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September 2006

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Floor to Heaven

September 25, 2006

Floor to Heaven I spotted a rug company from German born Michaela Schleypen called Floor to Heaven that I’m smitten by, her rugs are three dimensional objects of art. All rugs are handmade by skilled artisians and are grouped into three key collections, ethnic, soul, and passion. I’m nuts about the faux bois rug, it’s an absolute stunner and so very unique.

Floor to HeavenI don’t know about you, but I can never get enough when it comes to flooring and rugs are big on my list at all times. They can add so much punch to a space, even a room that is relatively boring can come alive by adding an interesting rug and then picking up the colors by using throw pillows, blankets, candles, and misc. accessories. I’ve used rugs for years as the starting point in some of my own designs, especially since so many own rugs they’ve invested in and love and aren’t too willing to part with. Using something in a room as the ‘base’ piece, you can work from there and develop the perfect decor for you, too.

Floor to Heaven
Floor to Heaven
Floor to Heaven
Floor to Heaven (images from floor to heaven)

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Bodo Sperlein for Lladro

September 25, 2006

Bodo Sperlein for LladroFirst up today on my list of goodies to share, a light expected to fly off the shelves… Freeze Frame Birds, a hand-blown ceiling pendant with porcelin birds all a flutter. Created by London-based designer Bodo Sperlein for Lladro, I just love it, because it takes a somewhat industrial style light fixture and adds a soft feminine touch with the decorative birdies. So sweet (or shall I say, so tweet?). This light is part of the Re-Cyclos Magical collection, made up of over 40 decor objects that are based in fragments of Lladr? pieces, the magic of nature (wings, insects, birds, flowers) being the focus. Find yours here, along with other Lladro lovelies…

I’m fortunate enough to be located about one block from an amazing store devoted exclusively to modern lighting, so I plan to browse there tomorrow to scout out additional beauties to share with you here at decor8. If it’s lighting you love, I think I’m in the right country because the stores here carry some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in years. A real treat.

Don’t you love these Bodo Sperlein bottle toppers? This porcelin room divider is also a beauty…

Bodo Sperlein for Lladro
Bodo Sperlein for Lladro
Bodo Sperlein for Lladro (images from lladro)

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coffee + cre8tive {sept 25 ’06}

September 25, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 25 '06}
Guten Morgen! So, we made it to Germany where we’re based for the next two months, staying in a doppelzimmer (two room) suite/apartment in Hannover complete with daily buffet breakfast, laundry services, private bathroom, balcony, and two desks (one in each room) for both my husband and I. It works out great since he’s working for his company 5 days per week and I am working on an assignment here, as well as decor8, so we both can accomplish our goals without interruption. We’re located 2 blocks from a city forest that makes most American city parks look like a playground, the forest here is not only a natural one (not man made – imagine!), but it’s absolutely huge, completely safe, and lush green. The subway (u-bahn) is one block away, as is a small market and a weekly outdoor farmers’ market that sets up in the square nearby on Wednesdays. Life is so different here from my usual day-to-day back home.

I just heard children singing on the street below, and after peeking down from the balcony, I spotted a small wooden wagon being pulled by two teachers, with small children sitting in it. They are on their way to the forest. It was so sweet hearing little voices singing in German. I’ve always had a fondness for that, children’s songs sung in a language other than English. The kids are now out of range, and I’m listening to the typical ambulance sound that is so common in Europe, if you’ve heard it before, you know the sound.

I’m taking it all in. Every second. Two months here can pass by so quickly.

The weather is perfection, low 80’s, clear sunny sky, slightly crisp Autumn nights. The locals tell me that this is their best summer in years, they’ve had Autumn in August and summer in September, so we arrived at the best time. Since this region of Germany isn’t blessed with good weather (mostly rain), it’s wonderful to have arrived to sunshine and warm days.

These two photos are views of what I see when I awake each day. The top photo is the view from my desk, which faces a balcony and gigantic windows with a door. This is what I see when I look up from my laptop while typing. The architecture is so beautiful, isn’t it? The facades of the buildings in this district, known as List, are amazing. We’re staying on the 3rd floor so the views are great up here(4th floor to Americans since Germans do not recognize the 1st floor as such, rather it is referred to the ground floor, 1st floor is next floor up). The photo below is the view from our bedroom windows. That is the direction we walk to go to the train and the forest.

I’ve already found some design-y things to write about, as I spent the weekend split between visiting family and researching design (mostly from shopping and noting labels), so I’ll be back with a few topics of interest before I head out to explore for the day.

I’ll be back with a few fresh finds, so stay tuned!
coffee + cre8tive {sept 25 '06}

(images from decor8)

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And We’re Auf!

September 21, 2006

And We're Auf!
I’m very excited that today has finally arrived! My husband and I are heading out to catch our flight to Germany, where we’ll be staying for the next two months. I won’t be blogging tomorrow since we’ll be in Amsterdam, but I’ll be back on Monday, September 25th to blog daily, just as usual! :)

Expect the blog focus to shift a bit while I’m on the other side of the pond, my goal is to absorb as much European design as possible to share with decor8 readers. Please let me know if there’s anything specific that you’d like for me to cover, I’m open to suggestions! (comment below).

See everyone on Monday, September 25th.

Aufwiedersehen! Tschuess!

(images from decor8)

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Boston: Tonight – Scandinavian Style with Stil @ DWR South End

September 21, 2006

Boston: Tonight - Scandinavian Style with Stil @ DWR South End
I nearly forgot to tell the locals about this one. Oops! Anyway, tonight over at Design Within Reach in Boston’s South End (519 Tremont Street) there’s a great fashion event that you won’t want to miss, a forum and fashion show about “Scandinavian Style with Stil, Inc.” from 6?9pm. Here’s the scoop:

Find out what?s new for Fall fashion out of Denmark with an evening of style from Boston boutique Stil, Inc. Stil owner Betty Riaz will discuss how Copenhagen has become a huge influence in the fashion and design world, touching on some of the notable Danish designers ? such as Arne Jacobsen and Eva Solo. A fashion show will feature new pieces for the season from designers Malene Birger, Bruuns Bazaar, Suzanne Rutzo, Heartmade, Baum and Pfertgarten, Darhling and Noir. Hair styling will be provided Acote Salon on Newbury Street. Attendees will receive goody bags filled with coupons and fun products from Stil Clothing. Cocktails and music from DJ?me will kick off the evening at 6pm.

If you attend, please let us know how it went, and most of all, have fun, mingle with the locals, and learn much!

(images from dwr + stil)

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