November is here, where has the time gone!? With snow predicted to fall in Germany this week (not good), I’m thinking of how I need to rearrange things once I’m back home in the states. My nest is in need of some major padding – I still have sheers on the windows, pillows that scream summer, a single cotton blanket on the bed, and my bedroom is in need of an upgrade because chocolate, cream and robin’s egg blue isn’t working for me anymore. Too safe. I need to take my own advice and live on the edge a little – have some fun with color.
Living in New England calls for wool (felted – yum!), flannel, thick cozy throws, and a few new pillows for the sofa to give a feeling of warmth to the space. I found these super cute little hand crocheted dolls over on Lena Corwin’s shop (she added the works of Sian Keegan recently) and thought that placing one on the bed, or two (one leaning up against each standard pillow) would lend charm to a bedroom, especially in climates such as New England where we tend to bring out our quilts and wool blankets this time of year. The doll on the left resembles my husband a little bit (don’t tell him that though he he), so I think I’d choose this one for his pillow. I imagine these on a solid bed, perhaps in deep blue or mustard, with a colorful modern quilt neatly folded in fours across the bottom 1/3 of the bed. I like infusing little hints of charm and whimsy in my home, and having cute little reminders that we’re all still very young at heart isn’t such a bad thing… These crocheted dolls are the perfect tap on the back to remind us.
Now that winter is coming, what will you do to update your interiors to reflect the season? I’m curious, for those in warm climates, do you make any changes when winter comes (i.e. those from southern CA)?
(images from lena corwin)
Look what I found over at Elsewares today. A sneaky wee ninja plushie (so stealth!), a Pamela Barsky retro-inspired dinner party journal (so Jane!), sweet pastel-y cards (so cute!), and melamine plates with diner images (so nostalgic!).
So! What are you waiting for? Don’t you deserve to treat yourself to a dose of cuteness today and shop with Elsewares?
Speaking of Pamela Barsky, did you catch my chat with her back in July?
(images from elsewares)
Today we had a little party for my 86-year-old oma in celebration of her return home. She was in a nursing home for several months following a major heart operation. The party was mostly filled with other sweet oma’s, well dressed Germans who have been around these parts long before the second world war. A few children and of course, some from our family attended as well, so the mix of ages was just perfect and all had a really nice time.
Oma is quite the spirited woman, very fiery and extremely sharp, so seeing her back in a familiar space amongst friends warmed my heart. As I sit here typing, I’m reminded of my other grandmother, far across the Atlantic over in Rhode Island, all alone in the nursing home. Maybe she’s watching the squirrels outside of her window at this very moment, thinking about me, too. It saddens me sometimes to know that one grandmother is so happy while the other is so very alone. I wish I could split in two so as to be in both places at once, but I guess the important thing is that I joy was given to one of these very special ladies today.
As my oma Ilse removed her teeth after everyone left, right in front of the remaining family members, I was first taken aback, but quickly thought of how nice it must be to simply not care anymore about the opinions of others. It made me laugh as she did it, in fact a few of us younger ones got quite a roll from it, but at the end of day, she is eighty-six and at that age, you have earned your right to do whatever you please, with or without your dentures.
I know this post has had nothing to do with creativity or design yet, but if you think about it, maybe you can apply a lesson from oma. Maybe you can care a little less about what others think, applying this carefree spirit in areas of your life where you may be fearful or stuck. This could extend to deep emotions or something far lighter like the design of your home. Perhaps you need to let go a bit and stop worrying about what others will say and just be you.
While hanging out at Apartment Therapy this afternoon, catching up on the past month that I’ve missed on the site, I was inspired to see so many colorful entries for their Fall Colors contest. I have clients who are paralyzed when in a paint shop, unsure as to what color to choose, afraid of screwing up. What’s the big deal if you do screw up? Are you worried about what your family or friends will say? Honestly, who cares. Take your teeth out for a moment. Are you going to wait until you are eighty-six before you start living?
An AT post today made me laugh because the home owner expressed how much she loved orange and a cap from a Gatorade bottle was her inspiration – she brought it to the paint store for an exact match and went home and painted it on the wall over her work station. It was stunning. I liked how she took a more casual approach to her hue selection. I have friends who take months to select the perfect shade of blue, only to paint, step back, and meltdown because it’s the wrong color. It’s times like these when I want to ask them to set priorities. Paint shouldn’t be the straw to break the camels’ back, should it?
(images of Diane Bigda illustrations, new over at Lilla Rogers Studio.)
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.
(images from isak)