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Susanne Schjerning

I think you’ll really like this new collection by Susanne Schjerning called Happy Horses, I know I do. I spotted it in the August issue of Bolig Liv and fell in love. It’s great to see horses as a motif and I love the way she presents them.


Her work reminds me a lot of Atelier LZC, Orike Muth, and Rice for some reason, all design houses are ones that I watch regularly to see what’s in the works. I like how feminine Susanne’s designs are and that they have subtle patterns layered beneath the bolder ones, this gives them such dimension and even more, they somewhat seem to be telling a story. Her palette is one that you can look to for inspiration I think, all the colors used in a single design make me think of how they’d look together in an outfit, room, table setting, or arts and crafts projects.

Susanne with some of her latest designs.

If you are interested in Susanne’s work, you may contact her via email (post @ susanneschjerning dot com) to learn more.

(images from susanne schjerning)

Posted in textiles on August 23, 2007

Domino Magazine Decorating Contest

Cathy over at Domino told me about a decorating contest they’re having and she thinks decor8 readers might be interested in it. Get this, the grand prize is a $10K Mastercard giftcard to be spent on home decor. Drool. Entrants simply upload a photo and write a short 100-word essay about what makes their decorating style so unique. For entry details, click here. Wouldn’t you love to spend that on your home?!


Thanks, Cathy for the tip!

(image from domino magazine)

Posted in contests on August 23, 2007

Blogs & Notes On Friendship

I’m forever finding new blogs (well new to me) and while I don’t know any of these bloggers beyond their pretty pictures, I can sense that in real life they’d make some of the best friends. Take I Heart Linen for example. She creates lovely things and I bet that if she were your real life friend, she’d gladly sit down and show you the ropes with her trusty sewing machine. This is a swap package she pulled together for a friend in Singapore. See what I mean? Now this is a good pal to have.

Maybe you can relate with me on this, but most of my friends are gypsies. Including me. We’ve moved around quite a bit and yes, friends are still friends no matter where they live, but if they’re not bloggers, you quickly lose touch with their day-to-day life. True, those we meet on the web we may never meet in person, but just having them there to check in on is comforting and enough for me. There’s something relatively stable here on the nutty internet now, and it’s called blogging. You know that if you go to your favorite blog today, chances are good that you’ll find them there waiting for you, welcoming you in. It’s hard to get that when I call or visit some of my best friends because everyone is keeping such a chaotic schedule these days. Blogs sometimes fill a void we have in real life, don’t you think?

Mettes Pottery
is a Danish blogger who can teach you a thing or to about decorating and pottery. What a nice blog she has. Look at her living room, wow!

Karkovski is also from Denmark. She sews, has cute kids, a really sweet spirit, and experiments with a wide range of crafts. You can look at her darling house here. Her flickr images are great, she finds some amazing things thrifting, like this dress.

Chez Mai is from France and also has children and is a totally creative mom. I love all of these creative mothers out there blogging and showing us how being a mom isn’t at all an excuse to stop doing what you love. Children should become part of your life, not take up your entire life and drain your blood right out of you. I appreciate such blogs because I think about my mom and how amazing she is and I aspire to be just like her when I have my own children someday. My mother made everything for me, from clothes to Barbie clothes, art for my room, stuffed animals, it was the best to have such a talented mother growing up.

So*Sage is French as well, and can this lady do amazing things to paper, my goodness! I love this mobile that she pulled together. Wouldn’t you love to be able to just throw something together like this? All the talent I see on blogs inspires me to do more and reach higher, experiment with new things, and really push myself to do some of the things I’ve placed on the back burner. Being creative gives you the fuel you need to do everything else in life better.

And finally (for now at least), there’s Smosch. These three images are from her blog and I think they are all so filled with detail I can’t stop looking at them. The more I look, the more I see that I like. This stylish lady lives in Gothenburg, Sweden with her man J and she loves to photograph him (he’s so cute!) in the great cafes they visit and of course, the occasional gorgeous room shot. The presentation here is lovely, the imagery really draws you in, and I like the elegant simplicity of her blog layout. And she makes these funny little dolls for her etsy shop, too. Smosch is one cool blogger!

On days when my favorite bloggers aren’t writing, I often wonder why and sometimes worry when they post about something nutty that’s going on in their life. It’s fascinating how we form these bonds online with people we’ve never met in person. Almost a modern day quilter’s circle, isn’t it? It’s so encouraging to have these virtual friendships, and for some of us, we are able to take it up a notch and meet them face-to-face. But whether we ever meet our bloggy pals in person or not, meeting with them is still only a click away.

(images from blogs listed above)

Posted in blogs on August 23, 2007

Kim Rosen

You can stumble upon some of the best illustrations in newspapers, especially the Boston Globe. A few days ago, while reading this article, I came upon a drawing I liked and started to do a little research. That’s when I found out about Kim Rosen.


Kim is both a FIT and SCAD grad, soon to release limited edition wallets for Poketo (I love all of the current wallets on their site, you have to see them) and funky lamps for Moody Buddha (they make art lamps with work from your favorite artist). The drawing below of the lady peeking from behind her book with that moody dark wallpaper is one of my favorites.


I’m intrigued by her color combinations, expressions of her characters, and the many details she layers into her work. Kim is represented by Anna Goodson, where you can find her complete portfolio and view those of many talented others to browse.

Psst: I have to show you this link, I want a pair! via: Nate Williams.

(images from anna goodson and kim rosen)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 23, 2007

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