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Barbapapa

October 22, 2007

“Here is the star it?s Barbapapa…” Okay time break things up a bit and be a kid for a moment. I’m finding so many cute toys and illustrative children’s books over here, I can’t resist posting about at least one of my new favorites — Barbapapa!

BarbapapaI spotted these brightly colored toys in various home magazines in the past, mostly European magazines featuring kids spaces, but I never thought much them until my recent getaway to Sweden. It was there in a design store where blog pal Emma pointed them out to me, explaining a bit about them. Here’s one above on a piano.

Barbapapa is a French cartoon that was popular in the ’70s and has since made a comeback with products and toys, much like Barbapapa
And I found a local design shop called Wohnwaren where they sell the entire collection of anti-stress toys and key chains, so I may come home with one of the characters in my suitcase. Here’s a link to their online store. So next time you’re flipping through a design magazine, see if you can spot any. If your kids haven’t heard of them, maybe you’d like to introduce these characters to them. Here’s some fun Flickr images of Barbapapa.

Barbapapa These S+P sets were designed by idhaus, a Flickr person I found today – I’ve sent him an email to see if he sells these online. Seems Barbapapa was his muse.

Barbapapa via: chilli_ian

Barbapapa via maltchique

Barbapapa via kbo

Barbapapa via jenn44.
These are planters that contain seeds, she found them
in Japan. Sooo cute.

Any Barbapapa fans out there? If so, here’s a cute online Japanese shop offering Barbapapa in case you are interested or on the Creanova website. I want the dish scrubber and the slippers (shhh don’t tell anyone, super immature of me I know).

(interior image from vtwonen)






Objects, Rooms

Clare Nicolson

October 22, 2007

There’s nothing like a little Monday morning print and pattern indulgence and I always love to see what textile designer Clare Nicolson is up to so let’s enjoy her for a moment, shall we?

Clare Nicolson
Clare is so super talented with her cute colorful designs, it’s fun to see what’s she’s cooking up. Her cushions are as sweet as ever and her tea towels are the best.

Clare Nicolson
Overall, I’m impressed with her designs and think her work is getting stronger all the time. Go Clare, Go!

(images from clare nicolson)






Books + Magazines, Inspiration

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home

October 19, 2007

Most of you know my latest obsession is with Scandinavian and Dutch design magazines, like vtwonen, and you know what they say about crack, once you start you can’t stop. Magazines intoxicate me. Especially European and Australian ones (at least lately).

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
Oh but wait. There are dozens of places with magazines of which I’ve not opened, smelled, lingered over (don’t you love magazine smell?), but dear friends I am young and there is time. :) I will find more magazines on this planet to desire and despite my inability to read most of them (I only read English and German), language barriers present no challenge gazing into gorgeous photos of styled spaces like the ones in this post from the recent issue of vtwonen. YUM.

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
vtwonen is a super stylish Dutch interiors magazine, I’ve waxed on about them here before, but a few days ago I found out that they have a brand new book called “Enjoy Your Home” and after looking at some sneak peeks in the October issue of their magazine, I decided that I must have it. I don’t *need* another design book, but you know how it goes.

And by the way, have you noticed that green and teal are all the rage for Fall this year along with various shades of white and gray with hints of silver and lilac? At least in interiors magazines and stores over here. It’s sublime – I love it. Grass green extends into Fall? How lovely!

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
Books are like shoes, you start collecting them and there’s really no need to stop. So I’m now circling like the Tasmanian devil trying to locate a copy online.

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
The ISBN number is 9789085743835 if you want to scour the web along with me, maybe one of us can find it from a vendor that ships to America.

(images from vt wonen)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Kate Sutton {new} Prints

October 19, 2007

UK-based artist Kate Sutton just posted a limited run of gocco prints that you may want to scoop up – the cuckoo clock is my favorite, but the pink tree is a close runner up for me… For the single girls out there, Free Bird is perfect don’t you think? :)

Kate Sutton {new} Prints

(images from kate sutton)






Arts + Crafts, DIY

Stop! Banner Time

October 18, 2007

Maybe it’s the season or just a German thing, but I’ve been spotting a lot of garlands over here lately and I don’t know about you, but I love me some garland. Banners aren’t all about popcorn and pinecones!

Stop! Banner Time
There’s something exciting about a hand-crafted string of pretty things displayed somewhere in the home, it creates a festive mood. Whether displayed across a mantle, over a window, around a tabletop, they bring personality in, especially if you like to decorate according to a season or reason, or for a kid’s party or a theme party (hey, theme parties in all their tacky displays can be fun!). Here’s a few that I found on etsy and elsewhere, and remember, with some string and a little imagination, you can string up a pretty fantastic piece yourself – so you can either buy or DIY.

Stop! Banner Time These were crafted by French etsy seller So*Sage (oh those French!).

Stop! Banner TimeA white felted banner from Chet and Dot is spooky but sweet.

Stop! Banner TimeA colorful fabric banner made from vintage linens by Jump Up And Down.

Stop! Banner Time Nice has some crazy cute banners with pom-poms and such.

Stop! Banner Time This girly floral banner from The Drawing Room is sweet too.

Stop! Banner Time Stop! Banner Time A simple search on the Martha Stewart craft website yields
many results sending you into garland heaven.

Stop! Banner Time Small Stump has a few great ones, too. Faux bois fabulousness!

Psst: Fond of maps? Learn how to create a garland using them via Hallmark magazine right here.

Looking for inspiration? Visit the Paper Crafts group on Flickr. Garlands also fit in great in Jeu de Paume inspired homes, too. :)

(top image from living etc.)






Etsy Faves

Ilee Calendars {new} for ’08

October 18, 2007

I’m busy working on the final touches for a few articles due tomorrow, but a girl needs a break! So I just hopped over to email and read a! very! enthusiastic! post! from Bradford, a decor8 reader who sang the praises of Ilee Papergoods and her calendars, “She’s been doing these AMAZING letterpressed (and this year a bit of silkscreen) calendars for years and they just keep getting better. A number of the inserts are even hand-painted/embellished! I don’t know how she does it?”. Okay Bradford, you’ve sold me…

Ilee Calendars {new} for '08
(image from ilee)






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