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Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Swedish style is known not only for its clean lines but also for its bold fabric designs, both working so well in highlighting the other. Hi guys, this is Mel, and I'm back this month reporting live from Stockholm to introduce you to Ulrika Gyllstad, a textile designer here whose graphic patterns are created with nature and architecture as its muse and with a strong environmental conscience. 

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Recently I paid Ulrika a visit to her studio and was greeted with a warm smile followed by a chat, the good Swedish way –  over fika (a typical Swedish coffee break). Here she told me about the early days of her career, working as a pattern designer for H&M and GANT after graduating from Beckmans College of Design. “I really enjoyed working and learning much from these fashion companies, but I always felt the pull towards my love of interior textiles.” She moved in that direction in 2006 before founding her own company, Gyllstad in 2014. 

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Ulrika not only created a brand with her own designs but being fully aware of the undesirable footprint many traditional textile companies have left thus far, she began to explore ways in which she could create not only a beautiful product but something that is as environmentally friendly as possible. This has become somewhat a passion of hers and she has gone on to ensure that her fabrics are certified organic and that the designs are pressed with traditional screen technology using certified pigments. “This helps me sleep at night,” she says. I told her that from a consumer point of view, I have to say that this kind of a commitment from a maker or company is a huge plus for me. 

Nature and architecture are Ulrika’s biggest inspirations and whether it’s the lines and form of a leaf, the perfection of a cut kiwi, or the twirl of a spiral staircase, she always has a collection of photo books on these subjects on hand to find her next motif. She then gets sketching, and I was surprised to learn that all of her designs are done in freehand.  

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

All of the fabrics are weaved here in Sweden, another feat in the environmental commitment by keeping things as local as possible. The other advantage of having this done in locally is that Ulrika has been able to work closely with Swedish artisans to experiment with new weave structures for some of her cushion covers in solid colors that will sit beside and compliment her striking bold designs.

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Tour The Studio of Swedish Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad
Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Textile Designer Ulrika Gyllstad

Looking through her collection, it’s hard for me to find something that I wouldn’t love in my home. Her fabrics are designed to mix and match and her cushions are an easy way to inject some new life into a room and her fabric, sold by the meter, can be made into a tablecloth. Patterned tablecloths are very popular here in Sweden and something that I had never considered until living here. It brings so much warmth and cheer to a table don’t you think? - Mel x

 (Text/Photography: Mel Chesneau)

8 Favorite Interior & Lifestyle Finds For July

Happy July, everyone! This is Allan Torp and it sure is glad to be back with more great finds for you. I have decided to change my 10 faves just a little bit focusing on 8, making it more an interior must-see list with a few great lifestyle tips as well. I hope you like my changes. On another note, how are you liking the summer weather? I am, as you know, spending mine in LA, with very warm days this past weekend. Luckily, I have two new cool projects to keep my mind off of the heart - I am re-doing my office and our guesthouse so we can start having friends over from Europe anytime. Can’t wait to share both projects with you guys, one will be a homage to Danish design.

 1 // FURNITURE:

Is the sheepskin, teddy look taking over the velour trend? A handful of Scandinavian brands, such as andtradition, bylassen, and Finn Juhl have recently launched chairs upholstered in sheepskin, which makes me wonder if this will be a farewell to velour?

What do you think?

Pictured below is andtradtion’s new Little Petra, designed by Viggo Boesen in 1938, where it won numerous design awards. By the way, Viggo named the chair after his mother-in-law.

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2 // ART:

You know me, always on the hunt for great art. I am not a snob, and I just as much love to find inexpensive prints, as I do like to save up to a more expensive original. In between are the lithographic, which I think is a good way to start decorating your home with some original artwork. One of my new favorite places to shout for those is at Edition Copenhagen, who have been around for decades, but who now ships worldwide. Search among their 50+ associated artists and find your new piece for your walls.

3 // DECORATE:

I like a good wallpaper, I do think, if you do wallpaper, you need to go all in on a bolder print. I really like the botanical collection by Sandberg Wallpaper, and with a wallpaper like this, you’ll have the best of luck every day. If you think the green is too bold, it actually also comes in a more subtle grey version and a more dramatic blue version.

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4 // SLEEP:

Its almost an idyllic village feeling to the Casa Cook hotel on the Greek island of Kos. The hotel is build up with small cubistic one-plan flat roof houses in a scenery of gardens and patios – and with its location in the middle of the wild and brute nature it really is the place to be this summer (or next year, maybe). Did I forget to tell you it is basically on one of the islands best sand beaches, so feel free to dive into the turquoise Aegean Sea.

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Casa Cook

5 // PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:

My first new category is this one – product spotlight. Basically, I am just going to focus on one new product that caught my eye in my mailbox. Often these will be not released for a few months, but then you’ll have something to look forward to and start saving up for.

One of Danish Børge Mogensen’s most iconic chairs is celebrating its 60th anniversary, so of course, a limited special edition has been created for the occasion – a solid oak combined with olive green saddle leather version. I wouldn’t say no if I got one. The Spanish Chair 60 years special edition is available from 19 September.

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 6 // GROOM:

Throughout these hot summer months, you should never leave the house without your favorite scent by your side. You never want to be a smelly, Sweaty Betty at the end of the day. Pack your scent with you before you leave the house in the morning – or get two, one for home and one for the office. Here are my favorite two for this season that I'm using:

It is no secret I am a big fan of Le Labo’s scents and their Another13 is my ultimate favorite, every time I wear it I get compliments, even from strangers passing by on the street - I am not kidding. The scent, created by Another Magazine, was originally exclusively sold in Colette, Paris, but as they closed last year, Le Labo decided to keep selling it in their own stores worldwide – and lucky for us. As Le Labo writes, it’s composed of ambroxan, a synthetic animal musk, making Another 13 an addictive potion blended with twelve other ingredients such as jasmine, moss and ambrette seeds absolute - which gives it spike and shine.

My other favorite is a new one I discovered via Instagram. And ironically enough, it’s by A. N. OTHER. What I love about them, is the fact that they take creative freedom to the extreme and redefine how fragrance is born & sold. They invest without limits in sustainable ingredients that go into the bottle and onto the skin and strip away everything else. In this case, less is more. From packaging through to delivery; everything is stripped back to the bare essentials. No smoke. No mirrors. No name, mood, gender, designer labels, models, celebrity endorsements, and vanity. This makes it an extremely affordable, high-quality perfume. As of now, there are 4 different ones to choose from and I went with the WD/18 which is both woody and fresh at the same time.

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7 // INTERIOR CRUSH:

Every month new homes emerge on blogs worldwide, we basically all go mad over specific homes that we just cannot help but share. So, I thought, why not share a few favorite pictures of my favorite home – and if you want to see more, you just visit the blog where I found it. This way, the blogger is also getting some attention and love, so we're creating a nice circle of sharing. How does that sound?

First up is a new project in Vienna by Berlin-based interior designer and stylist Annabell Kutucu, which features custom-made interiors, wooden furniture, rough linen, and carpets, selected mid-century vintage finds and unique objects. This people, is how I want to live one day. If you want to see more, go check out rest of the photos on the Design Chaser.

Annabell Kutucu
Annabell Kutucu
Annabell Kutucu

8 // FOLLOW NOW:

My last new category, I swear, but I want to spread the love, so this category is a shout-out to a cool blog or Instagrammer in the design or lifestyle segment. I will only share a bio or a section of the blog or feed. If you like, go hit follow. This month, it's @strbntst: Tijl — Enjoying the little things in life. ⠀⠀

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I hope that you've enjoyed my newly edited list and also my finds for July. See you back here in August - Allan.

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[Editor's Note: All grooming products are gifted as part of reviewing for this column in partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. This review is provided by Allan Torp for decor8, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]

Nordic Knots: Scandinavian Design Rugs You'll Love

My friends in the states are always eager to find more Scandinavian products and companies who ship to America. Seems Scandi design has won the hearts of my fellow American friends quite a lot over the years. The clean lines, the simplicity, the quality, it's quite alluring and I must admit to being a sucker of Scandi design myself. That's why I wanted to talk briefly today about this great company I found who makes gorgeous rugs that won't break the bank, and they're called Nordic Knots (they even ship to the USA for FREE!).

Founded by Liza Laserow, Fabian Berglund and Felix Berglund in 2016, Nordic Knots created a family business with a goal to make beautiful rugs with the design inspired by classic Scandinavian patterns while also being affordable. They have a flat weave collection which are skillfully hand woven in 100% high-quality New Zealand wool. They also have a cut-pile selection also made using 100% New Zealand wool.

My favorites from their collection include the flat weave show below left, called Mosaik Gray (I love geometric prints) and the TIGER rug, shown right, in black and cream.

Nordic Knots
https://www.nordicknots.com
We wanted to bring something from our home to every home and we realized that at the center for every beautiful Swedish home is a good rug.
— Nordic Knots
https://www.nordicknots.com
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Spot any rugs that you can imagine in your home?

By the way, I hope you are all doing great. We're taking our new car up to Denmark this weekend to break it in for its first official road trip! Weeeee! We are packing tonight and tomorrow and will be staying at the gorgeous home of a good friend of mine to babysit her dog for 8 days. I seriously CANNOT WAIT. The house has a swimming pool AND a golden retriever, so it's a full-service dream house for all three of us - and this weekend is our anniversary too, so it's a great time to get away. My little boy won't stop talking about having a dog and a pool - he has been mentioning it each day since we told him a few weeks ago... So cute.

Do you have any summer vacation plans set up? Where will you go?

Love,

Holly

 

 

Etsy Home + Wellness: Collection 01

Hello everyone! My husband told me that he missed my Etsy Take Five Tuesday column. WHAT? I thought. Okayyyy. I didn’t expect that, but I had authored that column weekly for years and years and YEARS and he, and thousands of others, really depended on it regularly. Maybe you remember it too? Maybe I had featured your business once?

Truth is, I discontinued it because I wrote four books and traveled the world and had a baby (I know, I'm such an underachiever LOL). And yeah, I’m still busy as hell like everyone else, yet I truly really miss being more present on decor8, and I miss some of the columns I once authored here like the Etsy column and the posts where I wrote from my heart on topics that I felt were important to address, and I miss when I showed you my home and talked about how I decorated a room or decided to move (again).

Anyway, I’m happy to say that I'm bringing Etsy Take Five Tuesdays back only under a new name: Etsy Home + Wellness CollectionHome is obvious - anything for the home that falls on my radar, something I'd own and that I think you'd love too. Wellness can be anything from yoga mats to great, all natural skincare and scented candles.

My goal is to bring to light the wonderful SMALL business owners out there once again, who don't get a lot of time on blogs anymore. Have you noticed? It's rare to see small sellers and companies blogged about or featured on Instagram, simply because monetization has caused a lot of the large blogs to change their content. Many pro blogs are working mostly with sponsored content, ad companies, agencies, and affiliate links, so it is highly unlikely that most of the little guys selling online out there stand a chance at being blogged about these days. It's not 2006 anymore.

But can we bring back some of the old school in blogging? Please?

A small business with low or NO budget cannot pay to be on a blog and so most are pushed aside and told, "later, babes", or worse, pushed out completely without even a return email. I guess this completely unsponsored Etsy column is my attempt to show good old school retro circa 2006-2010 blog support for small business - no strings attached. 

With no further ado, I present my picks for the first run of this new (but formerly known as Etsy Take Five Tuesday) column:

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ABOVE: Boobs poster by calivirek, Mobile brass dots by Lappalainen, white ceramic bowl by NOTON Keramik, Koolt Dining Table by Aggregat

Mighty Vintage

ABOVE: Wood planter by Minumum Design, Wall mounted black paper roller by George & Willy, 2V Geometric Hanging Planter from Convivial Production, Copper table mirror by Calvill, Botanical Print Vintage poster from Mighty Vintage, Ceramic Chubby Cat Planter by Barruntando, Mini cotton bouquet by Alice Blue Florist

ABOVE: Ceramic serving bowl from Free Folding, Ceramic espresso cups set by 1220 Ceramics Studio, French navy ticking linen bedding from House of Baltic Linen, Pampus grass Bouquet from Art Finds Boutique,

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Foxes from Floral Apartments
Seven Seas Home

ABOVE: Bonita bean bag chair from Seven Seas Home, Swallow landscape removable wallpaper mural from Floral Apartments, African mud cloth pillow from Sew + Cloth

ABOVE: Foxes removable wallpaper from Floral Apartments, Vasculum botanical box by Arminho

I hope you've enjoyed my finds for the first home and wellness ETSY collections column on decor8.

Have a lovely day!

Love,

Holly

 

Inspired By LRNCE From Marrakesh

Hello everyone, how are you? I've been thinking a lot about the smaller, independent brands and artists out there whom I used to highlight so often on decor8, and how I wish to get back to that here on the site. I find so many inspiring people in my travels, from the fairs I attend and speak at, to the design weeks I'm invited to in places like Eindhoven and Milan. Fact is, my radar is always on and I'm constantly absorbing so much content and beauty - and meeting so many fascinating people - yet I've not taken a lot of time to really WRITE about these experiences as I used to. My goal going forward is to get back to giving smaller brands a platform.

Today, I want to highlight LRNCE. I've followed them for over a year now on Instagram and just adore their very clear edit. Straight out of Marrakesh, this small independent interiors brand is so well done that they deserve your attention. I love their ceramics, mirrors, sandals and rugs most of all.

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"LRNCE is a Marrakesh based lifestyle brand focusing on interior decoration and accessories. It was founded in 2013 by Belgian sun chaser Laurence Leenaert, who revises materials’ purpose and spontaneously combines elements to create uniquely designed pieces. By sourcing its production in North Africa, LRNCE captures the essence of craftsmanship and stays close to the creating process of its carefully handmade products."

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What do you think about these things that you see above? I really like them - I tend to like everything they post on their Instagram - endless inspiration to me. I want to go to their shop in Marrakesh now - in fact, I want to get back to Africa again someday, my dream is to go back to Morocco and also to Lamu (Kenya) and South Africa too. Would be an amazing experience to travel from top to bottom in such a fascinating and diverse continent. 

Hope you have a fantastic day today. Big hugs to you all.

Love,

Holly

(PHOTOS: LRNCE)

 

 

 

 

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

It's official! Summer is here and I, Allan Torp, am back with great new finds and favorites that I'm hoping you'll like as much as I do. Have you made your summer plans already? I just came back from a visit to Lisbon, Portugal, and can highly recommend a visit, definitely check out no. 4 below, which is a few words about my stay at a very homey guesthouse. I will be spending the rest of my summer in Los Angeles working on updating my office and our own guesthouse, which might be listed on Airbnb at some point, who knows... If so, I'll let you know.

1 // FURNITURE:

Honestly, this Danish brand has not been on my mind much for the past years, but just recently  Klip Klap launched three new pieces of furniture, which made their way to my radar. A new console table, a lounge chair, and a bench, all produced with oak and a touch of velvet. Together, you can have a complete lounge arrangement that feels polished but not unrelated to Klip Klap's initial design. Very stylish, minimalistic, and perfectly Scandinavian.

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2 // ART:

I heard that you'll want to book ahead for this one and you should probably expect queues for, 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy. Tate Modern’s first solo Picasso exhibition (VIDEO HERE) is a month-by-month journey through the artist’s prolific, “year of wonders”. The 100-plus works include Girl Before a Mirror, which seldom leaves New York’s MoMA, and The Dream, which has never been shown in the UK before. It also reunites three reclining nudes – of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter – for the first time in 85 years. The exhibition is open until September 9th, so there is plenty of time to line up.

I paint the way some people write an autobiography. The paintings, finished or not, are the pages from my diary.
— Pablo Picasso
 Picasso Press View, Tate Modern, 06.03.2018

3 // DECORATE:

An item I’m seeing used more and more, which also has been overlooked in the décor world for a while, is the screen or room divider, which is really making a comeback. They come in many sizes, colors, and materials, one that I really like is the all natural oak screen by Danish brand Hübsch.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

4 // SLEEP:

As mentioned in my opening hello, I went to visit Lisbon recently and loved it. This was certainly not my last visit. We were a group of 16 people and all of us stayed at the wonderfully modern and very homey guesthouse, Mi Casa En Lisbon, nested on the Graça hill overlooking Lisbon. Perfectly located, and within walking distance to all the great sites. It’s a beautiful house designed by Ábaton Architecture with interior design by María Ulecia, creator of the concept, owner, and soul of the place. The house has nine bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms and beautiful common areas to be shared by guests and friends with stunning views to be enjoyed from almost every corner of the house.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

5 // LISTEN:

I am obsessed with the Fab5 on Netflix, and season 2 just launched. Binge watched it yet? It really is some of the only feel good TV on right now, as everything is else is kind of dark. Anyway together with Betty Who the five guys have released a new version of the theme song All Things Just Keep Getting Better, which seriously makes me smile every time I hear it.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

6 // GROOM:

I came across Nimu, an Italian company founded in Rome, and while they produce the most amazing home textiles, I simply needed to try out their handmade natural soaps. In Denmark, we traditionally don’t use soap bars but liquid soaps.  However, I find soap bars much nicer – extra bonus is the great scents you get in your bathroom as well. My favorite is probably the olive oil soap, as it’s basically nothing else than olive oil in a bar – ideal for your freshly tan but dryish skin.

Also this summer I'm packing products by The Lost Explorer, which is also 100% natural skincare. I’ve been using the Oil Free Moisturizer and Volcanic Face Scrub almost every night before bed on my travels which is making my face look clean, fresh and almost glowing in the morning. All of the products come in carry-on travel sizes, so no need to check-in your bags just because you’re bringing nice toiletries.

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7 // READ:

I don’t always love Instagram, most days I do, but sometimes it can feel like a burden. I do look at it like its part of my job to share and curate my feed for all my followers. I sometimes find though that several weeks pass without visiting or seeing anything interesting. I have often asked myself: How many likes will this get? Am I funny enough? Hot enough? Does this look too edited? Or too real?  I am surely not the only one asking these questions! Just a few weeks ago, I came across an article, “ The Dark Side Of Social Media”, written by Emma Hope Allwood, which I really enjoyed, asking the question if Instagram is becoming a trap and seriously harming our mental health.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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8 // EAT:

I'm always on the hunt for new restaurants, especially in cities I know I’ll soon be visiting. A new Middle Eastern hot spot just popped up in LA’s Arts District called Bavel, with interiors influenced by Morocco and Turkey. Chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis have roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, so they wanted to open a restaurant that showcases the cuisine from their family lineage. Who doesn’t love a nicely designed restaurant with equally gorgeous food? I am for sure ordering lots of hummus, baba ghanoush, and flatbread when I arrive soon!

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

9 // SHOP:

If you find yourself in Stockholm this summer, drop by the modern family-owned concept store, 28quadrat, located in the center of Stockholm. They carry a cool selection of great designs from all over the world. Their assortment mainly consists of interior design and fashion accessories from contemporary and innovative design brands. They work with well-renowned brands but also with smaller, talented designers. Bonus: The store is always open for an espresso and a chat at around the big table when you stop by.

10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June
10 Must-See Interior & Lifestyle Finds For June

10 // ONE LAST THING:

Do yourself a favor and serve a Ripple Rhapsody – a taste of home according to Danish design brand Ferm Living, who created this amazing, easy to mix, cocktail which is perfect for the summer. Cheers!

Recipe: Ripple Rhapsody Cocktail

See you in July for my favorite things! - Allan Torp

[Editor's Note: All grooming products are gifted as part of reviewing for this column on decor8 in partnership between Allan Torp and the brands. This review is provided by Allan Torp for decor8, any collaborations are his own. All words and opinions are his own.]