such a beautifully simple space, this residence in döebelnsgatan photographed by andy liffner. it’s what in those little details that always captures my attention. the europeans really know how to decorate their homes where the effect is one that appears that only what they love exists in their uncluttered dwellings. do you know what i mean? it’s so effortlessly perfect. this place fits the bill. or the euro. something like that.
* photographs by andy liffner.
due to popular demand, frankie magazine’s very successful interiors book Spaces Volume Two (which we featured here a while back), is being re-released/re-stocked in news agents and bookstores everywhere this week. To help celebrate frankie’s much-deserved success, i’d like to share a few more of my favorite homes from the incredibly inspiring Spaces with you, and invite you for a chance to win one of two copies we’re giving away.
*thanks to all who entered – entries are now closed and 2 winners have been announced on twitter.
to enter to win one of two copies of a Spaces Volume Two, simply:
• comment below, and let us know you followed along.
• please comment by tuesday, november 11th, 12pm PST.
• as always, be sure to leave a way to reach you via twitter, facebook, email or your website.
• yay! this giveaway is worldwide!
• we’ll announce a winner selected by random number generator on my twitter account later in the week of november 17th, so be sure and follow along.
Thisispaper’s is a Warsaw-based multidisciplinary design studio concentrating on the human side of design. Experienced across all areas of graphic design, art direction, print publishing, product design and event planning, they come up with good ideas and offer a bounty of creative services. Thisispaper also has a new crop of designs for autumn that have just arrived at in their online Shop. their autumn lookbook featuring their new Bags & Rucksacks was beautifully photographed by Polish photographer Kuba Dąbrowski on various locations around Warsaw. It features 3 entirely new bags: Officer Bag, Boxy Backpack and Athletic Bag — All made by Thisispaper, by hand, at their Warsaw studio (which you can also see in the photographs below), only from materials of Polish origin. i’d like one of each, please.
Thisispaper has also launched a collaboration with Córka Rybaka (Polish for Fisherman’s Daughter), a Warsaw-based brand of hand-knitted hats. Monika, the passionate maker behind the brand, made a limited edition of 60 hats exclusively for Thisispaper. And lastly, they’ve introduced a limited edition of slippers and gloves hand-knitted in Warsaw. all of it lovely, all of it looking very warm and cosy just in time for the chilly season ahead. be sure and check out Thisispaper’s homewares line, too.
i’ve had these stools hanging around for a while, collecting dust in storage and so when Glidden invited me to attempt a little DIY project with their using their new simplified color palette, i thought it might be fun to give them a little scandinavian facelift. i wasn’t that fond of the dark wood on the top of the stools, and had thought about painting them white, but then i got the idea to go with pastels. i created a pinboard to gather scandinavian-inspired pastel shades i liked, and then i found my paint colors using Color 101 on My Colortopia.
i chose a few pastel paints to try out using My Colortopia color tools and came up with a palette i liked. from there it was pretty simple: 1) we sanded the tops a bit; 2) masked them off; 3) gave the wood a coat of white primer; and lastly, 4) then we added two coats each ofGlidden’s Pink Flamingo, Sunspot and Spring Green. paint’s always been my quick go-to makeover tool — it’s cost-effective, pretty quick and you get instant gratification. and the best part is if you get tired of it, just paint on a brand new coat. my kinda super easy DIY.
have you ever been to morocco? it’s high on my list of places i must visit, but until i get myself there, i often drop into mui ma* for a little fix. i imagine shopping the street bazaars in marrakech to be one of life’s big adventures, and mui ma* does an outstanding job of it for me. i’ve long been a fan of their amazing pom pom bed throws (i just ordered one!), vintage moroccan wedding blankets, crochet cushions and kilim and handira pillows, but just discovered their moroccan tile tables, and i love these a whole lot, too! and they’ve got folding legs, which is pretty handy. i could see using just the tile top as a serving piece for parties. anyway, it’s all quite lovely so if you need your moroccan fix, visit mui ma*.