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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

Karin Eriksson

I’m captivated by Swedish ceramics designer Karin Eriksson, a self-employed designer since 2000 based in Solna, Sweden whose ideas and inspiration are drawn from fashion and nature. Karin carefully designs and handcrafts the most dreamy ceramic wares ever! She creates everything from bowls to plates, vases (which I’m hooked on lately, can’t you tell?) and mobiles, along with many other delicate beauties that you’ll want to display and use in your home. I really enjoyed reading about her creative process, which begins by building collages from collected pictures, drawings and text (one was featured in a recent coffee + cre8tive post). She also has a style blog – tres fantastique! You can find her tealights at her etsy store for $18, and other goodies from her collection on the west coast at weego home in Santa Monica, and beginning today, at trunkt in NYC located at 393 Greenwich Street, and via their online store for the rest of us.

(photos from karin eriksson)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

DWR – New for Spring!

Here’s my DWR wish list from the new Spring collection. One can dream, can’t she? You can view more fresh finds for spring here. Make sure you click on the designers links below, you can never be too rich, too slim, or too design-savvy!

Saarinen Tulip Table $1,298 Made in Italy. Designed by Eero Saarinen. Designed in 1956, the tulip table, with its fluted pedestal and almost weightless appeal, is a great option when you want a table that is stable but not bulky. Visually, this table doesn’t consume the room, which I like. My friend, Lisa, has this table in her dining space and around it, she gives warmth to the modern tulip table with birch chairs that resemble the Svedese Fortune Chairs with a fabric seat and solid hardwood frame. I prefer the tulip as Lisa has it, with wood chairs vs. the tulip chairs shown below.Zig Screen $698 Designed by Achyut Kantawala and Edward Ng (both form SEED, based right here in Cambridge, MA for the locals). So many of us require mobile workspaces, that this modular DIY room divider made of plywood can solve our space issues in a flash. Great for dividing home office space from the bedroom, or if you’re in a loft, this is an attractive option to divide sleep space from the living room area. It can be easily shaped to fit your needs, doesn’t require tools, and is a much more affordable solution over erecting an actual wall.
B-Pop Side Chair $218, Made in Italy. Designed by Omar de Biaggio from JOB’s. Beech ply and stainless steel tubular seating. Whimsy meets mid century modern.
Selene Chair $175 Designed by Vico Magistretti. Available in Crystal, Red, or White. I would personally prefer the Crystal, again, because it’s versatile and it will also match my space. I like this chair because it’s made out of a single piece of transparent polycarbonate and has a very sleek look to it. It’s also appealing because you can stack up to 6 of them and store them for times when you’ll use them, such as during a cocktail or card party.
Logo Sofa. $1,598. Made in Denmark. Designed by Busk and Hertzog. I love this piece, tried it out in store and it’s comfortable and made very well. It’s great because it can easily transform into a bed for guests. I have a thing against traditional sleeper sofas with those horribly uncomfortable mattresses, so I’d opt for this instead. I also don’t have a lot of space in a 2 bedroom, so this is perfect for my 2nd bedroom and doesn’t totally consume the space as a bed would. Nice find. The chrome-plated steel sleigh legs aren’t bad either, they give some personality that I find, often lacks in sleeper styles. The fabric is very nice, 100% felt. I can’t resist felt. Also available in charcoal, which I like better than the red shown below since it allows the dweller more versatility, especially if the dweller happens to be a total design addict and changes colors every season. :) Not that *I* do that or anything…. My absolute favorite sleeper style from DWR is the Sliding Sofa in Green. I’m quite sweet on this sofa.

(photos above are from the design within reach website.)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [feb 24 '06]


This is my inspirational photo for the day because I’ve been doing quite a lot of cooking lately, thanks to Rachel Ray and my cute little apron. I purchased one of her latest cookbooks and started whipping up all of these fancy dishes in ’30 minutes or less’, my husband has been loving it. So much so, that he said this weekend he wants to fast, drink green tea, and relax his body from all the food I’ve been pumping into him. I guess he’s right, we have been eating like we’re about to hibernate or something. Must put down fork. Engage treadmill. I am excited that I’m cooking again though, albeit a little too much lately. I was missing days there for awhile, baking a quick flat bread pizza or throwing together a moztom sandwich on french baguette or a simple avocado salad with lemon and capers. Coming from a family where cooking is a 3 hour process, with everyone engaged, chopping, slicing, boiling, yelling across the room for this and that spice, playing very loud music… you’d think I would have grown into this major cooking diva. Nope. I’m not. That’s why I need Rachel Ray to coach me with her 30 minute meals. It’s too easy to press “start” and make 30 second meals instead, ala lean cuisine. Then again, perhaps the lean cuisine is the direction I need to be taking after all these homemade casseroles, greek food, and thai dishes I’ve been making…

(photo from lotta jansdotter – isn’t it so natural and pretty?)

Posted in uncategorized on February 24, 2006

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