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Unique Christmas Decorations

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!

 

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Interning at Helma Interior

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 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

Neptune: Fall and Winter Collection

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.

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Handcrafted Crystal Glass

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.

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Cire Trudon

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.”

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My Alpaca

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!

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Uchino

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!

We love Tea! 4032 3024 Julia Ochsenreither

We love Tea!

We have a large, unique Tea collection as well as an assortment of hand crafted tea kettles and tea cups lined with gold leaf. We all love Tea at the store, and you may enjoy a nice cup of Tea every now and then as well. Maybe while reading a good book, sitting in a comfortable chair or a cup of Tea combined with a delicious treat. But how much do we know about the origin of Tea? Read on to find out some facts you may not have known!

Tea started out as a purely medicinal beverage which was prepared by boiling fresh leaves in water. Then around the 3rd century CE, it moved on to becoming a drink that was consumed on a daily basis. This is when the tea cultivation and processing began. It was as early as the 13th century when cultivation became established when seeds were brought to Japan. The Chinese brought tea cultivation to Taiwan in 1810 and the Dutch also had their hands on processing and cultivation in 1833.

Teas have a classification system that is based on the region of origin. Larger regions such as China, Ceylon, Japan, Indonesia and Africa as well as smaller regions like Darjeeling, Assam, and Nilgris. Additionally, they are classified by the size of the leaf after processing.

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Little Greene Paint and Paper Company

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 2252 1481 Julia Ochsenreither

Products we love: Handmade Limoges Porcelain

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.