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Valspar Paint: Still Love It

Awhile back, I blogged about how fantastic Valspar paint is. I just fell even more in love! Last week I was out in Boulder checking out the house addition and I couldn't be more excited! The paint is up on the walls, Valspar naturally, and it looks fantastic. I'll have more pictures of decorating one of these days but in the meantime you should check out Valspar's color blog here. It's great if you need some color inspiration and it also has advice on decorating.

I've also been meaning for some time to write about Valspar's fantastic advertisements for colors in nature. Again, these are from awhile ago but better late than never! I noticed these when I was recycling my old Coastal Living magazines (from the past three years!). I love the concepts, colors right from nature! Very simple yet powerful. I find myself inspired by textures and patterns in nature so this is an obvious choice for me. I saw a fantastic spread using coral, I tried to find it online but couldn't. Sad face. These pictures via
the inspiration room.

Charley Harper Illustrations

I was in Barnes & Noble recently when I came across this darling little book of illustrations by Charley Harper. ABC's has the cutest collection of animals and I think I'm going to have to get it! I love Harper's geometric style and the simplicity of his work. They feel whimsical, fun and lighthearted. Harper passed away last year but through his beautiful prints and books his legacy will live on. For more, I suggest the books An Illustrated Life and Birds and Words. This site by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati also has a great summary and some high-resolution photos to share (I have some pictured below, click to enlarge) along with Wikipedia, that information catch-all. There is a really neat Flickr group here and if you'd like to buy something (I would!) check out this site for prints.

Humane Society Logo

Lately, thanks to cable, I've been watching Animal Planet...a lot. I heart a good animal story. Somewhere along the line, during my animal obsession (and thoughts of a pet), I came across the Humane Society's logo and I love it! Regular readers, can you guess why? Yup, the silhouettes, and keep reading below to find out why, of course, I'd have to love it. But first, a little more on the good work The Humane Society does, from their website:

Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization—backed by 10 million Americans, or one in every 30. Established in 1954, The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. We are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect, as well as the most trusted voice extolling the human-animal bond. Our mission statement: Celebrating Animals, Confronting Cruelty."

Under Consideration I found out that the logo and identity for HSUS was done by the Chicago office of Euro RSCG, and "the rendering of this American Animal Kingdom" was done by, none other than one of my IDOLS, Michael Schwab. It's a great logo, the variety of animals and their placement makes it a very balanced picture. Now, if only I could decide on a great pet...