Today’s our last week of the Inspired Design Challenge and this week’s inspirational store is World Market. Wow, that series went by a lot faster than I thought it would! To be honest, I was a bit nervous if I’d be able to pull it off and stick to a timeline (this challenge has spanned two cases of stomach flu, pink eye, and a cold in our household) but I gave myself permission to be as loose as necessary with interpreting the challenge and it worked! For this week’s challenge, I felt like I sorta had to dig deep. I like World Market, I really do but what I love most is how authentic everything is. I’m most inspired by their intricate textiles (pillows, shower curtains, you name it!), flatware and woven baskets. I love seeing items I’ve actually come across in my international travels. Since most of their products are so distinctive and affordable, I’m more inclined to buy than DIY so you can see why this week was a bit more challenging for me.
I popped into the store after work one day for a quick dose of inspiration hoping to have a ‘that’s it!’ type moment. I found a lot of intriguing items but none that spoke to me. I like the shape and colors of all these chairs but particularly the teal one. Elevating a traditionally cardboard product to a ceramic is fun (and colorful!). These reminded me of the flat ware I came across in Portugal but these are actually plastic! I love this kinda cute-sy stuff. I think I need to go back and get this for my hedge hodge loving mom. I was really smitten with these. The handles are some sort of hard material that would wash well (and not rub off). I thought about painting some wooden spoons I already have but had doubts that it would wash off. And here is some playful flatware since I mentioned World Market’s plates usually pique my interest.
After my quick visit and some online shopping, I was still stuck on how to approach this week’s challenge. So I stepped back and thought back to when I was first introduced to World Market. I remembered seeing an advertisement for World Market that had a patio umbrella laced with outdoor lights (this must have been a really long time ago because I was still living with my parents at the time). At the time, non-Christmas outdoor lighting was a novel concept to me and the idea stuck with me over the years.
Unfortunately, I don’t have an image of that advertisement from all those years ago (who knows, it could be in one of my many inspiration books preceding the days of Pinterest) but World Market still carries outdoor globe lights:
I picked up a box of globe lights on sale from Target for about $10. Yeah, I know. Wrong store. But the challenge is to get inspired and the idea initially came from World Market… I strung them up on the balcony off our main floor using a staple gun. I dunno how I’d ever learn to shoot a real gun—I wince and close my eyes even using a staple gun! This was a fun little photo shoot I had with Anak running in and out of the house to capture all the different lighting as the sun set. It was a good little lesson in vocabulary for him, too! I think ‘dusk’ should be in his permanent vocabulary now… So that’s the balcony to our living room and the one above it is our master bedroom. The door you see there is the entrance for our downstairs neighbor. I think I got a little photo happy—I don’t shoot the back side of our condo that often. And one more of Anak in action! Head over to (1) Life of Splendor, (2) Angie’s Roost, (3) Embrace My Space and (4) Bliss at Home to see what these lovely ladies cooked up this week.
And come back on Thursday when I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite projects from the past five weeks from participants of the Inspired Design Challenge. I’ll also be featuring some projects of a few fellow bloggers who played along as well. You won’t want to miss it—I had a lot of ‘why didn’t I think of that?!’ moments : P
Do you decorate with outdoor lights outside of the holidays? What are your favorite World Market items?