Have you heard of papergoods from Modern Printed Matter in Rhode Island? In business for a few years already, this small business was primarily in the wholesale biz up until recently when owner Anna Cote found out about etsy and decided to branch out and meet some of her customers by opening a small store there under the same name. Her designs are bold and I love the VW bug travel journal because c’mon, how many of us would love to own a vintage bug like that? Have you seen my vintage Audi? I keep it over in Germany… And yes I’m kidding but it’s the car I’m secretly hoping the owners will sell to me someday.
(images from modern printed matter)
Excuse me for feeling a little retro/country today, but Back Home Again is another charming etsy store I couldn’t resist telling you about. There’s nothing like lavender sachets tucked away between your clothes, towels, and bed linens, and if you promise not to tell my husband, he uses them too. So it’s not a girl thing. These also make great gifts since they’re super affordable at only $12 for 3. Back Home Again sews up throw pillows, bags, and other pretty things that I think you’ll like.
(images from back home again)
Interested in Moroccan decor? Here are a few pieces written by yours truly that recently went live over on HGTV.com, this time about, surprise, Moroccan style: Be Seduced by Moroccan Style and What We Love: Affordable Moroccan Decor.
A special thanks to Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise L.A. for her contribution, and of course Maryam from My Marrakesh and The View from Morocco for the constant flow of inspiration as both bloggers report live from Morocco daily giving us an insider’s view of this enchanting country.
(images from graham and green)
Blogging about Susanne Schjerning made me think of Rice in Denmark and how excited I am to soon be in on of my favorite shops in Hannover again. I can’t wait to go away next month, this time of year is filled with much excitement and anticipation for me because I love spending the autumn months with my husband’s family and our friends in Germany. It’s all such a special, almost magical time for us.
Germany is so beautiful in the cooler months (ah, Oktoberfest!) and I love watching everything change from green to gold. It’s like one big Robert Frost poem unfolding before our eyes. And when I arrive, since we sublet a 2-room suite, I always head to Esplanade for Rice stuff. I buy inexpensive candle holders, a few pillows, and a vase for fresh flowers. You can’t spend time in Europe without flowers in your room. And for our balcony, I always buy a few pretty plants. I find that I have to do these things to make it feel more personal and cozy. We have some things there in storage that I pull out to, which helps me make a very quick mental transition from our home here to our place there.
Here are some product shots from the Rice winter collection. This is one of those lines where I find myself liking everything and the best part, it’s all so affordable.
I’m not sure where it’s sold in the states, but if you are interested, perhaps you can contact Rice directly for store location information.
(images from rice)
I think you’ll really like this new collection by Susanne Schjerning called Happy Horses, I know I do. I spotted it in the August issue of Bolig Liv and fell in love. It’s great to see horses as a motif and I love the way she presents them.
Her work reminds me a lot of Atelier LZC, Orike Muth, and Rice for some reason, all design houses are ones that I watch regularly to see what’s in the works. I like how feminine Susanne’s designs are and that they have subtle patterns layered beneath the bolder ones, this gives them such dimension and even more, they somewhat seem to be telling a story. Her palette is one that you can look to for inspiration I think, all the colors used in a single design make me think of how they’d look together in an outfit, room, table setting, or arts and crafts projects.
Susanne with some of her latest designs.
If you are interested in Susanne’s work, you may contact her via email (post @ susanneschjerning dot com) to learn more.
(images from susanne schjerning)