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April 2013

Rooms

Kate Spade for Bed, Bath & Beyond

April 9, 2013

Kate Spade has quite an extensive collection going on over at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Have you seen it? One of their newest editions is this About Town shower curtain and bath accessories, which could be a super cute and really affordable bathroom makeover for spring. I would have really been into this stuff when I was 22 years old settling into my first Boston apartment – fun!

Kate Spade for Bed, Bath & Beyond

Do you own any of the Kate Spade for Bed, Bath & Beyond collection? Is it nice in person? What do you own? Tell me more!

(image: kate spade)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

April 9, 2013

Hello friends, bloggers, internet! How are you today? Are you doing good. I thought I’d round up five lovely shops for you from Etsy that I’ve had my eye on lately so let’s get started and check out some cool handmade stuff!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

No stranger to this blog, the beautiful handmade jewelry from Nest Pretty Things is always a favorite. I want to order so many things from this shop!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

A featured shop currently on Etsy, I just love the botanical home care products by Kayce White at Haven. I wish these were available in Germany!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Lena Hanzel from Room for Emptiness in Berlin makes handprinted textiles, paper products and hand paints both vintage and new tableware. Really nice graphic feel.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Trixi Angermüller is Frau Sieben, who makes mostly wooden necklaces and candle holders in Hamburg, Germany with a very clean, modern Danish vibe.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

If you love rubber stamps but not that into the ones you see in most craft stores, you may like the nature-inspired minimalist approach to stamping that Karmelo in Cologne, Germany takes to her designs. Really nice! My favorite is the cloud bordure, which one do you like?

Any etsy shops you’d love to tell me about? Share your own or the shop of someone you love in the comments section below to be considered in future columns.

(images from their sources linked above)






Objects

Pimp Your IKEA: Superfront

April 6, 2013

If you want to pimp out your IKEA cabinets, Superfront is definitely THE place to get started. Superfront gives you the ability to create high quality furniture using an IKEA base combined with their collection of 9 fronts, 8 handles, 8 legs — all in 12 different colours. They make their parts for existing IKEA cabinet bases so if you want to freshen up your existing IKEA kitchen, sideboard or bathroom cabinet now you can! These products are not mass-produced in some faraway land – they are made right in Småland and Dalarna, Sweden. I love the leather handles and the fun legs – this is GREAT.

Pimp Your IKEA: Superfront

Pimp Your IKEA: Superfront

I first spotted this on the German blog, raumfeurzwei. What do you think, would you use Superfront? I totally would!

(images: superfront)






Home Tours

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

April 6, 2013

I came across a stunner of a bohemian-style loft today in Spain and couldn’t peel myself away from examining the many details. This place is in Madrid and is totally unreal – so imaginative, I’ve never seen anything like it. And it’s very neutral and industrial with loads of vintage elements, wow! It’s the space of interiors photographer Manolo Yllera and doubles as his light studio. Interesting, right!?

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid
Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid
Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid
Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

Home Tour: A Magical Bohemian Style Loft in Madrid

I found this on an equally creative Spanish blog called Virlova Style.What do you think? Spot any details you’d like to try at home? I love the wooden white screen above with the handpainted blossoms – great idea for a room divider.

I also love all of his Berber carpets from Morocco – those Beni Ouarain rugs have been showing up everywhere in the most stylish homes – have you noticed the Beni Ouarain trend too? I noticed it back in 2011 but wow, it’s grown to be quite a hit ever since.

(images Manolo Yllera)






Decorating Tips

Inspired By Plants

April 5, 2013

I have been positively obsessed with plants lately, from house plants to the balcony garden and beyond. I don’t know what’s come over me! I’m a fresh flowers girl and okay, total succulent lover, but plants? Plants remind me of the late 70s and 80s when my mother was hanging them around in her macrame holders that she made with her girlfriends. Plants remind me of my years in corporate when a plant was the closest thing we start up geeks ever came to nature. Plants kinda felt dated  over the past ten years or so and it’s sorta sad that our little green friends have gotten a bad rap. NOT anymore. Greenery has pulled out its big guns lately and is popping up all over. I predict people are going to start decorating with plants more and more, are you feeling that too? I have no clue why stuff like this happens but it just does and when I happen to LIKE a trend, I just roll with it. Plus, having plants in the house is totally healthy.

Inspired By Plants

I started a little plants pinboard to fan the flames of desire with hopes it will not only motivate me to water the ones that I have but to also inspire a visit to the garden shop. AND (warning: big plans for this city girl) if it EVER stops being so stupid outside, I’m going to totally go all Isabelle Palmer on you and churn out an actual balcony garden. I met Isabelle, a lovely British author, at my Anthropologie book signing in London recently, and she gave me copies of her new book – The Balcony Gardener – in both English and German (Mein Balkongarten). I’m so inspired by her book – it definitely got me pumped for spring despite that it’s still winter in April. I tell ya though, the second temps rise, I’m going for it and turning my balcony into something that doesn’t look like a scary eye sore.

Inspired By Plants

I love this image from Nicole Franzen that I found on SFGirlByBay. Gorgeous!

Inspired By Plants

Ok and this image from photographer Nicole Franzen, too.

Inspired By Plants

Sorry, last one – but Nicole’s portfolio is stunning and lots! of! plants!

Inspired By Plants

This is from Seesaw and wow, I just loved how they set up this shot by collecting greenery from their backyard.

Inspired By Plants

This indoor/outdoor plant sanctuary shown in Skona Hem makes my heart turn to mush. I love this so so SO much.

Inspired By Plants

The home of Sophie Schellekens as seen on Design Skool is so pretty and casual, but I especially like this relaxed shot in the window with feet up and a big plant nearby.

Until my home has more plants and my balcony is an urban oasis, I always have Pinterest for dreaming and ok, Kinfolk mag because honestly, Kinfolk people are total plant people, right!?

(images: collaged: svermeri, shelterness, a beach cottage, william dangar & associates.)






Inspiration

Stylist Kim Timmerman

April 5, 2013

Have you ever been on Pinterest (follow me here!) when, almost suddenly, a bunch of your contacts start pinning the same image, but they aren’t even following each other?!? What??!  You click and click and cannot figure out how or what inspired the massive click-a-thon because it couldn’t possibly be chance… Well, whatever the cause, this happened to me today and though I have no clue what inspired the sudden click fest, I decided to write about the person behind the photo on my blog to shout out their work so they don’t get lost on Pinterest. Today, I’m highlighting Dutch freelance stylist, Kim Timmerman. See what inspires you about her work below – anything stand out?

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

If you missed it, scroll back up and pay particular attention to how she uses plates in her work – on walls, tables, as almost a sort of mood board — really nice! I also like the stitched paper plates in the heart motif (too cute – you could hang a bunch of these on the wall for your next anniversary party!). The white desk (I have the exact same desk) on the concrete floor with the plant chart above it and the wooden industrial stool caught my eye too.

Kim is available for hire – from concept to production and styling, she’s got your covered. You can contact here via her website here: Contact.

Lovely, inspiring work, Kim!

(images: kim timmerman)






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