My favorite picks – all things festive

We planned to decorate our apartment for the festive season this past Saturday morning. As if by amazing coincidence, that morning we woke up to snow. And I’ve been in winter mode ever since.
2. Gift wrap ideas #5: snowflakes by Bugs & Fishes. One of my favorite things about Christmas is wrapping presents, and it looks like Laura shares my enthusiasm. 
3. Cadbury’s hot chocolate. One of the staple items of Christmas cheer. Mmm. 
4. Relativity by Escher. I’m really into his work at the moment, and it’s fueling my current college project.
5. fuggs {fake uggs}. I have a real pair, but for being about the house, my new {v. cheap} pair are perfect.
6. Marks & Spencer Port. A glass will warm the deepest most Scroodgiest parts of anyone. 

You spin me right round, baby

In 2005 Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf opened their upside-down shop in Milan. Famous for their unconventional fashion sense, it comes as no surprise that their store is a focal point, in and of itself.

For my Studio V in college I used this shop as well as a number of Escher’s pieces as inspiration for an alternative bar which I called ‘Bottoms Up’. 

Amazing design, but I don’t know if I could spend more than 10 minutes in the shop. I find my brain working overtime just looking at the pictures. The pillowed archways set off a couple of H&S alarms, but aside from that, the detail is astounding. From the parquet flooring on the ceiling, to the upside-down vases and chandeliers. Even the door on the shop front is upside-down {see second last image}.
Thanks to coolboom for the photos.