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Analysis

You’ve Got Mail • Kathleen Kelly’s Living Room Analysis

After so many requests, I finally bring you an analysis of You’ve Got Mail. With Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, the movie dates from 1996 when internet romance was still something very new. Who would guess we would end up swiping forever on Tinder? No, no, things were way slower, romantic a mysterious on those times.

The characters of the movie are very interesting and fun, but for me the best part of the movie is the visual. Kathleen Kelly brownstone house in NY is the coziest home in the universe, it’s been more than 20 years and we are still talking about it! Her store, The Shop Around the Corner, is a paradise of books, cute toys and lovely sparkling decorations. The way NY in the end of the 90s is captured is so captivating, the city looks so lovely and full of life. The “Starbucks” aura and Joe Fox apartment are also very on point. Seriously, filmmaker Nancy Meyers is a genius for style.

If you never watched this film stop and go watch. My analysis has lots of spoilers and revels the plot – just a warning!

But now lets get to action. Today we are going to focus on Kathleen Kelly Living Room and a tiny bit of her other rooms. The movie starts with the camera flying from outside to the inside of her house showing an overview of the space.

Looking from the window to the inside of Kathleen’s place

From the first scene you can get a glimpse of how cozy is this place. The colours are warm and harmonic, the wide door moldings have a soft and pleasant texture and all objects feels purposely mismatched in a casual, effortless vibe. This scene is already a masterpiece of composition. Notice how many planes you can see at the same time:

  • The outdoor curtains
  • The home office corner on the left
  • The washroom on the right
  • The piano room and living room behind the office
  • The entry hall light coming from the washroom window
  • The building on the other side of the street (through the window)

Lovely introduction! Now let’s check some details

Bookshelves on the home office, in the back the piano and living room

On this side of the apartment you can see this lovely cube bookshelf, Kathleen’s desk , her piano and the living room. Notice how the books are not organized, there are piles in all directions and no shelf is perfectly tidy. Everything here is intentional and this “messiness” creates the feeling of a well lived place, specially close to the desk. You get the impression that Kathleen actually reads a lot and check those books all the time.

Kathleen writes an email in her cozy desk, surrounded by books everywhere.

Above, a better view of the home office . The wooden desk and wicked magazine stand add to the warmth of the space. Notice the frame with a round in the middle – that’s actually a framed crochet dolly! Other frames around the house have lots of vintage botanical illustration. All these small details helps build Kathleen Kelly character: she is a warm person who treasure family mementos and values her history.

This bookshelf is built around the washroom and faces the piano room.

Here is another floor to ceiling bookshelf! It’s probably normal for a bookstore owner, but seriously, that’s a lot of books! Here you can see more objects and the decoration team tried to reinforce a few messages:

  • Kathleen’s love for daisies: the vase and the frames feature her favorite flower
  • Her longing for romance, symbolized by objects in pairs. Here you can see this pair of frames but her whole apartment is full of objects in pairs: table lamps, frames, candlesticks and even a painting with a couple of swans. I find this just a genius idea coming from the filmmakers!
A better view on the living room, with cube bookshelves and a floral comfy sofa

Here you have a better look on the living room and bit more of her bookshelf on this side. Again objects in pairs – notice the frames on the wall and candlesticks on the bookshelf. This sofa is an invitation to get cozy, isn’t it? I just adore this print and all the lovely cushions. The mismatched chairs give a lot of personality and bring contrast and value to the space. On the shelves some more amazing decisions from the filmmakers: here the books are more organized since they are a bit farther from the desk and you can notice a picture on the top left, that’s probably Kathleen’s enchanting mother.

When Joe Fox visits Kathleen you can get a quick glimpse of her living room

When you get to the last corner of her living room: Surprise! Another book shelf! This time it’s a smaller one, slightly less crowded and decorated with objects. Joe Fox brought some daisies for Kathleen and the green of the leaves stands out on this warm and blush frame.

So we crossed the whole living room, from window to window. Now lets get back and take a quick peak on the other corners.

Kathleen runs to check if Frank is really going away

Above, on the left you see the bookshelf that surrounds the washroom and behind it, a bit of her bedroom furniture. On the right you see her desk, the TV (she can watch it from her bed) and a bay window with another sofa. This window faces the street and is the one we “used” to get inside her house in the first scene. All spaces are integrated, except the washroom and the kitchen.

Don’t miss the details, like the pairs of pictures on the wall, or pair of objects on the shelves. I adore her desk chair and the curtains, so delicate! Also notice the lovely vintage furniture with green details, absolutely charming!

Kathleen falls in her bed after a disappointing date

Here a quick peak on her bedroom. Her bedsheets and bed cover changes throughout the movie, reflecting changes in her own life. The quilt adds to the Kathleen’s love of history and family mementos. You can see the pair of table lamps on the dresser and the painting above her bed is actually a pair of swans (you can see better in the next picture).

Kathleen and Frank watch an embarrassing TV interview

Above, the couple of swans in whole glory! Speaking about pairs, notice how her nightstand lamps are mismatched. This is to symbolize how Kathleen and Frank were not made for each other, her love life is not in perfect balance yet.

Kathleen’s love for daisies is in the first scene of the movie, before she even speaks

Should we talk about the bed linens? Throughout the movie they are are so inviting I could write another post just about her bedroom and linings, seriously! But not today! Our goal was just the living room, I’m already getting distracted!

Still we can get a very quick peak on the other spaces, above the dining room (taken with Frank’s electric typewriters), the lovely kitchen, a glimpse of the washroom and the entry hall with the amazing stained glass window. By the way, guess what is in the painting on the entry wall? Tip – it’s also a sculpture in the kitchen window. Yes you guessed right, a swan!

If you like this style you might enjoy the collection I designed based on this movie:

So what do you think about all this? Would you like to live in a place like that? Do you like this aesthetics? Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Image Credits: Warner Bros Pictures

Director: Norah Ephron

Set Decoration: Susan Bode and Ellen Christiansen

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Inspiration

10 Best Elements of the Grandmillenial Trend

Mixing a lot of flowers in the traditional décor is the first step to achieve the Grandmillenial Style. A bit of nostalgia and a hint of modernity and voila! Here are some of my favourite ideas inspired by this trend:

1. Pink architecture

A pink façade creates that magical “dollhouse” vibe and bring the best childhood memories back

2. Exuberant fireplaces

Adding some dramatic bronze birds and a luxury framed mirror make the fireplace an undeniable focal point. Who wants a modern TV to be the center of the living room in a grandma house?

3. Tea and crochet corner

No grandmillenial home is complete without some cute crochet dollies, a delicious piece of pastry and an afternoon tea. The Queen would be proud!

4. A love for peacocks

The most exotic and luxurious bird marks its presence in objects, furniture and even on the walls. Here is a very creative pattern using peacocks with a modern and graphic twist.

5. Textured ceilings

No bare surfaces anywhere! A grandmillenial home embraces you from all angles and no bare ceilings can make it cozy. Place some beams and the magic hill happen!

6. Traditional Portraits

Realistic art is a must in a grandmillenial house, specially portraits and profile busts. Give preference for oil paintings and play with symmetrical compositions.

7. Botanic illustration

Realist and delicate plant drawings are essential! The warm colour of the old paper really brings that grandma feeling we are trying so hard to achieve.

8. Embroidery Flowers

Nothing is more cozy than a pile of embroidered cushions with lots of flowers. If they are in shades of pink, than we are all ready to jump!

9. Mix of patterns

Embrace the utmost maximalism by mixing prints of many kinds. The trick here is to stay within a colour palette and play with the scale of the patterns.

10. Floor to ceiling bookshelves

No grandma house exists without paper, lots of paper. Ditch your e-reader and bring back the real books. The lovely colours and texture of the books will inspire you to read more and scroll less.

Now if you got here, go make yourself a good tea, get cozy with some flower cushions and go read that good old paper book. Relax and let me know later what is your favorite grandmillenial idea!

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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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Lifestyle

House decoration saga: a farewell

If you follow me for enough time you know how hard I worked trying to decorate our house in a cute way despite the horrendous carpet and other challenges we faced. We faced the pandemic, fluctuations in my work schedule, a super tight budget and some very strict landlord rules. Every little change required tons of effort. If you missed my saga you can read here all posts here:

The living room saga – Part 1 – Oct/2020

The living room saga – Part 2 – Mar/2021

The basement make up: Part 1 – Mar/2020

The basement make up: Part 2 – Sep/2020

Corona life – Mar/2020

The bedroom make up – Jan/2020

Updated décor and some recipes – Jan/2020

If you are expecting to see a beautiful ending to my decoration project, I’m very sorry to disappointing you but actually it’s all over now. As many of you know we moved temporarily to British Columbia (in a very soft transition between 2021 to 2022).

We sold lots of things and sent some furniture to a storage. In BC we are living a very minimalist life, since it’s a temporary arrangement and we don’t want to invest our time and energy in trying to decorate the new place.

I lived almost 8 years in Calgary, it was my first port of entry in Canada and I have a special place for this city in my heart. I made many friends who stayed there and many that moved away to new destinations. I discovered lots of cute little shops around and had good relationships with the community. I also studied illustration at AUArts and made some incredible connections with some very talented people.

In that house so many friends came for pizza, drinks in the balcony and crazy fights with the fire alarm. It was a pleasure to see the rabbits during spring time and go for walks by the river. We stayed 2 years in that house and I always thought it would be my last rented place.

I dreamed many times I would just leave that place for my own, “real” home. But moving to BC was actually really good for us. I’m very happy and I’m way more focused on my business. Having a less complicated routine is giving me more time to work on my career.

I’ll leave some pictures I took in the last days before our move.

Thanks for following this journey! I hope you had a good time reading about my decoration adventures. This project is over but since I’m designing fabrics, keep in touch to see some of my cushions, pillows and quilts. Maybe you can use them in your own decoration saga!

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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!