These awesome Orla Kiely travel bags from her Tripp series are on sale at www.orlakiely.com. The laptop bag (upper left) is available for £50.00 - that's more than 50% off!. That is about 55 € and ridiculously inexpensive for a nice laptop bag in gerneral and for an Orla Kiely bag anyway. And it makes a nice christmas present, too :-) I hope my friend M. doesn't read this post...
(The carry-on trolley costs £80.00 and the large tote bag £60.00. All images from orlakiely.com)
...the first comment was from kaylovesvintage.blogspot.com. So contrats to you! The glutenfree assortment will find its way to you, Kay.
I'm sorry that I'm so late with revealing the winner...I had a terrible and very busy week so far...I'm glad that I can hopefully sweeten up yours, Kay :-)
To all the others: Thanks for taking part in my little contest!
"Anna-Carin Dahl creates lively, light and playful ceramic objects for everday use and joy. Her collections are decorated with animals and plants from the deepest forests, and each carry a little scene or story...Anna-Carin Dahl is a product designer and maker of ceramic objects. She graduated from Danmarks Designskole in 2002. Her studio is placed in design collective Designer Zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her products are made and decorated by hand in the studio, and her inspiration is strongly influenced by her Swedish background." from www.annacarindahl.com
Visiting Designer Zoo in Copenhagen was on top of my to-do list when we've been to Denmark back in 2007. But unfortunately I got sick as soon as we arrived in our vacation home in Denmark and we got to take things slow...we've been to Copenhagen for a day trip and it was a lovely day but unfortunately we didn't make it to Designer Zoo. But well, I will definitely check it out next time. So this is only one more reason to visit Denmark again soon ;-)
Her lovely tealights and vases are available from stillebenshop.com and craft2eu.net.
So I decided that Thanksgiving is a good day - if not even the best day - for giving away a little present, too. I'm giving away one of our HONIG & PFEFFER Lebkuchen Assortments. The winner can choose between the Glutenfree Assortment* or the Small Chocolate Assortment**.
To enter the giveway contest please leave a comment with your email adress or blog and your preffered assortment and I will draw the winner on December 1st. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving :)
* The Glutenfree Assortment includes one package of Original Elisen-Lebkuchen Gingerbread from Nuremberg, a box of Chocolate covered Hazelnut Macaroons and a large box of Mixed Coconut Macaroons (plain and chocolate covered).
** The Small Chocolate Assortment includes one box of Chocolate covered Coconur Macaroons, one box of Chocolate covered Hazelnut Macaroons, a small box of Original Chocolate Elisen-Lebkuchen Gingerbread from Nuremberg and one package of Dominocubes.
Images from stillebenshop.comGet these cute and fun Christmas pendants (Kiss and make up, Eat till you drop and It's only once a year) at stillebenshop.com. They are 110 DDK or 14,67 EUR each. And wouldn't these look also lovely as a gift tag?
Margarita Lorenzo the designer behind Chocolate Creative designs and makes this lovely pillows and tea towels. All products are handmade by her in London - from pattern design to silk screen printing to sewing. Be sure to visit her online store at chocolatecreative.bigcartel.com and her blog.
Image from irinagraewe.de
Beautiful work from German Stylist Irina Graewe for the current issue of Brigitte. I especially love the the Legendary multicolour pink dots set from qubus design studio which is available as coffe, tea or dinner service.
Today I took images of the Halloween party of the day care center where my friend M works. It was fun and scary and they prepared the most disgusting buffet for and with the kids ;-)
Images from boligliv.dk
I love love love the home of Danish Designer Sonja Wolffbrandt Christensen featured in the Christmas issue of BoligLiv - which I unfortunately do not hold in my hands. But it makes me totally reconsider subscribing to BoligLiv. I first discovered BoligLiv when we spend a week in Tisvildeleje in Denmark back in 2007. And I instantly fell for it. I regulary pull this one issue I own out of my magazine shelves as I never seem to get tired of it. It's contant source of inspiration. So a subscription would surely be a good investment. ;-)
But back to this lovely home. I love how she adds Christmas decorations here and there - tiny accents all over the aparment to create a hyggelige julebolig (hyggelig is one of my favorite words ever!) - a cozy Christmas home. As I am packing Lebkuchen orders since August I can't wait to put up some Christmas decoration and add some hygge to my apartment.
Oh, and have you seen that pink desk? Isn't it to die for?
Images from www.montana.dk
I found some inspirational interiors at www.montana.dk. I'm especially taken with the office environments and wouldn't mind moving into one of the rooms right away. Montana from Denmark offers a shelf system (besides wardrobes, mirros and tables) that can be individually desinged to fit your needs. It comes in tons of sizes, dimensions and colours. And I love the endless possibilities. Oh well, the only drawback is that an indecisive person like me could never ever pick just one of these lovely colors...
I had the hardest time deciding which Moleskine Journal to get for 2010. The red one for 12 months (I always wanted a red Moleskine) or the black one for 18 months (I start using it on January 1st which gives me 50+ pages for notes and sketches)...
From top to bottom, from left to right: Koji Nishida, Cath Kidston, Yuki Nakano
From top to bottom, from left to right: Marlies Dekkers, Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc., Henk Schiffmacher, Alice+Olivia, Emma Bridgewater, Jack Spade, Royal Delft, Boa mistura, Jonathan Adler, Nik Daum and Caroline Gardner
All images are taken by Elisabeth Sperre Alnes. Please check out her work at her blog elisabethalnes.blogspot.com.
Check out all images at Ingrid's blog at blafre.blogspot.com. Once again that I wish I would speak Norwegian.
But not only their Norwegian home is to die for also the products they design and sell at BLAFRE DESIGN - their family business - are lovely.
Images from www.blafre.com
One of my favorite websites these days is dollypartonmusic.net - Dolly Parton's official website. I think it's a great source of inspiration. And don't forget to turn up your speakers!
These were taken back in 1999 with my boyfriend's Canon EOS SLR on film. We spend 3 weeks in New York City after I finished my A-levels in the summer of 1999. Feels like it was yesterday and yet so long ago...Can't believe this is already 10 years. When we've been to New York City last year we coincidentally discovered our favorite Deli from 1999 again. And they still make the same fantastic tomato salad which we had back then more than once. I hope to visit New York soon again...I'm deeply in love with this city. Happy 4th of July!
200ml Cream (or Heavy Cream)
1 tbsp Flour
30g pre-ground Almonds
30g melted Butter
200g pitted Cherries or any other fruits
- Preheat oven to 180° C (355° Fahrenheit)
- Melt butter.
- Butter a large (non stick) pie plate with some of the melted butter. (I used a 28cm/ 11 inch pie plate.)
- Add rest of the melted butter and all other ingedients in a large bowl or a food processor and mix thoroughly until everything is combined very well. But there is no need to beat the batter fluffy. For best results you may use a immersion blender for some additional seconds.
- Place cherries in the buttered pie plate.
- Pour batter over the cherries.
- Bake for about 50-60 minutes at 180° C (355° F). If you have a hot air circulation oven use it for a fluffier result.
Sift some powdered sugar over the warm Clafoutis and eat it still warm with spoon right out of the pie pan. That's how I like it best. And that way you also do not have to worry about how to get it out of the pan in one piece (which is almost impossible anyway).
If you are on a gluten-free diet replace the flour with the same amount of pre-ground almonds. If you do not have pre-ground almonds at hand you may as well use an additional 1,5 tbsp of flour instead.
If you do not like cherries you can replace it with almost any other fruit. I can think of apples, blueberries, mangos,...I tried it with tangerines and it turned out awesome, too.
half Tangerine / Half pure Clafoutis
Even though I have been really busy during the last months I managed to get something done I've been working on FOREVER – the redesign of my design studio website. I actually launched the new design several weeks ago but not I haven't gotten around to show it here. I just updated it and added some of our recent work. So – drum roll – here's the new website of my design studio holisticdesign. If you want to see more visit: holisticdesign.de
This post by David Greiner is more than 2 years old I think it is still relevant and I feel exactly the same:
Microsoft takes email design back 5 years...As I type this post I still can't believe it. I'm literally stunned. If you haven't already heard, I'm talking about...Outlook 2007...will stop using Internet Explorer to render HTML emails and instead use the crippled Microsoft Word rendering engine.
Microsoft have released a full run down of what is and isn't supported, including a downloadable validator that helps you validate your HTML for their engine. Word of warning though, it only works with Microsoft software and Dreamweaver.
- background images
- CSS float, display or position
- 1px transparent/spacer gifs (Outlook 2007 imposes a 2-pixel height minimum for cells. No idea why...well, having to use spacer gifs AT ALL makes me want to scream but if 99% of all CSS properties do not work anymore?!)
- animated gifs
- Flash or other plug-ins
- other HTML elements and commands: button, frame, marginheight, marginwidth, onclick, onfocus, title
- and the following CSS properties: background-attachment, background-image, background-position, background-repeat, bottom, clear, cursor, display, float, list-style-image, list-style-position, overflow, position, text-transform, word-spacing, z-index
And there has also been a lot of work in the last months that made it hard to find time and inspiration to blog, too. More work than ever before actually. Interesting projects that I love(ed) to be part of. But there is also less money than ever before. I still have to pay taxes back from the last two years. And, well, I also have to prepay this year's taxes. And we needed a new car that has to be paid, too, of course. So as much as I wish that I could just sit back and relax and be happy about the steady work - I can't. I spend way too much time worrying about all the payments that have to be met. If this is all working out. And as much as I try to distract myself from all the worries I can't find distraction while sitting in front of the computer and blogging. I try to spend more days outside with friends. I started painting again. Redecorated the balcony and planted some tomatoes and herbs. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't. These are the days when I feel like all the worries are eating me up. And when I feel anything but inspired.
So, well, I guess I just wanted to say I'm still alive but not having the best time of my life. And tell one of those many untold stories I wasn't able to share (yet).
Jeanette from fryd+DESIGN opened her online shop fryd+SHOP. Finally. I've been already waiting for it. And now her goods of nothing but pure awesomeness are available. Have a look at her prints, the beautiful litlle dresses, the baby blankets and the paper goods she makes.
I just have to share some of Anna's amazing work on my blog, too. Anna is specialized in hand painted illustraitons and lettering and makes the most awesome wedding invitations, brochures, stationary and other custom paper goods. And I really adore her style. She draws everything by hand and scans it afterwards. A workflow that I (unfortunately) have never become friends with as the scanner is an electronic device that I really hate to use. But it's so good to see that there are still talented people like Anna out there that draw by hand. I will always heart hand-drawn images over digitally drawn ones. There's nothing more beautiful than some hand-written words and a hand-shaded illustration. It reminds me that I haven't picked up a pencil for way too long.
Oh, and Anna has a lovely home, too (see the last two images). Check out Anna's portfolio, her weddings & events site and her blog with the best blog header ever!
Can you fall in love with business cards? Yes, you can! At least I can! I love the new business cards of Los Angeles based photographer Bonnie Tsang so much I actually want to frame them and hang them on my wall!
Please check out this gorgeous brandnew logo for Bonnie Tsang Photography by Anna Bond from RIFLE. Btw. if you are not familiar with Bonnie's and Anna's work please visit Bonnie's blog at bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com and Anna's blog at riflemade.squarespace.com
I love the Bonnie's photography. She has a wonderful way of capturing things. And the sweetest daughter, little Miss V. But see for yourself:
© Bonnie Tsang Photography, All images from bonnietsang.bigfolioblog.com
I already posted some impressions fom Montréal Botanical Garden last year. But of course I took tons of images so I thought I'd share some more. More lovely shades fo pink. You can find the entry from last year here. If you ever happen to be in Montréal be sure to visit it and bring plenty of time. It was my most favorite place in Montréal. While it rained most of the three days we've been there this the weather was lovely.
More information can be found on the offical site of the Montréal Botanical Garden / Jardin botanique. (Dear people from the Montréal Botanical Garden, if you think about giving your website a new design drop me a line...it screams 'redesign me'...)
We spend one night in the car with our sleeping bag at this lovely parking site (somewhere on Rue Notre Dome, maybe around Champlain) as we couldn't find a nice motel on our way...this was taken the next morning at sunset when we were about to leave...it was a cold but wonderful night...