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Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Good morning friends! How was your weekend? Before I show you this exclusive feature given to me from FvonF (it hasn’t been shown elsewhere until now), I have to tell you about my weekend! I went to my first flea market of the year and picked up some vintage porcelain and fabric, finished my tiny balcony spruce-up (photos here), found some great props for an upcoming shoot in a very random place (a garden shop in the country!), and went to the (ahhhh) Rosenthal outlet in Wolfsburg, Germany (about 30 minutes from where I live) and went a little crazy buying more props for a shoot next week. I walked away with the Fast White vase 10cm, Pollo vase 20cm, the Punktrelief vase 18cm and the 20cm one, Reunion vase 23cm (which I’ve wanted for two years!), Vibrations 32cm vase and the Surface white mat vase 20cm. I added them to my current collection of 11 white vintage porcelain vases from mostly Barvaria and West Germany from Royal Porzellan, Kaiser, Krautheim and Eschenbach. I want to photograph them in a very special way so I needed a lot of them to do the job! I think the best part about styling interiors is that you have the perfect excuse to shop!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Today, I’m putting in an order at House Doctor for more goodies and the lovely people at Little Owl sent over a roll of gorgeous wallpaper that I can use, too. Life can have some real high points sometime, can’t it?

Are you ready for another week of inspiration? Good! Today I thought we’d get started by touring the very artsy eclectic Berlin apartment belonging to Galerist Karena Schuessler who is originally from Hannover. She was also once a a shoe designer in Florence and Paris but now resides in Berlin where she collects and sells art and design pieces. Her period apartment drips in old world details but she kept the space light and bright to show off some of her favorite pieces of art but in a not-so-serious way – there is a lot of quirk in this space and I like that a lot! This gorgeous apartment is located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, which is known to be a very trendy place where lots of interesting people with cool jobs live. Check it out…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
I like looking through the living room into the kitchen. And the kitchen has a fireplace – so rare in homes here – I love seeing this!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler
Here’s a peek at the kitchen workspace. I like the clean lines.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love the ceiling in her kitchen, wow! That rhino on top of the cabinetry made me laugh. I like sense-of-humor in a home and this space definitely has character and wit!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Doesn’t that Louis Poulsen Artichoke pendant look so unusual and gorgeous at this angle?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here’s a view from the living room into her home office. Look at that bookcase!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I thought I had a little problem with book collecting. I feel better now.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I love that Karena has a crush on white vases too. These look pretty in her bedroom.

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Here is a close up of that low bookcase in her bedroom. When you see bookcases in photos, do you also squint to see if you can make out titles? I love to see what people are reading, I’m so curious like that. I really like that sculpture in the far left corner in the clear box, too. Want to see it close up?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Gorgeous, right?

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

I like this painting done on newspaper…
Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

This light is rad!

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

Inspiring little corner…

Berlin Apartment of Karena Schuessler

What a pretty bag!

All of these photos came from the lovely FvonF who asked me if I’d like to pick and post a home tour from their site and I agreed right away as I’m a real fan of their work. Their new FvF iPad Magazine is online now and available in the itunes Store, too. You can find more information here. Thanks FvonF!

(Photography: Ailine Liefeld)

Posted in design on May 13, 2013
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Renovated Victorian Dream Home

Yeah, my eyes just about fell out as I gazed upon this renovated victorian home in Melbourne, Australia today. I mean, how gorgeous is this place? You can see more of it here on this fab site I found called Trendland though it seems they found it on The Design Files where you can read all about this home, see a ton more photos, and learn about the homeowners and things in it. I sometimes feel like I’ve seen it all when it comes to homes but then I come across something like this and think, wow, this is so posh. Yes, please.

Dreamy home in Australia

I love this cheerful painting and I love seeing it in-situ (below) even more. I think this is so important when it comes to interiors photography, to not just show tight shots but to zoom out and show a bit more action so you can get a sense of space. What do you think?

Dreamy home in Australia

Bright colors are so peppy, they look so inviting and energetic in this living room – and that rug is divine. I adore light, airy and colorful rooms like this and they seem to work so well in Australia as it seems to be a country bathed in light.

Dreamy home in Australia

It’s nice to see the living room from this angle, looking out towards the yard.

Dreamy home in Australia

And equally nice to see the home from the outside looking in. I wish more interiors books did this but I think it’s a privacy issue as well as a lawn maintenance issue – lots of people have beautiful homes but not so attractive yards. In this case, the photographer got lucky – gorgeous outside and in!

Dreamy home in Australia

When you need to “up” the cuteness factor, just add a cute dog or cat.

Dreamy home in Australia

I like all of the contrasts here in materials – wood, iron, marble… I also like how they’ve merged wood on the ceiling with a monochromatic kitchen, it really warms up the space making it feel a bit retro modern too. That oven gets crazy bonus points. Love.

Dreamy home in Australia

Dreamy home in Australia

Oh god that pillow. Stop it, please. TOO CUTE.

Dreamy home in Australia

Gorgeous blanket!

Dreamy home in Australia

Dreamy home in Australia

I really like this pendant light, and I mean REALLY like it. And the brass curtain rod is super pretty and perfect for the space for that touch of elegance. You need a little bling in a space, don’t you?

Did you spot any details that you fell in love with? Which ones?

(images: Brooke Holm)

Posted in design on May 07, 2013

By Nord + Book #3

Light and bright, gotta love light and bright! I’ve talked about By Nord before but when Cozy Living sent over press access to their images, I couldn’t resist sharing some of my favorite new products with all of you. I love their shower curtains, really pretty, and of course their cushions and the darling bread apron on their cute male model (wink). Everything looks so rustic and natural – and coastal but not your typical coastal style – very graphic, modern, clean and tactile. I don’t decorate with navy blue at home, but against white it all looks fresh and bright enough – not depressing and heavy. I also love seeing navy with blush pink, a terrific combination.

By Nord

Today is the first of May and is a holiday here in Germany, so I’m taking off to clean up my balcony, repot 24 geraniums, prune and re-pot several indoor Dronning Ingrid geraniums, and decorate my little outdoor city oasis. I love creating a green space for myself, and since the balcony is located off of my work studio, I can use my ipad and laptop out there in the summer and still link in through my wifi which is a bonus – so I can work from home, but outside in the sunshine. Are you thinking about your outdoor spaces now too? A patio? Porch?

I have two wintergartens in the back of my apartment facing the backyard and gorgeous pear tree, and the front balcony faces the street, so I have 3 spaces to spruce up for summer in the next few weeks. I’m looking forward to pulling them together – my friend Leslie Shewring will be here soon and we’ll begin shooting for our upcoming book, so I have only a few weeks before she arrives to get the house together for our shoots. I can’t wait because now we can get moving on our project and start to really SHOW you some peeks as we go and tell you more about our book. What I know right now is that it will release Spring ’14 and we’re doing a North American book tour, along with hitting London and Germany and maybe a few other countries over here! In each of our stops, one of us will be teaching or, if we’re together, we’ll both be teaching, so no matter where you find us prepare to have fun and learn and walk away super inspired and happy. Before all of that can even happen though, we have to shoot and write the book! So that’s our mission between now and mid-summer since that our editor has now finished the flat plan and we fed through all of our ideas to her and the publishers, and the book designer and I had a lovely call so she’s on board and ready to go, too. We have to turn the book in October 1 so it can be printed and ready for all of you in the Spring and we plan to take vacation time this summer to be with our families, so we have to get moving! I can’t wait until I can tell you more about the project, reveal the title, etc. You will (hopefully) swoon and feel happy about it. We want our love for this project to beam through the pages, we are putting so much love and effort into it, so let’s see what it looks like in the end – we hope, a really lovely, creative book!

I was going to go on a big North American tour for Decorate Workshop this month with West Elm, but since Leslie is coming and we have tons of work to do for our book, I sadly had to postpone the book tour and just combine it with the tour for book #3 in the Spring so I can see everyone then – you can bring Decorate Workshop to any signing next year for our book and I’ll happily sign and dedicate your copy. I won’t be coming to America this year for Decorate Workshop (big frown), and I know a lot of you were excited about getting together, I was too, but balance is so important to me! You just can’t tax yourself out when you are writing a book – your energy and love needs to really flow into it and that can’t happen when you are burnt out, stressed or rushing the project. Good ideas take time and great ideas take more time so this summer, it is all about our book. But let me tell ya, when I’m back on American soil next Spring with book #3 touring with Leslie, we will see all of you and hit as many cities as possible thanks to Chronicle Books and West Elm and hopefully, we can grab some of you as helpers, guest speakers, co-teachers, etc. so stay tuned for that! We want to include as many bloggers as we can so the events are really inspiring.

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

By Nord

Now back to the ByNord and their gorgeous products. Enjoy the peek above – you can see more here and, BONUS, they’re having a big sale in their web shop. Nice!

(images: bynord)

Posted in Books + Magazines, design on May 01, 2013

Gubi Gorgeousness

While I’m on the subject of imm, I thought I’d highlight another brand I came across only not at the fair — they had some of their products there but it was only after reading Gudy’s lovely blog the other day that I discovered the gorgeous Gubi.

Gubi

Based in Copenhagen’s docklands, Gubi is a Danish design studio which occupies an expansive loft space that was once a tobacco factory. Founded in 1967, Gubi has become quite an impressive company with everything from lighting to seating and beyond.

Gubi

Regarding their inspiration they tell us their collections are about, “Chasing forgotten icons… Each piece is exquisite in its own right with a story to tell, capturing a fleeting moment in history which remains relevant to this day. Our uncanny ability to recognise diamonds in the rough along with original ideas and inspirations have also resulted in a unique collection of exciting new designs worth coveting.” You can really see this in each of their inspiring creations.

Gubi

I am particularly fond of their impressive collection of lighting and tables. I’m so attracted to copper in particular  - it’s been on my radar since I was at Merci (shop tour here by Jillian) in Paris this time last year and spotted copper combined with mint, orange, peach and black on one of their racks where they keep their beautiful clothing for women. Remember this post? That floor kicked off the whole obsession with this color palette for me.

Gubi

Are you having a nice day? Still gray here but I have good music on and a candle from Muji that smells like a burning fire with a cup of lavender earl grey tea on my desk so I’m making it work. :)

(images: gubi)

Posted in design on January 30, 2013

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