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Anne-Claire Petit {netherlands}

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, shopping, travel on November 05, 2007

MrPS {etsy}

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?”. :)


(images from mrps)

Posted in Etsy Faves on November 05, 2007

Zoo Inspired {not kidding!}

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.

Embroidered bed skirt, sumptuous silks, amazing florals!

Twinkle lights dancing behind a headboard? Oh yes!

Soft furnishings take center stage in this room design, you barely notice the furniture.

(images from house to home)

Posted in inspiration, shopping, travel on November 05, 2007

House to Home {room inspiration}

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.

Great dog, amazing color scheme, dreamy sofa. The rug is the perfect accent.

Can’t go wrong with grey and a hint of blue, mustard, or violet. I’m especially loving the lamp in the bottom right corner. Click here to see a full view of this image, the shade is gorgeous and I really like the chairs slipcovered in a variety of patterns and colors.

Dreamy bookcase, blogged here before. The chair by Squint
looks great paired with the oriental rug.

Combing unexpected patterns can often lead to amazing results.
Or you can stick to a white or grey color scheme for equally beautiful spaces.

Nothing beats stacking wood like this into an unused fireplace. This is especially great for the fireplaces that have been filled in and cannot be used. If your fireplace is not deep, you can take wood from the forest and saw logs into thick slices and stack them in a similar fashion to give the appearance of having a deep fireplace. If you’re creative, you can even draw them on white paper and loosely tape over the filled in space – pretty!

Emerald green looks really nice in this space, especially with the white table, there’s a nice balance here of light and dark. The art display is stunning! I also like the dining room image in bottom right corner, the simple shelving unit is arranged so nicely using magazine files for storage and patterned binders that coordinate.

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.

These rooms are relaxed and comfortable. More wood stacked in a fireplace.
Comfy sofas, pretty stools, pastel-y hued walls. So feminine and zen-like.

This sofa is killer. The color is one I would have never guessed that I would love, but I do.
It looks like tweed, doesn’t it? And the wallpaper is so mesmerizing.

Another relaxing space and though I’m not a leather chair lover,
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)

Posted in inspiration on November 02, 2007

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