I’m so happy that it’s nearly the weekend because we’ll be visiting the Lüneburger Heide (or heath in English) with the baby. I love it there this time of year, imagine acres and acres of nothing but gorgeously wild heather growing thick all around you with the very rare, local Heidschnucke sheep native to Northern Germany casually grazing here and there. I’m hoping that, like our last visit in 2013 when I was 5 months pregnant, that this year the same big puffy white clouds will hang from bright blue skies in slightly crisp Autumn air. I vowed to return with the baby this year and walk the same path my pregnant feet carried me last year, and so I will. Plus, it’s nearly sweater weather so I’m in love. I picked up a gorgeous navy cashmere sweater the other day and can’t wait to wear it – I just need some Autumn boots. Any tips?
So let’s talk about decorating (always a fave topic around here!). I’m pulling together my new work studio because I realized when I had the baby that my studio isn’t really working for me and until I can find space outside of my home to work (I’m currently looking in Hannover for a office with a storefront to rent in List or Oststadt), I have to make THIS space work for me and my baby who spends a lot of time with me while I’m working from home. We don’t have childcare or send him to a crèche, so we’re doing 50/50 parenting and it’s working out great so far. Aidan will be 7 months old September 9 and life is pretty good despite how many people warned me that the first year with a baby is both heaven and well, hell. I’m having a hard time balancing things out, my roots are showing, my nails are screaming for some polish, I am still wearing my pregnancy jeans (yeah, I’m not proud of that but I’m also not ashamed), and with my window cleaner not showing up last week and my house cleaner being on vacation for a month now, the house isn’t looking so shiny lately and my work studio is littered with two monstrosity Fisher Price things that entertain my little boy while I write blog posts and sing him nursery rhymes simultaneously so he doesn’t feel dissed by the computer. Yet all of this seems so fun and natural and I could never go back to my old life. I thought my old life was so fancy and free but honestly, being on the other side of it with a baby, it was lonely and me-centric. I like having a baby to remind me that more important things exist and that very basic things are often the most important ones. When I watch his eyes light up as he does some crazy air tap dancing moves in his high chair as I introduce him to a new food (avocado yesterday, which he LOVED), I am reminded that even eating a simple piece of food should be pleasurable and worthy of a little tippity tap dance.
But back to the point. Decorating. My Studio. My color palette is above. What do you think of it (see above mood board)? I love it.
Colors: Mint, Nude, Blush, Coral, Shots of red, Shots of neon yellow, black, gray
Materials/Etc.: Natural wood, white glossy furniture, marble, metallic gold, lucite, glass, lots of pattern and fun!
Mood: Quirky, fun, a bit fashion, feminine but not little girl, artsy without the fartsy, bold yet soft, clean, functional.
I’ve been eyeing this palette since I was in Paris working a few years back. I was with my team and I was doing some styling work at Astier de Villatte for my book. It was such a great trip. And I ended up at Merci with James Leland Day having lunch. And I saw this very palette above splattered on the concrete floor in their women’s fashion section, photographed it with my iPhone and vowed to someday use it somewhere in my life. So now it will be in my office. Yeah to snappy pics on the road and Instagram! Here is the art I’ve selected for my art wall so far, it’s all from Minted. I went a little crazy! Once it all arrives, I’ll give you the sizes, frame types and names of all of the work so you can buy it. That will be in another post though next month. A girl needs time. Plus it’s all still being printed and framed in San Francisco and then, it will need to be shipped abroad to me in Germany. God I’m scared of what the VAT is going to cost! Some of the art will have natural wood frames and other, white. The art will go above this sideboard from Fashion For Home, Sideboard Helvig I. Most of you LOVED the sideboard I originally thought I’d go with, but then I decided that a few of you who loved this one below had some good points about the drawers and storage in general, so thank you for that. So I’m going with the Sideboard Helvig I. I can’t wait for it to arrive so I can show you how the art and the sideboard work together. Not ALL of the art will go over the sideboard, I have other walls in my room reserved for it as well as the adjacent workspace where I host workshops, so it will be evenly dispersed.
Okay so that’s where I’m at. I’ve ordered the sideboard and the art. Trust me, this took for damn ever. But I can’t wait to pull it all together. So now I’m on the prowl for a little two-seated sofa, a round sofa table, MAYBE a rug though I may just use the flokati that I no longer am using in Aidan’s room (unsure), and a new bookcase. I also plan to disassemble my work station (see my current work studio disaster here) and reconfig my desk. I have some cool stuff planned for the walls too.
I really like the work of Mae Engelgeer who is a Dutch textile designer located in Amsterdam. Her blankets, weavings, placemats and tablecloths are just lovely. See what you think…
Her bio is too lovely to chop up so I think I’ll share it with you in part, “One thing immediately stands out in Mae’s approach to design: she isn’t afraid to show color. Her approach to design and her working method is really instinctive, sensory and natural. Her work can be described as fresh, modern and eye-catching. For her it is really about the ‘feel’ of a fabric and she tries to ‘bring a fabric to life’. Mae Engelgeer has a background in fashion (Amsterdam Fashion Institute) and autonomous arts and design (Sandberg Instituut), which adds up to a versatile education. Underneath this diversity runs a very clear thread, a heartbeat of ikat patterns, a close collaboration with the TextileLab, and of course the baseline of pop coloring. All of those elements emerge from Mae’s intuition, ultimately coming together into a unique sensible whole.” I can definitely see the ikat inspiration, can’t you?
(images: Mae Engelgeer via Passion Shake)
I came across some lovely things today when Agata, who is also the blog author of Passion Shake, stopped by to share her favorite new sideboard with me since she knows I’m on the prowl for one. Anyway, I clicked on her link and ended up on her blog and found lots of nice things like these prints by Danish artist Pernille Folcarelli. But first, how are you today? I was out and about with baby Aidan shopping and saw lots of my friends walking around – every few minutes as we strolled, we’d bump into more friends out with their babies. It was the sweetest thing. Aidan attracts attention when we’re out – strangers come right up and want to “meet” him and little old ladies tell me how “sugar sweet” he is. I am writing all of this down in his journal so I don’t forget and can tell him someday. Everyone loves this little guy, but especially me. Enough about me. Let’s look at some gorgeous work by Pernille up in Denmark.
I really do love these botanical prints by Pernille Folcarelli. They look especially stunning against smokey charcoal walls, don’t they? I think botanicals are so easy to love.
You can buy all of these prints and post cards for framing right here.
(images: Pernille Folcarelli)
Warning: This post contains tons of links to amazing Scandinavian companies and oodles of photos showing what’s currently on-trend coming out of Scandinavia. If, and only if, you are okay for a little endless scrolling and tons of inspiration then let us begin. First, my friend Tinna drove up to Copenhagen to visit DesignTrade, a leading Danish interiors fair that runs from August 24-26, kicking off in just a few hours from now. I got my hands on their brochure in advance and looked up lots of their brands so I could pull together some of my favorite products with hopes of spotting a few trends. And I did!
As summer winds down it seems everyone wants get going with Fall interiors preparations especially with all of the upcoming events between back-to-school and the holidays, etc. and the changing of the seasons. Nothing gets me more inspired than seeing new collections and how brands are interpreting trends in their own way, how colors are being used, which materials are hot and what the general vibe for the Fall/Winter season will be. Here are some brands that are exhibiting at DesignTrade right now, do you spot some trends from this batch? At the bottom of this post, I’ve called out what I see trending for objects, colors, materials and the overall mood of the moment.
Pernille Snedker Hansen (art + prints)
paradisco productions (floor to ceiling posters)
I Love My Type (posters)
Paper Collective (posters)
Froh & Frau (posters)
Froh & Frau (posters)
Michelle Carlslund Illustration (posters)
Arne Jacobsen MiiBoxen from MiniMii (open it and it’s like a dollhouse that the whole family can decorate!)
Nynne Rosenvinge (illustrations)
One Must Dash (posters)
Overall: A bit Scandinavian Japanese in my eyes! My friend Sania Pell calls this style Scandinese. The ultimate in form meeting function – an excellent balance of both. Clean, clear, simple yet still manages to draw in the eye through bold geometric patterns and geometric shapes, interesting material combinations, etc.
Patterns: Geometrics – strong and clear forms and colors. Color blocking. Triangles!
Colors: Black, Mint, Salmon, Pale Blue, White, Mustard, Gray, Nude, Peach, Deep Rose
Materials: Marble, gold, glass, natural wood, ceramics, concrete, plywood, cork – some copper but definitely not trending as much as last year.
Objects: Ceramics in simple forms with gorgeous glazes, glass vases with wooden bottoms or concrete tops, etc., Porcelain vases with wooden bases, small round tables as coffee tables with marble tops, colored glass, concrete shelving, round mirrors, low benches, leaning mirrors that have slim legs, splattered “ink” on linens, paper napkins, feathers, plywood furniture, plywood art and signs, metal or marble candlestick holders etc. Also trays and stools.
Don’t you feel like we were just walking this fair together in Copenhagen? Me too! See anything that you love?
(images: linked to their sources above)