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October 2008

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Travel

Highlights from RUM magazine

October 14, 2008

Sidsel from the Spagat design studio in Denmark sent me a gorgeous interiors magazine called RUM featuring design and homes from all over the world. I am really enjoying this magazine with my tea this morning Sidsel, so thank you!

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As I was flipping through it I found lots of good links to share with all of you since few have access to RUM magazine. Time for a little show and tell from me and of course RUM!

Highlights from RUM magazine

Ferm Living has a new collection of wallpaper and I found the beautiful Fairy Flowers on page 122. Oh my goodness! oh my goodness! OH. MY. GOODNESS. Get the point!? I’m dying to own this wallpaper. I cannot take my eyes off of it. I’ve been adding in gold accents into my living room lately so seeing this made me quite excited as it’s so fresh and the patterns make me drool… This is on my wish list for sure. I want to paper my kitchen with this now or my bedroom. P.S. Ferm also has a new kids collection here.

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Next up is the new Cycle of Life pouf from Nicolette Brunklaus in Holland. I love this modern take on poufs incorporating photography into the design. Very nice. She has new pendants in her collection too. I’ve been following her work for a few years now and just love how she uses photographs in most of her work, it’s really inspirational to see photos used on household items without it looking tacky. Her modern laser cut pendants are great looking as well and also a new addition to her line.

Highlights from RUM magazine
Ah Andrew Tanner… What you do to me! This contemporary ceramicist blows my mind. Look at these plates, created back in 2005 but still relevant today. I think this is amazing work and a great example of being original.

Highlights from RUM magazine

I also found a kids shop in Copenhagen called Cr?me de la Cr?me ? la Edgar. I want so badly to book a flight and go up there for the weekend in November. It’s only 45 minutes by plane…

Highlights from RUM magazine

I also found out about Steen Drabik and his artwork that he shows on his website called Stonys. I LOVE his mobiles, you should see it in person – wow! Steen is super artistic, I really can get into his work and loved reading his interview over at the Saatchi Gallery. His work is really out there and I appreciate that because it is uniquely Steen.

Highlights from RUM magazine

Another fun link I found was an etsy seller called Odelia Lavie who is currently in the spotlight on their website. I was so surprised to find an etsy seller in the spotlight of such a posh design magazine. I LOVE seeing this, it’s really amazing as years ago the only names you’d see were the big guys. Now smaller independent designers sit near the great ones. Yay Indie! Odelia Lavie is from Jerusalem and designs fun softies that have a bit of an artsy vibe — they could live alongside contemporary art so I’m thinking parents that are drawn towards more modern things would really like to have Odelia’s dolls in their home. These are great for the kids with all the shapes and colors but equally fun for those without children because softie love knows no age – my grandmother still gets excited when I visit her with plush toys.

Someone once wrote to me after reading a post I had written about softies and she thought that most people consider them childish and that this holds her back from owning them. I’d like to quickly address this concern. You cannot live to please the design tastes of others — only the taste that you have and love should be embraced and shown in your home. I am so tired of mainstream design lately that I almost want to encourage a bit of rebellion — be YOURSELF and put things around in your home that reflect your unique self. I guess I’ve always encouraged this on decor8 which is why I show a diversity of styles here, but I thought I’d voice this today because there is no better time to start living in a home that sings your life than NOW. There is no future point when you are allowed to love your home. And there is no looking back to a home you once enjoyed more than your current place. Today is when you should consider where and how you live and what little things you can do to create an environment that gives back to you. A place that encourages, refreshes, stimulates, gives you pleasure and a sense of well being. I had a conversation with a lady over the weekend (who will go unnamed) and she kept telling me how she hates her apartment, this or that isn’t perfect enough, and so she is working extra hard to save for the home of her dreams that she will own in a few years. In the meantime, she admitted, “I’m comfortable being uncomfortable”. In other words, she is content to be miserable as she has a goal ahead. This bothered me very much. I think that part of the idea of having a dream is to enjoy the process of living in the ‘what if’ moment. You know, like it’s more fun sometimes to dream than to actually have. I dream of many things and often the dream is satisfying enough. When the reality of hopes unfold,? often we are no longer excited because we have ‘it’ now. Then we’re onto the next dream! I think dreams are rewarding and should be had, you should aim high and hope and wish and work hard for the ‘next’ step in life that you want to take. But to simply wait for that time to occur without really living today is not the best way to enjoy life in my opinion. Years slip through the fingers so quickly. So if you have an apartment or home you dislike, or you live in a city or country that you do not enjoy, set a plan to make changes in the near future but while the plans are working themselves out, look for ways to improve your life today. Find ways to enjoy what you have now. The grass is always greener they say. I hope what I’ve said here doesn’t come across as preachy or ‘know it all’. I am not a therapist but I have lived in many homes and apartments and states and now I’m in two countries living in each part-time, so I have some life experience to support my words. Enjoy your home today as it is, do little things to make it better, look for ways to enhance what you have, and keep dreaming and working for your future. Please do not settle into this thinking of being comfortable in an uncomfortable life. This is also how I would answer anyone who asks me if being an adult (without children) and owning softies is okay. Own whatever makes you happy. Don’t wait until you have children to own softies. You don’t need an excuse! :) Okay… Enough on that!

A few things I noticed in RUM magazine… Lots of floral motifs, cut out patterns on lights, plates, you name it — silhouettes are still hot… Also many different takes on poufs, seems like they are all the rage and for good reason, they are very practical and can be used in so many different ways, stack them as a side table, use one for a coffee table, sit on them, place them at the foot of your bed or beneath a entry table as ‘spare’ additional seating or in place of a bench. They really are great!

I’ll be back in a few hours with Etsy Take Five Tuesday, so stay tuned for that! :)

(images linked to sources above)






Contests, Stationery

Fabulous Stationery Contest: Name That Card!

October 13, 2008

See this card? It comes in three different colorways and looks oh-so-cheerful, but it’s actually feeling a bit sad and lonely. Why? It has NO NAME! Yup, that’s right. All of the cards at Fabulous Stationery have names but not this brand new design so it needs YOUR help.

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Fabulous Stationery has asked if you can be so kind as to get involved and name this card design.? They trust that someone will come up with a great name for it and the best name wins!

What can you win? A $200 gift certificate to be used towards anything you’d like on their website AND a set of the note cards bearing the winning name in one of the three colors shown, customized to your specifications of course. Two runners up each receive a $50 gift certificate and a cashmere/silk pashmina.

To enter, simply comment below with ONE name you think best fits the above design. Only one suggestion per person please. In order for your contest entry to qualify, please indicate your email address in the comment form below (don’t worry, it will not show up on the actual post but I will see it behind the scenes). This contest will end at midnight on October 15th. The winner will be chosen by Fabulous Stationery along with the two runner ups and announced here this Friday, October 17th.

All the best! Have fun and get as creative as you’d like…

(images from fabulous stationery)






Bloggers

Record The Day Blog

October 13, 2008

Need a Monday morning pick-me-up today? Looking for a creative outlet that is inexpensive, easy, fun, and a way for you to connect with others or to simply inspire yourself? Many of you know the creative Jess as the lady behind the lovely Lobster and Swan blog and from her etsy shop… but did you know that she maintains another blog as well? Oh yes, it is called Record The Day and it’s very, VERY inspirational. {Warning: Jess may inspire you to start recording your day as well.} Her blog contains little text and lots of gorgeous collages that she pulls together to give you a glimpse of her day translated into papers of all shapes, sizes, textures, and colors.

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This is a brilliant idea, a very visual journal, a great way to record your life if you don’t always feel like writing. I’d like to experiment with something like this as a personal project or as a way to share my day with my Flickr contacts. I already have a large empty journal that would be the perfect place for something like this. Would you like to share your day visually too? Why not give this idea a try.

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Paste, tape, staple… receipts, photos, torn pages from magazines, a train ticket, a mood board recording the thoughts and experiences had during the day… I really love this as a form of blogging as well and think that Record The Day is absolutely lovely. Thank you Jess for putting your wonderful self out into the world, we are all so inspired by you!

(images from jess from record the day)






Inspiration, Travel

Happy Weekend!

October 10, 2008

I want to wish everyone a lovely weekend and leave you with some gorgeous images from a 2007 Has Hali ad campaign, photography by the great Michelangelo Di Battista shot in the grand Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. I’ve been learning a lot about the Turkish culture lately as I recently made a new friend named Esra who has been so, so kind to me and doing a lot of really nice things to make me feel at home in Hannover. Esra was born in Germany but her entire family is Turkish and she frequently travels to Istanbul to see them and to shop the bazaars and find inspiration. She takes great pride in her cultural heritage and tells me many stories of life in Istanbul which has left me intrigued… I want to know more.

Happy Weekend! Notice the lovely doves? And of course, the stunning Polish model Iza Olak

Esra is really talented, not only does she hold a degree in law but is currently working on another in public relations. In addition to this, she designs jewelry and is employed by Clinique in Germany so her makeup is absolute perfection. If that were not enough, she also maintains a blog called Sultanissima. She is my link to Has Hali and this ad campaign. The other evening we were together and she shared these photos with me and wow, I could not stop thinking about it after she parted. I am learning so much about Turkish culture being in Germany (so many live here) that I am now longing more than ever before to travel there. It’s only 2.5 hours by plane to Istanbul from here, so maybe next year I will go… But for now I will travel to Istanbul through the eyes of Italian photographer Michelangelo Di Battista into the corridors of the Topkapi Palace and through the dear Esra.

Can you imagine living like this?

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Thank you Esra for opening my eyes to your culture and to this beautiful ad campaign of the great Has Hali. These photos are so enchanting and the lighting is just beautiful… Wow. This totally put me in a more Autumn state of mind with all these dark, rich hues and embroidered textiles.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

(images courtesy of Ads of the World)






Etsy Faves, Objects, Small Business, Stationery

Avie Paper Products

October 10, 2008

I meet a lot of people who have websites or shops on sites like Etsy and DaWanda but they do not have a business card. Let’s all work together to change this okay? Maybe indie artists and designers feel uncomfortable passing them around but really it’s how we can maintain contact with those we meet on the street. Don’t be shy! It’s okay to be proud of your business and to share what you’re doing that makes your little heart sing and beat extra hard!

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I think women tend to hold back a little sometimes, don’t you? Maybe the idea is that? offering a business card comes across as desperate or aggressive perhaps? Do you think that this is the case? I don’t believe so. I think people want to know who we are and how they can reach us after the conversation if they need to. Most of us are so forgetful and busy that cards actually help us to remember prior conversations. Many times I’ve had great conversations with people and days later wished I could remember their name but because they didn’t give me a business card and my memory failed me, I was unable to get in contact with them.

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When I spoke at the DaWanda blogging event a few weeks back in Berlin, lots of people asked me how to offer a business card in conversation without coming across a bit arrogant or pushy. I advised that you can simply hand someone your card after an introduction is made and say, “If you’d like to stay in touch or reach me online, here’s my card”, and that’s pretty much it. I find only about 40% of those I’m meeting in Germany who run a small business online have an actual business card. Many at the DaWanda event did not have a card and I wish they had because I met so many that I would have loved to have looked up online now.

Don’t have business cards… Now to get to the real meat of this post. How to change that for $15 or less! :)

Avie Paper Products

Meet Avis Wampler who runs Avie, a small paper goods company. Avis wrote to me last week to introduce her paper shop but I noticed that she contacted all the blogs so everyone wrote about her at once. I thought since she must have gotten hit with a lot of orders and traffic that I’d wait a week and blog about her today. Time to share her with the decor8 audience. :)

What I like about Avie’s shop is that she creates quick and easy calling cards that you can hand out to those who ask you where they can find you or the things that you make online.

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No name, no mailing address, no phone number, no problem… Just your website. Once there, people can find all the rest of that information anyway. If you don’t have a business card this is your chance for only $15. Remember if you don’t talk about (and share) what you do no one else will, right?

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She also stocks cards that have more information on them like the Bright Type Calling Cards and the Birdie Cards. I like how crisp and clean they are.

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There are also pretty 2009 calendars if you aren’t currently looking for business cards and graphic notepads… Too cute. Avie we love your shop!

(images from avie)






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