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Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

April 16, 2013

Okay so I’m thinking to buy a pure white SMEG refrigerator. I even started a smeg pinboard because it helps me to see all of my choices in one place (do you do that too?). Did you know that I once had a vintage 1950s super pale pink refrigerator when I was single living in Boston but left it behind in a rental apartment because I couldn’t find anyone to help me carry it out? Of course you didn’t, I never told you that story.

Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

Okay so once upon a time I was like 23 years old and completely broke living from paycheck to paycheck, so I never could afford movers back then so when I moved, I bribed my friends in exchange for pizza and beer. But I always felt sad that I left pinky, my retro pink fridge, behind. Yeah, I named it. After a Pac-man character. I totally know that is strange but I was 20 when I first got it, so what do you expect? Well wait. I still name objects (even my husband’s white BMW, I named it stormtrooper). Back to the point of this post… I will never forget when my friend offered me the pink fridge that her husband had and cherished. He loved design and old stuff. And he happened to look just like Hugh Grant (Notting Hill version not current version) and I had this total crush on him because he was cute and loved design and lived in such a great house that he helped decorate. He was so cool.

Looking back, sheesh, can you believe I had a crush on a married guy? Have you ever had a crush on a married guy, but even more sinful, your friend’s husband? That’s pretty dark, right? I guess I can justify this because I was under 21 and you aren’t the brightest bulb in the lamp when you’re super hormonal and single and young.

I first saw that pale pink beauty in their home when I was 17 and fell in LOVE. I envied it for years. One day, when I was about 20, they offered it to me for free. I nearly died. I guess it’s because I nearly made out with it when I saw it in their kitchen (think Mary Katherine from Superstar – video clip here for a good laugh) so they figured I should be the new proud owner. That was a really good 3 years. I decorated my entire kitchen around that thing – I hung oversized floral wallpaper that was very Tricia Guild on the walls and painted the horrible brown wooden rental apartment cabinets in glossy white and, combined with my gorgeous pale pink fridge, I had a pretty rockin’ kitchen for a single girl with no bank account. And then, 3 years later, it was gone  and now I want a unique little refrigerator again and smeg would fill the gap I’ve had in my heart ever since. :) Especially a white one like this bad boy below…

Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

I know most of my friends back home have these massive double door fridges with computerized this and built-in water systems and televisions that – lots of bells and whistles, some do the laundry and vacuum your home (kidding), but I’m living in Europe remember and people just don’t do ‘big’ here like we Americans do ‘big’.  So I think a Smeg fridge may be a good buy for my city apartment. It’s single door and normal-sized, and will hold what I need it to hold for a family of two. Plus, Smegs are trendy and usually I don’t care about what is trendy or not, unless I love the trend, and in this case I do so that’s fine.

Plus, how often do appliances trend? I think the smeg stove is popular, and the kitchenaid mixers are pretty trendy, but not much else in the appliance world really trends. (Too bad, appliance manufacturers need to smarten up because they could make a killing if they partnered with top bloggers to promote their goods, Igor are you listening – let’s change this!!!). I see smeg stuff in some of the best homes over here in Europe. I have this Smeg stove that I bought in England so I think he needs a lover and the lover will be called Smeg. Kinda like saying Meg with a lisp.

I wanted a Smeg when we first moved over in 2009 but couldn’t imagine spending the money on one, they’re not cheap, and the one we had worked perfectly fine. BUT. But now that our current refrigerator isn’t doing the job (joy! happy! time to justify this to the husband!), I’m ready to splurge and get something good and cute. This post is filled with some good pics from my inspiration file found via Pinterest showing smeg in a variety of kitchens from country to industrial, modern and retro… It’s pretty versatile for the most part.

Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

Crushing On Smeg Refrigerators

Okay so enough chatter from me. I’m going to shut up and let you talk. What do you think? Do you have a Smeg refrigerator? Do you like it? I’d love some opinions on this! It’s not like I can buy one and return it. So any helpful advice would be great! Sometimes I wonder if aesthetics are soooo important, because when I see this fridge I imagine it would be so much better than a Smeg quality-wise with bells and whistles BUT it doesn’t have that retro charm… Hmmm…

(images: west elm, nordic leaves,ikea family live, Zilverblauw, bolig pluss. All my loves, great sites, so click on them, sit back, and enjoy!)

Ramblings

Free People Offices + Friendship

April 16, 2013

I haven’t been able to read blogs that much over the past month as I’ve been a bit overloaded with work… So today I decided to treat myself and spend 30 minutes catching up with my favorite bloggers. It felt like a really big cupcake with a double espresso but without the sugar and calories! We need these simple time outs, don’t you think? I have to remember to pause during my workday more often.

Free People Offices + Friendship

Anyway, while reading, I came across two really good posts, one about friendship and another showing a beautiful tour of the Free People office in Philadelphia (see this post I did in 2007 showing their space). Both posts are from fashion blogger and photographer, Garance Dore. But of course, right? I love what she said about friendship and jealousy. “Stupid Problems that can Kill a Friendship – Jealousy: Jealousy stems from desire. Before you hate someone because she has everything you want, you usually start by loving her from everything she has. Keep yourself in check.” Well said.

Free People Offices + Friendship

So inspiring! I love reading blogs where the reader takes you into her head and her work. I feel so bored lately when I just read blogs about products. I need to feel a part of something bigger than just shopping for products. I know, I say this after posting my favorite etsy shops this week. Well, I do that because I want to support etsy sellers and promote them because I know so many struggle to keep their dreams alive. But still, I am not always posting products on decor8. I get bored by it. When it comes to blogs, I love to read about how to make things, what people are REALLY thinking and the inspiring places where others hang out, etc. I think that’s why I loved these two posts so much on Garance’s blog, because I relate to how bloggers are living and working and what they do to find stories for their blogs, and I love hearing about their conversations with other bloggers and colleagues, because those conversations make me really think.

And okay, I really love those clipboards in the hallway shown above at Free People because I have covered clipboards in my office too but love that they have SO MANY. I wonder what they use them for?

(images: garance dore)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

April 16, 2013

Hello my dear friends, I hope today is treating you well. I wanted to share my Etsy finds for this week, I hope that you love them! As always, please tell me about your etsy shop, one that you friend has, or simply a favorite of yours in the comments section below. I welcome all to join in and show me what you love so I can consider them for a future Etsy Take Five Tuesdays round-up. Shameless plugs (not pugs) welcome!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Circular photography is trendy! Have you noticed? This is by Mood Garden. I like it, don’t you?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Let’s look at some pillows. I love these by Graham Keegan in southern California. So summery and cheerful! The bolster is my fave.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Are you into watercolor art? These were painted with love by Lucile’s Kitchen. In this shop you can find food art prints, watercolor fruits and recipes, paintings on vintage papers, screenprinted macaron posters, global cuisine illustrations and more.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Speaking of the kitchen, I really LOVE these ceramic herb garden markers from Paulova Ceramics handmade in Portland, OR by Paula Lopez-Otero. Her salt and pepper jars are sweet too. Really nice!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I tweeted about this seller a few days ago but had to post her work too. This is Seventh Tree Soaps based out of Sydney, Australia. She sells lip balms, gift sets with soap, individual bars of soap, and more and it’s all packaged so cute. This is a great store to buy gifts, I have my eye on a few things for my guest bathroom – I love to stock pretty things in there for my visitors to use and enjoy.

Who are you loving over at Etsy at the moment? Comment with their link below, don’t be shy! I don’t bite!

(images: linked to their sources above)

Trends

Macrame Plant Hangers

April 15, 2013

Okay so a few weeks ago I was talking about how I think plants in the home are trending and now I open Real Living magazine Australia (never thanked them for this feature, but I was so honored to be in their mag and on their blog here) and spotted Ouch Flower and their hanging baskets of plants in macrame holders and I think – YES, hanging plants are trending. It’s sorta like when you start to look for a car to buy, and you decide on a red Fiat, and then that is all you see on the street – red fiats! Right!? So I guess all we will see now are plants.

Macrame Plant Hangers

Let’s talk though about macrame. Because to me this is full on 1970s. My mother used to go to classes to learn how to do this and she made plant holders (like these from Plumo), double plant holders, owls with beads and other wall art, she loved macrame so much. By the time I started to notice decorating stuff, it was early 80s and macrame was already fading into the sunset. Maybe this was a 60s trend, but I just remember my mother loving it SO MUCH and having these hanging plant holders in our family home for years and years until one day I leveled with her and told her the macrame must go. Now I actually wonder what she did with them all? They are back in trend mom! She outta pull ’em out and get on the trendwagon again! Do your mothers have these things stored in the basement too? I bet!

What do you think of hanging plants and plant holders involving macrame. Too boho for you? Or? I like them but…

When it comes to hanging plants, I personally like something a little more like the Michael Anastassiades hanging terrariums spotted in Stockholm recently at Svenskt Tenn (shown here) and these gorgeous wall plants in ceramic holders. But you know, in the right room, maybe I could get a little macrame crazy… Hmmm.

Looking for more plant inspiration, following this perky pinboard I’ve made for you (and me) here.

(images: ouch flower)

Trends

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

April 15, 2013

Would you like to see the 6 tops trends from the Milan Furniture Fair, Salone del Mobile, for 2013? I am very happy to share my trend scrapbook today from my recent trip to the Salone del Mobile so you can see which 6 trends I’ve spotted for this year. Here are the top “must-see” trends…

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#1 PASTELS: The use of pastel shades is more of a reality than a new trend and comes as a result of the bold colours we have been seeing for quite some time. Home decor has never been so feminine! We can see pale violet, mint, soft blue, lemon, pale coral and other sorbet-like hues. Pastel color used to be injected through small accessories but as consumers grow in confidence, they begin to decorate now with pastels as statement pieces. The porcelain and beech wood pastel Lù tables shown were designed by Pinwu, a Chinese design firm that Holly is fond of so she says you guys have to look them up! Holly also loves designer Patricia Urquiola, you can see her new and gorgeous Clarissa Hood chair above that she designed for Italian brand Moroso which launched in Milan as part of the “Clarissa family” which are geometric in form (on the outside) but soft and cozy on the inside.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#2 NEW COLOUR – TERRACOTTA: I first spotted this colour in Stockholm in February at the furniture fair. Very few companies are launching this new colour so it looks still more of an experiment than a real trend. But that’s what makes it exciting! NCS, the colour academy, calls it terracotta which I believe hits the mark. What is your feeling about it? Some examples above are by Billiani, Flexform and Vitra.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#3 VERTICAL PLANTS: Hanging baskets, bulbs, wooden and metalic grids are innovative ways to grow vertically and one of the innovative gardening trends for your home. At the fair, many stands worked with hanging garden walls as part of the stand concept. Flower pots on display were not as common as specific furniture pieces designed to decorate with plants. Shown are some examples in the stands of Roda, Booo, MatteoGrassi and Moroso.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#4 MARBLE: Marble is culturally associated with a more luxurious taste, social status and, well, bathrooms. This trend appeared last year in Milan but is still to be seen and even growing – this year I spotted it developing in different ways for table tops and pedestal tables (Covo had a good example in solid marble shown above), seating structures, wall sculptures and accessories. There is almost no contemporary furniture label which is not at least offering one or two marble pieces in their collection. Others shown that I snapped and included above are from Poliform and also Flexform.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#5 CLUSTERED LIGHTING: Although I didn’t visit the lighting fair that took place at the same time (it’s a huge event and I didn’t have enough time), I still have observed that the aesthetics of the setting have become as important as the lamp design itself. All technical components are carefully designed and the lamp cable itself can be a playful item, as seen on the lights from Merry-Go-Round based in Sweden. Pendants are grouped with similar or equal pieces to create a dramatic lighting sculpture. And all kinds of materials are allowed: baskets, porcelain, glass, silk, wood, metal, etc. Other examples shown above are by Vuorivirta and Rossana Orlandi.

Milan Furniture Fair Trends: Top 6 For 2013

#6 AIRY STRUCTURES: This is one of the trends I love most: metal and wood structures are carved in an organic, light and very airy way becoming almost an art object or sculpture. Craftmenship is key here! I have seen this trend mostly at Italian brands so far like Ceccotti, Galotti&Radice, Porada and Porro.

So that’s my take on some of the trends this year. Which is your favorite? Where are you getting your trend updates from? Would you like to share your inspiration sources? Have you visited any inspiring fairs lately?

(text+images gudy herder, photo editing and layout: holly becker)

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