A colorful door really does something to a building and here in Cph, seems like people are fearless and bold when it comes to adding a little POP to the all-important entryway to the home. Since it’s mostly apartment buildings around here, I can only imagine the debates between families deciding on a color–I’d like to be a fly on a wall in one of those meetings where the artsy person in the building is like “Let’s go with Hermes orange!”
What do you think? Would ever paint your door a crazy bright, bold contrasting color to the rest of your home?
All photos by J. Blakeney
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Nørrebro is an area of Copenhagen known to be the ‘multi-ethnic’ area of the city. (Sorry I hate the word ethnic but it’s the easiest way to communicate what I mean in this case). The area has fun little grocery stores, boutiques, quite a few antique and second-hand shops and is very vibrant and colorful. These were a few things that caught my eye from the afternoon spent walking around there. The ceramics (besides the obvious vintage plates above) including the shelves full of glaze-testing (AMAZING, right?!) Are from a ceramics shop located in Blagards Plads (12). I fell in love with those basket-like ceramic bowls that I wrongly assumed were African-inspired (much to the chagrin of the artist, who informed me that they were inspired by ancient Danish works.)
The crazy shot of the pepper grinders is from this underground shop on Ravnsborggade. I’m pretty sure the shop owner lived in this shop, which made it extra weird and cool. Skating the line between hoarder and collector, this shop was stacked from floor to ceiling with stuff, some of which was total crap and some of which was incredible vintage-modern Danish design. Drool.
There are so many great vintage ceramic pieces here–I just love all of the vintage Danish illustrations–the floral motifs and round-faced people. One lovely thing about being here for such an extended period of time is that I get to see so much stuff, and then, calmly decide which pieces I want to bring home with me. Normally while traveling one is forced to make impulse decisions on what to buy because you only get to go places one time in order to see and take in as much as possible. I will be coming back to Nørrebro for sure.
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I think the whole idea of a ‘Color of the year’ is a bit silly, do you? The concept of ‘trends’ in general is pretty enigmatic to me and it feels contrived to select one color above all of the others for a random stretch of time to be THE color. Buuuuut seeing as though Panton does name a Color of the Year, and 2013′s color just so happens to be emerald green, and emerald green is one of the most jungalicious of all the colors, I couldn’t help but do a post about it. I mean, not to toot my own horn or anything, but my kitchen has been emerald green since, like, 2011
See? The color we used here is Mint Sprig, by Behr.
Here are some of my favorite emerald finds:
Rare Verner Panton Pantonova Seat
Green Hair Man Magnet by Irene Ronin
As winter approaches I’m finding these warm, velvety finds all the more appealing. Soft, luxurious and in all kinds of bright solids (and those velvet ombre throw pillows are KILLING me!)
I’m in the mood for velvet!
Irving PLace McQueen Loveseat
1940′s Italian Club Chair
Orange Sofa (1800′s)
Ombre Velvet Pillows 1,2,3
Blue Velvet Sofa (1970′s)
Milo Baughman Chesterfield Sofa
1970′s Milo Baughman Tub Chairs
My mom just got an iphone and she paid me one of the best compliments ever when she told me that I have helped her to notice little bits of beauty throughout her day–moss on a rock, baby mushrooms that sprout up overnight– now she’s taking pictures of these things with her iphone throughout the day to help her to notice all of the beauty.
Here are a couple of my favorite instagram shots of the week from my walks with Ida. Noticing little corners of inspiration makes life more beautiful.
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You know how I like to re-imagine floor tiles and change their original colors (like I did here and here? ) Well, this time I’ve re-imagined an outdoor rug! Which is your fave?
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I’m feeling cobalt right now. Big time. And how perfect are those shoes!!??!!
Leather slip-ons by Beatrice Valenzuela
Blue Suede Baggu pouch
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