Question. Have you read and applied the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure? I have it, but being away from home for nearly two months now, it’s not really a book I can dig into at the moment. I am a huge AT addict though and find the whole “cure” thing most fascinating – especially how Maxwell’s loyal (and massive!) readership responds to each and every step on his book blog. I can burn hours reading through all the comments. Good stuff.
Confession. I’m a pack rat. Bigger issue is that I don’t pack junk, I pack some seriously nice items that I truly love but have zero space for. People also give me lots of nice things that I don’t want to part with – things from clients, gifts from friends. How do you say goodbye to it all? I need to hop on the home cure band wagon and edit my space because my little home is bursting at the seams and this is not good but at the same time, how do you toss items you adore?
Have you followed the cure and if so, do you have any thoughts/advice on the subject? I’d love to hear what you have to say.
(image from apartment therapy)
Cha-ching! I just purchased “The Sound of a Teapot”, a signed and numbered (limited edition of 50) digital print for onluy $22 from sweet Camilla Engman. I hope you can pick up a print for yourself to – but don’t take too long to think it over because Camilla’s prints sell out rather quickly. I plan to have mine framed and then, mix it in to the “gallery wall” I’m hoping to tackle next month. It’s a mini project that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately since I’ve finally built a nice little collection of works that I want to display together.
In fact, I’m thinking of many mini winter projects that I want to tackle this season. What about you? Any home DIY projects that you’d like to get started on? I’m in the mood for change and winter is the perfect time to get started on home projects, whether it be decorating, organization, deep cleaning, mending what is broken, sewing something new, all are perfect cold weather activities to chase away the blues, build self-esteem, stay active, and give you deep inner satisfaction that you have things under control on the homefront.
(images from camilla engman)
Did you spot the new book and blog of the week? If not, it’s time to introduce you to a few of my new faves. First up, Danielle’s design blog – The Style Files – where she blogs from the Netherlands about (mostly) Dutch design, but of course, a girl can’t stop there – so she blogs about design that she finds inspiring from all over the globe. We met up and spent a day together in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, so I’m extra excited to have her featured as blog of the week – what a great lady she is! Her blog is so insightful, she posts daily, and she features many great designers and products that are so knock-your-socks off good that I suggest making the Style Files your daily read. (psst: Here’s a photo I snapped of her in Eindhoven. She’s quite lovely, isn’t she?)
Next, a book I’m really nuts about lately, Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything*: (*and if you can’t, look again). I spotted this book for the first time in Hamburg a few weeks ago and wondered why I’d not heard of it before – it’s been out for a few years already. There is so much in life that can stimulate creativity, but because we are exposed to these things on a daily basis (i.e. product packaging) we start ignoring it. Brit designer and global icon Paul Smith teaches us how to look at things in a different way – to really SEE what you are touching and using and watching – that’s the real key to creative and inspired living. This book examines this topic further with loads of pictures that will stimulate your brain and put you on a much more creative track. It’s a great coffee table book since it’s bound to strike up conversations with guests, and a good resource for you to refer to when you find yourself stuck in a bit of a creative rut. If you don’t already own a copy, I highly suggest changing that el pronto ! (Learn more about Paul Smith here.)
I’d also like to welcome an additional sponsor here on decor8, Imooi, who has the most gorgeous jewelry for men and women, along with ladies handbags (love the jewelry for men). Imooi is offering FREE SHIPPING to decor8 readers for a limited time, so if you’d like to gift a friend, there’s no time like the present. Here’s a link to their store on Amazon. Please use code: decor806 at checkout. Welcome Imooi!
Oh, almost forgot… Look at what Danielle found (below) from Tord Boontje for Moroso. Read more here. Sweet find, Danielle!
(images from imoii, paul smith, and the style files.)
Turquoise and Apartment Therapy LA invite you to join them on Thursday, November 16th (that’s tomorrow, people!!) from 6-9 p.m. in the Turquoise showroom located in Venice, CA at 1641 Abbot Kinney Blvd. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP (el pronto!) via email at: turquoise.rsvp[at]gmail[dot]com.
My pal Michelle Caplan will have her gorgeous art on display (her work was featured in the November issue of Real Simple magazine – woohoo!) and Henry Road will present their yummy new textiles for Fall.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling with the AT:LA crew and the locals. This is a great chance to meet and greet so don’t miss out on this fab event – expand your network and have fun!
[I’m taking today and tomorrow off to finish up on a project, but I’ll return on Friday 11/17 with a guide to shopping in Berlin along with a few other posts, so I’ll see you then.]
(image from henry road)
If you’re in Berlin and looking for fresh talent from fashion to accessories and products for the home, Berlinomat is a must-see stop. It’s “ab-fab” (absolutely fabulous) as my friends say. Not only is the space drop-dead beautiful, but the staff are x-tra friendly and helpful, spoke fluent English (great when you have lots of questions), and the store was quite large. The ‘hood it’s in isn’t the best, there’s not a lot over there to see, but it’s worth the 10 minutes from stadt mitte to hit Berlinomat simply because the designs to be found there are red hot. There wasn’t one thing that didn’t leave me drooling. I was soooo happy when I came across s.wert designs – it was so nice to see them up close and personal. I snapped as many photos as I could, but to fully appreciate it you need to visit it in person. All I can say is that if Domino or Lucky visits Berlin in the future, I can place bets that this store will be part of their picks. I loved all the local talent! The best!
Tip: If you like what you see on their website, shop them online (though the selection online is quite slim). OR if you crave to shop for more Berlin design online, visit Good Old Germany (a fun online store, not related to Berlinomat but they carry great things as well).
(images from holly becker for decor8 – click on them for a larger view.)
decor8 reader Stacy from New York writes in with a question – does anyone have the skinny on this?
“I’m looking for wallpaper or fabric or a shade that has a black and white forest scene. Do you know where I can get this? I’ve seen it in books and/or magazines. Also, looking to buy in the U.S. sophisticated wall tattoos. Do you know anyone that sells online?”
Let’s see what decor8 readers have to say, Stacy!
Can anyone help Stacy??
(image from holly becker for decor8, photographed at Stilwerk in Hamburg, Germany)