I love the beautiful work of Katsufumi Baba. His work is the quintessential example of imperfect perfection – how can anything imperfect look so perfect? The Japanese potter has been interested in pottery ever since he was a child. After majoring in law he made up his mind that he wanted to be a potter, so he went to France in 1995 and travelled around Europe for two years to see and learn from European potters. After spending many years as an apprentice to a local potter in Japan, in 2003 he set up in his home town of Fukuoka and has been creating his own works ever since. Katsufumi is interested in creating functional beauty, items that you use over and over for ones entire life. In the future he looks to explore porcelain clay dug up from his own land, using firewood and traditional methods to finish his pots. You can see and purchase his work at OEN and Koromiko.
Tonight our 4 month old adopted puppy Lola will arrive from Spain where she was rescued by a wonderful organisation. If she had not been rescued she probably would have ended up in a killing station. For weeks (we are first time dog owners!) we have been preparing her arrival by purchasing the necessary gear. It was difficult to find a comfortable dog bed that fitted well into our interiors. We finally found a wooden bed with a soft cushion (you can see a photo of it here) but I also love these bright colored ones from Pooccio. This Australian label, launched by Melbourne based sisters Sisters Hannah Maher and Sarah, has a beautiful collection of handcrafted dog beds and accessories that are exclusive and stylish yet meet the everyday demands of the contented pooch and their discerning owner. The beautiful dog beds features colourful mixed prints with contrasting piping. If you, like me, are a textile lover you will certainly appreciate these cushions (even when you don’t have dogs..)!
Food stylist Claire’s home was recently featured in online magazine Covet Garden. The house, located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village, is filled with midcentury modern design, art and fun vintage finds. The renovation which took seven months resulted in a beautiful open-concept space which is perfect for entertaining friends and family. You can find the entire article about Claire’s home in Covet Garden.
This beautiful beach home in Trancoso, Brazil, is where Maria Perrin spends her summer together with her husband and their three children. It is the perfect holiday home for this family who loves nature, the warm climate and the sandy beaches. The 1980s building was complete renovated by Vida de Vila architects who got the assignment to design a simple house which fully integrates into the surrounding landscape. Most furniture pieces and accessories such as lamps and rugs were crafted by local artists from the nearby village.
This lovely wooden holiday home is located in the middle of a forrest in Friesland, one of the most northern provinces of The Netherlands. The house can be rented: it has living room, a fully equipped kitchen and three cozy bedrooms which makes it suitable for up to 8 people. The various rooms have been decorated with an eye for detail in a Scandinavian style. On of the best features of the house I think is the wood burning stove! You can find more information about reservations here.
Ferm LIVING’s new spring/summer 2015 collection is available! And as always their catalog is a feast to the eye. You can check it out here. Danish label ferm LIVING draws on Scandinavian design traditions and retro charm – but with a distinctive graphic edge that makes every item firmly contemporary.
Outside it is dark and cold but inside this Norwegian cabin it’s warm and cozy. The design and lay-out has been well thought out. Friends and family visit frequently and for the owners it was important that there is space to enjoy each others company but with sufficient room for some quiet moments as well. The use of wood gives a warm atmosphere as well as accessories such as sheep skins, kilim pillows and vintage rugs.