I’m seeing lots of linen lately, have you noticed? Seems to be the “it” fabric for Fall. It’s the perfect option for someone like me who isn’t too keen on heavy textiles on windows, I’m a bit on the casual side when it comes to window treatments.
I prefer light cottons, silks, and linens over anything else. Living in northern New England where winters are really long and gray, I can’t imagine layering fabrics on my window because I’d miss my chance at enjoying the little sunlight we have. So I stick with my bamboo blinds and cotton or linen panels on each side. No frills.
I know for practical purposes, velvets and other heavier fabrics are great for the cold months, as your heat bill is much lower — but I’d rather pay more for heat to see a glimpse of sunlight which is why I’ll stick to keeping my window treatments simple. Plus, I really love natural fibers. These new drapes from West Elm are gorgeous, along with their other two-tone linen curtains, and very affordable for Fall.
(images from west elm)
Dutch by Design carries contemporary interior accessories from the Netherlands, and although I’ve blogged about them before, for those of you that are new to decor8, it’s a great little store on the web for Dutch design. They’ve just added products from Invotis Orange, a design studio that I blogged about awhile back that is based in the Netherlands. Check out the rabbit in the dish drainer…
If you are familiar with Dutch design, you know that they love taking mundane objects and transforming them into something hip and cool with a twist – always a twist – of wit infused into each design. I attended Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last October to cover it (here’s some coverage on decor8 in case you missed it last year) for Domino magazine online and it was there that I saw this ‘theme’ repeated throughout nearly every item on display. Always a slight nod to the past, yet this next generation of Dutch designers are looking ahead to bring a bit of tradition into the here and now.
(images from dutch by design)
We leave for Germany in a few weeks and will be staying there until winter, so I’m picking all the flowers from my garden that I can so I can enjoy them before I head off. I can’t believe it’s September already!
Isn’t this a gorgeous color? I love it against the Vintage Forsythia turquoise and yellow pillow shown on my chair. It’s from etsy, if you’d like one for yourself. :)
(photo taken by holly becker)
Today is a holiday here in the states, so we’re heading off for a few days. After having a house full of family and then our friends from Montreal this weekend, we need a day or two to relax. Plus the weather is perfect for a getaway. Here are some photos from the anniversary lunch we had for our friends Daniel and St?phaine in the backyard yesterday here in New Hampshire.
I kept it simple, with more of a focus on the food and wine (they are French from Montreal so that is most important to our guests) less of a focus on the presentation, but I went with a very simple garden theme. We didn’t go with an Asian theme because I didn’t think it would work with the menu, so I kept it country and slightly romantic. We don’t have proper outdoor furniture, so a folding table and chairs that we borrowed from the neighbors came in handy. To hide the legs of the table, I used potted plants.
The china is by Cath Kidston, linen napkins from Shabby Chic, tablecloth is a flea market find, misc. atelier lzc linens a gift from Paola, flowers fresh picked from the garden, and etched glassware in pastel colors from Italy (most things collected from our travels).
And of course, I’m a southern girl so homemade peach pie had to be on the menu. The weather was the perfect high 70’s, birds singing, light breeze, and lots of sunshine. Eating outside with friends is by far the best way to spend the day.
Presentation and food are important, but nothing beats good conversation with those you care about. See you on Wednesday!
(Photos taken by Holly and Thorsten Becker)
Jesse from Swatchbox Technologies told me about a new site they’ve launched called DesignMyRoom that allows you to decorate a room virtually using either your own photo or one of the rooms in their library. I haven’t tested it yet since I family here for a few days, and then friends coming in from Montreal so I’ve been running around crazy, but if you’re bored at work today perhaps you can test it out and report in on what you think. I’d love to know. :)
It works like this. You first upload a photo of your own room or select an empty room from their website. Then you decorate it by adding paint, flooring, furniture, etc. You can resize, move, and rotate objects as you see fit. Then you can opt to share it with the community at DesignMyRoom for feedback. Beyond that, I’m not really sure what other features this site offers, but I’m interested in testing the waters next week when I’m back at my desk. It looks pretty cool! Thanks Jesse for the headsup!
(image from designmyroom)
Fiona wrote to me today about her online art gallery for children called Kindergallery. Fiona splits her time between her home in Sydney and Berlin and sources for her art in Australia, Europe, and in the U.S., hand selecting what catches her eye that she thinks would make a beautiful addition to a kid’s space.
Her goal is to find art that children can grow with, works that will inspire the imagination and become a part of their visual vocabulary as they grow and develop. From original paintings to high quality prints, box art, and wall decals suitable for display in the modern home, there truly is something for every budget. I think these new works from Isak are the best, not only are they colorful and affordable, but I love the clean, modern design and the adorable animals. Kindergallery also carries work from Gr?goire Ganter, Lorena Siminovich, Superoboturbo, Meredith Gaston, and more!
I’m so happy to hear about this great gallery for kids, thank you Fiona for opening your doors to the world – I’m sure parents everywhere will love your new store!
(images from kindergallery)