Turner Pocock is an interior design firm in London that also happens to have a sophisticated and slightly whimsical collection of wallcoverings divided into two themes – sporting goods with papers that have a cricket and a tennis (perfect timing!) theme, and an animal line collection with several furry friends from polar bears to zebras. My favorite is the Ostrich paper shown below in pink. Love!
Priced at £70.50 RRP, you can purchase some of these fun prints for your home from the Turner Pocock website if you’d like. Here is a sampling to whet your appetite.
These papers are inspired by the illustrative work of aritst Catherine Cazalet who recently joined forces with Bunny Turner and Emma Pocock, the founders of the firm. Thank you Sally for these images and for introducing me to Turner Pocock!
(images: turner pocock wallpaper)
While at the farmers’ market this morning gathering peonies, freesia and veggies for my table I came across a kiosk and spotted a brand new decorating magazine called We Love Living. Great title! The magazine is very similar to Living & More (also published in Germany) but has a bit more English text in it and feels fresher and younger which I love.
Their motto is to, “Be the change you want to see in the world”, a familiar expression but so powerful. I like the message behind this magazine as it supports what I stand behind so fully — the idea of loving your life and being happy THEN tailoring your home to meet the needs of you and your family — to support you spiritually, emotionally, physically… in every way. I think for a long time we were more interested in impressing others and less so in living at home – really living there and loving it – this is how it should be but how it wasn’t for awhile as the trend was to simply fill your home with what would make the neighbors say, “Ooooh my”.
These days I feel this shift, it’s been going on for awhile but getting stronger, but I feel a shift in how people live at home and how they are decorating — don’t you? In more affluent parts of the world in pockets where there is wealth there is always a feeling that one must have the biggest and best to beat out all of the others. But in my circle of friends, and no doubt in yours too, there is more of a feeling now to personalize the space and to be a bit different from the pack.
Truly, the home is the only place on earth where we have absolute freedom of self expression. We can run nude from room to room if we choose, eat cereal for dinner from time to time, throw our clothes on the floor if we’re too tired to bother, and dance in the shower singing Donna Summer tunes with a shampoo bottle as our mic. It’s not just where we can be 100% ourselves, but it’s also where we can show our personality through how we choose to decorate and live — the colors we select, the crafts we make and display, all of it gives us a unique opportunity to surround ourselves with what makes us, well, us. I’m still a student of German so I cannot read all of the text in We Love Living as well as I wish I could — but I get the sense that this magazine supports how I feel about the home and it precisely why I like it. It’s also very affordable, only 2,90 Euros per copy and it is sold all over Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 10 issues per year beginning with the one shown in these photos – their first of what I hope to be many, issues to come.
I wish the team in Offenburg at We Love Living, Caroline Vogel, Angelika Wuenscher, Stephanie Volk and Petra Weissburger all the best with their new magazine!
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Etsy Take Five Tuesday this week has a little something for everyone and I’ve arranged them into two sets: Girly and a bit more graphic with a mini bonus set of some pretty portrait paintings that I found from an artist who lives is Israel. I know it’s not your usual five sellers but sometimes I get bored with that format! I hope so much that you enjoy these little picks for your shopping basket today!
1. Vintage tennis rackets (certainly must be great for decorating, hang them over a bed in a guest bedroom!) from Bright Wall Vintage, 2. Chez moi screen print from Fric de Mentol, 3. Handmade vegan shoes by The Generation, 4. Felted art by Julie Blanchette, 5. Calm photograph by Aimee Clare and 6. Little Lamb Organic Hat made by SweetPeaToadTots.
Originals and prints of beautiful girls by Tush Tush
1. Flowers in Greece print by Art Quirk, 2. Stripe handbag by BKK, 3. Handmade vegan shoes by The Generation, 4.Pillows by Marianne van Ooij of Soap Studiooos, 5. Doggy letterpress print by Tag Team Tompkins and 6. Darling Clementine cards.
(images linked to their owners above)
Visiting Amsterdam soon? You’ll want this book in your bag! When Pia sent me an advanced copy of Amsterdam: Made By Hand I knew that the moment I had some time to read it, that I would love it. This past weekend I had a little time on Sunday night to flip through the pages and read her lovely introduction which feels so personal, and some of the shop profiles, and all of the images (because let’s face it, the visuals are always the best in books like this)… and well it’s quite charming and certainly worthy of a review. I’m sure that many bloggers who have the opportunity to pick this book up will give it a glowing review in addition to my own because it’s one that will appeal to so many I think.
Amsterdam: Made By Hand is a compact guidebook, published by Little Bookroom in New York, that has around 171 pages with many pretty photographs taken by the author, Pia Jane Bijkerk, and it captures how Amsterdam looks and feels through her eyes along with some of her most cherished shop suggestions. This book is ideal for those looking for a bit of an “off the beaten path” guide to where one can find shops catering more to the handmade, upcycled, vintage-loving crowd.
Here are some peeks from my copy:
Swarm – Shop shown above.
Juffrouw Splinter Curiosa – Shop glimpse above
The Frozen Fountain – Shown above.
“As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring—which is why I adore all things handmade. Amsterdam: Made By Hand is an insider’s guide where you’ll discover Dutch ateliers tucked away on the cobble stoned backstreets of the old canal district, and boutiques that Dutch designers and stylists have kept well-hidden inside their black books. . . until now. Between its pages you can expect to find woodworkers, flower artists, jewelry designers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: with the backdrop of Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and wonky buildings, you can expect to see this quaint old city in a whole new light.” – Pia Jane Bijkerk.
Another view of The Frozen Fountain shop.
Tesselschade Arbeid Adelt shown above.
Not all of us traveling want to shop only at big department stores – many delight in finding things that feel like no one else has ever found them before and most of the shops in Pia’s book feel exactly like this – mini hidden treasure boxes tucked away on random side streets owned by passionate people who have made their retail store and the products in it their entire existence. It’s hard to find shops like this in cities nowadays, even in Europe, as more and more chain coffee shops and stores move in paying top dollar for property forcing long time tenants out and sometimes not just out to another neighborhood but out of business altogether. Don’t get me started on this topic though as it makes me quite warm and my cheeks get a bit red! Ha! But yes, this is happening because how can one compete with paying top dollar costs for renting a shop when your store is really more about passion and community building than counting stacks of bills at the end of the day?
Fabrics at Tinctoria.
Cute things at Happy Red Fish.
Gorgeous and a bit edgy – jewelry at Gild Goldsmith Atelier.
And so, when you go to cities you often only find these big stores in the main sections and sometimes it can seem as though a city lacks a local identity, the very identity that is found from the shops that had to move out to make way for the big boxes. Fortunately, in Amsterdam, many sweet stores do exist but often tucked away here and there and Pia has found them and placed the gems lovingly into this book. This is the real value of a book like this – it supports those who are happy to stay small and leads us who are happy to shop there to them. Thank you Pia for your efforts in pulling together this sweet glimpse of your Amsterdam and I hope that anyone interested in handmade goods will pick up this title the next time they plan to visit there.
Psst: If you are in Amsterdam on June 5th see the above image for a fun signing party that you can attend! If you go, have fun!
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(images: top 5 photographs taken by Holly Becker for decor8, all others submitted by Pia Jane Bijkerk for this review.)