i’ve been following along with scandinavian blogger emma fexus of Emmas Designblogg for as long as I can remember blogging. it’s one of my all time favorite blogs, so when i heard she had a new book out i was over the moon excited. i pre-ordered it the minute i heard, and my copy of Northern Delights arrived today and i most happy to report it does not disappoint. with emma editing, it has all the aesthetics of her beautiful blog put to the printed page. in Northern Delights, the stunning selection of work shared reveals what makes Scandinavian design so inspiring. i couldn’t recommend it more highly. here’s just a few of the over 240 stunning pages. Northern Delights will be taking center stage on my coffee table for a long, long while.
well isn’t this just the most charming? this is the swell mr. boddington’s collection from chronicle books. they send a few samples over and i just thought it would be fun to give you all a chance to win this set. if you’re not familiar, Mr. Boddington’s Studio is a new york-based bespoke stationer who has built a reputation for masterfully mixing hand-drawn line work with a bold punch of color. we’re going to give away four sets this week — each set will include the three notebooks, the Every Day Five Year Memory Book and the boxed set of Eco-Notecards. three cheers for mr. boddington!!
Although never confirmed, it has been said that Mr. Boddington exhibits no tolerance for haggard looking correspondence. So, to enter to win this giveaway, simply:
• comment here and tell us — who would you write a note to and why? or, what secret passage would you share in your memory book? or what kind of things would you share in your notebook journals?
• share any one of those thoughts here by Friday, may 10 at midnight PST.
• so sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
• as always, please be sure to leave a way to contact you via twitter, facebook, your blog or email.
nǐ hǎo, si here, from the french by design blog. today, we’re heading to china to visit a home / workspace on the banks of a beijing river.
gu qi, furniture designer, and his girlfriend, mobai, a painter and graphic designer, live in this unique home in beijing. This space is both a residence and a showroom to gu qi’s furniture design business, a company named fanji. wood, gu qi’s favorite material, is predominant in this interior, and gives the space an authentic feel and a very welcoming touch.
si –- french by design
i found this room, which happens to be an ad for that lovely bench in an online shop from the netherlands. nice, right? but you know what would look really great with that lovely bench? yep. art!
i love how quiet, and textural this space is, and so i’m adding a bit of nature to compliment what is already there:
whoa. crocheted leaves by cornwall based artist susanna bauer. how insane are these?! i would put them in three protective shadow boxes to make sure that nothing ever happened to their delicate perfectness! sigh. oh, and you know what else is perfect? these:
i think these ceramic plates also fit the earthy feeling of this room. these pieces are by bruce wayland and marcello de simone, also known as little owl design. they are based in amsterdam where they spend their days applying portraits, landscapes, marine scenes, and florals to groupings of vintage plates that i (and you!) can hang on the wall. so, so gorgeous.
and finally, what would a nature-ish room be without some wood:
oh, aaron moran. i have loved his work for ages, which is usually sculptural wood tee-pee type things that sit on your coffee table etc. this is some of his latest work though, and it can be hung on the wall – like that wall right above that lovely bench that’s for sale. how there can be so much perfection in scraps of wood and old paint, i’ll never know.
well, there you have it. now, who wants to have a nap on that quiet couch? me too! see you in two weeks ~ danielle (aka the jealous curator)
hey, it’s may day, so i thought it only appropriate we take a look at some modern floral femininity. we may be too grown up to dance around a may pole, but we can certainly still appreciate a floral theme here and there. i’m not a huge fan of floral prints — at least not in large doses, but i do love a hint of their subtle feminine wiles combined with a vintage modern and unexpected twist — i love an eclectic contemporary take on traditional florals, whether it be in the form of branches or subtle prints.
karen inderbitzen-walller via the selby