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Shane Powers For West Elm

If you were a fan of Blueprint magazine (2006-2007) back in the day, you most likely recall seeing art director and stylist Shane Powers and his work in each issue as editor. I loved what he did for Blueprint and after they folded, I wondered what would become of this Brooklyn-based talent.This is one of my favorite photos from his portfolio and was featured in Blueprint — everything about this room makes me happy, right down to the folding doors as mood board/room divider DIY project. If I recall correctly, the table was another DIY project, I think they used a door from a home store and covered it with light gray vinyl fabric and tacked it down with brushed gold studs around the sides to dress it up.

Shane Powers

Today, when I heard about his collaboration with West Elm and watched his video showing how to compose four beautiful arrangements of flowers, I was so happy to see Shane again! He has designed a few lovely vessels for them and shows you how to use them in an instructional how-to video right here. Here are some of his vases for West Elm followed by a few shots from his portfolio…

Shane Powers for West Elm

Shane Powers for West Elm

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

Shane Powers

What do you think? Do you like this collection? Do you like seeing WE working with artists and designers for limited edition collections? Who should they collaborate with next?

(images: west elm + shane powers)

Posted in inspiration on January 12, 2011
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Die Wohngeschwister + Hamburg Shopping

I’m back from a day trip to Hamburg and enjoyed it very much! Hamburg is a beautiful city and Germany’s second largest with over 1.8 million residents. I was surprised how vibrant it was during a weekday in the dead of winter — though we got lucky with blue skies and sunshine which took the chill off and made walking around a delight. My friend and I shopped mainly in two districts — die Schanzenviertel and also in Eppendorf. When I’ve been to Hamburg in the past, I found myself downtown outside of the main station since Habitat is there, but yesterday my friend Tinna helped me to discover this whole new world of Hamburg shopping that I didn’t know about before — what fun to explore and a great way to gather inspiration in the dead of winter…

Hamburg

I can’t believe how much Hamburg reminded me of Boston and Amsterdam combined though still feeling very northern German. I guess it makes sense because it’s on the water, is a big seafood lovers city and has lots of brick buildings and old factories restored into fancy restaurants, shops, lofts and offices. There are many canals with over 2300 bridges (more than Amsterdam or Venice), is known as a port city, boasts both old and modern buildings, and most people speak English. It also feels very free and open-minded but in some ways very conservative and the people come across as very proud of their city and of being a resident of HH (Hamburg’s official name is the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg or HH for short). I can’t wait to return again! I also loved how many stores Tinna showed  me that had gorgeous clothes from Denmark and Sweden — I walked into some shops and felt love at first sight. I can’t wait to get to know Hamburg a little more this year because now I have so many reasons to go back and because it’s so close by — I can zip up there on the train in 90 minutes — why not!?

While there, we spent time at Die Wohngeschwister so that is mainly what this post is about — this interiors shop and cafe with nearly 6,500 square feet (600 meters) of retail space. Organized into various theme areas under one large roof in a former Steinway piano factory, you can find everything from ethnic to modern, Scandinavian country, books + stationery, ceramics + kitchen stuff, white + pure living, flea market-inspired finds and more. A college student can find affordable things here right alongside the lady who has money to burn — they have such a huge variety at all price points. Their cafe was also lovely, with massive vintage paned factory windows and the food coming out of the kitchen looked delicious — homemade soup with crusty bread, hearty sandwiches, and their coffee was divine. I’d return to this store just for a bowl of soup, though of course I’d have to have a walk around  because their selection changes often and lots of great lines can be found at Die Wohngeschwister. I spotted things from House Doctor, Rice, Cath Kidston, Atomic Soda, Nordal, HK Living (I purchased this light for my kitchen), Krima & Isa, PTMD (the best paint from the Netherlands in neutral colors with a matte chalky finish that I’m really into right now, I bought a can of Swish Gray to try at home), Madam Stolz and other European brands.

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister

Die Wohngeschwister >

Die Wohngeschwister

In addition to Die Wohngeschwister, who has four stores in Hamburg now including their newest addition for kids — Wohngeschwisterchen (which we also visited — they have a huge selection including Ferm Living, TAJ Wood & Scherer and more) we visited Wunderhübsch (a gorgeous Danish clothing store that will launch online next week), Hummel (Danish store with great clothes for sports, yoga, etc.), Cucinaria (all things for the kitchen, and I do mean all!), TM Room 77 (an interiors shop with a sweet corner for the kids with things from Maileg), and a fantastic shop that I’ve been wanting to see since I moved to Germany called Lys Vintage. I met the owner and her new baby boy and had such a nice time browsing her well curated selection of finds from brands such as Normann Copenhagen, Tine K Home, Bleu Nature, Louis Poulsen, Ferm Living, House Doctor, Cole & Son, HAY, Meyer Lavigne, Areaware, Anna Carin Dahl, Susan Liebe, GamFratesi and Secto Design to list a few.

I also stopped by Bullerei, a new restaurant owned by chef and author Tim Mälzer who is known as the German Jamie Oliver. You can see lots of photos of it here — it is a gorgeous space and I noticed plenty of Kusmi tea on the menu! I even saw Tim Mälzer himself. Yay for me!

So that sums up my trip to Hamburg. Next time I visit, I’ll be sure to show you more great shops! I hope you enjoyed my travel notes!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in travel on January 12, 2011

Heading To Hamburg

I’m leaving for Hamburg for some girl time with a friend but don’t worry, I’ll be back on Wednesday with posts and inspiration, and I will also post the Etsy take five on Wednesday as well so you won’t miss your round-up for this week. We can’t have that, it’s business as usual — well, sorta. :)

hamburg

We’ll be hitting some fab design stores and eating out, you know — doing what two friends passionate about design do best! I will share some of my Hamburg moments with you when I return because I’m bringing my new camera and lens with me to practice. I hope to get some good pics to share, especially of a store I can’t wait to visit that specializes in vintage and industrial decor. I’m bringing some Euros because I hope to come home with a few things for my apartment so if I score some finds I’ll share them with you.

While I’m away you can catch a blog post that I wrote for designer Vicente Wolf while he is in Istanbul. I was so honored that he asked me to guest post for him. It will go live here sometime on Tuesday, so keep refreshing his blog until you see a post from me. It’s about the importance of social networking for designers but really it can apply to all creatives who are looking to get the word out about their business. Enjoy!

By the way… thank you SO MUCH for leaving your nice comments on Anna-Malin’s first post today. She was so happy to receive your warm, virtual hugs and nods of approval regarding her first installment on decor8. It’s always scary to go before a new crowd, but she handled it just lovely and her project was tops.

Okay then my sweet friends, see you soon!

(image: anthropologie, I’ll share more photos and tell you about these limited edition products when I return.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 11, 2011

Handmade Home: Affordable Branch Pendant

I’m so excited to bring you Anna-Malin Lindgren, a new decor8 columnist based in Sweden, who will produce a special project for us to share on the 2nd Monday of each month. She isn’t really writing a DIY column, so all of the details will not be provided step-by-step, but she will be sharing things that she makes for her home along with how she used them to decorate a room for a little decorating inspiration. I’m going to hand the mic over to Anna-Malin now, so please, take it away and show us what you’ve made!

Pendant Light Project

Hello decor8 readers! Today I’ll show you a nice, personal lamp that I made from simple means and how I decorated my dining room around the light so that you can get a double dose of inspiration. I will do this in all of my columns because showing only what I made may not be that helpful but seeing something handmade in the home — “in-situ” — just may give you a different perspective on how you can decorate nicely on a budget by making things yourself. If you want to try to make this affordable branch pendant you’ll need only a few key ingredients: an electrician, a branch from a tree (quite large) and 4 fabric-covered cables with either plastic or porcelain white sockets (try NUD Collection for a variety of cord colors). I got the idea for this lamp when I saw a picture in a magazine a year ago (inspiration below) and I thought to  myself – I can do this! Here is my inspiration…

Pendant Light Project

I kept this tear from a magazine, I can do this! So I did!

I had the branch already for several months. It was brought home by my youngest son when we were out walking in the woods last summer. I started by hanging the lamps on the branch to figure out the perfect placement. When they had the right amount of space in between them, I used ordinary black tape to secure them in place. The next step was to measure the distance from the ceiling and then I selected a point where I gathered all of the cords and taped them together, tightly. Tip: When you finish, make sure you use clear bulbs – not frosted ones!

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Taping them into place…

Next, I cut the cords (with a few inches to spare) and called my “hubby” — he did all the electrical stuff and fixed it so that the four cords connected to only one. You can use a terminal strip for this but I suggest calling in a friend who is an electrician because you can seriously cause problems or worse, burn your house down if you do this wrong – I nor decor8 can take responsibility for your safety, so check with a trained electrician! My husband also removed the tape and secured the cords onto the wood with u-shaped nails.

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Pendant Light Project

Voilá! Not hard at all. Now I have a unique, personal lamp for not much money at all. The cords were about 10 euros each (so 40 Euros) and the branch was for free! Of course, you’ll have to pay for the time of an electrician (I was lucky to have my husband) but if you have a friend who is one, or relative, perhaps this light will be an affordable option over your dining room table, too.

Did you like this? Next month I will surprise you with something fresh and fun (and affordable) so stay tuned. If you have any questions about this project please ask in the comments section below.

See you with another project on February 14th! Anna-Malin Lindgren.

(images: anna-malin lindgren)

Posted in guest bloggers on January 10, 2011

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