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Normal Room – Global Decor

I know you do it. During your evening strolls, you glance over at the neighbors’ homes whenever their curtains are open. While you may not press your face against their window, it’s fun to see how others are living. Especially everyday, “normal” people. That’s why Normal Room is a fun surf. It’s a website that reader Anssi recently told me about that takes you into the rooms of those living all over – from Finland to Russia, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Argentina, and beyond. It’s fun to see what decorative styles we share (or not) with other cultures. Even though the community is still growing, it’s worth checking out and better yet, contributing your own images. Help Normal Room grow – it’s a great concept.

A terrific flat in Tokyo.

While I do not suggest clicking on “browse all” because you fall into a virtual rabbit hole, I think “search” is the way to go, and then search by country. I selected Germany, Finland, Australia, the Netherlands, and Japan. Here are some of the results, see what you think.

Fijian has a great flat in The Netherlands, don’t you think?

A really cool apartment of a 26-year-old student in Helsinki.
Fantastic colors!
Notice the art and twinkle lights – love!
A serene bedroom in Sydney with a beautiful view.
A home office inside of a timber frame house built in 1560 in Germany.

(images from normal room)

Posted in inspiration on March 07, 2007

Solas Light + CJ O’Neill

I discovered POAA last night (great store based in the Netherlands that ships worldwide) and found myself drawn in by the Solas Lights from UK designer CJ O’Neill. I’d not seen these before, so now I have yet another obsession. Gorgeous patterns on hemispherical forms, some with piercing details, all translucent bone china, all so striking and unique. No two are alike, you can even select the decoration you’d like and whether or not you’d like the lights pierced. How great is that?


Psst: CJ O’Neill also creates amazing tableware and bowls, not to miss on her website.

(images from poaa and cj o’neill)

Posted in Objects on March 07, 2007

Villa Nova (and random thoughts on color)

Print + Pattern blogged about Villa Nova out of the UK and since I found some of their images to be a source of inspiration (along with a mega dose of color, refreshing), I thought I’d post a bit of beauty for you to enjoy. I found these rooms to be so typical English, do you? I love the bold, patterned drapes – those take courage, don’t they?!? And check out the pink spaces. Imagine having the guts to go all out like that and create a pink living room? I am in awe when I see interiors that have such a strong color palette. Sometimes I think I’m going over the edge incorporating teal or pear into my own space, but then I look at how the English, German, and Dutch use color and I sit back and think of how I may be a bit more fearful of color than I care to admit to. Maybe I’m a color wuss.

What about you? Are you a risk taker or do you play it safe?

(images from villa nova)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips, inspiration on March 06, 2007

The Independent London: Store Guide

Look what Joy found: The Independent London: Store Guide. This is perfect, I can’t wait to see it. I purchased it online, they ship worldwide, and you can pay via Paypal. I’ll be in London later this year, so I plan to put it to good use. Anyone else planning on visiting London this year? Isn’t this cat the cutest?

(images from the independent london)

Posted in Books + Magazines, shopping, travel on March 06, 2007

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