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Impressionen {Germany}

I’m perfectly aware that posting about Impressionen (and other non-U.S. websites) can frustrate (sorry!) but decor8 is not merely a blog about shopping. While I want to be a resource that you think of when you’re looking for the perfect sofa or some art, decor8 is a catalog of ideas, places, people, and things that I find inspiring enough to share no matter where they may be based in the world. Of course, I try to make sure that things are available online for purchasing in case I found the ideal piece you’ve been seeking, but unfortunately not all websites ship to where some of us live and not all of them are even in English. Like Impressionen.

My goal is to expose you to design that you may not see in your part of the world, and though many read this site from America, there are others tuning in from parts of Europe, South America, Asia, Australia, I’m often amazed when I look at my stats! And while a store like Impressionen isn’t in English and doesn’t ship to America, I have to consider that German readers and others may really enjoy this resource and for the rest of us we can simply enjoy viewing how products are arranged, checking out current trends, and to see how you may be able to use some of the things in your home currently in new ways (like a standing mirror shown above, for instance. Looks great arranged in this way, doesn’t it?).

Sometimes a reader will write in upset with me (with CAPS on!) asking why I bother posting stuff they cannot buy from time to time. Well it’s simple and I’ll quote Morrissey (a personal favorite singer-songwriter), “America is not the world”. There is much more out there to embrace, more to see and be inspired by, than what’s available on our own shores. And while I love American design and support designers here (obviously because I write about them a majority of the time), I’m forever fascinated by what’s going on in the world of design in other places to.

Back on the subject of Impressionen, though they are based in Germany I think their products reflect what is equally trendy in Scandinavia, Switzerland, the Netherlands, even regions of France and beyond. When I’m in Germany each year I hop on trains and planes and buy heaping truckloads of European design magazines that I cannot buy here in the states so I can see what’s going on. And I visit tons of stores and interview designers there. I also recently started attending design trade shows since ’06, so I’m starting to recognize what some of the current trends are over in northern Europe like gray paired with pale lilac, Modern with lots of white and pops of color, silver with gold, black with white, cottage, rustic (atlers, twigs as mirror frames, etc.), and ethnic eclectic in bright colors like chartreuse, fuschia, teal… Plus with blogstars like Emma in Stockholm, Danielle in the Netherlands, and Bowie in London, how can any avid blog reader not start to catch on to these design trends over time?

And of course, though the trends abroad are similar to what we see here in America, the decorating styles and overall taste level differs according to culture so how one country translates Ethnic style (for example) can look a little different from how say, we Americans perceive it. It’s important to look outside of your home country to see what’s hot — it keeps our minds open and helps us to see some of the things we currently own in a different light. Remember how Kylie had a negative view of IKEA until she went to Europe? Kylie returned to America with a whole new perspective on IKEA finds and now she’s a believer. It’s all about exposing yourself to new ideas when it comes to design and decorating!

(images from impressionen)

Posted by decor8 in Shopping + Products, Travel, Trends on February 12, 2008

Your comments...

  1. We Are Not Martha commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 8:41pm

    I agree. I LOVE seeing what else is out there. Even though I do get insanely jealous that I can’t have all of it. Like that mirror. And those comforters. Booo hooo :) :)

  2. muse commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 8:57pm

    Thank you for opening our eyes to global (or EU at least) decorating trends. It’s also not that difficult to buy things in other countries, especially on the web. It looks lik Impressionen is available for purchase on the web, though German is not one of my languages, so I’m not sure whether they ship to N. America. If anyone does know this, do post the info as I am enamored of their bedlinens (especially the turquoise and red) and the price seems remarkably decent.

  3. Anthony and Brittany commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 9:12pm

    so can you order things from this company even though it is European based? the website is not in English? i really like the style—it is refreshing and clean but yet very chic! i just love this blog—-one of my favs for sure. thanks for sharing!

  4. design for mankind. commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 9:15pm

    AMEN, Holly! Good for you. Design doesn’t always have a pricetag on it, and is DEFINITELY NOT always readily available.

  5. muse commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 9:36pm

    I echo your larger point about Design not always being about shopping and acquiring. It’s just as enlightening simply to engage with the photographs and to be inspired by design ideas around the world.

  6. Laura commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 9:53pm

    I love seeing inspirational designs regardless of whether they can be purchased here. (I shouldn’t be off shopping anyway!) Thank you for sharing.

  7. Kylie commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 10:03pm

    This is one of the reasons why I love your blog. You expose us to decor and artists that we wouldn’t normally see. And even though we sometimes do not have access to purchase these items, we can often use them as a source of inspiration — colors, style, or even different arrangements/groupings in the photographs.

    I feel very honored to be a part of your blog today. Thank you, Holly.

  8. Buffy commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 10:15pm

    Here’s to Morrissey and that vicar in a tutu.

  9. Anonymous commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 10:37pm

    Bravo! Thanks, Holly, for your open mindedness.

    Jo in New Zealand

  10. girldogtorch commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 10:41pm

    Brava! Well said, the whole thing. You’re right, it’s isn’t a shopping blog–that would be so small. People should calm down. If it’s really the perfect piece, find someone who can translate, or think outside the point, click, and ship mindset. Good for you, and lucky us.

  11. Roo commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:03pm

    Hi there. Thought it about time I posted a wee comment as I visit your blog all the time :-) I am all the way on the other side of the world in little old New Zealand. The reason I come to your blog is not even with the intention of being able to buy what you show us but to be inspired but all the loveliness that you find to share with us. And inspired I am!! It gives me new ways of looking at decorating and I always come away with new ideas. So thank you for sharing your wonderful finds with us all.

  12. Amber commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:04pm

    I love that you post about shops all over the world. It’s so refreshing and not to mention, gorgeous! Living in Hawaii, we really don’t have many stores (no Ikea, Target, etc.) but just I love the inspiration I get looking at these websites and photos. I love your blog – keep up the GREAT WORK! :-)

  13. Aesthetic Outburst... commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:11pm

    Go Holly! I totally agree with you and the comments above. Seeing images of well-designed products/homes from all over the world contributes to leading an inspired life…a life where you don’t have to own the “goods” in order to appreciate them.

  14. Heather commented
    February 12th, 2008 at 11:31pm

    I am new to the blog and really enjoy it. I love to browse it while drinking my morning coffee. It is esp nice to see things from other places/country. I love the freshness of the ideas as I don’t see these things in my local stores. Keep up the good work.


  15. Hollabee commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 12:05am

    as we say in Australia ‘Good on ya girl’! I totally agree. I was born in the netherlands moved to Australia in 2005 and I love seeing what’s happening in the world, who cares whether you can buy it or’s inspiration and if you’re creative enough you can make it yourself :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Elisapelle commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 12:31am

    It’s actually really great that you don’t post all the stuff we’ve already seen on other blogs. I also enjoy the challenge of deciphering information in languages I don’t know.

  17. zanouchka commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 12:45am

    Bonjour Holly.

    I read you very often from Montr?al. Your blogue is lovely. Thank you for putting so much effort in it. Probably that these “CAPS WRITTER” haven’t had the chance to read this blog intro. You are talking about post that are inspiration. Long life to beauty that is inspiring !

  18. del4yo commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 2:33am

    yey! I completely agree with you. Your blog is like a design course I take everyday, and I love when you get out of the beatten path to show us lovely foreign treasures.

    Vive decor 8 ! :)

  19. Diana commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 2:40am

    Well said. And I adore that little VW bus.

  20. frederique commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 9:26am

    I’m French, based in the NL and can only agree with you…This is why I love your blog: so many ideas from so many different places and not being able to get something from a US place, makes me look for it (sometimes for months) in other closer places.And it makes me so happy once I finally get it!
    I check your blog a few times a day and just LOVE it!
    Now, if you know where to find a vintage sideboard in theNL….Please let me know?

  21. emma ::emmas designblogg:: commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 9:59am

    This is a great post, and I agree with the wroters above! Most of what you post isn’t available here, but I really don’t care, it’s just as inspiring anyway!

    And thank you so much for the link!

  22. decorative rabbit commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 10:19am

    you’ve got readers from EU as well ;) and I loveloveLOOOOOOVE your blog!!!

  23. Kristy commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 11:00am

    I love being inspired by things I cannot have.It makes me interpret things in my own way.I would hate to have a home that everyone else has! x

  24. juliette commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 12:32pm

    2 thumbs up Holly! (and 2 thumbs down to whoever the haters were!)

    You mentioned them in passing ages ago and I looked them up and am now a happier hausfrau here in Germany. Many thanks!

  25. Anonymous commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 1:20pm

    Inspiration and ideas have always come from all over the world. Holly thanks for letting us have the chance to see and drool and dream of beautiful things outside of our country!
    There are things here in the U.S. I can’t afford that doesn’t mean I don’t want to -not- see or be inspired by it.
    I may never get the chance to ever own any of these gorgeous pieces but they are a treat to look at!

  26. Katy commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 4:38pm

    Thank you so much for this post! Could not have said it better. One of the best things I love about the internet is to be able to communicate and share ideas with others from all over the world. You have done an excellent job with decor8 and that’s why I love it. It’s not always about purchasing the love finds but to be inspired by it. Keep up the good work!

  27. decor8 commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 4:48pm

    hi emma! yeah I leave the swedish finds up to you because you have that perfected on your blog! :)

  28. Penny commented
    February 13th, 2008 at 5:29pm

    Oh please. continue to post everything from all over the world as much as you can. I love the international view. Your blog is perfect.

  29. Anonymous commented
    February 15th, 2008 at 12:00am

    Thank you Holly, your blog is unique and has become a wonderful, almost daily inspiration for me. I especially compliment you on your “out of the box” approach and diversified information ! I log on for information and, frankly, also for “eye-candy”, to relax and reflect. Thank you.
    Btw, I have found true meaning in “the unexpected is the salt of life” and you confirm it.
    Thank you – Ich danke Dir !
    B. Angelika

  30. heavenlyhouse commented
    February 15th, 2008 at 8:48pm

    I drool over your blog, Holly, and, being an American overseas in the UK, I miss Target and all my fav’rite American stores! It’s so inspiring to see glimpses of great design from the US even though I can’t personally can’t buy most of it–keep up the lovely eye for design!

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