Saturday, March 19, 2011

Whole Lotta Love

I don't know why it has taken me so long to fall in love with Lotta Jansdotter.

Lotta is a Swedish-born fabric designer and author who currently lives in Brooklyn. I've become a bit obsessed with her designs and aesthetic since picking up her newest book, Handmade Living. It's full of beautiful photos of her home and includes lots of really practical ideas for cooking, organizing, and decorating.

Something about the bold, hand-drawn designs against white and beige is really speaking my language right now. Usually I'm drawn to bright, sassy colours and really lively pattern (a la Amy Butler), but something about Lotta's simple Scandinavian style just feels so soothing.

After falling in love with Handmade Living, I picked up her book of stencils and plan to go to town on some plain white curtains we bought for our new apartment. I'm also planning to stencil some fabric to use on the mis-matched dining room chairs I wrote about a few posts ago...and maybe a table runner...somebody stop me!

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