I’m signing off for a busy weekend with my family, so I’ll meet you back here on Monday. Here are some links to hold you over for a few days – see you soon!
Don’t forget to…
Suggest a calendar and enter a mini contest to win free stuff.
View our new sponsors – Designers Guild, Jenn Ski, Three Potato Four, Akasha and Twig.
Visit an Etsy art round up over at Domino written by yours truly.
Suggest some Stockholm Tips (please!).
And you’ll want to visit…
A NYC girl taking on a new life in the city of lights.
Another former New Yorker in a new apt in San Francisco with a passion for a good redux.
Modern Dose added new products and a special discount to decor8 readers – take 10% off by entering code “decor8” upon checkout starting October 1st for the entire month. The ceramic antler bowls are my favorites.
Awesome new washed colors grace the classic Eames plywood chair at Hive Modern. I fancy it in the pale blue stain myself.
Stina Persson has a new website.
And finally, gorgeous photos from Susannah Conway over on Etsy.
(image from susannah conway)
Here’s a fun Friday afternoon thing to do… Visit the cute blog called Faces In Places. I just read about it over on Apartment Therapy and found it to be quite entertaining. Isn’t this sink the cutest?
I like to challenge myself when I’m out taking photographs, sometimes to shoot only things that are blue, or signs, or things that are round, etc. Now I’m up for a new challenge, faces in places you’d least expect them. Great find, AT!
(image from moonbird on flickr.)
Just in! Domino, the leading decorating magazine in America, has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish its first book, The Domino Book of Decorating. It will offer decorating advice and inspiration for every room in the home. Yay! This is great news. All I can say is that’s it’s about time!
[“Filled with floor plans, before-and-after shots, and a wealth of lush photography, it will include all of the magazine’s popular elements: unexpected expert decorating tips, eclectic style juxtapositions, shrewd shopping strategies, and ideas drawn from sources as far apart as Louis XIV and Le Corbusier.”]
Thanks Amy for the news! Release date unknown, but when I know, I’ll update this post.
update: Just heard from Amy at Domino – the book is due out in Fall ’08.
(image from domino mag)
Is anyone out there attending Woonbeurs this weekend in Amsterdam? I’m dying to see how it goes…
I was going to take the train over, but oma’s funeral is tomorrow and we’re having a big family dinner on Sunday so I’m staying here for the weekend. I’d love to hear about it, so if you blog it or have photos in flickr, please let me know! It looks like a lot of fun, with hands-on workshops, lectures, and lots of good displays for home decorating and design.
(image from woonbeurs)
Maria Kirk Mikkelsen is the 34-year-old textile designer behind Make Up The Wall based in Copenhagen. Maria lives to create. In fact, she says that she has no real hobbies because her satisfaction comes from her work — she doesn’t need anything else.
In addition to creating, she teaches textile design and the design process at The Scandinavian Design College. I found out about her aluminum wall stencils and had to share them with you because I think they’re so clever – you can use them to trace designs on your wall in any pattern you’d like using markers or crayons, then you can either fill in the designs with paint or nothing at all.
For the locals: Make Up The Wall is available at Raumformplan located at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 27 in Hannover.
If you’d like to learn more about Maria, visit her website here.
(images from make up the wall)
Here’s a peek at a little corner of my home in America (New Hampshire) where you’ll find some of my most recently acquired pieces of art.
If you recall, I painted a wall in my living room in pale turquoise blue about two weeks ago. A total last minute decision, motivated by my Julia Rothman print finally coming back from the frame shop. I decided on the color because I wanted to cool down all the warm tones in the space and create a sense of calm there since it’s where I like to go to relax. And because I miss living near the coast, the room brings a little of the ocean to me. The wall previously was a creamy white with yellow undertones and there was a large turquoise belly lamp with a white drum shade on the credenza with some ceramics and a pile of books. Nothing too exciting. On the wall, I had three pieces of art and leaning against the wall, my newly framed print.
After the paint dried, I grabbed a few of my more recent art purchases and in less than 20 minutes, pulled everything together and shot these photos. Why the rush? Trust me, it’s against my nature to not plan and measure, but per the request of Michelle Caplan, who needed images of her work in my home before I left for Germany, duty called! And I like how it came out.
Lesson learned from my mini redux: Practice what I preach and go with the flow, allow design to be fun, and don’t over think everything so much. Sometimes when you are in a design field, all you strive for is perfection and frankly, I’m sick of it – it’s quite limiting. I’m taking a new approach. It’s called Live A Little. I need to return to my spontaneous roots.
Sure, the lamp isn’t exactly what I want there, but for now I’m fine with it as it’s very low, provides ample lighting, and most importantly, it’s not a distraction – the art is the focal point.
If there’s anything you see in these photos that you’d like to know more about, please ask me in the comments section below. I can tell you where everything came from. :)
(images from holly becker for decor8)