I was so pleased today to see that one of my favorite catalogs in Germany has expanded to include an online store. They’ve always had a website, but ordering was a bit hard as you usually had to call things in. I’m sure all of the Germans reading this will be happy to see the new Impressionen site and that they have all kinds of lovely things up for Fall.
(images from impressionen)
I found my dream dining room table in this month’s issue of Danish design magazine BoligLiv. This image is from their website, so I have no way of checking the stocklist, but if you have the issue can you kindly let me know who the designer is and if there’s a price quoted won’t you please share?
I recognize the white Arne Jacobson chairs but since I’ve never seen this table before I have no clue who designed it upon first glance. It’s so lovely. I’m sincerely interested in purchasing it as I need a table desperately and rarely come across things that I feel this attracted to at first glance. I hope it’s affordable! I can only imagine, I am almost scared to ask. :-O
Here are a few more images from the same issue worth tossing in for the sake of enjoyment, Scandinavian interiors like these are enough to make one want to gut their apartment and start anew. They’re so creative and seem to know how to style things perfectly. I like how they mix contemporary and clean with bold, whimsical styles that while they seem a bit all over the place at first glance, there is most certainly a reason behind it — it’s not a result of uncontrolled clutter.
(image from BoligLiv)
You’ll have to visit My Marrakesh for the full scoop but I can’t resist giving you a sneak peek. This is a photo of the newly hand painted ceiling in Maryam’s boutique hotel Peacock Pavilions in Marrakesh, opening in November. Is this not stunning? Who wouldn’t love to sleep beneath a ceiling that looks like a giant suzani blanket? Oh how enchanting… The idea of white walls and wallpaper on the ceiling is wonderful but a hand painted ceiling like this one, I am well, lost for words.
This work is by Design Amour, you can visit their website to learn about their techniques and to view more examples of the magic that they create. Image a large chandelier in this space? Black iron with crystals perhaps? I can’t wait to see what Maryam does with this room, she needs to add interior designer to her already long list of talents.
I heard that the wonderful Design Amour ladies also stenciled concrete floors like this one for Maryam. But we won’t know until she shows us so I’m watching My Marrakesh like a hawk. :>)
And I have a little secret… Okay not so much now because I’m about to tell you. Maryam and her family invited Thorsten and I to Marrakesh in November, just six months from now. Can I wait? NO! I think about it constantly. I want to take you all with me, I think we should organize a huge decor8 sleepover, do you think Maryam will mind? I hope not. When I’m in Marrakesh I vow to post the full scoop here on decor8. I have to share the sights with you, I’m certain you’ll love it and find so much inspiration from all the pattern and color there.
(images from design amour and maryam montague)
Let’s be Frank, or shall I say let’s meet Frank, an online shop specializing in work created by independent British designers, a delightful mix ranging from ceramics to pillows and art. It’s quite obvious that a great talent runs this very special shop because everything is exquisite, from the site design to the bounty of creative work. Frank is impressive.
Sukie, Vicky Hageman, Poppy Treffry tea cosies, Hannah Turner Ceramics, notebooks by Angie Lewin, more paper goods by Kim Jenkins, Twee As Can Be Sewing Buddy sewing kits, Laura McCafferty prints, and Julie Arkell’s paper mache dolls are just a few of my favorites.
It’s so refreshing to catch a glimpse of what the British indie design scene is up to lately. I’m dying to visit a craft fair in England someday, I’ve only visited flea markets so I hope to check out something like Origin or Top Drawer in the near future. Have you attended either of these two craft fairs and if so, would you suggest one over the other or something totally different? I may try to visit London in the Fall…
(images from frank)
This one is for the Boston locals… You may have read about it in your morning Daily Candy but in case you missed it, Bob’s Your Uncle opened a home and gift store over in Fort Point over the weekend called Front – how exciting! Martin sent over a few photos, of course some things are better in person so if you are able please try to get over there and show your support. I have to take my own advice, I was just in Boston yesterday and wished I had known about Front!
It’s encouraging to watch Fort Point grow, as I have a history in this city (we moved up from South Carolina in ’87 because my father was involved in the initial planning for the Big Dig) and always felt like it was a gem in the making — especially the waterfront. And I worked over the bridge near the post office on Summer Street for years, so I remember what it was and to see it being transformed into a thriving community for galleries, offices, and retail space is very exciting. Link here for news on the Fort Point redevelopment project.
Congratulations to Front and Bob’s Your Uncle!
Location: 25 Channel Center Street, Fort Point, Boston.
(images from martin yeeles)