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Sarah Ryhanen of Saipua

Talented floral designer Sarah Ryhanen is no new name in the blogging community simply because her company, Saipua, has long been an inspiration to so many in Brooklyn and beyond. Sarah and partner, Nicolette Camille Owen really inspires me — in fact her work just plain makes me happy, what can I say? I love her fresh eye, creative color combinations, perfect bits of texture, and her casual approach to arranging. Her work reminds me of my mother’s own arrangements and floral still life oil paintings growing up. Mom instilled a love of flowers as art – either on the wall or in a vase – at a very early age resulting in a life long appreciation on my part. I can’t pass by a gallery or florist without pausing, or going inside, and I certainly can’t leave a farmers’ market without a bunch of fresh blooms.

Sarah doesn’t simply buy flowers in bunches at street stalls and haphazardly toss them in a vessel — she loosely, yet artfully, arranges them to create a fresh, living masterpiece. When I see a photograph of her work I often stop dead in my tracks and think that I’m looking at a painting brought to life. See for yourself… and while you’re at it, look to some of these arrangements for a little Autumn color palette (and texture) inspiration.

In case you were wondering, Saipua is a Finnish word for soap and that is also what Sarah and Nicolette do very well – they make wonderful soap that I’ve purchased in the past at Anthropologie and enjoyed immensely. You can also purchase their soaps and things online here. But that’s not all – these ladies are also teachers! You can take floral arranging classes in a barn-like loft space behind their shop in Brooklyn and they call that their Little Flower School. How sweet! You may really enjoy taking a class with them — I would in a New York minute! How wonderful!

(Photographs: Sarah Ryhanen)

Posted in inspiration on August 09, 2011

I Love Liebe

Hello everyone! Are you in need of a little Monday inspiration? Don’t worry, you can depend on me to get your week started off on the right foot because I’m inspired by so much and am dying to share with you what’s on my radar currently Ready? Okay so first on the agenda this week… let’s talk about love and design. Liebe (lee-ba) may be the German word for love, but Liebe was once a Prime Minister in Denmark back in 1920 and today, Liebe is also the brand of Susan Liebe, owner and founder of this gorgeous storefront in Copenhagen known for interiors items and jewelry, ceramics, Liberty London textiles transformed into pretty cushions, and more.


I’m really smitten by Susan’s aesthetic and products; I simply must see her shop. I like Susan’s trained eye for pattern, texture, and color. I find her color palette quite soothing and modern but also very coastal in pale tones of blue, pink, green… So pretty.




My friend Daniella sells Liebe products in her store around the corner from where I live at a shop called Sommerflugl, but for the rest of you try visiting the Liebe online shop to make a purchase. I’m currently liking the Liebe heart earrings – I want to own several pairs in different colors – especially the yellow ones to pair with a yellow-cream blouse that I have with tiny black polka dots on it.



I’m also inspired by the preview of her work studio (see below) and home in this Japanese magazine with a focus on 19 Scandinavian spaces – so pretty! Susan is a true artist, her style is such a part of her life from the way she decorates to the things that she makes – there is a golden thread that runs through everything she puts her hands on and I love that defined style which is so uniquely her own. Finding your personal style is quite a challenge for many, but so worth it once you do define yours because then their is this lovely cohesive quality that binds together every fiber of your life and it really makes a different in how you approach each day, idea, adventure, goal… I could write a book on this, but it’s a topic in which my passion runs deep.




What do you see that catches your eye in the images above? And by the way, happy Monday everyone! Cheers to a brand new week. :)

Oh and do you like what you see? The Traveling Mama posted a review about her visit to Susan’s shop in Copenhagen with pretty photos, click here to see more.

(images: liebe)

Posted in inspiration on July 18, 2011

New Collection From HK Living

You are going to love this home + lifestyle brand from the Netherlands! I wrote about HK Living over the winter since I first found them during a business trip in Hamburg at that time, but they’ve since launched gorgeous new products and offered to give decor8 readers an exclusive first peek – so here you go my friends! Drool like a fool along with me! :)

HK Living

HK Living

HK Living

HK Living

HK Living

HK Living

As you may have noticed, the whole industrial ethnic chic vibe is huge over in my part of the world. My home has touches of this trend as well. How about where you live?

I personally LOVE all of the natural materials combined with gray and black with shots of bright color, ethnic touches, and the overall relaxed vibe. It’s so inspiring, global and attainable. What do you think? See anything that you like from the photos above? What is missing in a collection like this that you’d like to see more of?

(images: Isabella van Reeuwijk for HK Living)

Posted in furniture, inspiration, uncategorized on July 13, 2011

Stylist Group in Sweden

Hello, how are you doing today? I hope you’re well and enjoying summer so far because I sure am. The weather is warm and sunny now (it was horrendous last week, I was becoming a bit blue by the grim temps) but it’s all good now… Everyone is out and about shopping and chatting it up on the streets. My neighborhood is very cozy and friendly, we have a pedestrian only shopping street that is one mile long and filled with a variety of shops and restaurants and there is a weekly farmers’ market and festivals from time to time, too. There’s also lots of street musicians and ice cream shops. I think everyone had a cone in hand today and I’m inspired by the buzz outside because people energize me along with sunshine. I needed the boost that this gorgeous weather has brought. Now that I’m home it’s time to blog and share with you some really nice things to inspire you so here with go… the first post of the week.

Photo: Mari Eriksson /Stylist: Johanna Flyckt

First up is Svenska Stylistgruppen which means Swedish Stylist Group. They are a group of talented stylists, photographers and journalists who specialize in fashion, interior design, beauty, food and gardening and work on a freelance basis for newspapers, advertising agencies and publishers. This group is a strong one with a good range of styles to choose from. In this post, I’ve outlined a few of my personal favorites noting both the photographer and the stylist so please click on all of the links to see more!

Photos: Per Ranung /Stylist: Tina Hellberg

Photos: Mari Eriksson /Stylist: Johanna Flyckt

Photos: Clive Tompsett /Stylist: Marie Delice Karlsson

Photos: Karin Foberg /Stylist: Anna Mård

Photos: Johan Sellén /Stylist: Ann Charlotte Ridderstolpe

Really nice, right? I love creative people, such a breath of fresh air. If you are looking for stylists, writers and photographers the Svenska Stylistgruppen is a good start!

(images: via svenska stylistgruppen)

Posted in inspiration on July 06, 2011


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