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I Am Enough

May 10, 2017

Hello everyone, I have a little story to tell you today. I was thinking recently about my trip to Zurich last November, when I worked for Blickfang, and how I fell in love with a very special little owl. Would you like to know more? It’s short, and sweet, and just may make you feel all the feels but my goal is that maybe my story will make you see that you are enough, too. So there I was at a shop in Zurich, I cannot recall the name of it but it was so well curated and honestly, one of the best I’d seen in all of Zurich for interiors. In a corner, there sat a little owl and many of his friends. A real owl? To me, yes. But to everyone else, he was only porcelain and merely a decorative object for the home.

I Am Enough

That little owl represented more in my eyes though, so I looked a bit more closely to examine his details. Why was this little figurine calling to me, beckoning me to take a closer look? Upon closer inspection, I understood why I felt a heart connection with this lovely little bird. Let me explain.

Do you see the little mouse he is holding under his wing so gently? In nature, the mouse would have been devoured in a moment, owls are not vegetarians! They’re hunters and must be in order to survive. The artist who made this owl though, Babette Maeder, is of course allowed to tell stories through her creative expressions; to alter reality to create a new idea, a new way of looking at the world. That is the only job of an artist, if you can even call it that – to spark a reaction. If someone is drawn in, the artist accomplished a goal.

When I stood before the little owl, I was a little girl again. Not a strong woman with a family and a company. I thought about the owl as if it were going to start moving about on the table, making its way over to sit on my hand. It had a magical quality, but again, most likely only to me because the other shoppers walked on by.

I realized in that moment that the owl represented me but I couldn’t quite figure out why. I thought some more. Perhaps it was tied in to my desire to heal, protect and show love. To be liked, to please others. To be kind. I am a caring person yet I often forget to show it and can come across as very headstrong – like I have no fears or problems, like I have it all under control. Yet, I have suffered from feelings of self doubt since I was a child. I always wanted to be protected and loved but losing my father when I was 18 was devastating. Not because he died, he didn’t, but because he divorced my mother and started a new life and I never saw him again.

Over the years, I wanted to protect and heal everyone as a result so they didn’t hurt as much as I had hurt. I didn’t realize that getting hurt was character building and if faced and resolved, getting hurt can be a huge stepping stone. Guarding people from getting hurt emotionally is less important than helping to support them through the pain. It’s like a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon, pushing its way through a tiny hole, the force of it all, the struggle, is making it stronger so once it emerges, it can fly. Did you know that if you cut the sack right before the butterfly appears, it will be limp and just lay there and most likely, die? This is because the force of pushing itself out is what the wings needed to become strong.

I read a quote once from Brene Brown that resonated with me, “You are enough”. When I met the little owl in November, he reminded me that I am enough. That being human is okay and to focus on others and to guide them, while also caring for myself, is okay. But now in my life, the most important thing is caring for my son, being a watchful owl, a guide, a consistent source of love. He is my little mouse, I am his mama. That is enough because to him, I am enough. This owl made me see that I don’t need to heal the world, I really just need to be there for my child and then, everyone else can come later as time allows. This was a refreshing perspective for me and a first, for sure.

I Am Enough

Flashback to Zurich in that little shop… So you won’t believe this… The next day after encountering the little own, unknown to me, I ran into the artist at the Blickfang fair! In fact, I was a jury member and we had to pick nominees for an award. As I roamed the fair searching for a winner, looking at hundreds of products, there was the little owl! It couldn’t be! And the artist was there with it and all of her other creations too. I was so shy to say anything to her, so I only grabbed her business card and later, returned to meet with the other jury members and told them, “I nominate Babette Maeder!”.

Months later, the little owl still stayed on my mind. I thought about it nearly every day. Then one day an email arrived and it said, “It was very nice meeting you at Blickfang Zürich. I would love to invite you to my open studio this Friday, if you are in Zurich!”. It was from Babette. How could it be? She remembered me? I felt that the little owl was working behind-the-scenes. I felt he somehow wanted to live in my home.

Guess what? The owl lives in Hannover now. He arrived right before the birthday of my son. Babette Maeder has a permanent spot in my heart now through this small bird. I’ve been wanting to tell you this story for months, but I’ve been so overwhelmed with travel in the past few months (Frankfurt, Hamburg, Cologne, Paris, Milan, Cuxhaven, Berlin, Oberhausen…) that I couldn’t find a moment to type all of this out until today.

Thank you Babette for putting your work into the world and for touching hearts, like mine. Thank you for letting this owl remind me that to my son, and even to those I work with, and to my family and friends, that I am enough. What I give is enough. And that all of you reading are enough too. Focus on what matters and let the rest wait.

That feels nice.

Holly






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8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

July 1, 2016

Okay onto some very lovely wallpaper patterns from Milan today… I’m a bit into wallpaper at the moment so indulge me please. These are from Wall & Deco. I really love how exotic and moody these patterns are. Swoon.

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

8 Exotic Wallpapers I Love

I like these patterns but the leaf print top image to the right, in white and green, speaks to me the most. I imagine it in a very big room with polished concrete floors and large windows paired with contemporary Danish furnishings. It would be on a focal wall to provide depth and interest to the room, to really draw in the eye. I’d love to bring in some boho vibes too through texture like rattan, macrame and ceramics.

Ciao bella!

Holly x






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Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

June 30, 2016

I came across this gem of a collection in Milk Magazine (France) by Barcelona-based designer and potter, Xavier Mañosa, and just had to share it. His tables are made with oak tops and legs from porcelain and stoneware. Excuse me while I geek out but his work is amazing in my eyes. I love the simplicity, clarity, texture, use of natural elements, and the overall idea of it. Also the colors, wow, great palette right?

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Xavier is part of Apparatu which is a design studio, pottery workshop and family business which sounds like such a nice place to spend your days as a designer, doesn’t it? They work on commission and also develop in-house projects. They also have an online shop.

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

Tables With Porcelain Legs In Barcelona

These tables and ceramics are from the Fang collection offered through b.d. Barcelona.

(Photography: bd Barcelona via Milk Magazine)






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Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

June 8, 2016

In addition to my obsession with pillows, chairs and art, I am obsessed with lighting in all it’s forms. Candles, pendants, sconces, lamps… That’s why when I read about PET Lamp in German magazine Schöner Wohnen, I knew I had to share them with the rest of world who isn’t regularly tuning in to German mags. PET Lamp, based in Madrid, reinvent the way baskets are being used – and remakes them into amazing basket lamps that you will swoon for. Check this.

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Aren’t they so light and airy and just drop dead stunning? I have basket lamps in my hallway (not by PET though) and love them. They throw the best patterned shadows onto the walls when illuminated too. Here are some more that caught my eye in different patterns and styles, including the next and final photo as shown in the always-inspiring location of Piet Hein Eek

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

 

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Light + Airy Basket Lighting From PET LampLight + Airy Basket Lighting From PET Lamp

Big love!

Learn more about PET and see their design firm and meet the owner via Pamono/Freunde von Freunden.

(Photos: All: PET, except 2nd Home World Design and Bottom: zilverblauw)






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Rosenthal Hot Spots Colorful Vases

June 8, 2016

Oh my goodness guys look at these HOT SPOT vases, coming soon from German porcelain giant Rosenthal. Designed by Christine Rathmann, a Frankfurt-based designer, these definitely don’t look like anything you’ve ever seen at Rosenthal. I have many of their vases, both vintage and new, in white and pastel tones but nothing like these…

Rosenthal Hot Spots Colorful Vases

They are stunning but I wouldn’t group them together like this. I’d have one in one room and by done with it. Or 3 of the same in 3 different sizes. Or, if I chickened out on the color and went with all white, I’d group 5 on a shelf. Continue Reading…






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Whimsical Decor By Nathalie Lete

June 8, 2016

I’m a big fan of, and subscribe to, Milk Decoration magazine and love reading their website as often as I get a chance. I came by so many great stories there this morning over breakfast but one stood out because I’ve been getting press release after press release lately for Nathalie Lete. Milk covered her too so I thought I needed to share her latest work because apparently she’s all the rage – again!

Whimsical Decor By Nathalie Lete

I say again because she was big for awhile and then I didn’t see much from her for a period of time but that’s changed because now I’m hearing about her newest this and her latest that all of the time! Continue Reading…






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