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LampGustaf: Stitch Light

Would you like to see a fantastic new concept that combines a pendant light with the work of your own hands? LampGustaf in Sweden recently launched the Stitch pendant and it’s the best… leave it to the Swedish to combine craft with function and do it without one ounce of kitsch. The idea behind Stitch is that you can make your own design by hand, so it’s a little bit DIY rolled into a fantastic pendant light. You can watch a video of a few people making their own design here on YouTube to get a better idea on how this works. LampGustaf will soon launch a site of inspiration for Stitch with downloadable embroidery designs and the ability to upload customer photos and more.


LampGustaf: Stitch Light

In addition to the crafty modern Stitch light, LampGustaf carries a large selection of lighting that ranges from traditional to contemporary, mid century to elegant, they have a myriad of stunning floor, table and pendant lights to choose from. The Stitch is my favorite though, so original and fun!

A special thanks to reader Helena from Room And Serve who first told me about this darling light yesterday. Thanks, Helena!

(images: lampgustaf)

Posted in lighting on March 05, 2010
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Designing Your Life

I received a nice email today from Jessica who is a jewelry designer and blog founder/author of Makeunder My Life. She wrote in to invite me to be part of her series of interviews called Design My Life which focuses on, “Sharing your intentions for your life and how you design your life around those intentions.” I like the idea so I couldn’t reply fast enough, yes!

Summer's Home

If you are interested in reading what her current Design Your Life guest, Summer Thornton of Summer Thornton Design, has to say on this topic you can certainly do so here. Above you can see Shannon’s beautiful living room and if you visit Apartment Therapy you can take her home tour which is just fantastic.

And this makes me think of something… designing your life. What are some of your intentions and how do you do design your daily life in order to meet those needs, reach your goals, etc.? You can comment below over just ponder over this question for a moment on your own because I think it’s a great thing to really STOP and think about on a regularly basis, don’t you?

(image: summer thornton)

Posted in Decorating Tips on March 04, 2010

Wooden Kitchen Floors

I love this kitchen, it’s such a stunning example of old meets new. And the thought of wooden floors, especially a bit worn, in the kitchen appeals to me above all others. Well, with the except of vintage tiles from Belgium or perhaps France or Turkey. I have a friend who has vintage wood floors, lovingly worn, in her kitchen and whenever I would visit her in Boston I always cherished our times at her kitchen table because it was such a sensory experience to be with her in that space — the aroma of apple cranberry muffins baking in the oven, the way the sunlight came through the windows, feeling that overall cozy “kitchen” ambiance, and admiring her gorgeous oak floors – warm and welcoming.

Elle Interior Sweden

Here are more examples from Swedish Elle Interior magazine. I always refer to their website anytime I’m in need of inspiring interiors — I love the beautiful homes that they feature and the combination of old architecture with fresh, modern furnishings and even a few salvaged and junk shop finds. Eclecticism is still a hugely popular decorative style and I’m guessing will always be, and though trends change I see eclecticism as more of a classic — like jeans — that will forever remain a part of certain people’s life long after the current hype settles. It’s relaxed, it’s not governed by strict rules, there is no rhyme or reason to it — just that you have a good eye, collect things that appeal to you, and build a home with the central focus being your family first, and your lifestyle, then your furnishings and decorative style are considered to support all of that.

Elle Interior Sweden

When eclecticism is put on, it always shows and feels a bit distant and cold, or even cluttered and chaotic. Don’t you think? That is why I believe the heart of pulling off the look is really digging inward and finding what you cherish, and discovering how you live (or how you’d like to live) and what you need to have that will support you and make your life run more smoothly. A little story about that.. When I had to pack and relocate abroad, the first thing I did was to make a list of my must-haves and then, if I couldn’t recall something to list it, I would conclude that it obviously wasn’t so meaningful or useful to me that I needed to take it. I sold 80% of my belongings over the course of two months — I hosted several garage sales, an indoor moving sale, and even tweeted about my move and a few decor8 readers drove up to my home and drove off into the sunset with many of my personal belongings. But there was freedom in that and from that experience because I learned what REALLY supports my life. And I’ve learned that I really didn’t use or need all of the things that I had. So now that I’m living abroad, with a fresh, clean slate, I’m deciding how to approach the accumulation of more things. I look at every object with a critical eye, and I think about the things that I left behind and that feeling of peace as people left my home carrying my belongings in their arms — and I wonder if I ever want to have so much again that I really don’t need or connect with. The answer is NO.

And so, back to hardwood floors. Yes, it seems the Swedish have them in some of their dream homes shown in Elle Interior, along with white kitchen floors that appear to be painted wood, and also black floors that look like either wood or vinyl (I can never tell as they are usually quite high gloss and appear seamless). I currently have tile in my kitchen, it is light gray and quite nice, nothing fancy or even “blog worthy” though it doesn’t at all make my kitchen feel warm and cozy, but it’s nice just the same. I have a pretty striped rug in the space and my open shelving with dishes and glasses and tea tins so together, without wood floors, I’ve made the space my own and I’m happy with what I have. But don’t we all dream of having wood floors in natural, white or black? A true Elle Interior style kitchen!

(images: elle interior sweden)

Posted in uncategorized on March 04, 2010

Wood & Wool Stool

I’m predicting a new blog trend… Wood & Wool Stool will soon be in the homes of blog readers and authors everywhere! Seriously! ha ha. I think Wood & Wool stool will be the next “Keep Calm & Carry On” poster because over the past several months I’ve noticed Ingrid’s beautiful stools popping up all over blogland and even in the homes of some of our favorites blog authors. Ingrid will custom make a stool for you and she ships worldwide, so I guess the only question is – why not?

Wood & Wool Studio

If you don’t know much about Ingrid and her studio you can travel back in time to this post where I shared a few views of her home last year. I ordered a pair of stools for myself, in the top photo, only with a slight twist.. I decided to “marry” my happy couple so I’ve asked Ingrid to crochet a lilac heart to hang from the white stool. :) I know, I know… cuteness is my weakness. I’ll show them to you once they arrive happy & safe to live with me. :)

Wood & Wool Studio

Yvonne from Yvestown has one too – in white – and I think another in rainbow colors. Yvonne is it true? Do you have a few? The craft queen Dottie Angel even has a stool, shown above (below the pair that I ordered) — her stool is amongst the crafty chairs in her eating nook and she made a fabric topper for it while she washes the original crochet cover In the photos below you can see Ingrid hard at work with the cutest star western boots ever and a glimpse of her desk with a stool on top, obviously a piece she was working on.

So what do you think of these little charmers?

(images: linked above)

Posted in uncategorized on March 04, 2010

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