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2010

Home Tours

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

February 18, 2010

I found the very stylish Anna Malin behind the blog Helt Enkelt recently by visiting some Swedish blogs and clicking around on blogrolls — then I contacted her and viola! here she is on decor8. I’m so glad that I found Anna because I am in love with her blog and her home.

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Anna simply has the best style – she mixes classic Swedish furniture with flea market finds and heirloom pieces resulting in a romantic yet crisp and modern home with lots of personalized touches. Here are some views of her gorgeous space. I especially like the three different ways that she has decorated her dining room, it’s fun to see what she’s up to next! From her blog I gather that she rearranges her home very often, and given that she has a family and kids, I’m quite impressed by this not to mention how clean and organized her space is.


Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Swedish Home of Anna Malin


Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

Swedish Home of Anna Malin

To see more visit Anna here on her blog. I’ve added her blog on my list of daily must-reads, be sure to do the same if you love this look too. What an inspiration!

(images: Anna Malin)






Handmade

Screen Printing On Ceramics – Ideas?

February 18, 2010

Will someone please invite me to a party with cupcakes served on the most beautiful vintage china ever? I found this image taken by stylist/designer Lula Aldunate (aka Lulaland) in New York and simply must share! What a visual treat this is.

Screen Printing On Ceramics - Ideas?

Tea and cake please! Which reminds me, I really need to start working on my china collection again. Can you believe I sold all of my mismatched china a few years ago at a tag sale? I could kick myself. Have you ever done something like this? Sold an item/s only to regret it later? It’s not what I do as a habit, I’m quite particular about what I let go of, but at the time I sold my china because I felt like I had way too much in my house and it overwhelmed me. Clients were giving me everything that they no longer needed and between that and my own “stuff” well… it felt a bit insane to have so much. I felt like I was being selfish to have so many things that I was not using regularly.

I’ve now decided to start my china collection once again, only this time I’m keeping it and cherishing it forever. The photo above inspires me as to why I should, how beautiful. Though I wouldn’t mind learning how to screenprint on china like Nina does. Maybe I can ask someone to teach me. It would be fun to buy beautiful vintage china and then personalize it a bit in a fresh, modern way as so many great designers out there are doing right now. Of course mine would not be for sale but it would be nice to make my flea market finds more bespoke.

Do you know how to print in color on plates so that they can also be used for eating rather than only display?

(image: Lula Aldunate)






Home Tours

Handmade With Joy

February 18, 2010

Today I want to share a sweet space that I recently discovered on Flickr. Would you like a little “real home” inspiration? Good! Me too! After this one, I’ll share another from Sweden, but first we’re going to England. So! Let’s visit Lova and her whimsical home + sewing space, shall we? Her colorful, authentic decorating style is refreshing and natural. Lova was born in Madagascar, grew up in Paris and now lives with her partner just outside of London where she works as a Therapeutic Counselor. I can really see some French influence here, can’t you?

Handmade With Joy

I’m so inspired by how she speaks of her life and so I’ll just quote her because she says it so well.

“I have made a conscious decision a while ago to truly enjoy life and be happy and as a result I made a lifestyle choice where I stay at home most of the time (doing what I love which at the present is sewing, baking bread… enjoying being a domestic goddess) while having some part time activities such as counselling and various studies (I love studying). This will surely change once I start considering having a baby, but for now I love my life.”

Handmade With Joy

Handmade With Joy

I think these few tiny glimpses of her home reflects her words so well, don’t you? Lova makes a lot of the things that you see in the photos — you can purchase them in her etsy shop. Lovely!

(images: handmade with joy)






Inspiration

Paul Costello Photography

February 17, 2010

We all go through phases from a Moorish design craze to a navy blue stripe obsession. It’s perfectly normal to be passionate for pink today and big on black tomorrow. Truth is, we’re all curious creatures and these phases keep our blood flowing — without them I personally would be bored stiff. In addition to phases, memories often guide me forward because with them, I have inspiration for new dreams to dreams and plans to plan.

Paul Costello Photography

This is why I love the work of so many great interior and still life photographers — their work shows me glimpses of these phases trapped in time from the past to the present and is why I’ll never tired of browsing their many online portfolios. Take Paul Costello for example, whose photos are shown below.


Paul Costello Photography

Breathtaking glimpses, right? They made me remember my foo dog phase, all the times that my mother told me stand up straight, my former love of faux Zebra rugs (I hold Domino magazine responsible for that phase), my vintage velvet boxy sofa obsession phase, the canopy bed I had to have a child, making out in an actual car (ha ha, that’s not something you tend to carry on for life!), and how much I loved that bedroom in Domino with the blue and white striped cotton rug. It also reminded me of a passion I once had that I’m considering picking up again — collecting vintage feminine mismatched china to use and display.

Paul Costello Photography

I invite you to visit Paul Costello’s portfolio online to see if you can find spot some memories and phases lurking in there for you, too. If so, mind sharing them with me? :)

(image: paul costello photography)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

February 16, 2010

Oh my God (or shall I say ZOMGZ!) I totally cheated on this week’s Etsy Take Five Tuesday because 3 out of my 5 finds I spotted on the Etsy home page today. I know, I know, my head is low in shame. But I couldn’t resist, a few that I clicked on just blew me away and I thought, “Hey, I’m DOING this!” so here are my five finds for the week. Ready, ya’ll?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Gorgeous, colorful fine art photography by Mina Georgescu of depuis. I just love her in-situ shots, seeing them living in a space totally helps doesn’t it?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Cottage Farm in San Francisco has some lovely vintage finds in her shop, her French countryside sensibility makes me want to pack a cute little fiat and head out to a stone cottage ASAP. If only I had a stone cottage and it was about 900 degrees warmer!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I adore my leather bags but in the summer months I like to mix in fabric totes as I find them lightweight and easy to care for. These handbag goodies are designed by Creek Bed Threads in Pennsylvania. Her most recent designs and product shots are just great!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Sweet Beaker in Georgia has some sweet and simple handmade papers, and I even spot a little chevron action there, too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

And Plytextiles. Ah. Be still my beating heart, this is the good stuff. Handmade modern textiles for the home created from 100% recycled wool sweaters, made into felt, in Chicago. I’ll take… ten!

(images: linked to their sources above)






Round-ups

Chevron Inspiration

February 16, 2010

This is certainly no breaking news of a trend report or anything but I simply must call attention to the chevron pattern (also known as herringbone) that is still going big and bold in the world of interiors. I’m glad they’re not saturating the scene because the second something is everywhere I tend to get really, really bored and over it. But the bold, geometric zigzags aren’t in every single home out there yet so I feel safe sharing some inspiration. I don’t know… something about the pattern really has me feelin’ Springy today, in fact this morning I ordered some chevron prints designed by Paula Prass in yellow/white and black/white over at Volksfaden. Then I started to have a look around the web to see who else was digging chevrons still and here are some of my findings…

Chevron Inspiration

Sabbe’s cool DIY walls

Chevron Inspiration

Jess and her DIY chev-art over at Make Under My Life.

Chevron Inspiration

Made by Girl has a lovely black/white chev-rug.


Chevron Inspiration

And Made By Girl cards in her Etsy shop.

Chevron Inspiration

Linda & Harriett has cards too.

Chevron Inspiration

Feeling crafty? The orange and white chevron patterns handpainted by Leslie from A Creative Mint may inspire you! Painting the pattern in your favorite colors is relatively easy with a steady hand or a template (try a stencil). Frame them for instant art. You can paint your own chevron pattern on cotton rugs and pillows with fabric paint!


Chevron Inspiration

Madeline Weinrib’s organic blockprint fabric is available to the trade by yard or cheat and by her pillows instead!

Chevron Inspiration

Fabrics from Rubie Green

Chevron Inspiration

Paint the top of your desk in a zizag, complete instructions on the Sunset magazine website or paint your rug like Nick Olsen did.

Chevron Inspiration

The top left room is designed by Mary McDonald as seen in Domino magazine, the floors are painted in the best soft blue/white chevvy pattern ever. Here are some other Domino rooms with a little zagzag. The fabrics in yellow and black are from Volksfaden as mentioned earlier – I now own them and will soon do a little somethin’ somethin’ with these beauties.

Seems this pattern is best used on the floor, an accent wall, or as throw pillows or upholstery on a seat. I’d love to see a little chevron in the cabinets, as shelf liner, painted on a vintage soaking tub, or on the ceiling – oh my! And I must highlight, I think chevrons are more of a thing in America because I don’t see a ton of this pattern on this side of the pond in interiors magazines, stores, I don’t think it’s all that popular over here. Anyone in Europe have an opinion on this?

Not shown: More zigzag love with the chevron end table in the Sparrow’s Nest, chev-Queen card from Anne Chovie and gift tags from Every Jot and Tittle.

(images: linked to their sources above)






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