Although the root of the word “himmeli” is
Germanic – in Swedish and German himmel means “sky” or “heaven” – and different
versions of this geometric mobile can be found in other Nordic countries, the himmeli
is considered the quintessential traditional Finnish Christmas decoration.
Back in the olden days, himmelis hung above dining tables to ensure a good
crop and stayed on display from Christmas till Midsummer. The structure of a
himmeli is visually striking, with
geometrical shapes traditionally made out of pieces of straw or lately, for
longevity, from metal. It is easy to see why these darlings are so popular - staring at an
himmeli slowly swaying with the draft can easily captivate and enchant.
Featured here is our 5 sided faceted prism (black himmeli), available in 2 sizes - small and large. Ideally sized to hold an air plant.
How to display:
1. The 5 sided faceted prism can be displayed from
2. At an angle on your table, or
3. As a hanging mobile, slowly swaying in a breeze.
We will be moving at the end of the month to our new home and studio in Stellenbosch and this cute puppy will be welcoming you at the front door!
Time to introduce the latest member of our family: Putto, our Berger Blanc Suisse puppy! It's not an easy task to decide on a name for a pet, but since we hope that he'll be our guardian angel, we decided on Putto. In Renaissance art, a ...putto is a figure depicted as a chubby male child, usually nude and sometimes winged. In the Baroque period of art, the putto came to represent the omnipresence of God. Puppy classes on Saturday's and goodness me, it's a life saver - Putto, like any active puppy, can really be challenging! No more valuables lying around, especially shoes seem to be a big favourite.
Elsje Designs is also venturing more into décor (home and table décor for entertainment), but more news in this regard will follow soon. Watch this space!
Boy, I'm having loads of fun. But it's hard work, lots of decisions and not always easy to make up your mind. But I've sourced some amazing suppliers, shops, products etc.
Picking the right paint color is a daunting task. Every house is
different. Your decor, furniture, art etc is different than that picture you
pinned on Pinterest and your windows face a different way than the room you saw
in that magazine.
Here are 5 tips for choosing the right paint colour
#1. Pinterest to the rescue
I find Pinterest
to be a really helpful tool when it comes to figuring out your decor colours. I
have a Pinterest board for each room (bedroom, bathroom, living room,
a board just for paint colors.
I pin pictures of rooms that inspire me, as well as rooms with paint colors
that I love. When I'm finally ready to decorate a room, I refer back to my
boards and see what jumps out at me. More times than not, I'll see that I've
pinned a lot of the same kind of color. Once you find a few names of colors you
like, you can even search Pinterest for that specific colour and see other
rooms it's been used in. Colours never look the exact same in your own room as
they did on the Pinterest, but it can still really help you narrow down your
search. Plus, when I'm at the paint store, I always have my phone handy to pull
up images on Pinterest to refer to.
#2. Learn to love neutrals.
I know, I know, neutrals aren't for everyone.
Neutral paint colours are the most versatile, and can be
made to work with almost any colour scheme you choose for your furniture and
decorations. Ivan suggested Dusted Moss and it's a perfect colour!White opens a space up, beige makes a space
feel warm and cosy, and grey adds a cool vibe to a room.
Neutral paint colours are great because they allow you to keep
your room as a sort of blank canvas. You can then change your mind easily, as
you add/subtract pops of bold colour through
If you don't mind taking the risk, then don't be afraid to go
bold. In fact, this can be very successful, in Durbanville I painted Louis'
office a brick red and it looked rich and masculine with all the dark wood
antiques. Just keep in mind that bold colours can often seem overwhelming if used as a dominant paint colour.
#3. Pick similar colours throughout the house.
I chose several similar colours that complement each other and
then used them repeatedly throughout the house. It gives the entire house a
really cohesive feel and makes everything flow and make sense.
#5. A match made in heaven.
really works well for me, is to collect an array of possible paint swatches and
placing them on the sofa, headboard, pinned against the curtain, and flooring.
Then, find one that has similar undertones. Using a colour with similar
undertones on the walls helps bring everything together. It makes a space seem
open and serene. You can bring in the contrast with your other decor like
curtains, bedding, rugs, accent furniture, scatter cushions and accessories.
#5. Sample the colour.
For me, this has been the most important tip. Normally I never
commit without buying a small sample of the paint and painting it on the actual
wall.It saves me tons of money, and
really helps narrow down my choices. These little samples only cost about R30
at Spiro's Hardware each and I usually pick a few colours I want to try on my
walls. I just paint a large swatch directly on the wall and look at it for a
couple days. This is to make sure I can view it in all the different lights
throughout the day. Another great tip is if you don't want to paint directly on
your wall, you can paint a piece of card board and tape it to the wall.