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"Top Design" Reality TV Update!

A big thanks to decor8 reader Lise for keeping us in-the-know when it comes to reality design television. Being in Germany for the past 4 weeks, I’m a bit out of it when it comes to what’s happening back in the states. I barely have time to blog (though I’m doing my best), nevermind read American news and tabloids.

If you promise not to throw fruit at me, I’ll disclose something else… I have no clue what is going on with Project Runway. I know, I know. I actually forgot all about it until today when I saw Heidi Klum on a poster downtown. In fact, I don’t know who went to fashion week, or what has happened with the season since I left the states in September. All I know is that over here, Heidi Klum is huge. Not only is she butt-naked on Max magazine this month (pop culture mag) and all over Douglas ads, but she has her own spin off of America’s Next Top Model here in Germany called appropriately, Germany’s Next Top Model, hosted by Ms. Klum herself. I digress…

Back to the point of this post, Lise sent me a link to a news story about Top Design, a new Bravo reality show for aspiring designers with Todd Oldham steering the ship and and Elle Decor editor in chief Margaret Russell by his side. I blogged about it a few months back, so consider this a follow-up. The new series hits American televisions everywhere in January. Get all the details here at Radar online. Thanks again, Lise. You rock girl!

Posted in uncategorized on October 19, 2006

Mogwaii Design (Scotland)

Oooh so lush. Design you want to sink yourself into. Mogwaii in Scotland is all about creating tactile home and fashion accessories that combine creative design and art with function and quality. Sculptured uncluttered style. Sophisticated pure wool. Blinds, cushions, throws, lamps, and fashion accessories. Oh-la-lusting for!

I know you’ll want to cuddle up with their throws and cushions near a toasty fire. When I see them, that’s the only visual I have – warmth, a flickering fire, the scent of baked apple pies…

I’m especially fond of the butterfly throw, and that you play designer by selecting your base color and the color for accents on each throw. How’s that for chic customization? You have a hand in the design process, which makes them that much more appealing to purchase – they will match your living space to perfection. I love their blinds and lampshades too. I hope you like Mogwaii… I certainly do!

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(images from mogwaii design)

Posted in uncategorized on October 19, 2006

Random Images to Inspire

We spent the day roaming the cobblestone streets of Hannover Linden today, where I met an old friend who is the largest book seller in Germany, with over 1 million books for sale on Amazon. We browsed his extensive collection on towering bookshelves, all which overflowed with rare titles, mostly published between the early 1900’s-1985.
I loved the children’s books I found, and he was nice enough to give me 3 of my favorites, which I happily accepted. Not only do they help me practice my German, but the pretty illustrations and typefaces are so lovely, I can’t stop looking at them. Two appeared as good as new, but it’s the one that is clearly used that appears to me the most. Inside the front cover, there is a handwritten dedication from oma to granddaughter Nadine. Nadine stamped her Berlin address, along with a maus sticker, inside. To think that a little girl from Berlin once owned this book in 1972, a book that now belongs to me… I don’t know, it’s somewhat touching. This story was once read to her and tucked away on a bookshelf… I wonder what became of young Nadine?

While roaming the narrow halls of books, I noticed an old poster taped to the side of a wooden bookcase, and thought it was lovely enough to capture and share with you. The print was already in sephia, so I think the photo came out rather nicely… Her porcelin complexion and his adoring gaze couldn’t resist my lens. Too bad they’re smoking and not simply about to engage in a kiss.

After visiting the warehouse, we stumbled upon my new favorite coffee shop, Cafe Petit in Hannover Linden.
I snapped a few photos while there, and since I’ve been big into sephia shots lately, I thought I’d experiment a little. I clearly need more practice with my camera, but I really like how these came out.

Note: I’ll be returning to Linden on Saturday for a studio tour and to meet a designer that I love, so I will post some photos from that tour on Monday. See you later today with some great design finds! I’m off to dinner, but upon my return, I promise to post some more goodies for you today.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration, Rooms, shopping, travel on October 19, 2006

Melissa Moss Art + Greeting Cards (LA)

The very sweet Marisa from Creative Thursday sent me a tip about her friend, Melissa Moss. Based in Venice, California, Melissa is an artist to watch. She is currently the featured artist at the Hive Gallery in LA (now until October 31st) and was interviewed here via podcast over at Creative Thursday.

After learning more about Melissa and viewing her work, I’m charmed for sure. I love how candid she is in her bio and can’t wait until I have the time to listen to the podcast, too.

Melissa loves color and begins each nature-inspired painting by choosing an emotion that she wishes to convey. Leaving a career behind in the publishing world, she studied color psychology, where she found her true calling: Painting. As a trained color psychologist, she understands color theory thoroughly – how hues relate to emotions and through subtle tints and tones, she applies her knowledge to create an emotion through the strokes of her brush using acrylic and gouache mediums for contrasting both matte and gloss finishes. From jellyfish to toadstools, trees and flowers, her color combinations breathe the 21st century into a 1970’s color palette. Her paintings are on wood, which upon close inspection, the wood grain can be seen.

Her paintings are available via her website. Simply send her an email. Or if you’re in the LA area, stop by the Hive Gallery before October 31st to view her work in person. Archival prints and prints on wood, along with greeting cards are also available here on her website. Prices are listed.

(images from melissa moss)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, stationery, uncategorized on October 19, 2006


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