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. :)
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.)
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.
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.
(images: catherine hammerton)
Hello everyone! I’m taking some time off for a bit of a summer break but also to give myself some time before I begin traveling for the official Decorate book tour in the USA and London in August and September. Anthropologie is so generously hosting me in their stores across the country in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and then in September, in their beautiful Kings Road location in London and all of this is made possible by Chronicle Books who have been an absolute dream publisher to work with.
I’m quite excited about these in-store events because I’ve been working with them on a project idea to get all who visit involved — I’ve been working on this for many months and so next week I’ll give you the full details about the tour, the project and all of the fun we’re going to have together. I can’t wait to meet all of you.The tour will kick off on August 20th so less than 4 weeks from now which is why I need a bit of a break this week to relax and get ready for all of this.
So yes, I’m taking a mini break now but I’ll still be posting on decor8 daily to link you to great, inspirational content since I plan to pop in first thing each morning to post and then run off for the day.While text will be extremely light, you can expect these vacation posts daily until I’m back sometime next week. Don’t forget to stop by and visit to see what I have in store for you.
Back with some links for today… See you soon. :)
(Photos: Holly Becker)
Rosemary Milner has the most beautiful screen printed wallpaper, books and fabrics! She is a delightfully talented surface pattern designer from England who recently graduated from art school and clearly has a huge future ahead of her, evident the moment you visit her website. She loves traditional methods of printing and production and craft so she’s keen on things that most of us love — like hand stitching, hand etching, silk-screen printing and lino illustration. Rosemary’s current collections are inspired by flora and fauna with historical narratives.
Her woodland animals, British birds and botany, alongside her own fresh interpretation of them, are quite sweet and charming. There is almost a fairytale-like quality to them, they remind me classic books, picnics in the park and freshly picked daisies. Her embroidery collection and wallpapers are my person favorite. I love the tactile element – stitched fabrics and papers, vintage notions, found items and hand stitched motifs — all things that I absolutely love.
Rosemary is available for commissions and is even open to the idea of extending her designs for the mass market into linens and furnishings. I’m excited to see where she lands someday — such a great future ahead for Miss Rosemary, I’m sure.
I so like, like, like this! Quick someone, I need a like button! :)
(images: rosemary milner)
It’s time to explore a stylish space but not in New York, Berlin or Los Angeles, but in a country town in Poland! It’s a modern, natural style home outside of Warsaw together we’ll get to know the home owner and some decor trends over there. After writing recently about my desire to see homes in places that aren’t in your typical hip metropolis, I decided to do some research to see what I could find in Poland of all places. We’re only about 3 hours or so from the border and we pass license plates on the autobahn quite often from PL and I wonder what it’s like over there, I really have no idea… And then I heard that my book will be translated into Polish next Spring… so my interest is definitely piqued so let’s take a little trip, shall we? How are some people decorating in Poland today?
This gorgeous space belongs to Joanna “Asia” Gwis and her husband Seba along with their fur kids Fika the dog and four cats Antek, Koksik, Koko and Paproszek. [Are those not the cutest pet names ever?] Asia and Seba have owned their old wooden home for about four years and live 30 minutes outside of Warsaw in the countryside. Asia is an illustrator and graphic designer who works on freelance projects for magazines and book publishers and she authors her own decorating blog, Kavka while also running her small online shop under the name Oh Kavka where she sells her illustrations and a few handmade dolls.
The layout of the house goes something like this — the ground floor is one big room so it’s an open space with a separate bathroom – so they have their living room, dining area and kitchen more or less together. Then, on the first floor, there is another big room where they have their office, bedroom and master bathroom. So that’s the lay of the land. I thought I’d ask Asia a few questions about her inspirations, Polish trends and people there who inspire her so her thoughts and links are below.
How do you develop your creative eye? I love traveling. Visiting new places is the most inspiring thing because you can learn something new and also it can change your everyday views. You are able to see many new and interesting things during your travels but then once you are home you can look are your own objects around you in a new and interesting way!
What inspires you about living in Poland? Nature, folk art and little, forgotten places like this house or this one which I took at this open air museum in Tokarnia. I prefer the Polish countryside more than urban landscapes.
What are your favorite Polish interiors magazines and blogs? To be honest, I don’t have any favourite polish magazines or blogs. I buy Dom & Wnetrze or Polish editions of Elle Decoration (it’s not as good now as it once was) from time to time but I prefer international magazines because there is a little fear for Polish magazines to show “real” spaces, the way most of us here are living, without expensive furniture and designed by a well known interior designer etc. I prefer to see places like that over the flashy, expensive homes which is why on my blog I have the, “Visit with Kavka” series, which shows homes with a personal touch, mix of furniture and styles, etc.
What are some trends in interiors in Poland at this time? I don’t personally follow trends as I’ve been very faithful to my own style for years but I can show you what trends I’ve observed lately in magazines here so you can catch a glimpse into what is hot in Poland.
- Trend #1: Clean and graphic like this or this.
- Trend #2: Classic, weathered wood and somewhat country like this or this.
- Trend #3: A bit minimalist like this with retro touches.
- Trend #4: Bold and elegant like this, this or this. Also this.
- Trend #5: Mid century touches, here are some examples 1 or 2.
- Trend #6: An eclectic Asian vibe.
Who are some Polish stylists or designers that you love? I absolutely love everything made by the stylist Basia Dere?-Marzec, whom I wrote about on my blog not to long ago. You can also see her online portfolio here. I also like Ola Wasilkowska who is a young Polish architect with great talent and vision.
I also like the spaces by designers Agnieszka Kossowska and Katarzyna Baumiller from Baumiller Kossowska because they are tasteful and accessible.
I hope that you enjoyed this peek into Poland today and thank you Asia and Seba for the warm welcome into your ultra cool home.
(Images: Joanna “Asia” Gwis)