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Stylist Frank Visser of IJM

Eye candy alert! Dutch stylist and designer Frank Visser is quite a talent! Living in Amsterdam working under the name of IJM, his projects have been featured in international design publications and really spark the imagination of the viewer — they give me loads of inspiration and ideas as I look through his online portfolio. I’ve noticed some of his work in gorgeous UK textiles mag, Selvedge, which does not surprise me given their attention to absolutely perfect visuals. And I cannot mention Visser without highlighting one of my favorite photographers, also from the Netherlands,Karin Nussbaumer, who shot some of the photos that you see below. She’s an extraordinary talent so of course combining her skills with those of Visser and wow — you’re bound to see some magic.

I first read about Visser over at my friend Emma’s design blog a few years ago but was reminded of his work again today via Concrete and Honey so I decided to intro him here in case he’s new to you. For more beauty, please refer to the IJM website for his portfolio.

(images via IJM)

Posted in inspiration on March 25, 2009

Inspiring Home & Office in Kentucky

Hot off the press and the first time blogged on the web! I’m going to get all Dwell magazine on you with this one… are you ready to see a gorgeous contemporary home and workspace down south? Josh Merideth, owner of Bella Grace Studios, a photography studio in Kentucky specializing in couture bridal photography (he also photographs couples and residential spaces), wrote in today to share a very special home & office with us. How nice!

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Josh is a daily reader and thought it would be a good place to premiere this gorgeous place on the web. Josh photographed the firm of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop owned by Roberto DeLeon and Ross Primmer. In addition to their workspace, I’ve attached photos of the living space attached to the office — each separate loft belongs to these creative men – one for Ross and one for Roberto. So jealous! The firm has a constructed a “pole-barn” in downtown Louisville, Kentucky with a workspace on the first floor and two lofts above as you can see in the photos that follow. Impressive!

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Don’t miss the painted rug effect above, I cannot stop drooling over this spectacular detail.

And now to view the lovely attached living quarters…This is actually two separate living spaces adjacent to the office. Each architect occupies one of these gorgeous lofts.

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Yes, there is a real rabbit on the floor. And I love it. :)


Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

So, what did you think of THAT? I’m still trying to lift my chin from my desk. Completely jaw-dropping!

A very special thank you to Josh at Bella Grace Studios for these photographs and to the guys over at De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop for the tour.

(photo copyright Bella Grace Studios)

Posted in Home Tours on March 24, 2009

Toast {Spring 09}

I love this time of year because all of the Spring/Summer collections surface and never cease to thrill me. The lovely Toast Spring catalog just went live on their site today, do you subscribe to the print version? I do — I’m so addicted — when one arrives in the mail I cling to it for weeks toting around its pretty pages in my bag. Right before I recycle it I gently remove a few of my favorite pages to tack onto my inspiration board in my home office. It’s easy to see why I love Toast so much…

Toast UK

I really like this photo (above, right). Notice the shadow and the little detail there… a heart. This is a sweet touch. The lighting and vibe completely relaxes me. I can almost smell the salty air and feel the sunlight on my back, too.

Toast UK

Toast UK

Toast UK

Of course these images are but a teaser, to view more you’ll need to click here.

These photos whisk me off to a magical oceanside resort far, faraway. Free from the internet, my cell phone, and my home that is currently a pretty uncomfortable place to be since the kitchen and partial living room space was flooded last night due to a faulty washer machine that pumped water into the space for nearly 45 minutes straight before we even noticed it. Sigh. These images put me in a happy place today. :) I needed this badly!

(images from toast uk)

Posted in inspiration on March 24, 2009

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Colorful mixed media collages, turquoise pottery, tin jewelry, soft nature photography, ruffled pillows that mimic fashion and sweetly made soft toys and pin cushions are what you can expect today. This week’s featured seller is California artist Liz Kalloch and she’s giving decor8 readers a lovely discount on her work… and I’ve decided to add a bonus seller so you have 6 artists and designers to enjoy. Let’s get started, share we?

Featured Seller

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Liz Kalloch from Athena Dreams is offering decor8 readers a 20% off discount if you purchase anything in her etsy shop between now and March 31st. To receive this discount type “decor8 discount” in the notes to seller section upon check out and wait for Liz to send you a revised invoice before making payment. {website} {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Isn’t this pottery stunning? Yes, yes, yes! Made in Arizona, it truly reflects the beauty of the American southwest. I’m especially loving the heart-shaped nesting bowls and the lotus plate. Red Hot Pottery is artist Christine Tenenholtz who, “keeps herself busy inventing new ways to play with clay, beads, the camera, the computer, learning to drum, bellydance, and speak Spanish”. What a lady! {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

This tin jewelry and art by Little Black Rabbit in Seattle is BEAUTIFUL. I can absolutely see this at a trendy retailer like Anthropologie selling for 3x the price. I also love her makeup bags and rings, gosh all of it — it’s very country/bohemian!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Jenny owns a little shop, Bubbletime, in Virginia where she creates soft things using fabric like plush toys and pin cushions. So cute, especially the softie globe and the beaded pin cushions shown above.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Au Fil De in France has such serene and magical photography. Béatrice has a way with the camera… there is so much femininity and grace in these… Sigh. {blog} {flickr}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

And for my bonus find this week… If you love the ruffles you’ve been seeing on the runway, why not bring them home to create a cozy, girly nest with pillows by Hettle in Connecticut. Gorgeous and oh-so-tactile — just add cuddling!

(images above linked to their sources)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday, uncategorized on March 24, 2009

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