Habitat’s Swedish owners may be looking for a buyer, but I have high hopes that this lovely store will weather the storm in this economy and perhaps not only find a buyer but expand and grow. I live an hour from both a Habitat retail store (2 floors of gorgeousness) and a Habitat outlet store, and so whenever I need a design fix I take the train up to Hamburg for a visit. Have you even been to Habitat? Do you like it? Are you a customer? What do you find there that you like? I’m a fan of their sofas, lighting and accessories — and I like that they carry some wallpaper in-store for when you want to do a quick accent wall in your home. I also like the look of their website, it recently changed, and is a lot easier to navigate.
I really like their current campaign, This is my Habitat, where they spotlight stylish people, like Danish model Helena Christensen, and show them in their space. I’ve not seen Helene’s apartment anywhere online before so perhaps this will be the start of things to come and we’ll be seeing her apartment someplace soon in the future as I’m intrigued by the photographs shown above. Habitat is even running a contest for their customers – if you want to be the next face of Habitat (enter here). I think the only bit I wonder about with This is my Habitat is that, outside of Helena, I don’t know who any of these other people are and I wish they’d give a bit more detail about them — where they live, what they do for work, and why they’ve chosen the particular room and accessories they’re photographed with.
Do you feel the same? But I think they’re on the right track… And I love the idea of using stylish customers on their website. West Elm started doing that last year in their catalogs… I think there is this growing trend to connect the product with real people more and more, don’t you see this through some advertising? I do. I think we’re living in a time when we want to identify with others more and more and feel a bit of a soul connection. I think the days of being superficial and unapproachable, when it comes to decorating, are over and I’m all for it. That’s why I started blogging in the first place, I was ready for this change back in 2005 and though it has taken some years, I love seeing so many products available to real people that do not require entrance to a design showroom. While I love the showrooms, not everyone can afford 40K sofas. And that’s okay. I love the whole handmade/DIY movement, the craft movement and seeing more companies make their design approachable and interesting. Like these rooms above, they’re not perfect. There is breakfast on the floor, things laying about, but it’s real and feels like, “Hey I live this way too! Now I see how that sofa would work in my home”. And that my friends, is marketing magic.
In the end, I rather like the idea of being sold on something that is both attainable and realistic.
I’m signing off for the weekend, I’ll continue the annual calendar round up on Monday morning with a few agendas, a wallet calendar, tags, coasters and such… and then regular posting will resume. Oh and I cannot forget — the lovely Leslie Shewring will join me again for her bi-weekly color me pretty post — I can’t wait to see what she has in store.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend — I’ll be at a home fair this weekend and doing a bit of traveling, but I’ll be back on Monday so I’ll see you all then! :) I hope that you had a wonderful week with me here, I certainly enjoyed being with you and sharing inspiration and ideas. See you in a few days, and make this weekend a great one!
(image: holly becker for decor8)
And here some calendars in the more traditional style for the wall — a new page for each new month. This is the biggest round up of them all, so give yourself plenty of time to review them all. On Monday I’ll post a final calendar round up to include planners, wallet size, and a few others and that will end the round up for 2010! Below, you’ll find some letterpress, then photography and finally the more illustrative and graphic graphic designs. I tried to include lots of styles so that everyone can find at least a few to love. Enjoy!
** Letterpress **
Simplesong Designs, Her first ever letterpress calendar. Congrats! $22 (limited edition)
INK + WIT, 7 prints to frame either as 6×6 or 5×7 when you are finished! $40
Linda & Harriett, letterpress with a card on the back for sending after the month is over, $30
Parrott Design Studio, I love the deep impressions Sarah makes when she presses these. Gorgeous soft colors, too. $28
Seesaw, These letterpress calendars are really perky and modern – great modern brights, $28
Albertine Press, letterpress with colors and illustrations that feel very organic and soft, $29
Satsuma Press, soft, natural colors and graphics gives this letterpress calendar such a soft, relaxed look. $44
Delphine Letterpress, More pretty letterpress, lots of animals and flowers here (which I love), $24
** Photography **
Moonflowers Photography, Spend every month at the carnival with these soft, dreamy photos, $25
Susannah Tucker, suntan lotion and sunny beaches await, $20
Flora Douville, I love how this calendar combines two images each month from the great outdoors, $18
D.S. Brennan Photography, Can this lady take a bad photo? I think not. Beautiful! $25
Bomobob, Bob is such a natural talent – if you love birds this calendar will have you at hello. Or shall I say, first tweet? $29
Alicia Bock pretty much rules, doesn’t she? What a gifted lady. This calendar gives you a photo to love with each new month, $X
** All others **
Camilla Engman, this artist has a fan following so if you want a calendar, don’t snooze or else you’ll lose. Limited edition. $28 or 19€ (if you live in the EU).
Wolfie + the sneak, Bold graphics set this artist apart from the flock. She’s not afraid of thick lines and strong colors, $15.
Liz Kalloch, Liz has a whole line of calendars and agendas with inspirational quotes like these shown above, $12
Emmy Lew, Hand drawn doodles transformed into a calendar with child-like flair, $20.
Jen Oaks, I love this girls illustrative style and enjoy the many urban landscapes in her work, $25
Jessica Gonacha, large (8.5×14″, $30) and small (5.5×8.5″, $20).
J Hill Design, Places she’s never been but you’d swear she really has – she gets it right with each destination! $28
Stephanie Fizer, Darling for the kid in you or the kid in your home. Very cute. $20
Little Mo and Friends, This calendar is fun for the gardener you may know or the little girl who loves fairy-tale like scenes, $18
Patricia Zapata, hand cut and delicate, these calendars are worth trimming and framing when the month is through. Add wallpaper or colored paper to the back to give them pattern if you’d like, $26.
Matilou, French illustrations make this calendar so feminine and sweet. $36
My Folk Lover, Catharine nails it every time, her work continues to amaze me. I love the feathery softness of these. $18
English Muffin, You can also frame these when the month is up, they are perfect for the kiddos, don’ t you think? $18
Letter C Design, plenty of room to write notes, $12
Three Square Design, natural elements and graphic patterns on paper with a fabric-like feel, $24
Cats Let Nothing Darken Their Roar, sign up to be notified by email as soon as it is available.
Every Jot & Tittle, Lots of lines and a handmade touch, these are quirky and fun. $15
Claudia Pearson, the perfect kitchen calendar, don’t you think? $24
SusyJack*, A modern bloom is all it takes to make a bold statement. Susy’s work is bold without being overpowering, it’s the red lipstick on the plain face, the gold strappy heels with the basic black dress. $34
Papaya! – the Birds & Blooms calendar combines nature with the far east for a spiritual feel that transports, $14
Gretchen Mist, Collage work transformed into a calendar so you have art to enjoy with each new month, $28
Kris’s Color Stripes, Love the watercolor illustrations, $25
Flapper Doodle, This tall, slim lady makes me want to travel and dance – shes quite cute, don’t you think? $25
Julie Beck Creative, A pretty amazing artist who creates fantastic modern surreal art, $27
Susan Branch, from the heart of the home is a sweetly illustrated calendar with a country feel, $14
Pennies & Pencils, includes margins for marking important dates, $15.
A lovely selection from Anthropologie, find them all here.
On Monday, I’ll round up a few more calendars only for the wallet, a few agendas, and a couple others that you may enjoy checking out. I hope you’re having fun clicking all these links and viewing these gorgeous works from some very talented people.
(images linked to their source above)
Looking for a little calendar action for your desk? Whether you’re in a cubicle or your dining room table which doubles as a workspace (cough, cough that would be my life until we find a larger flat), you can still make it feel all cozy-like and one way is with a desk calendar. Here are a few of the options out there at the moment…
Cat Seto, Comes with a reusable wood block holder made of reclaimed lumber – and it holds your pencil – cute!, $22.
SusyJack*, Susy does it again with her bold brights, this time in a jewel case, $19
Anna Cote, Screen/Gocco in jewel case, love the natural design elements and the pretty gold on her November view. $22
The Paper Thieves, letterpress calendar in black and white with wood block, man-friendly. :) $26
Jennifer Squires Productions, a new photo taken by Jennifer each month, $24
Avie Designs, in jewel case with 12 different designs to delight – one per month, $20
Daisy Princess Paperie, Flights of fancy calendar with bold, lovely graphics, $15
Delphine Letterpress, letterpress months with easel, $38 (limited edition)
Kitty Rogers, teeny tiny calendar with easel, 2″ x 3″ (about the size of a business card), $16
Night Owl Paper Goods, 12 month calendar printed on 6 double-sided pieces of real eco-friendly sustainably harvested birch, available in critter or pattern, $24.
JooJoo, This is so cute because if you trim the pictures at the end of the year, you can frame them as shown in the above photo. Isn’t this a great idea? You can put this on your desk as shown or tack it to the wall. $30
Alicia Bock, Paris a love story – perfect size for an easel on your desk, $29.
Egg Press, 12 pages, printed front and back, with jewel case stand included $16.
Susannah Tucker, losing yourself in a daydream… ah what a nice name! $20
Pixel Impress, I love the yellow and white zigzags!, $17
Blogging these calendars I’m thinking: Gosh 2010. Doesn’t that number freak you out just a little? Sheesh. In school, when I was in like 6th grade, we made these time capsules with stuff that was popular back then and buried them so that someday I guess when we were all living on other planets Jetson-style, someone would dig up our capsule and see what earthlings lived like. Or something. Anyway, I always thought of 2010 as being some major year in history. Like I’d meet George, Elroy, daughter Judy and wife Jane and we’d lunch at some cafe with robots serving us space food. What happened?!? Well, I rather like that we didn’t evolve into some cold, rather droidish society, at least not the metal kind though some of us may feel a bit bot-like in our day-to-day but still, I’m happy 2010 will be what it will be. I think it’s better than how I imagined in many ways, don’t you? But 2010. It’s making me feel like a dinosaur just saying it…
(images: linked to their sources above)