie Gosford Park. My idea is to print and sew covers for the cushions and also print some art for the walls above the sofa. I also thought about some textiles for the table, like a table runner or even a table cloth. Keep one eye on my portfolio for new illustrations and patterns.

Did you like the progress? Let me know in the comments!

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Jonara Academy

8 good habits for working from home

With one year of experience since the pandemic started, we should be all expert in the art of working from home.

But I feel there is always something we can improve and new tricks to be efficient are always welcome. Do you feel the same?

Here I share my good habits for working from home, I hope to hear from yours too!

1. Start the night before

Would you like to have a peaceful morning?

Start the day before:

  • Choose your clothes
  • Plan what tasks you will accomplish the next day

Waking up in the morning knowing exactly what to do gives me great peace of mind and motivation to start working.

Image: Anna Shvets

2. Get dressed and ready

Are you tired of running crazy when you have to an unexpected video call?

Stop embarrassing yourself:

  • Fix your hair and face first thing in the morning
  • Dress something comfortable but professional

When I dress professionally I feel my whole day is more productive and I love being ready in case I need to run a last minute errand or call someone on video

Image: Cottonbro

3. Clean your workspace

Got your work papers mixed with your bills and shopping lists again?

Do one thing at a time:

  • File the papers you already finished working with
  • Have a separate pile for papers not related to work

When my desk is clean and organized I don’t waste time time searching for anything. I like to clean and file papers as soon as I finish each task.

Image: Michael Burrows

4. Avoid being interrupted

Can’t focus on anything while working from home?

Stop stopping for everything:

  • If possible, ask your family to don’t enter in the room where you are working
  • Turn off notifications from all your apps

If everything fails and you still keep getting interrupted, try to do the “hard work” very early in the morning, before everybody wakes up

Image: Lascot Studio

5. Follow a schedule

Don’t have time to start or time to end your work?

Work smart, not hard:

  • Divide your day into blocks of tasks
  • Don’t stay on social media during your “production time” block!

Booking blocks of tasks is the best way to make sure I’m focused and I won’t skip important obligations

Image: Anete Lusina

6. Have a decent lunch

Are you eating in front of your computer or mobile?

Take a break to eat healthy:

  • Make a beautiful plate and look at your food instead of looking at a screen
  • Enjoy every bite and think about nutrition

Spending the whole day seated and eating from a box in front of the screen is the fastest way to lose energy and get stressed. It’s good to pause for eating!

Image: Valeria Boltneva

7. Connect with your online community

Do you spend days without talking to a human being?

Keep in touch with reality:

  • Video call friends from your industry and catch up
  • Interact with other professionals and increase your network online

While it’s nicer meeting colleagues for a coffee in person, online meetings are a true necessity during these pandemic times, don’t get isolated from your industry.

Image: Ivan Samkov

8. Know when to stop

Do you feel guilty when you are not producing?

Even machines need maintenance time!

  • Finish your work on a decent time, organize for next day and let it go
  • Plan relaxing and fun activities for your weekend.

If I’m productive in my “productive blocks” I feel I earned the right to rest and I relax guilty free. However not always we are productive and that’s ok! Relax now and organize better for tomorrow.

Image: Sam Lion

I hope you are having a great time in your home office. I love working from home and I feel I’m getting better at it! My main tips are:

  • Start the night before
  • Get dressed and ready
  • Clean your workspace
  • Avoid being interrupted
  • Follow a schedule
  • Have a decent lunch
  • Connect with your online community
  • Know when to stop

How about you? Tell me a tip on the comments!