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Bodo Sperlein

When I was in Germany last year, I discovered Bodo Sperlein and blogged about them here. Smitten by their work, I was encouraged by an email I received today from Maguelone, a blogger in France, to check out their latest collections. Thanks, Maguelone! I instantly fell for this porcelain ring, designed by Bodo Sperlein for Lladro. Isn’t it absolute perfection? I love seeing something so fresh like this, I’d never seen anything quite like it before. And the lighting. Porcelain delicately formed into gorgeous blooms and placed on glass…. One word. Wow.


(images from bodo sperlein)

Posted in Handmade, Objects on March 20, 2007

Pippa Caley + Not on the High Street

Pippa Caley is a lady whom I’d love to meet. Pippa is interesting and stylish, her embroidered and screen-printed cushions and wall papels speak volumes about just how cool she is. Outside of her work, I found her inspiration board imaginative and colorful, a glimpse into her world.

Pippa’s inspiration board

You can learn a lot about a person when you ‘see’ what they’re thinking. People that are highly visual give you an immediate glimpse into their soul. Just a glimpse though, not much more. :) Knowing a creative type is such a pleasure, so satisfying, instant gratification in a sense, don’t you think? You need not spend hours in conversation, you may never even meet them in person. Just looking at their photography, their inspiration board, their work – you can learn so much about what makes them tick. My husband calls this ‘Alternate Words’, it’s a way of hearing a story, learning about someone, through an alternate means. Often through the eyes, but also through smell, touch, or sound (music, not the spoken word). Telling a story without using words (spoken or written), can impact the soul and spark the imagination. Unlike a novel or movie where most of the details are laid before you, photography, art, and other highly visual forms of expression gives the viewer a lot of creative freedom – you can tap into your imagination, pull new ideas, and as a result, walk away inspired. Whatever the case, Pippa and her body of work, certainly accomplishes this.

As a graduate of the Royal College of Art, her collection of textiles for the home really speak to me. I love that she’ll take your vintage photographs and create a bespoke product exclusively for you to enjoy. This actually reminds me a lot of Michelle Caplan and her mixed media artwork, someone I’ve been purchasing art from since ’05. I love seeing vintage photography used so creatively, especially since surrounding yourself with photos of those that have been a guiding force in your life is such a positive addition to your home, and certainly is a less traditional approach to showcasing your favorite photos. It’s almost visual storytelling… A glimpse of your past.

You can also shop the Pippa Caley collection online at Not on the High Street, an amazing treasure chest of a store with goods from so many talented artists, mostly based in the UK.

Psst: Ms. Caley even has some really cute tea towels too. :)

(images from pippa caley)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Objects on March 19, 2007

The Snowroom + The Scandinavian Design Center

All this lighting for under $100 USD? Really? Oh yes, and there’s more… Ulrika Liffner and Thorulf L?fstedt are the design talents behind The Snowroom, a Swedish design firm with lighting that I’d describe as simple and modern, yet very playful and stylish – and affordable – you must check them out. Shop for most of the lighting shown below from The Snowroom online over at the Scandinavian Design Center, one of my favorite online stores of all time. Serious, the Scandinavian Design Center is amazing, they stock everything under the sun, from lighting to textiles and furniture, and they ship to nearly ever corner of the planet. :)

I’ll take the Swedish horse or the house, my two favorites…


(images from the snowroom)

Posted in Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel on March 19, 2007

Inspired By Green in Salt Lake City

Yeah! decor8 reader Ellen is so inspired by the color green that she had to paint her living room in this fantastic shade… Here’s her note and photos.

“I recently bought a home in Salt Lake City and decided to paint my living room green! It’s an old home, built in 1928. The living room has a cove ceiling so in order to give the room more definition, I painted a border around the top in a green color that is 2 shades darker than the walls. I think it looks really nice next to the dark stain window framing. Just thought I’d share!” – Ellen C.

Before
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After


Ellen: The architecture of your home is stunning. I’m particularly pleased that the border was applied so amazingly straight, this is something I’m forever having problems with – even with a level! Did you use a standard level or a laser? What is the color/brand of green you used? Why did you select that color and shade? I’d love to know more about your decision to use green, it’s fun to hear how others decide on a color, it’s often such a hard choice to make while standing in the aisle of a paint store. Overwhelming to say the least. I think paint selection should be added to the most stressful life events list. 1) Divorce 2) Having children 3) Getting fired 4) Paint selection…

I have a few questions for you Ellen. Why didn’t you paint the walls up to the ceiling? What color do you plan to paint the adjacent room? What other colors do you plan to bring into the space?

(images from ellen c.)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips on March 19, 2007

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