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These Walls

it’s funny that i have never done any kind of house tour, but the truth is our place is not pinterest worthy. not that it has to be. i could show you pics of the dishes in the sink and the weird basket i keep under the bathroom cabinet that’s filled with toiletries that are probably 5 years old (but i can’t seem to bring myself to throw away? what’s with that). but, you know, it’s not that cool. we don’t live in a magazine house and we probably never will.

but i do enjoy sharing the occasional snippet on instagram, when i have tidied and the light is hitting some magical corner of the flat just at the right moment. i decided to put all our art and prints up on the bare walls last week – so, here are some of our nice corners.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

this is the wall above our dining room table – the biggest and most intimidating one of all. i rearranged those pics about 20 times before deciding on an arrangement. then i left them for 24 hours before finally thinking, okay that’ll do. even now i’m not 100% sure about it. but the beauty is i can always rearrange them. some of the artists pictured from left to right: Andrzej Urbanski, bird print by João Lelo, unknown graphic artist, painting of Paris by my dad, goodbye winter print by Jordan Metcalf, heart cut-outs by Karen Cronje, lion around by Katrin Coetzer.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

our entrance hallway. notice my hair brush peeking out of the right corner. that kind of crap is always lying around the flat, i can’t even manage to hide it when i’m trying to take a nice picture. the big gold frame was found at a charity shop, and i printed out the vintage poster on the cheap. embroidered Girl with a Pearl Earring also found at a charity shop.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

this is the sentimental wall in our lounge. thumb prints from our wedding, two photographs from our recent road trip, wooden bench inherited from Anton’s gran, statue of Diana / Artemis given to me by Anton’s mom (who got it from her mother-in-law), photo from our wedding, etc.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

Anton’s reading / TV watching chair, which we got from Space for Life.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

the huge print was a gift from my friend Jessica who inherited from the previous owners of her old restaurant. the shelves are from Vamp.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

our decidedly unglamorous bedroom wall, complete with mismatched side tables and bedside lamps! notice all the books on Anton’s side and zero on mine. pillows from Nest in stellenbosch.

These Walls // Miss Moss shares bits of her apartment

my “dressing table”. print from Fieldguided. painting by my talented sister-in-law given to me for my bridal shower (she knows i love Frida). mirror from Vamp.

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Chiaozza

we’ve been living in our home for months but still don’t have anything on the walls. we’re those people. there’s plenty of art to put up, but at the moment they’re sorta hanging around, balancing on pieces of furniture and resting on the floor in art limbo. just waiting for their moment. i guess we’re just indecisive, actually hammering a nail into a wall feels like such a huge deal.

but if i had to procure one of these cool A-Frame shelves by Chiazzo, i’d be pulling that hammer out of the bottom kitchen drawer so fast it wouldn’t know what hit it (or what it was about to hit – haha! hammer joke.)

The A-Frames are an exploration into geometry, color and display in the form of functional wall objects. The shelves are inspired by a Danish folk design from the island of Amager, near Copenhagen, and are hand-cut with traditional woodworking saws. Assembled using simple wooden lap joints and no glue, the frames can be taken apart and flat-packed for transport. The shelves are hung on a nail and can be used for displaying arrangements of small objects on a wall.

buy them at their big cartel or etsy stores.

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Put it on paper

i’ve been seeing some nice paper related goods around lately – notecards, prints, what have you. and since it’s almost the season to send someone a nice card or buy someone a nice print for christmas i thought i’d help you along with some suggestions.

banquet atelier & workshop has really beautiful geometric cards, neon calligraphy cards and rad prints too:

sparrow nest script has some humorous cards and other fun print related material:

everything at quill & fox is fantastic:

parrott design studio deals in beautiful calligraphic cards:

as does sugar paper:

i like these custom thank you cards by seaborn press:

a cool notecard set for any occasion set by besotted brand:

anek has a variety of nice prints for your walls:

karolin schnoor is mega talented:

so is emily isabella:

i like katie wohl’s geometric prints:

here’s the créme de la créme (print):

and, be brave and be kind.

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Humble Abode

my mind is occupied with two main obsessions at the moment: finding & wearing the perfect winter boot, and cooking up decorating schemes for my apartment. these are unrelated topics, yet inexplicably intertwined – as i plan on happily stomping around my flat while wearing said boots.

never mind the boots for now, let’s talk about those decor schemes.

art & shelving is the main thing on the agenda. my plan is thus: put a few BIG pictures on the walls (i have grown tired of gallery walls, which i used to have in my old apartment) – and i mean BIG. and then figure out some kind of shelving system i can use on one wall that can act as a gallery rail of sorts for a variety of smaller pictures.

this apartment is filled with HUGE paintings, some of which are super bright which i LOVE.

the example from this apartment is slightly smaller, but still big & bright enough to make a great impact:

two by two is cool too – i love the prints (and everything else) in anouck lepere’s apartment so much:

low hanging posters with some kind of shelving / storage system underneath = yes. i would steal the posters in this apartment (left) in a second, and love the contrast of that big white poster against the dark wall in this home (right):

which brings me to something else, creating an impact in your entryway – those low hooks are handy too:

as for shelving – this is a perfect example of using shelving to display pictures:

as is this:

if you’re looking for a way to do shelving yourself, check out these rad stirrup shelf brackets by Quarter Twenty – what an ingenious idea:

could also just nix the shelving and use a low bookshelf to display things:

something else i’ve been thinking about is how to bring more colour into the place. i have mostly wooden furniture, and a light grey couch – so things can get too neutral pretty easily. i like the idea of colourful glassware & ceramics… like this kumquat pitcher at anthropologie:

beautiful blenko glassware in this home:

fun colourful ceramics in this apartment:

an obvious way to bring in more colour is by using paint, even though it’s not something i really want to attempt in a rented apartment (if i ever own property one day i will probably go MAD with paint colours)

have come to adore a rosey blush pink – which needs to be accessorised correctly to avoid it becoming too girly:

another idea is painting the ceiling:

here are some other random interior things i like…

exquisite lighting by ania pauser:

this collage by erin dollar:

windowsill herb pots by nick fraser:

simple magazine rack by gauzak:

and, these hilarious salt & pepper penguins by holaria:

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Walls

i have come across two Paris based companies in the past week who create beautiful designs for your walls. Minakani Walls is a wallpaper company headed up by Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette (who are also textile designers) and Bartsch is a decorative painting company run by cousins Gala and Nicolas, who specialise in hand painted patterns for your kid’s walls.

Minakani:

Minakani is a Paris based studio. Frédéric Bonnin and Cécile Figuette create patterns, mainly for textile but not exclusively. They’ve launched their walldecor line 2 years ago and offer custom size and exclusive motifs printed onto high quality non-woven paper.

Bartsch:

Bartsch is a decorative painting workshop specializing in children’s rooms. Gala and Nicolas are cousins who have combined their skills to create collections of chic and playful patterns in their Parisian workshop. Bartsch, whose name comes from their great-grandfather, is the result of the relationship between graphic design and decorative painting. Each pattern is hand-painted directly on the wall. You can see the gesture and the brush strokes; you can feel the texture of the material.

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More Wall Space, Please

i change the pictures on my walls pretty regularly, and i’m gradually aiming to replace stuff i’ve printed out from the internet (yes, i’m on a budget – don’t judge) with real art made by talented people.

vu de l’extérieur print by fieldguided:

fin iii by richard roberts:

summer fruit & winter fruit by claire nereim:

texas by curtis jinkins:

get back to work by steady print shop co:

dueling watson the cat by medium control :

la lune by double merrick:

chronic bitchface by kris atomic:

sweater by karolin schnoor:

mountains by leah duncan:

b&w wave by rinn:

perfect twist by debbie carlos:

homestead by beauchamping:

process colour triangle print by desTroy:

lion for a day by random objects:

think from felt & wire:

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