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Etoile Home

So the hunt for the crochet blanket ends… I featured Etoile Home in London awhile back but when owner Shani wrote in recently to announce new products and a special sale page, I just HAD to share. Okay there’s another reason… a bit of a selfish motive. See this blankie?

…. This bedroom was featured once in Living Etc magazine and I’ve saved in in my inspiration file for like, ever. I tried desperately to locate this blanket and I tracked down Designers Guild UK as the source. BUT they no longer carry it. Poo, just my luck. Today things changed. Etoile Home not only has it, well pretty much a carbon copy at least, but it’s on sale. Score! Now I’m wondering if I should just go for it or not. The dollar is getting stronger up against the pound… And that sure does look purrty there on that bed, now doesn’t it?

You know maybe I should just go for it, it’s the perfect size and it’s on sale… I just hope that Etoile Home ships to Germany!

Did you notice? Not only do they carry my beloved blanket but you can find fabulously eclectic pillows, bedding, kitchen linens, fabric off the bolt, etc. As I looked over the photos I thought of how lovely they were styled and you know what, Shani Beadle (owner) is a well known fashion and interiors photographer and stylist in London (by way of Canada) which explains everything, now doesn’t it?

(top image from livingetc all others from etoile home)

Posted in bedroom, shopping, textiles on November 06, 2008

Bedroom Inspiration Anyone?

I totally need bedroom inspiration today! What about you? Are you also sleeping in a boring room like I am? Currently my walls are white, curtains are white linen, bed is white, bedspread is white, it’s too safe in there. It feels like a hospital. Of course, I just moved in but that was in August and we’re in October so the “Just Moved In” excuse is starting to no longer work. I’m always looking to paint my bedroom, at least the wall behind the bed, a gorgeous gray not because everyone else seems to be hot on gray lately but because it’s been the one consistent wall color in my dozens of inspiration books and folders that stands out for me.

For the bedroom, I thinking cozy, warm, relaxing…

This is the current state of affairs. It’s total hospital chic, am I right?

Frankly, I am overwhelmed with ideas! I’m also still very unsure as to where to shop in my new country… in Germany, I have about 5% of the decor options as I do back home in America where you can zip over to a myriad of stores to find exactly what you fancy in a single day. Not that I like that kind of “design in a day” mentality but the point is that it’s there if you need it. Here, shops take 8-10 weeks (or more, sometimes 12 weeks) for furniture orders, they tend to carry 10 of the ‘standard’ brands that are in all of the little boutique shops and though they are lovely, they are expensive, and I really want a few select items that I just cannot find here for the life of me. For instance, I’m still having a horrible time finding kilim rugs for my apartment, they are either too big, too new (I only want a vintage one from Anatolia), or over 1,000- Euros for standard 5 x 7 — and that my friends is just nuts. My Turkish girlfriend told me tells me that you can fly to Istanbul from here in a few hours and find these rugs everywhere for 1/4 of that price (or less!). You can pretty much get a rug and a trip to Turkey for the price that you’d pay for just a rug if purchased in Germany. Um… Maybe this calls for a flight to Istanbul? I digress. Back to the bedroom…


I have been trying to find fabric to match the paper in the upper right corner for months and I found it shown on the left side. Love this fabric, perfect for a little something in the bedroom. Maybe a small cushion?

I think my decor folder is too large so now I’m starting to go through the process of elimination. These photos show what my coffee table looks like today. I keep adding and subtracting images and colors, the process of elimination is a beautiful thing.

I want to incorporate a gray accent wall perhaps with some large scale subtle geometric pattern on it stenciled in a very pale silver, rich texture, some pattern but mostly stripes (think men’s suits) for the bed, black, beige, white, wood tones, faux grey fur throw, maybe some aged leather to warm it up… I have white linen drapes so I may add a border along bottom in velvet, perhaps a border I can remove for Spring? Let’s see where all of these ideas lead me For now, I have my mood board together… I’m putting it out there. Now it’s time to execute. Give me a month and I’ll be back with the results (sometime before Turkey Day).

How are you doing with your bedroom decor? Does it need help? Is it boring like mine or are you satisfied with it?

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in bedroom, inspiration on October 27, 2008

PIP Studio

Pip, pip, hurray! I briefly mentioned PIP Studio on Monday when I shared a fun folksy notebook I picked up from the local stationery shop. I’m so glad that I took the time to click around on the PIP website because I found a bunch of beautiful products — PIP Studio is more than paper goods that is for sure! Bold saturated patterned wallpaper in feminine florals (sold by Eijffinger), school supplies, bedding, porcelain, handbags, etc. YUM!

The lady behind PIP is Dutch product designer Catharina who has had the nickname PIP since childhood and who obviously loves red, blue, lace, and fun decorative interiors! If you live in Germany you can go to eBay.de and find tons of lovely PIP Studio things for your home (click here to see). I’m not sure where they are sold in America or elsewhere, but if you write to Catharina or sign up for her newsletter I’m sure you can find out. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before Anthropologie picks up some PIP things…









These rooms are so playful and bright. Who wouldn’t be happy surrounded by all this pattern and color — this is definitely anti-depressive living!

(images from PIP Studio)

Posted in bedroom, ceramics, stationery, textiles on October 01, 2008

LaNui Bedding & Etc.

I almost forgot to tell you about another fun thing that I did over the weekend — I attended a grand opening reception at a new home design store here in Hannover called Sommerfugl (butterfly in Danish) Raumkultur. For the locals you have to check it out, it’s around the corner from Noa Noa at Wedekindstra?e 2. Owed by Daniela Thaul, I had the pleasure of speaking with her and her business partner and both were extremely kind and genuine (and spoke fluent English). I found these bowls and a lovely tea box along with some gray candles and a great pillow… the pillow is from LaNui – a company I’ve never seen blogged before so here’s their design blog premiere – ha ha! :)

Sommerfugl is a beautiful shop with a focus on Scandinavian design, they primarily stock Villa Collection out of Denmark along with a few products lines I’d not heard of before, one being a new German design firm owned by Valerie P?tzl called LaNui of Hamburg. I immediately scooped up a pillow cover as I fell in love with the insect pattern called Grasswhisperer. It’s so soft and the quality is lovely, I adore the green satin piping. When I went home to check out LaNui’s website I was pleased to learn that they carry bedding to match. If you like LaNui you can also shop them here online.

This skull embroidered bed cover is really cute.
The swallow embroidery on this striped cover is unexpected and pretty.

I really like the quality of their bedding and their attention to detail along with the gorgeous embroidery gives a craft most associate with grandma a fresh, modern edge. I’d love to see more companies like this rising up out of Germany — I think the potential is definitely here but most move out of Germany to pursue design careers in countries like England and America instead. There are many creative people here though which is why I get excited whenever I come across companies like LaNui!

(top 3 images taken by holly becker for decor8. all others from LaNui)

Posted in bedroom, textiles, travel on September 29, 2008

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