The second you hear the words Danish and Design in the same sentence I’m willing to bet beautiful images come to mind. What do you imagine? I see large rooms, clutter-free living, and a great sense of style and an attention to detail that feels very relaxed — like it all just fell into place without much thought. I also think of Tine K Home, a lifestyle shop based in Denmark that I’ve raved about here before. Time for more.
I did a little drive by today (it’s a site that I frequent with hopes of finding new content) and noticed their current 122 page catalog that you can browse right here while enjoying your afternoon tea (or coffee) at work today. Looking at the catalog made me feel inspired and depressed. I realized that I really need to get my act together.
I’ll start by asking you… what decorating plans do you have this year? I’ve vowed to clean things up a bit starting with my wall space. Just glancing at Tine K Home today made my resolution a bit stronger: time to remove all of my art, spackle, sand and paint the walls, and then install only my absolute favorite pieces of work to display vs. the current batch I have fighting for attention. I especially want to make this change in my home office because the spot above my desk contains an inspiration board and 2 calendars, 3 original pieces of art, a paper wreath, a screenprint (framed), a framed photograph, a gocco print, and (yes another and), this tiny faux deer head. I’m not happy with this massive inspiration board which is really just a cluttered wall that is NOT providing any inspiration at all. It’s one big blob of color, texture and pattern — all very beautiful things but nothing stands out. Must. Change. ASAP. I don’t know if you’ve done it before but get this, I make an effort — I TRY to avoid looking at the wall because it makes me feel overwhelmed, confused and out of balance. When I’m working I keep my eyes on my desk because glancing up disturbs my flow. Not good. I need to simplify so I can think.
In fact I’m going to start paying more attention to the visual clutter in my home, from the soap I use on my dishes to the shampoo in my shower. I have always paid close attention to product packaging but this year I want to step it up and make sure that everything I purchase that can be seen is not competing with something else in the room affecting the overall harmony of the space.
I know, you’re sitting there thinking I’ve lost my mind and you are right. That’s the problem. I am losing my mind amidst all this stuff. I never realized this was a problem until I came back from Germany in December. I noticed that I felt so much more at ease and even more creative in my German apartment because I have about 70% less there. The look is clean, bright, serene. I discovered that is exactly how I currently need to live to do my best work.
So those are my current plans in my home – to scale down, remove, de-clutter, have less on the walls but more peace in my heart.
Now let’s get back to the regularly scheduled program: Tine K Home. I see lots of black, pale pink, gray, purple and green tones, mochas, plaids, stripes, attention to detail (embroidery, crochet work, etc.), natural wood, and subtle ethnic influence… Ah. Breathing space.
(images from tine k home)
Speaking of creative types working together… one of my favorite photographers Susannah Conway told me about Favorite Things this morning. Favorite Things is a weekly Polaroid collaboration between Susannah and one of my other favorite photographers Alicia Bock.
How great is this duo, huh? Since they both enjoy their Polaroid SX-70 cameras, they each take a Polaroid photo of something each week and post the pairing on their blog Favorite Things without discussing what they’re going to photograph. Alicia sends Susannah her shot on Sunday night from the US and on Monday morning in the UK she places their photos together on the Favorite Things blog. Here are some of the results…
In thinking about this project I imagined how it would feel for them to see their work together on Monday mornings and if either feel more inspired or challenged from this project. I imagine yes but Alicia and Susannah if you’re reading can you please share with us in the comments section how this project has benefited you?
And everyone else, if you are currently involved in a project like this where two or more artists have joined forces to work on a project, please link it below!
(images from favorite things)
I met a very nice Finnish lady, Maaret, in Berlin last Autumn at a small business and blogging event that I helped pull together with the goal of encouraging those living in Germany to start blogging and share design from their part of the world because there is a really strong art and design scene over there – Berlin is like an extra large Brooklyn. That’s why today I was so happy to hear from Maaret and learn that she launched a blog just before the holidays called Visual Notes.
I like Visual Notes for many reasons, one being that it’s in English so more have an opportunity to read it and next, I like that she shows lots of finds from Europe which definitely makes it more interesting. There are so many design blogs out there now that I’m really hoping to see more localized content so I personally can learn more about the part of the world where the blogger lives and what is going on there when it comes to design. I think it’s a way we can all make our blogs stand out as a bit more unique if we add in some local stuff. When I’m in New Hampshire I sometimes talk about events and things in my local area (and Boston) and when I’m in my apartment in Germany you’ll find me talking about stuff I do and events I’m attending over there. I think it makes blogging more exciting when you can share what makes you proud about your city or country in addition to all of the international finds you may feature because certainly inspiration is never confined to one area. I digress…
In looking over Visual Notes today I came across a few favorites that I’m sharing below so you can get a sneak peek of what Maaret likes to blog about.
Maaret shared with her readers Castle in Australia, a bedding company that also happens to carry a darling collection of hand stitched one-of-a-kind pieces on vintage French linen.
She also wrote about schubLaden, a company in Berlin who fits new furniture with vintage drawers. They do bespoke work, too. Love this!
I found out about Nadja Müller who is a designer in Berlin who makes some very unique things for the home – blankets, bedding, curtains, lighting, . More here. Everything is handmade!
And finally Hanna Konala and her gorgeous illustrative work. She has a most inspiring blog, too.
Be sure to visit Visual Notes for more beautiful finds and congrats on your new blog, Maaret!
(images linked to their sources above)