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November 2009

Objects

Workstead: Industrial Chandelier

November 25, 2009

Robert Highsmith, one half of New York based collaborative Workstead which also includes Stefanie Brechbuehler, recently shared a new light fixture with me that I fell for instantly. Workstead is a firm offering graphic design, architectural services, furniture and lighting and this little beauty had me at hello. It’s called the Industrial Chandelier and retails at around $1,150 so it’s a piece you’ll mostly likely need to fall in love with before you open your wallet.

Workstead: Industrial Chandelier

Robert explains the light far better than I can, so I’ll let him tell you more, “This ceiling fixture, fuses the concept of the chandelier with a keen understanding of function and flexibility. It utilizes re-purposed O.C. White industrial joints, vintage Hubbell sockets, and new-cut steel. The arms can be articulated in multiple axes; the joints allow for 360 degrees of rotation. Sockets placed at the end of each arm have a turn-key function, allowing for 1 – 3 bulbs to be illuminated at any given time. The fixture is both articulate and elemental. Its goal is to gracefully exhibit the physical properties of light.”

And don’t you just love the entire room? Drool. The windows, rustic table, weathered wood floors and fantastic lighting really caught my eye — and the chandelier — oh yes, the whipped cream on this perfectly delicious space. Focal point = found!

(image: workstead)






Travel

High Road House

November 24, 2009

I was tweeting a few moments ago asking my friends if anyone knew of a good hotel in London and Little Miss Wedding tweeted back that she suggests the High Road House in West London. I looked them up and I like what I see! I’m thinking of inquiring now, as I’d love to spend a few days there sometime soon to visit some museums and do a little shopping. And my husband keeps bugging me about it… he LOVES all things British and is dying to go back.

High Road House

Check out these exquisite rooms at the High Road House. Don’t you love all of the white with shots of yellow, red and gray? Dreamy… I want the gray and yellow wallpaper in the dining area. Oh my, gorgeous.

High Road House

High Road House

High Road House

High Road House

Now I’m wondering who designed this place, it’s fantastic, huh? Anyone know who did this lovely work? I also love how they managed to warm up all of the white with textured carpets (they look almost like sisal don’t they?) and white paneled walls. Very subtle, but it does the trick because these bedrooms do not look at all sterile or cold.

(images: high road house)







Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

November 24, 2009

UPDATE: The first two shops (same seller) have been removed per the shop owners request. I’ve updated this post to include two new sellers, enjoy!

It’s Tuesday! Yes, already! I feel sometimes that the gap between Tuesdays gets slimmer and slimmer – where does the time go? And can you believe that we’re so quickly moving into 2010? When I was talking to my friend about this last night we both agreed — it doesn’t feel like holiday time yet, we’re both in agreement that it still feels like Autumn here or that we’re at the beginning of October still. Frankly, I’m not sure where Autumn went this year. What about you? Same thing? As our streets are preparing for the big Christmas markets here to open tomorrow morning, I’m still thinking of pumpkin pie and leather jackets — not wool hats and mittens. Okay so enough about the weather… let’s talk about Etsy shops and who is on the decor8 radar this week. Ready to check out the top shops today?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Julianna Bright has some colorful and imaginative prints in her shop – bright, just like her last name!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Bloomsong has some gorgeous hand printed textiles from Paris along with a little vintage fabric too, you’ll like them I’m sure of it. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

White Owl is a collaboration between two sisters who love vintage finds and their grandmother’s jewelry box and pull together some rather lovely pieces of jewelry.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Roddy and Ginger, who I’ve blogged about before, recently opened a new shop on etsy. Yay! I love their folksy Scandinavian aesthetic and pretty things for the home.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Imagine Studio in Montreal is so very unique and surreal, her digital collages are mesmerizing…

(images linked to their sources above)






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Portable Fireplaces

November 23, 2009

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how wonderful it would be to have a fireplace to not only create a more cozy atmosphere but also to warm up the house without always having to pump up the heat. A fireplace is not a common feature in city apartments where I live. Some flats have ceramic stoves in the living or dining rooms, but the typical fireplace-with-mantle is not popping up whenever I do a property search so I’m guessing they’re not the norm.

Portable Fireplaces

I’m trying to think of how I can incorporate one into my home at some point — but it’s not something you can really run out and build if you happen to find a flat in a building that you love without a chimney or stove so I’m looking at alternate options, like a wood stove or even something portable. Thing is, all of them look so cheesy or boring until today when I read about portable fireplaces over at LoftLife magazine and came across this brilliant one — the Piet — by Swedish designer Fredrik Hylten-Cavallius. I. Love. It.

Portable Fireplaces

“Swedish designer Fredrik Hylten-Cavallius designed the Piet, a chimney-free indoor fireplace with a brass reflector that burns ethanol fuel instead of wood. Because it doesn’t give off smoke, there is no need for a chimney, making it versatile and portable. It also has a layer of rockwool fire insulation between the reflector and the outer shell, which keeps the outside ceramic body cool, so you can keep it close to walls and furniture without worrying.” – LoftLife

What do you think?

(images: Fredrik Hylten-Cavalliu)






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Inspire by Mandy Crandell

November 23, 2009

I adore this photograph taken by ballerina and photographer Mandy Crandell in Indiana. I imagine it must have taken her a great deal of time and patience to get those birds to follow her instructions. But the result is fantastic.

Inspire by Mandy Crandell

Just kidding.

This is sooo cute. I had to share. :)

(image: Mandy Crandell)






Color Inspiration

Magenta, Purple, Turquoise and Silver

November 23, 2009

Hello Friends, it’s Leslie with Color Me Pretty and this time around I am playing with jewel tones — magenta, purple, turquoise and a little silver for some shimmer and shine. The winter holidays are upon us and why not add a little sparkle and glow to our surroundings? Winter decorating can be really fun for those who have long standing traditions, the boxes come out, the treasures go up and the magic happens. If you aren’t a lover a tradition, it’s still a beautiful time of year to mix things up and bring the outdoors in.

Magenta, Purple, Turquoise and Silver

Today I want to inspire ways of decorating that could be more subtle and simple. Some shiny ornaments sprinkled around your home. Baked goods wrapped for a sweet gift. An orchid or two because they are so exotic and pretty. A homemade garland to hang because they almost always make a space feel more festive. It’s interesting to think about what we may already have that could look special when paired with some candles, an ornament or two and possibly some flowers. All of a sudden the atmosphere can change and feel more celebratory, especially if we add in the scent of something baking – right? Winter holidays can be a great excuse to become more creative in are giving to others and to ourselves.

Magenta, Purple, Turquoise and Silver

Magenta, Purple, Turquoise and Silver

DIY Idea: A tiny “advent calender” inspired, gift bag garland (that is a mouth full -but you get the idea!). I pulled the handles of these tiny wedding gift bags and hole punched them to string along a ribbon and create a garland or a hanging advent calender. If used as an advent calender I like how it gets shorter as the days of December go by when snipping each treat bag off with a pair of scissors. If you do not have a lot of wall space for a traditional advent calender this is a way to create something that could be hung around a door or vertically in a corner.

Magenta, Purple, Turquoise and Silver

I will see you back here in a few weeks -until then please take care. – Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)






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