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Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

January 14, 2015

Yeah! Spring/Summer collections are releasing and I just love this time of year when all of the fairs kick off (like Maison & Objet) and brands go public with what they’ve been designing behind-the-scenes for the upcoming season. Danish lifestyle firm, Ferm Living, which is available in North America and Europe online and in-stores, just launched their new Spring/Summer 2015 collection via ISSUU and to me, their new items for kid’s and pottery for plants along with their new vases shown below, really stood out.

Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

I also love their new pottery tableware in greenish-gray, too because it feels so good in the hand with that delightful weighty feel that pottery brings – such warmth and texture. Ferm is really focused on muted tones of blue and green for the season, with brass and pale pink added in, and of course with green living and  plants being all the rage in the world of interiors currently, this meant that creating modern vessels to put them in was big on Ferm’s to do list this season. I need some nicer pots for my window plants in my newly redecorated kitchen (new countertops, faucet, moved a few things around, new window coverings, shelving… And now to hang some art!) because my current generic ones from the local plant shop simply must go.

Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

Ferm Living Spring/Summer 2015

Have you noticed that brass is the new copper? I’m finding it more and more – brass or gold in general. Out with the old and in with the gold! I still love my coppery goodies collected from last year though and in my very opinionated opinion (ah hem), if you love it–whatever “it” is – then it belongs in your home regardless of the current trend (unless it’s your hot male personal trainer or the pool boy, that is). So my copper stuff will have to live alongside my gold – plus I love combining the two because both metals have a warm tone so they definitely work well when combined. See, I’m smart like that. :)

What do you think of the newest Ferm Living collection? 

(images: ferm living)






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My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

January 13, 2015

Fun stuff! I read about this cool collab last month in the NYTimes but was reminded of it again while reading my friend Geraldine’s blog today – the collaboration of Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm. What a sweet union! I had to peek in on the WE site to see what they’re offering and the collection is bold, graphic, colorful, energetic, youthful and happy — you gotta love the colors and patterns. I think they did a great job merging both brands – no easy task and many meetings and months of back and forth, I’m sure! But they’ve done a great job so in celebration and to show my support, I thought to pull together 10 of my favorites.

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

1. This yellow/beige rug shown above. Simple but stunning.

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

2, 3, 4, 5: These pieces of wall art 2. painted floral, 3. abstract 1, 4. yellow sun, 5. Yo.

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

6. This awesome entryway table because if I still lived in the states, this would be in my home!

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

7. My favorite from the collection is this Sleep In mirrored wall art.

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

8. The chairs are darling but this navy and white dotty wing chair has my heart.

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

9. This rug in pink and orange. (Psst: It also has a matching pouf here).

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

10. Round storage boxes – very nice for jewelry and I love the unusual shape because isn’t a storage box supposed to be, well, boxy? So cute and clever.

Do you spot any faves from this collection? What do you think of it? What would you like to see added?

(images: west elm)

 






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15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

December 10, 2014

I’m really excited to share my 15 favorite gifts from Zazzle because I’ve recently fallen in love with this site. It’s bananas, it’s just tops! I’ve now managed to turn most of my friends onto it and they are ordering and experimenting with putting their designs and photos on products too. And for the holidays, it’s a great place to shop, especially if you are looking for the perfect gift for a host or hostess since so many of us are invited to lots of soirées this time of year. You can shop Zazzle anytime of the year though whether you need some goodies for yourself or dear friends. Zazzle is the place to go!

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

When I first came across the site I didn’t know what to think – there was so much and I didn’t “get” that everything could be personalized and I do mean everything. But then I placed an order (I live in Germany and got everything within 3-4 days!) and fell in love with my loot – I ordered cards and address labels, a blanket for Aidan, a custom poster for his room, etc.

Then Zazzle was nice enough to send me some products of my choice from their site to test so I’m sharing those in addition to some of my loot below. I tell ya, because you can personalize gifts on Zazzle, you can totally impress your friends with this stuff. It’s so much more thoughtful than to just throw whatever from some big store into a gift bag at the last minute, right? You can put your own graphic designs on things, photos, you name it. If you’re a graphic designer or take decent photos, this is a dream come true. I am already dreaming up some ideas!

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

1/ Custom Merry + Bright cards, signature matte, 5×7 2/Envelopes 5×7, in Caspian 3/ Forest return address labels. I am in love with my non-holiday cards this year. With so many being of different faiths, or none at all, I like to just send notes at the end of the year to send my love and greetings from my heart. These are perfect and such great quality. You can add images to the flip side, but I just kept mine in standard solid yellow because it’s cheery and I can write a message there.

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

4/ Panda pattern pillow, lumbar 13×21, grade A cotton in mint (D9ebdd) 5/ Cute Dots throw pillow in black and white, 16×16, grade A cotton with zipper 6/ Mustache little man baby blanket 7/ Modern Navy Blue Peach Watercolor Block Stripes Fleece Blanket 50X60. I definitely know my way around any home product or store and therefore, I know quality (or not) when I see it.

The mustache blanket for baby is really good – thin but strong – and very black and very crisp white which I love. Aidan loves it! The watercolor blanket is super cozy for watching French films (I’m a junkie!) on cold nights. The two throw pillows are just gorgeous – the colors, the fabric, really great for the price. The dots will go in my work studio and the pandas in Aidan’s nursery on his black Eames rocker.

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

10″ diameter Melamine plates: 8/ Light as a Feather 9/ Pink Lemonade 10/ Paradise Floral 11/ Cat Lady  – I am a total fangirl of melamine now since having a child because I know these will become our dinnerware of choice for the first several years – so my little boy gets the cats because he gets super excited over anything black and white right now due to his age, he is so attracted to very graphic patterns.

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

12/ Sturdy iPhone 6 plus case in gold dots, tough. I tested it by doing what I do best, dropping my phone a thousand times. Yup, the phone still works.

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

13 / Merry & Bright cheeseboard, Ventana with black handles. I can’t wait to use this, I know I’m an adult but I’ve never owned a cheeseboard like this with actual tools in my whole life!

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

14/ There is always room for more cake tea towels – and they are those great waffled-cotton kind. So pretty. 15/ OMG Cake baking pan with lid. Could this get more cute (or accurate)? I can’t wait to bake a cake to take to the next ladies club meet-up in my city. They all speak English and will totally get this expression, most of my German friends wouldn’t understand.

15 Holiday Hostess Gifts From Zazzle

I’ve photographed everything above a bit more moody because we have zero natural light today, it’s very stormy, plus I reasoned that Zazzle has everything on their site true-to-color and professionally shot so why do over what they’ve so expertly done? I thought instead to share my own creative touch and since product shots can be boring why not add a filter and have some fun! But please note, some of the colors you see above are not exactly as they are on the site, so just look at the product on Zazzle for the true-to-life tones.

Also, when ordering pillows I highly suggest buying the best grade fabric you can afford like mine above. I also must add that the Zazzle pillows include zippers which was a big bonus for me because you can put in your own goose down inserts if you want squishier pillows though I really like the Zazzle inserts because they weren’t overstuffed so the pillow still had some squishiness to it. And with zippered cases, you can easily toss them in the wash. When it comes to ordering the best quality you can afford, the same goes for paper products, always order the best. Paper and fabric are the two materials that you just can’t mess with because they are so tactile and when it comes to paper, you want it to feel good in your hands and with fabrics, you want something like a pillow to feel nice against your face when you are watching a film on the sofa.

Have you entered the Zazzle giveaway yet? You have until the 12th to enter HERE.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Zazzle.com. All content and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to earn a living doing what I love.

(images: holly becker for zazzle)






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Suite One Studio Ceramics

December 5, 2014

Oh my goodness when I saw these ceramics my heart exploded. So pretty. They are by fellow southerner Lindsay Emery at Suite One Studio and I’m in love. This tableware designer and ceramicist definitely does what she has set out to do – make mealtimes more beautiful.

Suite One Studio Ceramics

Suite One Studio Ceramics

Suite One Studio Ceramics

Suite One Studio Ceramics

Suite One Studio Ceramics

Suite One Studio Ceramics

That stack of bowls are just gorgeous and the ring dishes in watercolor-y blues and pinks – oh my! These ceramics make me so happy – everyone buy them for the holidays and support small biz! :)

EDIT: 12/6 – I awoke this morning to feed my baby, checked twitter, and found a stream of angry tweets by a blogger I’ve never heard from personally claiming I stole her images for this post. It was heart breaking as I work hard to credit all featured here and bring only happiness and hopefully traffic, to other bloggers. Instead of telling me, she took it to Twitter and told everyone else. As a result, some photos that were in this post have been removed. My apologies to the offended blogger but my goal was only to share something that touched my heart and made me happy. Have a nice weekend everyone. xo

(ceramics photos: suite one studio)






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12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

December 1, 2014

Are you ready to get shopping for the season? If so, I have a major deal for you guys. Today and tomorrow ONLY, December 2 (Tuesday), while stock lasts (everything is handmade after all), you can get ANYTHING from my shop shipped to anywhere in the world for FREE. You heard me right. F R E E WORLDWIDE SHIPPING! Mr. Worldwide! If this doesn’t motivate you to shop for gorgeous gifts, nothing will. Okay, well maybe this gift round up will… It’s all so pretty and everything has YOUR name on it, right?
12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

12 Great Gifts From The decor8 Shop

1. Geometric Holiday Ornaments 12 assorted colors in a pack, wood, $42 /2. Belinda Marshall watercolor calendar for 2015 $35 / 3. Ice Cream Print 11 X 14, $42 /4. Wooden cutting board in mint $37 /5. Vine Band 14k gold $368 /6. Gold foil calendar tray for all 12 months (just switch out the inserts each month) $55 / 7. Notebooks $11 each (flamingo, pineapple, toucan) /8. Gold foil matches set of 4 for $16 (Southern, Drink, Hottie, Burning) /9. Willy Nilly art print $100 / 10. Good Things print $25 / 11. Leonie art print $60 / 12. Popsicles print $42.

And many more gorgeous handmade gifts over in my shop right here. I even shopped my own shop (ha ha) to get this great shipping discount since so many of these sellers are overseas so free shipping really works out nice for me. I hope for you, too.

(images linked to their sources above.)






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Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

November 22, 2014

Contemporary, joyful elegant. Those are the best words to describe this gorgeous collaboration between English painter, Jessica Zoob, and textile design firm, Romo Black Edition. I stumbled across her fabrics and cushions thanks to Michael Berger at local antiques dealer Galerie Bongartz – a favorite shop in Hannover with the most gorgeous antiques from Europe expertly curated and on display for purchase. What originally lured me into Galerie Bongartz several years ago was a stunning vintage disco ball hanging near to their entrance – they won’t sell it (or else I would already have it in my home!) but after inquiring about the disco ball, I walked around the shop and fell in love with so many pieces – my current passion is their assortment of convex mirrors.

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Fast forward to a month ago or so, when I visited the shop again and Mr. Berger so nicely showed me the most gorgeous cushions, they looked like mini paintings, by Jessica Zoob. Her digitally printed linens, velvets and wallcoverings are simply stunning. Maybe not all together in one space, but definitely scattered here and there throughout a bedroom, living room or entry space. I imagine a solid velvet sofa in a favorite color with a few of her cushions or a big white sofa (like the Ghost from designer Paola Navone) with cushions and perhaps linen panels on the windows.

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

In this post, I’ve included images of her work and a video with Jessica speaking about her line and inspirations below.

I also had a chance to flip through the Romo for Jessica Zoob wallcoverings and textiles book while there and fell in love with the gorgeous yardage of available textiles in which you could transform your home into a sumptuous painterly oasis. The moment I saw her work I thought of my visits to ABC Carpet & Home and how her work would fit in beautifully in their furniture showroom. I would love to own a few cushions for my living room so I may go back to Galerie Bongartz and indulge a little.

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

Jessica Zoob Fabrics + Wallpaper

About the artist: Contemporary impressionist painter Jessica Zoob trained at Central School of Art and Nottingham University. She exhibits her work regularly both in the UK and worldwide. Zoob’s paintings create bright new worlds rich in imagination yet gently infused by emotion. Working in collaboration with Romo Black Edition her emotionally charged paintings have translated beautifully onto fabrics, wallcoverings and cushions. This joyous collection includes intricately printed fine linens, striking panels, exquisite velvets, dramatic wallcoverings and divine cushions.

And if you think the linen is gorgeous, you should see these fabrics in velvet – I nearly fainted!

(images: romo)






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