In my last post about wallpaper I included a link to some samples that were framed as art. Did you click on that to see more? Okay good. Now to show you a fabric snip as art. This is by the lovely blogger and illustrator, Ishtar Olivera, who is from Spain and has framed a piece of Heather Ross fabric.
It’s the simple things I like to highlight here sometimes because they can be done in minutes and don’t require complicated instructions because some projects are just too time consuming when you need a quick decorating fix. Try framing some wallpaper, greeting cards, stamps, old photos from flea markets, doilies, scrapbook paper or fabric this weekend. It’s so easy, I guarantee you will like the results. I’ve framed fabric and stamps in the past, it is very, very easy. You can even frame found items like buttons and leaves. Get creative, grab a frame, and see what you can do!
(image: ishtar olivera)
Pattern! Pattern! Pattern! I really like this German wallpaper and wall decal distributor that Frau Mayer and Cat recently blogged, TapetenAgentur, for many reasons… It has an option to view the site in English (yay!) which is quite impressive. I also appreciate that they ship all over Europe, making their papers more accessible. I’m not sure if they ship abroad but you can certainly email them to inquire: info(at)TapetenAgentur.de.
These would be really great for kids or the young at heart. Sweet squirrels!
A little too busy for me, but in rooms that are spare, I can imagine using them.Especially the pattern over the blue sofa. That’s so beautiful!
I love the pale gray paper shown above, it looks gorgeous as if it were stitched by hand. I can see this in many rooms, especially a living room or bedroom. I don’t know if pink or blue are for me, but the gray…oh yes. Understated elegance with a touch of handmade.
I also appreciate their selection of papers, as you can see the diverse range is incredible and the photos on their site are just great. And did I mention that you can order samples that are large enough to frame or craft with in case you don’t end up ordering the actual paper? (Alina did this which looks sweet in her apartment. Clever recycling.) Of course, they charge for them but only a few Euros per sample. What makes them different than a paper company in your home town is that they have access to some lines that you may not be able to find locally like Deborah Bowness, Pip Studio and Aimée Wilder.
All six of these patterns are personal favorites — I would consider them for my own home. Above all, I think they’d be perfect for commercial spaces like shops and cafes.
Rosita is one of my favorite patterns (shown bottom left above white sofa with pink pillow) — I really like it’s strength — it stands on its own! I actually want to order it for a local cafe/bakery that just opened. You should see it, it’s in the most beautiful old building with soaring ceilings, old wooden floors, and massive windows with transoms that are rounded on top… oh it’s amazing in there. But the huge problem is the decoration. It’s so, so bad. Tacky doesn’t even fit, it’s not so much tacky as snooze fest boring. And I feel sad to even say anything negative about a new business but it’s really true. And not just my opinion because what does one opinion matter? You see others have whispered about it too. And as a result, they are getting little business despite their perfect location (directly in front of a busy bus stop!) and lovely sweets.
I’ve been toying with the idea of approaching them and saying, “Look, I’ll work for free just let me help you! With three simple changes you will see more traffic in this place”. First, that pendant needs to be replaced with something huge and dramatic (I could find something reasonably priced at Habitat or IKEA), the Rosita wallpaper needs to be installed on the back wall as a focal point, and you must play great music in here because none at all is boring me to tears!
And okay, I may not stop there. I’d also suggest products to add because currently they have what everyone else is selling so they certainly do not stand out. They need to sell some things that are new to this area, so customers know that they are the cafe where such and such is sold. I’d suggest inexpensive IKEA shelves to install on the wall to place the products to give it more style. Teas from Paris come to mind and perhaps some Scandinavian ceramics and a few Dutch things as well. I want to help them save their budding bakery but their current presentation and products will most certainly sink them… it’s so sterile and tacky with bad dark brown bookcases that are too short and too far from the walls and everything just screams 1985 in a very bad way. Would this be too bold? I don’t speak German fluently, if I did I think I’d walk in and do it — just lay out my plans on their counter and tell them “Do this, save your business!”. he he.
What would you do? And remember I do not speak fluent German…
This week’s question for Talk It Out comes from two lovely ladies and it’s a great question that I think many of you may be interested in contributing to today…
How do you engage your readers?
“How can I get readers involved in the comment section… Do bloggers do anything to encourage dialogue or discussion (in their posts or via social networking)? Or are they content simply knowing people are reading (and therefore they do not put much thought into writing posts that will encourage participation.“
I’ll add my two cents in the comments section with all of you… Please join me there. :)
(photograph: aux petits oiseaux)
I read about Svenska Stylistgruppen today on the Creativity Channel and was so inspired by what I clicked on and then, fell in love with… all at first sight! It’s a group of stylists, which appears to be an agency, run by business partners Helene Holmstedt and Maria Malmström.
Svenska Stylistgruppen has a talented group of more than 30 stylists, mostly interiors but also food, products and such… and I found a few that I thought I’d share with you briefly. Their names are Viveka Gil, Helene Holmstedt, Ulrika Jidström, Ann Charlotte Ridderstolpe, Anncatrin Rosenqvist and Kerstin Söderlund — each of their names links to their portfolio so please take a peek. I selected images above from their portfolios, I like seeing them all together so I created virtual mood board mixing them together. I love the shots of lime, teal and lilac, don’t you?
(images: Svenska Stylistgruppen)
There is so much inspiration packed in the pages of Elle Interiör Sweden but if you’re not lucky enough to have access to their issues the website is the next best thing. I find so many great links, ideas and trend reports there and I don’t even read Swedish… but it’s so visual and easy enough to navigate that you really don’t need to. Here are a few recent photographs in Elle Interiör, I like the colors in these photos and the gorgeous au natural wood trend that they are spotlighting…
When I think about it, how many decorating magazines do I really read anyway, even when they are in English? Sad to admit but it’s true, I skip most of the articles or trend reports but I do scan them and if the home or product is of someone I know then I’ll read it… otherwise not. Is it bad for a writer to admit this publicly? Should I feel ashamed of this? Well whether it is or not, there I’ve said it and it cannot be taken back: I only read text in design magazines by either a writer whom I know to be engaging, informative, conversational and/or witty (a few columns from Domino come to mind), or I just skim and drool at the photos and read the bylines and photo captions. I guess everyone is different though. But I will say this, there are exceptions — when Selvedge arrives, I gobble it down word-by-word. I read each article twice. It’s so well written and poetic in some ways, it’s a word fest and extremely informative…
(images: elle interior sweden)