I’ve been busy with some spring cleaning today, and I put a few new chevron pillows on my sofa to spring it up — but it feels nice to take a seat and visit you for a moment to share the photography of Clare Plueckhahn from CI Studios in Australia. Do you know her work?
I just spent 20 minutes wrapped up in Clare’s world via her online portfolio and now I want to make a big salad, have a glass of mimosa and some grilled swordfish and eat on the beach, and oh yes…totally redecorate my flat and buy some new clothes while I’m at it. That is what I call inspiration! Here, have a peek…
I particularly LOVE the store photos she took of the Midi Boutique – this delightful shop is owned by Jess Young in Lorne, Australia and it looks beautiful. I could move in and set up a little bed and desk and be all set. I see a rug and a scarf that I’d love to own, and so now I’m wondering how is the designer for both pieces. I’m referring to the rug that the model (or perhaps that is shop owner Jess?) is shown walking on and also the scarf on the white shirt against what appears to be a chippy white ladder.
I must confess a little something… I am dying to travel to Australia! I have to make it over there eventually… I really do. Seems the Australians are so sunny and creative! My travel must-see list includes Copenhagen, Sydney, Christchurch, Tokyo and St. Petersburg. What are your travel must-sees?
(images: clare plueckhahn)
Today I’d like to share a lovely shop called Beuteltiere that’s so cute and is owned by business partners Barbara Mueller and Katrin Hufer who have knack for curating handbags and accessories – their boutique is like a gallery or gorgeous bags! Beuteltiere is located in Berlin’s trendy Prenzlauer Berg district at Raumerstrasse 19 and just so happens to be where many of my friends shop which is why I decided to write about them today — they are definitely the “it” bag shop in Berlin — especially for girls and guys who love good design.
Shop girls Katrin (left) and Barbara (right)
I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara a few years ago and we’ve kept in touch since — she’s a great lady and terrific business woman. In fact, the blogging event where I spoke at in 2008 is what helped motivate these ladies to get started with a blog, shop and web shop (you can watch their video in German about it here. It’s great!). This really pleases me — it’s nice to know that so many ladies are being inspired and started a business — and living their dreams. I’m heading to Berlin soon to visit them, the high speed train gets me there in an hour and 25 minutes (not bad!) and I really need to buy a bag for myself for Spring/Summer… and they have some great ones as you can see in these photos!
I want to mention that recently Nicole from Nicoletter visited Beuteltiere and picked up this gorgeous 100% recycled Matt & Nat bag… it’s a great one, isn’t it? I’ve become obsessed lately with leather bags, sunglasses and umbrellas so you’ll have to excuse me!
If you are a decor8 reader (which you are if you’re reading this, right?!?) you can tell these shop girls when you visit and they’ll give you a 10% discount off of your purchase to celebrate their one year anniversary. If you buy a bag online you can use your discount until the end of April by entering code “BGdecor8” at checkout.
Thank you ladies for sharing your shop with us today! I feel like I went on vacation without leaving the house. :)
(photography: tim adler)
Looking for a little party decor inspiration? Look no further than the portfolio of event planner extraordinaire Amy Atlas in New York who specializes in dessert tables — a growing party trend that I think is just great. Amy recently created these dessert tables for Brides magazine and she has so generously detailed each below along with some “behind the scenes footage” which I loved seeing. I hope that you enjoy them!
Vintage Table — We incorporated aqua and magenta birds and blooms throughout the design of this table. We made feed sacks by sewing vintage fabric, made homemade preserve favors, and created a bird and bloom bunting banner. We included a birds and bloom ruffled wedding cake, nostalgic candy such as salt water taffy, maltballs, ribbon candy, an old fashioned buttercream cake and dahlia cupcakes. We also made favor boxes with handmade fabric dahlias.
Chocolate Spice Table — We incorporated spiced chili and naga curry infused truffles, rosewater malban, pyramid-shaped chocolates, sesame candy and a macaron tower, all on bronze and rattan vessels filled with whole spices. For decorative elements, we included Moroccan lanterns and a pussy willow branch display. We also sewed together burlap fabric to create spice sacks to give the table a “Moroccan-market” feel and filled up Moroccan tea glasses with spiced hot chocolate and cinnamon sticks.
Citrus Chevron Table — For this table, we incorporated a bright citrus color palette of tangerine, lemon and lime with a modern chevron zig zag pattern. We created a ribbon garland, clementine centerpiece, as well as chevron patterned popcorn cups and favor bags. We included a modern chevron cake, which we placed on zig zag vessels. Other great treats included passion fruit marshmallows, chevron patterned cupcakes and citrus meringue buttercream sandwiches.
A little peek behind the scenes… More on Amy’s blog here.
Thank you Amy for sending this to me to share with decor8 readers!
(Photography: Andrew McCaul)
I love me a good dollhouse but not always the Tudor or Victorian kind… so of course I jumped on this article today in the The New York Times and swooned over every bit of it because it’s all about modern mini furniture for dollhouse hobbyists. If you love the idea of a dollhouse filled with min modern design then this article and slideshow just may steal your heart…
If this intrigues you just a wee little bit (pun completely intended) then you can also view the Modern Miniatures group on Flickr or follow the blog Miniatures by Annina. Enjoy!
(image: David Azia for The New York Times)
I’m crazy about the 10th Anniversary Issue of Australian interiors magazine Inside Out. It just arrived in the mail 3 seconds ago (I subscribe but sadly I didn’t get the tea towel designed by the Rob Ryan with mine — wah!) and I’m already drooling on the spread called Desktop featured on pages 151-157 styled by Vanessa Colyer Tay (a favorite style editor of mine). Desktop shows how to create a space on your desk that reflects your own personal style but that also inspires you — it doesn’t give tips in text as much as visual inspiration showing a natural theme, a vintage-inspired one and finally a feminine approach — and all are stunning! In case you do not have access to the magazine, here is a glimpse of what I’m talking about… you may click to enlarge each image below to see some of the details. Because people, it’s all about the details in life — am I right?!?
I love both the natural and feminine desktops the best. The photographs were shot for the magazine by Sam McAdam who has one of the most beautiful portfolios that I’ve ever seen online — her work is styled to perfection but not fussy and it’s just gorgeous….
Isn’t this inspiring? LOVE. IT. In fact, something as simple as a few pages, expertly done of course, can give me inspiration for weeks to come…which is what makes Inside Out such a treat because with each issue I know I’m going to find plenty of goodies to satisfy the cost of my foreign subscription to their delightful magazine. If you are able, definitely pick up this issue –or subscribe — you will adore everything in it though their 10th Anniversary Issue is by far my favorite to date. The spread on Lee Mathews and their Art Market article are also faves of mine along with the colorful home of fashion stylist Nicole Bonython-Hines – her black “Japan” flooring is stunning.
(images: holly becker for decor8)
Designer Donna Wilson in London is no stranger to this blog, I’ve talked about her work twice before (first in 2006!) though it’s been awhile… Let’s check in on this talented lady for a moment to see what she has been up, shall we? Yes, we shall. :)
Donna has lots of quirky home accessories in her collection but my favorites include the girl pillow, house blanket, trays, and most of all the hand painted pups! Playful, tactile, colorful… her work covers everything from art to knitted monsters and ceramics so I encourage you to check out her site as there is truly something for everyone. You can see more of her work in-situ along with some of the shows she has been in by following her blog, Leaves and Twigs.
(images: donna wilson)