The flight is over. Finally, I’m back home again after two lovely* months in Germany, and although I will miss my life there and the European pace of things, I certainly have missed my world here in the states. We arrived home to two boxes stuffed with mail (not mailbox, but moving size boxes), phone calls to return, projects to complete, an assignment to get started on, blog updates (including many things I found in Germany and the Netherlands that I still need to share with you – expect a lot over the course of the next month), and a slew of other things to do as I get back in step with life here, so please bare with me over the next week. I hope to be up and blogging again on Monday or Tuesday.
Guess what? I’ve removed comment moderation from this blog. Frankly I am over the occasional spammer or bitter comment. I just don’t care anymore. I’ve reasoned that it’s not fair to build a protective hedge around this blog, everyone should be able to post freely. As for the unkind visitors or spam freaks, I will simply click delete because there is enough hate in the world and negativity – I refuse to allow it to spew forth on my blog. If a comment is one that offers value, shows support, lends constructive criticism, a word of kindness, advice, correction, etc. that is fine because I encourage comments like these to be left freely and often. It helps me to better understand all of you better and it helps you to quickly respond to eachother without having to wait for moderation from me. This is our space to share freely going forward. No more walls. I’m sorry if moderating this blog in the past made anyone feel like they couldn’t participate. Please do.
In addition, I thought the blog could use a freshen up so I’ve worked with a graphic designer to assist me in the creation of seasonal banners. I hope you enjoy the new look, although it will update again next week since I’d like to eliminate the white space below the banner and tighten it up a bit by reducing the banner height. But I love the fox and all the pretty snowflakes, and of course the tree – all hold deep meaning to me that I won’t go into here – but they just do. In general, it makes me happy to see this pretty winter scene and even happier that my good friend in Minneapolis, Brent, designed it for me. Brent is in LA now enjoying the good life in the sun with all the beautiful people, but as soon as he returns home next week, he’ll help me revise the banner a bit and we’ll be fully up and running here with the final. Let me know what you think.
Now that I’m home I just want to give a tiny shout out to my friends back in Germany and the Netherlands, including a few new ones that I met through this blog while there (Danielle, Angie and the girls, bloodybunny and Mike in Berlin), you all truly made my stay a delight and I’ll be seeing you again in the future, you can bet on it.
So I’ll see everyone on Monday or Tuesday, but right now that’s not important because it’s time to enjoy this special part of year when friends and family gather together, the pace slows for a few days, apple pie is shared, and memories are made.
Enjoy the rest of your week, friends.
*well sorta lovely. we nearly lost my husband’s brother in a horrible car crash, but fortunately he survived it. he’ll be in the hospital for at least another month, but should be walking and living a normal life before the new year.
(images are of my flickr faves)
When I first came across ‘Print In Fashion‘ By Marnie Fogg, who is a a media consultant and a lecturer on fashion in the UK, via Print + Pattern, I knew I had to have it because it explores cutting-edge print design for fashion. C’mon. Does it get much better than that? Yes. Much.
Print In Fashion not only displays gorgeous images of exclusive archived materials from fashion and textile designers (which I expected), but it’s highly informative for anyone seeking a insider’s glimpse into the world of textile design (which I didn’t expect it to be quite so thorough – 5 stars!).
An essential guide to understanding textile design and how the developments in print, textures, and finishes are influencing fashion, you’ll learn the studio process, sources of inspiration, and interviews as well.
This delightful book is split into categories, which I really appreciate for quick reference, like ‘Abstract’ ‘Folklore’ ‘Vintage’ etc. You’ll find the works of design greats like Eley Kishimoto, Paul Smith, Orla Kiely (6 pages of Orla!), Ann Louise Roswald and many more – it’s jam packed with full-color prints and patterns that you’re going to love. I purchased my copy over at Amazon for a song ($16), in the book stores it’s near impossible to find one and if you do, expect to pay full price ($25).
Victoria also pulls together the most amazing design boards ever on AT:SF. This lady rocks it out, I think she is so clever. This one, ’40′s Finds at the Flea Market, is my favorite by far. I love the corals, tropical barkcloths (they look Hawaiian to me), that kiwi green, and the pops of red, especially the adorable red dog silhouette (click on image below for larger view or read the complete post over at AT:SF).
Makes me think, maybe in the new year we should have a new contest. Maybe I can find a sponsor and if not, I’ll reach into my pockets and just do it myself. I’d love to have a Design Board competition. Where readers pull together images and paint chips and fabric swatches to create a dream room. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that?
I could also make the voting system a little more on spot by using some nifty software or something where a person can only vote once for their favorite. I don’t think anon votes on blogs are always 100% if you know what I’m sayin’…. Maybe a SPRING FLING contest held in late March? What types of prizes would you like? Any ideas for me? We have a nice group of readers, why not try out another contest – only this time, something where you can get out the gluesticks and magazine clippings and go absolutely nuts.
Let me know what you think, so I guess you can consider this your warning so you can start thinking about your dream room in advance… :)
(images, top from pink loves brown, bottom two from victoria)
The images above (drool) are from Daily Candy Philadelphia today which featured the design studio of JJ Fox. DC calls Fox “an amazing interior designer who?ll work with any budget. She takes crusty brownstones and transforms them with modern twists, while keeping the history and integrity of the buildings intact. She can lend advice, pick out furniture to complement pieces you already have, or draw up plans for renovations or complete overhauls.”
Don’t you love that turquoise sofa?
(images from jj fox)