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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ready for Etsy Take Five Tuesday for this week? Posing pup, old cups, curious characters, cheeky beaks and edgy seats… my quirky round up this week should satisfy you and make you smile. Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love photos of dogs (and cats), you’ll adore the animal portraits by Sibling Rivalrie. These are so cute, oh my goodness I want a pet again soooo bad. I have a pug crush (they are called “mops” in Germany) at the moment. Any pet crushes you’d like to share?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I’ve talked about the Mincing Mockingbird before, but I have to remind you to visit this great shop again in case you’ve not stopped by in awhile. I love these serene blue and green hues and sweet little birds — though the shop still stocks plenty of cheeky beaks, too!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The vintage goods (not to mention the pretty product shots) in the 5 Gardenias shop may catch your fancy (and possibly be worth a bookmark). If you love old-fashioned charm that includes old cups, lovely glassware, vintage sheers and colorful spools then this shop is one to frequent for new, errr old, finds.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

The whimsical illustrations by illustrator Tracey Long in London, also known as Chasing The Crayon on Etsy, has a fantastic imagination and a great eye for color — I adore her whimsical characters as well.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

German etsy shop ShowRaum (showroom) has several fantastic designers who combine vintage materials to create edgy and new products from furniture to lighting and beyond. If in Berlin, you can visit this cool new shop in Berlin’s hip Kreuzberg district at Schönleinstrasse 3 or visit their website for more information.

Hope you liked my round up, see you tomorrow with more bloggy finds for you to enjoy!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on February 02, 2011

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

I have a hugely inspiring website to tell you about that JUST launched that hasn’t hit the blogosphere yet (not English blogs anyway) called Bolaget Inspiration based in Sweden and oh my! It’s delightful! I have my lovely blog collegue Frida to thank for sharing it with me today via email. Thanks, Frida!

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget is managed by a dedicated team in Malmo, Sweden. It is the mission of Bolaget to find and sell some of the best properties in Malmo, and thanks to their team of interiors professionals, they can evaluate your property and decorate it (also known as home staging) in order to boost the value of your home. They have gorgeous places for sale, you simply must check it out but more than that, they just launched an inspiration site for those who want to see past properties.

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

By the way, if you don’t know what home staging is, also referred to in the UK as property styling, it is defined this way by wikipedia, “Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.” This is a smart approach to selling homes and has been around for years now, but Bolaget has a very nice touch that sets them out from the pack.

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but this is the type of home staging that I love. I’m not so keen on the ordinary staging that I see out there and I’m sure you know what I mean, the cookie cutter look that almost always includes a stack of books with a shell on top or overly home staged to look like a model home or catalog spread. Bolaget seems to have a real knack for styling in a lovely, appealing way that feels fresh, casual and livable. I like that. These homes speak to me — I want to buy and live in them because they feel inspiring, eclectic, and perfectly imperfect.

What about you? How do you feel about the typical “staging” work you see where you live? Is it still popular where you live or not?

(images: bolaget)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 01, 2011

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