Today I'm joining in the Retro & Vintage Inspired Corner of My Home link-up with the Kylie of Lucy Violet Vintage and Donna of Hung up on Retro! I highly recommend their amazing blogs. What a great initiative, I already see there's a lot of great homes to drool over, I can't wait to see it all!
Ok, here goes. What to show you? If you read my blog occasionally, and have a feeling you've seen these pics before, well, you have... This turned out to be our "waking up the garden and putting away the winter clothes weekend", and the living room is full of stuff to be sorted. Not a great photoshoot weekend in other words... I kinda wish I'd saved my last post for this! I don't have any great freshly styled spots, so I thought I'd dig through my files and give you a tour along the "teak and pottery trail":-) Apologies to those of you who've seen the pictures before, I hope I at least manage to put them together differently and show you the red...or rather brown, thread!
Starting in the kitchen. The cabinets are the results of a looong search through just about everything on the market, but finally I found a small company, Tingbø (tingbo.no), that makes the most beautiful handmade kitchens, using great wood surfaces. I was gonna settle for walnut, until they told me they could make me one in teak!!! That gave me the opportunity to make a closer connection between the kitchen and the next door living room. It's the only teak kitchen they've made!
My favorite features in the kitchen are the amazing wood surfaces and the minimal handle- and knob-less drawers and doors. I'm also really pleased about the choice of black accents, I really had to persuade the electrician, he thought I was mad for choosing black switches and power points (you can see those in one of the links below) on white walls...
I love to fill my kitchen with thrift finds and heirlooms from the stretch of coast where where I grew up, Stavangerflint, Figgjo and Egersunds Fayance, as well as Danish, Finnish, Swedish and German favorites:-)
Thrifted Søholm spice jars, they were a steal at less than 2 USD a piece!
Figgjo Tor Viking teamed up with modern Iittala Ego cups. The creamer and sugar bowl belonged to my mom.
"Alkemuggen"(Razorbill pitcher/ jug), named after the north Atlantic sea bird. It was designed in 1910 by Jakob Sømme, and was in production until 1973. It's is considered one of the factory's most iconic pieces. see the beautiful art nouveau influence?
Imagine such modern and clean lines already in 1977! Designed by Erik Magnussen.
My Egersund Korulen and the Arabia Ruska are great favorites and in almost daily use.
Moving on to the adjacent dining area. My favorite here is the teak credenza that my parents found in Stavanger. They're my eyes and ears in the market back home:-) On it, there's a thrifted Søholm lamp and some German, Norwegian, Danish and even Icelandic pottery. And plants. You gotta have plants, right?
Søholm lamp, designed by Einar Johansen
Scheurich bowl, Ekeby vase
Just found these Stelton place mats on sale, I fell for the cutout pattern, and love black with teak.
My husband's grandparent's old Radionette with WG pottery. The lamp is a mystery piece.
End destination- the spot where we slouch about in the afternoons and evenings. I got the Eames LCW for my 40th birthday. It's got such beautiful sculptural qualities, I adore how even the legs are made of wood. I have some furniture here with great sentimental value, the table was my grandparents, the Westnofa Siesta and the Ekornes Combina daybeds are the exact same we had when I grew up, even tha same colors. You can read more about them in my last post. The String shelving is a relatively new acquisition and I love it to bits! It's such a great display space for books, lamps, pottery, you name it. And it looks so light, just like those other great shelving systems from that same glorious era. The thick wool blanket and pillows are "CD" by Rørostweed, an old Norwegian company that has renewed their profile with really great designs. The narrow pillows I made from Ikea fabric.
That's my retro and vintage, folks, now I'm heading over to Kylie's and Donna's to do some serious drooling!