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February 2007

Bloggers, Inspiration

Creative Thursday Blog

February 2, 2007

This post is nearly the size of a book chapter, but from the emails I reply to almost daily, I think it may help you in some small way.

You may notice the blog of the week is actually a website filled with art, the blog of Marisa Haedike, and podcasts. These podcasts are the primary reason for selecting Creative Thursday as Blog of the Week.

When I started listening to Marisa’s podcasts last year on Creative Thursday, I heard a familiar voice. My own. Nearly everything she discusses resonates with me on some level. Maybe it’s because we’re the same age and have that “been there, done that” mentality – it comes from experiencing a lot at a young age and knowing that you have “arrived”, you have nothing to prove anymore. I don’t mean arrived as in big success, fame, riches, power, etc. I’m talking about an affair of the heart and mind. When both agree that you are doing exactly what you need to be doing in life and you know it and own it. Have you Click here to continue reading this post…

Books + Magazines

Book of the Week: Flea Market Style

February 2, 2007

I recently heard about Emily Chalmers from Joy so I had to learn more. I found out that she’s authored (and co-authored) several books, one being Flea Market Style, which comes with rave reviews on all of the book websites.

Book of the Week: Flea Market StyleAfter purchasing it and falling in love, I decided to post it as book of the week because it gave me a Springy feeling, like March is just around the corner so chin up! Aside from budding trees and warmer temps, Spring brings cleaning and organizing the home, along with refreshing the decor. And there’s no better way to refresh than to hit flea markets because you are supporting sellers, saving money, and more importantly, it does the planet good to recycle. Queen Flea Victoria says that out in the Bay Area, the Alameda Market kicks off this weekend. For those of us wrapped like a mummy in winter gear, attending an outdoor flea is months away. That’s why I’ll live through the pages of Flea Market Style and of course, Victoria’s blog.Flea Market Style is a beautiful book, it’s not the typical flea read, where everything leans more on yee haw Country (roosters and plaid) or the all white Shabby Chic style. While it’s hard to define the style, picture fresh cut flowers in a canning jar, on a metal folding table, in a Notting Hill flat with soaring ceiling, crown moldings, and a sweetly upholstered 19th century French Louis XV sofa against a soft blue wall, and there you have it. The photos are so gorgeous.

Books like this one are really helpful for those who may not have the eye to source amazing finds. I have friends who’ve accompanied me to Brimfield and they just don’t get it. They don’t have the vision to get excited about it. To them, it’s all junk. I don’t fault anyone for that because we all have talents in different areas. I’ve been going to fleas since I was a toddler (with my mother and grandparents), so although I can’t couldn’t compose music or write code to save my life, I can find potential scores at flea markets.

For a flea market junkie, this title offers plenty of styling ideas, and for those a bit overwhelmed by the thought of combing a huge market, helps them develop an eye for precious finds so the shopping experience becomes exciting. The more you look at pictures, attend fleas with friends who are savvy market shoppers, and my #1, have in mind exactly what you are looking for, the more beneficial your trip will be. The days of coming home, stressed and exhausted, opening your bag wondering what you were thinking, are over!

If you need any flea market tips, just ask. So many readers are complete junkies, I’m sure one of us can offer some advice. Once Spring comes, I’ll post a list of some of the best flea markets to hit, look for that in mid March.

Pick up a copy of Flea Market Style on Amazon for $18 right here.

(image from amazon)

Arts + Crafts, Handmade, Objects, Rooms

Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)

February 1, 2007

Ooooo. Look what Irene, aka Bloesem, posted on her blog today. Images of works from Dutch designers Meesters & Van der Park, or Jo Meesters and Marije van der Park.

Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)I first heard about them at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven this past October, an amazing event that I attended with my partner in crime, Danielle from the Style Files. I went there to pull together images and a article for Domino magazine, which posted on their website last year, and to meet Danielle in person for the first time after being a penpal for quite some time. Anyway, if you have a moment today, flip through the Meesters & Van der Park portfolio. Innovative, extremely unique, and intelligent design in every way, shape, and form!

Meesters & Van der Park (Netherlands)If you’re looking for their work, contact the Future Perfect in NY, or if you find yourself in the Netherlands anytime soon, click here for a list of retail shops. I’m so happy that Bloesem reminded me of them, Thanks Irene! I love having Bloesem and the Style Files to refer to, these Dutch girls always find the best stuff, I am forever amazed by both of these bloggers!

(images from meesters & van der park)

Objects

Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)

February 1, 2007

Br?hl is a big name in Germany, whenever I’m over there scouring newsstands for German home design mags, I spot them in nearly every single issue I pull. They’re popular for good reason, style and quality being high on the list.

She seems to be having a lot of fun on this photo shoot. Cute, huh?

Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)While in Hamburg this past November, I checked out some of their sofas since I’m starting to look for furniture there (more on that later). Anyway, decor8 reader Takashi sent me a link over to Yanko Design to check out the latest from Br?hl called Blanche, a sofa you can have some fun with because you select the covers you’d like for it which can completely change the look in mere minutes. I like the uncomplicated lines of this sofa, and how unique it is, it’s not at all typical. Clean, contemporary, and I think it can be called timeless even because it’s not so super trendy that you couldn’t see it in a home in say, 5 years, looking just as posh. What do you think?
Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)
My favorite is the white leather Blanche shown below. I know, some may say, “boring white”. But I love the options I would have with a white sofa, I could go nuts with my pillow obsession and swap out new colors and textures monthly, imagine the possibilities! :) I’m thinking that ultimately though, I’d love this in a mossy green tweed or maybe oatmeal… Something with a bit more texture. Definitely not a print.

I’m not a print sofa person. I do prints on chairs and solids on sofas. Can anyone relate to this? Or is this just an American thing? I mean, walk into any furniture showroom and most sofas you see are solids… Yet, we have no issue mixing in patterned pillows, ottomans, chairs, window treatments. Hmmm… What’s behind our fear of patterned sofas, I wonder? Or do I stand alone on this one, and you love patterned sofas?

Br?hl Blanche Sofa (Germany, Ja!)(images from br?hl)
Events + Markets, Rooms

Caleb Simeon (NYIGF)

February 1, 2007

The contemporary glass of the talented Caleb Simeon is undeniably gorgeous. After obtaining his BFA in glass blowing, and spending several years in Venice where he apprenticed with master glass sculptor Pino Signoretto, Caleb returned to California to create his own Italian-inspired glass to share with the world. Caleb isn’t in the business merely to please himself, he goes above and beyond by inviting Italian masters and international glass blowers to come together in his studio to train the next generation of glass artisans. That is dedication and passion at work. If you are interested in seeing Caleb Simeon glass, click here for store and gallery locations nearest to you. Locals: You can spot some pieces at Good on Charles Street.

Caleb Simeon (NYIGF)This is Caleb at the NYIGF yesterday…
Caleb Simeon (NYIGF)(images from rr)
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