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Fontaine Anderson Illustration

Australian blogger Modamuse unearthed a real treasure when she recently blogged about 25-year-old artist Fontaine Anderson so I had to share her illustrative work here on decor8. Fontaine is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in South Australia.

According to her bio she is, “Inspired by her dreams, Japanese textiles, Egyptian gods, 1980?s clip art, fashion and music.” Her inspirations are clearly visible in her work, a fluid dance of pattern and color with intricate details and obvious Egyptian influences woven into what almost looks like patchwork, a gorgeous quilt. If I had a gallery, I’d be contacting Fontaine immediately as her work is one I’d most definitely show with great pride. Soft, feminine, flowing… And the colors! I’m smitten.

If you’d like to know about purchasing work from her or if prints are available, please send an email directly to Fontaine: fontaine {at} fontaineillustration.com

(images from fontaine anderson)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 23, 2008

An Angel at my Table {Mari Eriksson}

Mari Eriksson authors a beautiful blog called An Angel at my Table and though it’s in Swedish her more recent posts contain a bit of English so you can follow along. It’s filled with photos of her home and workspace that are nothing short of inspirational and lovely. There are so many things that I enjoy about her home, from the white wood floors to the industrial pieces living so nicely alongside modern country, chandeliers, and great vintage finds (like the lockers and her sewing machine). Isn’t this a glowing space?


Mari lives in Sweden and as I drool over her magazine worthy abode, I’m left to wonder what this obviously talented lady does for a living. A designer? stylist? photographer? She doesn’t mention it in her blog. Her home has lots of character and positive energy, everything is arranged so effortlessly chic!

Pairing unexpected things seems to be a theme here in Mari’s home. All of the furniture appears to have modern clean lines no matter what period it is from. Good tip to note when you try this look at home. Select furniture that coordinates by color/wood – select a few that you like, i.e. gray, white, and medium wood tones for instance, and then by style like clean modern lines (works best). If you have a curvy piece, you can add it to create a little tension but go easy on mixing curvy with straight because you won’t be able to pull off Mari’s look if this is what you’re going for. I’d consider one curvy dresser or desk and leave it at that.


I love the idea of using a bench along the wall in an eating nook. It’s a clever use of space because if you live in small quarters a slim bench is so practical. You can also look for one with a lift up seat to provide additional storage. My friend in Montreal uses a detailed vintage church pew (like this one only with a clear stain) that she purchased at a flea market and it’s topped with a simple white linen cushion. The detailed carvings and overall patina of the wood paired with her white-washed farm table and white Bertoia side chairs looks so nice.

Show of hands… How many would like to move in? :)

{1/22 3:48 pm update: Thanks to a few comments below, it was revealed that Mari is a photographer. Thank you Linnea and Annemeike!}

(images from mari eriksson)

Posted in blogs, Home Tours, travel on January 22, 2008

Mettes Pottery {Home}

We recently had the honor of visiting the workshop of Mette of Mettes Pottery in Denmark, but there’s more to enjoy from this talented lady: the home that she shares with her husband and baby boy.


When I was in Stockholm this past October, I met up with Swedish design blogger Emma and I remember her asking if I’d been equally impressed about an apartment she had blogged about around that time, but I couldn’t recall what she was referring to. But she was so enthusiastic about it that I vowed to check it out once I returned from my trip and had computer access again. Time flies and I forgot all about this conversation until last night when I stumbled upon it – the home of Mette over at An Angel at my Table – it’s the same one that Emma loves! I traced the post over to Emmas blog and sure enough, this is the one. Emma clearly has great taste and now I’m drooling over it. Notice all the details. You can learn more about apartment dweller Mette and her chic flat on her blog.


Thank goodness for design blogs and the access we have to viewing beautiful homes worldwide because sometimes I get tired of what I’m seeing here in America and so I’m finding Scandinavian blogs to be so refreshing right now.

Psst: Mette makes beautiful clothes for children too.

(images from mette)

Posted in Home Tours on January 22, 2008

See You on Tuesday!

It’s a long weekend here since Monday is a holiday, so I’m heading out and will return on Tuesday, January 22nd to kick off a new week. Try to squeeze in everything you can out of the long weekend. I wish you many cups of good tea, a curl up session in your favorite chair with a great design magazine, and at least one delicious slice of something yummy.


So friends have a nice weekend and I’ll meet you back here on Tuesday! :)

(image by amy butler design)

Posted in uncategorized on January 19, 2008

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