Wednesday, April 1

Unexpected Guests: Tracy Nors.

For today's Unexpected Guests we're headed all the way to Denmark, and we're dropping in on Tracy Nors of the beautiful blog, Live Bohemian. Tracy lives in Arhus, Denmark and calls herself a creative entrepreneur because she's involved in so many different creative pursuits. Tracy is a creative styling consultant for a new on-line interiors magazine called Boboho, which features individual interiors and alternative lifestyles. With a masters in Visual Communication where she specialized in illustration, much of Tracy's time is spent working on her 'one off' art pieces, made using found objects and other vintage materials, as well as some mixed media/paper mache pieces as vessels and jewelry items, and lately some of the beautiful lamp shades you'll see in this post. Tracy also is married to another very visual person, her husband Jesper, who's a very talented photographer, and they share three amazing children, Joey and Christian away at university in the UK, and a delightful two year old boy called Indigo Skye. For more on Tracy you can take a look at her flickr photostream, and visit her blog, Live Bohemian.

What city and neighborhood do you live in?
I live in a small neighborhood called Mols, on the edge of the Danish national park of 'Mols Bjerge' and commutable to Denmark's second largest city, Arhus.

What is your idea of a perfect day in your city?
This would be a rummage around a flea market, followed by an exhibition at Aros, the city's Art Museum and then a cafe.

What don't you leave home without?
I never go out without putting my moisturizer on, and never leave without my directions! I get lost easily.

What's your favorite local shops?
Boxdelux in the city, has the most beautiful selection of boxes and other colourful decorative items.

What's on your wish list?
A vintage chesterfield sofa.

What's your favorite bargain find or product?
I feel I've had many but i suppose my two female figure lamps with wire skirts, bought from eBay.

What is your biggest interior design nightmare?
Everything brand new and matching! I would find that really soulless.

Who are your favorite artists? And why?
Historically, Jean-Michel Basquiat for the naive quality of his imagery, and Patrick Heron for his sense of colour and pattern. Now, French design duo Tse & Tse for their interesting and beautiful, but simple design, UK Sculptur Zoe Rubens who exhibits at the Mall Galleries London, and illustrator Sara Fanelli both for their narrative qualities and mixed media approach.

Where do you find inspiration?
From stories, from memories from history and my imagination.

Do you collect anything?
Yes, vintage toys and games, some of which I use in my artwork.

What's your favorite feature in your home?
A wonderful sense of light; many windows and outside foliage create beautiful patterns on the pale walls at certain times of the day.

If you could photograph anyone in the world, who might that be?
The British actor Sean Bean, there isn't a woman alive that wouldn't want to be in the same room as him!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Yes, red wine! Only, I don't feel that guilty.

What is your most treasured belonging?
My little stash of love letters from the first three years my husband and I were together.

What's your greatest indulgence?
Without a doubt, my style mags!

What is your idea of living hell?
As a visual person, losing my eyesight would be unimaginable.

What are some of your favorites websites/blogs to visit?
Tse & Tse is a real experience, an unusual and memorable site; and for fairy tales and polka dots, Sprookjes en Stippenwinkel; All the Luck in the World - she has wonderful recycled furniture and handmade items; on flickr at ATLITW, she also has a great house.
The English Muse is great and Hens Teeth for her humorous and down to earth writing and beautiful work.


me melodia said...

All her stuff is surprisingly cohesive.

RLMEnglish said...

I love the lamshades as well as lots of other things in the pictures, the paper mache bowl is gorgeous.
Thank you for the interview and introducing me to someone new!

Char said...

I love that "matchy-matchy" is so out of vogue...I loathe it. This style is so friendly and welcoming as it looks as if it's a collection of long loved, well loved belongings.

Elizabeth said...

Where is the beautiful flower bowl from?

Palmer and Co said...

Ooh, if she ever has an estate sale, I'll be first in line!

RachelDenbow said...

I spotted some of these images on flickr yesterday and was so intrigued by each one! Even better to read the interview along with it here!

FancyPants-design said...

What a gorgeous home! Great interview.

dmstudio said...

Lovely home.

Tina said...

so in love with her space. I can't imagine the creativity that pours out of that room!

LIVS LYST said...

Beautiful things and colours!

Smile from Ljo :O)

ninainvorm said...

This is great! I saw her photos on flickr and fell in love, but had no idea about the person behind those beautiful pictures. I thought she was American, her home has that beautiful laid back style that you also see in creative American homes, so it's fun to know that she's in fact Scandinavian! You have a great home, Tracy!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

What a wonderful space! I love how it truly is eclectic and bohemian, and all of the handmade elements put such a beautiful touch on the home.

Natalie said...

Every piece has a great story, of this I'm sure! Thanks for sharing...I love homes that have so much character and so many lovely details. xx.

Unknown said...

amazingly inspiring. I could actually feel the sun on my face while reading! thanks for sharing!

vanessa said...

Lovely, Victoria!
Keep em coming... we adore these home tours!

kathrynclark said...

Yes, keep the home tours coming! This was a beautiful one. I especially love the last two photos, with red and natural wood. Stunning!

melissa moss said...

Great interview. I love this home. So many interesting corners.

Bret & Bean said...

I love those lamp shades and must have them! Source please?!!!

Decs in the City said...

Thanks for sharing this stunning house. I love it!

Waxy said...

What a gorgeous place she has!

Joanna Lee said...

Love the room with lots of books and the huge table. Definitely, a place I could live!

Interview is also interesting!

Tracy Lorna Nors said...

Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments about my lamps :-) and my home.
My website is currently under construction but in the meantime, if anyone is interested in purchasing a lamp or chandelier, I take commissions right now.
You can flickr mail me or leave a message on my blog or at boboho.

Beautymist said...

Hooray! Someone who knows and loves the Tse-Tse duo! Congrats on a very good taste, LOL (I'm French, so this is a bit patriotic).

I love, love, love the light in Tracy's home. So... luminous!


Laura Fenton said...

Tracy/Victoria, can either of you give us a source for those beautiful paper maché bowls?

kara said...

Wow...inspiration around EVERY corner in this space!
beautiful! I just want to explore her that creepy?

C. Anne said...

WOW, such a whimsical home. The perfect place for a curious young kid, lucky indigo skye!

sfgirlbybay said...

Tracey is the creator/designer of both the paper mache bowls and the beautiful lamp shades! You can contact her on her blog for more information. :)

Melissa de la Fuente said...

What an absolutely beautiful warm and cheerful and just...beautiful. I also adore that beautiful

q said...

such a beautiful home. and like everyone else love the lamp shades and papier mache bowls, the latter i've tried to start a couple of weeks ago but put on hold since we've been busy with our group show.

truly inspiring! :)

hens teeth said...

Beautiful, stunning, unique and wonderful photographs...truly inspiring.
Thankyou for mentioning my little blog!elipp