British interiors writer Ellie Tennant who is a contributor at Ideal Home magazine in London left a comment on decor8 earlier and so I clicked on her link and discovered Design Mole, a design blog she authors where I found a slew of really interesting posts focused mostly on design and decorating in England. I love blogs like this because it helps a new writer to really stand out in the enormous sea of decorating blogs when they focus on what’s going on locally within their home country. I personally love that and hope to see more and more blogs like this pop up. That’s why I’m so fascinated by the many Australian and Swedish bloggers because they tend to focus on local design so I’m always being exposed to new things and learning about stuff I just can’t find everyday in shops or magazines here in America. I’m hoping to see more blogs rise from hidden corners of the globe talking about what’s happening in their own backyard. Lovely design blog, Ellie!
She also talks about her love of the adorable British shop called Acorn & Will. Now I’m loving them in a big way as well.
And finally, she highlighted some of her favorite new products from Not on the High Street — block letters, vintage plates by designer Lou Rota available for purchase here and some recycled hand painted signs by Norfolk Boy.
(image sources linked above)
I love doing book reviews and since I started in ‘06 it seems you enjoy reading them so for this year I plan to keep ‘em going and hopefully schedule reviews on a more regular basis (weekly). In fact, I already have two slated for next week so stay tuned! I find that books matter more and more as some of our favorite magazines fold, I’m referring to my bookshelf more than ever for inspiration, advice and ideas. I can’t imagine a world without beautiful books, I love to pick them up, crack them open for the first time, breath in all that yummy paper scent, and cozy up under a blanket to take in all of the words and images. In my wee attempt to save books and promote reading and the purchasing of them, I want to continue to point you to some of my favorite titles.
Today I’m giving you a glimpse inside the pages of a brand new cookbook (published a few weeks ago) that I recently fell head over heels for called From My Mother’s Kitchen. It’s a collection of comfort food written by London-based freelance food writer Jenny Linford who founded the well known Gastro Soho Tours (something I want to sign up for in the future), and published by Ryland Peters and Small. I love the recipes because their uncomplicated, wholesome, and very delicious which is the whole reason for buying a cookbook in the first place right, to prepare delicious meals. I also found the ingrediants pretty basic – eggs, olive oil, herbs, cheese, veggies… stuff you already own so you don’t have to run out to buy some exotic ingrediants especially for a recipe that you most likely will never use again. These days, I’m all about affordable, local and healthy foods.
You can purchase the book from my Amazon shop for $18 if you’re interested or find it elsewhere too, search online for ISBN:978-1845978181
(photographs: holly becker for decor8)
Oh lord. Too tempting. Do you dream of having a kitchen shelf showcasing an assortment of handmade ceramic dishes and bowls? My shelf back in my German kitchen has some lovely things (see below) but I think it could also use Pigeon Toe Ceramics based in Portland, Oregon.
In fact, I think every kitchen could use at least a few things from Pigeon Toe, don’t you? I love their dents and organic shapes and imagine serving dinner using some of their bowls or sipping my favorite tea from a dented mug. Although it’s hard right now to buy a lot of stuff (at least for me), I definitely try to put some money aside from time to time for special treats so Pigeon Toe is definitely going on my wish list for future purchases, especially their darling footed bowl!
(images from pigeon toe)
I was so excited when Shella Anderson wrote asking to share her home over at Cookie magazine, I immediately agreed and now it’s live over on the site in the House Tours section (look for the square that says Essex, England or link here).
Styled by Selina Lake and photographed by Sussie Bell, this home is so joyful and full of life — I can’t stop looking at all of the little nooks and details. I also love that Shella is NOT scared of color. If you have access to Ideal Home (UK interiors mag), you can find her home in their April 09 issue. I had the pleasure of interviewing Shella and so I asked about favorite things, the shops that she loves, what inspires her design, how she decorates for 3 daughters (and keeps things so neat!), favorite books… I’m sure you will really enjoy reading about her family of 5 right here.
It’s time to announce the winners of the Print Pattern Paper giveaway! Are you ready? These two winners will each receive a $75 gift certificate to use at the Print Pattern Paper shop online: #47 Rita V. and #319 Jessica selected using Randomizer. Please contact me: holly at decor8blog dot com to claim your prize!
I’d like to thank Print Pattern Paper and all 621 decor8 readers who entered, I enjoyed reading all of your entries — in fact they inspired me to take this past weekend completely off and as a result I spent a lovely vacation day in Boston on Saturday and another on Sunday walking the beach and taking photos on Plum Island, MA (photos blogged here at haus maus). You motivated me to schedule some me time so thank you for that. I hope that by participating in this contest and through reading other entries you were inspired to get out a little and enjoy some time to yourself, too.
For those who did not win this time, don’t worry because you’ll have another chance to win fun prizes soon as I have another trick up my sleeve. I’m hosting a great giveaway here in just a few days away so stay tuned! Thanks, everyone!
(image from print pattern paper)