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Inke – Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)

October 9, 2006

I popped into Von Klein Auf* in Hannover to locate a gift for my dear friend back home and was instantly dazzled the moment I saw wallpaper in animal silhouettes on thier walls, in the most charming vintage patterns ever.
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)These Lions, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, and many other wild animals can live together peacefully in the bedroom of your little one, all handmade in the Netherlands by Inke. I saw the lion silhouette in a magazine many months ago, but only upon seeing them in person did they interest me – they are quite large, and the patterns are in the most beautiful colors, so much prettier in person (in my opinion).

No children? No worries there. Inke also designs for adult decor with a collection of silhouettes of lamps, chairs, plants, and doors. All shapes arrive packaged in a tube with a complete DIY kit which includes a brush, glue, and instructions.

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)If you do not live nearby to a shop that stocks Inke (hard to find in the USA), you can purchase online directly from Inke.

*Von Klein Auf stocks only the animal shapes in-store. You can visit them in Hannover located one block from the Lister Platz u-bahn at Edenstrasse 42. 0511/3970093

Inke - Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)
(images from inke)






Fashion + Accessories, Shopping + Products, Travel

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 ’06}

October 9, 2006

Crisp autumnal air encircled me as I window shopped yesterday, coffee in hand, delighted with the carefully arranged displays at coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Whether it’s sharing cake and coffee with your loved ones, visiting a museum, exploring paths in the forest, or strolling the near-empty streets with only a few cafes to welcome you inside, Sunday taps you on the shoulder and reminds you that it’s time to reap what you’ve spent the whole week sowing. So relax and enjoy.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
If you’ve not yet heard of Danish designers Lars and Harald Holstein of Noa Noa, prepare to fall deeply in love with their charming collection. Noa Noa produces two affordable collections every year for women and little girls, along with two smaller collections for Summer and Christmas. I was inspired to see their soft muted tones, emulating the natural beauty of Denmark, from its countryside to coast. Pastel hues of heather, plum, charcoal and pale blue paired with stronger ones in sunflower, fuschia, military green, even a slight appearance by black itself.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Peering into shop windows, I couldn’t help but notice how many outfits can be translated into decor. I imaged the layered scarves held in place by a simple jeweled brooch as multiple flowing sheer panels, perhaps one in pale butter and the other in blue, held by a favorite patterned sash, a delicate brooch of clear crystals to accent.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}Using your imagination is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to train your design eye and stimulate your creativity. The more imaginative you become, the better taste you will form. As you start to disect what you see, imagine it used in a different capacity altogether. You can simply edit something with your mind, reflecting on how you’d prefer it to be arranged, allowing your imagination to wander and expand. Freedom comes from frequently training and stimulating your imagination. Consider how creative children are, often is this not based upon thier lack of fear coupled with their rich imagination?

My motto: Look at everything differently – see more than what is simply laid before you. Imagine, believe, overcome, create, expand.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 9 '06}
Noa Noa
Lister Meile 52
Hannover Germany
Tel: 0511/5687422

Partial collection is also available at clothing boutique Ey Linda, Lister Meile 31.

(images from noa noa)






Shopping + Products, Travel

Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap

October 4, 2006

Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap
Kanako Yaguchi transforms paper into works of art by using the Japanese technique of Kirigami, the traditional art of folding and cutting papers to produce creative designs and patterns. While studying Space Design at Joshibe University of Art and Design, she first began exhibiting her work with Kirigami. Creating mostly florals motifs, Kanoko uses her delicate blooms as a basis for various works of art applied on canvas and beyond… Bringing them to her creations for fashion and home, from lights and boxes to handbags and shirts.

Kanako comments on her work, “The concept developed out of my first solo exhibition. From this first small step has arisen not only the name of my brand, under which I create all kinds of pieces, but the theme that lies behind all of my work: the happiness that we can all experience. This happiness can take many different forms, and just as each completely unique shape takes form through my hand, each person has his or her own happiness. I hope you can discover your own happiness through my work.”

She continues, “Since taking it up around the age of 20, I’ve been immersed in Kirigami.”

What keeps her going as a designer? “A huge motivating force for me has been the support and cheer of the people around me who believe in me ? the friends who watch over me, customers who attend every single one of my shows, and my family. Without them I could not have continued to create”, she says.

Kanako is part of Funtrap, a group of professionals in the fashion and apparel industry that seek to clue people in as to what’s happening in the world of Japanese design. They offer products and services to buyers, shop owners and store managers in fashion retail and have a new showroom located at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.

California Market Center
110 E. 9th St. C555
Los Angeles, CA 90079
213.622.2339

(images from kanako yaguchi)






Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 ’06}

October 3, 2006

Today is a holiday here in Germany, the coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 '06}You can relax here and enjoy a simple cup of coffee in a most chic atmosphere. Don’t you just love it? I could have stayed for hours, and here in Europe, you can linger at these ultra chic establishments just as you would back in the states at Starbucks.

Notice the chandeliers with shades over them? I especially enjoyed those, along with the wallpaper, which was applied to one wall and then extended onto about 70″ of the ceiling. The rest of the ceiling was white. It looked great, I wish I would have thought to photograph it for you.

Up today… A factory tour of a ceramics company based in California, an interview with a Boston interior designer, and some fresh finds to give you something to spend your money on! :)

coffee + cre8tive {oct 3 '06}(images from decor8, click on them for full size)






Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)

September 26, 2006

Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)I spent a little time out and about yesterday, exploring the district I’m staying in, seeing if anything new came to town since I visited last year. I found a gorgeous store located in a cobblestone square, such a quaint setting, with wares spilling out from its doors onto the sidewalk… Behold, a summer clearance sale!
Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)Esplanade Raum + Zeit, owned by business partners Bernadette Brinckmann and Uta Runde (I met Frau Runde, who is very friendly and speaks English very well), is a large space with three large rooms housing everything from Garden supplies to decorative accessories and furniture. The theme seems to be Danish and English country, one of the major lines carried is Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)Plates, candle holders, bread boards, plants, pillows, totes, cupboards stocked with blue glass, everything in this store is exquisite, reasonably priced (lovely glass candle holders in two sizes and over a dozen colors, just 2.99 and 3.99 Euros.)

Love this light fixture!
Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany) This is one store that I highly suggest visiting if you find yourself journeying through Hannover. It’s two stops from the main station, hop off the u-bahn at Lister Meile and it’s about a block from there at Wedekindplatz 3. I wasn’t able to locate a website address for Esplanade, however you can contact them directly for store hours. Tel. (05 11) 62 79 95

Even the views from the store window are beautiful – I love the architecture in this district.
Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)German bread boards – typical in households here. (you can create a sandwich on these and then use it as your plate).
Store Preview: Esplanade (Hannover, Germany)
(images from decor8, click on them for larger view)






Home Tours, Shopping + Products, Travel

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria’s San Francisco Treat

September 11, 2006

Since decor8 launched Reader Spaces a few short weeks ago, you’ve already toured Geninne’s Mexican Retreat, Danielle’s Serene in the City apartment in the Netherlands, Archana’s Colorful Home in India, Jonathan’s Retro Flashback, and Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana. You’ve also helped a few readers, like Courtney and Heather, who both needed design advice for thier kitchens and looked to decor8 readers for help. So far, this new feature is going well so as long as readers keep sending in questions and home tours, we’ll keep it up!

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco Treat
Next on our list of home tours, Victoria Smith shares with us her utterly charming art-filled one bedroom rental apartment (with terrace!) in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. Filled with cleverly arranged objects and lovely art, she adores “eclectic-modernism – kind of Bohemian Modern. Flea market finds mixed with contemporary pieces. Lots of white with colored pillows, accessories that I can change out to a different color when I get bored.” Victoria’s favorite designers include older, modernist designers like Eames, McCobb along with Todd Oldham, Angela Adams, and Jonathan Adler.

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatFinding treasures at places like West Elm, CB2, Amy Butler, Anthropologie home, eBay, and Craigslist, along with her many travel adventures, she’s pulled together a beautiful space that will certainly inspire and perhaps give you a fresh perspective, along with lots of ideas for experimenting in your own space.

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatSome of Victoria’s favorite features in her apartment, “The light especially. The bay window, definitely the working fireplace, and the terrace. The stained glass windows in the bedroom are pretty cool, too. Oh, and the extra large bathtub.” She also adds, “My neighbors are amazing – we call our building ‘buchanan manor’ and everyone looks out for each other.”

Interesting fact: Herb Caen, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco newspaper columnist, lived in her apartment at one time.

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatIf you’d like to see the grand tour of Victoria’s space, featuring 69 full size photos, click here. Warning: Gorgeous drool-inducing shots. May inspire you to stop everything you’re doing and redecorate your home.

Living Room (sofa from IKEA)
decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatA long hallway leads into the space, it was a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into her own little gallery. The hallway opens into her living room area where there is a fireplace and a sitting area near bay windows.

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Kitchen – Some of her kitchenwares – knife and pot racks from Ikea, her galvanized metal magazine rack for holding cooking magazines and her favorite Anthropologie apron. Great paint color on the walls, don’t you think?

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatDining Room – A San Francisco view from her dining room.
Mies Van Der Rohe chairs.
decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatTerrace off of Dining Room by night. Twinkle lights and Morrocan style
cushions on rattan flooring.
decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatBath – Herb Caen washed here! Notice that extra deep
tub, gorgeous sink and fabulous tile floor. Drool.
decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatBedroom with ‘Church Bed’ complete with gothic stained glass windows.
decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco TreatMore great collections. These are Victoria’s favorite cameras along side her Peggy Guggenheim kaladiscope glasses, purchased in Venice at her museum on the Grand Canal (it used to be her home).

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria's San Francisco Treat
Wasn’t that a lovely tour? Thank you Victoria for welcoming us into your amazing space!

If you have a design question or if you’d like your home to be featured on decor8 reader spaces, please email decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com

(images from victoria smith)






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