May
26
2009
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Great Style & Peacock Feathers

This past long and lazy Memorial weekend I lounged on our patio and went through a lot of design magazines and books. That is how I ran into talented prop stylist Christina Wressel. (Don’t ask me why I have missed her work). There are many lovely images in her portfolio but my absolute favorite is this one. What really caught my eye is what’s in the background  – on the credenza. It just made me stare and stare some more.

What a genius idea to put peacock feathers in clear, tall vases and get this great and smart look! (The peacock pattern/blue is such a classic design look, it never goes out of style.) Me like. Me really like! (How fab against a white backdrop). I know what I am doing this afternoon. I am going feather hunting!

Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,Home Goods & Accessories |

May
14
2009
5

Furniture With A Royal Touch From Sweden

My alert friend Kiki A. (yes, I know 5 gals with that name!) who owns Swedish Heirlooms in Seattle, called me about some fun royal news.

Oscar Magnuson, the son of Princess Christina of Sweden, who is a successful industry designer, has launched his first furniture collection together with EM, a leading furniture chain in the Nordic countries. The collection will hit all EM stores in August (only in Sweden and Åland). Each piece is numbered.


In a news article for the Swedish interior design magazine Hus & Hem Oscar Magnuson says that he “feels cooped up” in most regular arm chairs and was looking for a design that was more open and inviting. That is how the Sydney chair came about. The chair comes in several different colors.

Mr. Magnuson says that his goal was a collection that was classic with a contemporary feel. He states that Josef Frank has been a great source of inspiration. The fabrics were chosen in direct contrast to the classic lines. Since Oscar Magnuson is very interested in fashion,  the colors were picked straight from the catwalk.


I find the Sydney sofa very attractive. I hope to sit in it when I go back to Sweden in June. (And I will then be able to give you a better report on quality and comfort). The wooden legs are really beautiful.

Mr. Magnuson says that he found the actual development process incredibly fascinating and educational. Working together with leading Swedish furniture makers he was very hands on, down to the smallest screw.

The next launch will include a cabinet and a table.

I like what I have seen so far. Don’t be shy! What do you think?



Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,Lovely Furniture,Simply Swedish Style | Tags: , ,

Apr
28
2009
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Sign All The Way From Sweden

I have a crush on this new book shelf, “Sign”, from the Swedish furniture maker Karl Andersson & Söner.

The designer behind “Sign” is the young and talented Sanna Lindström.

I love the red color (it comes in 8 standard colors) and the actual look. This stackable book shelf is made of oak and birch. It is designed to also work as a a room divider. Sign comes in sections and can be built in several different combinations.

I can also see myself liking this version – especially in white. Simple, functional and very good looking.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,Lovely Furniture,Simply Swedish Style | Tags: ,

Apr
19
2009
2

Silhouettes + David Hicks’ Wallpaper

I found a fantastic (so professional and friendly) lady (Patti) on Etsy who runs the store PR Pictorials. Patti cuts the most beautiful silhouettes by hand. You send her a profile image of anything you want a silhouette of and she will cut away, capturing small details really, really well. I was so pleased with the outcome of my 3 images (each almost 8 inches tall).

But I have to tell you that those poor silhouettes were sitting in an envelope for the longest time because I could not figure out a good way to display them. Not being into “very cutesy things”, I one day decided to mount them on top of a favorite wall paper I already had in my hallway then frame them behind glass. They came out even better than I had hoped!

This way I get to continue a little bit of a theme with that stunning handmade wallpaper “Hexagon” by the famous David Hicks (designed in the 70’s) that I never get tired of. And when we are moving to our next house I will bring some of that gorgeous paper with me!

Say hello to Patti from me if you decide to have some silhouettes done yourself. She also makes personal note cards and ornaments among other things with silhouettes as the featured images. I think they make for really lovely gifts for close family members.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists,DIY,Home Goods & Accessories | Tags: , ,

Apr
04
2009
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Western Interiors + C. Renea Abbott + Al Held

I really like the cover of the April/May issue of Western Interiors. Featured is the entry hall of a wonderful house in Houston decorated by the talented C. Renea Abbott.

But what really got me hopping is the interesting art piece on the wall. The 1960s artwork by Al Held is in such stark contrast to the antique settee. l like it! Nothing else is needed in that space. Less is clearly more.

Al Held (1928-2005) was an American abstract expressionist painter. He was particularly well known for his large scale hard-edge paintings.

I particularly like his black and white pieces from the late 60s.

Here is a most recent sale at Christie’s of one of his 1960′ pieces. See here: Christie’s.

Until I can find and afford the real deal – well, maybe I just need to be creative and make something along that line myself. I have always loved the 2 frame effect. Lovely!

Photo: Roger Davies

Written by Splendid Willow in: Art & Antiques,Designers, Illustrators, Photographers, Stylists |

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