The name is German and it means “friends of friends” in English. They are an international online interview magazine. They document the daily lives of the creative community. The imagery is compelling. The impression of urban living is innovative. The people are real. You simply must check out their site here.
Granny Chic. I first noticed it in Lafayette’s flamboyant abode on True Blood.
What is Granny Chic you ask? Emma Lamb, the admin for the Granny Chic Flickr group, provides a really fantastic description of granny chic design. She says: “It is about great design in new and vintage pieces… it is about beautiful vintage and retro inspired colour combinations… it is about mixing old and new ideas, patterns, colours and textures to create something that is both fresh and modern, yet traditional at the same time… it is about expressing your vintage passion from a modern day perspective… these principals can be applied to everything concerning design, crafts, fashion and interiors”.
Whatever your design aesthetic may be, I think you’ll agree that Granny Chic a trend that might be here to stay! Take a look for yourself on Flickr.
Here are a few of my holiday favourites!
This vintage DIY Christmas wrapping is so darling!
A white tree with vintage ornaments and a granny pillow on an Eames chair!
Is this moose ornament the cutest little guy, or what?
Link: rainingsheep’s photostream
The father of a very dear friend of mine makes white stars
like these at Christmas. He is Grandpa chic and he doesn’t even know it!
Isn’t this shelf the most lovely display of vintage or what? Granny approves!
Holly Farrell was born in North Bay, Ontario, and is currently based in Toronto. Her realist paintings are exhibited across Canada and also in the States.
Holly’s art is so fabulous, you’d never guess that she is a self-taught artist! Her paintings invoke feelings of nostalgia. The rendering is so realistic I feel as if I could really sit down in one of the chairs, or put those pink shoes right onto my feet and go dancing. It’s as if she takes inanimate objects and gives them life. They float on her canvas in a solitary existence, waiting for someone to pick them up, sit on them… to acknowledge that they have a history and a story to tell.
These chair paintings would look so fabulous in a sitting room, office or reading nook!
Sigh. The shoes, the delicate and dreamy vintage wallpaper background…. this imagery is so retro and yet so TODAY!!! If I had my own powder room – and a lot of money, these would hang above my makeup table.
Doesn’t that lamp look chic? And the sofa – right out of Grandma’s house!
I would love to have the mugs hanging in my kitchen and these bow ties are perfect for a boy’s room. The paintings are a few of my favourites. To see more of Holly’s work, check out her web page at www.hollyfarrell.com.
Heart Home is a quarterly magazine celebrating all that is unique and good about British interior design. Championing independent British designers and inspiring readers to create their own great British style homes.
What do I love about this magazine? It is full of inspiration and plenty of charming vintage vignettes. The writers have a fabulous “style steal” section and excellent tips on how you can decorate your own space. All images below can be found in the latest issue which is also brimming with Christmas ideas. I’m in holiday mode right now!!
The holiday issue of tou jours magazine is dedicated to assist you in styling your home for holiday celebrations. It is easy to comprehend and packed with gorgeous photographs by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien. Designer Emily Ruddo of Armonia Decors decorates her fabulous apartment and provides festive decorating tips. Keep your eye on Emily’s blog because she will dish out behind the scenes details of the holiday photo shoot. For more holiday inspiration, check out the Toujours Magazine blog! Here is a sneek peek of some of the glamorous decor.
This is so fantastic and cool I can barely stand it! Do you ever go into a store looking for a unique photo or artwork to hang on your wall, only to be disappointed time and time again by cookie-cutter prints? You know what I mean. The huge black and white flower that is always cropped way too close and slightly off-centre. Landscapes that lack colour and imagination…. the list goes on and on and on.
WOW – I just discovered 20×200, a website with a fabulous selection of great art at affordable prices. You can browse by art, category, price, colour, artists or gifts!!!
Does it get any better than this? Here are a few of my favorites.
Reindeer by Lisa Congdon
After the Rain by Chikara Umihara
Car Free by Tatsuro Kiuchi
The Tortoise by Carrie Marill
Chocolate Electric by Martha Rich
Blizzard by William Wegman
When we hear Swedish Christmas, we might automatically think of IKEA – which isn’t a bad thing, but I’ve noticed that many Swedish bloggers are decorating their homes in pure white or white with black accents. Their Christmas decor is almost as monochromatic as their home – add a simple green wreath, some white candles, bright lights and voilà – you have a serene and lovely Christmas in Sweden!
At Chez Larsson, the decor is calm for Christmas – sans the glitter.
This is an Adventskrans, or an Advent Wreath from Mittvitahus.
Simple and festive.
Pass the Glögg please! I love this vintage tray and glassware
from HOUSE of PHILIA!
Glass, white candles, winter branches, pinecones and stars are a very subtle reminder of the holiday in this classically elegant living room
at HOUSE of PHILIA.
I got lost in Blogland yesterday and much to my surprise and delight I found myself at the House of Turquoise. Erin put together a post of a festive party – turquoise and hot pink with so many gorgeous accessories and glittery accents! The styling of the event by Tori of Sitting in a Tree Events was photographed by the incredibly talented Joielala Photographie! It is truly a visual cornucopia.
The unexpected pairing of turquoise and pink reminds one that all that glitters is not always gold. I love the combination of white branches and clear baubles with confetti in them, the sequinned stockings in opalescent colours, the cloches with tiny white trees in them on lovely turquoise dinner plates – oh my!! I dream of being invited to parties like this!! Très chic, très hip.