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July 2011

Arts + Crafts

Spotlight On: Little Owl + Swarm

July 27, 2011

I love it when creatives collaborate, the results are often fabulous! Take for instance the work of Little Owl (Bruce Wayland and Marcello De Simone) and Swarm (Leslie Oschmann). Perfect. These paintings on plates are so intriguing and unique and are part of the Altered Perspective series. I don’t recall seeing anything like them before which is exciting and why I find Leslie, in particular, so talented — she really creates.

Spotlight On: Little Owl + Swarm

“Taking two usually separate objects [Paintings & Blue and White Transferware] each containing scenes, or ‘perspectives’, and through artful alteration produced unexpected new images from the combination of both. The juxtaposition results in something that becomes a conversation piece as the canvas of the painting merges with the printed images of the plates. A landscape painted in the Netherlands blends into an English country scene on the plate, and in the process a new image is made through the merging of both. The roughness of canvas from the paintings and the smooth gloss of the plates makes for an appealing contrast of surfaces.” – Little Owl.

A new batch of one-of-a-kind plates just released, visit this page to see what is available. Quickly! They sell out fast!

(images: little owl)






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Spotlight On: Kinfolk Magazine

July 27, 2011

Kinfolk is a new American e-magazine with a focus on simple entertaining available both online and in limited print runs. If you don’t spend a lot of time and energy on the preparation of food, knowing the ingredients, or getting all hot and bothered when you find an amazing new food gadget, Kinfolk just may be the magazine for you. There is a big trend called eating in and it doesn’t have to be complicated – it just involves sharing time with those you love. Here are four of my favorite pages from their debut issue.

Spotlight On: Kinfolk Magazine

Spotlight On: Kinfolk Magazine

“Kinfolk is a collaborative effort to encourage a more natural approach to entertaining. It’s the marriage of our appreciation for art and our love for spending time with family and friends.” This reminds me of my life in Germany where food is all about sharing time with family and friends – at home, in restaurants, in beer gardens, in parks, on the lawn — people really spend quality time and linger over meals and I love it. It’s not uncommon for neighbors to put a table and benches on the sidewalk and eat together in the summer months. In my new culture, there is even a daily cake and coffee hour at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday is still considered the day in which to prepare a big family meal. It’s this Gemütlichkeit that I love the most about living in Germany and being at home with friends here.

How do you spend time at home with your family? Do you have a meal schedule? Do you wing it? How often do you entertain? Do you have a day of the week in which you prepare a special meal? Do you do fish on Fridays (my grandmother always did)? Do you cook a large meal on Sunday or another week day?

Tasty!

(images: screenshots from kinfolk mag)






Fashion + Accessories

Spotlight On: Silken Favours

July 27, 2011

Okay so here is the designer in London that I told you earlier about — I am so completely inspired by British textile designer Victoria “Vicki” Murdoch of Silken Favours right now! Seriously, the lady walks on water. Do you know her? She creates hand-drawn silk scarves inspired by nature and they are available exclusively at Liberty. You have to watch this video, she is positively lovely!

Spotlight On: Silken Favours

Spotlight On: Silken Favours

Spotlight On: Silken Favours

I’d love to buy a ton of them (I wish!), sew them together, and create a gorgeous curtain for my guest bedroom or stitch them on top of a quilt for duvet… Imagine? But I think I may just buy one and frame it for my bedroom…

Her designs could so easily work in the home — throw cushions, shower curtains, I see a big future for this lady! I love the cushion that she made for one of her clients shown above. So sweet!

Here is a great article about her as well in the Daily Mail and this video shows her modeling for L.K. Bennett as part of their real women campaign. Gorgeous!

(images: silken favours)






Fashion + Accessories

Spotlight On: Noa Noa For Fall 2011

July 27, 2011

Today’s spotlight is on Noa Noa and later on, I’ll post a fashion accessories designer in London whom I’m just nuts about at the moment. Why fashion on a design blog? Why not? Fashion and interiors go hand in hand, one inspires the other. I encourage you to check out Noa Noa for Fall 2011 and visit their new website and blog.

Spotlight On: Noa Noa For Fall 2011

Spotlight On: Noa Noa For Fall 2011

Spotlight On: Noa Noa For Fall 2011

This Danish brand is a favorite of mine and with their shop around the corner from my house, you know where I go for inspiration. I appreciate their sense of style, gorgeous color palettes, how well the clothing is made and their attention to detail from trims to sequins and beading. It’s divine.

Isn’t the children’s clothing just darling? The layering of patterns makes me think of doing something similar on a daybed or sofa. Also notice the colors and think of ways you could introduce a few of them into your Fall room scheme.

Enjoy!

(images: noa noa)






Rooms

Spotlight On: Fiona Wallpaper

July 26, 2011

I love this website and wallpaper company, Fiona, which doubles as a play zone for people like us who like to experiment with different wallpapers in-situ to see how they could look in our home. This site is so brilliant, I love the locations – you can choose between Danish country or Danish city – and then different rooms in each location which give you a chance to play around a bit more. The Danish country location is the home of Tine Kjeldsen, also found in my book, so some of the rooms may look familiar to you — if so, that’s why. :)

Spotlight On: Fiona Wallpaper

Interesting to see the same wall five different ways above, isn’t it? My favorite one ended up being the last one – funny!

Have fun playing and hopefully you’ll find a beautiful wallpaper to use in your home – you can buy directly from Fiona online.

(images: screenshots from fiona wallpaper.)






Designers + Stylists

Spotlight On: Catherine Hammerton

July 26, 2011

Today begins the Spotlight On series, which will run a few times daily until I’m back from vacation. Let’s visit English designer Catherine Hammerton and her fabulous line, including the new “Flight” series, to debut at the Vintage show in London this weekend. This is a fitting name for the season since many of us will be up in the sky flying to our vacation destinations.

Spotlight On: Catherine Hammerton

Spotlight On: Catherine Hammerton

You may recall seeing Catherine’s lovely apartment in the April 2010 issue of Elle Decoration, you can visit this page to read and enlarge it.

In London? Don’t miss “Vintage”, a special pop up show over at the Southbank Centre from July 29-31, 2011. Catherine will be showing her new Flight collection so for more information click here.

Enjoy!

(images: catherine hammerton)






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