Today’s Track – Comfortably Numb, Scissor Sisters

Oh, music lovers… Some of you are sure to wash your hands of me all together after this one. I may have taken my love of absurd dance covers for classic rock anthems one step too far today. In my defense, I discovered this track about 10 years ago at Colette in Paris as I was purchasing my annual CD compilation. So see, it’s bonified! Surely, Colette – the ultimate hipster barometer – wouldn’t lead me astray?  Besides, they’re forecasting a high of 0° F in Minneapolis today, with a low of -16° F (and I don’t even want to think about what the wind chill will be doing…), so the “numb” theme seems apropos. I’m pretty sure getting my groove on to this tune is one of the best ways to warm up and snub the chill in the air.  Comfortably Numb by Scissor Sisters from the album Colette no.4, 2002.

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It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Peek-a-boo color is a trend that’s taken hold in a big way in the home accessories realm. It’s not like it’s something radically new, but somehow, it looks fresh; especially when paired with a milky matte exterior finish and a hint of texture. (As always, click to shop!)

Kerry Hastings Ceramics
Kerry Hastings Ceramics
Bloomingville Denmark
Bloomingville Denmark
Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Pigeon Toe Ceramics
Noot & Zo
Noot & Zo
Luminology
Luminology
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups @ Anthropologie
Milk Bottle Measuring Cups @ Anthropologie
Sea Coral Trinket Dishes @ Anthropologie
Sea Coral Trinket Dishes @ Anthropologie
Miss Murphy Ceramics
Miss Murphy Ceramics
Robert Segal Handmade
Robert Siegal Handmade
Doris Bank Porcelian
Doris Bank Porcelian

Fall WInter 2014 Fashion Trends from Texworld, Paris

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Today I’m sharing the Fall Winter 2014 seasonal direction trends in Women & Men’s Fashion that was presented last fall at Texworld in Paris. It’s a heady exploration of four unique themes: Conscientious Ricochet, Fundamental Awakening, Quixotic Reincarnation and Virtuous Revival. To really get the full effect, I’d encourage you to read/download the full trendbook text (click HERE), though if you’re just looking for inspiring visuals, keep scrolling!

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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Need more trend inspiration for Fall? You might like these related posts (Just click on “TREND”):

    • TREND FW 2013-14 Fashion Color
    • TREND FW 2013-14 Womenswear Color
    • TREND FW 2013-14 Fashion Prints
    • TREND FW 2013-14 Women’s Contemporary
    • TREND FW 2013 Color Trends
    • TREND FW 2013 Men’s and Women’s Lifestyle

    Or click HERE to see all trend-related posts!

Best of the Brits – part 1

Fridays are for fun, right? So I thought I’d feature a few of the European commercials that were honored by the 2012 British Arrow Awards. I saw these last month at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, where they make it an annual holiday tradition to showcase the brilliant bits of advertising fodder for a month-long run in their cinema. Hope they provide a fun little pre-weekend diversion!

A Feline version of the Sharks? Amusing, yet somehow the possibility is haunting, no? (“Cats with Thumbs” for Cravendale by Wieden + Kennedy London; Smith and Jones Films, directed by Ulf Johansson)

A cautionary tale in which classy beats trashy once again – and still gets to have all the fun. (“Walk of Shame” for Harvey Nichols Womenswear by DDB UK; the Love Commercial Production Company; directed by James Rouse)

Okay, while not funny or anything; I adore this spot. First of all, it makes me want to get to know all my neighbors better. But also, I think it’s amazing how un-idealized – how very genuinely authentic – this is presented in terms of material possessions. That creates a space for a viewer to focus only on how much they’d like to join in the experience; to connect with friends and family in a real way. Brilliant. (“Emergency Chairs” for KFC by BBH; Blink; directed by Benito Montorio.)

Today’s Track – Calm the Storm, Graffiti6

I’m having one of those weeks. Everything just seems a little crazy; harried; rushed. What I’d really like to do is kick back for a while to feed my thirst for carefree, mellowed relaxation – and be totally in the moment. In lieu of that opportunity, though, I’ve been driving to work with this track cranked on auto-repeat. Ah, yes… that’ll do in a pinch. Calm the Storm by Graffiti6 from the album Colours, 2008.

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Color on the Floor

Hi all! It’s Mari from Arcadian Home blog, a wonderful place to find beautiful home decor inspirations. I’m so excited to be visiting here at Blue Bergitt today. Sonjia, thanks for having me.

Today, my guest post is about the beauty of color on the floor. With seemingly endless possibilities, it was difficult to choose just a few, but here are eight clever ways to give interior spaces a boost with color underfoot. Please enjoy!

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This first room seems to fit right into our topic with three large area rugs laid down in an open living space. Though totally different in pattern, this trio looks quit charming together.

Colorful Floor

The rusty hues of a speckled cowhide on the floor coordinate beautifully with those of the wall art and carved wood sculptures. A feather pendant light adds an appealing contrast to the design.

Colorful Floor

For a lovely cottage look, a hand-painted or stenciled wood floor can be perfect underfoot. This one goes decidedly feminine with a soft pink background.

Colorful Floor

A single solid paint color can be used to add a more formal look. A minty hue on both floor and ceiling brings unity to this living room.

Colorful Floor

Here, a glossy jewel tone blue adds a happy vibe to a tiny under-the-stairs dining space. I’m intrigued by the clever way the light fixture is hung.

Colorful Floor

Color doesn’t always have to be bright or high contrast to be beautiful on the floor. This area rug is lovely with a pale calligraphy pattern that mimics the graffiti†wall art.

Colorful Floor

Black and white squares are exceptionally versatile on the floor. The pattern and color is gorgeous in marble for an elegant entry or in rugged tiles or paint for a hard-working laundry room as seen here.

Colorful Floor

In the image above, black and white stripped rugs bring color interest and texture to dark wood floors. A splash of orange paint on one wall adds a cheerful touch.†Images 1 | 2 | 3 | 4†|†5 |†6†| 7 | 8

What do you think of these colorful floors? Leave us comments below, and visit our website for more on home decor, lighting fixtures, and interior inspirations!

Kare about Mac

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I met my first Mac in the late 80’s as a student at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, thus beginning a life-long love affair with Apple. However, since starting my new job a few months ago, I’ve been using a PC for the first time in my life. So, let’s just say I’ve been getting a little sentimental about the genius that is Macintosh. Which got me to thinking about Susan Kare, the pioneering San Francisco-based designer who created the original iconography for Apple. Susan served on our Board of Directors when I was the VP Creative at Manhattan Toy, and I’m pretty sure I remained star-struck throughout my tenure there. I remember vividly that she would attend early morning board meetings with wet hair and sunglasses – a trait which I have idolizing-ly copied …well, the wet hair part, anyways. I’ve never quite mustered the coolness factor to pull off the shades. At any rate, she now offers high-quality giclee prints of her memorable icons, which I think are amazing. All prints are hand signed in editions of 100 or 200, and available in a variety of sizes for between $89 – $499. (As always, click to shop!)

Bomb Signed Print, $89-$499
“The bomb was designed to represent a system failure — and I was told that no one would ever be likely to see it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Once a phone call came into the Mac software group: a woman had seen the icon on her screen and was extremely concerned that her computer might explode!” — SDK
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“This print features the computer image seen at startup from the original Macintosh” -SDK
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“This icon is a wait cursor–shown to indicate that something is happening that takes a little time, and that the computer hasn’t frozen. It replaced the traditional hourglass, with the idea of modernizing the concept!” -SDK

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Please Have a Seat

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If I was a big spender – which I’m not… but aspire to be – I’d re-design my entire dining room around a suite from The Cherner Chair Company. When I saw their crisply svelt (meaning: really quite small, but purposely so) collection of furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Show, I was irretrievably smitten. As the story goes, “after listening to countless requests from fellow Architects to see his father’s designs reissued, Benjamin decided to join with his brother Thomas to form the Cherner Chair Company in 1999. Since then the Cherner Chair Company has brought back into production many of Norman Cherner’s most popular designs. Utilizing his original drawings and specifications, the reissued designs are manufactured with the same attention to detail found in the original hand made classics.” (As always, click to shop.)

Cherner Armchair, $1029
Cherner Armchair, $1029

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Cherner Side Chair
Cherner Side Chair

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Cherner Oval Table, $2799
Cherner Oval Table, $2799

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Cherner Lounge Chair & Ottoman (not yet available on-line)
Cherner Lounge Chair & Ottoman (not yet available on-line)

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Cherner task chair with arms, $1299
Cherner task chair with arms, $1299
Cherner Task Chair
Cherner Task Chair

Today’s Track – The Rifle’s Spiral, the Shins

So, it turns out I’ve “Shazammed” this track three times in the past few weeks. Which means, “A” – they’re playing it ad nauseam on the Current and “B” – I must really like it. (I suppose one could also consider “C” – my memory’s going downhill…) At any rate, it looks like I’ve shaken off my recent penchant for melancholy chill and replaced it with bouncier fare. “Let your viscera unfurl!” Hmmm… maybe it’s still a wee bit dark… The Rifle’s Spiral by the Shins from the album Port of Morrow, 2012.

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Spring Summer 2013-14 Trend Colors from The Ultra Bright

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I adore the trend, fashion and color inspiration that The Ultra Bright generates. First of all, I think it’s super cool that they’re a global collective that focuses on local lives and local habits and how they affect our perception of color. Additionally, I think it’s pretty sweet that they offer free content to the general public (many trend companies get indulgently proprietary about that). Here’s what they’re saying about the upcoming season…

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Acid Yellows
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Barely There
Earth Tones
Earth Tones
Hot Colors
Hot Colors
Neo Green
Neo Green
Ocean Shades
Ocean Shades
Pink Tropics
Pink Tropics
Royal Blue
Royal Blue
Summer Yellow
Summer Yellow

My Cup of Tea

As you may be aware, the Tea Towel has soundly replaced the tote bag as the giftable add-on of choice. Their easy-to-create format appeals to Etsy artisans, while an accessible price tag make them a great hostess gift or mini-self-indulgence. Besides, it’s a simple, low-cost way to freshen up one’s kitchen by adding a splash of color, pattern or just cheeky text. Here are a few lovely example I’d welcome wholeheartedly to my towel rack… (As always, click to shop!)

Dinah Coops - Organic Hemp Tea Towel in Mustard
Dinah Coops – Organic Hemp Tea Towel in Mustard
Dinah Coops - Linen Tea Towel
Dinah Coops – Linen Tea Towels
Printing Grounds - Hand Printed Tea Towels, set of 3, $45
Printing Grounds – Hand Printed Tea Towels, set of 3, $45
Printing Grounds - Happy Place Tea Towel, $16
Printing Grounds – Happy Place Tea Towel, $16
Manus Made - Pink Linen Tea Towel, $20
Manus Made – Pink Linen Tea Towel, $20
Manus Made - Linen appliqué modern polka dots, $22
Manus Made – Linen Appliqué Modern Polka Dots, $22
Monkeymindesign - Screen Printed Tea Towel, $10
Monkeymindesign – Screen Printed Tea Towel, $10
Ferm Living - Triangle Multi, $17.95
Ferm Living – Triangle Multi Tea Towel, $17.95
Ferm Living - Moon in Mint Tea Towel, $17.95
Ferm Living – Moon in Mint Tea Towel, $17.95
Tall Pine Studio - Edged Linen Tea Towels, set of 2, $19
Tall Pine Studio – Edged Linen Tea Towels, set of 2, $19
Claudia Pearson - Spring Tea Towel, $16
Claudia Pearson – Spring Cotton Tea Towel, $16
Donna Wilson "Handy"  Linen/Cotton Tea Towel, £12
Donna Wilson “Handy” Linen/Cotton Tea Towel, £12
Good Design Studio - Silkscreened Linen Tea Towel
Good Design Studio – Silkscreened Linen Tea Towel
Fréya Eté - Yummy Pancakes Cotton Tea Towel. $16.50
Fréya Eté – Yummy Pancakes Cotton Tea Towel. $16.50
Leah Duncan - Dots Linen Tea Towel, $26
Leah Duncan – Dots Linen Tea Towel, $26
Leah Duncan - Scribble Linen Tea Towel, $26
Leah Duncan – Scribble Linen Tea Towel, $26
Madder Root - Organic Linen Lupine Silkcreened Tea Towel, $18
Madder Root – Organic Linen Lupine Silkcreened Tea Towel, $18
StudioPatro - Linen "Live" Tea Towel, $24
StudioPatro – Linen “Live” Tea Towel, $24
StudioPatro - Linen "Cook" Tea Towel, $24
StudioPatro – Linen “Cook” Tea Towel, $24
StudioPatro - Linen "Cake" Tea Towel, $24
StudioPatro – Linen “Cake” Tea Towel, $24
Red Wren Designs - Unbleached Linen Tea Towel, $22.50
Red Wren Designs – Unbleached Linen Tea Towel, $22.50
See Love - Cotton Handprinted Tea Towel, $18
See Love – Cotton Handprinted Tea Towel, $18
Wit & Whistle - Misdirection Tea Towel, $20
Wit & Whistle – Misdirection Tea Towel, $20
Spin Spin, Melbourne - Linen 'Enka' Tea Towel, $22AUD
Spin Spin, Melbourne – Linen ‘Enka’ Tea Towel, $22AUD
Spin Spin - Linen "Tree" Tea Towel
Spin Spin, Melbourne  – Linen “Tree” Tea Towel, $22AUD
Liberty of London - London Tea Towel, £14
Liberty of London – London Tea Towel, £14
Mae Engeleer - Color Fest Tea Towel, $25
Mae Engeleer – Color Fest Tea Towel, $25
Nesta Home - Farmhouse Essentials set of 4 Tea Towels, $25
Nesta Home – Farmhouse Essentials set of 4 Tea Towels, $25
La Cocotte Paris - Chicken Tea Towels, €14.50
La Cocotte Paris – Chicken Tea Towels, €14.50
Print Shack - Typography Tea Towel, $17.95
Print Shack – Typography Tea Towel, $17.95

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