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Kitka: Blog of the Week

Do you have a crush on clean, modern Japanese and Scandinavian design? Yeah, I know… who doesn’t? It’s quite hard to resist especially since their less-is-more approach is so alluring… the attention to detail, practicality, focus on using natural materials. Thanks to the lovely Irene Hoofs at Bloesem, I have discovered the new decor8 blog of the week: Kitka. Irene talked about this lovely couple, Juli and John, who are shop owners — they own Mjölk which has a retail location in Toronto and a website for the rest of us — who love and specialize in Japanese and Scandinavian design. They show lots of beautiful products on their gorgeous blog, here’s a glimpse of the interesting things that you can see and learn about on Kitka.

Kitka: Blog of the Week

Kitka: Blog of the Week

I’m in love with their black and white Corona globe designed by Nendoglobe in Japan – it’s gorgeous. Juli and John recently visited Tokyo and shared their journey on their blog which I spent the entire morning reading about — drooling at times — over their finds and experiences there — like those delicious donuts in glassine paper. You can read all about their Tokyo adventures here. Fun!

(images: kitka)

Posted in blogs, travel on May 06, 2010

Greige: Blog of the Week

I’ve died and gone to heaven. Only it’s not white as I had thought, it’s greige! You know, I think the first time I heard the word greige was in a copy of Domino magazine. I think some market editor threw it out and it just stuck, sort of like those arrows that they put on everything to show you exactly where that IKEA cabinet is located in this room. The Domino arrows, who can forget those! Ha! Oh, the Domino days and the color greige!

Greige: Blog of the Week

But yes, greige — the color that is gray and beige combined — but take note: it’s not just some hipster word it’s in the actual dictionary. Greige is a legitimate color and it’s also a very legitimate blog that I found yesterday via Elle Oh and wow – it’s so great I’ve added it as my blog of the week.

Greige: Blog of the Week

Greige: Blog of the Week

In addition to the blog, Greige is also the design firm of Christina Fluegge based in Orange Country, California who also has a shop called My Sparrow. If you love beige, gray, greige, white, black… clean and sophisticated design well then this blog is for you. Your own slice of heaven awaits…

I’m on my way out to the farmers’ market now for veggies and flowers so I’ll meet you back here in a few hours. It’s super sunny and 60s here so I’m shopping outdoors today!

(images: skona hem, rum, roland bello photography and canadian house & home)

Posted in blogs on April 07, 2010

Coastal Chic Inspired

With thoughts of summer on my mind I found two blogs for the first time last night that I must share with you if you’re feeling summer-y lately too. I know that I may get some eye rolling here because they’re a bit on the country coastal style and many of you just aren’t into that look but I invite you to give it a chance if it’s not your thing — you may find a few ideas here that you can translate in your own, personal way. When I see this look I don’t think “Shabby Chic” as much as I think “Coastal Country” or “Coastal Flea Market”.  The first blogger is Sarah from A Beach Cottage who relocated from London to Australia to a lovely little fixer upper cottage in Australia that’s so welcoming — I can imagine spending summers in a sweet home like this.

Coastal Chic

It’s a casual, relaxed look complete with boat oars, glass balls, vintage blue glass canning jars as flower vases, and slipcovered sofas that so many associate with Rachel Ashwell though they’ve been around much longer than the Shabby Chic brand. When I saw this living room above I was surprised to see how much it reminded me of my own (photo here) and it made me feel right at home. It also made me miss the vintage white ladder that I sold when I moved over here — I once used it in my room to display/store my handbags (remember this photo that I shared back in ’08 of my ladder?).

Coastal Chic

Coastal Chic

The next blogger is featured below, Maria of Dreamy Whites in California, who loves blue tones and enjoys adding in some pink and yellow for an extra burst of personality. She has a pretty antique French chandelier and another from Italy that I envy and can imagine in a myriad of spaces from a cupcake cafe to a streamlined modern dining room or a child’s bedroom. My local Noa Noa shop has a chandelier that I want so badly… I have to ask the owner where she found it because it’s a must-have in my book. I’ve always wanted a chandelier in my home, but only in one room — and it has to look a bit French thanks to my southern upbringing and all of the old homes I’ve been to in Charleston during my young life that made quite an impact on what I define as beautiful. Let’s look at some of the pretty things in Maria’s home for a moment, shall we?

Coastal Chic

Coastal Chic

Coastal Chic

I like the natural wash of sunlight against whites and blues and love the rose pink and yellow accents brought in with flowers along with driftwood, pickled wood and other natural wood accents, don’t you?

What appeals to me the most about this look is the unpretentious coziness. This look can be accomplished on all budgets so you can spend a ton to create it or you can build this look on a shoestring budget by recycling and upcycling things that you currently have or find at yard sales, flea markets — even items set out on the street on trash day. In fact, when I was pretty broke, I felt like I was far more creative than I am today and this concerns me. I also remember doing lots of drive-bys on trash day in the “upper class” neighborhoods in Boston. I’d go to Newton or out to Marblehead or Swampscott to see what trash could become my treasure. This relaxed cheap chic look can be accomplished when you are rich, poor or in the middle — and not all decorating styles can make that claim, which is why I like this aesthetic — it’s accessible.

I must note: Both woman are married and have children (Maria has 5!), they are not single without kids as may be assumed by how clean, white and feminine their style is! Imagine that!?

Could you live in a space like this? Vacation in one? Have a second home in this style? Do you currently live in a home decorated in this coastal cottage style?

(images: A Beach Cottage and Dreamy Whites.)

Posted in blogs on April 01, 2010

A New Week!

Welcome to a new week of decorating ideas and eye candy! Before we get started, how was your weekend? Did you accomplish all you had hoped and more? I hit the flea market and found a few pretty things, and I bought some new inline skates and a tennis racket for Spring! I did a bit of organizing but ended up spending so much time outside of the house that I didn’t quite accomplish all I had hoped to indoors. Oh well. I guess I will just to have chip away at it again in the week to come! I found these beautiful images this morning on the Die Frau im Haus blog that I thought were just lovely — I love the entryway of this blogger who lives in Vienna. It’s quite nice, don’t you think? A nice “welcome” to a new week, too!

Haus Frau

I also like this nook in her kitchen, she shows it before and then after some rearranging below. Aren’t her tiled floors a dream?

Haus Frau

And finally, I love this shop tour of Mutterland in Hamburg. Hamburg is just an hour from me so I have to go to this shop when I’m there in May to see Sia with my friends.

So friends, welcome to a new week — things to do, places to see and inspiration to be found!

(images: Die Frau im Haus)

Posted in blogs on March 29, 2010

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