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Inspired By Photographer Polly Wreford

Last Friday I shared with you the cover of an upcoming book from Atlanta Bartlett called Easy Elegance. Did you notice that? Anyway, the book I’m eagerly awaiting will release in April 2009, you can pre-order it on Amazon (US) like I did for only $19! (the ISBN is: 978-1845978501 in case you want to hang onto that for future reference.) Okay anyway, I noticed today on the book cover that the photographer is Polly Wreford who I’d not heard of before so I googled her to learn more. And learn I did!

Polly is a lifestyle, still life, and interiors photographer and nothing short of excellent. I also found out when I googled her that Ez showed her work right here on decor8 a few months ago pointing to Polly as an inspiration in an interview I had with her. Funny how Polly’s name was mentioned on this very blog and I did not even recall it. Shame on me. But it was when I was when I was on vacation so I think that is how I missed it. Polly’s complete portfolio is online where she is represented by Sarah Kaye in London. I think it’s really important to look at the photographer’s name in your favorite interior books, google them, and learn more about their work and what other projects they have or are currently working on. I started doing this and have discovered so many talented people online this way, and in return have so much beauty to refer to for inspiration – as these portfolios are only a bookmark away!

How’s that for gorgeousness, am I right? I can’t take myself away from this dreamy palette of pale gray, lilac and blue lately… I wonder if this will change once I’m back in America next week? I leave on the 18th for the states and won’t return to Germany again until May so I’m looking forward to seeing how my inspirations change (or not) once I’m in a different country around new things. I can’t wait to pick up my mail, although 5 months of mail will be a bit overwhelming, the Domino book and the past 5 issues, including the one I was mentioned in, will be there waiting for me and I cannot wait to see them!

What color palette has you swept away these days? I have a small inspiration board that I pulled together recently showing my current color inspirations and images and objects that I’m into lately. I will photograph it and show you tomorrow morning. :)

(images copyright polly wreford and sarah kaye

Posted in Decorating Tips on December 09, 2008

Robins Egg Pink {Pillows Under $25!}

It was so nice to learn about Robins Egg Pink via an email that owner and Canadian designer Angela Falcao was nice enough to send announcing her soon to launch shop (coming in January, so bookmark this one!). Angela currently creates lots of beautiful things for babies and also some gorgeous pillows for under $25 that I want to show you that are available in her Etsy shop.

Most of her pillows are around $22 which is a great deal for a handmade cushion. I can imagine lots of them on my big white sofa! :) The net proceeds from the sales of many of her products will be donated to The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario; and the Ontario Humane society. Angela will soon add pendant lights to her collection – yay!

Robins Egg Pink on {etsy} and in January you can find more including lighting on {Angela’s website}.

For some reason they remind me of beachfront living in Australia. Maybe it’s all those Aussie mags I’ve been reading and of course the influence Miss Anna Spiro has had on us all in bloggyville. I can see one of these pillows in her lovely home or shop. Here’s a little idea of what I’m talking about…

Anna’s gorgeous shop, this is a recent shot of a display there. Total wow factor. More shop photos here.

(photos for robins egg pink by sarah hartill photography)

Posted in Decorating Tips, kids, textiles on December 09, 2008

Bongenre: Fancy Melamine Tableware

I recently heard from Jill at Bongenre and thought her work was something lots of us may really enjoy, especially for guests and for setting the “children’s table” that so many use during dinner parties when the family gets together. Bongenre is melamine tableware (bowls, plates) with a twist – it’s actually quite elegant! Brooklyn-based founder/designer Jill Fenichell spent 15 years as an antique porcelain and pottery dealer specializing in English blue and white porcelain made in the 18th century.

About her designs Jill says, “I get to think about patterns I love, and work out interesting color relationships and rhythms between shape and pattern and color,” she adds, “The real question is: how to connect the old to the new…that’s what I want to do with my tableware.”

Don’t miss the Winchester Mandala pattern, available in several gorgeous colorways. I’m really into mandalas right now so these totally speak to me, especially in purple, lime, and winter (oooh) which is PERFECT for an indoor party this winter for January/February when everyone is tired of red and blue and white seems to coordinate so nicely with the snowfall. Perfect for gift giving too!

What do you think of Melamine tableware? Yes, no, maybe? Under what circumstances do you use it currently? Outdoor only? Indoor? Do you use it mainly for food or for decorating (on the walls or on plate racks)? Do you think it’s a good option for dinner parties when breaking out the china isn’t something you feel up for and paper plates are definitely not on your menu? Is Melamine the happy ‘in-between’ option for you or…?

(images from bongenre)

Posted in Decorating Tips, kitchen, shopping, walls on December 04, 2008

H&M Home Collection {New!}

Frida from Husmusen told me last week that Swedish apparel giant H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) will soon launch a home line (window coverings, comforters, sheets, pillows, towels and accessories) due to an large demand for home textiles from their customers. The collection will include several items grouped by theme, here are a few that the lovely Frida has grouped together for a quick peek:

Nature (love those button cushions!)

Design (bold graphics, black and white)


Bright Colors (featuring work from Liselotte Watkins, blogged here before)

and Classic (Marine blue, “New England style”)

These collections will start to sell online in February 2009, but not in America, only in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Nordic countries. They want to start selling online and through catalogs first to see how things go and then see what they want to do from there. Perhaps America could be next? Stay tuned!

Out of the collections shown above, do you have a favorite? Why? Anything that you’d like to see that is currently missing when it comes to affordable home items? I think the world could use more of a selection when it comes to shower curtains and affordable patterned curtains personally.

(images from frida and H&M)

Posted in Decorating Tips, shopping on December 04, 2008

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