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Orla Kiely Spring Summer 2010

I have lots of colorful posts to share with you today to get you in the mood for Spring! First up, London-based Irish designer Orla Kiely. She just launched her Spring/Summer 2010 collection of fashion, accessories, stationery and things for the home on both her UK and US websites and I just have to share them to pick you up if you’re experiencing the Monday morning blues. I think this is her strongest collection to date – the palette is very bright and energetic, less muddy than past seasons, don’t you think?.

Orla Kiely New! 2010

Orla Kiely New! 2010

Orla Kiely New! 2010

The handbags and wallets are my favorites, though I also like the new assortment of mugs and pillows along wit the embroidered stem towel – a subtle detail against white. I think her patterns this season really show a different side of Orla that I like and found her inspiration for this season most fascinating, “Orla Kiely finds her muse in Hayley Mills. This collection draws inspiration from The 70s’ Parent Trap to The Sound of Music. The collection reveals a designer whose work is evolving as she steps forward into a more charming and elegant world.

What things to do you see that you simply must have?

(images: orla kiely)

Posted in shopping on February 22, 2010

Haus Interior

I wrote about the lovely Haus Interior over at Real Simple today… have you heard of this shop yet? I love the home of the owner too – she is originally from Germany but now lives in New York City and I find her such an inspiration because she has a beautiful apartment, a shop, a blog and offers design services. What a lady! Next time I’m in New York I have to make time to visit.

Haus Interior

You can read the complete post here. Enjoy!

(images: haus interior)

Posted in shopping on February 10, 2010

Nooosugar

I love the Dutch brand Nooosugar! Have you heard of them? They wrote to me just yesterday to introduce themselves and the second I clicked over to their website it was insta-love because I find comfort in simplicity and balance these days and enjoy clean, modern design with a dash of bohemian ethnic style more and more. It’s very peaceful I think, it feels special — even a little luxurious and resort-like don’t you think? Nooosugar has all of that in one impressive shop. I was surprised to learn that they are decor8 readers, which came as a pleasant surprise because it’s really such a small world online, you know?

Nooosugar

Nooosugar

Nooosugar

Anja Bas Backer told me about her company that she runs alongside partner Susanne Houx — they have had an online shop for only a year but they are growing and doing quite well. I learned that 90% of what you see on their site is their own designs and handmade by artisans in Morocco and all unique as there’s only a few of each product available in stock. These ladies are so talented with such a great eye for style. The cushions are handwoven striped cloth and one-of-a-kind for example. I love the striped curtains, I imagine them as a canopy over a bed or perhaps on the patio slung casually over a bamboo rod above a table for a laid-back lunch. So pretty!

If you are interested in ordering from them and you do not speak Dutch you can write to Anja via email in English and she’ll answer you – she is very nice and helpful (info AT nooosugar.nl).

(images: nooosugar, taken by photographer Brigitte Kroone)

Posted in Decorating Tips, shopping on February 04, 2010

Hema

Want to see a little loot from a recent shopping trip? I mentioned last Friday that I hit Hema, a Dutch department store with eight locations in Germany, one of which happens to be near to me. I first discovered it while vacationing in Amsterdam (my travel review here) last Fall and I’ve been hoping to get back ever since to spend money I don’t have. :)

Hema

My friend and I hopped the train and headed up to Oldenburg (charming old city, great shopping district) where we spent the afternoon drooling in Hema where things have the most adorable packaging, the prices are right, and the selection is great. Here is a glimpse of some of my loot, what I could fit in my tote anyway — I’m so glad that I don’t have a car, I’m certain I would have spent a lot of money on more cute ceramics!

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

Hema

My favorite departments include the home accessories and kitchen goods, stationery, kid’s toys, and the snacks & candy! Oh the candy! I love the prices too – super affordable. For instance, the small blue cups were under a euro each and the aqua mugs were under 3 euros. All of the ceramics shown above, including the gray bowl, white doily-patterned plate, and the snowflake silver/white bowl was only around 13 euros ($20 USD)! That’s a great deal. And the white candlestick holders were around 10 euros for the pair. I love them, they look great with my aqua candles I think. :) I love using aqua in my home in the winter, it’s an unexpected color to add to my lilac, black, grey and white/cream mix but with the silvery accents that I have around and the ethnic prints and patterns I think it’s a gorgeous hue to work in to my wintery look.

I am so glad that I found a Target equivalent here though I think Hema is smaller and has a bit more to choose from when it comes to cute stuff like postcards and ceramics. If we had taken the express bus from Oldenburg over the border to the Netherlands I heard that we would have been able to shop at a much larger Hema — but we did not have the time so we’ve agreed to head back in a few months, perhaps with a car, to hit the next one. I am already excited for my next Hema trip!

Have you shopped at this store? Did you like it? Aren’t their postcards the best?!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in shopping, travel on December 14, 2009

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