Textile sculptor Simone Pheulpin creates incredible pieces using raw cotton bands from her home region of Vosges, France. Finding inspiration from heritage is something I admire and relate to; I am constantly inspired by my Peruvian heritage. Just like in my own designs, the influence of Pheulpin’s home region is evident in her work.

Pheulpin is a self-taught artist living between the Vosges Mountains and Paris. She has been drawing inspiration from her natural surroundings for the past 30 years in order to add different elements into her unique sculptures. She is the recipient of the Biennial Women in Textile Art Award, and had a solo exhibition at the Textile Museum in Vetron, France.

In Pheulpin’s home region, the Vosges, cotton is an essential export material used in the textile industry and for manufacturing tires. The strength of the material is what Pheulpin relies on for her sculptures, but the rawness of the cotton is so harsh on her fingers that she can only work on her art for two hours a day.

Regardless of the difficulties Pheulpin faces when she sculpts, her finished pieces are impressive and distinct. The natural landscapes of her surroundings are captured through fossil and shell-like pieces. From a distance, her work looks solid and hard; as if made from wood or stone. Pheulpin creates this illusion by tightly winding and pinning together raw cotton strips. The results are what appear to be natural formations. Her work can be found in museums across Europe, Japan and America.

Pheulpin has been featured in online videos where the process behind her work is showed. She starts with cotton strips that she begins to shape. To further solidify the illusion of nature within her pieces, Pheulpin pins the cotton towards the center of the piece, where they are hidden from view. Because of this, from a distance, it is impossible to tell the material forming the piece. According to Pheulpin, she uses thousands of pins in each piece, all that are visually absent from her final product. With her naturalistic pieces, she creates a deep connection between the nature of Vosges and the viewer. Her appreciation and passion for Vosges is apparent throughout all of her work.

I love that Simone Pheulpin is inspired by her home region of Vosges. It’s always great to learn about fellow fiber artists who gain inspiration from their heritage; especially when their sculptures are entirely unique and distinctively captivating.


Contemporary rugs are the perfect complement to a modern living space, but with the variety of choice out there on the market today it can be hard to know where to start looking. Many contemporary rugs are characterized by their bold colours and geometrical shapes, whereas others are minimalist and styled in muted tones, giving a drastically different look.

With all this variety, there is no wonder it is hard to choose. Along with browsing online stores and looking through home decor catalogues for inspiration, here are a few tips that will help you make the right choice for your interior.

When choosing a modern rug, the colour is critically important. As mentioned above, one of the most popular modern looks inside the home is the use of bright and bold colours, sometimes used dramatically and abundantly, and sometimes used sparingly in little splashes.

If you already have a room with lots of colour that is quite ‘busy’ to look at, the last thing you want is to add another distracting element to the mix. If your room already has a lot going on in it decoration-wise, it is advisable to stick with contemporary rugs in a single colour, in a neutral tone or a shade that matches colours that already exist in your space.

Contemporary rugs are great at doing this compared to traditional rugs, which often grab attention with their intricate designs and their inherent ‘character’, especially vintage rugs. Their modern counterparts, however, are excellent at blending into their surroundings when you need them to.

On the other hand, you may want a beautiful rug to provide an eye-catching centrepiece to your room. This works well in a space that has very neutral contemporary decor – such as white walls and neutral-tone furniture – as the vibrancy of a striking modern rug in the middle of a room can add style, character, and bring all the decor together.

There are many fantastic designs of abstract and artistic contemporary rugs on the market today, using bold colours and intriguing patterns to captivate and raise the style factor of any room. If you want your rug to stand out, do not forget to choose one in an adequate size as to draw attention, yet not overwhelm or underwhelm onlookers.

A good size for a rug – whether traditional or modern – is one that fits your seating area. This is for style as well as practicality; when you are sitting down on your sofa or armchair, you want you feet to be on fabric, rather than a cold, hard floor. Ideally, the furniture in your seating area should be fully on your rug, although if this is not possible, just the front legs will do.

An important factor to remember is that your rug should match the shape of the furniture that is on it. A round coffee table and seating area is a stunning contemporary look, and it is best to complete it with a round rug. On the other hand, a rectangular seating area and coffee table look great with a rectangular rug oriented in the same direction.

In addition to thinking carefully about colour and size, you should also consider texture when selecting from a range of contemporary rugs. Modern manufacturing processes and materials have given us more choice than ever before to choose a texture that suits our d├ęcor, and this means great things in terms of creativity when it comes to interior design.

Try juxtaposing different textures of contemporary rugs with other furniture in your space, such as a fluffy pile rug with a smooth and sleek leather 3-piece suite. These contrasts can provide interest, style and originality to your home.

Choosing contemporary rugs for your interior doesn’t have to be tricky – just remember to consider colour, size and texture when browsing products in order to rapidly narrow down your selection and find the ideal addition to your home decor.


Do wealthy, top wedding planners have habits that have helped them get and stay rich?

Yes!

I’ve listed 7 of them here so you can learn to be like them;

1) Spend less time on the Internet

It’s fine to answer your email, make a few posts on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to market your business and connect with a few friends. But refrain from getting so addicted that you spend hours in front of your computer screen, tablet or smartphone reading gossip and trying to connect with people you aren’t your real friends.

Get out of your home and office and join business and social groups, volunteer and/or take classes in something you’ve always wanted to learn. Do these things not only to attract business, but also for your own personal development.

2) Read everyday

Reading bridal magazines and wedding websites are part of your business but it’s also important to read books on a variety of other topics. For example, biographies of successful people and business books will help motivate you. Books on art, architecture and design will inspire your creativity and help you with event design.

3) Live within your means

As a wedding planner, it’s easy to spend money on trendy designer items to look fashionable. And, when you start a new business, it’s easy to invest a lot of money in technology, advertising and marketing that you think will make you look like a seasoned professional.

While it’s important to look good, have professional tools and invest in promoting your business, don’t get into deep debt doing it.

The most important thing you need to impress a bride is your knowledge, experience, self-confidence and ability to make her feel like the most important bride in the world.

4) Set goals

Whether you want to start your wedding planning business or grow the one you have, write down your goals. Then create a plan to make those goals happen.

5) Avoid procrastination

Don’t sit around waiting for the “right time” to pursue what you want or say you’ll work on your goals “someday.” Start today by writing a “to-do” list and scheduling the tasks that lead you to accomplishing your goals.

6) Do more than expected

There is a saying in business, “under promise and over deliver.” You want your brides to see you as the planner who does what it takes to make their wedding successful. This makes your clients happy, and happy clients give excellent referrals.

7) Believe in yourself

You might not be a successful wealthy, wedding planner today but you must believe you can be and see yourself as being that person in the future or it will never happen.