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coffee + cre8tive [feb 28 ’06]

Hornbill loved his green-vine house in the top of the mango tree. “The jungle is peaceful here”, said Hornbill, biting on a mango seed. “We all live together quietly, as friends should.”

Those words, written on the first page of my favorite childrens book,’The Lion’s Bed’, were ones that my mother read to me over and over again for many years, ones that I’ve memorized and connect to very exciting times – hearing a favorite story. Back then, it was like that fresh issue of Elle Decor arriving in the mail. It was your time to sit down, be still, and enjoy every single page.

Today, I’m inpsired by this wallpaper print from Wook Kim, because it reminds me of Hornbill in his jungle, how I imagined him back then, living amongst the lush vines in tropical serenity. Sometimes, that’s the life we all crave, to escape, to be alone, breathe in the natural world around us, live together quietly with others, just as friends should. Then, reality hits. We have bills to pay, people to please, and deadlines to meet. Sometimes, we need to simply ‘step away from the drama’ and reflect on the simpler times. Times when our lives were less complicated, when our only concern was whether we’d arrive at the bus stop late, unable to grab a seat in the back with our friends.

I enjoy sprinkling inspiration around my space, little things that I relate to, seasoning my home with items that ground me again, pull me back to center. You must relate to this. It can be a print, a book, a cherished present from a friend.

Pause for a moment, take 5 minutes, turn down the news, shut off the ‘noise’ and just think about one place in your life when you recall feeling completely uncomplicated.

Doesn’t that feel nice?

Sitting atop my mothers lap, wearing my favorite shiny black patent leather shoes and pink gingham dress, my warm brown banana curls cascading around my face… listening intently for the thousandth time as she retold the tale of Hornbill. That’s completely uncomplicated.

(photo above from wook kim)

Posted in walls on February 28, 2006

P Van b

P van b is a ultra haute, somewhat risque collection of contemporary wallpaper established by Berlin based wallpaper designer Andrea P??nicker. It’s baroque gone wild! P van b carries lush wallpaper, stationary, home accessories, and an uber hip line of yummy clothing.
Aren’t you at least slightly intriqued by wallaper with names like wowhaus neon, rich bit*ch, dutch pomp, lady light and true grace? Some of the wallpaper is slightly erotic (see above photo, look carefully), which I’m not daring enough to rock in my own space, but the sophiticated bold takes on traditional baroque prints – right up my alley! I can so see this hanging in trendy salons and boutiques here in the states. I’m waiting to see who picks up the line over here, any predictions? I’ll be in Berlin this summer, so I have to add this one to my list so I can report back to you my first hand experience of naughty little P Van b. I can’t wait to discover what’s new in Berlin, I haven’t been in a few years. So much to share with you this summer, I can’t wait!


(photos from P Van b)

Posted in shopping, travel, walls on February 24, 2006

Cole and Son

I was really hoping wallpaper would be considered “in” again. It was so hard to not see texture and patterns on walls anymore, unless it was (gasp) in the form of ivy leaf stencils around the frames of doors (shrug) or floral borders in mauve.


Cole and Son from the UK has been making wallpaper for ages, since 1875 to be exact. They’ve papered the walls of homes everywhere, from Buckingham Palace to the White House. Some of their machinery dates back to 1900, which they still use in their factory. They have a collection of over 4,000 wood blocks, some that are still used on a daily basis. They flock, screen, and print some of the most dazzling wallpaper in the world, and now, with their contemporary designs, they’re certain to capture the hearts of hip urban designers more and more right here in the states. Their graphic post WWII patterns are lovely. They actually realized that they needed to get hip and decided to recreate some of their designs from 1955. Revamped and ready to roll, here’s some patterns that I love and hope you will enjoy, too.

What do you think about it, are you open to the whole wallpaper resurrection for modern homes? Where do you see it in your own space?

(images from cole and son)

Posted in walls on February 17, 2006

2 Jane

The March issue of Glamour magazine just arrived, and I spotted this really lacy vinyl adhesive that you can actually peel and stick to your wall – not just windows – and it’s in bright blue! It’s so nice. You have to grab the March issue and turn to page 288. It’s displayed behind the white sofa. Love it!

You can find the lacy adhesive stuff shown above at 2 Jane, along with the fun pixel pattern show below. The other 3 photos are sample shots of wallpaper they carry too. It would be nice to wallpaper one wall in your entryway or a wall behind your dining room table, just to give the room a focal point and add some pattern without going overboard.

I love all these new options in wall treatments – finally, the days of boring pottery barn painted walls – fading quickly! Americans are getting fresh and funky with vibrant patterns and colors for the home. It’s fun to see primary colors, like blues and reds, surfacing again, too. Happy colors for a happy home. Love love love it!

adhesive firm for walls and windows, in various colors (not just white!)


(all photos from 2 Jane.)

Posted in walls on February 04, 2006

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