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Aniek Meelijk’s Tea Time

I was so blown away by the gorgeous tea time set created by Dutch designer Aniek Meelijk that I saw today on Design Spotter. Wow. “One warm spring afternoon on the garden table she sees more than her own tea set. She discovered that its shadows could not be separated from the shapes of the set and that they constantly played their own game with them.” This was what inspired her Tea Time collection! Don’t you love this rather mundane observation turning into something so grand?

Aniek Meelijk’s Tea Time

What innovation and creativity…

I wonder when and where it will be available for sale? I think it’s perfect for Alice in Wonderland! :)

If you want to learn more about Aniek, you can visit her blog here.

(image: aniek Meelijk)

Posted in Handmade on November 11, 2009

Bailey Doesn’t Bark

I received news this week from Bailey Doesn’t Bark that Re Jin Lee, founder and designer, has decided to branch out from tableware design to include home accessories, stationery and jewelry. Yay! Congratulations to Re Jin and her team! Using 100% recycled, reusable or biodegradable elements in her lines and packaging, Bailey Doesn’t Bark is committed to eco-friendly design in addition to producing beautiful things with purpose.

Bailey Doesn't Bark

“To keep an eye on quality and costs, she prefers to apply and fire decals on her porcelain pieces and package her products in-house. Re Jin not only wants to creatively inspire with the new pieces she’s been developing this year, but also hopes to inspire with the principals she’s infused in the production.”

I love all of these beautiful things, great work Re Jin! Her tea bag mugs, plates with gold accents, and her cards are beautiful – love how they shimmer!

You can find her latest collection here and also live at the Union Square Holiday Market in New York City between November 25 to December 24, 2009.

(photos: bailey doesn’t bark)

Posted in Handmade, Objects, stationery on November 11, 2009

Mimi la Rose

Want to meet a designer and an interior architect whom I’ve been exchanging some very long, inspirational emails with for the past week? Her name is Barbara Moser and she is a German designer who splits her time between a spa town here called Bad Mergentheim and also Paris — oh the lifestyle!

Mimi la Rose

Her mother who was a costume designer from Hannover, obviously installed in her a love of textiles and inspired her creativity and interest in design. In Germany, she has a home in the country and in Paris, she rents a very small city apartment with her husband which they adore. Spending time in both countries gives her access to all the things in life that she enjoys — her personal dream come true. One thing that she likes is searching for vintage textiles for the pillows and handbags that she designs. She sources most of her rich and beautiful fabrics in France and Belgium at the flea markets there, and from them she cuts and sews one-of-a-kind cushions for her brand, Mimi la Rose.

Mimi la Rose

Mimi la Rose

About her bags Barbara says, “Each bag and pillow in the home collection is 100% handmade by a professional seamstress and I, most of them are one-of-a-kind as I use vintage fabrics and combine them with new high quality designers’ fabrics. As in my interior architect work, I love the idea of mixing old and new… the feel of vintage silk, the amazing colours of the trims that were made in older days.”

Mimi la Rose

I think Barbara’s luxurious bags and pillows are perfect for those who love vintage textiles, faux furs, decadent trims, and rich beautiful colors and textures. With a pair of jeans, a vintage leather jacket and pair of cute heels, a bag or clutch from Barbara’s collection would be the perfect accent. That’s how I would wear it. But I’m not a fashion writer and so I’ll stick to giving decorating advice. :) Her pillows are the perfect sofa accent and could do wonders for a settee in the hallway.

Psst: Barbara has an etsy shop, too.

(images: barbara moser)

Posted in Objects on November 11, 2009

Wild Wednesday!

What a wild and crazy day! I’ve been so busy but couldn’t wait until this moment when I would sit down before my computer and talk to you. I really love connecting with you each day through this blog, it really keeps me going… Especially now as I’m living in a totally new country — I find I need my blog more than ever because the connections I make online give me so much positive energy and motivation to get things done.

Happy Weekend~

So, how are you doing today? All is well in my corner, I’ve been a bit nutty with my schedule this week and tomorrow I will go to see a property I’ve had my eye on for a second viewing… and my husband is coming with me this time (he sends me out for the first rounds knowing how particular I am, so this makes it easier for him!). I can’t wait to hear what he thinks of what I’ve found… If he likes it I will be jumping up and down. If he doesn’t, well… I’ll move on to the next property and perhaps it will be even better. I always say, Thorsten knows best and 99.9% of the time, he does.

And though I’ve just moved here, since we are living in our vacation apartment which was never meant to be a place of full-time residence, I’m already feeling cramped and ready for my own home office space again so I want to move soon. Working at the dining room table is very demotivating as I’m not one who can easily focus like this and finding space to take photos is also a challenge. I do so much better locked away inside of a room alone! Plus I want my mommy! I am dying for her to come stay with us and she’ll need a bedroom because I’m hoping to host her for at least a month next Spring or Summer. Oh I can’t wait to have her see my world here… Our big appointment is tomorrow afternoon, so we shall see! But I tell you this… when we move I will not be going anyway after that for a long, long time. You know this feeling, right? You just burn out from packing, unpacking, packing, unpacking. After the next move, I’ll be done for about 100 years. :)

So what shall we talk about today? Well I want to first and foremost thank Carolin for interviewing me for her article, Zeig her Deine Zimmer: Wohn-Communitys und Home-Style Blogs, all about design blogs that appeared today in a German newspaper called Badische Zeitung. It was fun to have an interview with a journalist here, and I like how the article turned out. It was in the newspaper this morning and online too so it’s great exposure for decor8 in Germany, that’s for sure!

I’ll be back soon with some things to blog about… stay tuned! :)

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on November 11, 2009


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