It’s time for a massive dose of design inspiration and an exciting new development in the world of Etsy.
For the first time ever, Etsy is holding a global design award program called The Etsies! *Cue the wild applause*
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Right now there are 160 finalists competing for the $15,000 grand prize, or one of 5 prizes in these categories: Inventive Decor, Signature Style, Festive Celebrations, Earth-Friendly, and Creative Collaborations.
You can go browse through the finalists here, and scroll down to see my favorites. There is SUCH GOOD STUFF here. Etsy still has it going on, even though it’s like 108 in internet years. Go, Girl. (Yes, I have personified Etsy, and it is female.)
My Favorite Picks From The Etsies Finalists
This is incredible, and I’ve never seen anything like it. Those of you with mini dino-lovers in your life will likely be as excited as I am for magnetic dinosaur wallpaper. Seriously, who thought of this?
It’s Sian Zeng from London, and all of her illustrations really are magical. I can just imagine the stories kids create while playing in their rooms with their various wallpaper scenes. Look at this Tropical wallpaper with the frog! EEK!
Next up is this breathtaking chair by Fernweh Woodworking. I need one of these in my life ASAP. Look at those arms, the stitching, the perfectly rounded corners and edges.
I also so appreciate when Etsy artists take/have taken beautiful photos of their work, and when the pieces are in lifestyle situations so you can really picture owning them.
I am digging this tiara, and the other items from Raw Design Ateleier – guess what the shaggy bits on the tiara are made of…
So this is a really neat idea if you want to make the photos at your wedding or other event super creatively special – they are custom painted photo backdrops by The Small Creative. Bonus: you have a piece of art to hang on your wall after the photo sessions.
Yeah, how rad are these wooden lights? They’re so rustic/natural/organic/beautiful/unique/warm and so many other adjectives. By DeLaPalma.
These are the kinds of things you see and immediately know how much fun they were to make, then you realize how much fun it would be to have one on your table, because, hello, conversation piece.
Isn’t it so pretty? It’s a botanical, hand-dyed tablecloth by ADBBotanical Color.
I love this little bee hotel, I love bees, I love beekeepers, I love running around my neighborhood with my arms out to the sides yelling, BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. By Wuddl on Etsy, and there are some other cool bee house designs there, too.
When people collaborate on Etsy, creative magic happens. These stunning origami wedding invitations by Jay Monique proves my point.
I love putting these roundups together, because I know everyone has their own favorites they would choose. Go have a look at the other finalists and let me know what pops out at you. it will be fun to see who wins the big prize. I hope there’s lots of champagne and messy happy tears.