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Covet Garden Home: Special Print Edition

Hello everyone and happy Friday! How are you today? I’m feeling great because the heat has lifted and the weather is sublime which greatly impacts how I feel. And now I can take my little one outside – when it’s boiling I have no will and he seems to hate sweating too, so we play indoors and he hangs out in mommy’s work studio. The weekend is here so we’re hoping to hit some flea markets and festivals like the Maschseefest which I just love – it’s a huge open air festival around this massive lake in the center of our city with food and music and this year, they’ve totally changed the format to include foods for more diverse palates like mine, so I’m excited to see what they have. You can follow me on Instagram to check out my fest photos this weekend if you’d like. So, let’s talk about beautiful rooms shall we?

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I was thrilled (and little Aidan was very curious!) when Covet Garden Home sent a copy of their gorgeous magazine in print. They usually publish online (see all of their issues here on ISSUU), so holding it in my hands was a first for me and a really beautiful moment. I wasn’t into digital magazines at all, I couldn’t connect and couldn’t really save anything from them, so I normally bypassed digi mags for print or just went to Pinterest for inspiration. BUT Issuu has a new “Clip” option for viewing digital magazines, which has totally changed the game for me and I’m suddenly a big fan of digital magazines on Issuu at least. I digress…

Anyway, until now, Covet Garden never hit my radar but now that they’ve released this print issue (below) and Issuu (which is their viewing platform) has Clip, I’m a brand new fan and totally absorbed.

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As I went through the issue, I fell in love with the home stories that ranged from family nests to small spaces for artists and larger ones for couples who sought peace in the countryside. I found myself drawn to the more natural palettes with quirky handmade touches and a mix of styles, so I asked Covet Garden if I could show some of my favorite rooms for this blog post and to my delight, they were happy to do so.

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This special print edition is so beautifully done, I’d like to congratulate Lynda Felton (co-editor, content lead, stylist), Jessica Reid (co-editor, creative director), and Rhonda Riche (co-editor, features editor, writer) for pulling this off. With their combined talents and rich professional backgrounds, they’ve managed to pull together a winning piece of quality work. I also LOVE that they were able to make this issue come to life through crowd funding on IndieGoGo where they raised $20,230 (CAD) from friends and fans. I absolutely love the concept of crowd funding GOOD ideas (there is a lot of crap to filter through on these sites more and more but some real gems definitely exist) and adore the thought of having your fans and friends financially back your work, this is a positive and rewarding way to launch a product or service that you may not be able to fund yourself but also it adds that market research component – you get to see if something has legs before you invest in it. If people don’t back you, it may not be the right product, the right timing, or both. Then you have to tweak and try again or move on to another idea. But at least you didn’t go into debt learning your lesson.

Here is another room below from Covet Garden that I love. I think it’s that very industrial architecture combined with a very traditional decor – it’s such an unexpected mix, it threw me off at first – made me look twice, and I like that. It’s daring.

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This sweet stool combined with that postcard holder for the wall is a sweet duo. I like showing art, postcards, notes, etc. this way – open, casual, creative and gives visitors a chance to touch your beloved favorites – it doesn’t feel too precious.

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I don’t know if the homeowner painted those crib rails but if she did, it’s a really cool idea. If not, then I guess it’s worth a try if you use non-toxic paint and your baby isn’t a railing chewer as I read some babies can be. I love the naturalness of this nook. Crib bumpers are risky, but it seems in Canadian publications (which this is) crib bumpers are kept in baby room photos (in Germany too), but in the USA magazines have asked me to remove all bedding (I don’t have bumpers) in order for them to run the photo. Interesting isn’t it? Of course, it’s for baby safety and SIDS, but still interesting… Anyway, this nursery is gorgeous and I love it.

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Yardsticks on the fireplace surround, black matted framed artwork, that cool couch, the tiny rug below the sofa table which breaks ALL of the boring design rules out there about “proper” rug size… What is NOT to like about this tiny living room? It really grabbed my heart. It feels so warm and inviting. The homeowner is clearly clever and creative.

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Ok I’m going to be adventurous here and say I love this dining room, because I do, but I still am NOT SURE I COULD EAT around all of those insects mounted on the wall in shadow boxes. Could you? Or am I being a wimp here?

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Are you a fan of Covet Garden Home magazine? If so, get your print edition while it lasts and support this wonderful home-grown business. You will love the issue and home stories (and NO ads!), I promise!

(images: covet garden – Donna Griffith and Jodi Pudge)

Posted in inspiration on August 01, 2014

House Doctor Moments Collection A/W 2014

House Doctor has done it again with another pretty collection for Autumn/Winter 2014 with their Moments collection. I think it’s very smart and sophisticated, understated, simple and cool. Colors range from rose to cool blue, mossy and teal greens, yellow and smokey gray. For materials, you have copper, gold, brass and marble along with wood, in particular, plywood. Christmas looks very casual again this year in Scandinavian design and since House Doctor is Danish, they are leading the pack with simplicity and pared down decor for the ho-ho-holidays. Lanterns a-glow, metal and wire, hand-blown glass, baskets (for displaying fir trees large and small). I really love this collection. Here are 12 photos from House Doctor that I am able to share with you to tickle your design fancy. To see more, visit their online catalog here.

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This sofa above is a personal favorite. Do you like it too?

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I like seeing a simple fir tree in a big skinny two-tone basket, don’t you? It reminds me of this post from last year when our trend expert, Gudy, called this look out as a trend for Holiday Decorations 2013/2014. Looks like this look is back for another year of fun!

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Really crushing on this light fixture and sofa combo. Perhaps for my studio makeover? Hmmm.

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This rose and that tealish chair make me squirm in my, ahem, seat. Lovely!

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I know this is being shown as a dining table but I’m thinking of this for my new desk. What do you think of that? I also love that they took 3 lights and turned them into a big bubble cluster. In real life though, I have no clue how I’d install that in my house – how do you merge 3 lights into one anyway?

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Shelving I’m considering for my new office. 

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See anything you fancy?

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Posted in design on July 31, 2014

Special Edition Olli + Ella Rug

Yeah, I know, I know. I am going to show you something in my shop. Horror! But I must disclose that this came about by the demands of my readers, not from me so maybe it won’t feel so commercial and evil now that you know that. Ok, so I posted this rug that I co-designed for Olli + Ella for Aidan’s nursery and the internet blew up (in a good way) because so many people wanted this rug – the room tour even ended up in magazines (Fit Pregnancy in the US and Luna Mum in Germany) and online over at Apartment Therapy. It wasn’t available because it was a custom job BUT for the next 25 days in my little shop you can buy it! And yes, I earn a wee commission if it sells which may earn me a dinner out… I’m not going to buy a yacht so I can go blog on the Riviera. But I want to at least notify you guys since so many loved the rug in my nursery reveal, so now you can have a chance to own a rug that I worked on designing the colorway of. That’s pretty cool, I’m proud of it!

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Details: Colors – A little monty aqua, a splash of ecru, a hint of white, some sunny yellow and a dash of our warm musk. Size – 100cm diameter. Material – 100% wool. HANDMADE IN ENGLAND.

Psst: You can also buy the matching felt ball garland too for BOYS (or girls) or for GIRLS (or boys!!). Get your rug on right here.

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Posted in baby on July 28, 2014

Shannon Fricke Bed Linens

Australian stylist and interiors author Shannon Fricke released a new collection of bed linens this past Spring called, “Where Love Resides”, which is in her signature palette of greens and blues. The collection is presented “free range style” so you can mix and match your favorite pieces to create a bed with your own personal style stamp. There are quilt covers, pillowcases and cushions in cottons, linens and velvets. Here is a glimpse below – so beautiful! And hello, can someone please transport me to this hammock on the Australian coast? Like, now!

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I can definitely see these selling at Anthropologie or the wonderful ABC Carpet + Home, so perhaps this post will be shared and you guys can help Shannon get her line into the US or European market. I’d love to see that.  I know Shannon personally, we dined together a few times in New York City while I was working on one of my books a few years ago, and we hit it off quite nicely. She is a very dedicated business woman with a creative soul – an Aries like me – a real go-getter. She has a billion ideas and tons of passion, talent, energy and drive. You really can’t fail with that recipe can you?

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Shannon all the best on your new collection!

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Posted in bedroom on July 28, 2014

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