Fall for a find at the Brooklyn Flea!

September 10, 2013

Late summer and Fall is my favorite time to hit the markets....fruit and veggies, flowers, but most definitely flea markets and "Brocantes". One of my favorites is the Brooklyn Flea, where I can find the most funky accessories, the coolest T-shirts and bags, all while nibbling on a delicious pork bun and sipping a watermelon-basil lemonade.

 

Kent Ave and N7th Street is where it is at! 

 

 

With my head deep in the crates, I do remember to look up and soak in the gorgeous Manhattan skyline and majestic Brooklyn Bridge.

 

I just love these miniature NYC landmarks, my favorite is beautiful Chrysler Building.

 

And I do love taking pictures, but as you can see I am not the only one!

Rummaging through crates and bins, I find letters, knives, brushes.....and old glass transparencies, survivors from the earliest days of photography.

 

 

I totally fell in love with them! Originally produced as a glass transparency in the early 20th century at the dawn of present-day photography, this gorgeous black and white shot of a rice harvest in Japan is both timeless and modern.

Keystone transparency ca 1905Rice Harvest by Keystone

These old transparencies from Keystone Company are a good 100 years old and used to bringing images of faraway places and exotic people into our classrooms. They are still stunningly beautiful and mysterious today. I was inspired to bring these beautiful images to new life and into my bedroom. 

First we scanned with help of a super duper scanner that brought this old transparency into the digital age.

Then we printed it on our headboard, bringing the far away up close and personal. What an homage to   the wonders of travels and exploration. I could not be happier with the result. Have a look yourself!

 

Modern Bedroom with NOYO headboard

 

The headboard brings the far away up close and personal and is an homage to the wonders of travels and exploration. I found so many great transparencies that it triggered a whole mini-collection: images of Old Town Alexandria in Egypt, majestic Victoria Falls or dreamy Loch Katrine in Scotland, check them out on our website and tell me what you think about it.

 

 

Welcome to the NOYO Blog!

September 25, 2013

The NOYO blog has hatched, welcome to Seasonal Living in style! 

I am Astrid and to me Seasonal Living is about opening my senses to the world around me and bringing some of that wonder into my home.

I eat, dress and yes - decorate in step with the season and love the joy, color and warm touch that everyday impressions, experiences and flavors bring to my family and my life at home. It is about living in step with the seasons and Nature around you. 

We celebrate the seasons in the kitchen by experimenting with and enjoying the flavors Nature has to offer. We happily rotate our closets, loving the fact that flip flops give way to our favorite boots as we wrap ourselves up in our coziest sweater. You are with me, right?

Now celebrate the seasons in your home by experimenting with seasonal home design: play around with fabric, texture, color and switch out accessories and art.

I love the seasons and I love changing it up: I change my pillows and area rugs, move art around. I love it when the colors and touch and feel of my décor reflects the season I am in. What is true for my home should certainly hold true for my most personal room, my bedroom. But when I could not find a way to makeover my bedroom easily, in a smart and stylish fashion, I designed my own headboard with removable slipcovers and NOYO headboards were born. My favorite design right now is the black and white tile you see in the picture. Bold and stylish at the same time, would you agree?

My headboard looks great - but feels even better! None of the guilt of locking myself into an expensive and inflexible solution, just the fun and joy of having each bedroom be truly personal. My daughter Elina enjoys the last of her summer look with vintage ships and beachy stripes. 

I hope you will enjoy this blog: every month I look forward to sharing images, stories and ideas around seasonal living....a short newsletter will cover home and design, food, travel and whatever is beautiful that time of the year.

Let me know what you love most about this time of the year and how you bring it to life in your home. Looking forward to walking through the year with you and sharing stylish ideas to enjoy the seasons.

Live it up and stay in touch,

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