Innenarchitektur–Interior Design

Unique Christmas Decorations

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Christmas decorations are available everywhere this time of year. But what if you want something that is a bit out of the ordinary and unique? We have plenty of options that will bring the Christmas spirit into your home in a special way! With all of the options, it is easy to create arrangements that are completely personalized to you.

In the Winter collection you will find natural materials, shades of grey,violet and brown which are timeless and can be used in any room of the house. All items are as always, handmade by skilled craftsmen that are experts in their craft. These items include brass ornaments that look lovely with the contrast of the pine green trees.  The materials that are used are transparent organza, frosted mother of pearl and gossamer filament which mixes well with rustic zinc, golden brass and mouth blown glass. These materials are then bent, braided and folded into the shape of angels, hearts, stars and leaves to name just a few. The inspiration for the designs come from world travel as well as nature. They can be classified into different style directions, including modern bohemian and classic with a twist.

Wether you are looking to expand your christmas decor collection or still need a few presents, take a look at what we have in store and become inspired!

 

Interning at Helma Interior

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My name is Jana and I did an internship at Helma Interior Design in Heidelberg.  I`ll give you a little insight into what I’ve done. I spent the last two weeks interning at Helma Interior, which gave me the opportunity to get to know all the areas that Helma Interior Design represents. Have fun reading!

On my first day in my internship, I went at 8 am to Heidelberg. Once there, I was greeted by Karen Niles. After we got to know each other, she introduced me to the morning routine in the store. This store is exhibited with handmade, luxurious furniture, jewelry, decorative and unique items. It is very elegant but gives you as a customer also a cozy feeling.

Later in the day I was introduced to Jannet Butzinger, the interior architect as well as Kristine Schober. On this day, Jannet Butzinger took me to visit a client not far away, so I had the opportunity to experience what the everyday life of an interior architect looks like. Furthermore, I got the task to draw a room by myself, which was really fun.

On Tuesday recruiters from Little Green visited us and presented their new products. A little later in the day, a recruiter for fabric came for a meeting and presented the newest collection of textiles. I found it particularly interesting to join those meetings and to learn trough this way more about textiles and colors. Moreover, Jannet took me with her to another client and showed me what they already did in the house and what is in process. 

In conclusion I can say that it was really interesting to see how much work and love they put in the store. There is a place for every little item. Every item is standing in the right place and attracts the attention of the customer. Through this internship, I could experience the workday of each person, as well as all the tasks. I could see that it never gets boring and that the work is very diversified. In my opinion, especially this is really exciting and important. 

Best regards,

Jana 

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection

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As usual, Neptune doesn’t disappoint in this seasons Autumn and Winter collection. Among many of the new items and color palettes, is a fully customizeable wall shelving unit (see Gallery for a photo). This will continue to keep your home up to date with the latest in home design and unlike any other living space.

For starters, Neptune has introduced a new tone for the Autumn line which is „Ink“. This is a navy tone that is so dark it is almost black! The hint of blue is still recognizable, but this is definitely a color for those brave enough for something different. It goes great in spaces that are otherwise neutral and mixed with cognac brown tones and deep oranges for example. You can also use it as an accent color.

Handcrafted Crystal Glass

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A product that has been in our store for years and we absolutely love are these beautiful handcrafted crystal glass pieces that are produced in the Czech Republic. The collection contains bowls and glasses of all sizes, colors, and patterns. Although they are of the highest quality, they are designed with the intention that they can be used in daily life.

The production focuses on the century old glass making tradition of the Czech Republic while incoroporating new and fresh approaches. Techniques that are used in production are traditional mouth blowing, hand engraving, hand painting, hand cutting and sandblasting of bohemian crystal. These fine pieces of glass are produced by skilled czech craftsmen that are masters in all of the traditional techniques. Each piece of the collection is therefore handcrafted and original.

Bohemian crystal was more sought after by wealthy clients at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth century and became more popular than venetian glass. The area around the Czech borders became the trading and production center for the glassmaking industry.

My Alpaca

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MyAlpaca’s history contains tradition and artistry that has been handed down over generations. The philosophy that has made the company so successful is that it combines artistry with natures finest materials, in this case precious Alpaca fibers. These fibers are not only healthy, but also naturally silky soft and extraordinarily light.  The duvets and pillows are filled with 100 percent Alpaca fibers and make for the most comfortable sleep possible. They are thermoregulatory, moisture-wicking and hypoallergenic.

When it comes to processing and working the fiber, there are several steps taken. The first is to wash the fiber, followed by carding. During carding, there are hundreds of tiny needles that are located on a rollers comb which comb the fiber into strands of ordered threads. After two rounds of this, the fibers are arranged into a layer which is several centimeters thick. What follows is a traditional hand quilting method. Every piece is given the most attention to detail as possible, and the process is quite lengthy. Just one mid-sized duvet takes 15 hours to complete!

Uchino

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UCHINO is Japanese company that launched in the year 1947, in Tokyo. What started as a kimono shop later turned into a company that specializes in bath linen. The towels are developed and researched from every angle possible, with the highest quality standards always in the forefront. What makes the products so unique is that they are soft and light while still being very absorbent. These qualities are why Uchino is the number one bath linen company, not only in Japan but in all of Asia.

The company goes beyond just developing materials and researching manufacturing technologies. They have also gone as far as medical science and ergonomics. The cooperation with experts in these fields has led to even higher quality products and a un-surmounted level of comfort.

Some of the products that Uchino produces are: Towels, Bathrobes, Pyjamas, Home wear, Toilet Coverings, Bathmats, Bed Linen, Handkerchiefs, Slippers, Soaps, Baby Goods and Bath Accessories, among others.

Come on into the store to feel the product for yourself!

High Quality Textiles in Interior Design

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We have a great appreciation for high quality textiles and their role in creating the tone of a space. Textiles are fabric materials that are made by interlacing threads of natural fibers such as silk and cotton or synthetic fibers such as rayon and nylon. The processes for making textiles include knitting and weaving.

Textiles bring elements of a space together and create a finished appearance. This can be done through the use of: throw pillows, area rugs, blankets, upholstery, window treatments, and wall art. Interior designers have to not only be up to date with the latest trends in the textile industry, but also be knowledgeable about the safety and durability of the products. For example, you would use different fabrics for a hotel than you would for a hospital or senior living facility, not only in terms of textures and patterns but also in terms of durability. In Hotels you will find a wider variety of textures and patterns than you would in a hospital. High quality textiles help to create the mood for the intended purpose of the space and the clients needs.

Another way to add visual interest is to use textiles that come in a variety of textures. Texture in this case refers to the way a fabric feels and looks. You can mix and match different textures throughout the room or layer them together to create a sense of contrast. This is where a color palette also comes into play. When you have come up with a concept and a color palette for the room as a whole, you can take one or two of the colors and use them in various textiles. We recommend using secondary colors and accent shades.

When it comes to fabrics, choices need to be made in all three areas: textures, colors and patterns. There are endless possibilities!

Spring Renovations: Office

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The back office space is almost done! The office will be occupied by our in house interior architect, Jannet Butzinger . She is working on a variety of projects ranging from residential to hospitality. Check out her website for more information: www.butzinger.com

Jannet designed the office space, which features custom built furniture pieces that were designed to suit the needs of a productive and beautiful working environment. Important parameters: plenty of storage space, counter and table space to spread out big plans, and computer work areas.

The space offers a ton of daylight thanks to the window wall, overlooking the beautiful Neckar. There are just a few things missing (pin boards and shutters for example), but Jannet has already moved in and loves the outcome! We do too, and we are so excited to share it with you!

Check back for more photos of the office soon!

Spring Renovations: Store

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We are really excited about the changes that are underway at our Helma-Interior store at Brückenkopf 1/2 Heidelberg! We are renovating the store itself, as well as an additional office space which will be occupied by our in house interior architect, Jannet Butzinger. Check out her website: www.butzinger.com

With the help of Jannet Butzinger, we have designed a new concept that incorporates beautiful furniture from Neptune, a company we have loved and valued for many years! The entrance is one of the areas that we are in the process of renovating. On one side of the new wall addition we will be showcasing a kitchen, from the Neptune Suffolk Collection. On the other side there will be pieces from Neptune’s Chichester collection, more on that later! All furniture pieces will get a beautiful paint finish, that will tie everything together nicely. Find more on www.neptune.com.

Take a look at the photos below for more information.