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August 2006


Bleu Nature: Organic Beauties for the Home

August 24, 2006

Located near Lille, in Northern France, Bleu Nature: Organic Beauties for the HomeAfter touring Danielle’s apartment yesterday in The Netherlands, and drooling over the mirror she had displayed over her fireplace, Danielle revealed that Bleu Nature was her source for this fascinating piece.

Bleu Nature is unique in that they do not purchase their driftwood from China or at some dot com shop, rather they scour nearby beaches for it. All sizes are collected and used to create a one-of-a-kind creation. Friendly to our environment, beautiful in our homes. I just love thier approach, materials, and wow, look at those mirrors and lighting, inspiring! I will never look at driftwood the same…

If you are interested in inquiring about price or to make a purchase, please contact the Bleu Nature studios directly. On their contact page, you can also find their downloadable catalog and price sheet.

Thanks Danielle for the tip!

(images from bleu nature)


Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from Berlin

August 23, 2006

Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from BerlinUsing traditional felting methods, Hut Up in Berlin creates one-of-a-kind hand-crafted creations that will keep you warm and cozy in the months to come. In fact, they’ll not only keep you cozy, but they carry items to give your home a feeling of warmth, too. Clothing, baby items, jewelry, key tags, mittens, bags, hats, cell phone holders, frames, table accessories, rugs, pillows, and so much more… You simply have to spend time on their website and see for yourself. I really enjoyed seeing felt used in so many creative and colorful ways. Beautiful! I love the idea of putting felt veggies in the kitchen (maybe in a glass jar on a shelf), or using cut out felt rugs for the floor or placemats for dining. While in Berlin this Fall, I think I’ll wander into Hut Up so I can see these items up close and personal – seeing their collection online makes me want to touch everything!

If you’d like to purchase anything that you see on their website (it’s in English), click on Contact and send them an email regarding the products in which you are interested in. I’m sure someone will respond to your email.

Hut Up: Beautiful Wool Finds from Berlin
(images from hut up)


Room + Board Under $50

August 23, 2006

Room + Board Under $50
Okay, so you’re thinking that Room + Board is this big serious furniture store with items that surely will send your credit card (and you) over a financial cliff… Well, think again. They actually have lots of cute finds for under $50, items that you can use in your home or gift to someone else. I found these cool cats and slick lamps in the children’s accessories page, which proves, don’t knock the kiddie section of any store. You can easily incorporate these Oscar lamps (available in white, grass or carrot) into your very grown up home. The cats… Well let’s just say I wouldn’t rule out putting one on a wooden chair in a lonely hallway, adding an instant smile to the faces of your guests. If you have kids, I can only imagine how Bart and Bubbles would light up their eyes.

If you’re trying to get organized, or just need a colorful trash bin, the confetti bins are a nice buy for under $35. Also great for storing pototos in the kitchen, or lids for pots and pans. You could easily mix these bins in on white shelves for that punch of happy color in your cooking space. Great for storing slippers (or socks) near your front door, or for umbrella storage, too!

Room + Board Under $50
(images from room + board)

Home Tours

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Danielle’s City Oasis in The Netherlands

August 23, 2006

decor8 reader Danielle would like to show you her apartment in The Hague (den haag), the third largest city located in The Netherlands. Danielle writes:

decor8 reader spaces: Tour Danielle's City Oasis in The Netherlands
“I love your idea to show photos of your reader’s houses. As you have readers from all over the world, it will be great to see houses from readers from various countries and the different tastes people have. Please find attached some photos (7) of my home (in The Netherlands). My house is not big (2 room apartment) but it is my castle and I love it. Please let me know if you would like some more information or if you would like to have the photos in a different size. Keep on the good work with your blog. I love reading it!” -Warm regards, Danielle

Things I love: The balcony (shown, middle unit with hanging shells), stained glass over the living room window, amazing mirror over the fireplace, well organized, the silver tea set, view of the lovely brick apartments across the street (with flowers!), great floor plan (and floors!), high ceilings, very tactile and organic – looks like a calming space. When I look at this place, I smell fresh lavendar or sandlewood.

Question I have: Where did you get that amazing mirror, Danielle? The closest I can find that remotely mimics it is this one from Ballard Designs… Thank you for showing us your city oasis, beautiful space. I’m drooling…

As you tour Danielle’s space, please post any questions or comments that you have for her below. Maybe you’d like to know how she got started, where her inspiration came from, etc. She is happy to reply!

Living Room
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Okay, who is next??? :)

(images from danielle)

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