I wrote a little introduction today over at Real Simple to an online shop called Patchwork Harmony (based in England) where they stock things that are very typical “English” country style. And after writing the post I sat here with my green tea staring into space thinking, “well wait… how does English country style differ from say, American country style”.
And then I thought of Swedish country style, and German, and French and Irish and it suddenly made me realize just how many country styles there are out there that are really country-specific and so if you say on a blog that has international readers that you like country style, they may interpret it to mean the style they are accustomed to associating country style with in their land. I also thought about this style and how it differs per country because of the landscape, language, culture, even religious beliefs and the various arts and crafts movements of the past. It also made me wonder what Japanese country style looks like, and what elements define Russian country style. It’s a pretty neat topic to ponder.
Now I will put this topic on the floor and ask for your opinion. Can you comment with where you live and what elements define country style in your part of the world. Maybe you can write about the most popular country styles, colors, old-fashioned customs that influence your local country style, etc. Also do other cultures influence country style where you live (I see a lot of “New England” country style here in Germany along with Scandinavian country, French country, and a more folksy country style that is more local I think), etc. Of course in the states we have a variety of country styles influenced by craft movements from the past, but there is also retro country that is very “American” specific. And of course, in American we have shops that carry only French country products. Then there is this New England country style which has a more coastal vibe. Another idea is that you can post all about this topic on your blog and then leave the link to your post below so we can all pop over to visit you and read about your impressions – maybe you can post photos or something to support your impressions?
(images: patchwork harmony)
Urban Outfitters sent out their Fall Preview recently and I couldn’t have loved what I saw more. The preview books reminded me of Lena and Mav’s lovely Lines & Shapes or Mav and Stephanie’s 3191 Year of Mornings. The UO presentation is clean, minimalist and more grown up than usual. Still a younger version of their big sister Anthropologie, but more mature still. And I loved the big poster that they included, the paper smells lovely (I know, sick aren’t I?) and the paper feels divine – I just may hang it on my wall this Autumn with it’s creamy texture and subdued color palette. I’m glad they put such care and thought into their choice of paper, it seems to be recycled.
I like the message on the mirror, “Take Me As I Am”. A good message for us all, right?
I only wish they’d included a press contact or CD inside because I would have loved to share their Fall line up. These images will have to do for now. And of course, you can always snoop around the U.O. website as I’m sure the Autumn goodies will start showing up soon enough.
Here are a few things I found from their current collection that I would consider adding to my own nest if I weren’t packing up to move. I’m not exactly college age so I tried to find things that I’d say would fit the post-college crowd. ;)
By the way, have you noticed the crazy selection of off beat cameras they’re stocking lately? LOVE them.
(images: photos by holly becker, all from urban outfitters)
Do you browse (aka stalk) magazine websites? Add Canadian House & Home to your hit list – it’s my new Domino when it comes to an amazing design website in North America, in English. Their design galleries are gorgeous and so well organized! I was reminded of them while reading Four Walls and a Roof earlier this week and wanted to make sure to mention not only this lovely blog but House & Home too where you can find gorgeous spaces like thes to inspire some of your decorating choices. I started reading H&H over ten years ago when they were first available at my local Barnes & Noble and have been a loyal reader ever since — they never cease to deliver gorgeous rooms and accessible design.
I’m seriously loving all of this turquoise and yellow and these gorgeous bathrooms!
(images: canadian house & home)
I can’t help but notice all of the feminine floral details out there now in the world of fashion, interiors, art and indie crafts. I’m inspired. In fact, I’ve been daydreaming about flowers and this amazing flower/gift shop in my new city where I can’t wait to visit again in August because I want to show you it so badly. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the states. I plan to approach the owner and ask her if I can photograph it to share here on decor8. You will absolutely adore this place, I pinky swear it! As soon as I’m on the other side of the pond I’ll ask… and if she says yes expect to see the flower shop of my dreams (and maybe yours) in just a few short months. It’s the best I’ve ever seen and when it comes to florists I’m picky having grown up with one (my mom). Anyway… here are just a few quick floral notes to share with you. A simple pillow, a floral jacket over a bed, a scarf as an accent, a headboard… you don’t have to overcook the look. A simple dash is often all you need to make it feminine.
Subtle blooms in the bedroom at Living Etc magazine.
And florals in fashion, these are from J.Crew.
And a gentle touch in the dining area, also from Living Etc. Again – just a dab between the ear so to speak, certainly not bathing in the entire bottle. It’s also a nice way to get away with floral touches if you live with men, too.
I love these subtle floral notes… don’t you?
(images: living etc & j crew)