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September 2009

Inspiration, Rooms

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

September 10, 2009

Ready for a hearty dose of visual inspiration? I was reading through one of my favorite design blogs this morning, Emmas designblogg (based in Stockholm), and came across a photographer that looked really interesting, Magnus Anesund. So I clicked over to the site and then clicked around some more and came across another photographer that I instantly fell head-over-heels for. Her name is Ulrika Ekblom and she is a food/lifestyle photographer and her photos completely touch me — some in an emotional way — like I feel like I’m in the scene or enjoying the weather in some of her outdoor photographs. Others simply make me hungry for the food that she is presenting so beautifully!

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Ulrika Ekblom Photography

Her sense of color is astounding and her ability to capture natural light makes one feel present alongside her as she shoots. What a special talent she is and so inspirational. I hope that you’ll take time to look at her work here but also on the website where much more is featured, VOL, which happens to be her agent as well.

Do you have a favorite image above? Which one? Why? I am keen on the gingham tablecloth in aqua/white with the crumbled recipe and coffee stain… I keep going back to it for some reason that I’m finding a difficult time explaining. Perhaps it is the imperfect perfection. The casual beauty. I also love the first image, the lady presenting the delicious drinks upon a serving tray with the carnations. I think carnations get a bad rap but to me, especially when I find them in white, violet and pale pink, I see beauty and delicacy there — and all the folds are so feminine, like the bottom of a ruffled ballgown.

(images: ulrika ekblom for VOL)






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Color Me Pretty

September 9, 2009

Hello friends, it is Leslie here again with Color Me Pretty and in the spirit of back to school I thought I would explore a combination of blue, red, a dash of pink and a sprinkle of yellow. This time I wanted to bring in a Cath Kidston inspired theme as I have always admired her graphic florals and the overall freshness of her aesthetic. I played in her style creating some watercolors that I made into patterns for you.

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Color Me Pretty

Ideas for using this palette in your home: I remember not being able to paint the walls of my rental apartments and so I had to find other ways to add bursts of color to cheer up a rather plain interior. Rather quickly you can add some bright color to your kitchen sills by spray painting some aluminum cans and using them for flowers or utensils. You can also cover cookbooks in bright patterned paper to display on your shelves. I found an old lunch box for a dollar at a nearby second hand shop that I spray painted blue, keeping the red handle covered with masking tape. It is now a cute storage container don’t you think?

I just love adding new life to an old worn out item and with just a little paint this is totally doable! As well, Cath Kidston always recommends using oil cloth to cover an old table or desk top as its easy to keep clean and can be changed quite easily.

A white interior provides the perfect back drop to this bright palette that can be mixed and matched at a small scale with pencil and button displays or at a larger scale with cushions, tablecloths and curtains.

I really hope you enjoy this investigation and I’ll see you again in a few weeks with my next palette! –Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

September 8, 2009

Well what do you know… Etsy Take Five Tuesday is back! To kick things off, I’ve rounded up an eclectic mix featuring a few of my current favorite shops. Next week I’ll be back again with more and before you know, Miss Holly here will be back on schedule just like old times before I relocated. Feels good to get back into a routine again, I’ve missed it. I’ve decided that I won’t be writing much of a summary for my finds going forward since most of you don’t really read them anyway (most tell me you scan to see my finds and the shop name/link). Instead I’ll place links to all of the known spots online where you can find out more about the artist/maker and their work, including their etsy store link (well, of course). I hope you don’t mind and most importantly, that you find this slight modification to this column a bit more helpful. Okay, so are you ready for my picks? Here ya go…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Emma Lamb: {etsy} {blog} {flickr}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Brett Manning, aka Brettisagirl: {etsy} {website} {red bubble} {flickr} {blurb} {blog} {mysoti} {zazzle}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Deer Face, Devon Smith: {etsy} {flickr} {blog}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Beeb Design: {etsy} {blog}

 

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

HarBenger Duo: {etsy}

 

I hope that you enjoyed my mix this week! :) I’m loving them all and I can’t stop checking out those legs on that nightstand above — sweet.

(images linked to their sources above)






Arts + Crafts

KailiArt

September 8, 2009

I don’t always share things that I purchase because I don’t want to create a spirit of “gotta have it now” on this blog —  my life isn’t about what I buy and I don’t think it’s important to constantly own the latest. But every so often I do find something so sweet that I bought and feel inclined to share… like this original painting from Australia that I will soon hang in my apartment…

KailiArt

This is so sweet, don’t you think? I want to save it and place it in my work room once we upgrade into a larger flat… I think the words are pretty simple, yet profound, “From Little Things Big Things Grow.” I think I can apply this to so many areas of my life… you too? From dreams I’ve had to the love I first felt for my husband way before we married and we were only penpals living on two different continents… This is from KailiArt on etsy by the way…

(image: kailiart)






Books + Magazines

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

September 8, 2009

I just learned about a new book from Denmark that I must get my hands on, it’s called Elsk Dit Hjem which I think translates to Love Your Home in English. It was recently released and the author, Ranvita la Cour, is a Feng Shui expert, stylist and freelance writer from Copenhagen and one half of the duo behind Happy Living. Here’s a peek of her new book…

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

Elsk Dit Hjem: New Book

I’m hoping that someday I will get to meet Ranvita at a home show or something, as she’s just north of me living in Hellebæk, Denmark and I’m dying to meet the movers and the shakers in the design world over here and Ranvita seems to be quite an “it” girl in Denmark. I just learned about this book today via Spagat (thanks, Sidsel!) so I will now go off on the great hunt to locate a copy of this book online…

(images: elsk dit hjem)







Inspiration

Skona Hem Eye Candy

September 8, 2009

I was really blown away by a few articles that appeared recently in Sweden’s home magazine, Skona Hem. Did you see these two spaces? The first is really amazing… it’s English and Swedish design rolled into one gorgeous package that I could move into tomorrow. Well, perhaps not as a full-time dwelling, I’d prefer something a bit less ornate and more modern, but I could easily take this property as a vacation flat. :)

Skona Hem Eye Candy

Skona Hem Eye Candy

This home is hopelessly romantic and the bones of each room alone are to die for (moldings, ceramic stove, wood floors, soaring ceilings), but the decor is simply fabulous. I love all of the textiles, this home really feels cherished and lived in but also well edited and designed by someone with an obvious flair for decorating.

Skona Hem Eye Candy

This home is a bit different, more modern with cleaner lines… and the Swedish style shines through. I love the mix of artwork, the arrangement of all the prints over the dresser and buffet, and the collection of white ceramics and glass. The freshly picked branches adorned with berries is the perfect touch adding a natural element to warm things up along with a burst of color so that the vases and glassware do not become lost against the white wall. What a dreamy home!

(images: skona hem)






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