Happy New Year!
Are you poking around your home and office clearing out accumulations of stuff to start the new year a few pounds lighter?
We are. And we’re coveting these cool modular shelves by Belgian-Dane Julien De Smedt of JDS Architects for Muuto. Perfect (or painfully obsessive) for the indecisive designer who likes to redesign.
Stacked shelving system designed by JDS Architects for Muuto, available at Design Within Reach
Julien De Smedt explains, “Our projects are humanly designed, politically engaged, financially viable, and structurally realistic.” When asked how he sees the “new Nordic” celebrated by the Danish company Muuto, De Smedt says it is “like an embrace of a southern culture with a northern rigueur.”
In three sizes and held together with strong steel clips, the shelves are the best design storage investment we’ve seen all year. Ha.
Might I recommend watching this neat video I’m now renaming, How Do I Shelve Thee? Let Me Count The Ways-?
I really like these dog bookends- they reminded me of my friend Sofia who is a lover of all creatures but has an especially sweet soft spot for dachshunds.
Dachshund book ends, $50 at Urban Barn
Are you heading south this winter?
Set of 6 postcards, $4.50 at Paper Source
If you’re still swooning over Ikat, Table Tonic is worth a visit.
large (45cm x 45cm) hand woven Ikat cushions, $79AUD each, Table Tonic
In addition to hand-woven Ikat cushions, the Australian store continues to stock some amazing hand made vintage suzanis, Moroccan pouffes and Mexican throws in all colours of the rainbow. And right now – almost everything is on sale!
Happy New Year!
This New Year, I’m making a resolution to live life better. In essence, I aim to truly manifest my father’s wisdom: “Work smarter, not harder.”
This motto can be applied to many facets of living: by working smarter, energy is focused on producing quality and time is valued as precious and limited. When working smarter, not harder, you actually free up hours in the day for what’s important in life. It’s a kind of de-cluttering; it’s definitely a philosophy.
Luxurious living is about enjoying the best in life and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money or effort. It’s about thinking and planning smarter and simpler, not harder.
Treating yourself to luxuries such as a bubble bath, a cozy throw, or de-cluttering the kitchen and office are some of the easiest ways to make small positive changes to brighten your daily life.
Wishing you luxuries big and small this 2011! I’m looking forward to hearing about how you’ll be working smarter, not harder, this year!
I confess: I often dream of living in a white home with white walls, white furniture trimmed with chrome and wood. Maybe you have these dreams too- a modern fantasy that is all about clean, spartan space. There’s a certain efficiency and an air of cool, calm and collected that comes in white environment.
I love leather and I love it on everything, so if I had a white home I would have more than a few white leather pieces like these:
Images courtesy of Elte.
I just love these two stools, great for everything from piling up the newspaper as you leaf through it on a Saturday to being that extra seat when the loveseat’s taken at the party.
Images courtesy of Elte.
Don’t you think you’d have the most marvelous dreams if this lovely white bed was yours (below)? How’s this for sweet dreams: this bed is made from FSC certified sustainable ash wood.
Maybe all you need is a few pillows and a throw to spruce up your bedroom or living room. We love this white Reed blanket (pictured below) because it’s super soft and made from recycled plastic bottle fibres (75%) and cotton (25%).
We’re also feeling this crochet vibe on the Violet pillow (below):
Bed, pillows, and throw available at Area.
Timeless classics in outdoor furniture, by none other than German outdoor fibre weavers Dedon.
Happy 20th anniversary, Dedon!
Images courtesy of studio b, where Dedon furniture is available for your triumphant acquisition.
Image courtesy of Unica Home.
I’ve been meaning to post this for a long while now (thanks to Claudine for sending me the link) and I think it now ties in especially well with Johanne’s recent cabana-to-go post.
The Supertramp is Lehman B’s (or shall I say Jacob Strand’s) statement project promoting social awareness and inspiring “leaner, more liveable life forms”.
From what I can tell, the Supertramp went missing at some point this summer. I guess there’s at least one other person who enjoys living in tight spaces.
What do you think?
While researching for the wallpaper post appearing next week I found these lovely examples of wallpaper as the backdrop to various interiors of this oval white motor home trailer.
Wouldn’t you love a white cabana to go?
Images courtesy of Scandinavian Wallpaper & Decor.