NEW IN #1
I'm no fan of flaunting my latest purchases and possessions, yet I thought it might be interesting to document my buying behaviour over time and give you an update about what works for me and what doesn't. This could almost be the Yang to my 'Things I Finish' series, the only difference being that this post will include interiors and lifestyle items rather than just beauty products.
While I most certainly won't show you everything I buy - images of toothpaste and cotton pads spring to mind - I would like to share and discuss new items that have been on my wishlist for a long time, for which I have saved up, or that are just so damn beautiful I had to buy them there and then.
To kick things off in style I have compiled a list of items, which I have bought over the last couple of months. They range from Berlin books and photography prints to new furniture for our flat. Pens at the ready!
Artek 60 Stool
A true design classic, this simple stool by Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto has been on my wishlist for a very long time. When I visited the Alvar Aalto exhibition at the Vitra Museum two weeks ago, I knew the wait was over and I simply had to purchase it.
As we currently only have two chairs and are often faced with a bit of a problem when we are hosting more than two guests at once, this purchase wasn't just a treat to myself but also serves a very worthy purpose.
I bought the untreated birch version as I like the idea of it gaining marks, scratches and therefore character over the years. Guess what: I'm hooked and will have to buy a second one in a few months. An added bonus is that they are stackable, perfect for our small flat.
Alvar Aalto Book
You might have already glimpsed this book during my home tour. It's a really thick publication full of beautiful images of Aalto's work and I can't wait to delve into it. I also plan to track down Aalto's works in Berlin, so I am certain the book will come in very handy indeed.
String Pocket Shelf
Another furniture buy is this beautiful mini shelf by Swedish manufacturer String. Designed by Nils Strinning in 1949, it is a practical shelf that can be extended and customised. I have had my eye on this design classic for a while. Now, that our bedroom transformation is finally nearing its end and I couldn't find a suitable bedside table, I thought a shelf by the bed might in fact be a better idea anyway.
It will accommodate all the books I intend to read in the near future, one or two scented candles, an offspring of our mother-spider plant (which is actually an offspring of my boyfriend's parents' plant), my two cameras and my jewellery.
According to my mum the shelf is "so 60s" and could well be from my great-aunt's house, but I think it looks really modern if presented in the right surroundings (aka our flat).
A.P.C. Cologne Candle
After publishing a post fully devoted to my love of scented candles in April, you should all know how highly I value the A.P.C. candles. Until now I had never really given the Cologne candle a proper chance - well, the times are a-changing; I can't even express how much I like this scent so you all just have to trust me on this!
Bella Freud Ginsberg Is God Candle
Another day, another candle purchase. I must admit, I only bought this one because of its name. I mean, who doesn't love Ginsberg?! Fig and tomato leaf might not be a classic candle combination - and it does take some time to get used to the scent - but it really works.
Next on my list: Bella Freud's Signature Candle. A blend of Moroccan incense, amber and myrrh make this creation sound like a candle made in heaven.
CeeCee is my all-time favourite newsletter, delivering the cream of the crop of Berlin's new shops and cafés, best events and not yet popular spots straight to my mailbox; when I heard they were publishing a book, I knew that it would be the perfect addition to my bookshelves. And I wasn't wrong! It's not only beautifully designed, but will also come in handy whenever I have visitors. No longer do I have to try and gather as much Berlin research as possible, but from now on I can simply hand over the CeeCee book and leave the rest of the planning to them.
I came across this print during a walk around town last weekend. A girl was selling her work on a street corner and I stopped and had a look at the photographs. Printed on cotton paper, I was drawn to this simple piece capturing a dove mid-flight. I can't wait to find a frame for it soon and hang it up in our bedroom.
The photograph was taken with a Rolleiflex in Myanmar in 2007. It was printed by hand, which makes this print even more precious.
Muji Standing Mirror
Living somewhere without a long mirror can be refreshing at first, yet at some point along the line you'll start to get fed up of awkwardly standing on a chair to catch a glimpse of your outfit in the small mirror in your bathroom. For that reason I finally invested in a mirror last month - and what a joy it has been so far!
Not only does this one by Muji make getting dressed in the morning so much easier, it is also a very welcome addition to our bedroom. Reflecting light back into the room it is one of my favourite objects. The only downside to it is that it's currently drawing attention to the unfinished corner of the room. But maybe that's a good thing...
Paper & Tea Tea
The coffee hype is everywhere and will certainly not go away anytime soon - I must admit, I've become a huge coffee snob these days! But what about those people that don't enjoy a cup of coffee and love nothing more than drinking a comforting cup of tea? My fondest memories of being a child have always been sitting around the kitchen table and sipping Assam tea. Recently everyone has become much more aware of what we eat and how we prepare our food and drink. This new awareness has thankfully paved the way for some exciting new businesses. Berlin-based tea shop Paper & Tea is certainly one of a kind.
Stocking everything from green teas, black teas to herbal teas, their products all feature beautiful packaging and come with very precise instructions. You can find out how to make the most of your cup of tea by simply adjusting the temperature of the water or the brewing time - something I had never even thought of. My favourite teas are Golden Earl, a delicious Earl Grey tea which has the strongest bergamot scent I have ever come across in tea, Tip of the Morning, our standard Assam tea (although calling it standard does it no justice) which my boyfriend likes most, and Himalaya Vanilla, a very unusual blend of bourbon vanilla and Nepalese black tea.
That's it for now. Let me know what you think of this new series!