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Isak (England)

A new product just in! It was exciting to hear from Sandra Isaksson, a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator, this morning. Based in England, she wants to introduce you to her world of “exciting happy things”, Isak, which are adorable gifts and home accessories that I think you’ll really love.
Wallpaper, greeting cards, trays, cutting boards, cups, dish towels, prints for your walls, an adorable counting poster for the kids, and more! With a retro vibe and plenty of sweet apple prints, Isak will definitely lead you into temptation…

You can purchase online or, if you’re a shop owner scouting for fresh new products and would like to carry Isak in your store, please contact Sandra directly at info[at]isak[dot]co[dot]uk.


Thanks for the tip, Sandra!

(images from isak)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, shopping, travel, walls on October 30, 2006

Random Images to Inspire

We spent the day roaming the cobblestone streets of Hannover Linden today, where I met an old friend who is the largest book seller in Germany, with over 1 million books for sale on Amazon. We browsed his extensive collection on towering bookshelves, all which overflowed with rare titles, mostly published between the early 1900’s-1985.
I loved the children’s books I found, and he was nice enough to give me 3 of my favorites, which I happily accepted. Not only do they help me practice my German, but the pretty illustrations and typefaces are so lovely, I can’t stop looking at them. Two appeared as good as new, but it’s the one that is clearly used that appears to me the most. Inside the front cover, there is a handwritten dedication from oma to granddaughter Nadine. Nadine stamped her Berlin address, along with a maus sticker, inside. To think that a little girl from Berlin once owned this book in 1972, a book that now belongs to me… I don’t know, it’s somewhat touching. This story was once read to her and tucked away on a bookshelf… I wonder what became of young Nadine?


While roaming the narrow halls of books, I noticed an old poster taped to the side of a wooden bookcase, and thought it was lovely enough to capture and share with you. The print was already in sephia, so I think the photo came out rather nicely… Her porcelin complexion and his adoring gaze couldn’t resist my lens. Too bad they’re smoking and not simply about to engage in a kiss.

After visiting the warehouse, we stumbled upon my new favorite coffee shop, Cafe Petit in Hannover Linden.
I snapped a few photos while there, and since I’ve been big into sephia shots lately, I thought I’d experiment a little. I clearly need more practice with my camera, but I really like how these came out.

Note: I’ll be returning to Linden on Saturday for a studio tour and to meet a designer that I love, so I will post some photos from that tour on Monday. See you later today with some great design finds! I’m off to dinner, but upon my return, I promise to post some more goodies for you today.


(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, shopping, travel, walls on October 19, 2006

Inke – Wallpaper Silhouettes for Adults + Children (Netherlands)

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.
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.


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


(images from inke)

Posted in kids, shopping, travel, walls on October 09, 2006

SUM Design

Susie from SUM sent me a few shots of her unique and beautiful line of decorative home accessories. She has several collections, Living, Working, etc. and each begin with a wallpaper design and from there she applies that design to a variety of accessories. Interesting design process, isn’t it?


Her first collection debuted this spring 2006 with Floral Femme Fatale. This wallpaper is sold in 3 panels that can be configured in several different ways. They retail for $98.00 each (green shown below).

For fall 2006, she’s created a second colorway in Black, White and Silver for her best sellers – four items from each category. ‘Living’ features wallpaper, serving trays ($35 and $45 shown), coasters (set $30), nesting storage boxes (set of 3 $68 shown), etc. ‘Working’ has notebooks ($16 and $25), magazine files ($20), hanging file boxes ($37.50) etc.

Susie tells me that she has two other wallpaper designs in production and will
hopefully launch a few more in the next six months. From there, she may expand them into a full range of accessories as well. We’ll see what the future holds, but for now, here’s a glimpse of her wares. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

If you are interested in purchasing SUM designs for yourself or for your store, please contact Susie directly. Her email address can be found on the homepage of her website.

Thanks Susie for the photos, and a big thanks to decor8 reader Leah for the tip, too!


(images from sum design)

Posted in textiles, walls on September 14, 2006

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