I had the honor of profiling a few rooms in the home of Swedish graphic designer Helena Schaeder Söderberg, also known to her Flickr friends as Craft & Creativity, this past May for Cookie magazine (here).
Ever since I wrote that article for Cookie, I’ve been following Helena and enjoy all of the photos that she uploads on Flickr. Helena has delightful spaces carved out for her two toddlers, but also many for her and her husband and their cats in their Vallentuna, Sweden home. I’d define their nest as bright, loving, spirited, creative and so very inspiring.
Helena describes her personal style as, “A neutral base, we use a lot of white–then accentuate with happy colors and a mix of old and new stuff. And add a bit of romance to that. My husband prefers more strict designs, but he often surrenders to my ideas and luckily enough seems very satisfied with the result.”
Helena shares many views of her home on Flickr and I’ve rounded up only a few glimpses today that I thought you’d enjoy because they celebrate creativity and cozy living. I find so much inspiration from her arrangement of things and through the many patterns and colors in which she surrounds herself. And I love her beautiful cat! :)
Would you like to know three of her decorating tips? Helena shared these with me…
1. Keep it simple: use one base color and accentuate with color in the details.
2. Be creative: make things yourself that are unique and
3. Put away stuff that you don’t like and highlight the ones you love.
Doesn’t this space make you feel right at home?
(images: helena schaeder söderberg)
To celebrate the arrival of Orla Kiely bedding, I asked Dot Maison who carries it on their site if they’d be interested in giving decor8 readers an exclusive discount to celebrate this new collection of 100% cotton percale… And yes, they’ve agreed. This bedding is now available to ship in the dimensions shown here. Dot Maison is giving decor8 readers a 15% discount on all Orla Kiely bedding, towels and bath mats until December 15, 2009. Here is a glimpse of what you may like… that I liked…. that look so much nicer with a discount!
To take advantage of this promotion, please enter code decor8 upon checkout. This offer is only valid from December 2 – December 15, 2009 and can only be applied to Orla products on the Dot Maison website.
(images: orla kiely)
I was recently out during my daily walk and came across the most lovely poster pasted to one of many announcement poles that we have on our street – this one shows a current outdoor market and skating event being held in nearby Wolfsburg. I loved the illustrative style so I photographed it quickly with my camera as I was in a hurry to visit a friend.
Later that day, I googled the event and after much searching, I found their website and then an email and so I wrote to the organizer requesting the name of the artist. They so promptly replied to my email with an answer! Yay! (Thank you, Janna.) The illustrator is Mia Overgaard from Denmark and they found her via Pepper Cookies, one of her agents, in London. Here are some samples of her beautiful work.
Her bio is quite interesting because she attended fashion design school in Copenhagen only to graduate and realize that it was the actual drawing of fashion and models that she loved more than clothing design and construction. You can read more about Mia here.
The things you can find while out walking around — there is inspiration everywhere!
(images: autostadt (top), holly becker (2nd image), all others mia overgaard)
Martin Cederblad is a sought-after photographer in Sweden who specializes in still life and interior works and I’m sure that you’ll enjoy browsing his portfolio today… I discovered him at Skona Hem and found his work to be so light-filled and uplifting but also quite cozy and his overall composition makes a room very inviting. He does an excellent job creating dimension. See for yourself…
With clients ranging from magazines Skona Hem to ToppHälsa, he is certainly one to watch. I just love the apartment of Swedish television personality, top fashion blogger and fashionista Ebba von Sydow that he shot directly above, more views are shown here — it is so feminine and pretty with pops of pink and lime.
(images: martin cederblad)
For those of you asking… yes I am teaching a second Blogging Your Way e-course this winter! Yay! Registration for the winter session has been postponed but will begin on Monday, December 7th. This e-course will run from January 18 – March 8, 2010 (7 weeks, though students will have access to the e-course until March 30 to review materials a second time, post in the forums, etc.) and there is a special bonus! I’ve invited an assistant teacher and I’ll tell you who and more about her on Monday… but you’ll be thrilled I’m sure!
This class will be focused on blogging but will also feature coursework on styling. You’ll learn about styling objects and spaces for photographs that will help you to make a more personal space out of your blog, one that reflects your unique vision and passion. You’ll also learn a few tips on taking photographs and how to best present your life and work in order to create your unique online space. This is not a photography class, but having a camera, basic knowledge of how to use one, and a blog that you’ve been writing on for at least a few months are both requirements so please do not enroll unless you have both or we will not be able to accept your registration.
Please note: If you took the first BYW class you will not be able to enroll in this class. However, a BYW Part Two is being discussed for Spring 2010 and will last for 3 weeks and will include the styling/photography coursework that you missed in Part One, so don’t worry — you won’t miss a thing! That class will be ONLY for BYW grads from Spring 2009.
Stay tuned – registration and course details will be posted here on decor8 December 7th!
(image: holly becker for decor8)
It’s Etsy Take Five Tuesday time and though Miss Holly here is battling a head cold (I nearly went a full year without a cold, oh well!) on this very crisp December day I am still going to bring you today’s picks! I plan to put on another pot of tea in a moment but first, as I sniffle and sneeze my way around Etsy, I simply must share a few of my finds with you. Pastel prints, gorgeous jewelry, lovely paper goods and gift wrap supplies and soft, girly photographs that will have you dreaming of vintage open toe shoes with tights and Paris, my love. Enjoy!
The simple modern aesthetic of Olive Manna will no doubt charm your little socks off. Love her paper goods which includes gift wrapping supplies and DIY paper balls, coasters melamine plates, textiles and more!
Elephantine is a collection of handmade jewelry that would be a most cherished present in case you’re looking… it’s by Settle-based designer Rachel Chew.
Leaves and Feathers is the work of Faith Evans-Sills in Brooklyn who is a mother, wife and artist with a dreamy style that will carry you away in a pastel breeze… Notes, prints and more!
If you’re looking for jewelry with a bit of an edge, Laura Lombardi is your lady with lots of runway-esque glam happening here. Love it. Especially the feather.
Lola’s Room in the UK is talented budding photographer Cassia Beck. She has such a soft, feminine vintage touch to her body of work. So very easy to love.
(images linked to their sources above)