Just a little note to say that I’m back from vacation. I missed being here to meet with you each day but I needed some offline playtime. :) I hope you are doing well and for those in the states, I’m sure that the long weekend felt nice for you. Did you do anything special?
It’s so good to be back, I’ll see you in the morning. :)
(photography by holly becker)
I’m taking off for vacation next week but I’ll be back on Tuesday, May 27 after the Memorial Day holiday. I’ll leave you with some links today and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!
inspiration over at my 2nd blog called Haus Maus.
- Boston: South End Open Market kicks off this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday with tons of great vendors.
- Boston: SoWa Art Walk, where South End art studios open to the public, May 17-18.
- Brimfield, MA - The motherload of flea markets wraps up this weekend but there’s still time to scoop up the goods on May 17 & 18. Details here.
- Northhampton, MA: Paradise City Arts Festival, May 24-26.
- Chicago: Chicago Green Festival, May 17-18.
- NYC: Hable Construction Annual Spring Sample Sale, May 21-23. More information here.
- Beverly Hills, CA: Affaire in the Gardens Art Show, May 17-18. Meet Michelle Caplan along with many other great artists!
- Marisa’s informative podcast: Art & Money. All about earning the green stuff, licensing your work as an artist, and how to price what you do so that you can feel good about yourself and earn respect from your customers.
- I can’t stop looking at Little Doll Face.
- This is one of the best tutorials on how to make a repeat pattern that I’ve ever seen. Julia knocked the ball out of the park on this one.
- bient?t demain is a blog I recently discovered that I think you’ll fall in love with.
- On a fashion-related tip, our beloved Amelie, who is the lovely Audrey Tatou, is the new face for Chanel. Oh how extremely exciting because she is perfect. I read this on Vie Chaotique. Which got me to do some research and I discovered that Audrey will star as Coco Chanel in Coco avant Chanel, currently filming. By the way, has anyone seen Ensemble, c’est tout? I’m trying to find a copy to purchase…
new paper from Sandbergs Tyg & Tapet that is just so lovely…
- Haus Maus: A blog I just pulled together to focus more on my new apartment in Germany where I plan to live 5 months each year starting in August. Haus Maus is a very informal personal blog where I talk about my decorating and diy ideas for my new space. I also have lots of links on the blog for mostly Germany and Europe.
- Me@Real Simple: 10 Budget Bathroom Updates
- Me@Real Simple: Shower Curtain Round Up
- Me@Real Simple: 10 Entryway Updates
- A Few Good (Etsy) Men, a piece that I produced for Domino magazine, is now online.
And for those of you waiting for the big contest news, Amy Butler sent me most of the images of the lovely items that she plans to give to the winners of our upcoming inspiration board contest so I’ll post full details on May 27th. The prizes are lovely. The decor8/Amy Butler Contest will kick off on 5/27 and you’ll have 3 weeks to submit your inspiration board to me. This year I’m allowing both digital boards and handmade ones so more have a chance to participate.
See you on Monday, May 27th. Have a wonderful week!
(top image from wohn idee, bottom image from frida)
Lots of people ask me what design is like in Germany, at least the more mainstream stuff. Like if I went into a ‘normal’ furniture store in Germany, what could I expect to find. Of course, like Americans, everyone has their own unique style and some homes look nothing like these photos below. But again, this is more of the look you’ll find in mainstream magazines and furniture stores and so I thought I’d share these images with you. They are from Wohn Idee magazine.
As you can see, bright colors and contemporary furnishings and patterns are very common in Germany and have been for a long time. It was all about primary red, blue, orange, and yellow at one time but I think the German design aesthetic, at least mainstream, is starting to mellow out a little and explore beyond primary hues, but they still love their primary colors!
And don’t forget, if you live in Germany or are just passing through an airport there, pick up a copy of Wohn Idee for more inspiration and decorating ideas.
Isn’t that hallway pretty cool!? The ‘grassy’ walls is wallpaper from a company called Berlintapete. They take any image and transform it into wallpaper. Imagine the possibilities.
(images from wohn idee magazine, copyright Bauer Digital KG, germany)
You all know how much I love Boston local art rep Lilla Rogers since I’ve talked about her many times here on decor8. Well she’s a blogger now and I’m so happy to welcome her to blogland and to make her the decor8 blog of the week.
And for Matte Stephens fans you’ll love this… She’s also now representing him. Lilla Rogers Studio is a hugely popular and one of the most successful and respected illustration agencies. I’m super excited for Matte, this is HUGE news.
Welcome, Lilla and congrats to Matte! Also, Lilla will have a booth a Surtex in NYC at the Javitz Center from May 18 – 20 to show over 1,000 new images to the licensing community so look for her if you’re planning to attend.
(images from lilla rogers studio)
The always amazing Lucie Summers on Etsy wrote to me singing the praises of a mixed media artist that she adores, Sarah Ahearn. Immediately upon viewing her work I became an insta-fan and thought of you and how much you’ll like Miss Sarah too. She also works on a letterpress creating fine paper goods. What a talented lady she is!
Here are some pretty views of her inspiration board and studio space in New York that I found inspiring. I love seeing where and how people work, don’t you? Things I like about this space: her orange accent wall, rice paper pendant (pretty and affordable), the yellow chair, the fact that she can both sit and stand at her desk, and the massive chalkboard.
(images from sarah ahearn)