Have you heard of the online fabric shop called Volksfaden based out of Berlin? Volksfaden, translated as the “people’s threads”, have such an exciting array of fabrics imported from Japan and the United States. I’m tickled to learn about Volksfaden because when I’m in Germany I never know where to find such fabrics and now I do, I can order from a local online fabric store in case I require some additional yardage for a project. Shipping will be a breeze.
With names like Amy Butler, Kyo Yasai and My Folklore by Lecien, Free Spirit, Erin Michael, and Joel Dewberry, you can be certain that there’s something for you. And check out how they collage fabrics with vintage photos on their website. The more I look at them, the more I think of mixed media collages and what a great idea this would be for creating mini DIY art.
Thank you Linda for writing to me today about your shop. It’s great.
(images from volkfaden)
I introduced you to the ethnic prints and patterns of Akasha recently, their collection of bedding and pillows each handmade in India and are really luxurious, each with intricate details and lovely colors. This collection is perfect for those of you looking to bring ethnic prints into the home in a more subtle fashion, they blend so well with the modern home.
Thank you so much Akasha for this very generous offer!
(images from akasha)
One store that I always look forward to visiting when in Germany is Habitat in Hamburg, where there’s both a retail store and an outlet. I have to take photos for you this time when we go, you’ll love it. Hamburg is so beautiful and this store is such a pleasure to shop because it’s both affordable (the prices are in the West Elm range) and ultra stylish and chic in that European way, the way we all seek to recreate in our own homes here in the states.
I just flipped through their Fall/Winter ’07 catalog and decided that I’m going to try to fit the Concetta vase in my luggage, I absolutely adore the pattern and colors on it. It’s designed by none other than Concetta Gallo for Habitat. She is amazing.
I really like this affordable rocker, I see it in about a million different fabrics that I’d use on the seat, but I highly doubt I can fit this in my carry-on bag. :) The Concetta rug is fabulous as well, but again… Not going to fit on the plane. But if you live in Europe, most likely there’s a Habitat store near you.
In addition to the styles and deals, another major perk when shopping Habitat, at least in their Hamburg store, is that there’s a wallpaper section where you can buy fabulously hued rolls right on the spot. I love this, I wish stores in America sold wallpaper in their showrooms, such a great idea and it makes shopping for wallpaper super easy when it’s right there alongside the great sofa or chair you’re planning to purchase.
(images from habitat)
Jon over at Happy Mundane consistently locates those hidden gems, often from his many trips to Kmart, Target, Macy’s, Michael’s, and beyond. This is one man obsessed with shopping and decorating, but even more so with scoring a budget find. I think Jon is that guy friend we all need to have, the one with impeccable taste who is not afraid to hunt for bargains because he doesn’t need expensive things to feel like some hip hot shot. Jon recognizes that some really great finds exist that don’t require going in debt for. Of course, he has expensive taste and craves the finer things just like the rest of us, but he’s careful to show balance, one of many traits that I really respect about this talented man.
Here are a few cool things that Jon wrote about recently that I fell in love with, the first being this Anthropologie-like plastic cuckoo clock for only $15 at Walmart. Don’t like black? Slap some primer on it and paint it your favorite color. How hard is that?
And this crazy cool bookcase. Looks like a DIY project if you happen to have two spare coffee tables, or you can simply purchase this one for around $525 from Umbra. This is great for a hallway, a nice solution to your standard console table. It has some definite ‘tude going on.
And finally, Lauren Saunders, whom I’m seeing everywhere lately. And her tactile pillows appeal to me because they remind me of a landscape painting – a canyon or the colors of desert sand, they have a very western America look – like I can see these in Western Interiors magazine in some gorgeous mountain home in Boulder. I love the two shown below on Lauren’s lap, and the other two on that modern blue sofa.
Now back to making Jon blush. Jon lives in the O.C. (not the show, the county) and since most of us don’t, we have to buddy with him solely through the entries on his blog, Happy Mundane. This is why I love the internet, we have so many opportunities to mingle with creative + stylish people without leaving our desk. I remember years ago when all I had was my circle of friends, family, or a few (bad) magazines and mediocre books to look to for inspiration. Nowadays, with a bevy of design blogs and delicious magazines (both print and online), one never needs to suffer a design rut. There is so much out there to learn from and so many pools of inspiration to tap into.
(images from sources mentioned above)