Stationery

BoyGirlParty.com {new online shop}

October 17, 2007

Susie from BoyGirlParty redesigned her website to include lots of new product cuteness just for you. Some of my favorites include these sweet animal postcards.

BoyGirlParty.com {new online shop}
I’m obsessed with graphics so I’ve been collecting postcards like crazy lately. These are right up my alley. :) In fact, I have to share the furry ones that I found from a Berlin-based stationery company, you’re going to love them. Next post!

Thanks Susie for the news!

(image from susie)






Designers + Stylists

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}

October 16, 2007

Ready to be totally inspired? I recently mentioned Anne Wendlandt, also known as Enna, promising that if she allowed me to take photos of her new shop here in Hannover that I would share them with you. Well, I met the lovely Anne today and spent time with her visiting her shop/work studio and I walked away with a skip in my step because I felt so inspired by this young, talented artist.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}This wall was painted by Anne to look like wallpaper, don’t you love it?
She used regular flat latex paint in her favorite colors and created a stencil by hand that she applied to the wall to repeat the pattern. Clever!

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} Her storefront, complete with a logo designed and made by Anne.

Anne is so nice and open, very easy to talk to and so excited about being a part of a design blog as she is just starting to explore the whole world of blogging and selling online so I’m just as thrilled to talk about her work here on decor8.

She has an etsy store, a DaWanda shop, and a store on her website. In addition to all of this, she creates many things by hand, she’s a talented illustrator, and a graphic designer along with a shop owner, so Anne is a busy lady. I’m so excited to share her store with you because there are so many little details and pretty things to tell you about. Would you like to know more? Okay, here’s a little tour.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} She won this great “e” light on eBay Germany, isn’t it the best? Now I want one! I thought it was the cutest thing ever.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} Here are some of her fabrics and the handmade rubber stamps she uses for her designs. She told me how to make handmade stamps, so I’m quite excited to give it a try. I may ask her if I can take a class with her, I’d love to learn a few things from her to apply as a hobby, there’s so many fun things to do to personalize your space.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} She has a tree in the middle of her space, with her name carved into it. I thought this was a charming detail that I had to share with you.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} A pillow designed by Miss Enna.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}
What does Anne design? I guess a better question is, what doesn’t this girl do? :) She does so much. She crafts earrings out of polymer clay that she then hand paints, she designs postcards, pillows, shirts, hoodies, and onesies for baby, plates, iron-on patches, wrapping paper, softies, marketing materials for her business, her website, the signage on the window of her shop, the list goes on and on. She is inspired by so much, she certainly doesn’t want to limit herself to just one thing.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover} These are plates that she found at a second hand store, and after cleaning them up, she applied her illustrations to them and displays them as art in her shop. I asked if she’d consider selling them to me, so I’m awaiting her decision because she’d not been asked before. I encouraged her to consider creating more and selling them in her shop and online, I really think people would like to own these.

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}
She also sells items from etsy sellers that she loves and Japanese products, so this shop has lots of pretty things to look at and purchase. She’s expecting an order of goodies from Japan any day now, so I will have to return to Enna to see her new stock once it arrives, of course! Who can resist Japanese zakka cuteness?

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}
This is her new wrapping paper, don’t you love the pattern? This folksy style is really big right now, especially these Russian dolls called matryoshkas. They’ve been in all the magazines for the past 6 months, you can’t help but notice a trend here. Between Asian prints, African patterns, and folk-inspired patterns from Russia and Poland, there’s something for everyone this season. Oh, by the way, you can buy this wrapping paper from her for only $4 on etsy if you’d like. I grabbed a sheet today, I want to line my desk drawer with it. Here’s some of my loot from today…

Meet Anne Wendlandt of Enna {Hannover}
I hope you enjoyed this little shop tour today. For the locals, Enna is located in Hannover Linden at Deisterstra?e 68 and I really encourage you to see it in person.

(images by holly + thorsten becker for decor8)






Designers + Stylists

Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}

October 16, 2007

I spent lots of time today out enjoying the beautiful Autumn weather here in Germany, and my travels around the city brought me to Hannover Linden to visit a few creative locals with shops that I really enjoyed visiting. I’ll introduce you to two that I found quite inspiring. First up is Gross Stadt Rekorder, a store and gallery that I liked very much.

Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}
The fashion designers sharing the space invite artists in for mini exhibitions, something I’m a huge fan of – the promotion of artists that I may not have heard of otherwise. Gross Stadt Rekorder current features the work of 25-year-old Hannover-based artist Evelyn Hahn, the exhibit is called “Dream A Little Dream” and I liked it so much that I asked if I could take photos to share with you.

Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}
I really enjoyed Evelyn’s work and especially how it was installed, so creative! And all of the various surfaces she works on from wood to paper, canvas, even small stones, I liked the variety very much. Her edgy illustrative work is so interesting, so urban, her distorted characters and heavy lines in mostly black and white held my interest for quite some time, some pieces I couldn’t take my eyes off of. I hope an American gallery will pick her up because I think her work needs to be seen in the states because I think people would respond to it — and I like art that creates a reaction and makes one step back and think. I just loved how her art was displayed on this wall below in all the mini antique frames, from ovals to squares. Great idea for art arrangement in the home I think. The center piece was a small wooden chalkboard with Liebe Dich written on it and a small piece of chalk suspended from a string. It was really sweet. Some of her work was altered images, for instance a vintage portrait of a lady with a new head – a head created by Evelyn, popped onto the body. Or an illustration on a lace doily on a painted board. You can click on the images to see larger views to check out some of the details. Perhaps it will get your creative wheels turning for your very own art project.

Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover} Interesting mobile in the corner.

One thing that I love about northern Germany, from Hannover to Hamburg and especially Berlin, is all the raw indie talent that exists over here, it’s all very inspired by life in Germany, the history of this country, their culture, and the future that these talents young people hope to build here. It’s edgy, there are messages woven into their work, and it’s unique and very authentic, something I appreciate so much.

Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover}Gross Stadt Rekorder + Evelyn Hahn {Hannover} Pictures climbing the walls onto the ceiling, I loved this network of images. Amazing!

Gross Stadt Rekorder is located in Hannover Linden at Deisterstr. 77. Evelyn’s exhibit will be on display until October 31, 2007. And pay special attention to their fashion, the clothes are amazing. I think ‘Little Red Riding Hood makes a life for herself in Berlin’ sums up the style to me. :)

(images by holly becker for decor8)






Designers + Stylists

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID

October 16, 2007

Kishani Perera and I have exchanged quite a few emails lately and I’m so excited to share her work now with all of you. This is her latest project, a loft for Molly Sims in New York City. Impressive!

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse IDAs lead designer of Fuse ID, a Beverly Hills based interior design firm, Kishani has worked with celebrities like Ben Stiller, Molly Sims, Kate Bosworth, and many others.

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID Molly Sims

She recently completed a project in NYC featured on the Fall/Winter ’07 cover of InStyle Home, the SoHo loft of American actress/model Molly Sims that was shopped completely via Parisian flea markets and eBay! I’m so happy that Kishani sent over before and after photos of this project, so sit back and check it out.

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID Before

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID After

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID Before

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID After

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID Before

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse IDAfter

Molly Sims SoHo Loft and Fuse ID More views…

If you have any questions for her, please comment at the bottom of this post and I’m sure she’ll follow up.

(images provides by fuse-id.)






Shopping + Products, Travel

Making New Friends

October 16, 2007

I nearly forgot to post this photo, but you have to meet these lovely ladies. This photo was taken only a few hours after I landed in Stockholm, where Danielle and I met up with some locals for drinks and dinner at Riche. You have to meet them, so here’s a bit of an introduction along with some links.

Making New Friends
On the far left is Ulrika Gr?n?rus seated next to her business partner Alexandra Giertz who own the popular online Swedish art gallery Andyland (they ship all over the world by the way, hint, hint). I wish I had more time to get to know them because they were quite charming and very in-the-know when it comes to art, a subject I can talk about for hours.

In the center is my travel partner-in-crime Danielle from the Netherlands, and to her right is the popular Swedish blogger Emma, whom I owe a huge thanks to for spending time with us and showing me around the city. Emma will blush when she reads this, but I have to say it anyway, she has exceptional style and a great personality, I found her easy to talk to and certainly a great companion to meet up with while in Stockholm. If you ever visit Stockholm, print out her travel guide, it’s the best. A publisher needs to write to her to work on a “best of” Stockholm book or something, she has her finger on the pulse of Stockholm and knows all the best places.

And on the far right is Theres Sysimets?, Tess for short, a talented and spirited jewelry designer who can fill the room with her personality the moment she enters. She can speak to any subject with insight, and she certainly is one of the kindest ladies. Sadly, she doesn’t have a website so I can’t link you to her — but once she does, I’ll post about her here on decor8 so you can find her. Tess supplied me with maps with hand drawn instructions and arrows on where I should go and why and also, a beautiful gift box filled with goodies – including a Design House Stockholm scarf. I spent time alone with Tess before my flight and we really got to know one another over coffee and sweet rolls at Bloom in S?dermalm (a delicious bakery located around the corner from Hotel Rival at Paulsgatan 24).

Making New FriendsBlooms Bakery

I think a city is only as good as the people in it – the overall vibe depends on the attitude and spirit. Stockholm is so unique because it’s not only scenic and relaxing, but also very friendly and welcoming, I felt fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented like-minded ladies such as this group shown above. I raise my glass to each of these ladies to say “Cheers and Tack!” for making my stay in Stockholm very special.

Making New FriendsPsst: View photos of Riche here. I loved their illustrative menus (above) by Jockum Nordstr?m (the waiter gave these to me, one is in Swedish and the other in English). I also enjoyed the overall interior design of Riche by Jonas Bohlin – it was so pretty. I was so busy talking to my new friends that I didn’t think to photograph the restaurant, but you can find some on their website. I must mention that there was a bizarre installation by Jonas Dahlberg which included surveillance cameras on the toilets, architecture models and a monitor, which you can view here under 08 on his website. Needless to say, I didn’t use the ladies room – I’m American you know – as a culture, we are a bit reserved unlike most of Europe (I’m constantly aware of this when I’m over here) when it comes to matters of privacy and sexuality. Ha!

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Shopping + Products, Travel, Trends

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}

October 15, 2007

I think I’d mentioned before heading up to Stockholm that I wanted to visit their home show called Hem 2007 (Hem is Swedish for Home). And I did! Ready to visit along with me? Good. Here we go!

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} Hem ’07 was held at Stockholmsm?ssan, a huge trade fair center only a 20 minute train ride from downtown Stockholm.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} Upon entering the exhibit hall, you turn right and enter the “Inspiration and Trend” hall, which is where I spent the day. There were other exhibit halls, but those mostly focused on appliances and such — all things that I have absolutely no interest in because if it won’t fit in my suitcase, I figured I didn’t need to bother. :) The Inspiration and Trend hall had lots of exhibitors with items you could purchase, so this was the ideal place for a design hungry girl to make a bee-line for. But first, I have to show you this beautiful restaurant to the left, it’s called the The Garden and featured some of the best design elements, from the lighting (overhead) to all the Josef Frank fabrics that are so popular in Sweden.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} I think every home has at least one throw pillow designed by Josef Frank, so if you’re looking to mimic Swedish design in your own home, take note. You need something from Svenskt Tenn somewhere to truly be a wannabe Swede. :)

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} Hem 2007 {Stockholm} The first exhibit I enjoyed looking at was called “Up Side Down” styled by Synn?ve Mork for Elle Interi?r. I was excited to see that Elle Interi?r also had a booth where they offered current and back issues of their magazine for only a few dollars, it was heaven. I hope that American magazines hop on this idea and do the same in the big U.S. shows because I’m sure many would love to scoop up past issues for a good price.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} As you can see, I clearly had no problem scooping up magazines. :)

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} I started to spot some trends, black, white, natural wood, metallic gold, and a few Asian finds. Nothing new but still fun to see.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} I absolutely adored this light but couldn’t find any information about it. I like the shadows it casts, it really captivated me.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}
These rooms (below) were created by Helena Sandberg and Jimmy Sch?nning, both Swedish stylists. The theme chosen was “Personality” showing three living rooms – one white, one black, and one in black, white, with gold accents. The black room felt unusually warm – the wood, leather, and wool felt contributed to that. Despite the nice design of this space, it didn’t make an impression on me, I didn’t connect to it on any level as I couldn’t imagine living in a space like this at all. It felt a bit heavy and draining. Not for me. But the white on the other hand…

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} This was my favorite space of the three, the all-white living room, complete with a white vacuum, which I would definitely own. The eye is a photo tile (above) by Fotokakel, a company that had a booth at the show displaying their new photo tiles. You can take whatever image you like and they’ll create tiles for your home. I think this could become a trend, but given that tiles are a long term investment, you’d need to carefully select your image because once it’s installed, you can’t easily change your mind.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} I loved the ping pong ball light, it reminded me of a mini version of the Troy light designed by my friends Marcia and Paul of Zia-Priven. I also love this metal cut out chair in white. Oh so pretty!

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}{edit: found the name/website!} I couldn’t help but notice the very Scandinavian style shoes on the staircase designed by Asa Westlund, they’re called There Goes The Neighborhood. I’ve seen them in lots of Jeu de Paume books. I adore these shoes and I kept hoping I’d find a pair whenever I went shopping because I think they’re just adorable. I would use them as a bit of a prop for my home, I think clothing and shoes can definitely add a decorative element if displayed in the right spot, don’t you? I wonder how long before Anthropologie picks these up…

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} This is the Cosas booth, where I met fellow blogger Anneli Levin and purchased a Swedish horse and some Karin Eriksson ceramics. Anneli was so nice to meet, I’ve admired her blog for a long time so it was exciting to meet her in person. I didn’t expect that Cosas would have a booth at Hem ’07, so it was a very nice surprise for me to bump into her. Here’s a grouping of images that Anneli took and arranged herself, I just love this collage and have to show you it. I hope she doesn’t mind. :)

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Cosas carries a popular ceramic cup designed by Anna Svensson, voted as one of favorites from this show by Elle Interi?r.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} Along with this tray designed by Liebling (love their patterns). Here are a few shots of the Liebling booth, one that I wished I’d lingered at but by this point, I was starting to get a bit overwhelmed!

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} And this is jewelry designer (above) Catrine ?berg of Cooee, who helped me select a necklace from her line. Imagine two acrylic heart pendents, one clear, one silver, dangling on a long silver box link chain. I love it! In fact, I fell head over heels for all of her designs (you have to visit her website). Psst: She is actively looking to network with some stores in the U.S. to carry her line, so if you’re a shop owner, contact Catrine and tell her that you read about her on decor8 since she knows who I am now (we met at the fair). Her jewelry was a huge hit at the show, the foot traffic was incredible, she’s quite a popular lady!

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} Here’s a room designed for a teenager that I liked by Jan Rundgren. I liked the lamp the best but again, couldn’t find information regarding the source.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm}Hem 2007 {Stockholm} I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of these gorgeous trays! I wanted them all. So hard to resist.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} And these great chairs (above), designed by Carl Malmsten, were another favorite of Elle Interi?r at this show.

Hem 2007 {Stockholm} And finally, here are some pillows I liked from Kreativ Insikt. Not a lot of pillows at this show, or textiles, so it was a bit sad for me because I was expecting to see a lot of prints and patterns and instead I found mostly black and white.

Summary: Hem 2007 was a bit small and honestly, a little dull to be set in such an innovative capital city like Stockholm. Outside of what I’ve featured in this post, the many additional booths (not shown) felt very dismal and somewhat tacky even – and the room arrangements I saw did not inspire me so I didn’t bother photographing them. I got the sense that other attendees they felt exactly the same, so I’m not alone in this. However, the fact that I had the opportunity to attend was extremely exciting and an experience I won’t forget, so for me, it was worth it to be there. Plus, I was able to meet some nice people and see some beautiful things, so I can’t complain too much!

Would you like to see additional coverage of Hem 2007? Visit Emmas Design Blogg and The Style Files.

(images from holly becker for decor8 with the exception of the anna svensson cups, photo by cosas)






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