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Inside Out: Blog of the Week

For all of you Aussie interiors mag lovers you will be happy to know that the fab Inside Out magazine now has a blog. Did you know that? I heard from an editor there just today who pointed me to their new blog which I thought was really nice. I remember that feeling of being a new blogger and reaching out to others showing your site for the very first time, it’s hard sometimes even if you’re a big magazine. Maybe even especially if you’re a big magazine. I mean, so much expectation to live up to. Thankfully for those of us outside of Australia who may not read Inside Out regularly, we feel lucky to catch a tiny glimpse of the magazine and if it’s tearsheets on a blog from time-to-time then so be it! Speaking of, here are a few pages from a recent Inside Out issue where they feature artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove.


Inside Out Magazine

Lizzie Buckmaster

Inside Out Magazine

I really like this lady and her art, doesn’t she look so friendly and creative? She also looks like a lovely mother and seeing her work proudly displayed in her home makes me happy because I think it’s great for her family to live around her passion like that. Inside Out had the honor of interviewing her and shared their conversation with their blog readers here. I could sit with someone like this for hours though I must admit at first I’d feel slightly intimidated by her lifestyle & talent wouldn’t you? But it would not hold me back from accepting her invitation! I think the first half hour would be me seated there just drooling on the floor.


Lightly

In addition to Lizzie, I also learned about a company called Lightly in Melbourne from the Inside Out blog. They have the most lovely objects on their website, please take a moment to look at it because I know you will like it very much. I found these butterfly saucers which can be mounted to the wall as art and they’re a new favorite mine because they are delicate and feminine. If you don’t fancy them you may find another product better suited to your tastes as they have a wide range of all sorts of beautiful things at Lightly. I really love butterflies… So soothing and to me they represent such freedom, spontaneity, and gentleness. Did you know that in some cultures they are a symbol for long life, acceptance of all creatures, martial bliss, the necessity of a secure home, strength and persistence, success, the overcoming of obstacles and hardships, happiness, freedom, individuality and more. Interesting, yes?

(images all via the inside out blog)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, ceramics, uncategorized on April 14, 2009

Pigeon Toe Ceramics

Oh lord. Too tempting. Do you dream of having a kitchen shelf showcasing an assortment of handmade ceramic dishes and bowls? My shelf back in my German kitchen has some lovely things (see below) but I think it could also use Pigeon Toe Ceramics based in Portland, Oregon.

In fact, I think every kitchen could use at least a few things from Pigeon Toe, don’t you? I love their dents and organic shapes and imagine serving dinner using some of their bowls or sipping my favorite tea from a dented mug. Although it’s hard right now to buy a lot of stuff (at least for me), I definitely try to put some money aside from time to time for special treats so Pigeon Toe is definitely going on my wish list for future purchases, especially their darling footed bowl!

(images from pigeon toe)

Posted in ceramics, lighting on March 11, 2009

Karin Eriksson & Visiting Overjarva

With so many technical issues today I was unable to write about this earlier so perhaps it’s been blogged ad nauseum by now but I have to say a little something anyway. I’ll add a twist to make it more interesting just in case you have heard about Swedish ceramicist Karin Eriksson’s new products on other blogs today. I’ve decided to highlight her art studio and retail space located at a charming country space just outside of Stockholm. It’s very transporting, I’m sure you’d love to visit. Here’s a glimpse of some of her new products available in the online version of her retail shop Manos.

But there’s more… If you ever find yourself visiting Sweden, Karin has a brick and mortar store which doubles as her work studio in an old glasshouse near Stockholm in the countryside. It is located within the Överjärva country estate in Solna. I would love to visit Stockholm again and see the Överjärva estate for myself because, imagine this… it has a cafe with fresh baked goods, environmental trails, farm animals, courses in sheep-farming and wool craft, and a stable with horses and ponies for hire. There is also an antiques shop, compost center, weekend events for all ages, and so much more. I love the concept — being surrounded by nature, comfort food, enjoying the animals, and visiting a few lovely shops for inspiration and an introduction to new things. Karin’s shop, Manos, must be a lovely addition to the whole Överjärva experience. I imagine Överjärva to be a little bit like the Rosendal Garden Kafe in the Djurgarden, a most beautiful place in the center of Stockholm that I’ll never forget. In addition to Karin’s work, Manos carries a selection of handmade objects from Sweden and abroad.

I notice she even stocks the fantastic German tea Samova from Hamburg, I had a chance to visit their shop in the Stilwerk in ’06 and really liked the tea and the cafe experience. My husband would love Överjärva, maybe we can visit this summer. :) Manos is open Thursday-Sunday 11-3 pm. Closed in July.

(images from karin eriksson)

Posted in ceramics, travel on March 02, 2009

Julia Rothman for Hygge & West

I was pleased when Julia Rothman wrote in earlier this week to tell me about her wallpaper. I’ve been very busy over the past few days and haven’t been reading as many blogs as usual so I’m not sure if this made the blog rounds already. If so, my apologies for repeat content.

I’m so proud of Julia as I think her eye is outstanding and her style is superb, I think she is one of those designers who is very blessed with not only listening to her own voice and acting on it to pull together her patterns, but her designs just so happen to be extremely marketable. Isn’t this what every creative person hopes, that what they see in their brain that is then translated into a product will be something others will potentially buy? Julia is very lucky in this way and I feel happy to watch her growing as a designer all of time thanks to determination and hard work. Her latest project happens to be hand screened (made in Chicago) wallpaper, no longer do you have to dream of having her patterns cover your walls as it is now a reality. Aren’t these drool inducing? Learn more about them and see all of the colorways and patterns available at Hygge & West for $125 per double roll.

By the way, have you heard of Hygge & West before or is this the first time? For me it is the first time so a special thanks to Julia for the introduction. They have products from many other talented designers as well, here are a few that I enjoy.

1. Wallpaper ceramic votive set by Jeanette Hiiri, 2. Casalinga birds (they look like my vintage birds shown here in my living room), 3. Fiducia set designed by Louise Campbell for Kahler, and 4. Rachel Pearson candles.

Visit Hygge & West here to see more wonderful things for the home (click on the designers names on the right side of this page.)

(images from julia rothman and hygge & west)

Posted in ceramics, walls on November 26, 2008

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