This year we are celebrating 10 years of being in business! In honor of our great
decade we've decided to share with you "10" of our
favorite products, stores, eateries, gifts, ETC. each month for the entire year!
Thank you for being part of our Pom Pom at Home family
and for another 10 years to come!
8570 Katy Fwy #111, Houston, TX 77024
3937 Lakeshore Drive, Kelowna, BC V1W 1V3, Canada
327 Bay St, Petoskey, MI 49770
5370 West Lovers Lane, Suite 328 Dallas, Texas 75209
301 S Lincoln St. Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
2927 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
7. Summer House
57 Throckmorton Ave. Mill Valley, CA 94941
8. Iron Gate
338 W Main St, Franklin, TN 37064
9. McKee & Co
Corona Del Mar Plaza, 984 Avocado Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660
903 NW Wall ST Suite 110 Bend, Oregon 97703
Thank you to all these fabulous stores!
This summer was filled with many fun adventures! My favorite thing about having the opportunity to travel is being able to absorb and observe so much inspiration, culture, & joie de vivre in other parts of the world that I am then able to bring back with me and infuse into our Pom Pom at Home collections.
This year, we were able to spend time in several different countries. First, we headed to Denmark, Copenhagen to see longtime friends, then to our home country of Belgium to celebrate my youngest son's nuptials with family, back to Los Angeles for a short time, & then finally a beautiful trip to Portugal where we were introduced to the incredible craftsmen and factories that we will be working with in the upcoming year.
As summer winds to an end I wanted to take a look back at these wonderful countries and share with you some of the highlights our of trips hopefully inspiring you to visit them as well!
Seeing some old friends and getting incredibly inspired by the shops & architecture.
With some friends outside of the famous florist, Tage Anderson.
Very inspired by him and his artistry.
The most famous shopping street in Copenhagen.
Our friends, Per and Helle, brought us to see the Little Mermaid statue made famous by Hans Christian Anderson. It's much smaller and harder to spot than people expect!
The interior of the King's Palace in Copenhagen.
Hygge has become very popular worldwide. It's the Danish way of being cozy and happy. Which has always been the way of life here.
Illums Bolighus a beautiful Scandinavian design shop. Great for inspiration!
It's worth the cost of the boat to see the city from a different perspective. Get some wine and cheese and enjoy!
My home land where much of my family still lives and the place where I fell in love with linen!
Up at my brother's Lake Cabin to celebrate Michael & Bianca's wedding!
We did a bit of traveling around Belgium. Here Michael and Bianca are at the famous statue of Manneke Pis (Little Peeing Boy) in Brussels.
Walking thru Brussels to the Grand Place. Enjoying the great Art Deco buildings on the way.
When in Brussels, one has to buy Belgian chocolate.
We had a chance to visit our hometown of Antwerp and visit our old restaurant, De Pottekijker. Unfortunately it was closed for lunch but everything was exactly how we had it 30 years ago.
Antwerp is still one of the most interesting cities to get your creative juices flowing! It's architecture, fashion, design, & culinary.
An absolutely beautiful country! We mixed business with pleasure as we were there to visit some factories and meet with craftsmen.
Guimarães is a very charming and historic city. Built in the 13th century it's the birthplace of Portugal. This medieval city is surrounded by a lot of textile industry which is what brought us there.
While driving up to wine country we were stopped by a religious procession.
Enjoying the views and architecture of Porto.
The city is incredibly affordable. We had this lovely little spread of port, meat, and olives for only a few dollars!
We took our time driving from Porto down to Lisbon and stopped off at this little fishing town where all the fisher-people were drying the day's catch.
Palácio da Pena is a Roman castle, located in Sintra, Portugal.
Downtown Lisbon and the Santa Justa Lift where people ride the elevator to the top to view the city.
Lisbon is such a beautiful city. I loved all the ceramic tile work we saw while walking around, just like the one you see behind us!
The home was built in 1951. It features orange shag carpeting, a brick fireplace, and enough wood paneling to create a bonfire the size of Texas. The main floor is divided into 3 levels, each divided by one small sloping carpeted step.
The original owner of the home was a Welder/Iron Smith. We found that most of the hardware, brackets, and door fixtures were handmade by him often in funny shapes or with various initials on them, most likely those of his children and family. We actually kept almost all of his original metal work including this interesting chandelier in the dining room.
Overall, the entire process was pretty enjoyable except for perhaps the electrical and plumbing components. Most of our inspiration was found from the many open houses we visit on the weekends and from a few of our friends' homes. The home is currently occupied by a young family and I think after all is said and done, we would do it again!
Shannon Claire is an Interior Designer and Stylist based in Washington, DC.
She recently took part in the One Room Challenge which featured Pom Pom at Home Bedding. View her entire room reveal HERE!
1. What do you enjoy most about interior decorating?
There is so much to enjoy! I think my favorite part about it is that I get to express my creativity every day, as a job. That's a pretty sweet thing.
2. What was the goal for your design?
Right now, I am really into sculptural elements contrasted with soft textures- particularly pottery. I just think that in addition to serving as beautiful vessels for fresh flowers or greenery, they also look beautiful and make a statement empty in a collection on a shelf or table. I have been put on a ceramics ban by my husband, but that's not going so well.
5. How would you describe your style?
I like to think my style is a fresh take on traditional with a feminine bend and a quirky edge.
6. Where do you go to get new ideas and inspiration?
I'm lucky enough to live in Washington, DC, where the museums and the architecture are all around are so, so beautiful. I'm the most inspired by beautiful textures and architecture or pieces that are found in unexpected places- one of my favorite things in the city are the air return vents at the National Gallery.
7. How would you sum up your aesthetic?
Collected, airy, odd.
8. Whats the most treasured item in your home?
I am absolutely in love with this marble fireplace mantel that I found on Craigslist. It's huge, and black marble with stark white veining. Someone didn't know what they had, and listed it on Craigslist for $50 and some elbow grease. I showed up 30 minutes later with a screwdriver and staked my claim, and I plan to rip it out and bring it to every home I live in.
9. Bold hues or subtle neutrals?
I will always lean more towards subtle neutrals, because I think they are more challenging. It's easier to throw bold colors together to make a statement, but making something subtle beautiful is so challenging and fun. And the end result is sophisticated and timeless.
10. What the best piece of advice you can give someone about decorating?
Remember scale! I would argue that the scale of an item is more important than the style of it. That doesn't mean that everything needs to be huge, but keep in mind proportions- it's what makes a good design great!
Thank you so much Shannon Claire for taking the time to share your insights with us!
We adore your funky and fun bedroom reveal!