Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pure White Giveaway

Don't you just love the versatility of white?

It can be glamorous, shabby, vintage, chic, contemporary, simple, luxurious. It really is an integral part of any style, whether it be interior design or fashion.


White to me symbolizes pure and fresh. A clean slate, a new day.

Perhaps that's what draws me to the Etsy store Villarreal Ceramics. Vanessa's gorgeous ceramic art is luminous. Each piece has an ethereal, gentle glow to it - it makes me want to decorate my home in subtle white and grey tones, with walls of shelves filled with her gorgeous ceramics.


Vanessa first heard of Etsy from friends that were enjoying selling their own items on this platform. Vanessa had just finished art school and at the time wasn't ready to start her own store - but years later when she moved to Montreal, she had initial struggles learning French and couldn't find a job, so she let her creative juices flow and got back into ceramics, and then Etsy. Her next big step will be moving to Arizona.


This moving from city to city has really inspired Vanessa's work. Trying to find the meaning of home despite all her traveling is an important inspiration to her, and the contrast of settling and escaping plays an echoing theme in her creations. She features a lot of images of houses and gardens which represent home and comfort, and then on the other end of the spectrum she depicts birds and ladders which speak to wandering and searching. Accompanying her inspiration from home, she is inspired by textiles - patchwork and weaving and the stories they tell.
As well as her ceramics, Vanessa enjoys gardening, thrifting and the colors of celery and raspberry, along with all shades of grey.


Vanessa is generously giving away a pair of Northwest Sipper Cups to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave me a comment telling me a few places you've lived - and if you've only ever lived in one place - tell me your favorite thing about home. I will announce the winner on Sunday.


jenn said...

I've lived in a few places - Chicago, Atlanta, Ohio and Milwaukee...but my favorite place will always the suburb NW of Chicago where I grew up and the house in which my dad still lives. Most of my happiest memories are here & I still feel that it is my real "home."

Bethany Dirksen said...

Oooo, I love the northwest sipper cups! I live in Boston right now, but grew up in Portland, Oregon all my life before that. I'm actually moving back there in 4 weeks....I think I need those cups to come with me :)

Erika said...

Aw, how darling! :)
I've only ever lived in AZ, but I've lived in about 6 different places in Phoenix in my 21 years - all around Mesa and Tempe.
My favorite thing about home is being able to learn and be productive in the little, day-to-day things. No stress or time limits - just the freedom to organize, clean, and learn all in your own time frame. It makes those projects/to-do lists so enjoyable.

Thank you!

Alicia said...

I LOVE her shop. I think you and I share a love of ceramics. I have lived many many places. My favorite was in Ohio, where the city was near but so where the country moutains.

Phoenix said...

I've lived in New Hampshire, Orange County (just down the street from Disneyland!) London, and now L.A.

I carry home in my heart and in my back pocket...the further away I go from where I grew up the closer I feel to home :)

Melissa said...

I've always lived in a small suburb north of Boston, and I love how familiar it all is to me. I'm moving soon, closer to the city, but I'll still be able to visit my homeotwn when I see my parents.

paigehermreckphoto said...

I lived in a town of 400 people in KANSAS until i was 12, and visit 3/4 times a month. its beautiful, the sunsets there are more serene than any other exotic place I have ever visited.

Then I moved to Modesto, Ca. A cow town, where george lucas grew up, and attended middle school and high school there. I secretly like cow smell, rusty trucks every where, and fruit stands on every corner.

NOW I LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO. I consider myself one of the lucky few to live in such an amazing place. There isnt anything I DONT like about the city about the bay :)

love your blog!!

Helen said...

I've lived in Sao Paulo - Brazil, then moved to Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, and now Cleveland.

Helen G.

Renee said...

I've lived in Michigan my whole life except for a few years in Ohio when I was in college. My favorite thing about home is that I belong there.
Bloomfield Beads

Tiffany said...

I've lived in Colorado my entire life, except for three months when I lived in Houston. My favorite thing about Colorado is looking to the west and seeing the breathtaking mountains. No matter how many times I see them, or different ways I see them (glowing after a sunset, snow topped) I am always in awe of how beautiful they are!

BlueGrassandGreenTomatoes said...

Those sipper cups are adorable!

I've lived in...
Memphis, TN
Edmond, OK
Norman, OK
Houston, TX

Also, I haven't heard anything, but I hope that the Houston bloggers meet-up went well... ! I'm still a little bummed I didn't make it, but I'll definitely be there next time!

Jill Turner said...

These cups are adorable!

I grew up in a small town about 20 minutes south of Atlanta. Now I live in Athens, GA where I attend college. I also spent a semester in Washington, DC, which I love!

I always planned on leaving the small town I grew up in and moving to a big city, but like many people realize, it is so wonderful to live near family. I can't imagine being too far away from them!


katia said...

I have lived in a few places:
meaford ontario canada

chatham ontario canada

chilliwack British Columbia

small town close to Seattle Washington USA

Guelph Ontario canada

Little town in Southern Germany called Berkheim


Phoenix said...

re: your comment, I did not write the poem, I found it via We Heart It. Had to post it because it was perfect!

I will spill the beans, uh, changes I'm making, anyways, probably early next week. This week is still hectic for me and I need to put my mind in order (and pray a lot more!)

Thanks for your support.

Sandy a la Mode said...

i'm a huge fan of white thing as well! there is just something so ethereal and dreamy about it!

the cups you are giving away for this giveaway are fabulous!! love the little drops of rain on it!! i've only ever lived in two places, ann arbor, MI and kansas city, MO. my favorite place to go in ann arbor, MI is zingerman's and i love kansas city b/c it's where i met my husband and we love exploring the city together!

melina bee said...

You do all these illustrations yourself, don't you? I love your chaise lounge (?) and little shoes-- the peach detailing grabs my heart.
these ceramics are also so lovely-- ethereal glow def. sums it up and is about the kindest thing one can say about ceramics in a way. Wasn't the ethereal glow of china porcelain (translucence) part of what made it so valuable throughout the world?
The northwest slipper!! so perfect-- most def. this etsy seller is familiar with the region. But the rose bowl (for Portland?) is my favorite.

melina bee said...

ps: is the illustration directly influenced by the rose plate? I just noticed the color schemes are super similar.

Jennifer said...

I went to kindergarten in Illinois. Other than that I've always lived in Southern Arizona, and as far as I'm concerned I always will.

My favorite thing about home is the weather during the fall. It should be illegal to spend all day indoors when its so perfect outside.

sassy said...

ooh.... white is like no other!
Thanks so much for your upbeat comment about my lil'ol'blog-I had my first nasty comment one yesterday and was feeling a little sorry for myself-I guess that is what happens when we choose to blog to the world! Anyway-your positive words really made me feel better! (nasty comment leave-r should take a lesson or two from you!)
I've lived all over Saskatchewan-try to say that 10 times fast! Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Lloydminster and Taipei (not in SK).

Tamara Nicole said...

She is so talented! So I've lived mainly in Washington (BUT all around- 7 apartments in 7 years=YUCK!) but also lived in Utah for 4 years growing up. BUT now settled in and will not move hopefully ever:-) Finally settled down.

Crossing my fingers for this one

Nupur said...

I've been living in progressively smaller places, moving from Mumbai (population 20 million) to New York City (8 million) to St. Louis (less than a million) :D

My favorite thing in each place is to be surrounded by good friends and good food.

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

love white and these pieces are fantastic!

jamfiescreations1 said...

I've lived in south Texas and now I live in Washington State. I really like Washington because we get the 4 seasons. But my heart belongs to Texas, I was born and raised there. I really miss the beach-South Padre Island and Whataburger Burgers.

Erin said...

Well, western PA is it for me... I am living 15 minutes from my parents, where I grew up, and I only went an hour away for school. I never thought it'd happen to me... :)

The majority of western PA weather is exactly like those cups... rainy and overcast! But it just makes us appreciate our 60 days of sun a year that much more!

Laura said...

I was born on the west coast of Scotland, moved to the east coast when I was 9, and 10 years later got married and moved to Seattle. From there we headed to lovely little Rexburg, Idaho and 6 months ago we moved just outside of San Francisco.

I would happily keep moving all over the place :)

kittycat said...

i was born and raised in plano, tx and moved to san marcos, tx (four hours south) for college in aug 09!
it's an awesome change of pace.

xo, tiffany

ps: LOVE the giveaway

passport in my pocket said...

loooove that ladder cup!

Places I've lived..... Spain, Arizona, Florida, New York among many other spots!

Julia said...

I've actually lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life. Born in Sidney, Australia, I grew up in Vancouver, BC. In my teens we moved to Quadra Island, off the east coast of Vancouver Island, in the Juan de Fuca Straight. Aside from a year and a half in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I've spent most of my adult life in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island. This month however, I will be moving away from the ocean for the first time in my life, to live with my boyfriend in Prince George, up in the northern heart of British Columbia. They have real winter up there! I'm looking at it as an adventure.


Carissa said...

what gorgeous work! I especially love that Rose Shallow Bowl-- so pretty.

I haven't lived many places. mostly Simi Valley! I did live away from home when I went to college, but I didn't go far, just to Malibu. however, I did spend one semester away in D.C., which was amazing of course. I want to go back!

my favorite thing about home is the small town feel. a feeling that has become even smaller since I started covering the city! I also love the hillsides surrounding our town, especially when they are green after winter rains.

Samantha said...

We are a military family and so in the last 4 years we have lived in Dallas Texas, Santa Maria CA, Minot ND, and now we are headed to Columbus MS.

samanthamarshall at verizon dot net

K. Davis said...

What a fun giveaway!! I love white as well... so refreshing! I've done my fair share of moving, and will continue to, every couple of years! The joys of being an Air Force wife... So far, I've in NJ (where I grew up), moved to Florida for a year, lived in Germany (2 minutes from the NL) for 3.5 years.. and now live in S. Korea! It's been an adventure!

Sarah said...

Lived in Kansas, mountains of Virginia, England, Detroit area, and now near the beach in VA. I've loved every place but probably miss that dirty dirty Detroit the most.

Oh Mandie! said...

I lived right smack in Va Beach, Va and now I'm out in the middle of nowhere in PA on a big quiet farm. I've loved both places, but as I got older, I appriciate the peace of the mountains more now


Sharon said...

Grew up in the SF Bay Area then went to school in the great college town of Chico and will never forget it. Then left California for some Arizona action and am now on the East Coast and engaged! Love the semi-nomadic lifestyle - it keeps things interesting!

Sarah-Paige Copeland said...

Well I was born in Vernon British Columbia, then moved closer to the coast ending up first in Ladysmith B.C, and then on Gabriola Island, B.C. Where I have now lived for 13 years. I am in love with this island, it was a great place to spend growing up on the beach, I love the people and the art community is quite impressive. Anywhere I go I will always yearn for the smell of the ocean, and the echoes of barking seals on the log booms.
monkeychild92 at gmail dot com

CarolineB said...

Well besides Ireland, the only other place I've lived is in Australia. I spent a year there and absolutely loved it.

Quite honestly the only thing I missed about home was my family and friends.

carbar79 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

I've lived in Toronto in Canada, Grand Rapids in Michigan, Hong Kong and London as well : P


Wehaf said...

I've lived in Pittsburgh, PA and Berkeley, CA. I love Pittsburgh - I love the hills and the trees and the funny little neighborhoods. It's a marvelous place.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Samy said...

Lovely giveaway!

I have lived in Canada, Poland, and Florida. :)

Aaron Rust said...

what a lovely giveaway! and such lovely pottery! those cups are just too perfect for a day like today in the good ole' northwest...rain, rain, and more rain!

i've lived in:

canby, oregon
rexburg, idaho
alpine, utah
minneapolis, minnesota
and now washington!

LOVE the northwest, yes i do! xoxo

Kaye Prince said...

I've only ever lived in one province (Ontario), but moved to the capital city of Toronto from my small 200-person town by myself when I was 17 to start University (that was almost eight years ago now). I adore Toronto and love the fact that I don't need a car, have so many lovely independent stores around me, and am not too far away from my home town that I can visit my Mum in less than two hours if I want.

I really, really love these sipper cups - they are just perfect!

Melissa said...

I've lived in a rural town in Pennsylvania and in Baltimore. Back home, I love how it's such a "small world." In Baltimore, I love that great bands come through town to perform.

Sarah abeachcottage said...

lovely giveaway!

I've lived in a few places, now in Australia...best place in the world!

photojoy said...

I lived several places in Japan that you've never heard of before. And I've been in Nagoya for 25 years by now. I love white ceramics and love drawing on them.

Kristin said...

What gorgeous pieces! Love the ladder cup. I've had the pleasure of living in Toledo, Tampa, Gainesville (go Gators), DC and Houston!

daunfamily said...

I've lived all over the United States as well as Ecuador and Germany

aj said...

I've lived in my mom's womb, Quezon City, Philippines; Scarborough, Maine, USA & Lillesand, Norway ( :

Sarah Robin said...

I've lived in Castellón and now I'm living in Valencia. I have moved very little, but I love to live in another country sometime.

sarahrl (at) hotmail (dot) com

gracey said...

I grew up in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY, and have been living in New Jersey ever since! Thanks.

Tali Schiffer said...

What a great shop! She's truly talented!
When I was a wee baby my family lived in Canada, but then they moved to Israel, and from 4 months to age 6 I've lived in 3 different cities in Israel. In my twenties I lived in Los Angeles for a few years, and then in Vancouver, Canada for a few more. I currently live in Tel-Aviv Israel, and loving it!

fisiwoman said...

I've lived always in Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain.
I love my city because it is warm, traditional and very colorful!

Ana Belén R.M

Tender Branson said...

The cloud design on the cups is a great way to remind one of the northwest. How is a sipper cup different from other cups?

Tender Branson said...

Oh, and I've lived in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Illinois.

jenwicks said...

I love vanessa and her work. she's amazing.

i've lived in lots of different place. I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I moved to Ottawa Ontario when I was 7. I moved to Vancouver, B.C when I was 17, then Victoria B.C. I promptly moved back to Ottawa when I was 18, then to Quebec City, Quebec. Then I moved to Montreal. Then I moved to Columbus Ohio. Then I moved back to Montreal, and I've been here for 9 years.

phew. it's exhausting just thinking about it.

Jen Wicks

mint said...

Love the cups!
I've only lived in HK and Australia, since I haven't actually traveled around much. I moved from HK to Aus when I was young and have grown up here ever since.

uglygirl said...

Those are divine! I've lived in Perth, Western Australia, nearly all my life, except for a brief frolic in London and short stints in New York and Barcelona as a student. Of course, I travel at any opportunity!

elissa at iinet dot net dot au

BEadECLECTIC said...

Except for one month, I've always lived in Chicago. I tried to move to PA several years ago, but realized that this is my home. My favorite part about it is that all of my family is here. :) (And has been for FIVE generations!)

bead.eclectic at gmail dot com

Jingle said...

I have moved so many times in my life I can hardly keep track! LOL! I've lived in PA, NJ, NY, OK, CO, and MA! I love the ocean and the mountains and have a hard time choosing between the two!

ColeAndJosephine said...

So beautiful. I wish I had the self restraint to decorate in subtle colors and whites, but I just love bright color too much!

Shelby said...

I have lived in San Jose, Detroit, Atlanta, and now Dayton, TN. Its been SUCH an adjustment getting used to living in the country!

Great giveaway!

srobinson8561 at student.bryan.edu

Cabootique said...

I've always lived in WI, and I love how close I am to the city and the arts, yet far enough away where there are trees and birds all around.


Theaterre said...

OH those cups remind me of home! I'm from Vancouver Island, BC...the heart of the Northwest. I have lived in Vancouver, BC, Victoria, BC, Brisbane, Australia and now I live in Jackson, Wyoming.

VivatRegina said...

I've lived in... Summerfield, OK (my hometown in EVERY sense of the word); Wilburton, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Edmond, OK; and finally Levelland, TX. I love those cups because they remind me of my childhood when it would rain heavily and I would play in the huge mud puddles in my grandparent's yard. It was fantastic! :D

Life Smart it said...

great giveaway! .. I've lived in bahrain, lebanon, california and indiana

*fingers crossed* :)

Luisa said...

I lived in Italy, and Ontario, Canada.

hope i win!!!
ldioguardi at gmail dot com

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Lily said...

So far, I have lived in Champaign–Urbana, Illinois, Edmond, Oklahoma, and western Mass.
Lilyhoot at gmail dot com

Jennifer P said...

I was raised in Seattle, Washington (those cups are perfect!!) and in Wenatchee, Washington (desert believe it or not!) I was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and have lived in Hoquiam, Washington, Oceanside, New York and now live in Massapequa, New York.
cspmom at gmail dot com

Nicole Marie said...

that rose bowl is so gorgeous!! and those cups! i don't think i would drink out of them i would just display them!

i was born in maryland moved to southern california (about 4 house moves there) then to south carolina then to merced, california then back to southern california then san francisco then italy for 6 months and back to san francisco :)

Rainy Daisy said...

oh, how fun! I love the subtlety of the white..so clean and calming. And the sipper cups particularly tickle me. I have lived in Vermont, New Hampshire, Boston (kind of all at the same time), in my friend's mom's basement while we looked for our own place for a month or so, and then in Portland, Oregon. Future places to live probably include New York City, Geneva, and Vermont again. Maybe. Although I particularly love the Pacific NW. Maybe I'll live in Seattle one day too. (sigh!)


Cynthia said...

I've only ever lived in one place...Fremont...and then I moved about an hour away to San Francisco for college! Not really sure if that counts as a different place though, since it's so close to home!

karamino said...

My father was the military so we mooved so much! Now Im at Turkey and I like this country because here nice warm blue sea:)
ninusikbel@hotmail dot com

babalisme said...

I only have lived in Bandung in my entire life. And to me it is always sunny and bright with alot of moisture in the air. The place I called home however have changed three times, the first one was the one I born in, then my teenage years, and now as a new family on my own. It's always sunny and bright though, bur I remember the old one I was born in was really 70's and brown-ish all over. I used to look at those pictures when my dad was wearing bell bottoms jeans in front of the house with his old mercedes benz. I missed my old home.

dogwood said...

Wow, what beautiful work.

I've always lived in Arkansas... in several different towns, but always Arkansas.

sallybway at suddenlink dot net

Alice said...

I've lived in ajax, toronto, edmonton, red deer, and miami.

I liked red deer best, because I only really remember playing in a ravines and tween boy girl parties.


Chloë said...

how lovely!

i lived in new jersey for the first almost 21 years of my life and currently live in virginia beach...but still consider jersey "home". and my favorite thing about home is being 30 minutes away from manhattan. i never go to the city more than twice a month, but knowing it's there is magical :)

thanks for stopping by my blog!

Barbara said...

Fun giveaway, Dionne, but yours always are!
Let's see now. Several cities in Michigan (Algonac, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills); Texas (San Antonio, Wichita Falls); Florida (Winter Haven, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton). And we moved quite a bit within each city, too. I lived in Boca the longest and at my present address the longest.

Crooked Sister said...

Those cups are so darn cute! I have lived in Cali most of my life, but in a few different places: San Diego County, Santa Cruz, and now Oakland. I plan on becoming an East Coast resident sometime in the next year though. Time to say good bye to the gold coast!

Madeline said...

Hi Dionne!
I've had a great time following your blog as of late!

I currently live in Santa Barbara, CA...which is fantastic, I have no complaints, except that I was born here, so I feel a tad claustrophobic every once in a while...but I love that it has the ocean. I never get sick of feeling like I live on the edge of the earth, as it breaks off into the water...

I've also lived in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho...as well as Klaipeda, Lithuania (in Eastern Europe)...two very cold and different places from warm, Mediterranean Santa Barbara!


Crafty Q said...

Knoxville, Tennessee- home of the world famous body farm!
Washington, DC- home of our favorite first family the Obamas!
Greenbelt, MD- home of me, currently.


amy b.s. said...

those magnolias are amazing!

Meghan said...

I've pretty much lived in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs my whole life - so no matter where I go, Chicago will always be my home. I love that no matter what, Chicagoans always smile at one another:)

Beathag said...

I lived in Thessaloniki for 17,5 years, tho Athens for 4 years and now I live in Glasgow, it's been 7 months since i moved.

sophia.komninou at gmail.com

Noa said...

I grew up in Israel, but have found myself living in Canada a few years ago. Oh, and I kind of lived in India for a while in between :)

nesting.emily said...

those are beautiful!
I have lived in Toronto, Salt Spring Island and Waterloo (Canada) and India for a short time.

Bridget said...


lets see.. philly area, and boston area. that's bout it.

Amy @ Varnish said...

You have such a lovely, lovely blog!

emcSquared said...

I have always lived in my hometown! Except for when I went away for college and a brief stint in LA. I love to travel, but it feels good to come back home.

thank you for the chance!

em9499 at gmail dot com

Selene said...

Only ever lived in one country so far. I like the variety of food I get at home.

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Zita said...

I have lived in Spain for 6 months with Erasmus scholarship. Granada is the best place on Earth!

International Giveaways said...

I've lived in Uruguay, Chile, Israel and Bolivia!


Kristin said...

oh, you know how I love white! and that magnolia piece is quite wonderful. I'm a midwest girl... born and raised in Wisconsin and I moved to Chicago after college. I don't know that I could ever live further than I already am from my family.

Kim said...

I've lived most of my life in beautiful Washington State, except for the few years I spent in Provo, Utah for college :)

kimhigueria at gmail dot com

Rinei said...

I live in Indonesia.
Not, in beautiful place named Bali, though..
I'm from Bandung, Indonesia's city of fashion and culinary.
Bandung is often called Paris Van Java



Elena said...

Hi! Thanks for the great giveaway!
I live in Russia, in a small town named Anapa. It is located on the South of our country on the shore of the Black Sea. Our town is a health resort and spa.
My favorite thing about my hometown is the sea. It's always different but always wonderful.


Liz said...

Thanks :D

I live in Colombia. Im medellin city. The weather is awesome and Its cool living here. People is so nice. I lived here since I was born :D

we had some good places to visit :)


Amber said...

Those cups are so cute, I'm accusomted to rainy days and like them, so the cups really speak to me. I lived in New York City, Detroit, Philadelphia and a few other midwest and east coast cities. Next I'll be giving the west coast a try in the fall. So these cups would be a good companion. Thanks! :)

shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

Naomi said...

I've alwayls lived in one place (in a town near Milan, in Italy),I would like to travel a little bit!
I really love the smell of my home.
Lovely pieces!


Abby said...

Lived in Australia for a couple of months. Hope that counts. It was nice. Learning more about the place, and traveling to other parts in Australia. I'd love to live in some other countries though. Just for the experience.

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Lyudmila said...

I live in Orenburg (Russia). I like the kitchen at home.
lusizova (at) gmail.com

Annie said...

Oh, I love these! I live in Redmond, WA right now (just outside of Seattle), and these cups are generally relavant to the weather I'm accustomed to :) I've lived in/near Seattle most of my life, but have also lived in Colorado Springs, CO, Washington D.C. and Christiansted, St. Croix!


April said...

I'm from Tulsa, but I've lived in Denver, Toronto, Annapolis, Baltimore & Playa Del Carmen Mexico! Now I'm back in Tulsa and loving it here!
Thanks for all of the hard work that goes into your beautiful blog!

Bekah said...

I was born in Houston but I have also lived in a suburb of Houston, Sugar Land, and in Lawrence, KS.

I have to say that I LOVE Lawrence. I would move back if I could.


Sara said...

We lived in NZ for a while, very beautiful. I grew up in different parts of Texas.

Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments. This giveaway is now closed.