Drool. This is one gorgeous wallpaper company. TapetenAgentur (translated: wallpaper agency, in English) in Cologne, Germany has the most lush papers I’ve seen. I love how, if you click on a pattern, it shows you it up close, and in various color choices and at least one image of the paper installed in an actual space (very helpful!).
The site is in both German and English, so you can order samples and learn more about their papers. I really like the Octopus paper (so bold!), it’s called a strip wallpaper, so I’m thinking it’s a simple sheet that you apply in one area of the room and that’s it – only one strip and you’ve illustrated your walls with an amazing graphic. I like that idea, especially if you don’t want to paper an entire wall. I noticed in Domino magazine (July/August issue) that they had a good wallpaper idea where you just paper a square over your bed and frame it with simple moldings and use it as a headboard. Another good way to incorporate wallpaper into your home in a more non-traditional sense. Another paper fave of mine is Woods (in cream). It’s so pretty, I would love to incorporate this into my own home design. It’s nice to bring the outdoors in so that the view from my window gels with my interior space.
Find any favorites at TapetenAgentur?
Thanks Jenn for the tip!
(images from tapetenagentur)
I couldn’t resist posting these fab faux bois smorgas-board plates from Pop Ink dinnerware in melamine in 4 different woodgrains. Set of 4/$40. These giraffe cards are so sweet, don’t you think? He looks very speedy. Set of 6/$13.
Looking for some hand-printed pillows with clean modern designs? Three Sheets 2 The Wind has pretty ones in linen or wool felt for $66-82/each. Elsewares carries everything from jewelry to dog dishes, many from individual artisans as well as manufacturers and vendors who respect worker rights and the environment. Good cause, good stuff. Give them a peek here.
(images from elsewares)
To auf or not to auf, that is the question… Alas, another episode of Project Runway has come and gone. Poor Bonnie (horrid design though). Keith with his crazy pattern books. Kayne the tattletale (although I think it was within his right). Robert and his fashion nightmare (puffy coat circa 1985). Laura with her potty mouth (she seemed so proper until last night). Michael my man (love him!). Vincent the adorable daddy (fun to watch him). Alison the adorable (she remains so calm and creative under fire and can I please order one of everything she wears?). Uli, Jeffrey, and Bradley – the quiet ones (at least this week).
All I can say is pattern books? What was he thinking?
in?spi?ra?tion – (nsp-rshn) n. 1. Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity. 2. The condition of being so stimulated. 3. An agency, such as a person or work of art, that moves the intellect or emotions or prompts action or invention. 4. Something, such as a sudden creative act or idea, that is inspired. 5. The quality of inspiring or exalting: a painting full of inspiration. 6. Divine guidance or influence exerted directly on the mind and soul of humankind.
Inspiration. Sometimes all you need is to see something that completely captivates you, conjures up a memory, bestows you with feelings of joy, and viola! your creativity sweeps in, whisking you off your feet and planting you smack in the middle of that project you’ve been procrastinating, only this time, you’re wearing a smile because you have a fresh approach.
If you love photography, especially lifestyle photos that flutter you away to the land of exquisite things, you’ll fancy Amy Butler’s photos online, total viewing pleasure. (If Amy sounds familiar, I reviewed her new DIY sewing book yesterday.)
Textiles – whether in my hands or felt through the pages of magazines or images online, give me a sense of calm. Fresh flowers and chocolate help, too. (smile) What does it for you?
Psst: Check out Amy’s booth from the International Quilt Market – it’s drop dead beautiful! Amy and her husband amaze me, and they’re both so cute, too!
(images from amy butler designs)
While wrapping up my work for today, I was sorting through emails and noticed several finds from Daily Candy that I’d missed this week. That’s when I spotted a write-up about Distant, a lovely store located in LA, and I couldn’t pass by posting it — the store photo looks so enticing! I want to visit – it’s not filled to the brim with trendy goods from top designers, rather it’s mostly Turkish imports! Refreshing to see products that aren’t familiar sometimes. Often, I feel like every store I step into lately is a copy of the last five I shopped. Same labels, same textiles, same… same… same… Distant is different, and sometimes when you need to break away from the norm, import stores do the trick. I think you can successfully blend imports with the big names as well, especially if you stick with a color palette and work from it. Keep your large prints to a minimum and use shelves to organize your international finds instead of scattering them throughout your space. Do you like to shop for imports? If so, what country interests you?
(image from distant)
I haven’t talked about See Jane Work in awhile, so it’s time to peek in on Jane and see what she’s up to these days. Seems as though she’s prepping the college set for looking cool as they head back to school with her contemporary office finds. I love the small disposable clipboard (also available in large), short pencils, and these super cool task clips in bright colors that help you sort through all those papers on your desk (and look cute doing it!). College bound or not, we all need help tidying up our work space, and with these punchy colors, cleaning up never looked so fun!
Need office design inspiration? Check in monthly with Jane as she posts her desk of the month. Here’s Jane’s desk for August: College Bound (recreate the look here). I love the blue walls with the red dot bulletin boards – I noticed that these boards are sold unnumbered though, so this is a very cool decorating idea – just add vinyl peel on/off letters or numbers. Have fun!
(images from see jane work)