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Fabric from the Himalayas

Fabric from the Himalayas 605 402 Julia Ochsenreither

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!

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

Unique Christmas Decorations 768 1087 Julia Ochsenreither

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!

 

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

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.

Cire Trudon

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Cire Trudon has a history that dates back to 1643, when Claude Trudon became an owner of a boutique on the rue Saint-Honore. This is where he perfected his profession as a grocer as well as a candler. Eventually, the candle manufacture company became the source of his family’s fortune.

Since 1901, Cire Trudons factory is located in the Perche Regional Nature Park. The mission of the park is to protect its environment through actions that help preserve the diversity, for example through water resources as well as guiding sustainable urban growth.

Maison Trudon’s participates in a project that protects the local, endangered species. More specifically, the company has partnered with the local Orne Dark Bee Conservatory, which helps to protect the European dark bee. The dark bee is threatened by agricultural and industrial beekeeping practices. Since Cire Trudon uses Beeswax for their candles, it only makes sense to invest in the preservation of this species. It also goes along with the motto that the company has had since 1643, which is: “They (the bees) work for God and the King.”

Little Greene Paint and Paper Company

Little Greene Paint and Paper Company 2448 1633 Julia Ochsenreither

As an interiors store, we cover all aspects necessary when it comes to your interior projects and needs. An important part of any interiors project is paint, and we have trusted and supplied Little Greene Paints for small projects as well as big renovations.

With all of the possibilities and such a large variety of paints to choose from, it can be overwhelming but along with Little Greene’s organizational system as well as our expert staff, we will make it a pleasant experience searching for the perfect color. The way that the paint is organized is through collections, color or finish. Wallpapers are also available.

Little Greene Paint & Paper is a British, independent paint manufacturer. The paint production is environmentally and socially responsible and renders a high-quality product. What makes this paint stand out among others is their depth of color and high pigment levels.

Products we love: Handmade Limoges Porcelain

Products we love: Handmade Limoges Porcelain 2252 1481 Julia Ochsenreither

We are excited to announce the arrival of new handmade Limoges Porcelain.

The unique scents of the candles are produced by a master perfumer in the south of France and the wax is plant oil based. The porcelain housing can be reused once the candle has burnt out. The designs are simple, elegant and timeless and are heavily influenced by French heritage. Each piece has a unique story behind the design. Take the Tuilerries for example (First image below), which clearly hints at Paris` intricate wrought iron balconies that the city is known for. Tumblers are another popular item. They can serve as a: Teacup, coffee cup, plant holder, or pencil holder.

Spotlight: William Morris textiles

Spotlight: William Morris textiles 512 384 Julia Ochsenreither

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.

Behind the Scenes: Neptune Furniture Production

Behind the Scenes: Neptune Furniture Production 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

Our team visited Neptune’s headquarters in Swindon, England and we were all thoroughly impressed. We had the opportunity to visit the Neptune furniture production, office, storage, and showroom spaces. The headquarter is beautifully designed and creates an atmosphere that you don’t want to leave, it truly feels like home.

On the first day, one of the things we learned about was the types of wood that are used as well as joinery techniques for the Neptune furniture production. Afterwards we took a tour of the big showroom space, where we were able to identify what elements made each kitchen collection unique, and what production methods were used.

After the wood has been delivered, most of which comes from North America, the magic begins in the large carpenters workshop next to the headquarters. The furniture pieces are tested, customized and perfected here. There are experts in every field, which makes the overall atmosphere of the space very inspiring.