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10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

April 20, 2015

I’ve always loved ceramics and have fond memories of working at a potter’s wheel quite regularly in my various art classes growing up. I can still feel the clay in my hands and remember pressing my thumbs and palms into it – that wet sloppy slurping, the smell, the anticipation of seeing the piece after it was sculpted, then placed to bake in the kiln, praying in silence that it wouldn’t crack or break altogether. Then the painting and glazing, waiting again, and finally your finished piece.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

It’s a process that requires so much patience that you can say the art of making ceramics sculpts and fires your personality in addition to the forms made. Today I thought I’d round up some of my favorite pieces at the moment with hopes that you will discover something beautiful and inspirational. Here are 10 ceramics that I love right now.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

1. Max and Moritz selection of ceramics like those gorgeous Ben Medansky mugs with those gold handles! Yes!

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

2. Exclusive mugs made in California by Jujumade for Fine Life Co. I’d love these to drink my morning coffee from. A good mug makes a cup of coffee a special and relaxing time. I don’t enjoy the coffee the same from a cheap mug or some to-go cup.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

3. Julia Paul Pottery – this is all just so beautifully formed, I really love it.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

4. Rosenthal. A very classic German company that still produces such sweet pieces. I love visiting their outlet in Wolfsburg, I buy all of my vases there.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

5. Stella Baggott (also known as Atelier Stella) for West Elm which will be available very soon. I have to have them but sadly, there is no West Elm here in Germany. :(

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

6. I love Berlin-based Rimma Tchilingarian and her vase sold at Leif Shop. What gorgeous vases she has in her shop, too!

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

7. Butterly drawers – oh my! By Katherine Morling. You HAVE to visit her site. Unreal. I mean, seriously. You will die.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

8. Astier de Villatte – still my favorite in the world, you can find them in the US all over but ABC Home has the most extensive selection I’ve seen stateside outside of Liberty London and of course, the Astier de Villatte shop in Paris (which I could move into). I dream of owning pieces by them. I only have a large wall fork and some glass candles and incense sticks. When I’m in Paris again, I have to visit the shop and splurge a little.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

9. The Object Enthusiast ring dishes on Esty. Quirky and fun.

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics
10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

10 Inspiring and Beautiful Ceramics

10. Flow1 collection by German stylist and ceramicist Dietlind Wolf, available exclusively at ABC Home in NYC. My second favorite ceramics after Astier de Villatte.

What are some of your favorite ceramics at the moment? Any favorites above that we share?

(images: Top: Styling: Marianne Luning Photo: Tjitske van Leeuwen for VTWonen all others linked to sources)






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Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

April 3, 2015

I found out about designer Ellie Cashman this morning while combing my submissions inbox to see if there was anything that grabbed my attention there – and sure enough, I came upon a little pot of gold! I am positively smitten with these cushions in their large moody florals in dark lush tones. Ellie also has wallpaper (adore!) and curtains among other products, but the cushions definitely made me smile. These are so pretty and would fit nicely into a light, bright room on a big white Ghost sofa or in a dark, dramatic room with a gorgeously worn black leather sofa.

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

I also LOVE how her patterns look in a gorgeously dark and rich commercial space like this tapas restaurant in Salt Lake City called Finca designed by the very talented CityHome Collective. You can see more photos on their website here. What a sexy space, right? Spot the floral Ellie Cashman wallpaper?

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

Ellie Cashman Wallpaper

Psst: Find the cushions at Design Hunter or visit Ellie’s site for more information.

Happy Friday everyone! Back in a moment with another great interiors find!

(images: ellie cashman)






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Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

March 31, 2015

If you want a stunning well-designed music player that you can speak to (and it listens, unlike your children!) and it delivers the music (or podcast, program, etc.) that you’ve asked for while also being portable and beautiful, then the Aether Cone will rock your world.

Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

I placed my Aether Cone in white/silver on my shelves in my dining room where I entertain the most and after testing it for several weeks now, I found it to be the perfect addition to the space without cluttering it up with cords, clunky equipment or having to dock my phone (I’ve always hated doing that with other players). It’s also cordless because the battery lasts for 8 hours (there is a cord for plugging it in to a power source too in case you need it). I listen to my many playlists wirelessly and love it.

Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

The Aether Cone is obviously wireless but also multi room, meaning you can pair multiple cones so you can hear the same song (or program, podcast, etc.) throughout the house without a single cord. I also like the discreet intuitive dial on the front on the rim of the cone so you can simply turn it and hear something similar to what you’ve been listening to. You can speak to it to change what is playing – there is no screen needed to change the song. It’s seriously so cool.

Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

With this cone you may also control your playlist by speaking to it as I’ve mentioned already OR by logging into your Rdio account (or other playlist) and stream music from there. You can play music from Spotify, Beats Music and Pandora and also from a phone, laptop or iPad or other tablet because it has Bluetooth. I really LOVE this feature.

Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

Aether Cone For Music Lovers + A Giveaway!

To celebrate this wonderful product and my collaboration with Aether, we are giving away one cone valued at $399 USD in your choice of either black/copper or white/silver.

To win a cone please:

* Follow Aether on Instagram (if you have an IG account)
* Comment below and tell us where you’d like to put your aether cone in your home and what some of your favorite music is
* Leave your comment by Tuesday, April 7th, 5pm CET
* This giveaway is for residents of the USA, UK and Canada only
* Winner will be announced on my twitter account and this post will also update once the winner is chosen, between April 8-10th

This post in partnership with Aether but please note that I made an agreement with them that if I didn’t like this product I would not review it, and because I fell in love with it, I was excited to bring this review and giveaway to all of you. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that allow me to do work that I love.

Updated April 14: The WINNER is Yvonne from Following Breadcrumbs! Congrats! 

(Photography: Thorsten Becker)






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15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

March 10, 2015

Good morning everyone! I’ve been working diligently on redecor8ing my home and while it’s been fun, it’s always a challenge because I find that most of what I love is either too expensive, not available for months or the shipping and/or installation is a pain or insanely expensive. I guess that’s the problem with good taste and living outside of America where great design is so affordable. In Europe, it’s definitely much more expensive to create a home that you love.

On the brightside, I do find some amazing brands that are exceptional in all areas. For instance, Connox is a local firm with an outstanding website and they are always such a pleasure to work with and they carry stuff that is often hard to source on your own. They not only stock everything that I have on my wish list currently, but they send products quickly and directly to my front door (versus leaving it on the sidewalk which is standard “delivery service” for furniture and larger items where I live. With a baby and living several floors up, it’s tough to deal with furniture orders that are left on the sidewalk!

Since I like Connox so much and have ordered from them several times and am impressed by their products and service, I want to round up of some of my favorite products that they carry on their site so you can see what I mean about their great and varied selection. Funny thing is, all of these things come from either Japan or Denmark. I guess I’m feeling quite Denpanese or Japanmark at the moment.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Okay first up, these tables. Oh my goodness, I cannot take my eyes off these colorful wooden beauties by Karimoku New Standard. I want one so bad now that I’ve spotted them. This Japanese label is such a winner in my eyes. I’ll show you a few other things from Karimoku that I like below.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Also from Karimoku New Standard, these stools

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

These wooden platters from Karimoku are definitely wish listed. So on point with trends right now, too. I love the hot colors mixed with the more pastel-y ones too.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The invisible table from Kartell (still have a thing for transparent tables and chairs) because I’d love to stack my design books and a gorgeous plant on top, the HAY strap mirror (mirrors with straps are trending, have you noticed?) for over the dresser in my bedroom, this HAY lounge sofa is still huge on my wish list after a few years already and these HAY trays are still something I covet even though they’re everywhere!

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

This concrete vase from Menu A/S because I love the idea of concrete and glass and this new trend of vessels that combine glass with metal, concrete or wood.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

Stacked bookcases in all colors and configurations from Muuto. I have these in my home and LOVE THEM. I cannot tell you enough how sturdy, gorgeous and totally cool they look but beyond that, they are so easy to move around if you want to try a new configuration.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

I want to eat more healthy and these Georg Jensen salad bowls would be a great start.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The Skagerak pots for my kitchen to grow herbs, I have this tea pot and warmer but I’ve not ordered the coffee pot yet but it’s the best tea pot I’ve ever purchased, and I have the Ferm Living brass salad servers on my wish list.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

I bought this multi-basket awhile ago from Connox and put it next to my stove and I store all of my oils and my popular cooking spices and cooking wines inside, and it’s great. It is one of of the best ways to organize everything while still looking stylish and it’s easy to clean, too.

15 Home Things I Love From Japan + Denmark

The lovely leaf light from Muuto – I have a green one and find it so nice to look at and the perfect size and I love reading beneath it late at night once my little one is asleep.

So what do you think of my wish list? Any of these items also on yours?

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Connox because I’ve shopped them and love their products and site so I approached them to work together. All products shown are my own picks and none of them were given to me in exchange for this post.

(images: connox)






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Cityscape Photography Crush

February 16, 2015

I’ve been really into cityscape photography for the past year. But not just any cityscape because I think the generic ones are cheesy (sorry). I’m dying for a print like this one below that I found at Yellow Bungalow (it’s sold out) and it has to be a landscape shot. Whenever I find something that I love though it seems that it’s sold out, impossible to source, too expensive or not available to ship abroad to Germany (big tears). I am completely, utterly hooked on owning a cityscape like this one, in these gorgeous clear blue and neutral tones… What a stunner.

Cityscape Photography Crush

It can be of New York, London, I’ve been to so many cities I really love them all, though this Manhattan photo takes the win – it captures the true essence of a splendid city that I spent a lot of time working and playing in for years. Living in Germany but being an American from the northeast, I crave a few visual connections in my current home, through objects, to create an invisible thread from here to my world over there across the Atlantic. This photo above the bed in the swoon-worthy home of Andy and Amber Bell can be found on the Design Files. Here’s a full view of it below.

Cityscape Photography Crush

 

From Tucci Brown.

Cityscape Photography Crush

Petra Bindel for Elle Decoration Sweden – see image far left on wall. It’s not Manhattan, but a similar cityscape that I also love.

Cityscape Photography CrushHere it is again. Still sourcing. No luck yet.

Do you dig cityscape photography as much as I do at the moment? Do you own one? If so, who is the photographer and what city is proudly displayed on your walls?

(images linked to their sources above)

 






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Muuto Newbies

February 10, 2015

It’s no secret that I love Danish design firm Muuto and have for several years now. They’ve just launched a new collection including the Base table, and have expanded the colors for the Stacked storage system (I have the stacked system and love it). They’ve also added new colors for their Fiber chairs and those colors are not primary brights but rather understated and mellow hues.

Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies
Muuto Newbies

Isn’t that dining room at the very top of this post so pretty? Especially with the cotton candy styled into the shot. Very cute and original. I love examining the details when I see photographs from catalogs and magazines, don’t you?

With interiors, I’ve noticed that happy brights are quickly becoming passé, I don’t see them trending nearly as much for 2015 and even Scandinavia, home of bold patterns and primary hues, seem to have taken a turn for a more grown up, sophisticated interior scheme. Consumers are quickly tiring with primary brassy bolds. I’m all about moody hues, grown up decor, organic shapes and well-crafted handmade items, mixing textures, working with a variety of tints and tones, adding metallics for some flair… But bold brights are but definitely not my thing. Just thinking about bright pure color right now stresses me out. It must be a winter thing. I crave warmth, texture, color that makes me feel more romantic, raw and pure.

(images: muuto)






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