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Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}

You’ll have to forgive me, I’ve been so busy lately with my family that my head is spinning. I sat here this morning thinking about Stockholm — all the places we dined, the stores that we spent hours roaming, and realized that I haven’t shared even half of all the great things we did in Stockholm. And I forgot to show you photos from two of my favorites stores in the world, Svenskt Tenn and Marimekko.

A room inside of Svenskt Tenn – an amazing store!

A few of you recently wrote in asking if Stockholm is a good city to vacation in the winter and I have to say no – for many reasons. Stockholm is on the coast and consists of about 13 islands so I imagine winters get very cold there. It also gets dark quite early – around 5:30 p.m. Being such a lush green city with lots of parks and gardens, I think one would really miss out on all the natural beauty if vacationing there in the dead of winter. So try the Spring, Summer, or my favorite, early Autumn. Now back to shopping!

Here are some views of the widely popular Svenskt Tenn (psst: a Svenskt Tenn shop opened in Liberty’s in London a few years ago, did you know this?). Anyway, one cannot visit Stockholm without seeing this design mecca. In fact, one cannot decorate a home in “Scandinavian style” without owning something from Svenskt Tenn since it’s a huge part of Swedish culture. At this massive shop, you can purchase fabric from the bolt by the meter along with pillows of all shapes and sizes, blankets, trays, handbags, furniture, lampshades and lamps, kitchen linens, anything and everything that you can imagine in your wildest dreams. Even furniture (swoon!). I was in textile heaven. I wish I could have taken more photos, but it was packed and I felt really odd running around with my big camera. {address: Strandvagen 5)

The Swedes are fearless when it comes to color and mixing patterns. Sign me up!

You also can’t miss Marimekko, they have a huge store right around the corner from Svenskt Tenn. More fabric on bolts, clothing, bags, accessories, you name it. Overwhelming! {address: Norrmalmstorg 4}

I love this pattern, I had to photograph it. Lovely.

So much fabric to buy, and nothing was ‘trade only’. Good design for all! So mark these two stores on your list of must-sees whilst in pretty Stockholm, Sweden!

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Travel on October 17, 2007

Inkognito {Berlin}

Here’s those furry postcards that I told you about. I found them in the gift shop over at the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hannover and couldn’t resist. They are from a Berlin-based company called Inkognito.


I think you’ll like them, I know a little girl on the subway did. She kept watching me, and I didn’t see her until my friend told me she was interested in the postcards I was looking at. When I exited the train, I glanced her way and she displayed a huge smile, cupped her little hand, and waved goodbye to me. I find this happening a lot here in Germany when kids notice that I speak English, especially if they spot me looking at cute things on the train. There’s this fascination I guess with a grown up little girl like me speaking English. :)

So do you like these? I do. They’re kind of creepy but cute, and the colors are fun. You can view hundreds of Inkognito postcards right here on their website in case you’re interested.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Stationery on October 17, 2007

BoyGirlParty.com {new online shop}

Susie from BoyGirlParty redesigned her website to include lots of new product cuteness just for you. Some of my favorites include these sweet animal postcards.


I’m obsessed with graphics so I’ve been collecting postcards like crazy lately. These are right up my alley. :) In fact, I have to share the furry ones that I found from a Berlin-based stationery company, you’re going to love them. Next post!

Thanks Susie for the news!

(image from susie)

Posted in Stationery on October 17, 2007

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}

Ready to be totally inspired? I recently mentioned Anne Wendlandt, also known as Enna, promising that if she allowed me to take photos of her new shop here in Hannover that I would share them with you. Well, I met the lovely Anne today and spent time with her visiting her shop/work studio and I walked away with a skip in my step because I felt so inspired by this young, talented artist.

This wall was painted by Anne to look like wallpaper, don’t you love it?
She used regular flat latex paint in her favorite colors and created a stencil by hand that she applied to the wall to repeat the pattern. Clever!

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna.

Her storefront, complete with a logo designed and made by Anne.

Anne is so nice and open, very easy to talk to and so excited about being a part of a design blog as she is just starting to explore the whole world of blogging and selling online so I’m just as thrilled to talk about her work here on decor8.

She has an etsy store, a DaWanda shop, and a store on her website. In addition to all of this, she creates many things by hand, she’s a talented illustrator, and a graphic designer along with a shop owner, so Anne is a busy lady. I’m so excited to share her store with you because there are so many little details and pretty things to tell you about. Would you like to know more? Okay, here’s a little tour.

She won this great “e” light on eBay Germany, isn’t it the best? Now I want one! I thought it was the cutest thing ever.

Here are some of her fabrics and the handmade rubber stamps she uses for her designs. She told me how to make handmade stamps, so I’m quite excited to give it a try. I may ask her if I can take a class with her, I’d love to learn a few things from her to apply as a hobby, there’s so many fun things to do to personalize your space.

She has a tree in the middle of her space, with her name carved into it. I thought this was a charming detail that I had to share with you.

A pillow designed by Miss Enna.


What does Anne design? I guess a better question is, what doesn’t this girl do? :) She does so much. She crafts earrings out of polymer clay that she then hand paints, she designs postcards, pillows, shirts, hoodies, and onesies for baby, plates, iron-on patches, wrapping paper, softies, marketing materials for her business, her website, the signage on the window of her shop, the list goes on and on. She is inspired by so much, she certainly doesn’t want to limit herself to just one thing.

These are plates that she found at a second hand store, and after cleaning them up, she applied her illustrations to them and displays them as art in her shop. I asked if she’d consider selling them to me, so I’m awaiting her decision because she’d not been asked before. I encouraged her to consider creating more and selling them in her shop and online, I really think people would like to own these.


She also sells items from etsy sellers that she loves and Japanese products, so this shop has lots of pretty things to look at and purchase. She’s expecting an order of goodies from Japan any day now, so I will have to return to Enna to see her new stock once it arrives, of course! Who can resist Japanese zakka cuteness?


This is her new wrapping paper, don’t you love the pattern? This folksy style is really big right now, especially these Russian dolls called matryoshkas. They’ve been in all the magazines for the past 6 months, you can’t help but notice a trend here. Between Asian prints, African patterns, and folk-inspired patterns from Russia and Poland, there’s something for everyone this season. Oh, by the way, you can buy this wrapping paper from her for only $4 on etsy if you’d like. I grabbed a sheet today, I want to line my desk drawer with it. Here’s some of my loot from today…


I hope you enjoyed this little shop tour today. For the locals, Enna is located in Hannover Linden at Deisterstra?e 68 and I really encourage you to see it in person.

(images by holly + thorsten becker for decor8)

Posted in Designers + Stylists on October 16, 2007

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