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Inspired by Danish Magazine Femina

I came across a great woman’s magazine in Denmark today called Femina where you’ll find pretty homes and interesting decorating ideas on their interiors page. This room may be small but so well designed…

I love this rustic coastal home (below) owned by a painter and his girlfriend. They decorated it in a very cozy Canada-meets-Danish-Coastal style that feels very February in Denmark to me… Candles, character, fire, warm throws, natural woods…

Femina

What do you think of this home? I love the map near the dining table and the wood stove so close to the kitchen… Here is another amazing space to drool over below in a different home. Ah, this really speaks to me.

Femina

I adore the gray cabinet and the white Arne Jacobsen chair, so, so much.

So many dreamy spaces from Femina…

Enjoy!

(images: femina)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 09, 2011

NEW: Boston Prop Rental House, Mad Props

Calling all stylists, set designers and anyone else in need of props in Boston! Lauren Niles, Prop Stylist, wrote in today about Mad Props and I couldn’t resist sharing this new Boston-based business with you. Mad Props (great name!) is a full service prop rental house catering to stylists, photographers and of course the film and event industries who shoot in Boston and greater New England. They have an extensive collection housed in a 3,000 square foot space that is open weekdays along with their online space where you can browse what’s available.

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props carries everything from table settings to home decor, surfaces and furniture ranging from antique to vintage and modern pieces. Founded by owners Lauren Niles and Elizabeth Pond, they launched their business to fill a void and, “To make the propping experience more pleasant, convenient and efficient, and offer hard-to-find items for local clientele and out of town productions coordinating photo shoots in Boston.” Curated with care, Lauren and Elizabeth source items selected for their aesthetic photographic qualities and usefulness as props in general.

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Mad Props: In Boston

Sounds (and looks) like a fun space to visit — and a valuable resource for those looking for a great prop house in Boston. Way to go, ladies!

(images: mad props)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 03, 2011

Anthropologie: New For Spring!

I was at the London Anthropologie shopping drooling on Monday and spotted pieces from their Spring collection trickling in, they have a rather modern African theme in housewares currently… I felt both inspired and mesmerized by the patterns and saturated colors with all the ethnic influence though I’m more about small doses and definitely not into overdoing things… I love dots of color splashed against a neutral background, but some of you love a bright, saturated background with more color layered on top and lucky for all this line satisfies all. This season at Anthro African prints and patterns are all the rage along with  animal motifs but in addition to their pieces with African influence, they also have some industrial pieces and lots of flea market-inspired finds as they are best known (and loved) for. Here is a glimpse of a few of my favorite things.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Animal wall hooks in white ceramic

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Block Begonia Wallpaper– I am dying to order 4 rolls of this for a wall in my dining room… I guess I should just go for it but I need samples first before I take the leap!

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Safari Study Pillow, Gazelle

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Flights and fancy salad plate, On-a-whim dinner plate, Wanderlust Journal – Chevron, Recipe bookmarks.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Decker bookshelf

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Ethnic rugs – love that magenta one, perfect with a gorgeous black leather sofa or a sumptuous linen one.

Anthropologie Spring 2011

Coralie bed, Lunet chair and stackable animal pots.

Spot anything that speaks to you? What? Why? Do you like their modern safari style, industrial inspired finds and the overall eclectic, well-traveled look?

(images: anthropologie)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 02, 2011

NEW! Bolaget Inspiration

I have a hugely inspiring website to tell you about that JUST launched that hasn’t hit the blogosphere yet (not English blogs anyway) called Bolaget Inspiration based in Sweden and oh my! It’s delightful! I have my lovely blog collegue Frida to thank for sharing it with me today via email. Thanks, Frida!

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget is managed by a dedicated team in Malmo, Sweden. It is the mission of Bolaget to find and sell some of the best properties in Malmo, and thanks to their team of interiors professionals, they can evaluate your property and decorate it (also known as home staging) in order to boost the value of your home. They have gorgeous places for sale, you simply must check it out but more than that, they just launched an inspiration site for those who want to see past properties.

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

By the way, if you don’t know what home staging is, also referred to in the UK as property styling, it is defined this way by wikipedia, “Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.” This is a smart approach to selling homes and has been around for years now, but Bolaget has a very nice touch that sets them out from the pack.

Bolaget Inspiration

Bolaget Inspiration

I don’t know about you, but this is the type of home staging that I love. I’m not so keen on the ordinary staging that I see out there and I’m sure you know what I mean, the cookie cutter look that almost always includes a stack of books with a shell on top or overly home staged to look like a model home or catalog spread. Bolaget seems to have a real knack for styling in a lovely, appealing way that feels fresh, casual and livable. I like that. These homes speak to me — I want to buy and live in them because they feel inspiring, eclectic, and perfectly imperfect.

What about you? How do you feel about the typical “staging” work you see where you live? Is it still popular where you live or not?

(images: bolaget)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 01, 2011

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