Happy Interior Blog is a place where you will find everything that inspires Igor Josifovic for a happy home. Inspiring interiors and design, home decoration, travels and plants for Urban Jungle Bloggers are the focus of this blog. Inspiration in everyday life is the basis for beautiful interiors and home decor.
A few weeks ago a friend of mine, Fanning Tseng, came for a visit and a little interview for her blog Yes! Please Enjoy and the Chinese lifestyle portal womany.net. It is good to have talented friends around you who do magic with their cameras. Fanning is one of those. She somehow captures magic moments defined by light and shadow. And I could not be happier that she came to my new apartment to snap some pics. Have a look here.
Fanning and I met a year ago when she did the first interview with me about our Urban Jungle book. Ever since we stayed in contact and I love following her along on Instagram as her visual storytelling is truly appealing. But back to the last interview. Fanning visited me on a Saturday morning, just before I headed off to the gym. We talked about interiors and my new home in particular. Hop over to her blog to read the full story.
In the meantime I hope you enjoy these beautiful photos from my new home. And yes I know a home tour is more than due. I am just waiting for my new stools for the kitchen and a new sideboard for the dining area, then I am set and ready. Promised!
As someone who loves home decor, discovering new shopping sources is always helpful. As someone based in Munich and complaining about the lack of young labels in this city, discovering a new and great webshop from Munich is a double pleasure. So when I stumbled upon SuperCalé Concept Store I was smitten to say the least. This pretty new webshop was founded by two friends, Caro and Lena, and features an eclectic mix of home decor items, jewelry, and other lifestyle objects for a beautiful life.
What I love about online shops is a unique, somewhat eclectic mix of products. Finding all the same things everywhere is tedious. But finding new labels and new objects in a webshop sparks my interest immediately. That’s what SuperCalé managed to do instantly. The vibrant home accessories items are an eye-catcher – and I love the fact that SuperCalé offers quite a range of young and aspiring German labels.
One instant crush were the handpainted ceramic eyes for the wall. I had to get one for my new and evolving gallery wall. Another eye got my eye too – the funky Eye tray from the Spanish design label DOIY Design. Also a real charmer: the golden palm tree lamp! Oh my, that in front of my dark feature wall in the living room? It had to go into the basket! Speaking of baskets: SuperCalé has some amazing woven baskets – perfect for either the laundry, blankets, books, magazines or – you guessed right – plants!
Well my virtual shopping was quick and so satisfying as I am happy with every piece I chose. They perfectly fit into my eclectic style and embellish my home. So if you are on the hunt for new home accessories (or other lifestyle items), why not have a look at SuperCalé Concept Store? I bet you will find something nice for you too. And you will support a young label. Double goodness! Off you click!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with SuperCalé. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Sometimes all we need is a break. Luckily, Jane of the label WERA JANE had the same thought when she took a break from her studies. She freed up her time and started a passion project: designing lampshades. She started the label WERA JANE in Leipzig, Germany, and launched beautiful, handmade lampshades made of Italian thread. The lampshades are hand-woven and have interesting shapes resembling old UFO-form lampshades from the 1970s. And everything is really handmade – from the welding of the frame to weaving the actual lampshade.
When I discovered WERA JANE on Instagram I was quickly attracted by the shapes and colours of her lampshades. I am particularly drawn to the earthy hues, dark greens and dark blues. Pendants have been on the forefront so far, but now Jane has launched a new collection of table lamps. I am a tiny bit in love with the model Silas.
Discovering young creatives who are brave and talented is a real joy when blogging. People who take the leap and fear not to let go of old habits and their comfort zone – that is mostly the magic when creating and launching a new label. If there is passion, you can feel it and see it in the products. And with WERA JANE you can definitely see the passion behind every one-of-a-kind lampshade.
The last question that lingers in my head is: Where would be the best place for Silas chez moi? Well let me think…and make your choice too. Better now then later as her lampshades are selling like hot cakes. Yum!
Moving into a new apartment comes with many challenges and home decor adventures. Once your furniture moved in and found its place, it is time to think of a few more decor details. One of them being a gallery wall. Hanging art in a brand new apartment can be somewhat scary. You know, deciding where to hang what and then hammering the first nail – can you hear the inner scream? Well, I went through all those angst phases but with a little help I managed to kick off my new gallery wall. Together with my go-to source for beautiful art, Juniqe, I started my new gallery wall in the living room.
One of my living room walls is painted in a dark grey shade (Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball if you wonder). I figured this would be a fabulous backdrop for plants and art. Leaning towards a darker, moody look, I went through many options on Juniqe and found three art prints to set the overall tone of the gallery wall. My overarching theme is nature. I wanted something to compliment my plants and the earthy colours of my apartment. I also wanted to start with three framed art prints. Three is a good number to start a little gallery wall. Depending on your preferences, you can go for a more streamlined look with equal sizes or for a mix & match approach. No surprise that I tend to prefer to latter, right?
After deciding for three framed art prints, I also finalized the sizes. Three different sizes are great to play and see how the scale works on your wall. It is perfect to also build and extend the gallery wall from this starting point. Juniqe is great as they offer great framing options. For my moody look I wanted black wooden frames with white passepartouts to give a visual frame for darker art prints. The biggest framed piece would define the overall look. My choice was a beautiful orchid print. The black background and the green and yellow details are a real eye-catcher and make a great visual statement.
The medium sized print, set in the same black wooden frame, is also botanical. This time I opted for an art print with Philodendron leaves. The rich greens visually connect to my real houseplants sitting right under the gallery wall. Thus the gallery wall gets more depth and context in the room. And together with the orchid print it is a nice ensemble of botanical imagery – from flowers to foliage.
The smallest print is probably the quirkiest. The print shows a little hazel dormouse sitting in a blackberry branch. Dark hues, lush greens, purples and that cutie little mouse is just a perfect addition for the extra smile. Go quirky with at least one art print to make your gallery wall fun and interesting. The ensemble of the three framed art prints is a perfect starting point to build on. Adding new shapes, little details (like placing some crystals, stones, shells on top of the frames) and frames will add interest and tell a personal story. Also a quirky fourth print has found a new place – this whale print went onto another very inspiring wall – see it HERE.
If you feel inspired, I can only invite you to browse Juniqe and discover new art for your walls. Additionally, you can profit from a special promo code HIB15 only for this week – you can shop with a special 15% reduction! More inspiration can be found in their new online magazine. Get creative and start your new gallery wall! Happy decorating!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Juniqe. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
If you follow Happy Interior Blog for a while now, you know my love for everything natural and nature inspired. So when I heard that IKEA is launching a new nature inspired collection in April, I was all ears. Embrace nature in the home was their headline and it truly resonates with my belief. So let us have a closer look on what we can expect in IKEA stores as of April.
The timing is pretty good. I am currently on a hunt for a nice laundry basket – yes I know, that doesn’t sound all too fancy. But honestly, try to find a really nice laundry basket! It is tough! The majority is made of plastic or of very heavy and bulky wicker. But the new IKEA collection has a wonderful basket in line – Snidad is its name and I think this one will move in with me! But the collection has way more to offer of course.
The new collection of products is inspired by the ‘Blurred Boundaries’ trend identified by IKEA. It is a collection that blends the boundary between indoor and outdoor with furniture, home textiles and accessories in earthy colours and made of natural materials. What I like in particular is the nod to imperfection making the pieces almost unique. Reconnecting with our senses and relaxing at home is the overall goal pursued by a thoughtful interior style. Apart from the basket I really love the rug and other home textiles in this collection.
Well, I don’t know about you, but I have scheduled my next IKEA trip in April. The basket is definitely coming home with me. And maybe another pieces too. Let’s see. What do you think?
A few weeks ago I traveled to Hannover for the Domotex fair. The Domotex fair is focused on flooring and rugs and quite frankly I was not sure what I am going to see there. However, I knew it is going to be a fun event as I was traveling with seven fellow bloggers and friends, all united by Holly of Decor8. So I knew it is going to be fun at least. But hey was I surprised – the fair turned out to be very inspiring! Actually no wonder as I am a rug person myself. From traditional flatweaves from India, over colourful kilims from Turkey to contemporary rug designs from Germany and Austria – everything was exhibited and sparked a good deal of inspiration. Let me show you!
Mariantonia Urru – Mediterranean design from Sardinia, Italy
One of my big discoveries was the Italian rug brand Mariantonia Urru. This brand comes from the sunny island of Sardinia and its designs are inspired by ancient and traditional motives of the island’s folkore, mostly taken from its Mediterranean culture. Fish motives, traditional patterns, and a unique way of knotting are absoulte highlights! Moreover, the folks at Mariantonia Urru give a contemporary spin to the traditional motives and craftsmanship resulting in great designs for modern homes. I particularly loved the poufs with the fish symbols in their warm ochre and blue hues.
Tisca – from Austria with love
Now here’s a fact I am almost ashamed of: Before Domotex I have not heard of Tisca! And the crazy thing is this rug company is based in western Austria, actually in the province where I was born and where I grew up. Shame on me! Tisca had a strong presence at the Domotex fair thanks to its beautiful rugs and the fantastic styling work of Lotta Agaton and Pella Hedeby. Both ladies went on an inspiration quest to Transylvania in Romania where the rugs are handmade. Inspired by the craftsmanship, the tools, and the nature they brought in a fantastic set of props to match the natural hues of the soft Tisca rugs. The result was a clean, contemporary styling that appealed to many fair visitors. Not to mention to us interior bloggers!
Bazar du Sud – the traveling rug souk
I love everything about kilims and Moroccan rugs, whether we talk about Boucherouite, Beni Ourain, flatweaves and other Berber rugs. Bazar du Sud came all the way from Marrakech to Hannover and they brought an entire rug souk with them. Piles and piles of rugs, colourful stapes, shaggy Boucherouites, black and white Beni Ourain rugs, kilims galore – the sight was a feast to my eyes. If I had the opportunity, I would have shopped a few rugs for sure. No idea where I would have put them, but how to resist? It was like a candy store for kids! Just the interior version. Check them out if you like oriental rugs.
Edelgrund – the rug dealer from Hamburg
When you think of colourful kilims you might not have Hamburg in mind. Well, not necessarily, but Edelgrund is a fantastic counter proof. Based in the north German city of Hamburg, Edelgrund offers a wide range of beautiful and colourful kilims that blend traditional patterns and modern designs. They are known for their vast variety of unique rugs. Look at the piles of flatweaves – I mean who can resist!? Definitely a brand to watch!
I hope you enjoyed this tiny little tour of my favorite rug discoveries from this year’s Domotex fair. As you can see all the photos are iPhone pics but I hope you don’t mind the quality. Thanks again to Holly of Decor8 for organizing this great tour and also a virtual wave to my other blogger friends who joined: Niki of My Scandinavian Home, Agata of Passion Shake, Mette of Monsterscircus, Desirée of Vosgesparis and Stefan aka Trendstefan.
The tour was sponsored by the Domotex fair. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
iPhone photography by Holly Becker and Igor Josifovic
When raw materials, scruffy surfaces, and dark tones meet the lush and juicy greens of a jungle, we can refer to it as ‘Industrial Jungle’. Even though the words are truly opposed to each other, the concept applies just perfectly for interior styling. And quite frankly, it resonates a lot with my current interior style. Ok, in my case I would extend the terminology to ‘Industrial Urban Jungle’. Sounds good, right? But let us have a look what I mean with that term.
One of my go-to source for great and affordable furniture and home accessories is Home24. I’ve already blogged about them several times, but today I want to highlight the ‘Industrial Jungle’ styling theme as it resonates with my interior style. To be honest, with my move to the new apartment I was on the hunt for a few new pieces. I found almost everything pretty quickly, but when I was looking for a comfy armchair, it took me quite a while. But I was lucky on Home24! I have to admit, my chosen armchair perfectly fits the theme ‘Industrial Jungle’ but I will reveal that another time.
Today I want to share a few other favorites from the ‘Industrial Jungle’ styling theme of Home24. I have selected a few pieces, among them a fantastic round dining table that looks a lot like mine (see HERE). As you can see, the style is defined by a good mix of natural materials like wood and sturdy metal/steel frames and details. Also cords, raw fixtures, botanical prints, and plants define this style. The colour palette is earthy, not too vibrant and bright. Dashes of green invigorate this rather darker style.
What do you think about the style? Do you have the style at home too? Or would you mix it? I like it a lot as it perfectly matches my love for vintage items, collected pieces, ethnic patterns. Combined with lots of lush plants this looks absolutely viable for an interior to me! Thoughts?
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Home24. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
As an interiors blogger I almost feel ashamed for not covering my new home so far. After all I’ve been living in my new apartment for two months now but things take time. It took time to move, to unpack, to design a new kitchen. But one thing I can tell you: Things are coming together nicely. And after nearly two months I truly feel at home in my new place. So maybe it is time to start a little home tour. Since there is lots to show and tell, I will do it in various posts. Today let me kick off with one corner of my living room. All eyes on my new leather sofa from Sitzfeldt. Something I really dreamed about for a long time.
Some of you might remember my old sofa in the small rooftop apartment. It was a nice mid-century inspired grey sofa. But for a long time I’ve flirted with the idea of having a tan leather sofa. But the space was too limited in my old place. Now in my bigger apartment it was time to make that little dream come true! When Sitzfeldt approached me for a collaboration, I had no idea what to do. And then I found a new apartment. And then I flirted with Tom. Not what you are thinking! Tom is actually the name of my new leather sofa from Sitzfeldt!
So Tom and I, yes we live happily together. The sofa is very classical but has also some refined details that I loved from the first moment. The size is very comfortable and great for lounging and I love the base. You can customize the sofas at Sitzfeldt, so for my Tom Sofa I opted for the ‘Pur’ line of aniline leather in a tan tone and a walnut wooden frame base. I think that combination is a winner for my personal interior style, don’t you agree?
What is important to know when it comes to leather, is its quality and provenance. At Sitzfeldt they pay due attention to high quality leather with respect to the animals, the environment, and customer satisfaction. They receive their leather exclusively from one tannery in Germany. They received as the first tannery worldwide the Blue Angel Certification, a German certificate for environmentally friendly products. And trust me, Germans are very strict with their certificates! If you are not a fan of leather, do not fret. As the Tom sofa – as well as all other models – come in various upholstery options.
I am really happy with the look and feel of my sofa. Also in combiantion with the simple throw cusions in jewel tones and a mix of linen and velvet is just working for me. The next open task is the wall above the sofa. I am thinking of doing something there too. If you have any suggestions, let me know in the comments. It could be all from art, to shelves, to plants to whatever! I am still pondering! Up to then, I will sit on the sofa and think. I will keep you posted!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Sitzfeldt. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!
Traveling nurtures the soul. Equally I believe that plants nurture the soul. So why not combining both passions? That’s what I had in mind when I traveled to the Domotex fair in Hannover, Germany, last weekend. I will tell you more about the Domotex fair soon. But first things first. You know me. Thanks to the fabulous organization by the fair and above all Holly of Decor8, we got to discover Hannover a little bit. One of our stops was the local botanical garden at the Herrenhäuser Gärten. And yes, I was absolutely in my element right there and then. Happy Igor in an urban jungle!
The botanical garden in Hannover, Germany, is open year round. It is part of the beautiful Herrenhäuser Gärten area featuring vast outdoor gardens and parks. The botanical garden itself features both, an external gardens and several greenhouses. Due to the season (and a frosty wind), I focused on the greenhouses only this time. Unfortunately, one of the greenhouses with tropical plants was closed due to an upcoming butterfly exhibition. Still I enjoyed a few other greenhouses with huge cacti and succulents, lush orchids, and thriving plants from the Canary Islands.
Speaking of orchids: The botanical garden in Hannover features one of the largest orchid exhibition in all of Europe. When we talk about orchids, forget the common Phalaenopsis orchids that we see in every other supermarket. We talk about beautiful varieties with large and tiny flowers, hanging, growing in the midst of tropical palms, colorful, subtle. It was a real pleasure to have a closer look. No wonder this location is popular for wedding photo shoots (one was happening right then).
If you ever find yourself in Hannover, Germany, I warmly recommend a visit to the Herrenhäuser Gärten (it must be marvelous in summer) and to the botanical garden in particular. As a plant lover you will find excitement and serenity at the same time. I hope you enjoyed the little green tour!
This morning I woke up and decided to share a glimpse into my not yet fully finished new bedroom. All that drive and vigor came from a very good night’s sleep and a fresh and easy-going start in the morning. And this happened despite the dark and gloomy season here. Waking up in wintertime is a real challenge – my alarm clock is set at 6:45 am and it is still night outside. Now our human body is just like any other living being – we need light to live. And to wake up. Several studies have shown the effect of light on sleeping and waking patterns. So I decided to change my pattern too and wake up with the sunrise. Even in dark winter times.
For today’s post I have teamed up with Philips. When they approached me and asked if I was game to test their new Wake Up Light I was hesitant at first. A Wake Up Light? I have an alarm clock. What the heck. And now here I am: A fervent believer in the benefits of a Wake Up Light! My mornings have changed in 2018! It was on January 2nd that I woke up for the first time with the Philips Wake-Up Light. At 6:45 am the sun was slowly rising in my bedroom. The warm light tickled my senses and I opened one eye, then the other. Slowly, as I was still rolling in bed, I heard chirping forest birds in the distance. But where was I waking up? In a jungle? In paradise? No, just in my bedroom. And while it was still night outside, my bedroom was glowing and filled with gentle bird sounds as if I was in a magical forest.
I can not describe how much easier it was for me to get up. Seriously, I was not aware of the fact that the darkness outside made my winter mornings so hard. In general I am not an early riser, but with the sunrise simulation and the chirping birds coming from my Wake-Up Light everything seemed so much easier. After day one I have abandoned my old alarm clock. I mean who wants to be woken up by a buzzing alarm sound if you can opt for chirping forest birds. Or rolling ocean waves. Right?
But if you thought that is it, let me tell you more: The Philips Somneo is actually a Sleep and Wake-Up Light. It has a sunset simulation too as well as a RelaxBreathe mode to help you fall asleep more easily. A variety of seven wake up sounds as well as three nature sounds can be chosen, but you can also opt for your favorite radio station or choose your own tune. Additionally, the Wake-Up Light functions as a bedside light or speaker. Now that is a multi-talent, isn’t it?
For me this Wake-Up Light is a real game changer. It will definitely make my mornings brighter and easier throughout the darker season. But I don’t want to just talk and tell you things. Instead, you should test it and convince yourself. Together with Philips I am giving away one Somneo Wake-Up Light on Instagram. Hop over and join in – and your mornings will be bright, happy, and hey, you might hear a few chirping birds too! Happy mornings wherever you are!
This blog post has been brought to you in collaboration with Philips. As always all opinions and photos are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands who support this blog!