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January 2008

Inspiration, Small Business

Boston Globe: Update

January 8, 2008

Would you like to know about my shopping trip with the Boston Globe on Saturday? Since some of you have asked, I’ll give you the scoop. A Globe correspondent and her photographer met up with me in the South End and since the article will focus on decor8 and shopping, my mission was to take them to a few of my favorite home stores. Shopping? Did someone say shopping? Sign me up!

Boston Globe: UpdateFresh blooms today from my friend Tammy.

I arrived 20 minutes early (you never want to be late for an interview) and spent that time talking to the shop owner and cruising the store to familiarize myself with all the products since a lot had changed since I was there a few weeks ago. I thought that by the time everyone arrived I’d be a freaking out nervous wreck but just the opposite — I felt so excited and ready to get started when the writer and photographer arrived. I was told to walk the store and talk about products, how to use them in in the home, and answer general questions while the photographer trailed us shooting the whole time. I’m not sure what kicked in, but it was the easiest most natural thing in the world for me to do, and so much fun. Like I had prepared my whole life for that moment. But I hadn’t, it was my first time ever doing something like this so even I was surprised by how second nature it was. All I could imagine was hosting a show taking the audience shopping with me around the world to all my favorite independent stores. Kind of like decor8 only on cable. Hey, a girl can dream. But that vision was one I had as I shopped and it was extremely exciting to play pretend for the day.

Boston Globe: Update Boston Globe photographer

We visited about 5 stores and at each stop when they introduced me, the stores already knew who I was and starting talking about decor8, my trip to Germany, and other things they read here that they’ve enjoyed. It was so nice to learn that local shop owners enjoy reading this blog and use it as a resource to find new talent. Each store we visited welcomed us with open arms. Later in the day, I learned that even the Globe correspondent is a loyal decor8 reader for 1.5 years now. I guess even I sometimes forget the reach of blogs!

At the final store, we spent about 30 minutes on posed shots. Holly on the chair, Holly looking out of the window, Holly standing before the dining table, Holly perched on the end of the bed. It was fun working with a pro directing each pose, especially amidst a busy retail environment. I wasn’t scared at all, just the opposite. I kept thinking about those who read the article and how they’ll be introduced to blogging and will eventually meet not just those I write about, but all the great blogs that I read and support too. I’m sure the photos that run in the paper will reflect the happiness I felt because it was one of those days that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I can’t believe that the girl that who worked a desk job dreaming of how I’d be out on my own doing what I love someday was experiencing this – you know? For me, it was huge.

After the shopping trip it was interview time. The photographer went his way, so we grabbed a table at a local restaurant and then a recording device appeared on the table and it was time to get down to business. I felt totally at ease. The conversation was centered mainly around decor8, blogging, and the community that exists online, along with those that have encouraged and supported decor8, what matters to me and why I do it. Other topics including my background and family life were also discussed, etc. I really appreciated her enthusiasm and energy, it was refreshing and I look forward to reading the article when it runs at the end of the month.

So for those who have emailed and asked me, that was my day. :) I will be taking some time off this afternoon to work on a project, but I’ll be blogging later tonight so I’ll see you soon.

(photos from holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}

January 8, 2008

More Scandinavian love for you today! This lively print is the latest Elisabeth Dunker creation and it’s just wonderful. It features a 1950’s color palette combined with illustrations of volcanos, bears, mountains and other unexpected things and it’s called Krakatoa. The work is inspired by Hokusai, HC Andersen and Tove Jansson. I’ve mentioned Elisabeth on decor8 before, you may recall her Str?ssel fabric that I picked up at ?hl?ns in Stockholm back in October; she’s such a talented lady.

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}
You can pre-order Krakatoa directly from the Little Red Stuga online for $35 USD. Thanks Emma for the great tip!

(image from elisabeth dunker)






Home Tours

decor8 Reader Spaces: Samantha + Grant (part two)

January 7, 2008

Just in! Samantha would now like to share photos of their previous apartment – total eye candy. Are you ready to pack everything and relocate to Sweden? Oh you will be. Get a load of this kitchen! The moment I saw it, I thought about Susan Serra, the amazing New York kitchen designer who loves Scandinavian design and how much she’d love cooking up something delicious in this space. I also thought about how much I love Europe and how I miss seeing apartments like this. :)

decor8 Reader Spaces: Samantha + Grant (part two)
Things I love: The building architecture overall, the gothic pew seating, all the industrial furniture, white walls, the transoms to die for, and the gorgeous light in the space. This home gives me a very serene feeling – it’s a look I love but in reality I realize that my love of color and animal/girl art would eventually take over and I’d add lots of pillows, flowers, and throw rugs. :) So it would be much more girly girl. But Sam and Grant have this editor’s eye that I appreciate because I don’t think I could have such restraint. Could be a cultural thing as Thorsten’s family (my husband) in Germany and some of my Swedish friends live like this, it’s part of their upbringing to be more frugal and to purchase things you plan to keep for many years. Plus store return policies aren’t nearly as generous, so if you buy it you can’t easily return it if it doesn’t work. And Craigslist isn’t all the rage. Perhaps all the options we have here in America is both bad and good. It makes it much harder to live like this Swedish couple, that’s for sure.

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Sam and Grant, thank you for all this sharing today on decor8, I’m basking in the glow of all this gorgeousness – oh la love!

(image from Samantha and Grant Nixon)






Home Tours

decor8 Reader Spaces: Samantha + Grant in Malm?

January 7, 2008

A series showcasing reader spaces was launched in ’06 here on decor8 and since last year I put that on pause, for 2008 I want to start up this series again. To kick things off I thought today you may like to see the home of readers Samantha and Grant (and 18 month old daughter Charlie) who live in beautiful Malm? Sweden. Sam loved this post featuring Liza Giles’ apartment and believes her style is quite similar so she wants to welcome us into their world. This apartment just so happens to be on the market, so if you’re interested in owning in Sweden, please contact Sam and Grant for more information sam_nixon{at}yahoo.com.

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Sam says, “I didn’t know what our style was, but I think Boho Modern might describe it. We have collected our stuff over years and years and it’s not all the same style or era, but we love how it goes together.”

About the space, “It’s a not so good 80’s attic installation but we repainted everything white, including the so-so quality wood floors and it made a huge difference.” Ah white wood floors. So many dream of these beneath their feet. I asked Sam what inspired her to paint them white, “We loved the look (first spotted in Elle Decoration and Living Etc.) but at the time we had beautiful floors so we didn’t want to take the risk with the white paint. When we bought this apartment the light was not as good, we thought the white floors would help with that, which they did — They made quite a big difference to the light in the apartment and give the illusion that the apartment is bigger than it actually is.”

decor8 Reader Spaces: Samantha + Grant in Malm?

When I asked her about the actual task of painting them, she said that is was hard to find someone in Malm? to paint them, their painter did not want to do it! They asked a friend who did the job for them using a, “long armed paint roller and lucky for us he did an excellent job. They do take a lot of work to keep clean, more so than unpainted floorboards. You tend to notice dust and spills a lot sooner! But when they are clean they do look fabulous.”

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Since Sam is such a sweetheart, she allowed me to ask a few more questions about her style that I was curious to know. Like where do they find such great furniture? “We found most of our furniture in the UK, and our favourite shops are metro retro in London and Castle Gibson, also in London. We really love metro retro and we have had excellent service from the owner Saxon.”

After looking at their style, I think this stylish couple would love to connect with my favorite shop in northern Germany for vintage modern furniture, ComingHome Interiors (shop tour here, they ship all over Europe and to America). In addition to brick and mortar stores, Sam and Grant are also keen on flea markets and find their favorite ones are in Copenhagen.

I asked if she had a favorite piece and of course it was hard to pick just one, “But if we have to, then it would probably be the big desk which you can see in the picture with the computer on it. We found it in Zurich and it was originally used in a Zurich hotel,” she adds, “And maybe also the 1930’s theatre light you can see by the sofa.”

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How does she keep it so clean? Sam tells us, “The apartment as seen in the photos is a bit more tidy/sparse than usual as we are selling it, and the Swedes are not so into the Boho Modern look, so some of our collections and art (which includes more than a few etsy finds found via decor8!) are packed away for the minute.” That explains how amazingly tidy things are, which also makes me breathe a sigh of relief as I can’t imagine anyone with a toddler living in such absolute perfection! Thank you Samantha and Grant for allowing us to visit your home today, it’s both beautiful and filled with fun decorating ideas and inspiration. May you sell your home and find another amazing space to fill with your well curated selection of beautiful things. Lovely!

(images from samantha and grant nixon for decor8)






Etsy Faves, Objects

Ply Textiles {pillows}

January 7, 2008

Renee of Wolfie and the Sneak wrote in this morning singing the praises of Ply Textiles, a Chicago-based etsy store that she fell in love with. These beautiful pillows are made from recycled wool sweaters then felted and hand sewn together. Wholesale orders welcome!

Ply Textiles {pillows}
The shop is quite small, but the pillows Ply carries are very unique and the colors are fabulous for the modern home. Renee thinks decor8 readers will really like ’em and so do I, so click here if you’re interested. They’re priced right at around $65.

Thank you Renee for the tip!

(images from ply textiles)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

January 5, 2008

Found this lovely etsy store called Trace My Face from designer Traci Edwards via new blog Etsy Love. I thought it would be a nice shop for you to discover as we head off into the weekend (yay!). Traci has lots of feminine prints that would fit in so well with our whole Boho theme today…

Trace My Face + Etsy Love

And a warm welcome to new blogger Nicole who will focus her blog on Etsy, from her finds to how to use the site and shop ownership. I can’t wait to see what she finds from one of our favorite sites. Nicole is also an etsy store owner (Crafty Devils), which I think only adds to her voice of a blogger because she knows both sides of the biz. Congrats Nicole!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’m signing off until Monday. Tomorrow I’ll be shaking in my boots with the Boston Globe, they mentioned today that they’ll have a photographer in tow while I take them shopping, so it’s time to freak out boys and girls. I never expected the new year to start like this. I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday – maybe I can turn the camera on them and take a few shots around town showing you the stores we hit, etc. Wish me luck and I’ll meet you back here in a few… Happy Weekend!

(images from trace my face)






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