Marsano Vintage in Berlin

A private matter to attend took me to Berlin at the beginning of the week. I stayed in our old neighborhood close to Gendarmenmarkt and Check Point Charlie. I hadn’t really scheduled anything as I didn’t know if I would have any time left. I did end up, though, having a couple of hours and used them to run some errands like buying tons of Christmas cookies and a few German children’s books for Christmas. On my way I passed by Marsano which is one of the best flower shops in Berlin (they supply flowers for the Hotel de Rome and the Ritz Carlton among others). When we lived around the corner I loved to browse through their flower shop because back then they already sold next to the flowers a large selection of vases and containers as well a many small vintage decorative pieces. I was always surprised that the prices were kept very reasonable. Well since then they have opened a space dedicated to vintage items, furniture and accessories next door to the flower shop

They have an eclectic mix of items ranging from mid-century to Biedermeier that are also available to rent for photo shoots. I actually walked in to get this pair of golden vintage lamps priced each at 42 EUR (talk about a bargain) but they wouldn’t ship internationally so I had to let them there. Such a pity. If you are in Berlin go snap them before they are gone.

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Marsano also organizes on a regular basis flower themed workshops. It’s a great gift idea for Christmas if you live close to Berlin or want an excuse to spend some time there. Have a lovely day!

Quercus & Co. Wall Hanging Giveaway

I am really thrilled to announce my first ever giveaway on the blog today. I have been wanting to do one for quite some time now but didn’t really know where to start or whom to approach. Upon discovering this week Quercus & Co.’s new wall hangings and art prints collection and contacting Adam for high resolution pictures for yesterday’s post, I thought that one of his small art prints would be a great giveaway. So I shot him an email asking him if he might be willing to sponsor one, or another product of his choice, for my readers. He answered immediately writing:

“Sounds great. Lets make it a color chart – one of the double spheres of their choice, value is AU$245 and shipping to anywhere“.

Now, how fantastic is that?

After discussing it we agreed that the winner could pick any wall hanging of its choice, in the 70x100cm size and valued at AU$245, from the ones offered on the site here.

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So these are the steps to follow to enter the giveaway for one of Quercus’ beautiful wall hanging:

Please read carefully…

1) Go over to my facebook page and share the same photo that you see above on your timeline

2) This is to say thank you to my readers and , so if you haven’t already, please “like” my facebook page

3) This giveaway wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of Quercus & Co. so please “like” their facebook page

4) Come back here and in the comments section let me know you shared on facebook.

Following all the 3 steps above qualifies you for one entry. Anyone can gain 2 extra entries for each of the following:

a) Tweet this blog post or the above image on Twitter with the hashtag #EGIGIVEAWAY

b) Pin the above image directly from this post onto your Pinterest board.

Don’t forget to let me know in the comments what you’ve done!

Entries close at midnight European time on Sunday November 24th and a winner will be selected through random.org. I will contact the winner via email submitted with comments and I will also announce the winner on Facebook on Monday November 25th so please keep an eye out.

Good luck to each one of you!!!

UPDATE NOV 25th:

And the winner is our entry #1, Tara! Congratulations to you and thank you all for participating!!!!

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All done! Facebook sharing, likes to you and Quercus and a share on Pinterest.

Joanna

Hello! I have ‘liked’ your facebook page and Quercus & Co’s page, shared the photo on my timeline, posted the image on facebook with the hashtag #EGIGIVEAWAY and pinned the image onto my Pinterest board.

I am in love with these wall hangings!
- Joanna

Daniel

Hi! I liked both of the facebook pages, shared the photo on my page, and shared the image with #EGIGIVEAWAY.

Thank you!

Oh, I love this!!! I did everything you asked (I think..). Even shared on FB.
Here’s hoping!!!

Just pinned to my board “Color Inspiration”!

Went over to your facebook page and shared the same photo above on my timeline. :)
Thank you for the chance to win.
I absolutely LOVE this and am crossing my fingers to win!

Just “liked” your Facebook page Emerald Green Interiors! :)

Just “liked” the Quercus & Co Facebook page, too!

Just tweeted this blog post on Twitter with the hashtag #EGIGIVEAWAY
The link is:
https://twitter.com/marycnasser/status/401800592940482560

Pinned the above image directly from this post onto your Pinterest board “Color.”
The link is:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177399672795590663/

Already liked your fb page, shared the photo and liked Quercus! Am I too late?

And tweeted. :)

Shanta Williams

Liked, shared, liked, tweeted, and pinned! And even if I don’t win it, I’ll probably buy it but winning would be way cooler!

Love these. Super fun and pretty. I shared, liked and pinned. Thank you for hosting this.

What a gorgeous giveaway! Already a fan of your page! I’ve tweeted, pinned and shared on my AP&C facebook. M xx

I forgot to mention that I also liked their facebook page:)

Emma Booth

Hi I have liked both facebook pages and shared the photo. The wall hangings are gorgeous.

Cheers
Emma

Mikaela Lui
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Also tweeted and pinned :)

Frank

Liked and shared on Facebook.

M jones

Followed the steps– the exact pic wouldn’t share so I shared this page! Also like both pages! Thanks!

Emily Klug

Just performed each step of the giveaway. I love these wall hangings. And the Q&C’s wallpaper just kills me dead. I want a beautiful dressing closet to hang it in.

Lianne Scott

I shared on facebook, liked your page and Quercus’ page, and Pinned the image!

SUSAN

Hello Hello Hello – I love these colour wheels! – was just talking about them at lunch the other day and here you are with a comp! Liked Quercus & Co’s page and yours, shared the photo on my time line and pinterest and let you know – so fingers crossed!

Shared on Facebook :)

Also tweeted and pinned!

Elaine

Liked & shared on fb and Pinterest, and liked Quercus too! Good luck to me :)

Alex

I follow you on pinterest and repinned this! Love it. I also tweeted it :)

Please make sure to follow step 1-3 to be entered in the giveaway as they are mandatory. Following only step a) or b) will NOT qualify you. I have informed the concerned persons by email. Good luck to everyone!!!

Diane

would love the chance to win one of Adams hangings, its like something we did on foundation art but wayyyyy better!! Have shared on FB and Pinterest and liked and liked your pages

Love this! As a painter it doubles as a great reference tool, too. I’ve shared on Facebook and pinned it to my “reference” board.

Inspiring.
Shared, liked, liked and pinned!
Nice to know, thanx

So excited! Thank you so much. I’m moving to a new house soon, so this will be a perfect addition to my new studio wall!

Quercus & Co. Color Charts and Art Prints

You probably remember me blogging about the Australian based company Quercus & Co. a few months back (see the post here). Back then I wanted to share with you their one of a kind wallpaper collection. Well since then, Adam Jones its founder, has been very busy at developing new products. He just relaunched their website this past week and there are some real treasures that have been added (and more to come in the near future).

Let’s start with the most exciting category first: I am totally smitten with the new color charts and wall hangings and will need to get one myself for my new office in replacement of my beloved botanical chart which of all our 290 parcels is the one gone missing during the move. (Oh and so is the key to my locked lemonwood buffet that now sits shut in my future office).

Adam being a color specialist at the core, those charts based on original illustrations from color theory pioneers like Philipp Otto Runge and Johannes Itten don’t really come as a surprise. The large scale diagrams have been hand painted in the Quercus washy-watercolor style, printed onto sturdy artist’s canvas and fixed with Cedar dowel, cotton tape and brass rings for hanging. The prints can be rolled up for storage or shipping and even easily wiped clean if needed.

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Emerald Green Interiors Quercus charts detailsAren’t those detail pictures just beautiful? The Kilim and Tapestry wallpaper patterns have also been added as wall hanging. If you are thinking about a spare place to hang them in your home, have you thought about the back of doors? Their size is perfect for it.

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Those wall hangings complement perfectly the already existing art prints collection based on the wallpaper patterns. The collection has now been enriched with some of the small and medium sized color charts.

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Emerald Green Interiors quercus charts8I hope you enjoy those as much as I do because they really deserve the attention. Stay tuned as I will announce my first ever giveaway on the blog tomorrow, and yes it does involve Quercus & Co.!

Oyyo Dhurrie Rug Collection

Yesterday evening, I finally took the time to browse through this month’s Spanish AD which I bought at least ten days ago. I have bought the Spanish edition a few times in the past living in Brussels because I really loved the personality and features of it. Each country edition really has it’s own flair to it. From what I’ve seen in our new home country one, it looks like I will need to get a subscription ASAP.

So I spotted those rugs, handwoven cotton Dhurries to be exact, designed by Oyyo a Swedish design studio founded in 2011 by Lina Zedig and Marcus Åhrén.

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I love, love, LOVE their graphic designs and fabulous color combinations. They are manufactured n India near Jodhpur of 100% organic cotton with vegetable dyes using century old techniques. Aren’t their desert set campaign pictures by David Magnusson just beautiful?

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Each one of the six patterns of the collection comes in various sizes and can be ordered directly on Oyyo’s website. Check it out to see more images of the collection.

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Have a lovely day and stay tuned for a surprise in the form of an amazing giveaway.

Ilaria Fatone

I just love the blue one, the one floating on the desert ;-) xx

We have a new home

Good morning everyone. I am so happy to be back with you after what has been a crazy week. The move is finally behind us, most of our boxes are “kind of” unpacked and we have a working internet connection. Thank you for your patience while we started to settle in. A move is always slightly more work than you had expected, especially when you have to take into account the needs of a lively four-year old boy and his younger, almost seven month old, sibling. The week has been exciting but also quite nerve wracking as an international move is especially hard on our big boy who is in age to understand quite well what is happening and not exactly too happy about his new school, buddies to be, and language he doesn’t understand, yet.

While our house is still an absolute mess, which I really can’t show you at this point, I’d love to share the pictures I took before we moved in while it was still empty. We live in a residential area and the house was probably built at the end of the seventies. It still has lots of original features and a real vintage look to it. In other words it needs A LOT of love. The walls have this terrible grainy surface which I’ll have to live with unless I plan to re-plaster every wall. I don’t think this will happen as this is a rental after all. All the doors, closet doors (we have tons of storage as every room has built-in closets) and woodwork is still in the original dark high gloss wood color. After visiting the house in September and while preparing the move I thought I could keep them and play with their vintage feel but I’ve been living here for less than a week and already think that they need to go and be painted white. They are in pretty bad shape and just suck so much light away. I need to look into it but with the closets there must be something like 25 doors to paint and there is no way I can do it by myself.

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Oh and did you notice the wooden corner trimming on the wall? Absolutely terrible. I don’t know if I will rip them away or just paint them over in whatever the new wall color will be. Probably the latest as I might get a nasty surprise if I take them away.

The first good news in terms of decoration is that the floor on the ground level in the living room, entryway and office has been replaced. It might only be oak laminate and far away from our beautiful Brussels oak flooring but anything, really anything, was a better option than what had been on the floors before: Huge brownish greyish marble effect tiles that gave you a headache from looking at them for too long and which would have been an absolute pain to decorate around. Wood laminate is a least a neutral base and works with everything! Here some of the before pictures. Beware of your eyes!

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The kitchen is a beautiful example of all wooden rustic cabinetry. It’s really not my style but there is a huge amount of storage space and considering what else there is to do in the house I can live with it for the time being. The floor tiles are also marbled but there are neutral enough. I don’t know if painting the kitchen cabinet would be sufficient to really update it. Those front doors won’t ever be modern even painted in white. Maybe simply changing the fronts to white Ikea ones could do the trick if the sizes are standard. As I said I’ll look into it a little bit later.

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Here are some pictures of the upper floor where you can once more see the beautiful wood paneled doors and door frames the house is befitted with. Do you have a solution for painting them that wouldn’t take me the next three years of my life to do it or cost me an arm to have it done?

Emerald Green Interiors new house 10Emerald Green Interiors new house 12Emerald Green Interiors new house 11As you can see there is quite a lot to do in terms of decorating and updating the house. I’d love to keep the vintage vibe somewhat and need to see if and how I can incorporate our Art Deco furniture into the mix. I am already considering the idea of selling some pieces. We also have a small garden which you might have peeked on the living room pictures. It certainly also needs some love. Bushes and trees need to be trimmed, flowers added, lawn needs to be cut, etc…;

I look forward to sharing the update with you. Have you moved recently? If so I’d love to hear what your biggest challenge has been. I wish you a lovely day and a great start into this new week!

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Ilaria Fatone

It looks huge Corinne! And I’m sure you will make something beautiful out of it. As you know we recently moved. We left our beautiful apartment in Paris we completely renovated 4 years ago to a rented big apartment in Southern France. I still miss my Paris home sweet home! Our biggest challenge was the kitchen and I agree with you about yours, I’m not sure repainting the cabinets will give them a modern look (and it is a huge work). For your doors the best solution might be a “resine”. I’ve never tried it but I heard it is easy to use, hardly needs any preparation and cover even the worst surface … bon courage pour les cartons xxi.

Emerald Green Interiors

It is quite big indeed Ilaria Fatone. Actually I don’t even know where to start to be quite honest. Thanks for the ip about the resine. I will look into it. The boxes are almost unpacked but their content now just lies around…