Cape Town in 48 hours!

After the first time in South Africa and falling in love with it, we decided to go back again a few weekends later but only had 48 hours to explore Cape Town. It was totally worth it! Here is what I suggest doing with 48 hours in Cape Town!

– Table Mountain (we couldn’t get to the top but the view from around the area was spectacular)
– Cape of Good Hope, worth hiking out to the very end of the peninsula for a stunning view.
– Walk on the beach at Camps Bay
– Simon’s Town to see the penguins
– Lunch in Milnerton

You will need to rent a car to do most of this, but enjoy being blown away by the most stunning scenery and dramatic coast line, oh and watch out for all the wildlife in the park!

Here are some good sources of information on Cape Town http://www.capetown.travel/
http://www.simonstown.com/tourism/penguins/penguins.htm
http://capepoint.co.za/

Trend Alert – Pantone Blues

As the winter months start to fall away and spring approaches, we all like to see brighter colors in our homes. For this spring, consider blue tones through the use accent pillows, throws, and accessories. It reminds people of the ocean, of summer holidays at the beach, bright summer skies, and long summer days. Summer is a time where we can relax, take a little more time to spend with our family and friends and just enjoy a slower pace of life. It is also a great time to paint a room, a feature wall or even outdoor furniture. When shopping for the paint, three Pantone colors to watch out for this spring are:

Pantone 14-4313 Aquamarine
Pantone 16-4725 Scuba Blue
Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue

Check out the collections in our shop that are available in amazing hues of blue that are perfect for this spring. Organic cushions by Ferm Living, New Zealand wool blankets by Normann Copenhagen, felt baskets by Sne Design, and the Consilium Vase by Scandinaviaform are just a few examples. Happy spring and enjoy the nice weather!

Planting Spring Container Garden

With spring time upon us, I’ve started my container garden. I’ve gone ahead and planted tomatoes for the first time, along with basil, parsley, chives, chili peppers, and mint. I’m looking forward to a full blooming container garden soon. If you’re going to be planting some herbs you can check out some tips here. We also have some fabulous containers available by Ferm Living this spring. The gorgeous pastel and brass colors looks stunning next to green foliage. The hanging baskets are so cute and another great product available is the plant wall to grow vines! Here are a few inspiring pictures from their spring catalog.

Here are some great links to container gardening worth checking out:

http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/container-gardening
http://www.bhg.com/gardening/container/
http://www.styleathome.com/homes/gardens/a-simple-guide-to-container-gardening/a/20474
http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/30-small-space-gardening-tips-for-apartment-dwellers-and-urbanites-pictures

Sne Design Now Available throughout North America

Blackthumb is thrilled to announce we are the North American distributor for Sne Design. Sne, meaning snow in Norwegian, is a young brand passionate about functional, timeless and playful design products. We have the fabulous Felt Baskets available; these are highly sought after items in Europe and Australia right now! They also have a wonderful selection of children’s products. Sne Design creates eco-friendly products that are made with safe and healthy materials.

Scandinaviaform Now Available throughout North America

Blackthumb is thrilled to announce we are the North American distributor for Scandianviaform. Their line features the award-winning Consillum Vase, available in a variety of colors and sizes. If you are a shop owner and would like to know more about the gorgeous vases that are available, please get in touch.

Normann Copenhagen in North America

The Danish company Normann Copenhagen was established in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen, with a vision to make a difference in the design industry, and they’ve certainly done that with there well designed products.

Normann Copenhagen has collaborated with many talented designers from around the world to create a stunning range of unique products. If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen be sure to stop at the flagship store. It has won various awards for being one of the coolest design stores in the world, definitely one to put on the to do list!

A few of our favorite Normann Copenhagen products include;

Handmade Grass Clay Vase
Dropit Hooks
Light House Lantern
Tint Throw Blanket

Valentine’s Gifts for Her

The day of love is fast approaching, and if you’re still scratching your head looking for a unique gift, look no further. We have a great selection of Scandinavian products available for the design lover in your life, and all for less than $50. I’ve put together a quick list to help you find something you’ll like!

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1. Nocto Candlestick by Normann Copenhagen

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2. Kapu and Sola Coffee products by Hile

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3. Mormor Sugar Bowl, Butter Plate, and Milk Jug by Normann Copenhagen

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4. Pocket Organizer by Normann Copenhagen

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5. Consilum Vase by ScandinavianForm

 

Normann Copenhagen at Blackthumb Canada

The Danish company Normann Copenhagen was established in 1999 by Jan Andersen and Poul Madsen, with a vision to make a difference in the design industry, and they’ve certainly done that with there well designed products.

Normann Copenhagen has collaborated with many talented designers from around the world to create a stunning range of unique products. If you’re planning a trip to Copenhagen take a look into the flagship store that has won various awards for being one of the coolest design stores in the world, one to put on the to do list!

We have some great products from Normann Copenhagen including;

Grass Clay Vase Handmade Canada Denmark

Handmade Grass Vase

Normann Copenhagen Dropit Hooks

fun Dropit Hooks

Blankets

cozy Tint Throw Blanket

To see more have a look through the shop!