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Between Essen and Dortmund sits the city of Bochum, Germany – home to felt artist Felicitas Weitkamper, the talent behind Filzware (filz is felt in German). She shapes felt into lovely rings, shawls, 40s inspired hats, scarfs, handbags, and my favorite, sweet wedding gloves called nuno-stulpen, along with many other felt items that you are sure to enjoy. All of her items are crafted by hand, using Australian marino wool, each item one-of-a-kind. She can duplicate items, but she mentions on her site that duplicate items will still have some variations in color. Since we’re a blog about home design, let’s explore her felt lighting a bit here. What do you think? I really like the concept behind them, the fresh pastels, how pretty they are when illuminated, and especially appreciate all the work involved in the felt making process. I think we’ll be seeing more and more felt lighting emerge over the next year, especially since it’s become quite popular here in the US and we seem to be demanding more of it all the time.

The Filzware website is in German, but with the aid of photos, I’m sure you’ll be able to navigate just fine. At the home page, click on schaufenster to view Felicitas beautiful designs. If you are interested in purchasing something, perhaps you can email her for assistance? She doesn’t have e-commerce, and her wares appear to only be sold in Germany, however she may be interested in your business if you like something that you see.

(all photos from filzware)

Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2006

Plush Living

Fresh Finds! Mod stylish shower curtains for $36 each at Plush Living. They’ve just added 3 new styles, links (my favorite), blocks and monogram. My all-time PL favorite will always be the kaleidoscope, black and white with an orange band, it looks so rich, like one of those dark chocolate oranges that you hit on the table to break apart, opening the shimmery foil to reveal the perfect treat. Enjoying each creamy rich slice… oops! back to showering!

Shop online for Plush Living shower curtains, pillows, wall art, message stickers and journals. Everything on this website pops, so if you’re currently afraid of color but really want to introduce some to your home without painting your walls fuschia, then experiment slowly with some wall art or a few pillows. Once you start adding color to your space, you’ll be surprised at how soon your eye starts to adjust to it and soon, you’ll be color whipped. :)

(photo credit: links shower curtain from plush living.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [mar 21 06]

Lovely poem along with lush linens from French General – my inspiration for the day as I listen to the birds outside my window, the morning sun resting gently upon my desk…

“Hear the birds stirring in thier nest. Reflected stars are in the garden pool. The breeze is kind and cool. The silence seems to speak, head bowed. Then ramblers that had grown into a cloud, lifted, tear-washed, now could see the beauty that today was lost and nearer still to flowers and the birds.”

(poem and photo from french general. You’ll want to explore french general for paper products, textiles, jewelry and notions.)


Posted in uncategorized on March 21, 2006

Creative Blog: JuJu Loves Polka Dots

I discovered a deep pocket apron today at Hannah Lamb and had to share it with all the cooking girls (and guys!) out there that must maintain the cuteness factor at all times [grin], even while wielding a greasy spoon. You can view it online here.

The Hannah Lamb link was mentioned on an alluring blog called JuJu Loves Polka Dots in London, featuring whimsical knitting, sewing, painting and crocheting projects along with a heap of great links, including one to her online gallery. I really like her style, and the fact that she has hot pink streaks in her hair despite that she’s not twentysomething, scores *big* points with me because I personally adore and respect woman that allow their design flair to shine through well into their 30s, 40s, and beyond. I love it when women do not allow age to dictate how they dress. I mean, there are exceptions to this (skirts that are to short, hair that is to long)…
I guess that’s why I will always love Betsey Johnson. Not to mention that Betsey can still do cartwheels after each of her runway shows at 60+ years old.

The artwork above if from JuJu, aren’t the colors spine-tingling pretty?


(photo credit: easter painting by juju.)

Posted in uncategorized on March 20, 2006


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