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le Train Fantome {Fanja Ralison}

Fanja is a French lady living in England that loves to sew cute things, particularly soft toys. She recently told me about her newly updated website, so for those of you with a sweet spot for handmade girls named Babette and woodland creatures, le Train Fantome is a good shop for you. Also makes for a darling gift!

(images from fanja ralison)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 17, 2007

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 {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


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