Like in the motivational posters you’ve seen around offices, the mountain can be a powerful symbol. It can represent endurance, strength, courage, overcoming challenges or obstacles in your life, or like my previous post on Mt St Helens, the importance of change. It’s nice to have this symbol around to remind you of your accomplishments or to excite you for challenges ahead.
Here are some beautiful mountain-shaped things I love. As always, the photos in this post are used by permission by the sellers. They are all very nice people and you should buy stuff from them.
Chris Hagan is a freelance illustrator based in Brighton, England. His beautiful work is often whimsical and inspired by folk tales, which I love (see his full Etsy store here). This print of an original collage illustration perfectly balances abstract and simplicity. He says that he strives to achieve a naive and childlike quality to his work that is simple and uncluttered. He often looks to his four-year-old daughter for inspiration.
Pam Lostracco is a super talented artist, graphic designer and muralist. She is deeply inspired by nature and often creates her art from photographs she’s taken while traveling to remind her of favorite places. The artwork in this creative calendar is inspired by the endless mountainscapes she viewed from buses while traveling through Thailand and Laos. The months and days line the tops of the ridges like little hikers and climbers. I fell in love with Pam’s work when she was featured on Apartment Therapy showing how she transferred the lovely mountains from her calendar art onto her bedroom wall. The result is so wonderful and peaceful, perfect for a bedroom. You can inquire more about her mural services on her website.
Three Bad Seeds is a mother-father-daughter trio in Olympia, Washington. The Weiss family started making creations of their doodles and sketches while living in South Carolina. They used cast off wool from the thrift store dollar rack and sold their creations at the local markets. Their excellent work garnered more attention and the tiny family business has grown. They now have a studio in Olympia and source their wool from the Pendleton Woolen Mill (you know, where they make the famous blankets). The pillows come in different colors and there are many other great shapes including animals like the llama, fox, bear and owl.
These charming and colorful little notebooks make me smile. We all know we have awesome and magnificent thoughts when we are out in the mountains and we should be harnessing them! Here is the perfect vessel. The owner of Messy Bed Studio, Lisa Goodman, likes to collect old things and breath new life into them, much like she brightens up the mundane appearance of a moleskine. You can personalize the notebooks to feature your own witty catchphrase or check out her others like “bad ass ideas” and “genius lives here” in her Etsy store.
Schlomit Ofir is a creative young talent from Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to this lovely hanger she creates her own line of jewelry, clothing and accessories. Like many of the artists I feature, she is inspired by nature and likes to incorporate geometric shapes into her work. This Scandinavian-style wooden jewelry hanger makes a beautiful addition to a stylish bedroom and makes a great gift for displaying favorite necklaces or on its own as decoration.
Thais Marchese is the genius behind Sleepy Mountain, based in Portland, Maine (previously of Seattle). Her funky earrings are ingenious and fun. Besides the cute polka dot mountains, other designs include your favorite television and movie twosomes like Leslie and Ben from Parks & Rec and Sam and Suzy from Moonrise Kingdom and lots more. I highly suggest checking out her Etsy store to see all that she offers.
This necklace is a way to show the world that you are not only stylish but adventurous too. The jewelry that we wear makes a statement about ourselves, so don’t just wear something pretty, wear something that makes you feel good and reflects your personality. Justine is a grad student from California and creates pieces that her fun and independent friends would wear.
Bring the beauty of the mountains into your home with this pleasing geometric peak design. As a lover and user of graph paper I am especially drawn to this creative and simple design. The bowl can be used as a planter (the shop owner, Paula, suggests that succulents would look great), as a fruit bowl, or just as decoration. Portland-based Paula’s beautiful pieces are a labor of love, hand thrown, etched and painted.
Wooden Candle Holder by Amokori
I love these wooden mountain candle holders, they add a touch of the outdoors and warmth to any room of your home. The snow-capped peaks give them a wintery and cozy feel. The tea light holders are comprised of an ash base and handcut wood veneers. Each product will be a little different based on the nature of the wood, giving each it’s own unique character. Amokori is based in Northern England and offers other great mountain-shaped products like keychains and magnets.