Visting Europe during the past three weeks has been a wonderful experience. I don’t need to tell you this if you’ve ever been here. You know how special it is. Long nature walks, pretty parks, cobblestone streets, relaxing train rides, dining for hours… Of course, another huge advantage is the exposure to so many new products. Simple trips to the local food market is an absolute pleasure, the colorful labels, chocolates filled with liquors, creamy yogurt that melts in your mouth… Of course, I can’t deny the fun involved in discovering new fashion labels and jewelry, too. Discovering many new design products for the home that I’d not seen before, or if I had, only in the pages of UK or French home magazine. Spending time away from your home soil is total freedom. We’re here until the beginning of December, so I’m trying so desperately to take it all in before it slips through my fingers and we’re back on our flight to Boston…
Now that we’ve wrapped up our contest, I’m going to start posting about the many things I’m discovering here… I have lots of photos to share with you from a fair I attended this past weekend, I will get those up on the blog tomorrow.
Let us start with some of my new finds with the atelier of Fiva in the Netherlands. I spied their jewelry at a store here recently and fell in love. I think you’ll enjoy their studio design, and perhaps, the jewelry as well. So pretty. What a great color palette – the natural tones of beige and cream with a touch of lavender…
“We use semiprecious stones, handmade glass beads from Venice, freshwater pearls and crystal. While travelling around the world I search for all kinds of innovative materials. We fashion these parts together in our studio, with a lot of care and attention to detail. In this way extraordinary eye-catching jewelry come into being which is manufactured in small quantities by hand, in the Netherlands.”
(images from fiva)
Lovely + glossy things from dbO Home that I think you’ll enjoy today… Either for giving or keeping all to yourself. Fancy a spot of tea? The Tea for two gift sets contain two petite handthrown porcelain tea cups paired with a charming tin of delicious Harney & Sons tea sachets. Love the look of a sweet puppy dog face? You’ll drool for the silky smooth Winter White Dogface Cereal Bowls, sold in sets of two. The Minty Soap Dish Gift Set makes for the sweetest gift ever, and I love the simplicity of the aqua Plantlife Porcelain Soap Dish - such charm!
(images from dbo home)
Congratulations to the winners of our Workspace Contest, sponsored by Fabulous Stationery! Thanks to the votes via email and comments on the blog by decor8 readers, we’ve determined our winners. If your name is listed below, you will be contacted via email within 24 hours with information on how to claim your prize.
A warm congrats to everyone, and a big thank you to all who entered our contest. More contests will follow in the future, so stay tuned…
#1: Cristin in Texas – $100 Gift Certificate
#2: Holly in Atlanta – $50 Gift Certificate
#3: Karen in Oregon - $25 Gift Certificate
#4: Christine’s Classroom – Your choice of either a $15 Gift Certificate OR one MoMA Limited Edition Pen*(valued at $25)
#5: Geninne in Mexico - Your choice of either a $15 Gift Certificate OR one MoMA Limited Edition Pen*(valued at $25)
Autumn is a beautiful time of year for reflection. Maybe you feel the same way. While strolling over a wooden bridge today, kicking leaves and watching the breeze create ripples across a glassy pond, I paused for a moment to, well, pause. I felt a bit like Winnie the Pooh, a scarf neatly tied around my neck there in the forest, holding a stick in my hand meant for casting into the waters below. Seeing such pretty leaves relaxing there, I decided to sit down, legs dangling over the edge, watching. Reflecting. Taking a moment to pause.
You may notice it, but do you really watch the beauty around you? Stop for a moment and appreciate what you have by observing what is around you. There’s so much in motion, things we do not see until we ourselves pause… The raw, the untouched, things that human hands did not create, nor never need to touch in order for them to survive. A forest does fine on its own. Could we? The beauty of all the design that is around us. We talk about design so much, why not take your camera outdoors, amazing design is all around you. So many textures, colors, patterns… Even a fuzzy little snail is so well designed, so appealing to the eye, and yet it’s roaming the forest – long after this photo was snapped – living life and going about its business.
Growing, living, dying, breathing, changing. Reflecting on nature. The seasons. The golden month of October. These quiet moments give way to even deeper thoughts. Our life. As it is now and where it is heading. The reality of it all. The miracle of being alive. The way it feels to be loved, appreciated, touched. Learning. Exploring. Life is even more special when we allow ourselves to look deeper beyond the surface, to pause and reflect on the deeper things.
Appreciating beauty both seen (fallen leaves) and unseen (a crisp breeze carrying the scent of pine and burning wood in the air) is on my mind today. Natural design. Ridges and swirls and the bark on a tree. Me, a simple bear in the forest, collecting acorns, kicking chestnuts along a path, snapping photos, being alone. Where are you? Perhaps you should find a park today and go for a stroll. Pull out your camera and see what you can find. Snap what inspires you. It could result in your next collection. Your next work of art. An idea for your living room decor. Tell me, what’s on your mind today?
(photos by holly becker for decor8)