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Verde Azul

Speaking of natural decorating, I heard from Lina María from Verde Azul earlier this week and had to dedicate a post to their lovely interiors products. Verde Azul is a design studio based in Medellin, Colombia that was launched four years ago by siblings Lina Maria and Juan Jose Rincon who happen to both be designers and illustrators. I love their wooden bulb lighting called Globo (so fun!) and faux bois cushions, don’t you? They make wall canvases too.

Verde Azul

Verde Azul

Verde Azul

Triangles, birds, branches, deer… all popular motifs that we love!

(images: verde azul)

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 01, 2011

Natural Look: By Nord

I find the natural, rustic look so appealing especially this time of year when the air is crisp and the smell of hot mulled wine fills the air from the many wooden glühwein huts dotted around town for weihnachtsmarkt. It’s such a gorgeous time! I love the coziness of it all. The products sold by Danish brand, By Nord, come to mind when I think about seasonal winter decorating in a very natural style – I just love their products and I’m crazy about their shower curtains and simply must order one because it’s rare that I find a shower curtain that I like — most do nothing for me! Do you have that problem as well?

By Nord

But yes, back to winter and why freezing cold weather doesn’t have to fill one with absolutely dread! My co-author Joanna was just here to visit me for two days from London and she felt inspired by the spirit in the air as we sat outside around a cozy fire last night enjoying dinner. It’s quite crisp outside yet the smell of burning wood and the sheer ambiance an outdoor crackling fire brings is so comforting — especially when huddled around an old wooden table with friends, noshing on good food and sipping hot mulled wine with both mittens firmly holding the cup to enjoy the heat. This traditional German outdoor market “experience” got me to thinking about the sheer joy that comes from doing the most down-to-earth (primitive even) of activities – sharing conversation, looking for a heat source to be warmed by, cooking outdoors, eating well prepared and nourishing food and a crackling fire casting a warm glow while creating a special mood that only gathering around a fire can bring. I think the photo below is a gorgeous example of natural style and I imagine having a fire outdoors at a home like this would be magical at night, don’t you? And how many of us would love to live like this?

By Nord

So simple, so pretty… Some of the best things in life really are the simplest of things. This makes me think more and more about decorating the home for winter and how we don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a little magic. Pine cones, branches, handmade objects, simple bowls and vessels, cheap pillar candles, twigs, pine, twine… Anything can change the look of a room so simply while adding warmth and beauty.

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

I recently found a pretty branch in the nearby forest and put it in my entryway in a large green vintage jug on the floor and decorated it with a few special things and it isn’t for any particular holiday or reason, just because it adds warmth to my entryway along with a bit of personality and natural style. Have you down anything lately in your home to bring in nature? I’d love to know!

By Nord is available in England here or in their online shop here. They are also available in other parts of the world so email them for their nearest retailer: info [at] bynord [dot] com.

(images: by nord)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 30, 2011

Natural Style by Walther & Co

I love these images and products from Danish interiors brand, Walther & Co. because they look so modern and casual but also very warm and cozy. I find natural elements so charming, especially during this time of year when all I want to do is light candles everywhere and enjoy my home. I’m currently obsessed with stars, especially silver ones with glitter on them that look (or better yet, are) vintage. I also am into handmade books like the ones shown below in this image…

Walther & Co

I also can’t stop thinking about how great silver glittery stars look with brown kraft paper and old book pages in cream with black type… I will demonstrate how to use them in my gift wrapping class in Berlin (info here) on Friday – I can’t wait to meet my students and work together because I have so many ideas I’ve tucked away in my head and can’t wait to show you. For those who cannot make it, I’ll share a glimpse of what we did on decor8 next week.

Walther & Co

Walther & Co

Walther & Co

Walther & Co

Walther & Co

Walther & Co

For now, Walther & Co. is inspiring me so much for one of my own home projects and plus, I’d love to order some things from them so hopefully I’ll figure out how to do that because it’s not so clear on their website… I especially like the table with the printed table image on it, did you catch that in the photo above?

(images: walther & co)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 21, 2011

Window Films by Studio Haijke

I promise I’ll stop talking about window films but my readers are pointing me to so many great ones! This Dutch company, Studio Haijke, makes awesome sticky sweetness that I’m flipping out over…I simply MUST share. Check them out. Ohhh… Ahhh… Right!?

Studio Haijke

Studio Haijke

Studio Haijke

Studio Haijke

Studio Haijke

Lots of these are available in black or blue but I like white the most (naturally, right!?). I will definitely purchase and install some window films when I’m back from Berlin next week… And show you the results. Has my window film obsession piqued your interest a bit?

(images: studio haijke)

Posted in Decorating Tips on November 09, 2011

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