Good news! Our friend Sandra is having a baby girl next month so you know what that means for me – a valid excuse to shop at darling baby boutiques (grin)! My favorite store in Hannover for the kiddies is Von Klein Auf, it’s absolutely the sweetest shop, I could spend hours looking through everything. Most of the products are from Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands – like Anne-Claire Petit.
If you’ve not heard of her collection before, Anne-Claire Petit studied industrial design and started her career as a designer for Esprit, where she spent four years until deciding it was time to move forward and develop her own brand, Anne-Claire Petit. Her company has been around now for over ten years, it’s a colorful handmade line of children, home, and pet accessories. You can find her products all over the world.
The red and white crochet mushroom bank (above) is a personal favorite of mine, I’m always looking for a spot to toss my change. For the locals, you can find many items from her collection at Von Klein Auf located at Edenstrasse 42 near Lister Platz.
(images from anne-claire petit)
I’ve been a big fan of MrPS for awhile now but for some reason, forgot to share this store with you. So sorry! MrPS is Megan Price and Robert Shadbolt, illustrators based in England creating everything from collages to tea towels, offering them in their etsy store. I think their tea towels are fab, especially this one. When I see it, I think of that line in About a Boy from Lindsey’s Mom, “Duck? Are we having duck? Delicious?”. :)
I always preach that you can find inspiration anywhere, right? So I decided to take my camera to the local zoo (of all places) to study patterns and colors for inspiration and ideas. The India area of the Hannover Zoo was my favorite, the environment was quite transporting for a zoo with curry and incense in the air along with the laughter of children – it was fun to play pretend for a moment and imagine myself in Bombay.
The prints and patterns in the various buildings there sent my imagination into overdrive, it again reminded me of how badly I want to work with a client on a modern Indian design – pulling together a space around various tones of red (think pink and fuchsia), white, and pale turquoise with lots of gold accents and modern Indian patterns based on traditional motifs. Embroidery too, of course. But the look would be very clean, very exotic, and far from boring.
I also dream of hosting a summer party beneath a tent in my background, perhaps next summer. Wouldn’t it be fun to go a step further and jump into a commercial space with this idea, perhaps a store or day spa, maybe even a swanky lounge? Oh imagine that. Or a bedroom. Can’t you see it now? Here’s some examples with special thanks to House to Home.
(images from house to home)
Looking to be inspired today by some beautiful rooms? Visit House to Home for the ultimate room inspiration – what a terrific website this is from the UK. You have to visit! Best part, if you see something you like in these images, you can search the site for the photo and view some of the items used in the rooms – complete with links. It’s the best.
Or you can stick to a white or grey color scheme for equally beautiful spaces.
A living room that reminds me of a Coastal cottage space, a vintage bench reused as a coffee table is a smart choice because it doubles as seating, and the patina gives it warmth and a sense of history. The floral pillows on the sofa blend nicely with the flowers, apple, book imagery, and vases on the bench. Very simple accents, high impact.
Comfy sofas, pretty stools, pastel-y hued walls. So feminine and zen-like.
It looks like tweed, doesn’t it? And the wallpaper is so mesmerizing.
I could get used to this one next to a warm crackling fire in the winter.
And finally, this very folksy dining room with a green cabinet that you love the longer you look at it – it seems to have some history to it, maybe it once stood in a old drug store. I really like the curtains, painting, and the soft green hues – but I’d replace the chairs and chandelier immediately with something more modern with cleaner lines – everything is a bit too country for me.
(all images from house to home)