Judit Gueth is a Canadian graphic designer that I discovered while browsing Walnut Wallpaper. Her peacock and koi patterns are strong and depending on the colorway that you select, you can turn them up or down a notch (i.e. the silver koi is more understated than the green). But this talented lady doesn’t stop at wallpaper, she has an entire collection of hand-tufted rugs and she’ll soon roll out decorative pillows to coordinate with her current collections. A girl on the go!
And for the rest of us, these patterns are exciting because they are labor of love created by a person with passion for what they do. I’m thrilled that the world of design has evolved, expanding from buying paper at the local hardware/paint store to the internet. I remember my mother taking me along on her decorating adventures, especially when I was a little girl in the late 70′s. All those trips to hole-in-the-wall shops with those buzzing fluorescent lights overhead and the friendly handyman that knew every tool in the house, but didn’t know much about wallpaper outside of the application process. He thought wallpaper was mostly about covering uneven surfaces so those 20 patterns with mostly raised designs was, what he thought, the best selection in the state. If you wanted more than those bumpy lumpy or extremely shiny papers (he said to steer clear of the the shiny ones though, they show everything), you’d either hire a designer or go to the big city. This is why, after about 200 visits to every store in the state, my mother hired a designer and together, they papered our home into something that looked like Hollywood Regency hooked up with the Solid Gold dancers.
Psst: She’s a blogger, too.
(images via judit gueth)
This is so cool, spotted via Daily Candy Boston. Jack Cards is a new online company that has a huge collection of indie greeting cards that you can order and have sent to you on the dates you specify so that you never forget an important date again. This is a brilliant “why didn’t I think of that” idea, isn’t it?
With cards from designers that you’ve read about on some of your favorite blogs like OplusD, Binth, Bald Guy, Bob’s Your Uncle, Amy Smyth, Papaya, Bella Muse and Night Owl Paper Goods (to name a few), you are certain to have a vast collection of styles and greetings to choose from. Now you will know Jack!
(images from jack cards)
It’s a cool grey day here but who cares when I have tea, magazines and books, a cozy cable knit blanket (although I’d prefer this one), and plenty of lavender scented candles and good music to keep me occupied. I’ve designated today as an official Hollyday, so I’ll wrap up blogging for the week with this post. Here are some moody hygge-inspired images from Country Living, an extra edition by German magazine Living & More.
While I’m not a huge rustic decorating fan, I think it has a bit of a different look here in northern Europe than I am used to back home and I like it because parts of it I can mix in with my own things and everything would fit nicely.
Yum… I’ll take hot cocoa with whipped cream served in a Moroccan tea glass anyday. I really like this idea, I’ve not thought to use them for cocoa before. I also like what they’ve done to standard pillar candles. You can get candles like this for as low as a dollar at some stores. They used clear glue (like decoupage glue) and using numbers cut from wrapping paper, painted the glue to the backs and adhered them to the candles. Smart! I also like the simple linen wrapped over a pillow and tied with ribbon on this sofa. No-sew!
Links I’m clicking:
- Alex and her post on transforming an Anthropologie store.
- Tana Lawn fabrics at Purl highlighted by Miss Joy this week.
- Helen Musselwhite art and illustration via Bloesem.
- One of Marisa’s paintings as a cake. Yes really. Too cute.
- The new Swansong newsletter just posted.
- Japanese buttons at Maluhia. I had to stop at 3 packs.
- Barbapapa dinner at Emmas. And a very fantastic Stockholm store to spend your kroners.
- If you’re in North Carolina anytime soon, hit the The Handmade Market on Nov. 3rd.
- Poketto cuteness from Canada via Etsy.
- ANYTHING made by Your Secret Admirers.
- This could quite possibly be the perfect chair from anthro.
There are a few *new* entries today below this one, I hope you enjoy them, and I’ll see you again on Monday!
(images from country living and chair via anthropologie. drool.)
While shopping DesignTorget in Stockholm, I noticed wall plates in blue and white but upon closer inspection I realized they were not plates at all but decals.
I had to bookmark the designer’s names in my head so I could come back here and share these clever decals with you. They’re designed by Ahnlund-Karl?n, a team of two designers Anna-Ella Ahnlund and ?sa-Karin Karl?n. Their beautiful apartment was featured in the book Stockholm?s Apartments published by Jeu de Paume.
(images from ahnlund-karl?n and galerie doux dimanche)
Paola sent along updates for her pretty web shop, MirrorMirror that I have to share. I never tire of ceramics and tea towels, and it seems Paola doesn’t either. Just look at these darling things just added to her shop.
Paola has exquisite taste so it’s no surprise that she has additional works, like these ceramic mobiles, from Swedish talent Karin Eriksson. Karin is really growing as a ceramicist, it’s exciting to watch her progress and venture into other avenues with her talent. She’s really amazing and in Sweden, she’s quite the it girl, I noticed her wares around Stockholm and in magazines there. And thanks to the internet, Karin has expanded into all parts of the world selling her products at stores all over, as well as web shops. This is quite an example of the power of the internet. It doesn’t matter where you live these days, if you have talent and put it out there, people will respond. Isn’t this fact so encouraging?
Thank you Paola for the tip!
(images from mirrormirror)