Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian!)

On a recent vacation to the San Francisco Bay Area (my home) I came across a unique interior décor shop on College Avenue in Berkeley called Nathan & Co.

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I love this very cool pendant lamp (above). With a little ingenuity, you could make this yourself using kitchen gadgets like a colander and pans. Although I love the white, it would look great in stainless steel too! Very cool.

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I am planning on knocking off this very cool 3D wire initial (above). What a unique decoration this would be. You could insert clear mini lights to make it a light feature.

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Lately, I am really getting into wire baskets being used as light fixtures. This one (above) is very cool! You could recreate this look yourself with a metal fishing basket. Would look great painted a bright color like red or chartreuse. Che figata!

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I adore this simple hanging burlap bunny (above). It would be really easy to make. You could stuff it with herbs or potpourri.

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If you like the Nordic tradition of hanging antlers on a wall but don’t want to use real ones, these iron antlers (above) would be perfect. Very cool!

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I ended up buying these cute hanging candle holders (above). They could easily be copied using a simple water glass and twine. Simple but very cool!

Che figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

While I was vacationing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California I visited a little town called Jamestown. It’s a quaint spot just off highway 108 in the center of California gold country. The buildings are reminiscent of the 1840s and 50s gold rush, and several antique stores take you back in time. I came across some very cool wire fishing baskets.

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By inserting a light bulb they could easily be transformed into very cool light fixtures similar to the ones featured below.

Che figata! Very cool! 

Che Figata FRIDAY! (That’s cool, in Italian)

In the latest issue of Sköna hem magazine I came across these hanging glass lamps called Hänglykta Glas from Granit.

They are basically wine bottles with a metal hanging device for tea lights on the inside.

You just pull the wine bottle up to insert the tea light. You can purchase a chain separately. I’ve seen wine bottles up cycled into candleholders, but not like this.

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Alpine Design

On a recent vacation to the California Sierras I was admiring the rustic, natural look of the Alpine design asthetic. I love the primitive, woodsy approach that fits perfectly into a mountain setting.

Natural elements like stone and branches add a minimalistic quality.

Large planked wood can add that Alpine touch.

Creative touches using natural elements can be fun rustic additions.

Antlers are an easy way to give a mountainous feel.

I love adding a modern twist with sheepskin throws.

Flannel touches with primitive designs are a must!

Traditional rugged items like leather, reclaimed wood and trophy heads can give a chic alpine look.

Wood, wood and more wood mixed with a modern approach.

Go Alpine chic with furry throws and a white color palette.