dinsdag 1 september 2009

dinsdag 21 juli 2009

Embroider Eams!


Cool huh? Buy the pattern here!

woensdag 15 juli 2009

DONNA WILSON






I am totally amazed by the new Donna Wilson products, somehow she kept to her style but developed products that are less toy and more grown up (not that the softies and monsters are just for kids or anything like that).
What I also really love is the patterns she uses in combination with the knitted and woven materials, it reminds me of the sweaters we wore in the 80's!


woensdag 8 juli 2009

New items in my Etsy shop!


Working hard to upload new items to my Etsy shop, the above is my favorite!

maandag 6 juli 2009

MOO cards


Browsing trough Etsy I remembered seeing this before, MOO cards. I really love these designs by Colorlovers. Think I will buy these just for the color combinations!

donderdag 25 juni 2009

Rob Nypels - photography







A few weeks ago I was in Amsterdam for a business meeting, and my friend Ricky invited me to come to the exhibition of her father's photography on one of the canals.

Her father, Rob Nypels, works and lives in France. I have met him two or three times and he is a lovely man. What I love about this work (Only gaze a while longer) is that it somehow reflects images that you see in dreams, without it being too figurative, and that it could well be abstract art.

Allmost all of the photo's were printed on matte paper (ca 100 x 100 cm) with a simple, thin, black wooden frame around the edges. Just a few were printed on smaller glossy paper. I liked the larger, matte prints better because it suited the images better and it doesn't reflect the light as much.

If you are in Amsterdam, go see and buy the book! Or visit Rob Nypels' website

Untill 30/08/2009:
Huis Marseille
Museum voor Fotografie
Keizersgracht 401
Amsterdam

donderdag 4 juni 2009

Ontwerpduo




I can't remember exactly how I landed on Ontwerpduo's website, but I found these images of a project they did. I love the soft green tones, I want to paint and change the whole house now..
But..as we speak my boyfriend is picking up a commode that my father restored for us to put in the (still a bit empty) livingroom, and I chose a very orange-red color for it. I think that would clash a bit and the great thing about the above interior is that it is ALL green.
I am keeping this in Evernote, in case we decide to move somewhere else in the future.

woensdag 27 mei 2009

Amazing!




On Etsy I found the perfect accessorie for any (party)outfit! They are created by Holy Stalder, shrugs! I did not know this word for it, I would call it a fancy bolero or something, but they are amazing! To check out her Etsy shop: Click .

maandag 4 mei 2009

From London with Love


London was great, especially because the weather was super nice. We brought back the vase on the right, from Habitat. I love it so much in combibation with all the white and light grey in our living room and the red candle stick from my boyfriend's grandmother.


woensdag 22 april 2009

On a trip

Yesterday the economic crisis creeped a bit further towards our doorstep, as the company my boyfriend works for fired a big group of people. Luckily not him and for the moment everything seems quiet in that area. Tomorrow we will be in Londen for a short 3-day vacation, and we are really looking forward to it. His mother send us a super present: tickets for "The phantom of the opera"!!
I hope the weather is going to be as nice as it is over here in Belgium, so we can walk around in this lovely city to explore The British Museum, historical sites and sit in the sun in Hyde Park.

In the meanwhile I am working on a new concept and I am hoping to sign with the first client next week.

maandag 20 april 2009

New home stuff











On my last trip to IKEA I bought a small dinner table, shortened the legs and painted it brown/grey and now we use it as a coffee table. The colour blends in wonderful with the colours in the livingroom and gives a nice contrast to the accessories I placed on it.
While I was at the shop, I also picked up some meters of fabric, maybe for pillows, I don't know yet. I think the bright red goes well with the soft grey on our walls, and we can use some nice colour overall.




donderdag 16 april 2009

Diamond trend



Seems there is a new thing going on: Diamond inspired products and art. I see it popping up everywhere. Maybe because I am working on a diamond project...


Clockwise from top left: Vase by Habitat, Table object Rots by Mara Skujeniece for PerLei, Candle holders by Jean Pelle on Etsy, Diamond shaped house from Gael Maison, Cushion and Rug by Habitat, Vase by Habitat, Chairs by Fun Makes Good.


donderdag 9 april 2009

Decoration from the garden



From our garden I got some branches with yellow flowers, to decorate the diningroom. I put them in my favourite vase, by Hella Jongerius for Ikea. I think they look very good with the yellow and grey of the lamp my parent found at a local flee market (best find ever!).

woensdag 1 april 2009

That's it: I want a Mac


I wasn't much of a computer person (my boyfriend still thinks I know nothing about them, but that's another story) when I started as a first year design student at The Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. I even asked Gijs Bakker, the founder of Droog and one of the teachers at DA, if it was really necessary for design (whahaha what was I thinking). The whole Mac/Apple thing was even beyond my understanding..

Now, ten years and several PC's and a laptop later, I finally see the light. Just this morning I went to buy a poweradapter for my laptop, because our beloved dog chewed the wire of the old one completely. The only machine (it IS a machine by size, trust me) that I could find was a Trust all purpose poweradapter. It is huge! And it make the exact same noise as a blowdryer!

At least in de Apple universe, everything is compatible and small and SILENT. Oh, and it looks nice aswell.

As soon as the payments of the two projects I am currently working on are in, I will buy a MacBook!

donderdag 26 maart 2009

Going Green


With spring at our doorstep, the gardening season ready to start and a need for something fresh, today is all about green. I especially like combining shades of green to add a bit more depth to it, sometimes green can look a bit cheap or dull if you use only one hue (and step away from the limegreen as an accent color, please!).

Clockwise from top left: Lamp Tall Tank by Established&Sons, Sony Cybershot, Notebook from GetFeltUp's Etsyshop, Cushion with buttons by Tas-ka, Butterfly necklace by bndesign on Etsy, Dutch bike, Sofa Kramfors by Ikea, Color inspiration by VT Wonen, Fabric Atticus Basil by ModGreenPod via Volksfaden.

woensdag 25 maart 2009

Klas Ernflo





I just stumbled upon the fresh and supercool artwork of Klas Ernflow. Seems like he has a lot of talent and feeling for different materials and for both illustration and photography. The bottom drawing is part of a series he did for Apartamento magazine in 2008, the other two I saw on his Flickr stream. If you have some time to kill, go to his website!
Inspiration guaranteed.

dinsdag 24 maart 2009

Updating the shop



I'm busy this morning with sorting my buttons for the Etsy shop, like I was yesterday... There is so much.. and it looks so much better in the new box!
I really like the Etsy concept and how it is all set up. Playing around with Google Analytics is getting addictive, especially clicking on the map overlay to check where the visitors are from.

maandag 23 maart 2009

Circles and dots




Looking at my vintage buttons while sorting them to put them on Etsy, I was suddenly reminded of those color blindness test I took once while being examined by the school doctor.
The pattern is so beautiful, and the colors are so well chosen.. could be nice as a cool fabric pattern. I wonder if there are vintage posters or books for sale on Ebay with these prints...


donderdag 19 maart 2009

Button up!


Since two or three months I have an Etsy account, because occasionally I buy things there. Yesterday I decided to open my own shop , because all the clutter was getting to me, and I wanted to sell some of the pieces I collected over the past 10 years.
This morning I checked the "shop" to see how it looked, and added two more items. When I tried to sort my listings there were two items missing, so I searched for them in my files and the yet to be discovered corners of Etsy. But what do you know: they had already been sold! I am so happy, a sale! (well technically TWO sales!)
So now the time has come to say goodbye to some of my (vintage) bits and bobs, but I rather see them with someone who uses them, than let them collect dust in the attic.


woensdag 18 maart 2009

Painting by numbers








Browsing Volksfaden today, I found some funny fabrics by Erin Michael (pic 4,5&6) that are inspired by Painting by numbers. I loved it when I was a kid: real oil paint, creating a "masterpiece"... a simple but fabulous idea.
Browsing along, I found some painting by numbers look-a-likes (pics 1&7) at Knowoffhand. It has something to do with the technique and colours the artist uses in the process. Those colours...whoa!
The pineapples are by Jenny Wilkinson who creates all sorts off wallpapers inspired on Painting by numbers.

maandag 16 maart 2009

Crochet virgin





Playing around with the colour picker on Etsy, I found these great objects by Resurrection Fern. I recognized them immedeately, as they are frequently posted on my favorite blogs. (top 2 pics)

All things hand made are defenitaly a trend this year, and crochet was unexplored territory for me untill now. I love the Japanese crochet patterns called Amigurumi and the crocheted stones are also super inspirational, even though they are on the other end of the spectrum, style wise. (bottom pics)
Not sure wheather I will have time (or skills!) to do this, but this certainly triggers me to do more crafting.

vrijdag 13 maart 2009

Petite arrangement des fleurs




Inspired by a picture in the Belgian deco magazine "feelingWONEN" (top) and some on design*sponge (middle), I left home yesterday feeling very flowery en colorful. I took my small collection of white vintage vases of the mantelpiece and headed to the villages florist. He was not into my idea of "some random flowers grouped in three white vases" and tried to sell me a BIG AND VERY OLDFASHIONED AND SUPER EXPENSIVE bouquet. Sure, he's the florist, but it's my kitchen table.

So I stood strong and purchased only twenty orange and pink flowers. It's not a very professional flower arrangement, but I love it and it makes me very happy, see the result in the bottom picture.

dinsdag 10 maart 2009

Feast for the eyes






Well, how I actually found these books I don't remember, I think it was via a blog on knitting. From the first one I kept on finding links to other bizarre titles. It are books that show real ugly pictures or very strange recipies, knitting patterns etc.

I almost wet my pants reading the comments to the food pictures in the Regrettable Foods book, and I can't imagine people actually do this for a living..where can I apply??