Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Colorful Home

Who doesn't love a colorful home?


Whether it has colorful walls and furniture, or white decor with small pops of color - color really makes a difference to cheer up any room. Like a lot of you, I like browsing through pictures of different interiors and getting decorating ideas. Brian and I live the "apartment life" at the moment, but I can't wait for when we get our own house!

Have you ever come across the store Yaghie? It is a gorgeous, colorful Home Decor store owned by Design Extraordinaire, Petergaye S. Kisielewicz. I adore all the colors and patterns on offer, and pretty much want to buy it all!


Petergaye has a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and also segues those skills into graphic design. She enjoys illustrating, painting and designing her ideas that are often inspired by her ethnic background. Her family is blended with different cultural origins from European to Caribbean, and those are clear influences to see while browsing through the Yaghie store.

Her favorite colors are shades of green, yellow and orange - the lovely shades of summer. With trips to the beach and summer-time traveling, Petergaye is constantly invigorated by the beauty of the colors around her. And when she's not outside enjoying the sun, she likes to relax at home watching classic movies like Gigi and Breakfast at Tiffany's, or enjoying some of her Grandmother's sweet potato pudding.


Petergaye is generously giving away one of her charming Paris Mugs to one lucky reader. To enter, please leave a comment here telling me what your cultural background is, and what you like most at Yaghie. I will announce the winner on Sunday.


Annie said...

pretty and fun home decor!
love the little things canvas!

Silver Strands said...

Have I told you yet that I totally love the whole feel of your blog? It's so cheery and just relaxing to look at and to read. Anyway, yup. I love it!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

great shop ad the Paris mugs are so cute! and I absolutely love your drawings!!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

The passport pillow is so cute, as is the Paris mug!

My cultural background is French Canadian, Scottish, and eastern European Jewish (the country that my great grandparents are from- we don't exactly know).

Meghan said...

Oh, I adore the "Just in Time for Tea" pattern. My apartment is super colorful - let's just say that our walls are "asparagus" :)

My background is Irish and German.

sEy said...

home is a place to relax. It gives us comfort that's why we have to make it colorful. Colors can add to the good mood. I love pastel colors!

Jennifer said...

I love all of this stuff! I rent so I can't paint, but I try to have lots of other colorful stuff to make up for it!

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weezie said...

I love love love the Eco-Chic Shopping bag. What a statement to make while being eco friendly.

I am 100% italian. I was born in Italy and moved to canada when i was 1 1/2 yrs old.

Anna Katrina said...

j'adore that paris mug!

Anna Katrina

Michele Lee said...

Hi Dionne! What a great find here! I hope my luck is half full this time around. :)

I'll have to say my favorite Yaghie piece is the Home Bliss Wall Art! This would be perfect for my room with all white walls. I'm living the apartment life too and sadly, they won't allow any painting to go on. It would be a perfect pick me up for my lonely white walls.


Also, my cultural background is Hmong. If you've seen Gran Torino with Clint Eastwood, Hmong people were actively in the movie. Our culture has also showed up in such shows as Doogie Howser and Grey's anatomy episodes because of our different religious beliefs/healing methods. We definitely have a liking to color when it comes to our traditional outfits! :)

You can read more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hmong_people.

Thank you for the post!

Tina said...

I totally love the passport pillow!

k. davis said...

My cultural background is 100% Germany, although my mom was actually born and raised in Canada.

Visited Paris while living in Germany, and LOVED it! Although I could do away with the people begging for money underneath the Eiffel Tower.

I Love all of the fabric, and that there's an organic line! But my favorite would have to be the "Just in time for tea" pillow!

Melanie's Randomness said...

When I have my own place I want to make it very colorful!!

Oh my background is Italian, German, & Spanish. I love being a mix cuz it gives me really random style! I love that Pop Artichoke Wallpaper! It's so retro!!

McCarthy Designs said...

What a great giveaway, my grandparents are from Russia and they migrated to China where my parents were born. My parents migrated to Australia and this is where I was born! I have visited the shop and I love the Home Bliss Wall art! Please count me in the I love Paris mug is adorable! xx

melina bee said...

I've grown up in 3 cultures all my life: my parents are armenian via lebanon but I've grown up in Virginia my whole life.

my favorite is the robots fabric.

Sarah Esther said...

before I even saw you were giving it away I was thinking 'wow, I would really love that mug'

My cultural background is english/Irish tho my friends swear my ancestors must have hooked up with a Cuban. Hahah. I tan really well!

I just want the Paris mug on your blog. It's my heart.

lisaroy said...

My cultural background is Finnish and my hubby is French Canadian.
I've visited Paris a few times and will always have a special spot for it in my heart - would LOVE the mug!
Yaghie has some pretty fabulous stuff - the pillows are amazing and I love the postcard art. : )

jc said...

I'm Asian, we believe very much in feng shui. By either blocking or avoiding negative energies that might have bad effects, we believe that this would be helpful in living a prosperous and healthy life. Such steps would include how objects in the house should be hang, which areas our doors should face, etc.

I like the Eco-Chic Shopping Bag at Yaghie. I love that the fabric is hand illustrated and the material organic cotton, a very stylish bag indeed! Thanks for the giveaway.


Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

I adore your fun drawings!

Kaye Prince said...

Well, as you know I'm Canadian, and I have ancestors here going back a few hundred years. Most of my family originally come from Scotland and Ireland, and (since my Mum is adopted) my adoptive family's ancestors all come from England.

I think my favourite thing in the store is the custom postcard wall art - very cool!

uglygirl said...

Half Chinese, half Scottish but Aussie born and bred (fair dinkum). My favourite from Yahgie is the Eli the Elephant fabric in neutral.

Rosey said...

Love the cushion!

Brooke said...

I love all the textiles they use for the their products. Fun patterns and wonderful color. Love color!
shutterboo at gmail dot com

Barbara said...

What a lovely blog Petergaye has. It was such fun to scroll on through. I must admit I adore the Paris mug. My daughter lived there for 6 years and feels exactly that way about it!

Lilly said...

The Pink Chandelier Pillow is so lovely!
Thanks for the chance.
I'm Brazilian and my mom is Japanese ^^
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Katie said...

i love the Custom Postcard Wall Art. I saw their shop awhile ago and fell in love with that item!

well i am canadian but my background is: English, Irish, German, Norwegian


PoppyLand said...

Cancelled Passport Pillow- that is so awesome! nice shop:)
and my background, mostly eastern european:)

Amethyst said...

Just In Time For Tea Wall Art is my favorite.
My cultural background is Greek, Bulgarian, Balkans:)

Melissa said...

Love the Teke Pillow. Also, my heritage is Slovenian and Finnish! omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Ľubaša said...

I am 100 % Slovak (western Slavic nation) and I live all my life in central Europe where my country is. I didnt find anybody of another nationality in my family tree back to the beginning of 19 century.
I love Vintage Chairs Pillow.
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

TopHat said...

I grew up in Chicago, so midwesterner at heart.

I like the home bliss wall art!

hrfarley at gmail dot com

Shawna said...

I'm a first generation American: Mom migrated from the Philippines when she was 7, Dad migrated from Turkey when he was 17.

I'm one of the very rare "Turkipenish" individuals traipsing around.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Cancelled Passport Pillow. I've got some major wanderlust and my home decor reflects that. Poster of NY on one wall, pictures of French fashion on another, and signs from London and postcards from Turkey on the next!


Kristin said...

Thank you for introducing me to this fabulous store. LOVE the Paris mug!!

p.s. Our blog has moved! We would love for you to visit us at our new site: http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/
Unfortunately, if you followed us with Google Friend Connect you'll have to re-follow but everything else is the same! Hugs, K

elephanteaus said...

loving the mug! it's adorable hehe.

I'm Chinese but born and raised in Canada.

Also, my favourite item would probably be the postcard wall art! I pretty much just love anything related to postcards (:


fisiwoman said...

I love Paris and I'm in love with this mug!

Ana Belén R.M

Katie said...

I love the postcard wall art! I'm Norwegian, Irish, English, French, German...mostly a european mutt. great giveaway!
engh.katie at gmail dot com

Gabriella said...

My cultural background is Irish, Russian, Polish, English, French...and I'm not sure what else. lol

I like the Cancelled Passport Pillow. The Postcard Wall Art is really cool.

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Anonymous said...

My cultural background is Irish mostly, and a bunch of other things I'm unsure of.


I like their canvas shopping bag.

Anonymous said...

I like their Screaming Woman Wall Art. Very Cool.
And I am Italian, Irish I think, and not even sure what else.


Anonymous said...

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kyliept said...

I love your black chandelier pillow!

My cultural background is that I was born in Australia to British parents. So, I am officially a dual citizen of Australia and the UK!


Heather Taylor said...

These are fabulous! I really love the English Passport pillow!
My heritage is English, Welsh, German, and Native American. Quite the mix!

Jenny said...

I love the robots fabric - it is adorable! By background is German, from both my mom and my dad.

jenny.maurer84 at gmail dot com

CarolineB said...

The black chandelier pillow is really lovely.

I'm 100% Irish :-)

Wehaf said...

Culturally I'm a WASP on one side, Polish and Irish on the other.

My favorite item from Yaghie is the awesome designer chair pillow in blue.

urchiken at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

born and raised in the good old u.s.
also, i love the Ginkgo Leaf Fabric

lin3arossa said...

Born in Canada - spent 2 years there- spent 2 years in Moroccon - 13 years in cameroon - 6 years in Canada (with regular stays in the US) - 7 years in germany. I feel half Canadian, half Cameroonian, with lots of other places in the world I've spent holidays at and love(d). No wonders my favorite item is the Cancelled Passport Cushion Cover...
ghainskom at yahoo dot com

Little Miss Tiara said...

:O those mugs are so pretty! Haha... and all those pillows too! And I especially love the wall arts! :D

my origin? Indonesian, with little hints of chinese and Arabian, hehehehe... being Indonesian is already full of different cultural backgrounds... o.o

Clare said...

Although I am from Bath in England, I live in bonnie Edinburgh with my fiancee and cat!
I LOVE this homeware range as it adds complete sunshine to ones home!
I am certianly looking to add some colour to our so far rather grey summer : (

Ester Durães said...

What a great giveaway!

I was born in Paris, France but I've moved to the center of Portugal as that is my parents' home country :)

My fave item on Yahgie is the 'Cancelled passport pillow'.

Margaret said...

I am Asian American and identify strongly with both Chinese and American culture.

My favorite thing on the website is the Turquoise Bliss pillow. All of the pillows are really artsy and beautiful actually.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Ashley said...

My cultural background is mostly German-Italian, with some Swedish thrown in there!

I think the Just In Time For Tea print is quite cute.


Linda Kish said...

primarily Norwegian and Swedish but also Scot, Irish, English and American Indian

I like the Little Things wall art.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Being Tazim said...

I like the Cancelled Postage Stamp Pillow

I am from Canada, lived in the USA for 10 years and back to Canada for the rest of my life.

Samy said...

I have almost fully Polish blood with a hint of German. All of my family, besides my sister and parents, live over in Europe. Although, I was born in Canada and have lived in Florida for most of my life.

I love the Eco-Chic shopping bag :)

samyrocks92 at msn dot com

baggypants said...

My Dad is Irish and my Mom is Canadian...so I have the pleasure of having the best of both worlds...
and as for my favourite item, I like the Turquoise Bliss Pillow.


AM said...

My favorites are the canceled passport cushion cover and the postcard wall art.

My background is English, French, and Irish.

(Email in blogger profile)

Lily said...

I love the Vintage Chairs Pillow!
I am 1/4 Slovak and then some Swedish, German, and Welsh.
Lilyhoot at gmail dot com

avalonne83 said...


Please count me in. Thanks.

avalonne83 [at] yahoo[dot] it

Ladytink_534 said...

I'm a bit of a mutt. I have a little German, Cherokee, and Irish in me.

I like the Turquoise Bliss Pillow


Pamela said...

lovely! recently my friend taught me how to make decor pillows...i'm loving experimenting with different fabrics. it's amazing how a few new pillows can change a room!

Heather said...

My cultural background is German and Scottish - I guess I take them for granted so I can't say there is anything I love about it...
jswandrn at gmail

Kim said...

I'm Scottish, English, Slovenian, Norwegian and Danish! My kids are all that though, plus mexican, german and american indian :) Makes for some pretty cute kids, if I say so myself :)

I LOVE the Custom Postcard Wall Art.

kimhigueria at gmail dot com

oksana said...
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oksana said...

Hi, I am from Perublic of Belarus, I would love to win this mug, because my honeymoon was in Paris, and since then I fall in love with all things that remind me about this town of my dream! Please enter me in, thank you for great giveaway!


Dionne said...

Thanks for your comments, this giveaway is now closed.

Labour of Love said...

Dionne! I simply love all your illustrations!!!!!!!!!! I know this giveaway is closed but I wanted to tell you how much I adore that French Mug...I can't wait to check out this site...WOW...I've missed alot on your gorgeous blog...I'm baby sitting my bebe nephew, Petey...while he's napping I'm catching up on your blog...and I'm enjoying every minute!!!!!! xoxoxo

Calvin said...

I also love a house with a simple white design, but decorated with different colored items. A house looks simple yet stylish with a theme like that. I can already imagine the modish environment of the house you and your partner are going to live in soon. It will be really lovely.

Calvin Mordarski