Inspiration, Travel

Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}

October 31, 2007

When flipping through my favorite design magazines, I love to hunt for the stylist/decorator’s names, or for the photographer, so I can google these creative talents in hopes of finding their portfolio online. If you don’t already do this, you may want to get into the habit because it’s often a search that leads you to some very satisfying results.

Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}
This is exactly how I came across Swedish decorator Isabelle Halling, via Sk?na Hem magazine. Her portfolio is lovely, here’s a glimpse. I love how this kitchen/living/dining room space is styled, small yet very well coordinated with lots of sweet touches. I love the shelf of well arranged pastel ceramics and the big black lamp, I’m seeing lots of those over here in homes – they seem to be pretty common and old-fashioned – my oma had a red one!

Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator}Isabelle Halling {swedish decorator} Can anyone identify the designer of this pendant light? It seems to be a staple in Swedish design, I see it in so many Scandinavian books and magazines. Any clue?

(images from isabelle halling)






Stationery

The Beautiful Project

October 31, 2007

This card is so sweet from The Beautiful Project, I simply can’t resist: You Are Easy To Be Around. I have to order one for my husband because it’s exactly how I feel about him.

The Beautiful Project
We deserve to find at least one special person who is easy to be around. Whether a life partner, a good friend, a parent, even a pet. Imagine this card with one hand being a paw? That would be a cute print, or a great poster for a rescue shelter. :) Did you know that The Beautiful Project has a sale going on until December 1st? I almost forgot to tell you – buy 3 cards, get the 4th free!

(image from the beautiful project)






Designers + Stylists

Lars Contzen {Germany}

October 30, 2007

Yowsah! Have you heard of German designer Lars Contzen? He believes that, ?Decor expresses a feeling for life” and with an extensive client list and a whole slew of eye-popping products ranging from furniture to rugs, tableware, and wallpaper, I think you’ll clearly see the feeling he’s trying to express. Joy. Happiness. Fresh and full of life. With bold geometrics in groovy kaleidoscopic colors, his surface designs are futuristic and a far cry from shy.

Lars Contzen {Germany}Lars Contzen {Germany} His fab faux bois bench in hot pink has my attention, especially against hardwood flooring, I’d love to see one in a hallway with colorful rubber boots beneath it and a huge frameless mirror directly above with a white shelf floating directly below the mirror. I see the wall in a happy yellow – we could call the hallway Pink Lemonade inspired by these ladies, what do you think? And for the ultimate statement, a medium sized disco ball pendant light so I can crank a little Walk It Out Fosse, of course. Or Abba.

Lars Contzen {Germany}
Which leads me to ask lighting designers around the world – why aren’t you designing a pendant light that looks like a disco ball? I don’t get it. I can even design it for you, I have so many ideas but imagine a disco ball with the bottom 1/4 chopped off, hollow inside, with a light bulb for illuminating through the clear (or iridescent) glass mosaic tiles on the exterior. I mean, hello designers we could totally do this. The world needs these things. Maybe it could have an extra mechanism where you could flick a switch and it would throw out a little strobe light action for when you entertain friends. Okay tacky. But fun. Otherwise, it’s basically a light fixture every other time. I’m totally disappointed that someone isn’t out there with one already. I’d totally buy it if it were done right (not kitschy and cheap). But I digress, back to Lars Contzen and his fabulousness. Here’s some more eye candy from his kick butt portfolio.

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If you’d like to learn more about Lars Contzen and Contzentrade, you can visit his website or view his work in person at the Contzentrade showroom in Germany located near Frankfurt Main.

(images from lars contzen)






uncategorized

On the Radio

October 29, 2007

If you think that love isn’t found on the radio..” Oh yes, it is. And it’s right here in all it’s vintage glory circa 1970-something. And it’s a radio that spells it out and yup, it still works. Best part, it will soon be in my house because I purchased it over at ComingHome Interiors, the amazing store that I blogged about last week.

On the RadioWhen I pick it up in a few days, I promise to flip it over and reveal who made it so you proceed with your google investigation to locate one for yourself. I think it belongs on credenzas everywhere. Who knows, perhaps there are a few on good old eBay. If it’s out there it’s on eBay, right?

“They said it really loud, they said it on the air on the radio.”

(image from cominghome interiors)






Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

October 29, 2007

Freddy & Ma are loved by the ladies for their fabulous custom handbags, but did you know that they’ve now launched custom pillows and melamine plates? Oh yes. It’s true. And I’m over the moon because seeing the talented Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy! fame as part of the designers involved in this is super exciting. Her patterns look terrific as plates and pillows, don’t you think?

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates
And there are other artists part of the Freddy & Ma crew with delicious patterns too, so browse the site and see what you can pull together. Here’s a selection of plates that I’d love to own along with some of Joy’s things, all would make the best gifts. I can’t resist the idea of owning a stack of melamine plates that coordinate, all in different patterns by various designers, and using them for lunch at home or on the patio in the warmer months. Hanging a collection on the wall is another idea, especially great for adding dimension and pattern to an otherwise boring wall – perhaps a long narrow hallway or as a border across the middle of the wall only.

Freddy & Ma {new} Custom Pillows + Melamine Plates

For as little as $12 for a plate and $60 USD for a 17″ square pillow, you can’t go wrong with going custom!

(images from freddy & ma)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Domino: Animals Prints on Etsy

October 29, 2007

Here’s the next slideshow in the series that I pulled together for Domino magazine. This one focuses on the wild kingdom featuring a few of my favorite Etsian animal lovers.

Domino: Animals Prints on Etsy
A special thank you to the artists that I worked with to pull this together and to Domino magazine for bringing independent art into the spotlight, something that we bloggers are so very passionate about.

(images from domino)






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