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House Doctor {Denmark}

In addition to Greengate, House Doctor in Denmark is another brand that seems be popular amongst the cottage crowd. Their line seems to be a bit more like what you’d find back in the states at Anthropologie, pretty things with an attention to detail like pillows with beaded details, soft blankets with velvet trim, glasses with delicate lasercut patterns…

They also have inexpensive pendant lighting that I really like because it borders a bit of an industrial/flea market look that has vintage appeal. I’m especially liking these little birdie hooks. :)

(images from house doctor)

Posted in inspiration on October 24, 2007

Greengate {Denmark}

I noticed lots of Greengate products in Stockholm at various stores, and also here in Germany this Danish brand seems to be in many of the boutiques where I shop.


Greengate is a Copenhagen-based company, it centers around a cottage theme, think of Cath Kidston or Shabby Chic. The collection is mostly geared around the kitchen, pieces are quite colorful, mostly ceramics and textiles, and all of it seems to be very well made.


I wouldn’t own a whole room full but I do have a few pieces at home because I really like some of their patterns and figure that mixing in a tea cup here or a towel there can look quite pretty (you may recall my milk pitcher from Greengate from this post).

(images from greengate)

Posted in ceramics, kitchen on October 24, 2007

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}

Would you like to join me for a moment because I’d love to show you my favorite showroom in Germany, it’s called ComingHome Interior. It’s a splendid shopping “experience” located in Hannover, the absolute best source for mid century modern, industrial, and just plain gorgeous finds. From furniture to ceramics, lighting, and beyond, you’ll want to own everything.


Most of you know that my favorite spaces are those inhabited by creative souls who refuse to play by the rules, allow for a lot of style-overlapping, and go beyond the mainstream to design spaces that not only work for them, but are decorative, emotionally supportive, and contain a few unique finds with a story to tell.

From the moment I entered ComingHome, I felt like I had, well, come home. Okay, I’d add more floral patterns and a dose of cuteness here and there with prints, art, and such, but overall this store definitely speaks to both my husband and I. There’s a bit of tension in their designs, a masculine and feminine touch in every corner, soft meets sturdy, but never too obvious. You have to look for it.

It was painful for me to leave this lamp behind. Out of everything in the store, I wanted this lamp the most. Best of all, it’s one-of-a-kind because Rainer made it himself.

How are the prices? You’ll like this… What you see isn’t beyond reach because it’s all affordable (most tables between 300-500,- Euro for instance, chairs a little less), completely devoid of the bloated mark up so common back home (in New England) due to being in such high demand. Shopping is much more fun when you can imagine owning something because the price tag doesn’t give you a heart attack.

Also what makes ComingHome such a special place is the down-to-earth approach of Rainer S?ll, one of the owners and designers who holds an MS in Architecture. (His business partner is Claudia Nowotny, a theatre painter and stage designer, whom I did not meet.) You can discuss any piece in his showroom at length, he’s so knowledgeable, and his obvious creativity and passion for his work is inspiring. Don’t you love how well everything is styled without looking too perfect?

The sweetest high chair ever.

It’s also obvious that both have their finger on the pulse of contemporary and mid century modern design and Rainer has an intimate relationship with his clients, although his prices do not reflect this high level of customer service – it’s all part of the store experience. I observed him working with a few of his clients and they not only purchased 4 chairs for their home, but left with excitement written all over their faces because they scored original Eames chairs at a good price.

These darling school chairs were each under 100,- Euro.

As a team, both Rainer and Claudia have a unique and creative vision, they’re able to repurpose items transforming them into new objects, another bonus of this showroom. Many things are either original or entirely repurposed pieces crafted into lighting, art, sculpture, coat racks, etc., from old exercise equipment to work benches, orchard ladders, and beyond. They also had a delightful selection of vintage globes, ceramics, and clocks.

This is another piece I wanted to purchase so badly. It’s an old workbench to now be used in the kitchen as a chef’s island. Love! Imagine this in a loft space with an open floor plan?

As these pictures speak a thousand words, I guess I need not elaborate. But I do want to mention that because they carry such a diversified offering of products that rotate in and out quickly, if you see something you want it’s important to secure it right away!


If you visit Hannover or if you’re a magazine looking for a hip couple to feature, seriously consider ComingHome Interior because not only is their showroom to die for, but I’ve heard their home is even better. Hear that, Elle Decoration, Elle Decor, and Living Etc.?

Isn’t this a clever idea for a business card? A business coaster! Claudia takes a photo and Rainer draws it to transform the image into business card coasters.

Located: Nieschlagstr. 10/11 in Hannover Linden (take the #9 to Empelde and jump off at Nieschlagstr.) Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. All other days by appointment only. For more information visit their website, in German. Rainer speaks English, so you can also call or email him with any questions.

(top three photos taken by thorsten becker, all others by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in furniture, Shop Tours, shopping, travel on October 24, 2007

Browsing German Book Shops

I just love Autumn, don’t you? I was out and about today enjoying the sunny weather — walking around the city, looking for property (yes, it’s true, we are officially going for it – a 2nd residence in addition to New Hampshire, USA), and shopping at the book store downtown. Strolling around is huge here when it’s sunny outside, it seems the entire city heads to the pedestrian zones (where the stores are) for meeting up with friends, eating, and shopping, mostly with ice cream in hand. So that’s part of what I did today and it was heaven.

I even indulged in one of my favorite treats, a visit to the book store. If you live in Germany, here are my picks for a few great design and crafting books. If you live outside of Germany, you can always google the ISBN to see if it’s available in your language in your part of the world, as I know some of them are available in additional languages. First, let me start with my favorite book of the moment, Ganz mein Stil which means “Totally My Style”. And it is. Totally. :)

Ganz mein Stil by: Sonia Lucano, who is a stylist and lives in Montreal and her husband Fred Lucano is a well known photographer. ISBN: 978-3258072043, Available in French and German. I have to quickly comment on this book. It’s simplicity is overwhelmingly gorgeous complete with patterns, drawings, watercolored illustrations, and the projects are great. I hope it will be available in English at some point because it would make the perfect present for a crafty friend. I love the format, the photo styling, everything absolutely speaks to me on every possible level. Can’t you tell, I am blown away by this book! Psst: You can purchase Sonia’s little dolls here.

Behaglich wohnen in allen Jahreszeiten by: Ilkka Falck, Inga Aaltonen, and Anne Saarenoja. ISBN: 978-3512033056, Available in Finnish and German. Breathtaking interiors.

Aufger?umt by: Terence Conran. ISBN: 978-3766716743. Available in German.Terence Conran, need I say more? Up next, Tildas Haus by: Tone Finnanger. ISBN: 978-3426645222. Available in German. The style is Scandinavian and mostly geared towards children, but the project ideas, colors, and imagery is gorgeous. And W?nde kreativ by: Linda Barker and Wiebke Krabbe. ISBN: 978-3421036018. Available in German or in English under the title Wall to Wall. And finally, Papier verziert by: Nathalie Delhaye, Stephanie Hure and Charlotte Lasceve. ISBN: 978-3258072029. Available in French and German. Another book I think you’ll like a lot. It shows many projects using basic collage techniques that are highly creative.

(images from amazon.de)

Posted in Books + Magazines, inspiration on October 23, 2007

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