I promised a little glimpse of the fabric market that I attended in my new city last Saturday, the same day that I also hit the flea market just around the corner and scored a new dresser and a doily glass platter. I had such a great time and found some beautiful fabrics and notions, but most importantly, I found a ton of new brands and interesting ideas and inspiration… and noticed that Germans are big on iron on decals! I found so many deer, mushrooms, you name it — all silhouette style in funky patterns and colors meant to iron on to skirts and bags, etc. And I spotted a vendor who sold all of the fabrics from the Tone Finnager, Tildas Hus line. Really sweet stuff! This market catered to both the fashion and craft crowd, so you found little old ladies shopping next to the girls that you know make most of what they have on.
The market visits here 4 times each year, it will return again November 7th. It tours all around the country, the organizer, Stoffmarkt Holland, is from Holland and so a bunch of the vendors are Dutch and then of course, you have several German online shops selling there as well. I still haven’t spotted any Amy Butler or Heather Bailey fabrics, nothing familiar to me really — but I found so many great ones that were completely new that I didn’t walk away disappointed or empty handed! It was also very hard to not walk away feeling inspired.
And well… I guess I have to say a little something negative about this market. Nothing is vintage! Boo! I wish so badly that some stylish new vendor would join the crew and sell vintage textiles, I would love nothing more! And they reallllly needed an Indian fabric dealer. And a Japanese vendor with fabrics from Japan. THEN this would have been the perfect event. But I still loved it, but you know, I’m picky and always thinking of ways to improve everything I see… I’m sure you’re the same way! Oh and I would have died and gone to heaven if they had a crafts book dealer, oh my! But they did sell a few books and such here and there, but still…
Please excuse my photographs, they were not taken with the greatest care or concentration. The market was nuts, at least at the booths where I wanted to take close ups of the fabric, so my arms were constantly being knocked and my bag was getting bumped – so hard to keep a still photo. I was also the ONLY one there with a camera so I had to be discreet, I didn’t want to have to explain to everyone what I was doing photographing their booths. :) But no one seemed to care and so in the end it all worked out. But man, it’s so uncomfortable playing journalist sometimes, especially when I’m not fluently able to explain myself! I hope the photographs do this lovely market justice. It was very large, I’d say 100+ vendors maybe? Definitely worth attending one if you’re ever visiting Germany — just look on the stoffmarkt website to see the schedule and try to fit one in to your vacation!
Here is a glimpse of some of my loot:
Do they even have these markets in the states? Or in your country? I don’t ever remember seeing one over there and I lived in the south and New England and never came across anything like it. Maybe this is just a European thing. Could be a good business idea, huh? I think someone over there should start a traveling fabric market! :)
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Hotze Eisma is an amazing photographer in the Netherlands who has worked with some very special clients in some of the most beautiful interiors in the world. The spaces shown in Hotze’s portfolio are stunning, unique and have been spotted in some of the world’s best publications. You may even recognize a few.
You can purchase some of these photographs if you are a company or publication interested in interior and travel photos… You simply go to the production that interests you and then click on the PDF download to view all the images from that particular shoot and then contact Hotze directly for the details. I personally love the lighting and mood in each of these photographs, there is a real feeling here that makes you want to know these people, dine with them… A cozy feeling that I love so much. You can view more from this stunning portfolio here.
(images: hotze eisma)
This print, along with all the others over at The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy, is perky and so, so sweet. I love the typography and the colors and patterns are terrific – so cheerful. I remember when I was little going to yard sales and flea markets with my mother, I always saw Home Sweet Home signs and I never really understood what the expression meant. I guess you have to grow up to really know what it is, or perhaps first have it to understand the concept of what a home sweet home feels like.
Some people grow up and do not have such a sweet home. There is chaos, fighting, illness and many other things that can stand in the way of feeling safe, at peace and happy at home. I think that is one of the best things about being an adult and moving out of the house for the first time. As a young person, you have the chance to create your own Home Sweet Home no matter what your past was like. You can remove the stress and chaos and start anew. You can make decisions that are good ones, so as to safeguard your new found freedom and peace. If you are able to continue this for many years, and you meet someone, fall in love and continue having a relatively peaceful home life then I think you have accomplished a lot in your life. I remember when I was little, I lived next door to a couple who were always fighting. You could here them several houses away! And when I went to visit their daughter, I was surprised at how uncomfortable, even as a little girl, I always felt visiting her. They weren’t screaming when I visited, but this energy and negativity hung in the air like a very bad smell. And it felt thick and suffocating. I always asked her if we could play in the yard instead of inside of the house, I did not like how their home felt.
I’ve always been extremely sensitive to my surroundings, my environment. I can pick up on “vibes” and I’m usually quite accurate. I guess I’m the house whisperer. :) And that’s one of the many reasons why I started on this road to decorating and writing about decorating and design finds — I really want others to be more aware of their surroundings and in the importance of having a space that really mirrors their lifestyle and personality. And above all things material, a kind of peace and security that one can only feel at home — this is the ultimate goal I think all should have above decorating or some cool new teapot. Loving your family and repairing any holes, working out the problems, and getting back to being happy in your Home Sweet Home. Though we’re all a highly visual bunch, the best things in life cannot be seen… they are felt. :)
(image: the wheatfield)
When I saw this photo today on the Twins’ Garden blog, I couldn’t resist sharing because I love it so much. Well, of course I adore little animals and the one thing I miss the most about living in New England is that here in Germany we have no chipmunks! That’s right, none! But thankfully we do have squirrels but not gray and large like the ones in Boston — they are smaller and bright red with huge furry ears. They are the cutest creatures ever! But I do miss the chipmunks… I would love to hold one like this. Yesterday I went to beautiful park where deer roam free, I saw dozens of them and bucks too and since this is nothing I’d see so easily back home, I guess I’ve traded the chipmunks for the deer and okay, that’s fine but still… just look at this cuteness…
This image was taken by the inspiring Theresa from Salem Massachusetts, also known to her massive lists of fans as Simple Tess, a long time Flickr contact of mine.
(image: simple tess)
Last week Nina told me about the handiwork of her friend and designer Ingrid Jansen and her company, Wood & Wool Stool in the Netherlands. She pointed me over to her Flickr photos and I noticed there that she also has an etsy shop. Wow! Such lovely vignettes, I love how well edited this space is — she choose pieces that really stand out and make a statement. And her work — well, it’s visually stunning and a lovely way to blend old with new in a modern way. The Dutch do this so well, don’t they? Have a peek below… you can view more beautiful images here.
Thank you Nina for sharing! And if you’d like to learn more about Ingrid and her work, you may visit Nina’s blog since she has a great interview posted there with her. Wait until you see where she works part-time, wow!
(images: wood & wool stool)