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Kekkilä

my philosophy when it comes to indoor plants is basically “yes please, more is better”. especially if you live in apartment with no outdoor area to speak of. we don’t have a balcony or garden, but i would love to grow herbs in our kitchen – unfortunately it’s a small space that gets no light. also facing the sad fact that we’re running out of sill space for the burgeoning greenery.

that’s why i just love these clever products designed by Linda Bergroth & Klaus Aalto for Kekkilä. that green light is just genius. the nursery shelves and the pot step are also super cool (feels like a DIY idea to steal?) also this lady is clearly having the best time in her flat surrounded by all these amazing plants. i’ll have what she’s having (ahem).

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Nice Things No.16

here are ten nice things for the home: to buy, to DIY, or just to sigh (at)…

sweet little bowls by Fine Little Day:

porcelain serving boards by honeycomb studio:

unbelievable textiles by Mae Engelgeer, via gimii:

the awesome project is awesome:

Pennyweight Goods presents the Southern Lights Electric x Pennyweight wall lamp:

Bindle is a sweet gifting idea:

a DIY embroidery kit by Lisa Grue:

a faceted wall clock by Raw Dezign:

a DIY kitchen towel rack made from a brass rod, by Bambula:

and, pretty things inside tape:

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8 Homes

Simone & Rhys Haag’s home in Melbourne is one of the nicest & most inspiring i’ve seen in a while:

Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen (profiled by Vogue of course, of course):

a beautiful renovation of an apartment by AR architects, i particularly like the yellow details (and those floors):

a home in London designed by Charles Mellersh, more lovely golden detailing:

artist Pia Dehne’s house & studio in the Catskills:

Swedish apartment for sale (and immaculately styled):

Bri’s inspiring office makeover (not really a home, but homey – yes):

and a weekend beach house that i wouldn’t mind making a full time house house:

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Wonderdeco

i’m actually moving out of my lovely flat this month (sad face), so right now my mind is on the crappy business of packing up. it does make me feel a bit better to browse interior blogs in the process, so that i can imagine what i’d like my new home to look like. if you’re into beautiful Swedish homes like i am then best make a pit stop at Wonderdeco - run by stylist and blogger Sanna Fischer Nordström (who herself has a beautiful home), with photos by Ida Carrol.

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Oyyo

Oyyo is a studio based in Sweden founded by creative duo Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén, who marry Swedish design sensibilities with their nomadic moods and travelling adventures. the studio releases one to two new products per year to work up a core collection of textiles, pieces of furniture and accessories. their first collection is Oyyo No.1, a series of six original dhurries handwoven by a community of craftspeople near India’s Blue City, Jodhpur.

Uniquely made from 100% organic cotton and vivid vegetable dyes derived from local plants, our dhurries are conceived as timeless self-investment pieces providing comfort of the best possible quality out there. The dhurries are woven with techniques dating back centuries, devoid of machines, but with a contemporary design and colour pallet. Their carefully selected colours and exquisite patterns become a statement of Oyyo’s natural optimism and core values: We claim a re-engagement with the natural world and express our confidence in the productive wonders made possible thanks to cultural diversity.

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Catch Up: Spaces

ever since i got back from my holiday i’ve been tirelessly catching up on my reader (which is now down to under 500 items!) and pinning away in the mind to do a massive These Things. but, MASSIVE it was. too massive. so i decided instead to create a little mini-series of sorts called Catch Up. relevant to interiors, fashion, design etc.

first up – SPACESif you want to see more spaces see this board.

the wonderful wallpaper of Kirath Ghundoo:

Victoria’s new home:

all the home goods from Joinery (thanks Mariah):

like the look of this new guesthouse in Simon’s Town, Cordelle:

the home of Claire Cottrell photographed by Jessica Comingmore for FvF:

the (art) studio of Aussie artist Laura Jones:

the home of Antonia Siegmund and Matthias Last:

designer Lotta Neiminen’s NY studio apartment:

clever people using washi tape to put up rad prints:

- by Design Sponge

- by noepahjertet

some more interesting DIY wall art:

Jennifer’s home (always):

this studio space with the narrow desk:

this glass top trestle table & work space by Hitta Hem:

this room at Finnish blog Suvi sur le vif:

these beautiful wooden desks by Hiromatsu:

the Huguenot dining table by Pedersen + Lennard (i almost bought one for myself):

and finally, this cutie photographed by Aya Gao. what’s a home with a pet?

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2013

a sure-fire way to know that the holiday season is upon us (apart from the christmas carols playing ad-nauseum in the supermarkets) is the sudden appearance of the new year calendar. just in case you needed to be reminded that 2012 is O-V-E-R. on to the next! here are some of my favourites (there are a couple in my recent gift guides too).

Prisms Calendar by Julia Kostreva:

Pudge the Cat:

Cats let Nothing Darken Their Roar:

the ultimate cat calendar, Dreamcats:

The Frankie Calendar:

Best Year Ever!

Linen wall art:

Astrology Calendar by Prismatic Print Shop:

Stitch the Stars Calendar Kit:

Snug Studio Calendar:

Stendig Calendar:

Helvetica Calendar:

Pocket Notebook calendar:

 Patten Calendar:

Shapes Calendar by Leah Duncan:

Landscapes:

Globe Trotter Calendar:

and something a bit different, a lasercut desk calendar:

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Gisèle

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

Photography: Jordi Huisman for Freunde von Freunden

here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to Francesca Rheannon, whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.

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