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kikki.K Gift Guide

I just loved this free download from kikki.K that I spotted today, it’s a Christmas Gift Guide PDF and I think that the photography is lovely and the product shots are divine. I wish kikki.K was a little closer to home (they are an Australian paper goods company), but that’s okay because I can still enjoy browsing their products online. Here, have a peek and then go be inspired on their site with all of their great products + things…

kikki.K Christmas Gift Guide

Red, Blue and White – how pretty!


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Posted in shopping on December 15, 2010

House Doctor Spring Everyday Collection 2011

I am so excited to debut the House Doctor Spring 2011 “Everyday” collection today on decor8! It’s a beautiful gathering of objects, furniture, lighting… I just had a flip through their new catalog and though I can’t show you everything I want to share some glimpses with the many House Doctor fans out there. None of this is even on their website or blog yet, and hasn’t been blogged anywhere, so you are indeed getting a very special glimpse. Ready? Good, let’s look!

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

First, the two lights that I want in my work room are shown above – the large and the smaller one — these are a big favorite of mine at the moment and the items from this collection that I predict will be a hot seller!

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

These green over-sized glass vases are gorgeous in a grouping of three and catch the natural daylight so beautifully. The wooden table with the metal legs is another favorite, I would use that as a cocktail table in my living room. I love the idea of having a mini bar with pretty glasses and such out on display and ready to go for guests. The white owl lamp is another favorite, in ceramic, that would be on my table in the guest room for sure. I bet the owl will be another popular item for them as well. Everyone loves an owl lamp, especially when it is subtle enough to use in a grown up room to add a bit of whimsy.

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

It took me awhile to warm up to baskets, most likely because my mother loved them so much in the 80s and displayed them proudly on the wall over our kitchen cabinets only to be replaced later by wallpaper border – ha ha – those of you who were kids in the 80s must remember the baskets on the wall trend, or the wallpaper border trend, right? So that is why I’m a bit damaged for life when it comes to dark brown woven baskets. But those with a more open weave, in a lighter wood, that are modern and truly have function (not purely nailed to the wall as decoration), I really like. The new baskets from House Doctor, and they have a ton of them, are modern, beautiful and functional to use as storage. Baskets are great to store bottled water in the kitchen, newspapers to recycle, magazines near the sofa, blankets in the guest bedroom on top of a tall wooden cabinet, or rolls of toilet paper in the bathroom if you don’t have a cabinet to conceal them inside of. Another great storage idea is to use vintage suitcases or at least, those that look vintage like the new ones that House Doctor has added to their Spring collection. My husband has three vintage suitcases and a trunk in his office that he uses for storage, my favorite is his pebbled black leather suitcase from the 1920s.

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

I love that they now offer this sofa table in gray now (along with black which they have currently). I also love this blue storage locker, it’s a favorite of mine.

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

Sawhorse style metal legs are a big trend and a favorite of mine so my heart went boom when I saw this pretty table. I imagine it would be great to work on… Lay out all of your crafty projects and pull together some beautiful ideas that make you happy! I also like their colorful new chairs for inside or out (I would use them on my balcony or wintergarten). Just the right amount of color!

House Doctor Everyday Collection 2011

Here are some close up product shots — new tea towels, a white ceramic pendant that can work well in a bathroom, their new clothing, and some of their new pillows.

Spot anything you’d love to own? What do you think of these glimpses from this collection, do you like it? The House Doctor Everyday Catalog for 2011 will be available soon on the House Doctor website here so keep watching their site to see all of their new offerings for Spring — this was just a glimpse. I hope that you enjoyed and felt inspired by seeing the latest from this popular Danish brand.

If you want to see the House Doctor brand in person, and you are visiting Berlin in January, there will be a special House Doctor pop-up shop there. I’ll give you more details as the date draws nearer. Stay tuned!

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Posted in shopping on December 13, 2010

12 Last Minute Gift Ideas

Looking for a few last minute presents? Leslie can help you! She has put together 12 holiday gift giving ideas for you. Care to see her finds? Of course you do!

Leslie's Last Minute Gift Ideas

Hello, it is Leslie here with a few favorites I have seen around online that may brighten your day. 1. A DIY snake kit by Banquet to block any door drafts. The colors are fantastic, the paints and everything else you need are included. 2. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is a gorgeous and very original cookbook that focuses on vegetables. I love cooking from this book! 3. The Dorm by Ferm Living is a fun piece to hang on your wall and display some of your little treasures. It appears to be out of stock on their website however, there is a store locator where you could see if a shop near you has it. I adore mine and am thinking about personalizing it a little with paint and paper. 4. Fun and very inexpensive tea from Pearl River that comes in some lovely tins. You can imagine some of these tins displayed on an open shelf in your kitchen or as handy containers for pencils or flowers on your desk. 5. A more extravagant but very functional and elegant mug from Royal Copenhagen. The silicone type base wrap protects you from the heat and it comes in an array of colors. 6. Baggu bags have saved me many times, for groceries, the beach, or as a extra shopping bag when I travel. A friend uses them as gift bags, you could get some red ones and add a striped ribbon –half the present would be the wrapping!

Leslie's Last Minute Gift Ideas

7. Geninne’s fresh and very pretty line of stationary for Gallison. There are lots of pretty gifts in the line for you to choose from. 8. Back to basics address file for your desk. A great gift to spruce up any office with some letterpress address cards. 9. Lovely crochet butterflies for a little ones wall. This is the sweetest idea and I like the pale wood frames. 10. Stunning and beautifully crafted earrings by Emma Cassi for Anthropologie. 11. A very useful J. Crew jewelry pouch for travel and safe storage of your pretty things. I received a similar one as a gift and have been using it for years. 12. A “Snow House” print of a watercolor painting by Anna Emilia for someone special.

What have you found this season to give to others? What is on your wish list? Care to share?

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Posted in shopping on December 10, 2010

Pretty Things From Le Souk

My friend Danielle just added some new items to Le Souk, her online shop based in the Netherlands. She only sells what she’d use to decorate her own beautiful home located outside of Amsterdam in the countryside, so her products all work together perfectly since she has a very defined style that is simple, clean, natural with a global feel. Danielle loves to travel, her finds reflect this — she loves Turkish, Moroccan, Dutch and Danish design styles, especially when the more ethnic pieces are on the neutral, modern side. Here are a few of my favorite things from her current collection of pretty things.

Le Souk Gifts
A. Large Pinecone Heart, B. Grey Ibiza Pouffe with white embroidery, C. Crocheted Raffia Stool (also available in black with a darker wood base), D. Purple Teasel Pillow by Danish brand By Nord, E. Wool Rose Pillow with insert, F. Grey Suzani Pouffe with white embroidery, G. Handmade Coffee Pot Porto in white porcelain from Spanish brand Sargadelos, H. Bird Ornaments from Ferm Living, set of 5. I. Baldi leather bag by Dutch brand Tadei (available in several colors) and J. Handmade Tea Pot Porto in white porcelain from Spanish brand Sargadelos.

Pillows I Heart

Pillows I Heart

I love seeing the teasel pillow and the rose pillow in-situ, it makes me want them even more!

So tell me, what would you love to bring into your cozy nest this winter? I like them all but especially B, E, H, I and J!

(images: le souk)

Posted in shopping on December 10, 2010


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