If you dream of Danish cottage design, you’re soon to be smitten by the charms of Jasna Janekovic and her darling abode in Germany. I’ve been impressed with Jasna for quite some time now, I first found her via Flickr and I’ve been following her around the web ever since. She even has her own little shop on Dawanda.
Jasna is from Croatia, now living in Cologne, Germany and her name means Pure, Bright, Clear. After viewing her home, I think you’ll see that this lady lives up to her name in the way she styles her unique one room space of only 33 square meters. I’m so inspired by this small urban apartment, it’s so lovely and personal and best of all, budget-friendly! Her apartment has one room for sleeping/working, a kitchen, and a bathroom. But Jasna notes that, “I have a big, big wonderful garden with birds, ducks and squirrels.” I asked her a few questions so you could know her better and learn about the mood she tries to create in her home, I hope you enjoy these photos and words from this bright and cheerful lady!
decor8: What are your feelings when it comes to decorating, what’s your ultimate goal?
Jasna: I came to this crazy earth to create wonderful rooms with a peaceful atmosphere. This is my mission. When I was a child and my parents were on vacation I would rearrange the apartment we were living in. It is so much fun to create a new atmosphere only with new pillows or small accent pieces. I want to give beautiful feelings a physical expression. Everyone knows these great feelings for example: happiness, freedom, love, softness, inner peace, an open heart, but there are not a lot of people who have this feelings all of the time. Because of this I create things with this charisma and rooms with this atmosphere. My principal theme is Good Feelings.
decor8: How would you describe your aesthetic?
Jasna: My design aesthetic is a mixture of flea market finds, vintage stuff, white furniture and feminine details that makes for a more Scandinavian and personal look I think. A lot of people reason that you need lots of money to create a beautiful home, but they are wrong. Most of my furniture is from Ikea, but I paint Ikea furniture antique white to give them a lighter more personal look. Most of the other household goods are from flea markets and local thrift stores.
I’m trying to create a harmony between Yin and Yang in my home. I love this Asian philosophy, the harmony between heaven and earth. This is not easy, because the world becomes more and more Yang (masculine). I try to create a harmony between the five elements as well: fire, earth, metal, water, wood. My apartment is not finished, it is always a work in progress as is life – never ending.
decor8: Favorite colors?
Jasna: My favourite colours are white and blue, because white is standing for the whole spectrum of colours. The whole world is in this colour. White is light and this is our inner essence. Behind every colour are stories and emotions and feelings. Blue is standing for freedom, peace, softness, spirituality. Things that a lot of people have lost in our busy life today. I also like yellow and pink because both colours are happy and warm.
decor8: Do men dig your space?
Jasna: Some may think a man would run from my apartment but just the opposite, every man that has been here liked it. They say its cozy. My style is feminine but not kitschy. And I don’t have a lot of pink in my rooms. My apartment is clear and fresh (Yang), but romantic (Yin).
decor8: What inspires you?
Jasna: My inspiration comes from the Noa Noa and House Doctor, as well as these great books: Nordlicht – Skandinavisch Wohnen, Dezembertage, and Sommerleben. They give me lots of inspiration and ideas. I get a lot of inspiration from other flickr members for interiors and from etsy members for sewing. Here are some additional links with the style I like: Country Home, Louise Body, House Style, Stines Butik, Lisbeth Dahl, Madam Stoltz, Freoli & Lysgaard, Innen von Sinnen (where I like to shop), and Odd Molly.
decor8: Anything else?
Jasna: The best inspiration I get is when I’m in Croatia at the sea or in forest. I want to bring this wonderful feeling here into my apartment. I get inspirations from books about Danish interiors, from my childhood, and from the Astrid Lindgren stories and films. I have loved them since I was a little girl.
decor8: Any decorating tips to share?
Jasna: A warm atmosphere comes from the mix of fabric with pattern I use on the pillows and tablecloths. When you want to make a room cosy, play with fabric and patterns, use the colours pink, yellow and a little bit of red, mix in wood, fresh flowers, candles, plants and pottery and flea market finds. If you want a modern fresh airy home use the colours white and blue. And don’t use brown, gray and black. I do not use black, because this colour has a charisma of teariness, sickness, pain, loneliness, and hardness. I don’t want these emotions, so I don’t use these colours. I’m like an artist, but I don’t use a brush and oil paint, I use the interior. I create my rooms with the same rules.
decor8: Would you call your design trendy, timeless, or a bit of both?
Jasna: I feel my design is timeless. I use old dishes from flea market, vintage pillowcases and so on. My apartment is timeless because it is clear and fresh and the mix with vintage stuff makes it relaxed. My home is clear but not cold, romantic and feminine but not kitschy, calm but not boring, vintage but not plain. It’s happy, but not to colourful. I think the timeless feeling comes because my home is not perfect. Its a little bit like Pippi Longstocking grows up. I play with decorations from different periods.
decor8: Where do you like to hang out in your apartment?
Jasna: My bedroom because it’s also my workspace. I love sitting at my table to sew or embroider and listen to the birds in my garden or the rustle of the trees. This is heaven!
Psst: The talented Jasna also has a store on Dawanda. Isn’t it sweet?
(all images from jasna janekovic)
I’m attending a launch party for Lola (a Boston Globe publication), Boston’s new magazine for women, and I’d like for you to join me!
The event will be held on Friday, December 7th and to quickly summarize, it’s Lola?s official red carpet launch party and a first pick preview shopping event for the SoWa Holiday Market (the market will be open to everyone else on Saturday and Sunday, but for those attending this event you’ll have first dibs!).
The SoWa Market is giving decor8 readers a chance to attend this event – 10 sets of 2 tickets. It’s a great chance to mingle with local industry people – fashion, photographers, writers, editors, restaurant and boutique owners, so dress to impress and bring those business cards! But first, you have to get in…
If you’d like to attend, please comment below with your answer to, “Why do you think shopping indie is so important?”. When you comment, please include a link to your blog or website so I can verify who you are, and your email address. I hope you can join us!
(image from lola boston)
The next sponsor to participate in our week of discounts is Volksfaden, a darling little web shop based in Berlin. What makes them so special is that they carry lots of fabric designed by American companies like Amy Butler, Robert Kaufman, and Free Spirit and even gorgeous fabric from Japan — in Germany that’s special because it’s pretty rare to walk into a fabric store and find these textiles. Then again, it’s rare to find them here in New Hampshire – that’s why Volksfaden is good for us all!
If you’ve been procrastinating on some sewing projects, procrastinate no more! Volksfaden is offering decor8 readers a 25% discount on all fabrics and sewing patterns offered on their website. Pretty fabric motivates! Please type in decor8 in the code box when you check out to receive the discount. This offer expires at midnight on November 23, 2007 and they ship worldwide! Tip: They cut their fabric by the meter (or half meter) vs. yards, so you’re actually getting more fabric because 1 meter equals 1.094 yards.
A few of my favorites: Chestnut Branch (great for a roman shade or a reverse side of a patterned pillow), Yui Kokeshi Wasabi (just because it’s cute), Wallflower Mustard (classic Amy!), Lotus Pond Pink, Patsy Pink (oh la la), and pretty much ANYTHING from the Mod Girls collection.
Thank you, Linda!
(images from volksfaden)
Tah-dah! The first decor8 sponsor to kick off a week of discounts here on the blog is Canadian Stationery company Penny People Designs. They are offering readers Buy One Get One Free on all personalized stickers + seals and address labels until November 26th.
My address label faves: Metro Home, Polka Dot Fun, and Geometric Green. For stickers, I like these for dressing up an envelope, jam jars, or gift wrap: Red + Blue Stripe, Modern Stripe Monogram, and Baby Style.
To redeem: When you check out you’ll find a box on the Bill TO/SHIP TO page that reads, “HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT US”. In that box, please type in decor8. Click here for complete details about this exclusive offer.
Thanks Penny People!
(image from penny people designs)
I’m back from vacation, we flew home from Germany so now I’m blogging live from New Hampshire in our little country home. Everything feels so weird out here after living in a European city for two months, but I’m happy to be home because I missed my stuff! It’s cold here, but sunny, so I thought I’d change the decor8 header to reflect the changing of the seasons from Autumn to Winter and incorporate the color combination I’m smitten by at the moment – gray, white, and lavender. Yes, purple – surprise, surprise. I’m also hooked on metallic silver accents, doily motifs, mercury glass, organic chai tea with lots of milk and honey, and the usual suspects – owls and branch patterns, they inspired the new header. Oh and I’m hooked on Beirut (thanks Ingrid + Gunnar), Dave Gahan’s new CD (thanks Paris, a lucky girl that actually met him in NYC recently), and Paul Oakenfold’s latest. Oh, and I can’t stop listening to Send Me An Angel. So 1980′s.
Here are a few lovely photos saved in my flickr faves if you’d like to click on over and view where they’re from, please do. I always see an unplanned theme when I save photos as faves and then step back and look at all of them together like this. There’s always this specific palette in every batch.
By the way, tomorrow kicks off our week of sales here on decor8 where I’ll be posting discounts and offer codes from many of our sponsors shown in the right column, so stick around – you are sure to find some great deals. I’ll also be posting a few home tours and interviews this week, and for the locals, watch for the post announcing your chance to attend the LOLA launch party with me in December. Until tomorrow….