Objects

Brocade Home Faves

October 17, 2007

Brocade Home is pressing all the right buttons when it comes to cute furniture lately despite the fact that I’m so over flocking, foil wallpaper, and velvet. That’s why I dodge all that frilly petite boudoir business and head for their furniture to see if I can snag something with personality to mix in to a space, you know that one piece of furniture that adds an exclamation mark to a room. Have you viewed the latest on their website? Here’s five of my faves of the moment.

Brocade Home Faves I see this table painted in bright tulip yellow, don’t you? What a sexy pedestal base, all for $199. And this is a darling chandelier… And how cute is this chair? I also like this white patent leather cube, it’s a unique piece. And last, this silver chair – it has a lot of potential in the right space and I really like that it’s silver for some reason — metallics are catching my eye this season combined with lilac, white, and gray. I think I’m influenced lately by fashion here in Europe – I see these color combinations quite frequently. After viewing Molly Sims’ apartment a few posts down, I think that gave me a push, too. ;)

(images from brocade home)






Etsy Faves, Objects

Metremade

October 17, 2007

I’m always watching Metremade on etsy to see what this Australian textile designer will have next. Ooooh look at these two patterns…

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Currently, she’s working with black and green and I love the results. Both patterns are available in either two colorways, green/white or black/white and I think they’re very special – so fresh. I’d love to see these on a bench or chair, especially a chair like this one.

(images from metremade)






Objects, Shop Tours, Travel

HildaHilda {Stockholm}

October 17, 2007

Here’s another little shop I liked in Stockholm called HildaHilda located in the SoFo district. The playful prints are joyous and energetic and for some reason, reminded me of textiles I’d been exposed to during my early years spent in England. I really liked the weight of them, so thick and tightly woven, making them perfect for upholstery and throw cushions because they’ll last forever. I loved the dogs and window patterns the best.

HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm}HildaHilda {Stockholm} I love this chair, isn’t it sweet?

HildaHilda {Stockholm}(images from hildahilda)






Arts + Crafts

le Train Fantome {Fanja Ralison}

October 17, 2007

Fanja is a French lady living in England that loves to sew cute things, particularly soft toys. She recently told me about her newly updated website, so for those of you with a sweet spot for handmade girls named Babette and woodland creatures, le Train Fantome is a good shop for you. Also makes for a darling gift!

le Train Fantome {Fanja Ralison}le Train Fantome {Fanja Ralison}le Train Fantome {Fanja Ralison}
(images from fanja ralison)






Travel

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}

October 17, 2007

You’ll have to forgive me, I’ve been so busy lately with my family that my head is spinning. I sat here this morning thinking about Stockholm — all the places we dined, the stores that we spent hours roaming, and realized that I haven’t shared even half of all the great things we did in Stockholm. And I forgot to show you photos from two of my favorites stores in the world, Svenskt Tenn and Marimekko.

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm} A room inside of Svenskt Tenn – an amazing store!

A few of you recently wrote in asking if Stockholm is a good city to vacation in the winter and I have to say no – for many reasons. Stockholm is on the coast and consists of about 13 islands so I imagine winters get very cold there. It also gets dark quite early – around 5:30 p.m. Being such a lush green city with lots of parks and gardens, I think one would really miss out on all the natural beauty if vacationing there in the dead of winter. So try the Spring, Summer, or my favorite, early Autumn. Now back to shopping!

Here are some views of the widely popular Svenskt Tenn (psst: a Svenskt Tenn shop opened in Liberty’s in London a few years ago, did you know this?). Anyway, one cannot visit Stockholm without seeing this design mecca. In fact, one cannot decorate a home in “Scandinavian style” without owning something from Svenskt Tenn since it’s a huge part of Swedish culture. At this massive shop, you can purchase fabric from the bolt by the meter along with pillows of all shapes and sizes, blankets, trays, handbags, furniture, lampshades and lamps, kitchen linens, anything and everything that you can imagine in your wildest dreams. Even furniture (swoon!). I was in textile heaven. I wish I could have taken more photos, but it was packed and I felt really odd running around with my big camera. {address: Strandvagen 5)

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm} The Swedes are fearless when it comes to color and mixing patterns. Sign me up!

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}You also can’t miss Marimekko, they have a huge store right around the corner from Svenskt Tenn. More fabric on bolts, clothing, bags, accessories, you name it. Overwhelming! {address: Norrmalmstorg 4}

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm}Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm} I love this pattern, I had to photograph it. Lovely.

Svenskt Tenn + Marimekko {Stockholm} So much fabric to buy, and nothing was ‘trade only’. Good design for all! So mark these two stores on your list of must-sees whilst in pretty Stockholm, Sweden!

(images by holly becker for decor8)






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