I discovered a lovely shop that just launched called Deep Dark Africa which carries only African made wares that are not of the variety that you commonly see in most African shops. These are very fresh and modern with traditional elements woven in only with a new look and lots of lovely, tactile details… I want nearly everything in this shop, there is so much texture and so many designs that are inspired by nature… Here are some of my favorites…
Many items are created for the shop through collaborations with designers and some are simply curated from local designers (like Heather Moore) and artisans based in Africa by Alexia Kondylis, who is a fashion and interior stylist. Deep Dark Africa loves handmade, fair trade and upcycled goods, as do most of us. This shop is a gorgeous – the rabbit bowls are an insta-fave of mine.
Beautiful! What do you think?
(images: deep dark africa)
It’s no surprise that Anthropologie would launch a website dedicated to festive parties and lovely brides… why of course, it’s a natural fit! I love BHLDN (they’ve been around for just a wee bit) and hope that it will eventually lead to Anthro creating a section in their stores that sells lovely things for stylish entertainers everywhere, don’t you? When I look at BHLDN and flip through each virtual product (I love their decor page), I feel creative and inspired to do something great.
I’m in the process of working on our big anniversary party this summer and I’m trying to figure out how I want it to look and feel – 10 years of marriage isn’t a tiny blip on the map – it’s a huge accomplishment in a world where, sadly, most couples divorce within the first five years. I’m happy that my husband and I have nearly ten years behind us and can move into the next ten, only my big, big hope is that the next ten will include a new baby, maybe two, and then when I celebrate in the future we’ll have our children by our side. But for now, it’s just us two, and his German family and our friends who will join in for a festive event in our home in late July. I’m so looking forward to it… I’m thinking of using the same colors that we had when we got married – watermelon + papaya + green with lots of white, of course.
And looking at BHLDN not only brings back merry days of when we took our vows, but of how I want to make our 10th anniversary the best it can be while also not feeling put on, showy, fake or over-done like so many people push in your face these days in magazines and on television — I’m so over the “perfectionist phase” for home parties and even interior decorating. I’m all about natural, from the heart displays of love – especially at parties hosted at home. Sure, when you go out you want a wedding or event to be over the top but at home, I don’t know, it needs to feel like the real deal so people can feel their best.
Hello friends, how are you today? I took an extra day off yesterday, hope you didn’t miss me, because I was out prop shopping for a story I’m working on and got a bit carried away with the beautiful weather and all… I couldn’t resist temptation and played way longer than I should have. But I feel refreshed and so I’m back in action here blogging and doing my thing on decor8. Okay, where to begin this week? There is so much! Well first, let me tell you about some grand news that just hit my desk. You’ll love this…
Well I guess those words above in my image sort of gave away the good news… ha! Okay so whenever I blog about Danish products, most of you love seeing them but also tell me that you feel quite left out because you can’t purchase what you see – many companies I find don’t always have online shops. I love to blog about products without stores online because let’s face it, we don’t read design blogs merely to shop but to be inspired by the things we see, right? So I blog about products that are far from home at times for the sake of inspiration and seeing what’s happening elsewhere. It’s smart to keep our eyes on other styles and products because we can extract what we like from those things and turn them into our own look at home.
This *was* the case with Tine K Home, whom I’ve been blogging about for years, most of you looked at her website and catalog online for inspiration…but today there is a big change to announce. Tine K Home is now available online and they ship to lots of countries, including the UK and the US! Yeah! So here is a glimpse of their gorgeous collection… Enjoy!
Congrats to Tine and her team for pulling together this great new shop and I hope those of you who have been wanting to own Tine K products can now do so. Hooray for the internet!
(images: tine k home)
I found out about this superb little online shop called Rowen & Wren that I know you’ll just love… there are pretty things for the home inside their virtual doors to enjoy and purchase. In addition to great finds, I really like how they style their items – they make you want them in your home which should be the goal of every online retailer… to make you want to shop!
Such sweet things… and styling. Things I would like to own: The button-backed chair, these candlesticks, this floor lamp, this mixed bulb pendant and two of these tables for my living room. I’m dying for some new end tables – I’m currently using one from my old vacation apartment that has a bit of a Moroccan vibe in white and another is a vintage table I found on the street that, while nice, isn’t nearly as big as I need it to be. I want my living room to be finished since I plan to have a big anniversary party at home in July for our 10th anniversary and currently my house isn’t where I want it to be for welcoming guests so I’m working hard on it!
(images: rowen & wren)
This post comes with a warning: If you live outside of Belgium you may become very annoyed by what I’m about to show you. Essentially this post is about seeing things that we cannot have, and it’s the canary before the cat I know, but I still have to share this with you. I recently learned about a very limited collection from IKEA called Annorlunda, meaning Different (maybe that’s us so we don’t get it where we live?), of ethnic modern finds curated by their designers and on offer in only TWO select stores in the whole wide world (no, I’m not using tone or ‘tude, okay maybe a little) and I’m dying to know what you think of it and the whole concept of pop-up IKEA collections in random places? I mean, I want to say Bahhhh they are mean to tease, but when I see these things I think that at least they are trying to keep the Belgium people good and stylish (like they need help) while the rest of us looks on in pain with fingers and nose pressed firmly to the glass — seeing what we cannot have.
Have I managed to depress you yet? On the up side, I think this whole concept is quite brilliant though I hate to say that but I really am
extremely jealous happy for my Belgium friends that they can go to their Zaventem or Anderlecht stores and find all of these amazing things… I almost want to drive over just to see what’s left because I spy a few pieces that I’d love to put on my three season porch like the turquoise chair (which could easily be spray painted into black and put in a living room). I think this collection would do great in so many other countries, like Germany (hint, hint), the UK and the US. Maybe this is one of those test things big companies do to avoid taking too much risk, so they dip in their toe to see how well something goes before doing a grand roll-out. Perhaps we’ll see Annorlunda in Annorbyneighborhood real soon.
I find it interesting how this collection came to be. IKEA basically sent five of their designers on a plane to hand pick inspiring objects that they wanted to turn into a limited collection with a ethnic vibe. The result is a line of products that are very global, fashion-inspired (I see lots of runway trends in these pieces, don’t you?) and still budget conscious which is what IKEA is all about. Plus, it’s what Scandinavians are all about as current trends up there are all about mixing in ethnic influences because those influences have crept over the border into Germany and people here are into ethnic touches as well, though they always were but the ethnic touches in brightly colored paint are much fresher than the originally teak variety that are floating around in most “ethnic shops” locally. My vote is on brightly lacquered furniture, baby!
There are so many products being designed today, our selection is so diverse compared to the choices our parents once had, and I think we are so lucky to have access to things from so many corners of the globe. So what do you think of limited edition pop-up collections put on by the big blue box?
(Found via: Lise at Urban Style Vibes. Photos: IKEA)