Monthly Archives: January 2014

FLEE HUNT – treasure or trash?!

I have just been at the “Thieves” flee market in Lisbon, and if it wasn’t for my cheap-handluggage-flight back home, I would have bought the entire market! Unfortunately I only had space enough for a little blue vase!

As said before I am born and raised in a “flee-family”, taught by the best dumpster divers, blessed with an eagle eye for flee-treasures! But when it comes to find treasures for your home you are the only one able to separate treasures from trash. What I always do before I throw myself into haggling over prices I ask myself – Is it an investment? Can I sell again? If so, Im able to forgive myself if I regret the buy or change my interior design.

You don’t have to be born a dumpster diver, you can learn how to go ´flee hunting´- Ill give you 5 tips – virgin or pro!

1. Always get there early if you want to get hands on the real unique treasures – collectors, store owners an pro-hunters will be there before sunrise, so get up and get out! If you have the guts to wait, sure the price haggling will get easier in the end of the day, but usually only trash is left, but again it depends!

2. If you are looking for furnitures GO BIG first and then SMALL – furnitures always go first!

3. Forget about the new stuff – if you ask a flee-hunter its the definition of trash! And if you are looking for uniqueness, personality and investments go classic, go old, go vintage! I don’t know why, but it seems like more and more new stuff is sneaked into the markets, it simply distracts your hunt!

4. Always pick shape over color – you can always change the color! Think out of the box – ask yourself where do I want to put it, how do I want to use it – picture it in your favorite color, with your favorite textile – are you still into it? TAKE IT!.. pssst, but remember to calculate in all costs (paint, textile, glue etc.).

5. Haggle! To be honest I always haggle, its a part of the game and everybody knows – so does the vendors! Actually I know plenty vendors who find it boring if the customers don’t haggle, so don’t be shy to try! But be respectful and before you kick off consider your limits and how much you want it! Sometimes I´ve lost MUST HAVE TREASURES because of my gambling-stupidness, so if you truly believe that they are overcharging you, HAGGLE! And if you really can’t afford it, tell them and explain how much you really love that piece of little art-thingy – some are emotional about their stuff and want it to go to the best home!

Whats hot and salable right now?  

Industrial lamps in every size and shapes – go for the real deal, no copies, they are often made of soft metal and you might find the exact same in IKEA. The huge spot is a hot-pick at the moment – the smaller ones are always salable,but if you don’t like the color, think twice before you pick up the spray paint, it might not be salable or you won’t get the price if you re-paint the original color!

I love the woman’s face, its decorative and hot stuff for the vintage lovers interior design, it isn’t an investment but its a piece of personality and atmosphere, unfortunately I did not get her! Suitcases, HOT STUFF, forget about the new metal cabin from Samsonite, go OLD, very old! Age is gold, when it comes to suitcases – they are hot for vintage interior design, they are perfect for storage and awesome decoration! I have plenty and they add a cozy and “storytelling” touch to the room, STACK EM! More metal lamps and last but not least letters. As shown in earlier posts old letters used for advertising are in the high end – get the with or without light, different shapes and colors – its a trend, but not an investment! If you are an investment hunter search for old classic designer, could be Danish design, furnitures, old old christmas deco-accessories – a no go is silver, its not on top right now, but as everything else flee-market-hunting is dynamic, goes hand in hand with design and trend!

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Get inspired by the big Starck!

“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun:
this is how I see my duty as a creator.”

Philippe Starck.

Im a huge fan of Philippe Starck – he does all the things that I really love about interior design! Lets get inspired by the big ones! These images are from Philippes Starcks design of MAMA shelter interior in bordeaux. He describes The schemes was intended to form sanctuaries from the outside world and establishing a relaxed atmosphere, which I think works to perfection!

I keep on talking about that interior design is not just about the room, but indeed about the frame – ALWAYS INCLUDE the walls, the ceiling, the floors in your styling! Get inspired by Starck he has done a stunning  job here – I especially love the deco of floor and ceiling, what do you think?

Check out the right image – do you recognize all the tips around the interior blogs? – Stacking books – Paint a wall,
make contrast – feel alive – Collect your images to create a piece of art – Include the floor – Mix old and new –  Mix materials

CHECK OUT PHILIPPE STARCK HES A HUGE INSPIRATION 

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True, this is eyepopping!

THIS ONE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF! It was love at first sight – first but no longer last time that Ill be sitting in front of a lion feeling calm and dazzling!

Check out Sheerlux or surf around my posts on wall deco, you can get the coolest stuff!!

Cover up your walls and DREAM AWAY!

Time for tiles!

Take it out on your wall!

MIRROR MIRROR on the wall!

 

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ARTSY PRINTS from Lisbon!!

Just been at the Creative University in Lisbon,felt in love with an exhibition of prints and photos! As said in todays earlier post about creating artpieces on the wall – by pinning posters, photos, print – or whatever you like close together!- This exhibition really highlighted the effect! Check it out or if you ever get the chance visit The Creative University in Lisbon!

 

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5 STYLING TIPS FOR ALL BUDGETS!

HOW TO STYLE IN A SEC!! Its easy forward to transform your home if you have an abundance of money, but HEY the good news is – ITS NOT ABOUT MONEY, it all comes down to creativity, do what you feel like, think out of the box and keep in mind that everything is possible – you just need to get the right materials! That being said, the most important is that you DARE – forget all about DONT´s just do it

1. CLEAN UP

First thing to do is clean up! Get rid of all the stuff that you do not want, use or like anymore. Or even better SELL it! I come from a FLEE-family, we sell everything! And the funny thing is that people actually buy everything – and the more you sell the more money you have for your transformation. Who, knows you might find something yourself at the flee-market that will fit perfectly into your style!

2. WALLS

As said before; Walls are a the frame of the interior playground – there is no scene without a frame! Depending on your style and budget must haves are paint, wallpaper paste,  wallpaper/posters/photos. Its no secret that wallpaper can be quite pricy, same goes for paint if you want a durable quality. If your budget aint into that make your own personal wall – everything goes! The only thing you need to bare in mind is that you are going to look at and live with it (of cause you can change it whenever you like)! Go for stuff that you´d love to look at, I plastered my hall, all four walls with travelphotos. Print them on a good quality paper, maybe with a touch of patina and plaster them directly to the wall. Or, go for your favorite posters – place them close together or overlapping – let them cover the whole area or wall – white bits ruin the look. Another option is to frame the poster or photos with paint! If you aint into too much color, patterns or craziness collect all your photoframes and place them close together – make a decoration on the wall. I made a family tree in the bathroom by painting a huge tree with gold paint and places photos in small vintage frames on all the branches – A big DO is keeping them together – photos scattered around the walls looks messy and incomplete!

3. SPRAY PAINT

The best invention ever! Spraypaint can transform even the ugliest piece of furniture or interior accessory into whatever color you like. FIRST thing to do is go outside!! I´ve made this mistake several times because I get to eager to finish my projects, but spraypaint reaches everything and it doesn’t come off! For furnitures you should go for car-spraypaint it lasts forever and gives a cool shiny look. If you do furnitures dont forget to remove handles etc. at least if you dont want them to be the same color.

4. SHELF LINER

Again, shelf liner is the best invention if you want your project to be re-changeable! And if you want a material that is durable to a wet cloth. Shelf liners can be cut into any kind of art piece, so let out your creativity! Use it for shelves, tiles, tables.. you name it!

5. LIGHT

When it comes to coziness its all about light! Think about candles, cozy right? So, go for bunch of candles AND get rid of light bulbs with too many watts – replace them with incandescent bulb with less watt than 60 and let the coziness come to you!

5 MORE TIPS TO EASY STYLING SOON TO COME!!

Too MUCH or too COOL?????? 

by the graffiti art crew The Rolling People

 

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