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Eijffinger Wallpaper

I was flipping through a recent copy of VTWonen and noticed Eijffinger wallpaper and felt an instant attraction to some of their latest patterns. Their papers for kid’s rooms really make an impact! On their website they mention that wallpaper framed versus on an entire wall is a big trend right now. Do you agree?


I’ve also noticed a rising interest in using only a few sheets of wallpaper to visually section off a room, useful in open spaces that double as a dining and living area. Eijffinjer recently collaborated with VTWonen magazine on a special line, you can view that here.


I’m glad that their site is both in English and Dutch or else I would have completely missed this otherwise. It’s a handy guide for wallpaper installation and the space effects that it has on a room depending on pattern and color. “With the use of colour it is possible to make a room look larger or smaller. Light tints optically enlarge while dark tints make smaller. Colour and atmosphere are inseparable. It is perhaps useful to think of regions and countries when trying to create a certain mood.”

(images from eijffinger)

Posted in walls on June 13, 2008
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Kareem Rizk: The Suitcase

I could fill my walls with the work of Australian collage artist Kareem Rizk from The Suitcase. I felt a connection to it immediately so sharing it with you right away felt oh so necessary.


It’s exciting to find work like this, I see so much on a daily basis as a blogger that often one thing blends into the next and I can feel a little lost in the great sea of it all sometimes. Not because what I am exposed to isn’t lovely, but in order to write about something it needs to reach me on some level, I need to somehow relate to it or understand it in a creative sense. This is all so hard to explain in words as it is very emotional and emotions are never easy to put into words. The point is that I filter a lot of work on a daily basis and in the end, I write about what truly grabs me. Like Kareem Rizk.

These collages made my day as they are composed of the exact colors that I’m into right now and the layered elements make me think of some of my most cherished activities like foreign travel, hitting flea markets, journaling, and relaxing by the sea. Most of the art that I purchase is mixed media art. There’s a story in the layers, all of the found elements, paint, torn pieces of vintage papers, everything creates an emotion, a bigger picture. Something about the texture and imperfection, how random pieces connect to form a beautiful picture, it feels very alive and real.

Do these inspire you as well?

Psst: His website + portfolio can be found here.

(images from kareem rizk)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on June 13, 2008

Catherine Ledner {+ Her Animals!}

If this isn’t the cutest way to start the weekend… Say it along with me, awwww. If you are an animal lover like I am, you’ll want to hug and kiss Catherine’s crew. Just look at these darling creatures modeling in front of some of our favorite wallpapers, including the lovely Cole & Son Cow Parsley in yellow. I love this little owl, I have always wanted to own either an owl or a trained falcon that I could send off on little missions. :) I dreamed of them as a little girl. I think in reality keeping one would not be practical for me, so I have set my heart on brightly colored finches or a lovely little blue + yellow parakeet instead. Off topic, but do you have a bird or have you ever enjoyed one as a pet? Tell me, tell me! I love the little guy shown below. He’s darling!


Okay back on topic. This is the work of Californian photography Catherine Ledner who is a professional photographer with an impressive list of clients that include Vanity Fair, Travel & Leisure, and New York Times Magazine to name a few. I can’t stop looking at her photos, such personality!


I can only imagine the patience and skill involved in photographing animals — I think she must snap a thousand photos and spend days in the field to capture the perfect image. These limited edition prints range in price from $250 – 1,700. To view more of her work, please visit her website + store, Catherine’s Animals where she features an array of animals from A-Z!

(photography: catherine ledner)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on June 13, 2008

San Francisco Letterpress Print by Lab Partners

The last thing I need is another print but I cannot resist this San Francisco letterpress print created by Lab Partners. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in this amazing city along with Sonoma, so we have a special place in our hearts for one of our favorite spots in America. It will be seven years next month, I can’t believe how fast time goes by between 28 and 35… All I can say is that things better start slowing down now! :)


This is such a lovely letterpress print, the colors, the retro vibe, so sweet! I just purchased one to pack for Germany since I want to hang it in our place over there. These prints seem to be flying off of the shelves so if you want one get ‘em while they’re hot (and available) right here.

There’s this quote about San Francisco and I can’t help but feel exactly the same as Mencken, “What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakable sense of escape from the United States.”-H.L. Mencken, Writer.

(image from lab partners)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on June 06, 2008

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