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Claire Coles Design

I’ve been wanting to talk about my love for the very intricate work of Claire Coles for ages, but she was on so many blogs for so long that I thought I’d wait until the excitement settled before showing her work here. I was peeking in on her website this morning and came across new photos of her work – from bespoke stitched wallpaper to ceramics, prints and brooches Claire has been keeping busy! Aren’t these things just so beautiful?

Claire Coles

Claire Coles

Claire Coles

Claire Coles

Her fresh approach to wallpaper design combines vintage wallpapers stitched together to form beautiful things like birds, flowers and furniture and because her work is custom, clients can specify pattern, dimension and color. Some of her most recent commissions include wallpaper designs for Ted Baker and Oasis and textile designs for Anthropologie. Gorgeous!

(images: claire coles)

Posted in ceramics, walls on July 07, 2009

Wingbug Wallpaper (Sweden)

I wrote all about Wingbug Wallpaper this morning over at Real Simple and I’ve included the price per roll so please check out that post for the details… but I have to give you a glimpse of how pretty these are.

Wingbud Wallpaper

Wingbud Wallpaper

Wingbud Wallpaper

Wow, right?! My favorite pattern is the Polypodium, in any color really, but the grayish/linen is my favorite I think. I want so badly to buy a few rolls and use it in either my kitchen or office when I move. It’s so clean and modern, understated, yet the pattern is “there” you know so it gives the wall a little interest. I can’t stop thinking about this wallpaper and how much I love it!

(images: wingbud wallpaper)

Posted in walls on June 17, 2009

Slim Shelving

Love this. Marianne van Ooij wrote to me today to tell me about a product that she introduced this past May at the ICFF in New York called Slim Shelving. She’s a Dutch designer living in Brooklyn who studied design at the Royal Academy of Art in the Netherlands and at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. She wanted to develop a shelving system that allowed her to keep her favorite books in sight without taking up a lot of space so this wall system made of clear acrylic was the ultimate solution and is somewhat affordable ranging from $175-239 depending on the size that you select.

Slim Shelving

I love this idea and would like to own this — it’s really clever. I have so many pretty books and plan to look into how to order one of these for my office. Great idea, Marianne!

(images: slim shelving)

Posted in walls, workspace on June 15, 2009

The Love Shop

All you need is love, so they say. The Love Shop has plenty of good cheer to spread so give them a look… I heart tea so the tea print is my favorite, I love the color of it too. I’m seeing lots of prints lately with positive messages which seem to be sparked by the “Keep Calm and Carry On” trend and I think it’s great fun.

The Love Shop

Do you have any positive messages that you display in your home? Do you display them as prints or in some other way? What do they say? I’d be curious to know… I currently do not, though I have a pink Keep Calm poster but haven’t the space to hang it right now. I do keep positive messages and quotes on my desk and on my wall over my desk. Currently I have, “Our love is swollen, made of the quietest shade of loud. Holds me like an anchor. Floats just like a cloud.” It’s from one of my favorite songs called Swollen by Bent. You can listen to it here if you’d like. It’s wonderful, at least to me.

(images: the love shop)

Posted in walls on June 15, 2009


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