(images from orla kiely)
Enna has a darling DaWanda shop too. I heart DaWanda – they’re this really cool Berlin-based site that’s a little bit like Etsy as it promotes indie artists here in Europe and beyond. And I’ve talked to the owner via email and she’s a doll, I hope to meet up with her when I visit Berlin in October. Yay!
For the locals, Enna just opened a brand new store in Hannover Linden called Enna Shop located at Deisterstra?e 68 – and she’s a Zakka fan, so you know I’ll be visiting her little storefront soon. If she lets me snap a few photos, I’ll certainly share my visit with you. :)
(images from enna)
Craig wrote to me from a Manchester(UK) based company called Flying Duck that offers a range of handmade products from wall art to pillows and handbags. All designs are batik prints and some are made with wax, designed by Craig and his colleagues at Flying Duck.
Though they’re based in the UK, the good news is that they’ll ship worldwide. So for those of you in love with ethnic prints, you can select some of these vibrant beauties for your home with no worries in regards to that. Yay! For UK residents, the news gets even better: shipping within the UK is completely free of charge.
(images from flying duck)
I never tire of fluffy colorful pillows, it’s a sickness I have and baby, I’m not looking to be cured so don’t even try! It’s the one accessory that I turn to when I need to freshen a corner of my home. I’ve confessed a million times before that I’m completely aware of my design ADD and tire of things quickly, but I’m not the only one. It’s perfectly normal for design addicts like us to tire of things we look at each day. Since most of us can’t replace the sofa that we’re not sick to death of, we have to find alternative solutions to make things fresh and current. This is where our puffy friends step in…
When designing on the cheap, I look to pillows, throws, area rugs, affordable art, and mini collections of things carefully styled to turn up the volume. A tip for pillow addicts, try to purchase pillow covers that either zip or button on and keep reusing the inserts as you swap out the patterns each season. They’re also easier to store this way, just fold and tuck away into your linen closet. And always use down inserts because they make the entire pillow look better and more relaxed than those overstuffed polyfil ones, and never, ever karate chop them because despite how many times you see this done on television, it really does look dumb. Freshly chopped pillows arranged like little bow ties give me that same oh-no-please feeling that I have whenever I’m watching some design show on TV and there’s yet another throw rug shown on an angle. I think Becky from Design Public’s blog Hatch will laugh when she reads this, as I know we’ve had many a conversation about weird design ‘tricks’ we’ve seen on reality shows that in real life, look odd and dated – not in a cool vintage find way, more like in a parachute pants way.
(images from pure decor)
Barbara Vos is an extremely clever designer from the Netherlands with her degree from the esteemed Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the oldest art academy in Europe.
As you browse her projects online, you’ll immediately sense that this lady is constantly thinking of ways to improve both the form and function of many things, from interiors to products. I particularly like how she added buttons to the inside of this drum shade, it’s around 399,- Euro, but if you have the time and can craft something like it yourself, I would suspect this would make for another creative craft project for you to try. Isn’t this great idea for those jars of spare buttons you collect?
(image from barbara vos)