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I have always been a fan of Swedish design. It’s clean simplicity, that feeling of calm, has always attracted me.

I found these great interior shots via DESIGN LOVE FEST!

Pictures speak a thousand words!!

(interior shots found on emmas designblogg)

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This is a great room to relax in…loving the pewter accents and lack of clutter. I especially like the way the books are stacked…which also adds a touch of color. The addition of wooden chests adds warmth.

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Happy New Year!  One of my resolutions is going to be having blooming plants in my apartment.  During the winter months, it is very warming to have flowers around your space.  It adds cheer to the cold months, and adds color and a feeling of the spring to come.  Sometimes it is just the simplest things that add a sense of cheer and well-being to our lives.

Much luck and love in 2013!

Jan

Found this great photo which includes an awesome bookshelf on Design Love Fest this morning.

Retro is what makes me drawn to this space…and the crisp simplicity!

Love this watercolor match to the room too!  Happy Tuesday everyone!

(patternfest pairing by molly, photo credits: room / watercolor)

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(Source: tamsinjohnson)

I am happy to be back to my blog (August totally disappearing due to

laptop collapse) with a new HDD up and running!  Here is a great

example for hanging multiple prints/paintings. which is always a

challenge.  This can very inspirational if  you are a collector of special

pieces of framed art, but are in a quandary as to how to display them

tastefully.   Your collection will not look exactly like this, but it will

definitely show your own personality! I, myself, am faced with this

problem, being one of those with an art ‘stash’ which I have recently

perused!

Happy Hanging!

These photos speak a thousand words for a simply good feeling in a personal space.  Something I have noticed in these photos, and that I am actually utilizing in my new apartment,  is the use of natural woven objects…baskets, hats, blinds, etc.  I am enjoying the feeling it evokes.  I want to thank emmas designblogg…a great Swedish blog…for these photos.  She also has a great Pinterest.  Happy creating!

 

I haven’t been posting for about one month because I was fastidiously

moving into my new apartment in a 100 year old house in

downtown Ann Arbor, and have been facing ‘new space’ challenges…

what this blog is about!  I have discarded, ruthlessly purged,

kept only the useful or beautiful and am finely able to find cyber time

(also important for yin yang in one’s apartment).  Here is an

arrangement I just hung of Bulgarian photos which I framed recently,

and love dearly, purchased from the photographer’s wife.

This photo is an iPhone photo, not perfect, but you get the idea.  The

chest of drawers holds my CD collection, stationery and hats and

scarves.  The ‘Zen of My Flat’ is a new challenge, and one that I am

enjoying.  More photos to come!

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Being a framer, I always have an over abundance of framed prints, and drawings.

The trick is getting it all out of hiding in a sensible  and attractive fashion.

This is one way…using the shelves to group framed prints, interspersing objets d’art.

It is not too formal, and can be added to or taken away easily.

White as a background

always works for me!

B&B Italia

The Grande Papilio chair, on view at their Midtown showroom

I’m finally getting ready to move into a new apartment, and am gathering photos that inspire.  I came across this photo from Metropolis Magazine for NY Design Week.  If I could only keep it simple and airy as this pic…I could reach my goal.

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BDDW

Walnut Tripod Lamp, Bronze Nixie Wall Clock, Shaker Rug, and Lake Credenza

Handmade American furniture on view at BDDW in SoHo

Moving is always a good time to streamline and a great chance to freshen your apartment.