Friday, July 30, 2010

Vintage Swedish Interiors

A feast of historical interiors are on display at the Skansen open air museum in Stockholm. Skansen is an excellent source of Swedish textile traditions and pattern inspiration. I love those stencilled wall murals...
  
http://www.skansen.se/artikel/inredningstextilier


Thursday, July 29, 2010

A sojourn in Stockholm


I had a lovely time wandering around the open air museum Skansen, situated on Djurgarden, just a short walk from the centre of Stockholm.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A fairytale building in Holland



This wonderful piece of architecture, designed using a mish-mash of local traditional building styles is a brand new hotel in Zaandam, just north of Amsterdam. I wonder if the inside is as amazing as the outside?
Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hiccups in De Zevende Hemel

The Hiccups collections are now sold in several countries around the world, and happily for me they are available throughout the Netherlands, which I was lucky to visit on my recent overseas trip. (I love Holland!) 
One of the stores I visited with our Hiccups Netherlands based agent Ben was the stylish children's boutique De Zevende Hemel (Seventh Heaven), in Zeist, which now stocks Hiccups bed linen. Here are a few shots of the interior of this lovely store which offers a range of beautifully crafted kids bedroom furniture, clothing, bed linen, toys, books and wallpapers. There are 6 De Zevende Hemel stores located throughout Holland.
Pictured above is the Hiccups 'Sailing Away' printed bed linen.
Lovely ceramics from Dutch company PIP Studio. I hope these will be available in Australia soon!
Typical Dutch gingham patterns
A wonderful collection of toys and kooky wall lamps.

For more information about Hiccups products and retailers in the Netherlands, please visit www.hiccupsforkids.eu

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hiccups on show!


Here are a few photos of the SAS Kids Furniture stand at the recent Furnitex Fair in Melbourne.
'Breezy Stripe' is one of the soon to be released bed linen designs from our Summer 2010/11 Hiccups collection.


Hanging around in Amsterdam


I love being in Amsterdam when the hollyhocks are blooming. I am definitely planting some seeds for spring!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Another gorgeous boutique in Paris


The Serendipity boutique relocated to a much larger space in St-Germain-de-Pres in October of last year, and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are heading to Paris. The founders of Serendipity, Laurence Simoncini and Elisa de Bartillat have created and gathered together a wonderful collection of items to decorate a child's bedroom or playroom with style. Industrial style furniture is artfully combined with hot pink linen, giant scale knitted accessories, kooky one-off toys and hand-made lamps.  I love the bird house wallpaper. And those grey painted walls.... and those printed cushions.... bella!


Serendipity is located at 81-83 Rue du Cherche-midi, 75006 Paris