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Norwegian Home Products By FunkyDoris

It’s always fun sharing products from small labels, like FunkyDoris which was founded in 2012 by two Norwegian textile designers, Grethe Bjørk and Tove Trydal. Inspired by what they call the best decades of Scandinavian design (1950s-1970s), their core products are pillows, poufs and pendant lamps along with kitchen products such as tea towels, potholders, aprons and birch veneer trays. They’ve recently added a new range of handmade bowls, candle holders and pendant lights. These are great for adding shots of color in your home and of course, in the typical Scandinavian way of adding color against a neutral background – always a winner!

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I rather like the idea of hopping on my scooter and taking off for a picnic in the countryside right about now, don’t you?

(images: FunkyDoris)

Posted in designers on October 17, 2014

Giveaway: Free Books! Win IN DETAIL By Hans Blomquist

I have a GREAT giveaway for interiors enthusiasts out there today. You can win one of FIVE copies of the stunning brand new title by stylist and art director Hans Blomquist, IN DETAIL, from Ryland Peters + Small. Photographed by both Hans and professional photographer (on the world’s best) Debi Treloar, this is THE coffee table book of the moment. Would you like to WIN a copy? C’mon, of course you would! And since it doesn’t release until next week – and I’m kicking off his blog tour online – 5 days, 5 bloggers — I’m also including a book review and some brand new images from the book to feast your eyes upon that you can pin and click on for a larger view.

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I’ve snapped a photo of the book on my coffee table above so you can see how lovely it really looks as a decorative object in addition to a learning tool.

About the author: Hans Blomquist is a renowned art director and stylist whose evocative, painterly style is highly sought after by a multitude of prestigious brands. Hans started out working for IKEA in Sweden at the tender age of 16 and ended up art directing their catalogue. He then moved to London, where he was based for eleven years working as a freelance art director for clients such as Harrods, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Hans now lives in Paris where he recently directed campaigns for H&M, Monoprix and Zara.

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Description: In Detail takes a closer look at the details behind international interiors stylist and art director Hans Blomquist’s unique and idiosyncratic take on the world. In hundreds of ravishingly beautiful, inspiring pictures, he encourages the reader to see the world through his own eyes, revealing the possibilities in even the humblest of items and putting together pieces to create striking, painterly and evocative rooms and displays. Chapter by chapter, Hans focuses on and discusses the key ingredients of his distinctive look: Nature, Texture, Colour, Textiles, Collecting and Display. He explains the creative process, offers up his own treasures and puts inspiring ideas for beautiful interiors within every reader’s reach.

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5 Things I Liked About This Book:

  1. I love that it is split into the very details that make a house a home. Nature, Texture, Color, Textiles, Collections and Display.
  2. I love the paper quality, the jacket image, the jacket texture, the size, the overall quality of the book makes me happy.
  3. The moody, gorgeous photography – each photo has a cinematic feel to it – like you are watching a gorgeous film.
  4. That Hans has a conversation with the reader. He doesn’t ramble on and on. He gives food for thought. Lots of it.
  5. Hans offers styling tips and ideas throughout. He doesn’t show, he also tells. Often stylists have a hard time putting into words what it is that they do, which often means that books by stylists can lack real advice and are mostly filled with inspirational imagery. These days, we can get all of that on Pinterest and blogs. Content is king. What does the author have to teach? Knowledge is what I think we’re going for when we buy interiors books today. Hans doesn’t show elaborate step-by-step projects for any of his ideas, but he does talk through the images explaining the thinking behind how he has styled it or what you, the reader, could try at home yourself.

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5 Things That I Learned By Reading This Book:

  1. I learned that you can take a large branch and simply prop it against your wall at home or turn it into a lamp by wrapping a long cord around a couple of the stronger branches, adding a decorating light bulb to, “create an unusual and cozy corner” (page 28).
  2. You can make plant pots for growing cuttings or smaller plants using newspaper. I love this idea! (page 37)
  3. Vintage wooden clothes pegs can be used to display posters instead of picture frames (page 51).
  4. Use painted backdrops in a home because they are a, “brilliant way to add interest to an interior, and they can be repainted at any time to ring the changes” (page 87).
  5. Use luggage labels and rubber stamps to make hand-printed labels to kitchen storage jars. Simple tie them with twine (page 186).

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5 Ways I’d Like To Use This Book:

  1. To wrap in brown paper and give as a gift.
  2. To showcase on my coffee table.
  3. And later, to display on my bookcase with his first book, The Natural Home, published in 2012. My review of The Natural Home can be found here.
  4. To read it from cover to cover and try to apply some of the ideas.
  5. To identify some of the vintage objects that I like and hunt for them at the local flea market.

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Visit the rest of my blogger friends this week to see their reviews too. You can stop by Lobster & Swan, The Lifestyle Editor, Such Pretty Things and Decor Art all this week.

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Now it’s time for FIVE of you to win a copy of this book! The contest will wrap up on Friday October 17th at 11 am EST and I will announce the winners at the end of the day this Friday. To enter, please leave your first name, blog URL (if you have one) and tell us what 5 things you love about interiors books in general.

UPDATE Oct 18, 2014: Winners have been chosen and will be contacted. Books will be sent to winners directly from Ryland, Peters and Small in London. A warm thank you to all who entered. Comments on this post have now been closed.

WINNERS: #23 Irene, #36 Marilen, #44 Lesley, #151 Emma, #189 Aga,

xo,

Holly

Posted in Books + Magazines, contests on October 13, 2014

Photographer Joanna Henderson

I heard only recently that photographer Joanna Henderson has her own website, so I had to peek around. I remember writing about her work first in 2007 and since, think she has developed a really nice body of work – mainly interiors and lifestyle based. I’d like to share with you two “stories” that I particularly enjoyed with my cup of tea this morning. The first was shot by Joanna with stylist Sania Pell and focuses on paint and paper. Although this was shot last Autumn, the look is so timeless that it applies beautifully today. I love these warm, matte neutrals right now, don’t you? They really bring in a spirit of calm and comfort. And of course, the styling work and art direction of Sania is consistently impeccable these days.

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The next story features the photography again of Joanna Henderson only this time, showcasing the styling work of Lisa Brown. This time the focus is on moulds, of all things. It took me by surprise that you could produce such a lovely visual story around such a mundane object. This color palette is truly beautiful. I particularly like the white ceramic moulds but also fancy the vintage tin ones and the stunning cooper mould shown below.

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To see more of Joanna’s photographer and view the work of other stylists with whom she has worked, visit her website here.

What a nice way to begin the week! Now I’m off to teach two classes – one is all about writing a great bio and the other is about how to turn blogging into something that you love again.

See you later today with a big book giveaway!

(images: joanna henderson)

Posted in inspiration on October 13, 2014

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Ok so you know how you see something once that makes your heart flutter and you tell yourself that if you see it again, and are still all aglow, that you simply must have it? A person, a place, a thing? In this instance, it’s both a place and a thing because it’s a photograph of a city and though I’m unsure if it’s Brooklyn or another favorite place of mine — well I can’t be sure. But I’ve seen it a few times in the styling work of Petra Bindel, who I’ve been following for years. Here’s the photo. Do you know who the photographer is and is it available for purchase?

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Posted in Arts + Crafts on October 11, 2014

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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