August 12th, 2013
Seems like things around the house are finally coming together. As you can see I’m still gold obsessed. That tall blank wall is still missing some art but I hoping to fix that soon. For the long weekend ahead I planned some massive DIY’s in order to solve some storage issues. Wish me luck because between you and I’m not the biggest DIY queen.
In the mean time: Have a great week!
picture by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com
August 2nd, 2013
Francis Kurkdjian has done the impossible: catch perfection in a scent. It tells a story of purity, light and air. I associate it with checking in a hotel room in the south of France and nesting myself in the freshly made bed with pristine cotton sheets. It’s precious without being exclusive and ages beautifully on your skin throughout the day. It’s olfactory description is bergamot and lemon from Sicily – white bouquet (lily of the valley and sweet mock orange) – light and musky wood.
One picture comes to mind. At an antique bookfair a couple of years ago I found a copy of The Photographer and His Model by Conde Nast photographer John Rawlings. To me this picture embraces perfectly that moment and this scent. It’s carefree, innocent…just beautiful.
October 5th, 2012
Here are some things I’ve been coveting lately. I must admit I am not a huge online shopper but I do spent time looking for beautiful objects regularly, just for the pleasure of the hunt. Since a couple of you have requested advice on where to shop in the digital world I figure I might just start sharing my favorite websites. Some sites I have talked about before, some are local, others will take you to a far away exotic country. I would love to hear your tips and addresses.
July 19th, 2012
I’m sure you have seen similar vases before in different sizes, colours and with all sorts of different glazes from dripglaze to volcanic. I’m not an expert when it comes to West German pottery. I’m still learning as I go. The first insight I got was by the lovely shop owner of Feelings in Antwerp, a shop stuffed with ceramics, lamps and small furniture from the 50s, 6os and 70s. After the very first piece seduced me with its bright colours and intriguing surface at a flea market, I walked into this shop for advice, not sure of what I actually just bought. She taught me to take a look at the bottom of the vase. There, if lucky, (some vases are blank or have markings which are barely readable) you’ll find two numbers (the first defining the shape, the second -usually- the hight in cm) and the confirmation that indeed it is produced in West Germany.
Some surfing on the net (with this website as main source of information) taught me that there are different brands like Scheurich and Bay Keramik and honestly, for now, that’s all I need to know. I’m not a collector. If I stumble upon reasonably priced piece I’ll consider to buy it but if the colour and texture doesn’t appeal it won’t go home with me. Some pieces, though, are really worth taking a closer look at.
How I would love to develop fabrics or wallpaper inspired by those glazes. Anyone a idea where and how to start?
all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com