Maria Kirk Mikkelsen is the 34-year-old textile designer behind Make Up The Wall based in Copenhagen. Maria lives to create. In fact, she says that she has no real hobbies because her satisfaction comes from her work — she doesn’t need anything else.
In addition to creating, she teaches textile design and the design process at The Scandinavian Design College. I found out about her aluminum wall stencils and had to share them with you because I think they’re so clever – you can use them to trace designs on your wall in any pattern you’d like using markers or crayons, then you can either fill in the designs with paint or nothing at all.
For the locals: Make Up The Wall is available at Raumformplan located at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 27 in Hannover.
If you’d like to learn more about Maria, visit her website here.
(images from make up the wall)
Here’s a peek at a little corner of my home in America (New Hampshire) where you’ll find some of my most recently acquired pieces of art.
If you recall, I painted a wall in my living room in pale turquoise blue about two weeks ago. A total last minute decision, motivated by my Julia Rothman print finally coming back from the frame shop. I decided on the color because I wanted to cool down all the warm tones in the space and create a sense of calm there since it’s where I like to go to relax. And because I miss living near the coast, the room brings a little of the ocean to me. The wall previously was a creamy white with yellow undertones and there was a large turquoise belly lamp with a white drum shade on the credenza with some ceramics and a pile of books. Nothing too exciting. On the wall, I had three pieces of art and leaning against the wall, my newly framed print.
After the paint dried, I grabbed a few of my more recent art purchases and in less than 20 minutes, pulled everything together and shot these photos. Why the rush? Trust me, it’s against my nature to not plan and measure, but per the request of Michelle Caplan, who needed images of her work in my home before I left for Germany, duty called! And I like how it came out.
Lesson learned from my mini redux: Practice what I preach and go with the flow, allow design to be fun, and don’t over think everything so much. Sometimes when you are in a design field, all you strive for is perfection and frankly, I’m sick of it – it’s quite limiting. I’m taking a new approach. It’s called Live A Little. I need to return to my spontaneous roots.
Sure, the lamp isn’t exactly what I want there, but for now I’m fine with it as it’s very low, provides ample lighting, and most importantly, it’s not a distraction – the art is the focal point.
(images from holly becker for decor8)
It’s easily one of my favorite Dutch magazines right now because of the clever and quick budget DIY ideas. It’s fun to spruce things up around the house each season, take a few of these simple ideas that I came across – you’re sure to like them.
Here are some simple ideas. The first one is a fun and functional solution for magazine storage using white plastic hangers. I think this would be great for a workspace to display pretty papers or fabrics, too. And the next is even easier – tie pretty ribbons around a lampshade – something you can change per season. You can even embellish them with brooches, don’t you think? You don’t even have to use glue to secure them, but of course if you’d like to go for it. You can try double-sided poster tape cut to size.
This would be a fun rainy day project. Sew buttons onto a table runner to spell something out. Of course, the shorter the word, the easier the project. Supercalafragalisticexpialladocious may require too much patience. :)
Although this page from 101 Woonideeen isn’t to show a specific project, it’s more of product spotlight, I couldn’t help but think that you could take a plain vase and decorate it for Fall/Winter by slipping on a sleeve from a sweater that you no longer need. If your vase is quite slim and your sleeve is a bit to large, opt for children’s sweaters from second-hand stores. It’s a great way to recycle and decorate on the cheap. Knee socks work great, too.
(images from 101 woonideeen)
When it comes to selecting products for the home, I’m a detail-oriented person, giving attention to the little things that are often overlooked by others – are you this way too? I bet most of us are, we all love to discover pretty things. When I’m out shopping for the very basics (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, hand soap), in addition to scanning ingredients, I look for packaging that is simple, pretty, and matches the room I plan to use/display the product in. Even a shampoo bottle can look pretty, and sure that sounds a bit dorky, but why not enjoy beautiful ‘mundane’ things?
Take Daub and Bauble, a brand new company based in Minnesota with packaging that is not only modern, but 100% recyclable. And (big bonus points here), their hand wash, detergent, and hand lotion is available in delicious fragrances like Fig + Thyme, Lemon + Ginger, and Orange + Clove. You can purchase some for your home at online apothecary, Home 101 based right here in New Hampshire.
TIP: If you’re on a budget, why not buy a few empty bottles at The Container Store, fill them with your soap, detergent, or lotion of choice, and apply a single band of vintage wallpaper, fabric, or wallpaper or gift wrap leftovers from a recent project you’ve worked on? If you’d like to seal it, brush over matte gel medium or clear glue that you’d use for decoupage projects.
(images from daub and bauble)