Wednesday, September 30, 2009

lovely interview with interior designer katrina

ladies, here's a new interview with a lovely interior designer katrina from designfabulous. katrina is a talented girl who runs her own business in richmond, va. as you can see, katrinas personal style is very chic and inspired by french { oh la la!! } romance with soft colors and beautiful fabrics. she also has a shop filled with wonderful cushion! here, i give you katrina!


LC: Your work as a interior designer. What is your personal style and where do you get your inspiration from?

My personal style is very classic. I love classic designs because they have worked out all their flaws. I believe in letting a room develop slowly, as the pieces speak to you. I try to never purchase a cheap fix just to fill a space. My generation has grown accustom to the quick fix and immediate gratification, but I think one should save for furniture and other design elements that are worth their money and worth hanging onto. This doesn't mean every piece has to be the most expensive thing you can find, but it does mean you should truly love the thing you buy.

LC: What's the biggest interior design no-no you could imagine?

Designing straight from the catalog. I hate seeing a room where every piece matches and nothing is original. Buying individual pieces that are unique unto themselves is key to a great room. However, you don't want to have too many focal points in one room. It is a delicate balance.


LC: Who is your all time favorite designer, stylist and photographer?

Phoebe Howard's classic designs are always perfect and always inspire me. Everytime I see a room I love it is Phoebe who designed it. I don't really think I have a favorite stylist. My favorite photographer has to be my dad. He is such a natural talent and has a perfect eye for color.

LC: If you could have a house in anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?

Hmmm, I think I would have a house in Paris, but I have never been there so I don't really know for sure. I can imagine, however, that a house overlooking the streets of Paris with design elements reminiscent of Versailles would suite me just fine. I would have to learn the language though.



l-o-v-e the cushions! thank you sweet katrina for your inspiration!

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Sunday, September 27, 2009

here's something odd you'll love

oddbirds. what a name! and what a cool concept, no? you must see this company's site!


oddbirds is a swedish design company that creates wonderful items for each unique home. many of their products are not even ready when you purchase them, but you can use your creativity to put them together. { no, it's not like ikea stuff, no no no! } have a look now!

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Thursday, September 24, 2009

100% design london... here i come!

right, it's time for my next london trip tomorrow, and let's have a look what's going on... ha, it's the UK's leading design and architecture exhibition at earls court. not bad, or what do you think?

besides that, my chic girl friends already have the champagne bottles chilled. it's going to be a luvly weekend again!

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

loving the kylie at home collection

the autumn is here, and i'm so loving it! lots of tea, cozy nights at home, open fire... and why not to redo the house too? i recently found kylie's lovely collection for ashley wild group and just adore the shiny stuff! hope you are doing great, i'm soon on my way to london again :)



♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Thursday, September 17, 2009

stockholm must see this autumn: kimono fusion

this autumn-winter's must see in stockholm is the kimono fusion exhibition at östasiatiska museet.

"The exhibition features exquisite vintage kimonos that puts dazzling textile
techniques on display, Mixed with creations by some of japan’s hottest young
designers and artists – from takyua angel’s spectacular creatios to street-smart
childish designs by shojono tomo. Handmade accessories for young geishas are
shown side by side with the graffiti artist shin tanaka’s murals and hip hopish
origami figures inspired by the elaborate patterns of ancient kimonos"


the exhibition shows the work of shin tanaka (interview here) among other cool designers and artists. so, when ever you ladies and gentlemen visit my beautiful city, make sure you also visit this exhibition!


♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

how does the dutch people do this?

seriously ladies, this man is crazy! look, i mean really LOOK at these spaces! the ceiling, and it's a private apartment. mine, please? and the bubbly one? what? it's a store, in bahrain. and then, it's a bar, in miami. camoon, let's lift the airbus now.



um, shopping, anyone?


ah, my stuff! let's love these cushions for b&b italia a moment now.


and more...thank you lise at urban style vibes for pointing me towards these lovelities!

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Monday, September 14, 2009

more wallpaper

ok, here we have something { for me atleast } new stuff. i consider myself as pretty knowing when it comes to wallpapers on the markets but this i haven't seen. pretty, no? yes that's right, very lovable.

barneby gates

{ barneby gates wallpaper}

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Sunday, September 13, 2009


remember i told about the task i gave to a friend of mine? to choose a couple of favorite pics from livingEtc gallery. here are the pics. pretty good taste the man has, right? it's quite exciting to design a home for a another person! hehe, it's really a little joke, but IF i get free hands to design the house, you'll be the first ones to know about it. thumbs up for make over a la Tiina :)


it's been a great weekend! i've cleaned my home, organized my wardrobe { my fall collection is now well sorted and prêt à porter! }, designed some pillows, put a new wallpaper on the kitchen wall, and updated myself about whats-hot-in-blogsphere. i also learned a new concept of design schizofrenia { that you Alek, it's very usefull term! } and finally understand why everything changes every other week in my home.
♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Saturday, September 12, 2009

My little kitchen fix

I just felt like having new walpaper in my little kitchen, do you girls like it?

Tiina from iPhone

Friday, September 11, 2009

need a flamenco painting now!

i'm losing it. i saw this spanish dancer painting over at fab ish&chi, and looook, down here in the bedroom #3 too { well, maybe that's not a flamenco dancer but you get my point don't you girls? }. what's going on, why does EVERYONE have a spanish flamenco dancer painting but not me? it's so unfair and i need to solve this badly right now.


♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ah yes, here i would sleep

i was talking to a friend last night about re-designing his home, and the first step in the process was to direct him to the oh-ah-gallery for inspiration. whereas he got this task to do, i also kind of got stuck there. little reminder for me: this is how i want my bedroom.


Stripy headboard


another reminder: i shouldn't distract myself with this kind of images.

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

more wall art

i've been drooling over these vintage posters for a while now. i'm so loving the colors! i always dream of decorating my bathroom with pld posters from moulin rouge but my current bathroom doesn't have the style... but these posters would be lovely in my livingroom! what do you think?


oh i know that the vogue print is not the same style as the rest but camoon, it's still vogue!

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

totally calorie free sweets for your home


don't you all just love these little sweet things? bombadill, a swedish design company guarantees the zero calorie factor for these sweets. lovely gift idea isn't it?
♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina

Monday, September 7, 2009

stripes are so hot 2

have you seen this cool interior design couple simon and tomas? this swedish british design couple is often seen on tv here in sweden at least. i remember i saw their house a while ago, and liked the striped bathroom. specially the fact that the stripes go horizontally.

my friend just found lovely champagne colored striped wallpapers, and i'm dying to a) see them b) shoot photo with my little ixus c) get the same lovely thing to my home too.


{ sorry, don't remember the source... }

♥ Love&Decorate, Tiina