Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wishlist - Five things to want right now!

Here is a list of five things to want right now! 1. Rug Catella designed by Emily Todhunter (The Rug Company) 2. Smoke and Mirrors coffee table (Urban Outfitters) 3. Clear Cube lamp (Burke Decor) 4. Chair Savranola - Barcelona chair replica (Scan Design) 5. Orbit wall clock.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In the spotlight: Dutch interior designer Marijke Schipper

Marijke Schipper is one of my favorite Dutch interior designers. She is well known in The Netherlands for her work on popular tv shows where she has transformed many homes. One of my favorite shows to watch was Samenwonen (which means Living Together in Dutch) where two people with very different tastes and styles move in together. The designers on the show had the dificult task of designing a living space for these couples where both their styles and tastes had to be merged together, trying to incorporate most of the existing furnitures and decorating items. Marijke Schipper was my favorite designer on the show, always creating beautiful and stylish interiors with a very personal touch. Here is a look at some of her work, interiors she designed for the show Samenwonen.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Fab find! Cool collages on canvas

If you are into cool mondern pop like art then I have a fab find for you. Mo Man Tai (which means No Problem in Cantonese) is a label by Dutch industrial designer Ulrike Jurklies. Mo Man Tai actually produces laser cut and etched stainless steel items (click here for more info). I came across these fabulous collages of photographs and graphic images by Mo Man Tai printed on canvas. The results: super cool and unique wall décor pieces. The canvases are available in various sizes and for reasonable prices. Below are a few pieces. To see the entire collection of for more information go to

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

In the spotlight: Interior Designer Kelly Wearstler

In the spotlight this time is interior desiger Kelly Wearstler. I had not heard of her before untill my interview with Elizabeth of Chichi & Luxe who mentioned Kelly Wearstler as one of her favorites. After taking a look at Wearstler's work I was sold. Her work is absolutely exquisit! Her interiors are stylish, elegant, she's not afraid to use colour and she fills her spaces with art and interesting decorative pieces. All of this creates beautiful and interesting interiors where every detail is well thought of and that I can look at for hours. Here is a selection of my favorite rooms by the stylish Kelly Wearstler.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Know your classics! La Chaise by Charles and Ray Eames

Some of the most popular design furniture we see today are often reproductions of classic designs from many many years ago. This is La Chaise, a chair by Charles and Ray Eames. It is a popular piece that has been copied quite often. The original design is from 1948 and is a fibreglass seat shell on a wood and steel base. Designers Charles and Ray Eames submitted this chair for an in international competition for low-cost furniture design. The design proved to be too expenisive to manufacture at the time. I love the fact that even though the design is from the 1940's it still today has a modern and contemporary appeal to it. Thanks to the abstract form and simple lines. You've got to love a chair as sleek as this one.

Friday, September 11, 2009

A chat with Elizabeth from Chichi & Luxe

I am proud to announce a new interview for the segment A chat with… This time I’ve had a chat with Elizabeth Raptis from the wonderful blog Chichi & Luxe. Elizabeth is a 25 year old interior designer living in Brisbane, Australia. She has a boyfriend of 5 years who is her best friend with whom she often likes to go to the park with and chill out in the sunshine – in between visits to furniture and antique centres of course!

How long have you been working as an interior designer and how did you start?
I started by renovating properties with my boyfriend and decided to study interior design. I graduated from design college two years ago and went into my own business straight away. It was a very brave decision but one that I don’t regret!

Where do you get your inspiration from for your projects?
A lot of my inspiration comes from fashion. I’m a “NEVER-wear-flats” girl and I think this is reflected in my design style. I like elegant, tailored and polished looks in both my clothes and interiors. But a dash of playfulness is essential too, so that an interior isn’t too serious!

How would you describe your decorating style?
To coin Kelly Wearstler’s term…Modern Glamour. I’m drawn to classic shapes and architecture but love to add my own contemporary edge. There always has to be an element of glamour, I just don’t do casual!

As an interior designer, which three fab tips can you give us when decorating a home?
1. Don’t be afraid to use colour
2. Make your interior as in depth as possible – it’s the finer details that make a room interesting.
3. Obey your interior designer at all times!

Who is/are your favorite (interior) designer(s)?
Kelly Wearstler (see photo), Ralph Lauren, Philip Gorrivan, Nate Berkus…the list goes on!

If you could get the chance of redecorating the home of one famous person, whose house would you pick and why?
Ivanka Trump. She is an amazing young woman with a fabulous sense of style.

What is the absolute favorite, most precious thing you own and why?
My little long haired Chihuahua, Bibi. At the age of 12, I was still sucking my thumb! My dad made a deal with me that if I stopped the habit for a whole year (and onwards) he would get me a dog. He only made the deal with me because he thought there was no way I could win! But overnight I kicked the habit, proved everyone wrong, and won my little fury friend – that was 12 years ago and it has always served as a reminder that if you put your mind to something you can achieve ANYTHING.

What is at the top of your wish list and why?
A huge white period home (with ornate plaster ceilings and original timber floors) that I can redecorate from tip to toe – because I would be in seventh heaven!

What made you start blogging and what do you love most about it?
I wanted a place to share my thoughts on design and to gain support along the way. It’s wonderful to be able to connect with like-minded people, and making friends along the way has been an unexpected but delightful surprise!

Name your top 5 favorite interior design / decor blogs:
Ada & Darcy
This is Glamorous

Swish and Swanky

- Thank you Elizabeth for having a chat with me! It was great to learn more about you and to have a look into the mind of an interior designer. Keep up the wonderful work on your blog and I'm looking forward to reading more about your work on Chichi & Luxe -

Thursday, September 10, 2009

How's it hanging?

I love a great wall of frames to display beautiful art and your most precious moments captured on film. Plus it is a great way to dress up an empty wall. I have collected quite a few images of picture frames covered walls. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Blog alert! Urban Lifestyle Decor

Here is a blog you need to know about! I'm talking about Urban Lifestyle Decor. This blog is a showcase for unique interior designs and decors covering a mix eclectic, urban, bohemian, gothic and industrial styles with a special focus on furniture.

The blog's editor Susan Rapp has a backround in the furnishing industry where she worked as a display designer and director of lifestyle merchandising among other things. In her work she came across amazing manufacturers & importers. Her love for great furniture is visible throughout her blog with posts on really fantastic and inspirational furniture items and labels. Urban Lifestyle Decor is a great source of inspiration for cool and funky urban styles. Have a look at some of the posts on this blog (click on image to go to original post and read full article).

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Romantic yet funky loft - As seen on Apartment Therapy

These next photographs show the home and studio of interior designer Caryn Grossman. This fabulous loft is situated in an old 1930's telephone factory warehouse. That fact alone makes my heart beat faster. And the space is just breathtaking; a romantic decor in an industrial setting. It is this combination that makes the loft totally funky. No wonder the space is used for photoshoots, as an art gallery and once even as a movie set. I am absolutely in love with this place! For more information and the complete house tour on Apartment Therapy click here.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Fab find! Save my Sofa webshop

This next find is truely fabulous and I'm so excited to tell you about it! I'm talking about webshop Save my Sofa. This Swedish online store specialises in covers for IKEA sofas for both old and new models! So if you have an IKEA couch that is in need of a new cover, or if you just want to change the look of your sofa, than this is the shop to go to! I have been looking for a new cover for my Tomelilla sofa for a while now because mine is old and a bit stained. But since this model is not in production anymore IKEA does not sell the covers anymore either. But now I can buy a new cover and my sofa will be good as new!

The way it works is quite easy. You just choose the model of your couch and the size, in my case the Tomelilla three-seat sofa. Then you choose which fabric you would like for the cover by clicking on the fabric sample at the bottom of the page.

The great thing is that you can see righ away what the fabric will look like on your couch. There are lots of colours and some patterns to choose from. You can select a standard colour like in the first picture. Or go for a bolder patern like in the second photo.

If you are a bit hesitant you can also order free fabric samples, like I did. These will be sent to you free of charge so you can decide at home which one you like best. If you do not have an IKEA couch but you still want to change the look of your sofa then Save my Sofa also has a variety of throws and pilowcases you can buy. You can also buy the different fabrics by meter to make you own creation. Isn't this webshop genius? Here's the adres:

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Spanish design by Jaime Hayon

In the spotlight this time is Jaime Hayon (1974), one of Spain’s fines designers of today. In his teens he was involved in skating and graffiti which influences we still see in his work today. Jaime studied industrial design in Madrid and he later joined Fabrica in Paris, the Benetton-funded design and communication academy. He made a quick career when he was promoted from student to head of their Design Department. Jaime decided to go solo after eight years and created his own collections of ceramics, furniture design and product design and occasionally collaborating with other known labels. Here is a look at some of his work.
Chairs from the Showtime Collection for BD Ediciones.

This chair, made out of 22 pieces of wood, was made for Ceccotti.

Ceramic pieces from Jaime Hayon's Bosa collection for Bosa Ceramiche.

More from the Bosa collection.

Cristal Candy collection for Baccarat.

Sparkle Shady chandelier for Swarovski.
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Photographer Manolo Yllera

I'm back from beautiful Madrid where I had a fabulous time and I'm ready to start blogging again. I returned home with a stack of spanish interior design magazines and loads of inspiration! I will be posting quite a lot about spanish design and interior decorators. In this post though I want to introduce you to spanish photographer Manolo Yllera. I came across his work flipping through my stash of spanish decor magazines and had a look on his website. I was immediately captivated by Manolo's work. This Madrid based photographer has a stunning portofolio that I encourage you to see (click here). Here's a look a some of his work: a shoot he did a short while ago for the spanish Architectural Digest.

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