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October 2006


coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 ’06}

October 19, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}I thought it would be fun to introduce you to kitchen design in Germany, as it differs a lot from what we see in the states. I snapped these at the Infa fair I attended last weekend, thinking you’d like to see them.
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Can you find the dishwasher? What about the refridgerator? Germans do a fabulous job at concealing them, which is actually not as difficult as you’d expect given that most appliances here are much smaller than what we have in America. Drawers and cabinets, for the most part, are quite mobile, too. But there’s a reason for this…coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Most kitchens are not built-in since here in Germany, except for some of the overhead cabinets, you BYOK. Bring Your Own Kitchen. Yup, that’s right. Your kitchen moves with you when you’re a renter. Most apartments do not have cabinets or appliances in the kitchen when you move in, the kitchen is a blank slate – an empty room with only a tiled floor and appliance outlets along with plumbing for a sink. You supply the rest. Now the whole mobile kitchen idea makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s one of the reasons why you’ll find cabinets on simple feet or wheels, not built into the floors and walls. Many renters mount overhead cabinets to the wall, but at this fair, I noticed many of the overhead cabinets designed to stand alone. Given the condition of most American apartments in the states and their dated kitchens, I actually wouldn’t mind BYOK. At least I wouldn’t have to suffer through 60’s knotty pine with hammered cooper hardware as I recall from apartments + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} I loved opening the sturdy drawers, each one illuminated as I peeked inside. The sleek modern design appealed to me, uncomplicated and clean so you can get down to business in the kitchen – cooking and eating!
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}If you live in Hannover, you can view these kitchens at Moebel Hesse in Garbsen.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Not sure who these peeps are, but she nicely shows us the deep storage drawers.
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}Click here to see more kitchen photos in my flickr album. Click on any of the images shown for a larger view.

(images from holly becker for decor8)


Rita Gomez (Germany)

October 18, 2006

Rita Gomez (Germany) Maybe some of you can relate to this. I’ve worn a few hats in my time. Not only head coverings, but roles in life, jobs. I was an au-pair one summer, spent another at a printing press, and then landed a gig as a talent scout for a modeling agency. I wasn’t keen on working during the summer, but it helped me along my path of self-discovery and taught me (some!) responsibility. My final summer job, where I trained under a master milliner, was an experience that left a lasting impression on me. Beyond assisting someone who possessed such extraordinary talent, I learned how to build hats from mere forms and all the ways in which to design and create bridal headpieces, in addition to the many adorable hats for children and little old ladies that we made. When I married, I designed and created my own bridal headpiece drawing from the skills acquired in the millinary boutique so many years ago.

I learned very early on that hats are very personal, different from anything else you’ll ever wear. You can wear the wrong scarf or sweater. A hat, given it’s place on the body and how it is often associated with respect and beauty, is the first thing you see. No room for screw-ups. Afterall, it’s on top, the grand crown, and it must fit perfectly. Depending on it’s function, it must either do well to protect the wearer or make them look polished and stylish. Or, if for a wedding, radiant and princess-like. Hats make the ensemble.

Here in northern Germany, hats are big business. They are quite the “it” accessory, most Germans wear ultra cool knitted or oilcloth hats, and if they aren’t wearing one, you are most likely going to find it tucked away in their handbags. City girls here are always prepared and, even in inclement weather, always look so stylish thanks to their trusty hat.

One German milliner (of many) that I spied at the Infa fair this past week is Rita Gomez. Her work really stood out. The details, patterns, textiles, knitted creations, the sheer range alone was impressive. She can go over-the-top avant garde all the way to a simple oilcloth rain hat in understated two-tone florals. It’s great.

This winter, I say hats on ladies!

Rita Gomez (Germany)Rita Gomez (Germany)I did some traveling today and time escaped me, so I’ll be back tomorrow to post some finds for the home – I have lots of goodies to share and more images from infa, too.

(images top: from holly becker for decor8 and other: from rita gomez. note: rita is pictured in the bottom photo.)


coffee + cre8tive {oct 18 ’06}

October 18, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 18 '06}New product alert! Yeah! After I mentioned Les Louisettes yesterday, Julie wrote to me yet again to tell me more good news – new products! This time, 26 new motifs to iron onto textiles. I’m thinking you could really go wild with this idea and transform pillowcases, duvets, tees, tableclothes, throw pillows… Even to take a white duvet and add a few designs to the bottom corners would be a simple way to introduce a bit of whimsy if you are afraid to go too crazy. You can purchase a full sheet of motifs (26 of them + 5 expressions like “C’est moi l’artiste!”, translated: “I’m the artist”) and they arrive in a pure cotton printed bag (sweet!) which is a delightful little bonus, don’t you think?

Here are a few photos… If you like them, contact Julie at Les Louisettes for details – contact[at]leslouisettes[dot]com.

(images from les louisettes – thanks for sending them along, Julie!)


Update: Les Louisettes Now Available Online!

October 17, 2006

Update: Les Louisettes Now Available Online!
Update alert! I wrote about Les Louisettes Wall Decals from France back in early August, do you recall? Julie from Les Louisettes wrote in today to share some news with us since a lot of readers contacted her to purchase their products – they’re now available both at Mortimer Snodgrass (in Montreal) and online! Yeah!

Thanks for the tip, Julie!

[10/18: Mortimer Snodgrass just wrote in to let us know that decor8 readers who order anything from their online store will receive 15% off their order total. Simply mention “decor8” in the comments box at check-out. Thanks MS!]

(images from les louisettes)


Flickr MOO Minicards – NEW!

October 17, 2006

Flickr MOO Minicards - NEW!I’ve had Flickr on the brain today and what do I stumble across mere moments ago via AT? Flickr MOO Minicards. Sheesh. Like I needed more of a reason to be in lust with Flickr. This now officially makes Flickr my all-time favorite website. I’m obsessed, especially now that I can take 100 of my favorite Flickr images, slice ‘n dice ’em, and create super cool calling cards on glossy, full-color cardstock for only $19.95. MOO wants to take the boring business card to a new sophisticated level, an advanced generation of calling cards for the in-the-know, on-the-go peeps. In other words, all of us!

How do you create Flickr Minicards? Choose the photos you’d like on your cards from your Flickr photostream. Every card can be different if you’d like, so create up to 100 for only $19.99 (+ $4.99 delivery – anywhere in the world!). Next, crop the images by highlighting the area on the photo that you’d like on the card. Now add your personal details on the back using various fonts and colors. You can even use your Flickr buddy icon or the Flickr logo (optional). Oh, and one last thing, after they arrive, hand them out! You can network your brains out, create art, share photos of your kids at the next family gathering, scrap ’em, add to your inspiration board, create gift tags, or anything else you can think to do with 100 very cool little cards.

Start creating your cards here and spread the word to your friends because all Flickr addicts need to learn about MOO asap!

So… Will you MOO? What do you think about these? Do you have ideas for them that you’d like to comment on? I’d love to hear some creative uses for these…

(images from richard moss, torontofotobug, lorilea, and pooleworks.)


Papa Stour (Scotland)

October 17, 2006

Papa Stour (Scotland)An anonymous decor8 reader commented today with a great tip on finding art for a nursery, the art of Kate George at Papa Stour (thanks anon!). I’ve browsed the site before, but I don’t think I’ve ever written about them, so here’s my chance. And yours, too. Prepare to fall head over heels. Ready?

This darling online store combines some of Scotlands most talented artists to offer some of the most unique and beautiful collections I’ve seen in a long time. The owner, designer and stylist Rosie Brown, has an amazing eye, immediately obvious upon entering her website. This online boutique features only items that she has specifically selected for their unique and fresh appeal. Inviting, inspiring, hand-crafted, and created only by Scottish artists, these are all what Rosie delivers in a very large way. Whether it’s screen-printed Harris tweed cushions, hand turned wooden bowls, silver jewelery, landscape photography, or another special something that you seek, you are certain to find it at Papa Stour. (psst: Rosie herself designs home and fashion accessories available on the site.)

Papa Stour (Scotland) Brown tells us, “This is a vibrant period for contemporary arts and crafts in Scotland so Papa Stour is a unique link to the very best of what’s happening today.”

Her bio tells us that she holds a Master of Design from the Glasgow School of Art and that she has a background in textile design from her years in London and a freelance interior stylist where she was a regular contributor to Elle Decoration, Living Etc and Homes and Gardens (UK). Upon relocating back to Scotland, she decided to explore ways to promote and sell quality wares by Scottish artists and designers in a modern and accessible way.

Papa Stour (Scotland)From the looks of Papa Stour, she’s not only accomplished her goal, but far exceeded customer expectations, at least mine. Sheesh. It’s quite impressive. Taking you on a lovely journey as you browse the pages of her site, and far from being unaccessible, items are priced so that all can obtain a few of her fresh-plucked treasures.

Papa Stour (Scotland)(images from papa stour)

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