On Walden Pond
When moving to Israel I had to leave behind my two cats, Henry and Ralph. They were named for Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson so it was only appropriate that when chosing a famous person for whom to design an apartment as my final project I chose Thoreau
Designers keep on coming up with innovative ways to use materials. Check out this Amsterdam office, the entire place is made out of cardboard! One designer, Jason Schneider, has a whole furniture line created from currogated cardboard. Cat owners beware; your nightstand may be mistaken for a scratching post!
You can make a great statement before anyone even walks into your home by accessorizing your front door. One way to do this is using a door knocker. This lion knocker is quite popular; there are many variations of it.
This morning I visited Cabasso Lighting in Jerusalem. I saw some new trends emerging in the technical and aesthetic aspect of lighting. When it comes to light sources, halogen and incandescent lighting seems to be being phased out in favor of the more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.
I am just crazy about Toile!
The word “toile” has different meanings in English, from “cloth” to “web.” In design it refers to fabric with a repeated pattern in one color, usually a pastoral scene or floral motif. Originally from the French town of Jouy-en-Josas, Toile de Jouy dates back to the late 18th century.
Thinking of adding a boost of color to your home? Why not orange? Associated with enthusiasm and happiness, it can lend brightness and warmth to any room.
A Dutch Treat
Dear Tchochkes readers – I would like to introduce a new writer on Tchochkes! Jessica Korman is studying architecture and interior design in Jerusalem and has a blog about design and her life named after her cats “Henry Ralph”. I’m sure you’ll give her a warm welcome and enjoy reading her work as much as I do. — Shira @ Tchochkes
Collecting something you love is a great way to infuse your personality into your décor. Choose a shelf or spot on the wall to display your collection.
One of the things I fell in love with when I was in Holland was Delftware.