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H&M Home Collection {New!}

December 4, 2008

Frida from Husmusen told me last week that Swedish apparel giant H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) will soon launch a home line (window coverings, comforters, sheets, pillows, towels and accessories) due to an large demand for home textiles from their customers. The collection will include several items grouped by theme, here are a few that the lovely Frida has grouped together for a quick peek:

Nature (love those button cushions!)

Design (bold graphics, black and white)


Bright Colors (featuring work from Liselotte Watkins, blogged here before)

and Classic (Marine blue, “New England style”)

These collections will start to sell online in February 2009, but not in America, only in Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Nordic countries. They want to start selling online and through catalogs first to see how things go and then see what they want to do from there. Perhaps America could be next? Stay tuned!

Out of the collections shown above, do you have a favorite? Why? Anything that you’d like to see that is currently missing when it comes to affordable home items? I think the world could use more of a selection when it comes to shower curtains and affordable patterned curtains personally.

(images from frida and H&M)






Rooms, Shopping + Products

Harmonie Int?rieure {New Designs!}

November 6, 2008

I’m always happy to hear from Fabien & Fr?d?rique of Harmonie Int?rieure, a French company that I’ve written about before who specialize in wall decals. I know, I know… wall decals. Ugh. They’ve been done to death. I have to agree BUT I think that the number of paint colors, wallpapers, and fabrics can be a bit overwhelming too. When you see 10,000 of anything you can get worn out. I know I do.

Only the special, only the unique end up really standing out — it’s the only way TO stand out in such a competitive market. That’s why Harmonie Int?rieure is more than worthy of a mention and of your time today. Their designs are simply gorgeous and very far from being tacky or boring. What I love is that they are very in tune with current trends but at the same time they’re true to their own vision and their love for dynamic graphics that look more like art than some trendy, silly sticker. I’m sure you can see that from these photos. Stunning, huh?

I absolutely swoon over their work and would like very much to own something from them in the near future… Lovely!

(images from harmonie int?rieure)






Rooms, Shopping + Products, Stationery

I’m a Little Teapot…

October 31, 2008

Remember this post from September when I confessed a little obsession I had? I’d been dreaming of a certain tea kettle in the Netherlands for weeks… but the dream is over. Enter reality. I purchased it as a housewarming gift for my husband (and I) as he has been wanting a very special teapot and figuring as I liked it so much, knowing his taste leans strongly towards well made copper and such an ornate design… I ordered it.

Can you see why? Go ahead, swoon along with me.

I spent 8 weeks searching here for one in Germany that would be more affordable but it seems I wasted a lot of time because none of them fit the high standards that were set the moment I first laid eyes on the one at Le Souk. When it arrived today, my husband’s face beamed as he unwrapped it — I hit the jackpot with a teapot! He loved it. Of course, I knew I would like it but I don’t just like it, I’m in awe of the quality, weight, ornately carved patterns, this copper kettle it is exquisite — unlike any other I’ve ever seen. Remember the scene in Wayne’s World, “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!”… I almost feel this way right now because it’s easily one of my top purchases in the past several years. It’s worth saving for if you drink tea as often as we do. I think it was around $150 (after conversion from Euro to USD) with shipping but considering an expresso machine or even a good coffee maker costs that much and more (and we don’t own either), I decided to put my money into something we’d both use daily (unlike a coffee machine which would only be used once a month at most). As a bonus, it arrived with 4 Turkish tea glasses. How sweet!

If you are considering a kettle for yourself look no further, don’t try to find a less expensive one elsewhere, seriously it’s fantastic and not stamped Made In China!

Today was a little cold and gray so we had company, served a homemade Hungarian goulash with sp?tzle followed by tea and kuchen, and had a super nice afternoon despite the lack of sunshine as you can tell from these photos. The candles and warm food made us happy, and of course the little teapot, which arrived before our friends did, made the afternoon complete.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Shopping + Products

Folksy – NEW!

October 30, 2008

I have a question for everyone and I’d love your input but first I have to tell you about Folksy before I ask… I haven’t seen this site blogged about yet but I think that Etsy and DaWanda have a new kid on the block to play nice with called Folksy!

Folksy - NEW!

Currently in beta, Folksy is a brand new online marketplace for independent arts and crafts based in the UK. Like Etsy and DaWanda, you can set up a shop on Folksy and sell your wares… If you are not based in the UK you cannot sell right now, but they will soon roll out international sales in February 2009 which will include eighteen of the major world currencies currently supported by Paypal. If you haven’t heard of Folksy, I invite you to go check it out and see what you think.

About Folksy, “Folksy champions cool crafts and design talent. We marry up designers and crafters with buyers who want individual, quality stuff that’s made with love. Plus, we run design competitions and other fun stuff.”

About Etsy, “Your place to buy and sell all things handmade.”

About DaWanda, “Dawanda – Products With Love” and, “DaWanda is the place for unique and individual products and people. Buy handmade and hard to find goods, share your discoveries with your friends and create your own collections.”

Now for the question… What do you think of all of these similar online marketplaces? I’d love to hear your opinion so please… fire away! Do you think it can be compared to blogging — the more the merrier, or is it different? Do you think that having an Etsy, a DaWanda, now a Folksy… that it’s just too much? Do you think it benefits the sellers on these sites? If you sell on such sites, why do you choose to sell on them and not just one?

I personally wish someone would start a site like this in Japan but with an English version as well! Wouldn’t that be the BEST. THING. EVER?

(images from folksy)






Arts + Crafts, Round-ups, Shopping + Products

DaWanda Pinboard: Home Decor Faves

October 27, 2008

DaWanda featured a Fall Home Decor pinboard that I recently pulled together on their main page today. You may really like the 3 pages of goodies I’ve pinned, who knows maybe you can pull together a pinboard yourself and share the link with me in the comments section below? I’m ALWAYS looking to find more great indie design out there.

DaWanda Pinboard: Home Decor Faves

To view my pinboard with links to many great DaWanda sellers, click here.

(images from DaWanda)






Shopping + Products

Toast {and Happy Weekend!}

October 24, 2008

My copy of the winter Toast catalog arrived today from England, I held it close to my nose and enjoyed the smell of it… sounds odd but I *love* new paper smell. It’s that thick heavyweight paper from Britain, vegetable-based inks, it has a very distinct odor. Have you ever picked up a copy of Selvedge magazine? It’s the same smell, the same chunky matte pages, it’s absolute heaven. Do you also appreciate paper a little too much?

Toast {and Happy Weekend!}

It came at the perfect time too as I just returned home from a full day at a home/decorating/foodie fair (much sensory overload!). And then I attended a very nice wine tasting… so all I wanted was to come home to relax with hot Moroccan mint tea, my Candied Fruit candle from L’Occitane, good music, blog a little, and look at my Toast catalog.

Toast {and Happy Weekend!}

I’m sitting here typing away on my laptop in my glowing apartment with Keane in background (Perfect Symmetry, I cannot stop listening to Love is the End & Spiralling (video here, is it all over the radio in America as it is here?). As I’m writing to you I see my copy of Toast waiting nearby to be enjoyed once I’ve finished wishing you a very happy weekend. I flipped through it quickly and adore everything inside, products look so cosy… Just the way I want to feel right now. I must share with you some images from it.

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Wishing you all a toasty weekend, I hope you enjoy every drop of your time and that you do something to show yourself that you cherish who you are this weekend. A bubble bath, a bouquet of flowers, lunch with your best friend, collecting chestnuts in the park… enjoy life and the simple pleasures…

On my reading list this weekend:

– Toast (looking, not reading)
Meine Sommernachtstr?ume
home sweet home: So will ich wohnen!
New Moon (hopefully finish a few more chapters).

Watching list:

Liebe um jeden Preis (in French with Amelie’s own Audrey Tatou watch the trailer here)
Kein Ohr Hasen (German with English subtitles or else I’d be lost!)
Justin Timberlake Live at Madison Square Garden (I like his music, I just picked it up on Amazon and cannot wait to watch it with my girlfriends!)

Doing list:

– paint 4 dining room chairs white
– reupholster them with new striped fabric
– go to the flea market
– have dinner with friends on Saturday
– play with my friends baby
– walk in the forest on Sunday
– candlelight bath with Sabon bath ball, Blonde Redhead, and John Mayer on Sunday night
– a glass of port
– maybe two.

What’s on YOUR list? Write it here today and come back on Monday morning to this same post to report it on what you ACTUALLY did do. Yes, I’m holding you accountable. Together we can do great things, I believe in group support (and therapy he he) so by all means, use this as your space to commit to something you want to do this weekend! I’ll do the same, deal?

Psst: You can view more cozy images from the Toast catalog here.

(Images from Toast)






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