Here’s wishing everyone a lovely weekend filled with fun activities and warm sunshine. I may hit Renegade in Brooklyn and I plan to travel down to southern Rhode Island to visit my dear grandmother, stopping for seafood in Newport on the way. Here are some links to keep you clicking in case it’s rainy in your part of the world and you find yourself indoors. Have a great weekend!
London: Don’t miss Artists at Home this weekend. This looks awesome people!
Brooklyn: Renegade Craft Fair, June 14 + 15, 11-7 pm. Over 200 vendors plus food and music.
decor8 Mood Board Contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design is in full swing! Check out the entries here and remember, the deadline is midnight June 23, 2008 so if you are interested here’s the full scoop on how to enter.
Don’t forget to enter the Creature Comforts contest. It’s swell!
Look for decor8 in the Boston Globe magazine (insert in the Sunday Globe) this Sunday. I was interviewed for my take on the best shops in Boston for those on a budget. I’m excited to see how it came out!
- 12 Online Shops for Unique Gifts
- Environmentally Friendly Blogs
- Consumer Feedback Online – How Important?
@ The Boston Globe
Fabulous Stationery – Save 20%, enter code decor8 at checkout. Valid until 6/23
Penny People Designs – Save 20%, enter code decor8 at checkout. Can be used on custom orders. Valid until 6/27.
Have a great weekend!
(image from cub & cabin)
What a lovely way to wrap up the week… I just discovered the fine art photography of Susannah Conway, also known to some as Unravelling, who lives in coastal south west England. She has this ability to create stories through everyday objects that really speak to the viewer, and a real eye for composition, light, color, and beauty. Her photos are very transporting. See for yourself.
It’s a journey worth taking to simply view her Flickr photos and portfolio. I enjoy viewing the world through her lens because it makes me look at the seemingly mundane things around me in a new way. These photos remind me of where I live here in New Hampshire since I’m in the country and of the New England coastline and have inspired me to take my camera out this weekend and head to the shore. Susannah also has an etsy shop if you are interested in owning some of these magical works.
(photography by susannah conway)
I was flipping through a recent copy of VTWonen and noticed Eijffinger wallpaper and felt an instant attraction to some of their latest patterns. Their papers for kid’s rooms really make an impact! On their website they mention that wallpaper framed versus on an entire wall is a big trend right now. Do you agree?
I’ve also noticed a rising interest in using only a few sheets of wallpaper to visually section off a room, useful in open spaces that double as a dining and living area. Eijffinjer recently collaborated with VTWonen magazine on a special line, you can view that here.
I’m glad that their site is both in English and Dutch or else I would have completely missed this otherwise. It’s a handy guide for wallpaper installation and the space effects that it has on a room depending on pattern and color. “With the use of colour it is possible to make a room look larger or smaller. Light tints optically enlarge while dark tints make smaller. Colour and atmosphere are inseparable. It is perhaps useful to think of regions and countries when trying to create a certain mood.”
(images from eijffinger)
I’ve been looking over a lot of Dutch decorating magazines lately since a friend recently sent over a stack of magazines from the Netherlands as a present. It’s so exciting to see fresh ideas and new products, and I remain a fan of decor magazines from Australia, England, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and France. I’m sure that you are fascinated with magazines outside of your home turf, you can learn so much about a culture and expose yourself to fresh decorating ideas that you may not have thought of before.
I especially like magazines that stay true to their voice. For instance, a theme I see in Swedish and Dutch magazines is their connection to simplicity, the outdoors, and on the other side, there is this folk style that I also like. But they are true to their culture and this is so important to me. They are innovative, constantly looking to make everyday objects more attractive, and nature is a constant theme. As a result, they feed the creative mind — you can’t help but feel your own wheels turning when you either visit these places or take a vacation through the pages of their popular design mags. Same with French magazines, like Marie Claire Id?es – so fabulous.
Some want to know the secret to pulling together a perfect room. There is no secret, no perfect room. Like art, I believe that decorating is open to interpretation. What one believes to be flawless another will criticize even when all of the principals of design are followed to absolute perfection. It comes down to personal style and emotion, how much of yourself you allow to shine through in your design, and believing in your own ability. I’ve been in homes where nothing made much sense from a design perspective, chairs out of scale, proportion all wrong, but the home felt far more welcoming than some of the showroom homes I’ve toured where perfection is the ultimate goal.
Decorating outside of the box is something many of us desire, we crave alternative ways to decorate so that our home doesn’t look like a catalog or ‘common’. To me, decorating is all about using our imagination, getting creative, and translating our personal style into our rooms so that our unique personalities shine through. Remaining true to yourself, decorating from an authentic place, that will ultimately make you feel more comfortable and safe in your abode. It’s inspiring to view how others decorate and to learn new tips, we often seek the advice of a pro and turn to the pages of our favorite glossies because they give us fuel. But ultimately we need to process these images through our own filters and see what results.
In the end, you will love your home if your energy, spirit, and style flow freely through it.
Speaking of inspiration and magazines, I find Dutch magazine VT Wonen a very good read. In this post I’ve included photos from homes of their readers homes featured on their site. You can view more of these lovely rooms right here.
(images from vt wonen magazine online)