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Summer Homes + Anne Black Ceramics

Let’s talk about summer home envy and ceramics. I have some Anne Black ceramics in my home (and on my ears!) and even some knobs for my china cabinet are from her Danish design studio. I loved looking at her recent work on her website today, particularly her bloom vases. The colors are soft, earthy and pretty and I enjoy the natural forms.
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But then I came across, once again the knobs that first introduced me to her line, along with some hooks, and their simplicity and colorways made me smile. Her Ruth plate with the bird is a delight for the eyes, too. The seam candle cup is another favorite. I love this snapshot below of some of them. Dots of happiness!

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And have you seen her summer home in Bolig magazine? Here’s a sampling below. I want a little summer home. My good friend and neighbor Tinna is Danish and has not one but TWO summer homes and I just sit here some days thinking WHAT AM I DOING WRONG because I have to get a summer home too! I mean, it’s sort of a thing here in Europe for people to have summer getaways that they own, I know many who do… And I don’t mean big country estates. Nothing fancy or OTT. Usually they are tiny, humble cottages near the sea nestled in small villages in either the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden or the northern coast of Germany and the German islands.

I honestly don’t care how remote it is, or how in need of revamping, I just long to be near the coast and to have a small summer home to disappear to each year that little Aidan and his papa. A place to call his second home… A place to play in the yard, cook outside, sun bathe in the yard where I can wear a bikini without worrying about the wobbly bits. Where I can get a small blow up pool, finger paint on the patio with my little sweetheart… Ride bikes to the shore. Oh yes, this sounds like my kind of life. So maybe I need to find a summer home? Perhaps I’ll beginning looking next Spring… Until now, let’s all peek in on Anne’s place below photographed by the amazing (and one of my all time favorites) photographer Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer

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Do you also dream of owning a small summer cottage?

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Posted in ceramics on August 22, 2014

Arro Home Design Crush

I found out lately about Arro Home on Instagram and oh my goodness I had to bookmark them so I’d remember to share with all of you. They are this wickedly cute design label out of Australia who ship worldwide and just have the most joyful and festive homewares stuff ever. Check them out.

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My wish list: Dot Dash cloth napkins, Bowtie tea towels, pink lunch plate, pink snack plate, pink stripe beaker, pink stripe mug, apple cushionmicroscope cushion and all of the fun pillowcases.But most of all, I would love to own the Stepped Cross Quilt. Swoon.

What do you see that lights your fire?

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Posted in bedroom, kitchen on August 22, 2014

Aura Home Bedding

I have to share some great new bedding from Aura Home with you that I’m hoping to get for my bedroom redesign. I need to get my bedroom looking good because after having a baby, I didn’t bother to decorate it because the room has been all about function, function, function since our little guy has slept in there with us in his little bed for the past 6 months.

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But soon, I’m thinking to move him into his room or at least start getting him in that direction even if it’s a bit sporadic as “cry it out” sleep training is not for me so I know it will take a ton of work to finally wean him into his own bed. But I’m hoping it won’t come to that and it will all just flow naturally. So far, Aidan has flowed into every next step very naturally, including teething. He has two little teeth popping up and he hasn’t cried at all or shown any signs of being cranky or in pain. I know sleep is harder, especially to get them over to their own beds, but once his new window treatments are installed I’m going to start moving in that direction so he can sleep in his room. And this also means that I REALLY WANT TO DECORATE OUR BEDROOM NOW and make it pretty (we moved in this past January so it’s about time!). I want it to be a relaxing and lovely place for us to unwind but also cheerful and modern.

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OK so here is some bedding I’m loving. It’s graphic and modern but also very versatile. It’s from Aura Home. They’ve been advertising on decor8 forever but this post has nothing to do with their ads or any under the table deals I’ve cut with them or anything else. I simply love their bedding and I’m hoping to order some. I think mixing and matching and adding a quilt that is very modern, could be nice. I’ll show you another bedding post in a minute that you may also like highlighting more great looks for the bedroom.

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Back in a moment. But first, what do you think of these shown above?

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Posted in bedroom on August 22, 2014

My Office Sideboard – Vote For Your Favorite!

Has it really been three days since my last blog post? My goodness where does the time go in the summer? I have been out so much with the baby and so active that time is just flying by. I’m almost looking forward to the cold months when we can spend more time indoors when time seems to almost slow down… Of course, when winter comes I’m suddenly wishing for summer back so I guess the point is to just enjoy life day-to-day, right? How are you doing? We are fine – Aidan is only 6 months old and has two teeth popping up, is learning to crawl and already all over his room and my office the second I put him down on the rug! It’s insane how quickly these darling babies grow yet at the same time each day feels so long when you’re ‘in’ it. I care for him full-time and work full-time, and sadly my cleaning lady has been visiting her family in Poland for the past month so I’ve been caring for the home too on top of it all so it’s been quite busy lately. I think when she returns next week I’ll have to jump up and down and kiss her!

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So, here is the progress report for my office. I’ve decided to order a credenza and do a gallery wall over it. I’ve narrowed it down to a few from Fashion For Home. Do you want to see them? Right click on the image above to see these babies a little larger…Which do you like best? Sideboard Stig II #1, Sideboard Helvig I #2, Sideboard Stig I #3, Sideboard Helvig II #4 or Sideboard Loca #5? My vote is on 5 also shown below…

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Curious to see what you think!

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Posted in workspace on August 22, 2014

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