I was able to spend a brief window this past weekend catching up on some magazines I’ve been meaning to read when I came across the gorgeous apartment of Danish pillow designer Christina Lundsteen in the January 09 issue of German Living & More magazine. Here is one image from Christina’s home, can you imagine living like this? The issue is packed with more — if I had a scanner I’d show you some because it’s an absolute stunner. One of those homes you imagine moving right into, curling up on the sofa, and dreaming about your last vacation where you found those lovely frames at that flea market or the amazing jugs from the bazaar. In this image below I can’t stop staring at the door leaning against the wall in that stunning blue and what appears to be the most unique coffee table I’ve seen in quite some time. Isn’t the petite chandelier and the pretty ceiling medallion a nice touch too?
Combining antique textiles in a fresh and interesting way, Christina’s designs really speak to me and I love seeing them in situ in a home environment because I think that you can see just how pretty they really are versus a simple Photoshop view against a white background. Since they are all one-of-a-kind you may not be able to find the exact prints and patterns shown above but many are currently available online at a beautiful Danish home store called Anker Living. AL ships outside of Denmark to the rest of the EU and the world, and speaks Danish, English and German so you should be in good hands should feel like placing an order. I suggest ordering the pillow covers (if they do in fact zip off, I’d assume yes) and buy the inserts locally to save on shipping. Email: ankerliving AT ankerliving.dk for more information please.
Don’t forget to visit the photographers websites below who took these photos – each of their portfolios is packed with stunning things that you won’t want to miss out on. I tried to locate a website or agent for the stylist, Bolette Kiær, who arranged the first photo without any luck. If you have her web address kindly leave it in the comments section and I’ll gladly edit this post and add it in later.
I found out about Spool Sewing from Helena when I interviewed her for a home tour on Cookie and was surprised I’d not heard of them before today. Spool is located in Philadelphia where they have a storefront but for the rest of us there’s an online shop, inspiring Flickr photos and an inspring blog to enjoy that I’ve been combing all morning for goodies and free pattern downloads.
I particularly like the set of Wildwood fat quarters (ordered them last night) designed by Erin McMorris, it looks stunning and perfect for home projects. All this color, swoon! When I see this fabric I think of canvas art on the wall, decoupaged onto flower pots, covering a headboard or on pretty hangers for frilly summer dresses, like these from the portfolio of stylist Sarah Kaye whom I’ve blogged about before.
Psst: If you want to try making some patterned hangers of your own, Martha Stewart has a terrific tutorial on her website.
(images: top three – spool sewing, bottom quad – sarah kaye)
I came across Down Home Amy last night and good golly this girl has some cuteness happening over in her shop. Miss Amy lives and works out of her studio in downtown Vancouver where she designs accessories for the home. Check these out, peeps…
This lady does it all — illustrates, prints, sews and sells online in her etsy shop. I like her aesthetic, it’s fresh, minimalist, natural and reminds me of the Japanese and Scandinavian design that most of us have a design crush on.
(images from down home amy)
I’m a lover of solid and patterned linen, natural or in color… In fact I’ve been a fan since I was a little girl. I think it has to do with the linen aprons my mom had and the sheets on my grandmother’s bed when I spent summer nights at her farmhouse in southern Rhode Island. There’s just something about it, the weight, feel, texture — it really looks relaxed and cozy. My linen drapes make me happy each morning as I pull them back to reveal the sun. The feeling of linen in my hands, slightly cool to the touch, is one very lovely, yet simple pleasure.
While searching for some natural linen yesterday I found this fabric shop on Etsy called Gift Box 4 You that sells linen in all colors and thought you may like to see it. The seller lives in Korea and also carries initials and crochet bears for sewing to things like shirts and pillows. I think these treasures are all very simple yet endearing. I’d love to add these pretty letters to a guest towel or even as art. So many options! I also love the hanger shown below, right. It appears to be wrapped in fabric. I have been thinking about hangers a lot lately, I once had stuffed fabric hangers for all of my girly dresses growing up and I miss them. I’ve been thinking of making a few for my “special” clothing, I think it would be a nice decorative touch to my closet.
I noticed that the seller has another shop too and it’s called Nothing Elegant — her second shop is jam-packed with paper products that are mostly in that darling kawaii style that get lots of us all goosebumpy over. I particularly like the cotton tapes, rubber stamps and the vintage repro spool and string set which I could put to good use in my office. See it? Isn’t it great?
(images linked to sources above)