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Photography: Jake Curtis

I recently discovered London-based photographer Jake Curtis in the pages of the January 2008 issue of Livingetc magazine. Wow. This man knows how to work some serious magic.


Jake shot the home of artist Kate Dineen, a flat that totally captivates the whole Boho Modern style (more Boho than anything, her home is so artistic) that we discussed here on Friday. Anyway, I don’t have photos of Kate’s home, you have to pick up Livingetc and peek at pages 66-74. But I do have some work to show you from Jake Curtis’ portfolio that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Swoon away!

Capiz shell chandelier, a wall of empty frames, stools as dining room chairs,
and lots of lovely letters. We all love our collections.


Psst: Also in this Jan. 08 issue, Livingetc gives a shout out to fellow blogger Bowie of Print and Pattern, such a honor to be featured as a site the magazine looks to for inspiration. Congrats Bowie!

(images from the portfolio of Jake Curtis)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 09, 2008

Etsy: Take Five Tuesdays

It’s time for Take Five Tuesdays! I hope that you enjoy my finds for this week as they include wine totes, jewelry, tea towels, letterpress stationery, and more. And remember, if you or a friend has an interest in appearing in a future round up, please contact me with your etsy link and I’ll certainly consider your wares. Thank you!

I love the idea of a reversible mini-runner made from vintage wool and repurposed leather, “A modern doily”, is how Yorktown Road describes them. I want one in yellow for my windowsill to place my plants on. This is one of those why didn’t I think of this? products that are so useful and simple yet nothing I’ve ever noticed on the market before.

With a good friend of mine pregnant and another who just gave birth New Year’s Day, I’ve had babies on the brain a lot lately. What is sweeter than letterpressed cards geared towards babies and children with giraffe and poodle motifs? Not much. Sweetbeets carries some of the most adorable paper products, and they have a website in addition to their etsy store where a retail store can set up a wholesale account online.

Next up is Daphne of Spring Thaw who lives and works out of her home studio in Brooklyn making all of her pieces by hand. These cloud necklaces are so unique and if I had a storefront, I’d sell them because they’re simply darling.

More jewelry that has my attention lately are these creations from talented Canadian artist Jerusha of Windowsill. These apples are the perfect pick!

Jessica Cheatham is a southern belle living in Nashville who sews up lots of pretty things for the kitchen along with totes for running errands. Her shop, The Orange Bicycle, has lots of things made using Amy Butler fabric for all of you Midwest Modern fans out there. Great prices, too.

So that’s a wrap for Take Five Tuesdays this week. If you’ve missed previous articles in this series, please click here to view them all. :)

(images from etsy sellers linked above)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on January 08, 2008

Boston Globe: Update

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!

Fresh 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 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)

Posted in inspiration, small business on January 08, 2008

Elisabeth Dunker {krakatoa print}

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.


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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on January 08, 2008

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