When you find something cute (small animals, men, decor), you want to make it yours and invite it home to love and cherish. I just found cute in the form of an online shop and Flickr stream and it’s from Le Train Fantome. The lady behind it is a French artist, Fanja Ralison, who currently lives and works in Hertfordshire, England. Fanja pays careful attention to details as she crafts her little dolls and things… and when you view corners of her home on Flickr you can see that her love of sweet things extends far beyond her dolls — her nest is infused with love and warmth, and is so very charming. I love her curtains with the graphic black and white bunting and her mushroom chart, both shown below…
Don’t you want to relax in her home, or just sit around and sip tea and watch her as she creates? I love these intimate glimpses into private homes like this one… isn’t the internet grand?
(images: le train fantome)
Can you believe it’s October 1st and the beginning of Autumn? Today it truly arrived and to celebrate, we went out to this tiny spot for lunch that we enjoy and had the most delicious homemade chicken soup with crusty bread. And then we went for coffee and cake, a ritual here daily around 4:00 p.m. when cafes are packed. Afterwards, it was time to hit the farmers’ market where we went flower shopping and bought a ton of fresh veggies from the farmers in our region as I plan to make two kinds of soup: chicken coconut and vegetable rice. I also found the best caramel-colored leather boots that I adore – those I found last night and they are gorgeous, like something out of the 70s and will keep my legs warm. Autumn is lovely, isn’t it?
So tell me, what traditions do you follow in the Fall? Where do you like to go? What do you enjoy doing at home with your family? Do you have favorite outdoor activities that you like to engage in? For me, Autumn is all about long walks in the forest, attending festivals outdoors, travel, collecting chestnuts and acorns, and wearing layers of clothes and cute hats. It’s also about cooking soups and baking. :) I was sitting on the sofa this morning thinking about the changing of the seasons, what I’ll do to “warm” up my decor for the next few months, and looked on my coffee table and thought I’d capture the moment with the photo above. It really captures the season to me. The colors, the crochet, the book, the warm wood…
Ah, Autumn… I love you, my favorite season, my cozy friend who returns loyally each and every year.
(photography: holly becker for decor8)
My new Gudrun Sjödén catalog arrived today, and being a customer for a year now, it’s always a treat to receive their beautiful catalogs as they’re thick and the recycled paper feel and smell is just heavenly. I ordered my roman blinds from them that are in my living room and kitchen, and with the order they sent me a great makeup pouch in one of their folksy patterns. I can’t say I’d ever be able to wear the clothes on their site as they’re a little to bold for my taste and not fitted enough, but I really like some of their accessories and home things, like their curtains, rugs and some of their table linens.
Their recent collection is inspired by a trip to Bhutan, a place I’ve long wanted to see, and so I enjoyed the video on their website showing views from their photo shoot there. Very transporting from my wee little desk in Germany, for sure!
UPDATE: Here is the English website where you can order a free copy of their catalog too!
(images: top: holly becker. all others: gudren sjödén)