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Visual Notes

I met a very nice Finnish lady, Maaret, in Berlin last Autumn at a small business and blogging event that I helped pull together with the goal of encouraging those living in Germany to start blogging and share design from their part of the world because there is a really strong art and design scene over there –  Berlin is like an extra large Brooklyn. That’s why today I was so happy to hear from Maaret and learn that she launched a blog just before the holidays called Visual Notes.

This print is the work of from Sonnenzimmer in Chicago. Love his screen prints, this one is still available ($48) and looks really nice in Maaret’s Berlin apartment.

I like Visual Notes for many reasons, one being that it’s in English so more have an opportunity to read it and next, I like that she shows lots of finds from Europe which definitely makes it more interesting. There are so many design blogs out there now that I’m really hoping to see more localized content so I personally can learn more about the part of the world where the blogger lives and what is going on there when it comes to design. I think it’s a way we can all make our blogs stand out as a bit more unique if we add in some local stuff. When I’m in New Hampshire I sometimes talk about events and things in my local area (and Boston) and when I’m in my apartment in Germany you’ll find me talking about stuff I do and events I’m attending over there. I think it makes blogging more exciting when you can share what makes you proud about your city or country in addition to all of the international finds you may feature because certainly inspiration is never confined to one area. I digress…

In looking over Visual Notes today I came across a few favorites that I’m sharing below so you can get a sneak peek of what Maaret likes to blog about.

Maaret shared with her readers Castle in Australia, a bedding company that also happens to carry a darling collection of hand stitched one-of-a-kind pieces on vintage French linen.


She also wrote about schubLaden, a company in Berlin who fits new furniture with vintage drawers. They do bespoke work, too. Love this!


I found out about Nadja Müller who is a designer in Berlin who makes some very unique things for the home – blankets, bedding, curtains, lighting, . More here. Everything is handmade!

And finally Hanna Konala and her gorgeous illustrative work. She has a most inspiring blog, too.

Be sure to visit Visual Notes for more beautiful finds and congrats on your new blog, Maaret!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Bloggers on January 20, 2009

Marimekko New for Spring

New: Marimekko textiles for Spring!

Posted in uncategorized on January 20, 2009

Selina Lake: Updated Portfolio

When London stylist and author Selina Lake contacts me I know I’m in for a treat. Yesterday was no different when she wrote in to share her new work. I immediately clicked over to her online portfolio and found these beautiful spaces, the first photo shows the fabulous Kusmi tea. You know, I’m so happy that tea is becoming a bit more trendy lately at least in America because I’ve grown to really love it and though I’m not about to fully cross over (I still enjoy a cappuccino or espresso and iced coffee in the summer), I can’t deny that tea has taken over as a new obsession of mine. Part of the appeal aside from being healthy is that you can find so many flavors and of course the pretty tins… you can leave your tea on the counter and perhaps it will look this lovely…

If you need a reminder of who Selina is, here’s a link to her new book Bazaar Style that I wrote about on decor8. It’s still a favorite decorating book of mine, top 10 actually! If you don’t own it and love bohemian, eclectic, flea market style then you’ll have to add it to your list because trust me, it’s a keeper.

Psst: I had an interview with Selina exactly one year ago here (the photos are also worth clicking over for, wow!)

Thanks Selina for the updates!

(images from selina lake)

Posted in inspiration, Objects on January 20, 2009

New: Two Days in July

You know how much I love collaborative projects so here’s yet another talented duo joining forces to challenge themselves and inspire others. Are you familiar with the work of Sarah Ahearn Bellemare (painter) and Kate Stavish (poet) and their new project called Two Days in July? They aren’t saying much about it (which makes me more excited) but tomorrow their ideas will be set free here on their new blog. All I’m hearing is that this is a, “new collaboration of paintings and poems.” I’m super curious to see what they’ve come up with. I’m sure we can expect something great!

Be sure to bookmark this link and visit these ladies tomorrow to see what they have in store! Congrats Sarah and Kate!

What do you think of collaborative projects? Have you ever had an interest in teaming up with a friend? If so, what would you be interested in doing?

(image from two days in july)

Posted in inspiration on January 20, 2009

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