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March 2009

Inspiration

Salad Design

March 3, 2009

Yesterday I discovered a talented young Australian photographer and graphic designer via Russian blog Design Collector and his name is Dallas Maurer.

Lullaby Reflections Tackyness in Bunches

His graphic design firm, Salad Design, shows lots of neat projects he has worked on that are worth checking out if you have a moment today. But I love his photography and wish he sold it somewhere online, so Dallas if you are reading set up shop because I know tons of people who would love (me) to have access (me) to your work (me) and frame it for (me) the home (me).

Dallas is also on Flickr under the name Mr Sqwiggle.

“Photography has been a long term hobby of mine which I’ve always used as a break from design. I guess it could be described as procrastinating from the work I should be doing but I feel that it also helps in the way I design and of course in creating photos for my work. Playing with Medium format, Expired film and Polaroids all excite me but whenever my wallet starts to look a tad thin I can always fall back onto digital.”

Psst: He has a blog too.

(images: dallas maurer)

Press

Heart Handmade Interviews…

March 3, 2009

My husband! Wow! Tee just told me that Marichelle from the Heart Handmade blog interviewed him in her “other half” series, a column she writes to highlight the significant others behind the bloggers out there. I love the column idea and am so pleased to see that Thorsten participated. I really loved reading his answers to some of her questions, like how we met, how he supports me with blogging, 5 random things about him, etc.

Heart Handmade Interviews...

This is by far the sweetest interview ever, thank you Tee and Marichelle!

(image: screenshot from heart handmade blog)

Rooms

Wallpaper Border – On the Bottom?

March 3, 2009

Have you noticed some of the bold, new wallpaper available online at Anthropologie?

It’s quirky and cute and I particularly like how they show it installed in this photo above in a most unique, beautiful way – it’s like the borders from the 1980’s going south from the top of the wall to the bottom. I like it! Remember when we dished about wallpaper borders on decor8 last October? I don’t like the curtains, but we’ll focus on the walls in this case. :)

What do you think, would you try a band of wallpaper around the bottom of your room?

(images from anthropologie)

Shopping + Products

Horne: My Wish List

March 3, 2009

I’ve known about Horne for awhile now but after seeing them again yesterday on Karin’s website, I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite things from this beautiful web shop.

I’ve been craving relaxation, texture, sunshine, products made from wood and clay, fresh salad, and good old-fashioned natural simplicity lately. Aside from function these objects also act as art with their lines and shapes…

And how about this for a brilliant product idea? You can turn any wine glass or vessel into a candlestick holder with this contemporary porcelain insert called CandlestickMaker by Designfenzider in New York. I really like this!

(images from horne)

Handmade, Travel

Karin Eriksson & Visiting Overjarva

March 2, 2009

With so many technical issues today I was unable to write about this earlier so perhaps it’s been blogged ad nauseum by now but I have to say a little something anyway. I’ll add a twist to make it more interesting just in case you have heard about Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson’s new products on other blogs today. I’ve decided to highlight her art studio and retail space located at a charming country space just outside of Stockholm. It’s very transporting, I’m sure you’d love to visit. Here’s a glimpse of some of her new products available in the online version of her retail shop Manos.

But there’s more… If you ever find yourself visiting Sweden, Karin has a brick and mortar store which doubles as her work studio in an old glasshouse near Stockholm in the countryside. It is located within the Överjärva country estate in Solna. I would love to visit Stockholm again and see the Överjärva estate for myself because, imagine this… it has a cafe with fresh baked goods, environmental trails, farm animals, courses in sheep-farming and wool craft, and a stable with horses and ponies for hire. There is also an antiques shop, compost center, weekend events for all ages, and so much more. I love the concept — being surrounded by nature, comfort food, enjoying the animals, and visiting a few lovely shops for inspiration and an introduction to new things. Karin’s shop, Manos, must be a lovely addition to the whole Överjärva experience. I imagine Överjärva to be a little bit like the Rosendal Garden Kafe in the Djurgarden, a most beautiful place in the center of Stockholm that I’ll never forget. In addition to Karin’s work, Manos carries a selection of handmade objects from Sweden and abroad.

I notice she even stocks the fantastic German tea Samova from Hamburg, I had a chance to visit their shop in the Stilwerk in ’06 and really liked the tea and the cafe experience. My husband would love Överjärva, maybe we can visit this summer. :) Manos is open Thursday-Sunday 11-3 pm. Closed in July.

(images from karin eriksson)

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