TOAST FALL COLLECTION

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The Toast Fall/Winter 2013 catalog is available and as always it is packed with stunning images. The catalog was shot in Canada by photographer Nicholas James Seaton. You can see the new Women collection here and the House & Home collection here.

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STITCHES BY MENU

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Stitches is a beautiful new dish ware collection designed by Gry Fager for Danish brand Menu. The design is based on the old fashioned cross-stitching technique but the collection has a very modern and contemporary feel to it. Cross-stitching is a big part of the Danish handicraft tradition, and something closely tied to the family as it is often learned from unbelievably patient grandmothers.

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A COZY WOODEN NORWEGIAN HOME

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This beautiful wooden house in Holtet Hageby, Norway, was built in the 1920’s. Owner Vigdis A.Bergh, an interior designer, kept the original charm of the house and added modern touches during the extensive renovation. The house is light and airy. This is achieved by keeping the base white. In Northern countries such as Norway there is limited day light during winter time. By keeping walls and floors white you can let as much day light in as possible. Similar cluster lights (top picture) are available from Kathleen Hills.

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DUTCH TEXTILE DESIGNER MAE ENGELGEER

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I love the work of Mae Engelgeer, a textile designer from The Netherlands. In her studio located in the city centre of Amsterdam looking out over the canal she designs her collections. The developments and productions of the fabrics take place at the TextileLab in Tilburg. She likes to design colorful and eye catching products which are like a piece of art in any interior. My favorite is the ISH. collection. This beautiful series of textiles consisting of blankets and teas towels have a graphic pattern, combined with the use of thin stripes in pop color orange and copper.

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MASTERCLASS STYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY

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Last week on Wednesday night I came back from holiday and at 8:00 the next morning I was in the train to Utrecht for the Masterclass Styling & Photography organized by Meet The Blogger. The workshop was given by AnoukB, a well-known stylist, interior designer and fashion & interior consultant, and photographer, stylist and blogger Wendy from Beeldsteil. The location, De Toonkamer in Utrecht, was wonderful. I loved the industrial style setting (aren’t those exposed walls beautiful?!).The first session I attended was the styling class. We were given a winter hat from YaYa and some magazines. The assignment was first to make a mood board and then create a styling set. The theme for the set was ‘easy winter’ and the winter hat should have a (prominent) place in this. During the photography session in the afternoon we got some great tips which I used for photographing my styling set. Here you can see the result: images 1, 2, and 5 show my styling set. On the fourth image you can see Desiree from VosgesParis in action.

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AN APARTMENT WITH BEAUTIFUL ART IN COPENHAGEN

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This lovely home in Copenhagen, Denmark, is filled with beautiful art. No wonder as the owner Christina is an artist. The 100m2 apartment is light with white walls and a light colored wooden floor. Accessories and furniture pieces give color and warmth to the space. The combination of pink and purple hues is perfect. But it is the collection of abstract paintings that gives character to this beautiful home.

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SMALLABLE’S 5TH ANNIVERSARY

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Stylish kids store Smallable, one of my beloved sponsors, is celebrating it’s 5th birthday this week. To celebrate this they offer daily giveaways, gifts and discount codes. You can read more about this on their website. The discounts are valid until 20 September so hurry up – it is a great chance to get stylish new winter gear for your kids. They also have a wonderful selection of toys (so you also do your holiday shopping in time!). Congratulations Smallable with your 5th anniversary!

Above are some of my favorite products:
1. Cat Pullover (check out the back as well!), also available in baby sizes | 2. Apple Pillow | 3. Rabbit Mittens | 4. NYC Taxi toy | 5. Heart cardigan for babies and kids | 6. super cute slippers by Stella McCartney | 7. stylish poncho for girls | 8. Bat cap made from wool.