I always enjoy a lazy moment exploring the pages of British lifestyle brand Toast. I’m drawn to their casual images that, this season, feel very travel inspired. Must be the spirits of summer casting their magic spell on me, making me want to throw my journal and a map in a bag, slip on pretty sandals, and head for an exotic destination. The most exotic destination on my calendar is Amsterdam next week, ha ha! The three places that I’d love to visit are Australia, Japan and India. I think about them frequently and the design and culture in these places inspires me so much though they are all three so different from the other. Where do you dream of taking an extended holiday?
I imagine I’ll get to these places someday, in addition to Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Poland, Bali, Korea, Scotland… too many to list for me. but for now I enjoy roaming the web for a dose of travel inspiration or some of my favorite catalogs. Toast seems to be inspired by North Africa and of European cafe life, particularly France and Italy, and perhaps a little bit of Greece too. I love the mix of stripes and solids, weaves and leathers, and swoon – shiny metallic linen which is one of the best kinds of linen for dressing up the home in a very subtle way. It’s sumptuous.
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)