Happiness is… A big German cookie! This is a mandelhoernchen, an afternoon snack that we enjoyed yesterday while strolling around. I keep telling myself that I’ll only eat like this for a few more days, then it’s back to salads and grilled chicken and fish again… There is no way I can eat like this for two months straight. We’re purposely not renting a car for this reason, so we can walk and eat. :)
A woman who lives directly across from us, she is also on the 4th floor, has a fitness studio in her flat. Each day, I see her stretching, drinking tea, and leading group classes in her gigantic flat. It looks like they are doing pilates. Hmmm. Maybe I should go over there take a class with her. It certainly would help curtail my chances of growing out of my clothes while I’m here. :)
Back to happier thoughts… Like eating mandelhoernchen.
(images from decor8)
What’s not to love about a textiles and wallpaper company (soon to add lighting, pillows + more!) with a name like Timorous Beasties? The quirky name actually comes from the Robert Burn’s poem, “To a Mouse”, but there is more to this design house than a funny name. Known for “provocative and surreal” designs, Timorous Beasties of Glasgow was founded in 1990 by Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met as students at the Glasgow School of Art. They got started by designing wallpapers and textiles for other companies, and like most creative types, desired to manufacture designs on thier own, along with special commissions, and recently opened a shop in Glasgow.
Their approach? Purely experimental in both hand-printing and machine production. Their aesthetic? Constantly evolving from naturalistic images of insects, plants and fish in their entomology collection; to a more contemporary graphic style which, as their Glasgow Toile illustrates, explores social and political issues. I’m not a huge toile fan, but I love their London Toile shown below and would use it in my own home.
Don’t miss their chic pillows, lighting, and rugs, too. All coming soon!
(images from timorous beasties)
Paula at Henry Road gave me a heads up regarding her latest adds for Fall/Winter ’06. She wanted to give decor8 readers a chance to see them before the official launch. Here’s what Paula had to say about the Fall/Winter collection, “The new additions essentially comprise three new designs in yummy chocolate, caramel and black with blue thrown in. Designs are Circles, Waves and Flowerfield and they are designed to blend with the existing line.”
Paula has new products too, “In terms of products, aside from new pillows and tablecloths, I have added a cool new tote, some laminated zipper bags which would make great gifts and for those who want to keep track of to-dos and dreams, there are four notebooks with 100 blank pages inside and great printed covers.”
Shop Henry Road online towards the end of next week; new products will be listed on the site at that time.
Thanks for writing in, Paula!
(images from henry road)
If you’re a shop owner, you should definitely consider
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(images from rice)
Wouldn’t you love to have a mural like this in your home? I certainly would. This is a wall in a children’s store in Amsterdam called Keet in Huis. Perhaps you can recreate this look simply with paint, a steady hand (and a good sense of humor – you’re bound to make a few mistakes), an overhead projector, and a few days of free time? I’d like to take an image from Jezebel, she has the prettiest silhouettes, and project it onto the wall. I’m not an artist, however one would assume this project wouldn’t be quite as difficult as painting something with intricate details using many colors. Although challenging, I’d think anyone could take on a silhouette painting – don’t you? Have you ever experimented with something like this in your own space?
(image from keet in huis)
Green living is important everywhere. People here in Germany are very eco-conscious, even on the streets you’ll spot trash cans that are split into three sections for sorting paper from glass and plastics, etc. At the grocery store, you’ll need to either bring your own or purchase a bag to use for your groceries, although very few Germans actually purchase them as they come equipped with a fabric bag or basket to use instead. Also of note, you must bag your own groceries here, the clerk only handles the cash, you are responsible for the bagging. I love this because I’m never satisfied with the way baggers handle things back home, bruising fruit and crushing bread, so now I have full responsibility over how things are packed and I actually prefer this. I know, quirky…
Back on the subject of green, Cohda launched a chair made only from reshaped plastic, giving a purpose to all of the bottle caps,and packaging we discard each day. It’s called the Roughly Drawn Chair, and as the name denotes, it reminds oneof a rough sketch, almost something a child (or me!) would draft. These chairs are available in black (my choice), green,or grey and are sold for around $325 USD. They have a table, too. You like?
(image from cohda)