I was so pleased today to see that one of my favorite catalogs in Germany has expanded to include an online store. They’ve always had a website, but ordering was a bit hard as you usually had to call things in. I’m sure all of the Germans reading this will be happy to see the new Impressionen site and that they have all kinds of lovely things up for Fall.
I like how they show all their products in mood board style, then you just click on what you like to learn more about that particular item. I think the visual presentation is lovely.
(images from impressionen)
I wrote about the illustrator of this lovely little book called The Cocktail over at Real Simple yesterday (link here). Her name is Kat Macleod and she has a few pillowcases and a pretty handkerchief for sale at Third Drawer Down right now.
I must confess, I purchased the book soley for the illustrations… Although the boozy concoctions look truly delicious. Some of the illustrations are so nice that I’m almost tempted to remove and frame them. But then there is this whole uncomfortable feeling I have about destroying a perfectly lovely book… So for now I will display the book on a shelf in my kitchen.
(image top: holly becker for decor8 bottom: third drawer down)
Are you ready to view the finalists and vote for your faves? We had 118 entries from all over the world and they can all be viewed right here. All are amazing, each with a unique twist showing the versatility of Amy’s collection — you can use her fabrics in rooms ranging from Indian to country, contemporary, and beyond. As is the case with every contest though, it comes down to only a handful of winners. Well winners who receive prizes at least. In my eyes all of you are winners. It’s so difficult to ‘judge’ creativity and talent. Amy and I had to consider how the fabric was used, if the look was cohesive, and of course the overall layout was a huge consideration along with many other things. When one creates a mood board they have to imagine themselves standing before their client presenting this look that they are trying to sell them, presentation is everything! Even if your design is amazing, a board that doesn’t excite the client will most likely fall flat. There’s so much to consider and given that I consider Amy a pro, I think she did a great job selecting her top choices. In addition to her choices, I’ve added some of my own and together we came up with 23 finalists. Ready to see ’em?
Please Click Here to Select Your Favorites!
p.s. I will post all 23 on decor8 tomorrow with links to where you can find the items on their mood boards.
Hello everyone! Today I had that painting class that I told you about a few weeks ago and it was so inspiring. I can’t wait to dig in. I’ll be tied up on Tuesdays for the next 8 weeks, but I’ll still be here on Tuesdays to blog, just a little later (late afternoon/early evening), just so you know. Thank you for all of the, “Where’s Holly?” emails today, they were very sweet!
Good news gang… I just heard back from Amy Butler. I sent her a file to the mood boards and she selected 6 that she absolutely loved and 11 that she feels are also really great. She said, “OK……. this was tough! I went through all the entries and everyone did such a beautiful job.” Amy also added, “Please express my total joy to everyone who entered the contest. Truly impressive and fun.”
Now that Amy has spoken, it’s our turn to find our winner. I’ll start posting the finalists in a moment so stay tuned. We should have the winner by Thursday or Friday.
We’re getting really close now… Yay!
My interior decorating style leans more on the feminine side but there is still this love of industrial furniture that lurks beneath… these beauties are from John Beck Paper & Steel. I was so pleased when an email from John arrived today and I found his work for the first time, all of these childhood memories came rushing in that I had long forgotten. When I was a kid my father would drag me to commercial kitchen warehouses where I’d spend hours by his side as he’d select counters for the kitchens of his restaurants (his evening ‘hobby’ was owning a business or two on the side). I remembered rooms with what looked to hold hundreds of industrial steel tables and cabinetry. I also recall how proud of his purchases he was and how often, after school, I would sit on a stool in the kitchen watching him lay everything out on the shiny metal surface to prepare for the nightly special. To this day I think about owning a chef’s kitchen with industrial counters like these. Obviously I’m not the only one.
My first love is an all-white kitchen or white with bits of teak throughout, I can imagine integrating steel into the mix. It gives the look of a professional kitchen which is a popular look right now. Steel is a great surface to work on, heavy-duty tough and nearly impossible to stain. An open kitchen is one many enjoy as today?s kitchens are social areas, more and more are knocking down walls to open up space to include a center prep area to accommodate either additional helpers or guests who enjoy socializing while the chef is at work. I also love what John has done to the storefront cashier’s table shown below, it’s brilliant. You also have to see the desk on wheels below, another great find.
Please take a moment to look at John’s website, his bio reads so down-to-earth — I especially loved this line, “I got a rock star wife, a couple of rugrats (18 and 7), a truck, and a house in the ‘burbs.”
(images from john beck paper & steel)
Here’s our weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris from Hatch. The stage is yours, Beckster! – Holly
Well, I just finished watching this week’s Design Star on HGTV. It was really boring. You know how on Project Runway they have amazing creative challenges, like making in outfit from materials bought at the grocery store or in a nursery? The interior design shows just don’t seem to have very creative ideas for challenges. It seems like the contestants spend more time stripping wallpaper, painting, and racing the clock than they do actually designing and problem solving. The end results never seem very well thought out or polished. Maybe that’s why they race through them during the reveals. I literally have to pause my DVR to really see the rooms.
This week the contestants were put into teams of two, which made for more interesting dynamics and created the potential for results with more of a point of view. Do you think any of the teams accomplished that? What did you think of the rooms? Has your opinion changed about any of the contestants, or are your first impressions proving to be pretty accurate? Do you think anyone in particular appears to be a front runner? Did you agree with the judges on who was sent home? How much do you think the inspiration pieces influenced the designs?
Again, WARNING: There will be no spoiler alerts in these intros, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know what happened, do not click into the comments section until you have caught up on your viewing.
Now dish away…