Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Have you been to Paris lately?











I took my daughter to Paris for a few culturally inclined days last August, en route to the South. I caught a bug: Since then, Paris seems to be everywhere. I hear chansons, I see Eiffel towers, I eat baguette with soft smelly cheeses, I dress in blue, red and white and have bought Vogue every month. Aaaaaahhhh, Paris...

Naturally, Anke

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am definitely having a red year...











Four weeks into 2012 , there is no denying that red things are coming my way!!! Scarily so!

I am quite excited though. Having gone through a few years of blues and greens and many turquoises, with a stint in naturals lately, red is definitely pushing its way in!

Is this a subtle way of this blog guiding me through some intuitive colour choices when it comes to Scandinavian classics? Well, it makes me happy!

And this song does too!

Naturally, Anke

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Swedish Design




My friends at this Brooklyn hub have given some attention to Mr. Forsberg - very well earned if you ask me! Check out their website and enjoy the photography. The website design isn't so bad, hm?!

Naturally, Anke

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

THE Chest – Situation One


As announced last week, the chest will play an important role in this blog: I will make some suggestions how to combine a beautiful piece of old furniture with some pieces from the kitchen, the lounge or the bedroom.

Today’s pieces are white ceramics from all corners of the world, not only from the Nordik home. Combined with some lace doilies left to me by my Oma (German for granny), this selection of crockery looks beautiful against a red wall, paired with a lamp to match. A contrasting photo frame with a black & white rounds up the grouping.

Naturally, Anke

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Into the weekend, camping

What can be better than to leave the city on a sunny morning, heading into the National Park for 3 days camping? Three mums, three kids, lots of food! Perfekt!
A natural environment is said to spark a flood of ideas - looking forward to a few pages filled ;-)

Naturally, Anke

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

THE Chest











This is a BEAU-tiful piece of furniture that I FOUND abandoned on the street one evening, coming home from a talk about Collaborative Consumption – can you believe it??? It will be a stage for my project to showcase this thingfinder’s “landscapes” for the home… I am looking forward to choosing some treasures that work well together and hope you find some ideas to copy and install in your own abode.

Naturally, Anke

Monday, January 9, 2012

Find & Be Found!

"I am a Thing-Finder, and when you're a Thing-Finder you don't have a minute to spare. . . . The whole world is full of things, and somebody has to look for them."
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

A big part of starting this blog was the decision to finally start sharing a great passion of mine and to write about and post images of my findings: OPP-SHOPPING, grossly underrated, naturally fitting, increasingly sensible and so very livable!!!

In Sweden, "loppis" are the places to go. They are second hand markets, found in shops, garages, barns, car boots and carts by the roadside. A paradise for treasure hunters and lovers of Scandinavian design, craft, fashion and homewares.







Living in Sydney, this thingfinder's heart has many opportunities to jump, too!

Naturally, Anke

Friday, January 6, 2012

Domestic Fairytales filled with Beauty and Charm









Elaborating a little further on my recent thoughts, I found many proofs of characters and moods from all corners of the fairytale world in our domestic environments: These Swedes wallpaper design embraces smooth, dreamlike shapes, associated to Eastern mysticism as well as Western adventures. They are fairytales for grown-ups that boost the imagination and inspire to create rooms with an individual touch. Follow this and try no 2, then ALLA, then SAGA and watch... A gem!

What story will your room tell?

Naturally, Anke

The Rise and Rise of Botanical Imagery


Antlers, owls, birds and trees everywhere: One can’t help but notice the ongoing emergence of naturally inspired design tendencies from classic porcelain d├ęcor to everday scenes and products. Over the last few seasons, they have popped up in fashion, home wares and branding of anything from vodka to film festivals (www.moonlight.com.au).
Antlers, owls – very Northern Hemisphere, isn’t it?! I dare say the Scandinavians had something to do with the push…
So I grabbed my camera this morning in an attempt to document the images that my eye meets during waking hours of a random day and here is a selection:


































You might have guessed that these kind of depictions of fauna and flora make me happy! Does that happen to you, too?


















My friend Sara asked an interesting question:”Does the increased appearance of owls in graphic design coincide with the disappearance of owls in their natural habitat?”
Think about it. I have.

Naturally, Anke

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Beginning

It is always the hardest, isnt it? Around this time of the year, resolutions are quickly decided on and quickly forgotten about - disciplinary issues always emerge at some point....
Not with this nordikally inclined female! Watch this space!
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