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ComingHome Interior {Hannover}

October 24, 2007

Would you like to join me for a moment because I’d love to show you my favorite showroom in Germany, it’s called ComingHome Interior. It’s a splendid shopping “experience” located in Hannover, the absolute best source for mid century modern, industrial, and just plain gorgeous finds. From furniture to ceramics, lighting, and beyond, you’ll want to own everything.

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Most of you know that my favorite spaces are those inhabited by creative souls who refuse to play by the rules, allow for a lot of style-overlapping, and go beyond the mainstream to design spaces that not only work for them, but are decorative, emotionally supportive, and contain a few unique finds with a story to tell.

From the moment I entered ComingHome, I felt like I had, well, come home. Okay, I’d add more floral patterns and a dose of cuteness here and there with prints, art, and such, but overall this store definitely speaks to both my husband and I. There’s a bit of tension in their designs, a masculine and feminine touch in every corner, soft meets sturdy, but never too obvious. You have to look for it.

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover} It was painful for me to leave this lamp behind. Out of everything in the store, I wanted this lamp the most. Best of all, it’s one-of-a-kind because Rainer made it himself.

How are the prices? You’ll like this… What you see isn’t beyond reach because it’s all affordable (most tables between 300-500,- Euro for instance, chairs a little less), completely devoid of the bloated mark up so common back home (in New England) due to being in such high demand. Shopping is much more fun when you can imagine owning something because the price tag doesn’t give you a heart attack.

Also what makes ComingHome such a special place is the down-to-earth approach of Rainer S?ll, one of the owners and designers who holds an MS in Architecture. (His business partner is Claudia Nowotny, a theatre painter and stage designer, whom I did not meet.) You can discuss any piece in his showroom at length, he’s so knowledgeable, and his obvious creativity and passion for his work is inspiring. Don’t you love how well everything is styled without looking too perfect?

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover}The sweetest high chair ever.

It’s also obvious that both have their finger on the pulse of contemporary and mid century modern design and Rainer has an intimate relationship with his clients, although his prices do not reflect this high level of customer service – it’s all part of the store experience. I observed him working with a few of his clients and they not only purchased 4 chairs for their home, but left with excitement written all over their faces because they scored original Eames chairs at a good price.

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover} These darling school chairs were each under 100,- Euro.

As a team, both Rainer and Claudia have a unique and creative vision, they’re able to repurpose items transforming them into new objects, another bonus of this showroom. Many things are either original or entirely repurposed pieces crafted into lighting, art, sculpture, coat racks, etc., from old exercise equipment to work benches, orchard ladders, and beyond. They also had a delightful selection of vintage globes, ceramics, and clocks.

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover}ComingHome Interior {Hannover} This is another piece I wanted to purchase so badly. It’s an old workbench to now be used in the kitchen as a chef’s island. Love! Imagine this in a loft space with an open floor plan?

As these pictures speak a thousand words, I guess I need not elaborate. But I do want to mention that because they carry such a diversified offering of products that rotate in and out quickly, if you see something you want it’s important to secure it right away!

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If you visit Hannover or if you’re a magazine looking for a hip couple to feature, seriously consider ComingHome Interior because not only is their showroom to die for, but I’ve heard their home is even better. Hear that, Elle Decoration, Elle Decor, and Living Etc.?

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}

ComingHome Interior {Hannover}Isn’t this a clever idea for a business card? A business coaster! Claudia takes a photo and Rainer draws it to transform the image into business card coasters.

Located: Nieschlagstr. 10/11 in Hannover Linden (take the #9 to Empelde and jump off at Nieschlagstr.) Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday only. All other days by appointment only. For more information visit their website, in German. Rainer speaks English, so you can also call or email him with any questions.

(top three photos taken by thorsten becker, all others by holly becker for decor8)

Objects, Shop Tours, Travel

HildaHilda {Stockholm}

October 17, 2007

Here’s another little shop I liked in Stockholm called HildaHilda located in the SoFo district. The playful prints are joyous and energetic and for some reason, reminded me of textiles I’d been exposed to during my early years spent in England. I really liked the weight of them, so thick and tightly woven, making them perfect for upholstery and throw cushions because they’ll last forever. I loved the dogs and window patterns the best.

HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm} I love this chair, isn’t it sweet?

HildaHilda {Stockholm}(images from hildahilda)

Shop Tours


August 6, 2007

Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called j.roamanI’ve seen this look in Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, but I can’t say it’s a huge trend here in the states yet as the average American household isn’t bold enough to go with patchwork bespoke sofas. Why be average?! Mix things up and have a little fun. j.roaman offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture, quilts from Milan, tableware, art, soft toys, even Moroccan pouffes in unexpected prints (very unexpected!).

j.roamanScheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Oprah Magazine, Gabriella wants to give decor8 readers a sneak peek of their enticing selection. I don’t know friends, looks like Fall ’07 right into 2008 just may be the most colorful and pattern-filled that I’ve seen in a very long time!

They don’t have an online store, so I need to highlight the point of this post is more to inspire than to shop. Of course, if you find yourself in Hampton, New York you have to visit this place, but for the rest of us, look at these items as inspiration. What can you recycle in your own home with some bold patchwork? These images may motivate you to do something interesting to an old chair, mirror frame, or foot stool, you never know… Recycle whenever possible, there are so many cool things you can do with a can of brightly colored paint and fabric scraps.

j.roamanFrom a recent trip to the Brimfield flea market, I found lots of vintage suzanis, some in not-so-good condition (a hole, some fading in spots, etc). This is a great alternative for vintage textiles that you love that you can’t use as a cover – cut out the best pieces and use to cover furniture or to create bolster or throw pillows. Despite what some Interior Designer from Watch Hill, RI told me at Brimfield this past May, suzanis are hardly pass?. She was so against them, and I told her that nothing is pass? if you love it. She wasn’t a big fan of my personal feelings about interior style, but I still shared them with her. And the more I see suzanis in magazines and stores, the more I’m thinking that they aren’t pass? at all.

Thanks Gabriella for the tip and the great store images!

(images from j.roaman)

Objects, Shop Tours


July 23, 2007

I’m seeing SeaCloth fabric everywhere lately, especially in some of my favorite magazines, so I thought I’d email the designers to see if they’d send us some images of their fabric and a few shots from their Greenwich, CT store. We all like to see products in action, am I right?!?

SeaClothPartners Susan Harris, an accomplished fine artist, and Deirdre Halper, a former marketing exec, teamed up to create a line of textiles, home furnishings and decorative accessories known for their durability, gorgeous colors and nature-inspired patterns. Harvest Hue and Splash On are my two favorite collections (shown below), especially the lattice pattern. SeaCloth is available to the trade, so you’ll need a designer to assist you on your purchase, but if you’re around CT anytime soon, you can shop their store – no designer needed!

(images from seacloth)

Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

June 4, 2007

I had such a great weekend, I can’t remember when I had so much fun crammed into only a few days. I kicked things off with a ‘girls night out’ on Friday with my amazing mother, hung out with my bff who was up visiting me from Miami, then spent time in Cambridge shopping at Paper Source, browsing Nomad (great ethnic textiles here) and Abodeon (awesome vintage mid century finds), then hit Greenward, a brand spankin’ new must-see store for products with a conscience.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
When you’re in need of beautiful planet-friendly homewares, books, magazines, jewelry, baby gear, bike accessories, and stationery, shop Greenward because this place has a great selection and is in a great little hood. I mean, with Starbucks and other random cafes sprinkled around, tons of great ethnic eateries, Paper Source, Nomad, Abodeon, and other boutiques all within a few blocks, you can easily take the T over to Porter Square and do a little Mass Ave. shopping for a few hours. Greenward is located at 1776 Mass Ave., so it’s only a 5 minute walk.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
I was impressed to find Greenward for several reasons, the first of course being the cause, shopping eco when I can is important to me. But also the selection is great. It’s not crunchy and boring, which is sometimes what you think of when you picture eco-friendly finds. With Jill Bliss, Little Otsu, Good on Paper, Josh Jakus, Pear Tree Studio, K Studio, and Pangea Organics on the list (to name a few), this shop carries the best of modern green goods that are currently on the market. They even have those great bike baskets in green and white that have been all over the blogosphere lately (Joy wrote about her basket here).

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
In addition to the great products, the location can’t be beat. Don’t let the below street level location fool you, it’s not dark, depressing, or hard to find. Quite the opposite. Owners Scott Walker and Simone Alpen (soon to be husband + wife, if her name sounds familiar, she’s the brains behind The Bazaar Bizarre) did a fantastic job with their bright signage and in the overall design of the space. With tons of natural light flooding in and cheery colors dotted all around the store, you can only guess that a lot of planning went into this store. The moment you find out that the displays are all hand built using eco-responsible woods, the flooring is cork, overhead lighting is energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, and the walls were painted using low-VOC paint, your suspicions are confirmed.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
The energy in this store is just great, almost like you’ve left Boston for a few moments and entered sunny California. When you walk in, you’re not only greeted with great products, but also with a friendly smile, the smell of a delicious soy-based candle burning, and great tunes (music is a huge plus for me) piped through “green” speakers constructed of oak reclaimed from whiskey barrels. Take a complete tour of their space here (lots of product shots). Or if you’re local, go check out the store and see this great green store for yourself.

Greenward - New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]
A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)

Shop Tours, Travel

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)

April 27, 2007

Have I been living beneath a rock, because I missed this place along my travels, and not to sound snobby, but as any shopaholic knows, we cover our territory (regional). Layla is amazing, and I discovered it today thanks to Domino online.

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)
I did a little research and found out that owner, Alayne Patrick, plays curator in this vibrant Indian boutique and from these images, she blends both modern and traditional Indian patterns and prints that dazzle. In addition to bedding and clothing, she also carries a selection of both new and antique jewelry. Has anyone shopped Layla? What’s it like (price, quality, selection)? Where in Brooklyn is it? And lastly, is there a website because I’m not finding a link anywhere…

Aren’t these colors inspiring though?

Layla (Brooklyn, NY)

(images from domino)

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