Ready to be inspired? I’m excited to present another shared workspace between two fantastic designers who happen to live and work in Hannover, Germany. Yesterday I presented the atelier of Sidsel and Line in Denmark and to continue in the spirit of shared paths we’ll visit Snug studio which happens to be in my neighborhood so I visit this space regularly. Snug studio is part showroom, part office and part workspace and is a collaboration between Interior Designer Kerstin Reilemann from Domestic Candy and Architect Berit Luedecke that recently opened in December 2009. (You may remember Kerstin, I shared her home in my column over at Cookie magazine last year.)
This lovely space is open daily and will soon be open 24/7 as they will launch a web shop here on March 1st (bookmark this link!). Don’t worry, I’ll post a reminder on decor8 when the time comes so you can pick out some goodies for yourself. If you cannot wait until March 1, some of these products are sold under the Domestic Candy label over in Kerstin’s DaWanda shop online.
Kerstin and Berit decided to launch Snug together because their design sensibilities are very similar, they like to experiment with turning old things into new ones in addition to creating their own designs — and both enjoy clean, modern lines with a nod to their German heritage. Only their products, mostly handmade from wood, have a bit of a twist – they’ve incorporated elements of traditional and modern Dutch and Swedish design along with traditional German items. I enjoy seeing their unique translation of what German, Dutch and Swedish design looks like combined, at least through their eyes — it’s a fresh and beautiful interpretation.
From ceramic candle holders inspired by traditional cake molds, pendant lights created from vintage porcelain coffee filters, and a wooden bench made using recycled chair backs with new, modern seating surfaces, Snug is a design studio with a fresh approach. Their shop is a place to buy something beautiful or to simply visit for a little inspiration, walking away with new ideas of your own. I’m so happy to have Berit and Kerstin and their beautiful Snug studio in Hannover!
(images: snug studio, hannover)
I found the very stylish Anna Malin behind the blog Helt Enkelt recently by visiting some Swedish blogs and clicking around on blogrolls — then I contacted her and viola! here she is on decor8. I’m so glad that I found Anna because I am in love with her blog and her home.
Anna simply has the best style – she mixes classic Swedish furniture with flea market finds and heirloom pieces resulting in a romantic yet crisp and modern home with lots of personalized touches. Here are some views of her gorgeous space. I especially like the three different ways that she has decorated her dining room, it’s fun to see what she’s up to next! From her blog I gather that she rearranges her home very often, and given that she has a family and kids, I’m quite impressed by this not to mention how clean and organized her space is.
To see more visit Anna here on her blog. I’ve added her blog on my list of daily must-reads, be sure to do the same if you love this look too. What an inspiration!
(images: Anna Malin)
Today I want to share a sweet space that I recently discovered on Flickr. Would you like a little “real home” inspiration? Good! Me too! After this one, I’ll share another from Sweden, but first we’re going to England. So! Let’s visit Lova and her whimsical home + sewing space, shall we? Her colorful, authentic decorating style is refreshing and natural. Lova was born in Madagascar, grew up in Paris and now lives with her partner just outside of London where she works as a Therapeutic Counselor. I can really see some French influence here, can’t you?
I’m so inspired by how she speaks of her life and so I’ll just quote her because she says it so well.
“I have made a conscious decision a while ago to truly enjoy life and be happy and as a result I made a lifestyle choice where I stay at home most of the time (doing what I love which at the present is sewing, baking bread… enjoying being a domestic goddess) while having some part time activities such as counselling and various studies (I love studying). This will surely change once I start considering having a baby, but for now I love my life.”
I think these few tiny glimpses of her home reflects her words so well, don’t you? Lova makes a lot of the things that you see in the photos — you can purchase them in her etsy shop. Lovely!
(images: handmade with joy)
We always hear about beautiful homes in San Francisco, Paris, London… but how about giving the lesser known spots on this planet a little love, like Olomouc in the Czech Republic! If you have no clue where Olomouc even is, then visit this link for an overview. I recently talked to 26-year-old graphic designer and photographer Jan Skácelík via email about his great apartment which I found because he posted shots of it in my Interior Styling group on Flickr where he is a member. And since his home hasn’t appeared on this blog yet, I figured it would be fun to share something fresh with you today.
Jan says that he is inspired by design blogs like Apartment Therapy and decor8 and is a big fan of mid century modern design and illustrations from that era and his books from the 50s and 60s give him a lot of inspiration too. I think you can really see this in his amazing apartment. Don’t you love it? Someone recently posted on decor8 in the comments section that they have the impression that in Europe homes all have high ceilings and white walls and I just smiled because that is mostly what European blogs, at least in the northern parts, show the most but of course not everyone lives in old buildings here with white walls.
I personally love white walls and apartments that are flooded with light, particularly now because here in northern Germany the days are not so long and it can be mostly gray during the winter so the more light I can trap in the house the better! Plus where I live you can find lots of old buildings with apartments for rent and the standard look in most of them is white walls and high ceilings along with other things like large windows which are typical here. Especially in the buildings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Most northerners use either bright colors on the walls or white because it helps to brighten the rooms during the cold long winter. You can find some homes with really bright yellow and orange walls here too because these hues warm up a space and give the feeling of light and sunshine. But, because I personally like to have flexibility with my decorating and tend to pull in different colors each season, I usually change the prints on my walls and the cushions on my sofa to bring in new colors and so I keep my walls white though I have wallpaper that I am dying to hang in yellow so that should be installed within the next year or so when I find a new flat. I digress…
But yes, back to the clearly talented Jan who obviously is inspired by the mid century color palette so I can see why he has chosen such bold choices and think that they are quite lovely – a yellow sofa, bright red accents — it’s all just great and he does what some who have mid century modern furniture have a hard time doing — his finds look very modern, fresh and current because he mixes them with energetic colors and newly purchased finds. Some have similar pieces but mix in colors that make them look almost older and not so fresh but with all that white, bright red, yellow and blue he really injects spirit and makes his pieces come alive so that they fit this century. Great style, Jan!
(images: Jan Skácelík)