Shopping + Products

Ceramics By Robert Gordon Australia

July 24, 2015

I discovered a ceramics studio recently that has been active since 1945 in Australia by the same family —  Have you heard of Robert Gordon? They have a factory outside of Melbourne with a staff of 30 and have recently taken on an agent in the United States, too. They not only design pieces for everyday living, but work with restaurants to produce custom made pottery which made me think about my own cafe/design shop dreams and how wonderful it would be to have custom wares for it someday. Well imagine that. They recently did a fit out for E.P. in Los Angeles, so location and delivery is also not an issue so you don’t need to live down under to enjoy the fruits of their meticulously crafted labor.

Ceramics By Robert Gordon Australia

I recently spoke to Kate Gordon who is their head of design and product development, and learned that she has a textile design background but since she was always so involved in her family business of pottery, it was a natural fit to combine her ceramics knowledge with developing Continue Reading…






Books + Magazines, Trends

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

July 21, 2015

A few years ago I spotted a micro “foodie” trend in Germany and today it’s slowly starting to take off – food trucks! Today I have a book to share with you all about them and where you can find the best ones in the country. As an American, food trucks are as common to me as the corner coffee shop and went from trend to a staple in mainstream American culture many years ago. It never dawned on me when I moved to Germany that, outside of festivals and Christmas markets, food trucks run by creative cooks were not common at farmers’ markets and rare sights in cities. The food trucks at events were (and largely still are) very typical serving beer, bratwurst, pommes and the typical German festival foods which are great but offer little to those longing for a culinary adventure.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Germany is slowly but surely becoming a big foodie culture, especially among young people with the over 35 crowd also catching on. I’m starting to see food trucks pop up in my city and even the typical fests with the typical foods are slowly starting to change with new foods being offered that cater to vegans and others who are just looking to have their tastebuds tickled. That’s why I was so excited when my contact at Prestel, a Continue Reading…






Shopping + Products

Our New Sofa From Fashion For Home

July 17, 2015

I can’t wait to show you the new little sofa in my living room that arrived from Berlin! It looks so sweet and acts as the perfect placeholder for the larger one I’m about to order for the opposite wall (I’ll put this baby elsewhere once it arrives). I’m in the process of renovating this room but for now, this little sofa looks so sweet. Later, it will go in another room since my apartment has enough room for it to move around – something I really love about living in this place other than the abundance of natural light. This darling sofa is the 2-Sitzer Sofa Tesoro from Fashion For Home in Hellgrau and I love it.
Our New Sofa From Fashion For Home

It’s comfortable, it’s stylish, the tufting is gorgeous and the quality is tops. The frame, made of wood, is also visible and quite gorgeous. I am so happy to have this piece of furniture in my home. It’s so hard to choose a sofa though, don’t you think? So many options and often, you aren’t Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Strawberry Cakes in Glasses

July 16, 2015

Hello everyone, it’s Liz here for my monthly recipe and this time, it’s all about Strawberry cakes with a slight twist – these are in a glass! If I had a wish, I’d want a strawberry field in my backyard. Or my front garden, I wouldn’t care actually. It should just BE there for the summer. After the season is over, it could disappear again. Wouldn’t it be nice to wake up and walk across your own strawberry field in your pyjamas, eating a ton of berries even before breakfast? In reality, I only have three plants in my greenhouse — it’s a start, I know, and I’ll keep on dreaming!

Recipe: Strawberry Cakes in Glasses

But for now, let’s use these beautiful red berries to create something delicious! The local strawberry season is slowly ending here in our part of Germany and the public picking fields are closing, which I noticed with sadness. So isn’t it time to celebrate this strawberry summer? Strangely enough, I never see strawberries baked INTO cakes in bakeries here. What you find are cakes topped with fresh fruit and held together with jelly or pudding, but how come they are never baked into the dough? I thought, why not give it a try, and so I made these strawberry cakes in little Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

Watercolor Art Prints From Copenhagen

July 12, 2015

I love art that isn’t generic, you know like those typical framed prints everyone buys from big box stores, I find them boring. Before you call me a snob, I confess that I used to have them all over my apartment when I was living alone because back then, Etsy didn’t exist and it was really hard to find nice prints of original works from artists that were affordable or even easy to find. And hey, NO JUDGEMENT if you still buy art at big home stores – to each his own. Though as your trusty decorating friends, I want to give you a little push to check into buying more art prints because they are everywhere online these days and they are really, really good!

Watercolor Art Prints From Copenhagen

We’ve come a long way with art these days because you can find beautiful work nearly everywhere online and shop direct from artists or a middleman who sells their work. This provides endless opportunities for decorating enthusiasts. Not only can you get affordable work (prints are wayyyy less expensive than original works so I have lots of prints personally), but often stuff that no one else has and if you are supporting an artist so they can continue doing what they love.

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Home Tours

Home Tour: Colorful Nostalgic Family Space

July 10, 2015

Are you ready for a colorful, lovely family home tour with a hint of nostalgia? Good! Hey everyone, it’s Holly Marder back again with another beautiful interior to share. And boy, do I think you’re going to love this home! Guida, who is Portuguese, and her Dutch husband Bas reside in a waterfront row house dating back to the early 1900’s with their two sons Tomás and Emílio. Against a characteristic backdrop boasting solid oak floors and original architectural period detail’s, Guida’s style weaves vintage, industrial and modern items with daring lashes of color throughout resulting in a home that is bold yet calm, collected yet clean.

Home Tour: Colorful Nostalgic Family Space

In search of a home that would comfortably accommodate their growing family, Bas and Guida found their dream house close to the town center of Delft, The Netherlands. “We knew immediately that this would be our home because of the space the house offered and the peaceful views of Continue Reading…






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