Good afternoon decor8 readers, it is Jillian here with another edition of Shopgirl Visits — fresh off the plane from New York! When planning my New York trip a few weeks ago, I decided to arrange some shop shoots. I used Sibella Court’s ‘The Stylist’s Guide to NYC’ as a starting point but I also asked Holly for a few suggestions and she pointed me to Lotta Jansdotter. Photographing Lotta’s Brooklyn studio was at the top of the list so I sent an email and an appointment was scheduled. Mission (almost) accomplished!
You know who Lotta Jansdotter is, right? Just in case you don’t, she’s a Swedish designer extraordinaire who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and you’ll find her distinctive designs on fabrics, clothing, greeting cards, rugs, bags and crockery. She’s also absolutely lovely and I was made to feel very welcome during my visit in her light-filled studio located in an old warehouse in the district of Gowanus in Brooklyn. Would you like to join me on a little tour of her workspace?
This is the main work area.
Lotta’s studio space has a Scandinavian design aesthetic, which really appeals to me.
A mood board.
Some lovely little vignettes.
Colourful fabrics, tape and garlands. These pretty washi tapes with her designs and the wonderful decals make me want to get crafty!
Lotta’s new collection in shades of blue for the iconic store, Fishs Eddy.
Some tools of the trade.
I hope you enjoyed my little tour of Lotta’s studio, located at 131 8th Street Brooklyn NY. Lotta has a blog which you’ll find here and she also runs printing workshops from the studio. You can get all the details about the workshops here.
I’ll see you again in November with another fabulous New York find. Until then, – Jillian
(photos & text: jillian leiboff)
I came across a very sweet online shop today called Sunday Market and I simply cannot stop looking at. Their pretty things have me smiling from ear to ear. So much happiness in these objects, so much love, don’t you think? The patterns and colors are exquisite. AND they ship worldwide so if you see something you love, well dear one, there is nothing stopping you.
And MY goodness, how exquisite in this dip dye bag in turquoise? Discovered via le dans la, a most beautiful and inspiring French blog.
(images: sunday market)
Good morning and happy new week to all of you. I didn’t want to get out of bed this morning but after a cup of mate tea and some exercise, I feel a bit more energized! Mondays aren’t particularly my favorite day so I have to work extra hard at liking them. So! How was your weekend? Did you have a nice time? I went to a flea market and found a great antique cabinet and some Smiths/Morrissey vinyls. I also relaxed at a favorite pub nearby and had a chat with my publisher in London about projects for next year and beyond. It wasn’t the most productive weekend (I didn’t lift a finger around the house) but at least I was able to relax and prepare for a new week.
This morning in my inbox was an email with some very sweet wallpapers so I thought I’d share them with you. Have you heard of Famille Summerbelle? They just launched their latest collection mere minutes ago, Morning in Manhattan, which includes new wallpaper in two colorways along with a pretty wooden tray, mug and tea towel. It is their tribute to NYC, “Brownstones, fire escapes, rooftop water towers, bustling streets and an unforgettable skyline”. Here is a glimpse of what they carry in their online shop…
I love this quote that I found on their blog, “He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion… No, make that: he – he romanticized it all out of proportion. Yes. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin”. – Woody Allen, Manhattan 1979
AND speaking of NYC - I’m posting a very special tour of Lotta Jansdotter’s studio shot for decor8 that I’m going to run in a few moments. You won’t want to miss it. So inspiring!
(Photos: Aurélie Lécuyer)
As an Instagram addict (I’m @decor8 if you want to follow me), I definitely see the value is going from device to paper and turning some of my images into a little book for myself. In fact, I’ve been looking into how to do that for a few weeks so when I stumbled upon Artifact Uprising (based in Denver) today on Pinterest via Cici, I was in heaven. How beautiful are these books that you can create quite simply by using your IS photos?
Oh I just love this… Had to share. Hope you love it to – and maybe that you try it.
I want. I want. I WANT THIS.
(images: artifact uprising)
I was so excited when I woke up this morning to finally see the long awaited feature that FvonF, a German interiors blog based in Berlin, had planned for my friend, Sandra Juto, and her husband Johan Pergenius! Here is a quick peek into their Berlin apartment, located in Friedrichshain, but the FvonF blog has many more photos plus a lovely interview.
I put FvonF in touch with Sandra and Johan not long after they moved to Berlin from Sweden, so it was good to see that FvonF fell in love with Sandra and Johan too. It makes me happy to see more of Sandra’s apartment online – I’ve often wondered what her kitchen looks like – now I know. Her pretty apartment is so inspiring to me – I love the old German ‘altbauwohnung” details seen in so many of the turn of the century buildings that we have here. The herringbone wooden floors, high ceilings, plasterwork on the ceiling, it’s all so inspiring to me. I love the natural light and the painted wooden floors in Sandra’s office. Don’t forget to notice how she arranged her Polaroids on the wall…
I LOVED the part of their interview where they went into a bit of the emotional process involved in finding their apartment. I’ll quote Sandra and Johan directly from FvonF . Sandra explained, “The online photos of the apartment looked so terrible (in an intriguing way) that we had to come see it to compare it to the other, more polished, places we had looked at. When we stepped inside we looked at each other and we couldn’t ignore the fact that we both had fallen in love with the place. The condition of the apartment was more or less a disaster. The previous tenant lived here for 40 years before she died and seemed to like chain-smoking more than cleaning.” And I couldn’t help but laugh at how Johan described the first viewing, “When we showed up for the viewing, the real estate agent said we were brave to come see it. He was sitting in his car outside because he was so sure that no one would come.” What a riot! And what a good example of how one has to believe in something for themselves – who cares what others think – even when it comes to home selection. YOU have to love it.
View the entire interview here.
(images: Philipp Langenheim)