Oh Sweden, what you do to me! Doesn’t it seem to be one of the most stylish countries on the planet? I’ve only been to Stockholm so I’m not sure about the rest of the country but I was so impressed by the design there that I’m thinking it’s hardwired into their DNA to have exceptional taste. Like when you are born in Sweden you automatically will love the color gray, desire a base of white with pops of color in your home, and be slim, gorgeous and friendly. You’ll also know how to perfectly cozy-up a space in a way that seems almost effortless. See?
This home, a seven room house just north of Stockholm, belongs to a graphic designer and busy mom that I interviewed for Cookie magazine online (posted here). Helena Schaeder Söderberg and her family (husband, two toddlers and two cats) have a home that is absolutely charm-filled – she’s a total domestic goddess. I love all of the wallpaper accents and the JOY that I feel when I look at these images, don’t you? It’s so welcoming and positive. View more photos here.
I interviewed Helena so I hope you’ll take the time to read it because her answers are great — especially her decorating tips. I also found out how she made those charming birds shown above in her daughter’s bedroom – she used a free pattern from the Spool sewing blog called “bird pattern” (see left column of this blog under Free Patterns). You can view more of her softies here but warning, you may feel a wee bit intimidated by her sewing awesomeness…
(images:Helena Schaeder Söderberg)
I came across Down Home Amy last night and good golly this girl has some cuteness happening over in her shop. Miss Amy lives and works out of her studio in downtown Vancouver where she designs accessories for the home. Check these out, peeps…
This lady does it all — illustrates, prints, sews and sells online in her etsy shop. I like her aesthetic, it’s fresh, minimalist, natural and reminds me of the Japanese and Scandinavian design that most of us have a design crush on.
(images from down home amy)
Want to see a little city apartment kitchen making a big impact? This wee kitchen belongs to Katie, and American living in Berlin with her husband Martin — I met them both at an event I spoke at last year and they were so sweet! This is their apartment, they gut remodeled the kitchen/living room area turning it from old school to modern and hip and the results are really nice and especially inspiring for those living in a small apartment (they have a 480 square-foot flat). They did an amazing job, her and her husband completed the work together and it’s just great.
Here are the before shots:
Katie writes, “We built the entire thing in the 36 square feet next to the kitchen and in the space designated as our kitchen. Then there were the things like German quiet hours, finding the right stores, learning how to communicate (all of which you know so well!). The project was really a test of creativity with such limiting boarders and obstacles.”
Congrats, Katie — lovely job! And enjoy your move back to America – best wishes!
(images katie clemmons and thomas white)
Have you heard of prop stylist Robyn Glaser before? No doubt if you don’t know her by name you know her work as many of these tear sheets below remind me of past issues of magazines and catalogs that I pulled for my inspiration files.
I really liked browsing her portfolio today, I encourage you to do the same as I’m willing to bet you’ll spot some of her work that you recognize, especially the Anthropologie and Blueprint pieces.
(Images: Robyn Glaser, represented by Jill Teckenbrock at Thomas Treuhaft)
I was talking to Emma Henderson over at Showpony earlier this week who just announced the launch of her new website and online shop. She designs and creates screen printed accessories for mostly the home that includes totes, pillows and tea towels. Emma is also dedicated to using organic and fair trade materials and only ink that is water based.
To celebrate her grand opening, she’s offering a 15% discount for the month of May. Just enter the code helloshowpony when prompted at the checkout. Emma is also offering free UK shipping with orders over £30.
Thanks for the discount, Emma!
(images from showpony)
Want to perk up your bathroom? I was reading Melissa Loves last night and came across a link she shared to Mooza Designs in Australia where I found the best bathroom signs ever. I really like these things, they’re quirky and right up my alley especially since you can order them with any pattern from their collection shown below.
Melissa found them via Shannon at My Fine Garden who also digs these things. I’m thinking we need to start a blogger trend and display them on our bathroom doors at home. :) Mooza also customizes letters so you can spell things out and display them on your wall.
Would you display these on your bathroom door? How about in your retail space? Ideas for these letters anyone?
(images from mooza designs)