This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Brittni Mehlhoff – founder of Papernstitch.

1. When did you start blogging and why?
I started papernstitch in 2008. I had recently shut down an online magazine I was running that featured local artists and designers and wanted a fresh start, that didn’t have a local slant.

2. Tell us a little about your blog, your papernstitch exhibition site and where you are from.
The papernstitch blog is inspiration for your modern, DIY life. There’s a little bit of everything, from fashion and home decor to DIY craft projects and biz tips for creatives. The exhibition site came along a few short months after starting my blog and features independent designers, artists and a few independent vintage shops (so basically art + handmade with a sprinkling of vintage). Since they share the same name, the blog and exhibition site were very tied to one another at the beginning, but over the years I have separated them a bit in order to cover some of the other topics that interest me on the blog.

As for where I am from, at this point it feels right to say ‘all over’. I was born in California and lived there for about six years before moving to Florida. I lived in about a half dozen cities in FL before moving to Seattle and now we are back in Florida. Jacksonville to be exact. I imagine we will move again at some point. It’s fun to have the flexibility to move around, meet new people, and explore new cities. I feel very fortunate that we’ve been able to do that.

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?
Definitely our dog, Luna. She gets scared easily, so I don’t know if she would run out on her own. Assuming she got out okay, I would probably grab my laptop and the notebook my husband and I wrote notes to each other in when we first started dating.

4. Describe your dream home.
Ooooh, I could describe my dream house all day long (I think about it all the time), but that would probably be boring. The gist of it would be: concrete or hardwood floors, high ceilings, and floor to ceiling windows in every room. We had an apartment like that in Seattle once and nothing beats it!

5. Holidays are right around the corner, what are you wishing for?
Just health and happiness. And a watch from Cold Picnic.


This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Jan Skácelík – founder of Design Attractor.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

I started blogging around 5 years ago because I wanted to share things I like with the world and thankfully – there are people who seems to like same things like I do:)

2. Tell us a little about your blog and where you are from.

My blog is about interior design, mainly Scandinavian and mid century modern. I’m from Czech Republic and those are not common styles here, but I love them.

3. I saw that you are a big fan of Scandinavian design, what do you like most about it?

I love the organic fluent shapes, simple lines and happy colorful patterns, when it goes to interior design I love the simplicity they use in decorating, clean, bright yet cozy.

4. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

Hard question – probably my computer where I have all my work etc, but second may be some of my collection of Scandinavian design items.

5. Holidays are right around the corner, what are you wishing for?

I’m finishing with renovation of my new flat, so probably some furnishing.


BLOG LOVE: Grassroots Modern

This week on our weekly column ‘Blog Love’ we interviewed Creede Fitch – founder of  Grassroots Modern.

1. When did you start blogging and why?

The blog was initially a place to collect affordable modern ideas and document the construction of my first home, much of which was DIY.

2. Tell us a little about your blog, your Etsy store and where you are from.

My same passion for modernism exists today, and I am currently working on becoming a real estate agent so I can help people find great homes. I’m currently living in Salt Lake City which has an exciting emerging design scene. I’m lucky to be a part of a local Mid Century Modern preservation group SLModern. As far as Etsy, I don’t really do much with my store there, but I hope to in the future.

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

Besides my girlfriend? Probably my computer which is full of memories and hard work. As far as other things go, despite surrounding myself with amazing furniture, books etc, I don’t really get too attached to them.

4. I saw that you’re a big fan of mid century furniture, which product do you like most?

Wow, where to start. I have a big soft spot in my heart for anything that came out of the Eames Office. Besides being beautiful it is extremely pragmatic, and much of it was manufactured with affordability in mind.

5. Describe your dream home.

I used to think it was some ultra modern new construction project that I had a hand in designing. More and more though I am placing more importance in the people I surround myself with. So with that in mind, it would be a place where people would want to gather to eat, laugh and love.

6. Holidays are right around the corner, what are you wishing for?

I’m pretty spoiled honestly. I have pretty much everything I want for the time being. There are a couple big items on my “to get” list like an Eames Lounger and a new sofa, but I’m willing to save my pennies for a few years before I splurge for those things.


We are proud to introduce a new category at ChicTip called Blog Love. In this category we will post interviews with blogs that we love, find inspiration in and recommend to our readers. We hope you enjoy the category and the guest blogs as much as we do.

The first guest blog on ChicTip\Blog Love is Demilked, enjoy:

1. When did you start blogging and why?

I created my first site back in 2000. I was 14 years old at that time and it felt like magic to me. Couldn’t stop doing it ever since.

2. Tell us a little about your blog and where you are from.

Demilked is a design milking magazine. We milk the world’s most creative minds and make tasty inspiration cocktails by mixing industrial design, technology, concepts, advertising and a little bit of web design. It’s probably the best job in the world – finding beautiful stuff, sharing with people and being paid for it. Our team is based in a small and beautiful European country, Lithuania.

3. If your house were on fire, what would you grab first?

Fire extinguisher


4. Describe your dream home.

A small cozy house with a large photo studio space and a garden. A garden is a must because it’s getting hard to fit all my tomatoes, strawberries and watermelons in my balcony.

5. Holidays are right around the corner, what are you wishing for?

To spend it with my closest friends and family. Talking about things, I want a full frame DSLR Nikon D800. As nobody is getting me that I will probably give it to myself


Dutch Designers Scholten & Baijings

The minimalist, yet richly detailed and finished in a beautiful colour palette makes me love these Dutch designers.

Stefan Scholten and Carole Baijings combine minimal forms and balanced use of colour with traditional craft techniques and industrial production in a distinctive, almost un dutch design style.

Scholten & Baijings build a bridge between designer, artisan and manufacturer. Their close involvement in the production process results in design with both a perfect finish and a personal signature.

The finesse, entrancing colours and subtle use of materials in their work have earned considerable admiration in the international design world. In 2010 they won the ‘Woonbeurs Award’ and the ‘Dutch Design Award’  for ‘Paper Table’, while Wallpaper magazine has nominated them as its ‘Designer of the year 2011′ and has given them it’s ‘Design Award’ for their ‘Paper Porcelain’ service.

(Take a look at their video)


During the Salone Del Mobile 2011, Scholten & Baijings were awarded with the Elle Decoration International Design Awards for young designer talent 2011.

More about Scholten & Baijings product in ChicTip.



Affordable Modern Meets Downtown Chic: CB2 Announces Partnership With The Novogratz

Hip home furnishings brand CB2 announces their partnership with well-known husband and wife design duo, Robert and Cortney Novogratz. Stars of several popular Bravo and HGTV shows, including their namesake series, Home by Novogratz, the couple will lend their inspired approach to a variety of upcoming projects, including a line of exclusive furniture and accessories for the brand.
Dedicated to increasing the awareness and accessibility of modern design, CB2 constantly looks for fun, fresh and innovative ways for consumers to engage with design. A key part of that mission includes working with an array of established and up-and-coming designers to diversify the collections and offer customers new ways to approach home décor and have fun with—or even discover—their personal style.
With an unwavering passion for stylish living, a distinctive aesthetic and an eye for defining trends, The Novogratz’s sense of design is unparalleled. Heading into the second season of HGTV’s widely-popular show Home by Novogratz, the couple has worked with a number of marquee names, including fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk and Design*Sponge founder, Grace Bonney. The couple’s “Downtown Chic” aesthetic and love of experimentation echoes the CB2 attitude and will be reflected in the pieces they design for the brand.
“Robert and Cortney embody the CB2 style—their fearless use of color and thoughtful attention to detail lends true personality to each space they design,” said Marta Calle, Director of CB2. “They have a unique yet approachable design perspective that we look forward to sharing with our customers.”
“Our goal is to help bring a shot of color, style and fun into everybody’s environment and urge them to try something new in their space and enjoy the process like we do,” noted Robert Novogratz. ”We are delighted to be able to bring our design aesthetic to our many fans at an affordable price.” Cortney Novogratz continued “CB2 is the perfect partner for the collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them, and appreciate their support in helping us to be able to “Novogratz” a wider audience.”
The Novogratz and CB2 have a shared mission to help consumers incorporate smart design into everyday life and the partnership will exemplify that. The collection will be available to consumers via online, catalog and in stores in 2012. CB2 will announce additional details on the partnership later this spring.

Anna Torfs Glass Collection

Belgian designer Anna Torfs studied interior design at the Sint-Lukas School for Architecture in Brussels.
In 2002 she began designing her own glass collections. A signature of Anna’s work is her use vibrant colours and the deconstructed way she reveals the layers of each form, showing how an object is built through unconventional cutting techniques. Every vessel she makes explores the contrast between inside and outside, the vibrant centre and the sober skin.