Have you noticed this trend of putting lamps in the "wrong" place? I'm not talking about the work or desk lamps above the kitchen worktop that we've been seeing for years, what I mean is people placing floor lamps on tables, ceiling lights on the wall, and desk lamps by the bed, or any other place you can think of. I think it's a great way of adding some surprise in your decor. What do you think? I'll give you some examples to show you what I mean.
Let's start this sunny week with a giveaway! The prize is a soft cotton blanket
by the Japanese brand Fog Linen Work (130x205 cm,
value €99.90), generously offered to you by my sponsor Babyssimo
Babyssimo is a webshop, based in Germany, carrying a carefully selected range of baby and child products from all over the world. Many items are only available in small quantities, as they are handmade with love by small scale producers and independent designers. But it's worth a look even if you don't have kids because they also have a category for adults where you will find beautiful interior and spa products, as well as magazines and books like Kinfolk and Cereal.
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2. Tell me in the comments below which product from the Babyssimo
webshop that is your personal favorite and why.
This competition is open for one week, until May 20.
I've been having a crush on handmade ceramics lately, the kind with irregular glazes that reminds me of 70's ceramics, but better. So I was very happy to discover Tortus Copenhagen
, a small pottery studio consisting of two established danish ceramists, Eric Landon and Karin Blach Nielsen.
I've always loved visiting pottery studios, there is something quite irresistable about the messy clay, little pots of glaze and pigments, the incredibly hot kilns and rows of pretty items waiting to be fired, and the thrill of never knowing exactly what the results will be like. I hope you will enjoy this small peek into the Tortus studio! At the end of the post is a short video, showing the process of throwing ceramics (don't watch if you are prone to seasickness).
Interior designer Joanna Laajisto
shares my passion for great lighting, and had been looking for a small and simplistic pendant for her projects (I've shown some of them before here
and her home here
), but couldn't find the perfect one. So she decided to design her own.
“When the idea of designing a light fixture started to form in my mind, I knew what it had to be: expressionless but interesting and classic but modern at the same time. Just like my aesthetic for all design.”
Although Laajisto knew what she wanted, the design process wasn't easy. The fixture required countless hours of designing, revising and editing. Hence the name Edit
. Available in three different finishes and as a ceiling or wall light.
Hello Mr Di Simone, can I move into your NYC loft? I promise I'd be really nice and not change much at all. Only the chandelier above the dining table. And those ceiling fans have to go. But the rest I could live with. And in case you aren't into women (I'm guessing not, because straight guys can rarely create great interior design), I'd be happy with sleeping on the couch, any one of them. Just say when, so I can book my flight. Oh and by the way, I'd be bringing my three kids, so I hope you have some spare rooms...
This is what gets me excited right now, thin black lines and spheres. The lamps and clothes hanger will remain dreams, but the spheres will definitely be in my suitcase when I return from my Berlin trip next month!
A few days ago, I published a link on Facebook
to a beautiful home for sale, shot by Mikael Axelsson
. I just saw that he updated his portfolio blog today with another home, so I had to check it out. While the general styling of this home wasn't exactly my style, I really loved the little detail shots.
A lot of thought seems to have been put in to these small vignettes, even if they look very relaxed, and they come off as personal and very stylish. It's just simple things, nothing extravagant, and most of them are easy to copy for your own home if you'd like. While finding a shark jaw like this might be hard, filling whisky bottles with homemade schnaps, putting them on a shelf and attaching some stamped paper tags (in this case seed sachets), or ripping stylish pics out of magazines, is very doable.