There is so much that you can do with textiles to breathe life into a tired space. Aren’t these fresh lively textiles from for Stockholm-based Boras just super? For Autumn 2006, Swedish designer Hanna Werning created textile patterns Paisleypark and Fjaderlov, classic patterns with a twist for a more modern edge. Paisleypark has a distinct Scandinavian feel to it, don’t you think? Hanna was inspired by old Anglo-Saxon paisley prints and combined them with Asian elements and a faint art deco touch. Fjaderlov showcases bold graphic patterns based on leaves, which is my favorite of the two latest textiles from Hanna.
TIP: Boras also carries her Djurtradgard textiles too (shown below).
If you’d like to learn more about Hanna, you can snoop around her website here. I picked up several of her postcards at Wohnwaren in Hannover today (they carry her gift wrap, too). If you’re a local, don’t miss Wohnwaren, this shop is awesome!
(images from boras and hanna werning)
A big thanks to Susan for turning our attention today to her lovely new website, Zanisa, where her motto is “Celebrate the harmony of people and planet”. Zanisa offers gorgeous wares from skilled artisians around the world, many of which I’ve written about in the past, so I’m already a big fan of Zanisa!
Some personal favorites (not shown) are the cocktail napkins from Gail Garcia and her dot cork coasters, too. Don’t miss the leaf votives from Brenda Holzke and this botanically inspired art nouveau glassware. You can spend a lot of time browsing (and drooling) at Zanisa, so go have some fun!
Thanks again for writing in today, Susan! We wish you loads of success with your new venture…
(image created by susan at zanisa)
See the first rug pictured in my eariler post today? Wouldn’t that look great in a space with these trellis and greek key crewel pillows from Jonathan Adler? They are new adds to his already extraordinary collection, which you simply must check out.
Of course, his animal menagerie has me at hello everytime… His fabulous new feline and lion are simply purr-fect.
View all newbies at Jonathan Adler here.
(images from jonathan adler)
We tend to go through design phases. One minute, we’re totally hooked on collecting owls for a shelf, the next, eyeing throw pillows, vintage prints, or ceramics. It’s amazing how many things you can be totally into in the span of a single month.
If you haven’t figured out my personal style yet then you’re on the right track… I don’t really have one. Of course, I’m more attracted to some than others, but to stick to one path would bore me to tears. But that’s just me. In fact, I’ve always battled with this – not knowing how to define my tastes – thinking I was an oddball for liking everything. Same goes with my tastes in food, fashion, travel destinations, and music. I’ve finally come to terms with this, thankfully the many home design magazines (like Domino!) have helped because they feature spaces that tend to lean more towards the eclectic, too. I’m not such a weirdo afterall (but that’s open for debate, he he).
See these patterns? What a great way to build a room, literally from the ground up (or floor!). Lately, rugs are my thing. Magazines are to blame for my recent rug obsession, as there’s always a gorgeous one lounging on the floor in their spreads, looking up at the reader with big eyes almost to say, “You know you want me!”.
If you love rugs, you can find them almost anywhere these days from IKEA to Target (for bargain shoppers) all the way up to Jonathan Adler, Angela Adams, and beyond. Of course, those rugs are all brand spankin’ never-been-walked-on-new. What about antique carpets? You need not be Aladdin to befriend a lovely Persian rug.
One place I love to browse is over at Nazmiyal in New York. Their massive collection of fine antique and decorative Persian rugs and carpets are heavenly.Building an entire room extracting the colors and patterns found in a fabulous rug makes decorating a much easier process, it’s almost borderline cheating. Have you ever built a room from a single piece, like a rug?
(images from nasmiyal)
Design 3000 is a great place to browse for hip design for the home. From clocks to storage devices and wall decals, Design 3000 delivers in a very large way. I love the wall decals from Ich + Kar, and the “Pimp My Billy” bookcase enhancer especially for the IKEA Billy bookcase. Too funny. But, with the IKEA obsession over here (34,000 people attended the grand opening of the new IKEA here at Expo Park in Hannover a few days ago), I can see why companies are designing products exclusively for IKEA products.
I love these brick lights, this gorgeous pendant from Phayvanah Halsackda (not shown), cloth key holder, a striking clock designed by Debora Jedward in black and white (not shown), and finally, some fun stick-up mirrors in fantastic shapes.
(images from design 3000)
I love love love Impressionen. Loads of interior eye candy collaged on their sticky sweet pages, you can get lost and drool for hours. The site is in German so here’s a navigation tip. At the bottom of each collaged image, click on the page numbers to navigate your way through the site. They are easy to miss unless you scroll to the bottom of the collage. Then, fest your eyes!
I want everything here, especially this felt tree!
(images from impressionen)