If you’re a Steven Harrington like me, you’ll be happy to know that his new online store, You & I, just launched. I’m still hoping he’ll do a limited run of his peacock print, but until then, here’s some great options. I have the Un Royaume print (top right) and love it, the colors are brilliant and the paper is heavy and gorgeous (I’m very tactile, so paper weight is important to me). Enjoy!
Thanks Steven for the update!
(images from you & i)
First, I have to thank Emma from one of Sweden’s leading design blogs, emmas designblogg, for asking me to be part of her “10 Quick” series. I’m flattered to be featured alongside other “10” ladies such as Lena Corwin, Ranvita la Cour, Louise Campbell, and Lotta Jansdotter. Thank you so much, Emma!
Ah. The thought of visiting Sweden. Swedish Interiors. Gorgeous design. Mmm. Doesn’t it send a slight longing through your soul? The streets of Stockholm, strolling the coast, riding through the countryside, and the shopping. Sweden is a dream destination, and if you’re like me and can’t hop a plane over whenever you’d like, you can start scanning Swedish design blogs for a taste of the magic. Emmas designblogg is a great design source, and she translates quite a bit of text to English, a major draw for me.
While reading one of my favorite American blogs, SFGirlByBay, I found out that Victoria discovered Swedish blogger, Annika of HOOM. We can always trust Victoria’s taste, so whenever I click her links, I find the best places to peruse. Anyway, HOOM is such a beautiful Swedish blog with some posts in English so you can do more than drool at the pretty pictures.
More to love: RoomService, Tinas blogg, hemmariket, and the beautiful chez lison. These blogs are 100% eye candy. I think it’s so important to look at the world of design, not just the popular trends and designs coming out of your own country, but to explore beyond the borders and see what’s happening in distant lands. And with new design blogs popping up constantly worldwide, it’s suddenly so easy to do.
We each have a voice, a perspective, and something important to bring to the world of blogging. It’s not just a world for few, but a place for all. Let us start with Sweden. :)
(images from emmas designblogg, hoom sthlm. and room service)
Kelly Rae Roberts recently commented on a decor8 post and after reading it, I clicked on her name and linked over to her website (I love links!). It was there that I discovered her colorful, whimsical artwork and all the things this lady has been up to over the years. So watch out when you comment with a link – I’ll find you! :)
Kelly at a show with her lovely ladies.
Kelly grew up in Florida, studied social work in college, and relocated to the west coast with her husband where she found the confidence to pursue her inner artist through running (I love that because my aunt was a runner and felt exactly the same way). Running gave her the wings that she needed to become an artist, something she had wanted to be her entire life but, like so many creative types that did not study art in school, they’re often told it’s not “practical” to become an artist without formal training. (But this hasn’t stopped them from their dreams, these talented artists have created somewhat of a movement called “Outsider Art”. Their numbers keep growing as it is gaining popularity all time.)
With a background in social work, it’s clear that Kelly loves people and has a sincere desire to “lift” others, which she is now able to do through her spirited paintings. Learn more about Kelly in her bio. If you are interested in purchasing an original painting, you can contact her via her website, or if you’d like a high quality print, visit her Etsy store.
Kelly at work in her Oakland, CA studio.
Psst: Did you know that Miss Kelly worked on a children’s book, Alter This!: Radical Ideas for Transforming Books Into Art, with Alena Hennessy?
(images from kelly rae roberts)
Have you heard of DaWanda? They recently launched online out of Berlin mitte (my favorite place in Berlin for shopping), and offer a free store to newbies that sign up before May 31st. After 5/31, a standard rate will apply, so try to sneak in during this special offer. DaWanda is somewhat of an Etsy operation, they offer storefronts to sellers on one condition, that you make whatever it is that you’re selling. Even a great big table like the one below, which I love.
“Dawanda is a new online marketplace for artists, designers and artisans across Europe to set up their own shop to sell their handmade products.”
The site just launched, so it’s not jam packed with sellers yet, but I’m hoping I can start a bit of a trend and get other bloggers to talk about it and spread the word.
The site is in English (British), French, and German, you select the language by clicking on your flag of choice in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. You can browse by color, tag, technique, materials, or category. You can even create and organize wish lists and vote for your favorites.
Why does the world need DaWanda if Etsy is already out there? I think that for most Germans without credit cards (not the norm in Germany), they prefer using their bank account to pay for things and DaWanda gives sellers that ability so it makes things a lot easier. Most of my German friends and family do not even have (or want) Paypal accounts, so I think DaWanda offers them the chance to engage in a little e-commerce in the way they are most comfortable with, via their bank account. Plus, unlike Etsy, the site is in 3 languages, including German.
Check out DaWanda and let me know what you think. I’m interested in hearing what my pals in Europe have to say about this site.
Psst: Bridget Davis has some great pillows!
I want to extend a warm welcome to the very stylish Devita Davison and her new blog, Toast and Tables, which is all about entertaining in style. I love her current theme, black and white, it’s super, she pairs fashion with dinnerware, fantastic!
Toast and Tables will appear in the left column as blog of the week until May 28th, so make sure you check out Miss Devita’s blog for the latest and greatest in trendy tabletops!
(images from toast and tables)