Yearly Archives

2012

Objects

Dot Carpet by HAY

January 9, 2012

I have a total carpet crush and can’t wait to share my latest design obsession… I’m currently smitten with the Dot Carpet in 100% wool made of felted balls, over a thousand of them, per rug! Created by Scholten and Baijings for HAY in Denmark, I really love the one shown below with the hot pink balls in the grid pattern and the gray and white version – so stunning – I imagine walking on one would feel like a mini massage.

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Dot Carpet by HAY

Such a pretty piece for any home, any style. Available in three sizes, I imagine these will fly out of shops the moment someone steps on one and sees how well they are made and how subtle yet “there” they really are. I love the bold neon colors especially as an accent right now as we all do, so these are right up my alley. Lip smackin’, am I right?!

(images: hay)

Inspiration

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

January 9, 2012

I am so excited to share one of my very favorite stylists with you today… Her name is Dietlind Wolf and she lives in Hamburg, Germany and works as a props stylist and maker of pretty porcelain things to adorn yourself with (like these).

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

German Stylist Dietlind Wolf

Her collections and arrangements are simply stunning, fresh and very forward. Dietlind possesses an amazing eye and you can sense her connection to the things that she uses to compose a visual story because everything from the materials used to the composition and overall vibe seems so deeply personal. I am smitten by her food styling and consider myself a very big fan and feel she is one of Germany’s greatest talents. Here are some breathtaking views from her portfolio — pay close attention to the details…

Dietlind does a lot of work for Brigitte, Essen und Trinken and Living At Home magazines, some of Germany’s top lifestyle, food and home publications, which is how I first discovered this talented lady. I would LOVE to see her style a cookbook, she could do such an amazing job especially if she were given loads of creative freedom. I’d love to work with Dietlind someday, even just to observe her, it is women like her who inspire me so, so much… They are not copycats but trendsetters. I love and admire this SO MUCH.

Psst: Isn’t her jewelry lovely?

(photos: julia hoersch, walter cimbal, thomas neckermann)

Objects

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

January 9, 2012

We all need a little fun in our life and nothing says FUN more than this quirky sofa from Spruce Home in Austin. It’s a one-of-kind upholstered piece that they are selling on, get this, Etsy! I really love it in all of its big bad boldness! If I went into a home and spotted this baby in the living room, I’d definitely credit the homeowner for having a great sense of humor and style.

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Sure, it’s large and in charge but the beauty of it is that you can place it against a muddy gray matte wall and add two big canary yellow ceramic lamps on either side in order to enhance its beauty without competing with it. It’s such a statement piece, this sofa is art! Here are some more exciting pieces from Spruce to get you in the mood to add color and pattern to your home, perhaps for Spring? These surely put me in the Spring mood and if you don’t need a piece of furniture, Spruce carries cushions, lamps and a new how-to video so you can learn exactly how the pros upholster furniture.

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Statement Pieces at Spruce Home

Statement Pieces at Spruce HomeChairs are the best way to ease into bold or bright patterns and solids if you don’t ordinary use them on pieces of furniture with the exception of throw pillows, of course. A seat cover in a loud pattern or wild and crazy slipper chair next to a “normal” beige or white sofa can really add personality to a room without committing to something as large and expensive as a brightly patterned sofa. If you want to learn how to reupholster things in your own home, Spruce owner Amanda Brown has a new video where she’ll show you how to set up your work space, share what you’ll need to get started and then how to actually strip furniture and upholster them with tight seats and backs. The video is available here.

Do you have any statement pieces in your home? If so, what are they? Where are they? Any links to share with photos of your statement pieces? Please share those links below!

(images: spruce home)

Objects

NEW: Lindsey Lang

January 4, 2012

Bold and graphic in the house! Woot! Textile designer Lindsey Lang will soon launch her collection of contemporary printed textile and ceramic designs exclusively at Home, the new interiors accessories show at Earls Court in London from January 15-17th. By the way, the Home show looks quite nice so if you’re in London try to catch it and let me know how it was… Here is a premiere peek of her collection!

NEW: Lindsey Lang

NEW: Lindsey Lang

NEW: Lindsey Lang

NEW: Lindsey Lang

About the collection, “Lindsey’s homeware products are created with a playful use of colour, injecting bright, modern designs to delight and enhance any home, from the kitchen to the lounge. Bold, colourful, graphic shapes are printed on crisp white linen in combination with natural wool felt or glossy ceramic coasters, to create functional decorative products.” In this line you will find cushions, ceramic tiles, cement tiles for the wall and floor, tea cozies, tea towels and more. All textiles are made by hand and printed in the UK.

See you soon everyone, I’m going to Potsdam, Germany tomorrow for the day to shop and eat with my friend. Bye for now!!!

(images: lindsey lang)

Decorating Tips

Fresh White Dining Rooms

January 4, 2012

I still have a thing for predominantly white dining spaces and one of my favorite magazines, VTWonen, shows plenty of them month after month. I think I’ve pinned at least 20 of their rooms on my Pinterest boards! I met the editor-in-chief this summer and felt a bit like a fan girl before the celebrity she so much admires, it was a real highlight for me. VTWonen is my favorite magazine at the moment and I dream to someday have my home in it when it’s finished and even though I cannot understand a lot of Dutch (though my German studies have helped me oddly enough!) I still find it so forward and fresh.

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Check out these dining rooms though…Some are a little too white for even my taste, but I do love the sheer pureness of them all, don’t you? They seem so clean and refreshing. I think the only change I would add to these spaces is to add a large wall mural, a gorgeously painted wall or a great wallpaper on a single wall as a feature. Overall though, these spaces really draw me in and make me feel at home. I think I’d also add some brightly colored accent, something that would be a real show stopper — like a canary yellow bright, neon orange lampshade or a hot pink chair.

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Fresh White Dining Rooms

Fresh White Dining Rooms

What do you think? Is a white dining room for you?

(images: vtwonen)

Decorating Tips

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

January 4, 2012

There is this amazing space in 101 Woonideeen magazine, a decorating mag out of the Netherlands, that I’ve been dying to share with you ever since I first saw it in their November issue. I love the space for many reasons but primarily, I’m nuts about this amazing DIY wall unit that the homeowner, Tinta, made for her dining area. There is even a DIY tutorial in the issue as well as on their website (in Dutch). I think it’s the absolute best shelving unit ever because of all of the little nooks and the sheer quirkiness of it. I also really like how she has styled it, so many fun things to look at.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Sorry the photo below isn’t super clear, it’s all I could find online and the resolution isn’t so hot but at least you can see the display unit that I’m so ga ga over.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Do you spot the fun kid’s book on the shelf, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly? from Chronicle Books? I do, and it’s such a lovely book I highly suggest picking one up for decorative purposes AND to read! I own one and love it.

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

I really like the mood board above that Tinta shared in the issue showing the overall palette for her apartment design. Such a fresh and inspiring mix of color, texture and pattern. She is also a fan of Tara Hogan’s work over at INK + WIT which made me so happy since Tara is a friend of mine. Tara’s work is more and more popular in Europe, I see it in magazines from time to time and hear people talk about INK + WIT whenever they speak of stationery that they love from the US. Go, Tara!

Clever DIY Display Unit + Lovely Dutch Home

Here’s the shelf again, I know, but I’ve added an image from the living room which is laid out so beautifully I think. Ah, what a sweet home.

By the way, I’ll be in their next issue for February so if you get this magazine look for me! :)

(photography: ernie enkelaar)

 

 

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