Decorating Tips

Tabletop: Decorate With A Table Clamp + Rod!

June 7, 2016

I have a very clever party decoration to share with you today, but first… Hello everyone! Peony season is here and is one of the most beautiful times of the year, don’t you think? In Germany it’s one of our biggest and most celebrated flower seasons (here they are called Pfingstrose with the various shades of pink being the most popular variety found in every flower kiosk for very little money). As long as there are fresh, fragrant peonies in the flower shops, gardens and at the farmers’ markets, they’ll be in my house too! The same holds true for rhubarb, which is also in season at the moment. Yum!

Tabletop: Decorate With A Table Clamp + Rod!

When decorating with peonies, my table setting almost always becomes a romantic one in soft colors. Who is playing the leading role in the following picture series is clear — Miss Peony! For my tabletop, I chose four different types of peonies in shades of white and pale pink, some with yellow inside. I’m not sure of the name of this particular one, but if you have time maybe you can help me. Also, there is a list here for Continue Reading…






Shopping + Products

Visit Maastricht To Shop + Eat + See Temporama

June 2, 2016

Would you like to travel with me? Today you can, we will shop + eat together! I just got back from Maastricht, one of the oldest cities in Holland known for its medieval-era architecture. I got to hit Temporama during opening weekend too, so I saw it before anyone else and it was great. More on Temporama later… But first of all, how are you? Are you doing good? Do you have any great plans for the first weekend of June? I will go to a music fest and see a few friends, and maybe go for a ride in the car through the countryside. And you? Okay, onto my tips… Let’s visit Maastricht together!

Visit Maastricht To Shop + Eat + See Temporama Festen

First off, Maastricht was a very pleasant surprise. A hidden gem. You always hear about Paris, London and Rome. Or Amsterdam, Berlin and Copenhagen. But Maastricht? Not really. Yet it’s beautiful! A shopper’s paradise too. I’d actually not heard of it until I was with my friend who lives near the border and told me that we could go over to the Netherlands while I visit here if I’d like. She suggested some shopping outlets Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Gin + Grapefruit Summer Soda

June 1, 2016

Hello everyone and hello June! This month is the start of summer and is also my birthday month. These days I’d much prefer to have a birthday drink than a birthday cake so I am sharing my go to summer drink, cheers!

Recipe: Gin + Grapefruit Summer Soda

As my go to drink in the warmer months as there is nothing quite as refreshing like a cold and tart citrus spritz. I wouldn’t say that I’m the biggest fan of gin, but done right, it’s a real Continue Reading…






Shopping + Products

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

June 1, 2016

Can you believe products for the Autumn/Winter season are being introduced already? I can’t believe it’s already June 1 though, time is flying this year so far. My upcoming trip to Sweden will be here in just three weeks, I can’t wait! Do you have any travels scheduled for summer? So let’s talk about shopping. Available now in the United States (here), RICE in Denmark has just released these Autumn/Winter 2016 collection and I can’t wait to share some images to inspire you today. Including their amazing wallpaper. Oh my goodness you will die.

New Happy Wallpaper + Decor From RICE

I love so many of these sweet things, like the RICE party supplies, melamine plates and bowls for kids, and the new RICE wallpaper…. They’ve collaborated with Eijffinger and have such cute papers for decorating your walls. The founder, Charlotte, happens to be a good friend of mine (her home was in my first book, Decorate, which is how we met) Continue Reading…






Shopping + Products

Kartell + Nendo For The Nursery

May 31, 2016

I was reading about the sweetest collaboration this morning over breakfast between Italian design giant Kartell and Japanese design firm, Nendo, lead by Oki Sato and I have to share it! I really love what they’ve done for the modern nursery and toddler room. Look at these sweet stools and rocking horses. Aren’t they just the best for a minimalist nursery decor? I particularly liked reading about the design process for the horse, which I’ve included below straight from Oki Sato himself.

Kartell + Nendo For The Nursery

About the rocking horse design, “The steel “H-beams” used in large structures such as skyscrapers and bridges are very strong and highly efficient. In cross-section they are shaped literally like an “H” and it is this characteristic that gives the structure its mechanical strength. By applying this concept directly to a child’s rocking horse, a form has been created that displays both function and strength, even with minimum use of materials. Transforming the use of this practical component into a different use with a sense of playfulness is the design process traceable to the history of the Kartell company. This company began by manufacturing and selling highly functional laboratory equipment and is now engaged in the manufacturing of beautiful plastic furniture and accessories admired around the world.” Form and function is, in this case, perfectly married in my eyes.

Kartell + Nendo For The Nursery

I love the smile seating shown above too. It’s so whimsical and happy! See the tops? HAPPY FACES! Yes! It’s like having emoticons under your butt. :) Whenever you see these stools you cannot help but smile.

Both the rocking horse and the seating will be available in January 2017. I just had to share them – super playful and I’d definitely add the seating to Aidan’s room in a flash. Anything that makes me smile, I’m in!!!!

Hope all is well…

(via MilK, Photography: Kartell)






Shopping + Products

Lovely Dutch Brand: Marie-Stella-Maris

May 30, 2016

I was just in the Netherlands this past weekend and came across Marie-Stella-Maris, a brand based out of Amsterdam that offers a lovely range of home products (candles, fragrance, etc.) along with skin care and gorgeous bottled waters. Their skin care products are supposed to be wonderful; I have to check them out for myself… I love their mission and their product packaging.

Lovely Dutch Brand: Marie-Stella-Maris

Flagship store in Amsterdam

“Water, sanitation and hygiene are the basis elements behind Marie-Stella-Maris. To realize access to clean drinking water, it is of great importance to also focus on sanitary services and hygiene. The direct link between clean drinking water and hygiene has inspired Marie-Stella-Maris to introduce natural care products Continue Reading…






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