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Random Images to Inspire

October 19, 2006

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.
Random Images to InspireI 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?

Random Images to Inspire
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.
Random Images to InspireI 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.

Random Images to Inspire
(images from holly becker for decor8)






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Melissa Moss Art + Greeting Cards (LA)

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.

Melissa Moss Art + Greeting Cards (LA)
Melissa Moss Art + Greeting Cards (LA)(images from melissa moss)






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coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 ’06}

October 19, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}I thought it would be fun to introduce you to kitchen design in Germany, as it differs a lot from what we see in the states. I snapped these at the Infa fair I attended last weekend, thinking you’d like to see them.
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Can you find the dishwasher? What about the refridgerator? Germans do a fabulous job at concealing them, which is actually not as difficult as you’d expect given that most appliances here are much smaller than what we have in America. Drawers and cabinets, for the most part, are quite mobile, too. But there’s a reason for this…coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Most kitchens are not built-in since here in Germany, except for some of the overhead cabinets, you BYOK. Bring Your Own Kitchen. Yup, that’s right. Your kitchen moves with you when you’re a renter. Most apartments do not have cabinets or appliances in the kitchen when you move in, the kitchen is a blank slate – an empty room with only a tiled floor and appliance outlets along with plumbing for a sink. You supply the rest. Now the whole mobile kitchen idea makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s one of the reasons why you’ll find cabinets on simple feet or wheels, not built into the floors and walls. Many renters mount overhead cabinets to the wall, but at this fair, I noticed many of the overhead cabinets designed to stand alone. Given the condition of most American apartments in the states and their dated kitchens, I actually wouldn’t mind BYOK. At least I wouldn’t have to suffer through 60’s knotty pine with hammered cooper hardware as I recall from apartments past.coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} I loved opening the sturdy drawers, each one illuminated as I peeked inside. The sleek modern design appealed to me, uncomplicated and clean so you can get down to business in the kitchen – cooking and eating!
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}If you live in Hannover, you can view these kitchens at Moebel Hesse in Garbsen.

coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06} Not sure who these peeps are, but she nicely shows us the deep storage drawers.
coffee + cre8tive {oct 19 '06}Click here to see more kitchen photos in my flickr album. Click on any of the images shown for a larger view.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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Rita Gomez (Germany)

October 18, 2006

Rita Gomez (Germany) Maybe some of you can relate to this. I’ve worn a few hats in my time. Not only head coverings, but roles in life, jobs. I was an au-pair one summer, spent another at a printing press, and then landed a gig as a talent scout for a modeling agency. I wasn’t keen on working during the summer, but it helped me along my path of self-discovery and taught me (some!) responsibility. My final summer job, where I trained under a master milliner, was an experience that left a lasting impression on me. Beyond assisting someone who possessed such extraordinary talent, I learned how to build hats from mere forms and all the ways in which to design and create bridal headpieces, in addition to the many adorable hats for children and little old ladies that we made. When I married, I designed and created my own bridal headpiece drawing from the skills acquired in the millinary boutique so many years ago.

I learned very early on that hats are very personal, different from anything else you’ll ever wear. You can wear the wrong scarf or sweater. A hat, given it’s place on the body and how it is often associated with respect and beauty, is the first thing you see. No room for screw-ups. Afterall, it’s on top, the grand crown, and it must fit perfectly. Depending on it’s function, it must either do well to protect the wearer or make them look polished and stylish. Or, if for a wedding, radiant and princess-like. Hats make the ensemble.

Here in northern Germany, hats are big business. They are quite the “it” accessory, most Germans wear ultra cool knitted or oilcloth hats, and if they aren’t wearing one, you are most likely going to find it tucked away in their handbags. City girls here are always prepared and, even in inclement weather, always look so stylish thanks to their trusty hat.

One German milliner (of many) that I spied at the Infa fair this past week is Rita Gomez. Her work really stood out. The details, patterns, textiles, knitted creations, the sheer range alone was impressive. She can go over-the-top avant garde all the way to a simple oilcloth rain hat in understated two-tone florals. It’s great.

This winter, I say hats on ladies!

Rita Gomez (Germany)Rita Gomez (Germany)I did some traveling today and time escaped me, so I’ll be back tomorrow to post some finds for the home – I have lots of goodies to share and more images from infa, too.

(images top: from holly becker for decor8 and other: from rita gomez. note: rita is pictured in the bottom photo.)






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coffee + cre8tive {oct 18 ’06}

October 18, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 18 '06}New product alert! Yeah! After I mentioned Les Louisettes yesterday, Julie wrote to me yet again to tell me more good news – new products! This time, 26 new motifs to iron onto textiles. I’m thinking you could really go wild with this idea and transform pillowcases, duvets, tees, tableclothes, throw pillows… Even to take a white duvet and add a few designs to the bottom corners would be a simple way to introduce a bit of whimsy if you are afraid to go too crazy. You can purchase a full sheet of motifs (26 of them + 5 expressions like “C’est moi l’artiste!”, translated: “I’m the artist”) and they arrive in a pure cotton printed bag (sweet!) which is a delightful little bonus, don’t you think?

Here are a few photos… If you like them, contact Julie at Les Louisettes for details – contact[at]leslouisettes[dot]com.

(images from les louisettes – thanks for sending them along, Julie!)






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Update: Les Louisettes Now Available Online!

October 17, 2006

Update: Les Louisettes Now Available Online!
Update alert! I wrote about Les Louisettes Wall Decals from France back in early August, do you recall? Julie from Les Louisettes wrote in today to share some news with us since a lot of readers contacted her to purchase their products – they’re now available both at Mortimer Snodgrass (in Montreal) and online! Yeah!

Thanks for the tip, Julie!

[10/18: Mortimer Snodgrass just wrote in to let us know that decor8 readers who order anything from their online store will receive 15% off their order total. Simply mention “decor8” in the comments box at check-out. Thanks MS!]

(images from les louisettes)






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