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Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

Yeah! Spring/Summer collections are releasing and I just love this time of year when all of the fairs kick off (like Maison & Objet) and brands go public with what they’ve been designing behind-the-scenes for the upcoming season. Danish lifestyle firm, Ferm Living, which is available in North America and Europe online and in-stores, just launched their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection via ISSUU and to me, their new items for kid’s and pottery for plants along with their new vases shown below, really stood out.

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I also love their new pottery tableware in greenish-gray, too because it feels so good in the hand with that delightful weighty feel that pottery brings – such warmth and texture. Ferm is really focused on muted tones of blue and green for the season, with brass and pale pink added in, and of course with green living and  plants being all the rage in the world of interiors currently, this meant that creating modern vessels to put them in was big on Ferm’s to do list this season. I need some nicer pots for my window plants in my newly redecorated kitchen (new countertops, faucet, moved a few things around, new window coverings, shelving… And now to hang some art!) because my current generic ones from the local plant shop simply must go.

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Have you noticed that brass is the new copper? I’m finding it more and more – brass or gold in general. Out with the old and in with the gold! I still love my coppery goodies collected from last year though and in my very opinionated opinion (ah hem), if you love it–whatever “it” is – then it belongs in your home regardless of the current trend (unless it’s your hot male personal trainer or the pool boy, that is). So my copper stuff will have to live alongside my gold – plus I love combining the two because both metals have a warm tone so they definitely work well when combined. See, I’m smart like that. :)

What do you think of the newest Ferm Living collection? 

(images: ferm living)

Posted in design on January 14, 2015

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

Fun stuff! I read about this cool collab last month in the NYTimes but was reminded of it again while reading my friend Geraldine’s blog today – the collaboration of Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm. What a sweet union! I had to peek in on the WE site to see what they’re offering and the collection is bold, graphic, colorful, energetic, youthful and happy — you gotta love the colors and patterns. I think they did a great job merging both brands – no easy task and many meetings and months of back and forth, I’m sure! But they’ve done a great job so in celebration and to show my support, I thought to pull together 10 of my favorites.

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1. This yellow/beige rug shown above. Simple but stunning.

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2, 3, 4, 5: These pieces of wall art 2. painted floral, 3. abstract 1, 4. yellow sun, 5. Yo.

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6. This awesome entryway table because if I still lived in the states, this would be in my home!

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7. My favorite from the collection is this Sleep In mirrored wall art.

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8. The chairs are darling but this navy and white dotty wing chair has my heart.

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9. This rug in pink and orange. (Psst: It also has a matching pouf here).

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10. Round storage boxes – very nice for jewelry and I love the unusual shape because isn’t a storage box supposed to be, well, boxy? So cute and clever.

Do you spot any faves from this collection? What do you think of it? What would you like to see added?

(images: west elm)

 

Posted in design on January 13, 2015

Good Design by Lassen

Have you ever played “Spot the ____” when you look at blogs, on Pinterest, or in deco mags? Oh my god, try it sometimes, it’s such a riot! Like try “Beni Ourain Rugs” or “Jonathan Adler pottery”, “Eames chairs” or “Tulip Tables”! Trust me, it’s addictive. One thing you’ll see in almost every Danish home mag, and you can definitely play this game when you flip through one, is “Spot the Kubus 4!”. I swear almost every Danish home has the iconic Kubus 4 candle holder from by Lassen. And now, the matching bowls (I want!) as seen in the window below… For fruit, for plants, for your keys, etc.

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I was gifted by a German PR company with a gorgeous copper one after Aidan was born (what a seriously cool baby gift!) and I’ve used at every dinner party or cake and coffee party I’ve hosted since and I’m not even Danish – I just love it! Another Danish trend that could be part of your Spot The… game are boxes stacked and used to store or display things. It seems everyone is making them now and I love the variations on the design by company. For instance, by Lassen has a great collection of them called Frame that have a black outline and come with the option of a black metal base. I find this look very, very cool. Here is the Kubus 4 I was talking about that is available in black, white, copper and some other colors. I just love it. This is my copper one shown in my dining / work studio space.

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And more furniture and decorating items from by Lassen below… Like these great stools. And there are those Kubus candle holders again, this time in white and the matching Kubus bowls, too.

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They also have this wallpaper pattern in 3 different colorways, which is very nice…

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So let me ask you, when you are looking at interior spaces, do you ever spot things that seem to be in everyone’s home? If so, what is it? I’d love to know!

(images: all by lassen except 2nd image, by holly becker)

Posted in design on November 20, 2014

Bloomingville Autumn/Winter 2014-15

I love sharing with you all of the companies that I shop at over here in Europe. I know that it may be frustrating for those of you living stateside who do not have access to buying these products, however I remember when I lived in Boston and read blogs based in Europe – I loved seeing what was going on in foreign markets and also catching what was on trend there. It gave me excellent and interesting decorating ideas that I felt no one else had in my local area. That is why I was living in Boston decorating with European touches since the 90s, I was locked into international magazines that I would buy at Barnes & Noble and then later, I started reading European blogs. This all broadened my view and definitely helped me to not only sharpen my eye for design but also to find my personal style. I’m hoping posts like this, now that I’m living in Europe, do the same for those of you who don’t have exposure to the same things in your part of the world. Remember, keep an open mind. You may also find similar products where you live and a post like this can help you see how to put things together a little differently than what magazines are showing where you live. It’s fun to try new ideas and to stand out from the pack. At least, I always liked it.

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So there’s this company, Bloomingville, that is based in Denmark but is a huge name in Germany… And I really like many of their products. I don’t own many, just a few ceramic cups and two pendant lamps in my hallway, but I’m very pleased with what I do have so I can vouch for their quality and style. In this post, I’m giving you a glimpse of their A/W 2014-15 catalog. You can see more online here. For the upcoming season you’ll spot lots of pastel blue and violet, gold, copper, marble, natural wood and shots of gray and black. Not your traditional Autumn/Winter colors in North America, I know, but in Scandinavia and Northern Germany, even in the Netherlands, this palette is much more common since we have less light during the cold months so these colors keep our rooms light and bright as it can feel really heavy and depressing otherwise.

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Do you see any products that you’re dreaming of? My wish list: Gold skull, marble gemstone candle holders, plywood and blue side tables for my bedroom, rattan seating for my wintergarten and an organic-shaped marble cutting board to serve cheese and some plant pots.

What color schemes are you seeing in interiors where you live? Are pastels big at all?

(images: bloomingville)

Posted in design on August 05, 2014

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