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Easter Table

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The popular easter table has been a tradition for many people throughout the years and we have some tips on how to create your own at home, with some photos of items we carry in store to help make your vision a reality!

Some focal points of the table include floral arrangements with three of the most commonly used flowers being lily of the valley, tulips and hyacinths. Lightly blooming twigs also make an appearance among the florals. A big vase is usually placed in the middle of the table. Vases of all sizes can be mixed on the table, but be sure to find elements that tie the table together like similiar materials or staying in the same color family, or else your table will come across as being too busy.

Easter is about harmony so if you have strong colors for your accents, tone it down with some neutral colors and use dishware that has clean lines and less structure if you went colorful and textured with your decoration. For your color palette, you can take inspiration from all of the flowers that are currently in bloom! You can go with bold and saturated or choose paler tones.

The egg is one of the most common symbols tied to Easter so try to include this delicate form on your table. Eggs are often combined with dotted guinea fowl feathers, laid out on the table or put into a nest or pretty bowl.

Look at the photos below to get some inspiration or come on by the store!

Fabric from the Himalayas

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We are excited to announce a new product that we will be carrying in store which is coming to us from a region in the Himalayas known as the Bhutan region. It is an area that is rich in culture and tradition, including the tradition of weaving which is passed down from generation to generation. Textiles have always played an important role in the culture of the Bhutanese, due to the fact that they have many traditional cultural celebrations throughout the year, in which costumes play a large role. The new line of textiles showcases the work of around 20 textile companies, which includes more than 200 weavers. The art of weaving is such an integral part of the culture, that they believe that weaving bring peace and balance.

With the rich nature of the region (70% of its territory is covered in forest), it only makes sense that they would value using regional and natural products and techniques when producing the fabrics. Some materials that are included are: recycled raw silk, wool, cotton, pure wool, among others. Natural dyeing methods are also used in the process. The recipes for the dye are passed down secretly within the families. The Bhutanese value the land and have learned from early on how to use its natural resources in more areas than just weaving. We stand behind these natural methods and materials used for these products that vary greatly in colors and designs!

My Internship at Helma Interior

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My name is Emma and I did a one-week internship at Helma Interior Design in Heidelberg.  During that time, I was able to get a good overview of the services Helma Interior is offering their clients. The store offers high quality furnishings in a modern style as well as some selected antiques.  Furthermore, they provide a custom project planning with an interior architect. The entire store has a very pleasing and elegant atmosphere.

During the course of my internship, I was able to get an initiation of vending at a retail store. I learned some useful things, which are also very handy to know for everyday life. For me personally, it was very much fun to get in contact with clients.  Due to the fact that every client is different and you get in contact with interesting people.

Later in that week I got to meet Kristine Schober, who is one of the interior architects at Helma interior. She shared some of her expert knowledge with me and explained the main substance of her current projects. One of them included a window decoration. Therefor she taught me many things, for example what different types of pleat tape you can get. The following day I then participated in one of her counselling interviews, which was very fun.

Ultimately I can say, that the store offers a wide spectrum of interior furniture and accessories. From wooden furniture to thin, exclusive fabrics and custom service you can get there everything an interior enthusiast could ask for.

It was a pleasure that Helma Interior offered me the opportunity to gain an insight into this job.

 

Best regards,

Emma

Pillow Fight!

Pillow Fight! 1536 2048 Julia Ochsenreither

Pillows are a wonderful accessory for every home. They can tie together an entire room and make the end product beautiful. They help create a certain atmosphere in a room and serve as a means of comfort. Who hasn’t had that experience of sinking into a soft pillow?

A good thing to do is to get a sense of color for the whole room and to gather these in a pillow collection. You can add neutral tones such as grey, beige, black and white. You can also change the colors according to the different seasons. Fall and Winter will have more muted tones while spring and summer bring fresh and bright colors.

Pillows come in an endless amount of patterns and materials. You can choose from more reserved patterns to unique patterns. A lot can be evoked by using a more unique pattern on its own and mixing it with very neutral pillows. For example, having a row of 5 pillows lined up with the center pillow having an interesting pattern turning into the focal point. Big pillows should be kept more toned down while little pillows can shine with their fun patterns.

Pillows come in different sizes, and its a good idea to mix up the sizes of the pillows as well. Here in Germany, those options are: 50×50, 40×40 and 30×40. You can play around with different ways of arranging the sizes to  best suit your needs.

The Fabrics vary greatly as well. We prefer to use natural materials and fabrics for our pillows, including linen, cotton, silk, Cashmere or Alpaca fur. Everything is welcome. This is another way for you to personalize your selections with material and color.

Loro Piana Headquarter Visit

Loro Piana Headquarter Visit 1536 2048 Julia Ochsenreither

For years now we have been working with the wonderful fabric collection from Loro Piana fabrics.

They invited us to visit them in their headquarters in Quarona, in northern Italy and we gladly accepted the invitation. We were welcomed very kindly and they invested a lot of time in our visit. They showed us the process of production for the rare Natural fibers from start (raw material shipment received) to the finished product.

The company, Loro Piana is already in the 6th Generation and therefore they have an unbelievable depth of knowledge and standard of perfection. They have worked in their field so long and know that they can depend on their highly qualified and well-paid delivery personnel who always deliver the best quality fibers. Every step of production is documented and controlled. They even have their own laboratory in which they constantly check the quality and components of the fibers. Their guidelines are very strict. The actual process is a small wonder in itself. From sorting, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and straightening. There are an endless amount of techniques that are used to create the high quality Loro Piana Fabrics.

Loro Piana is proud of the fact that they employ 3000 people which makes them an important employer in the region. The workspaces, impressive production halls and focus on the environment reflect the company’s philosophy which is to make no compromises when it comes to the work and the product.

With the creation of the home collection, Loro Piana is making it possible to now purchase these wonderful high-quality products directly from the source, without any purchasing entities in between. The prices are determined by Loro Piana. For us, Loro Piana fabrics is the nicest and most timeless foundation of classic home decoration with textiles that offer traditional craftsmanship.

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 

Spotlight: William Morris textiles

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A new shipment of William Morris textiles has arrived at our store. There is a rich history tied to the textiles and wallcoverings by William Morris, which makes them even more special and unique. William Morris was one of the most celebrated designers in the 19th century and was a key figure in the Arts & Crafts movement.

From an early age, Morris had a great appreciation for craftsmanship, which was uncommon at the time due to the new principle of industrial progress that was starting to spread during the Victorian Era. The concept of handmade production didn’t suit the focus on industrial progress.

It was when he met Edward Burne-Jones, who became one of the most famous painters during that era that his love for art developed further. The two lifelong friends had gone on an Architectural tour of Northern France and had decided to dedicate their life’s work to art. When it came to designing his own home, Morris was unhappy with the commercial market and spent two years decorating and furnishing his home with his artistic circle. In 1861 Morris and some of his friends started their own interiors company, “Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co.” and the rest is history! We love to have William Morris textiles at Helma Interior.

High Quality Textiles in Interior Design

High Quality Textiles in Interior Design 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

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!

Spotlight: Weaves & Blends

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Sapna and Meghna were driven to establish their own company „WEAVES & BLENDS“ in 2003, with their motives being the design process itself, but also to get the exotic Nepalese textiles and their quality recognized in the western world. The company started out with 10 weavers and 4 hand looms. With hard work, support from family and friends the company grew quickly within the year and soon gained a reputation for their fine cashmere, cashmere blends and yak wool accessories.

Women make up most of the staff, and around 100 women work from home to create small details and finishes such as tassels, pompoms, crochet buttons and much more. We value training and put emphasis on teaching the women weaving, spinning, hand-knitting and other skills related to the craft of the industry. The majority of the products are produced using the hand weaving method, which produces a unique piece of art. One always different from the next.

Additionally to having a one of a kind piece, with each purchase of a Weaves & Blends product, you can also help fund a program which is very well known in Nepal. This program revolves around an epidemic happening in Nepal, which is Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate. This is one of the most common birth defects in Nepal. The children affected are located in the villages and we help to get them to surgery camps nearby which are directed by the Kathmandu Model Hospital, under the supervision of Dr.Shanker Rai who has performed a large amount of surgeries within Nepal and overseas. Many children are treated every year, and we strive to reach even more with your help and support!