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Happy Weekend (& a magical book)

It’s time to say goodbye for the weekend but I’d like to share with you a glimpse into what mine will look like… It involves lots of reading and movies as I need to still recover. Oh poor me, right? I think this weekend I’ll indulge in Marie Antoinette and some James Bond and a few Turner Classic movies. Other than my badly damage ankle, the rest of me is not too pleased having to stay indoors for the past week but oh well… I must, “cherish the down time” friends say. Okay, if I must. Here is another way I plan to spend my down time, with a magical new book that just arrived on my doorstep filled with gorgeous images of Paris.

Paris Made By Hand

Paris Made By Hand

Paris Made By Hand

Paris Made By Hand

Paris Made By Hand is authored by the lovely Pia Jane Bijerk, a stylist and writer from the Netherlands by way of Paris and ultimately, Australia where she was raised. I have been dying to get my hands on a copy of this precious book so I ordered it in advance and here it is, waiting for me to turn each and every dreamy page. Soon I will be relaxing with my special little book to read all of Pia’s lovely writing and to view her 50 must-see shops where stylists and decorators find their goodies in Paris, the subject of this book. Sounds dreamy, oui?

I met Pia last year and thought she was so very nice in person, much like you’d expect her to be from her blog personality, and so I feel really good about recommending this book to you even before reading it. I know it will be special, very very VERY special. So please, support Pia and her new book.

It should come with a warning though: it will give you major Paris fever!

Congrats, Pia!

(images: holly becker)

Posted in Books + Magazines on May 01, 2009

LivingEtc Forums For Inspiration & Ideas

I find the LivingEtc forums quite a nice spot lately for drawing inspiration because many “real” home owners and apartment dwellers gather there to share spaces and ask for help.





I found this London loft particularly inspiring as it’s eclectic and definitely not confined to strict rules or some copycat design out of a book. It’s pure style, real, quirky, and a creative use of color and space. Don’t you love the blue tea kettle on the counter? It’s one of those electric ones, I think. I have to look into that… I want one!

And notice the Keep Calm and Carry On poster. Ha ha! I think I need to just frame mine already and stop resisting the trend. Having one is pretty much telling the world that you read design blogs, don’t you think? I mean, you know that if someone has a Keep Calm and Carry On poster that they must have read about them on the myriads of blogs out there. It’s pretty cute to be honest, I was having a love/hate with them for awhile but now I’m starting to see how they’re defining this whole freedom movement when it comes to design from indie crafts to small design firms to blogs and beyond. When I look back on this period I’ll forever remember the KC&CO poster! (If you don’t own one here’s your chance.) That’s got to say something.

Oh and notice the view out of the window beyond the tulip table. How charming is that? So very London.

(images: livingetc)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 01, 2009

Prize Ribbons – Your Thoughts As Decor?

I came across these prize ribbons over at One Hundred Wishes that you can have customized and I began to wonder… how could one incorporate these into their decor? Any crafty ideas out there? Anyone feeling creative today and interested in contributing your ideas? I’d love to hear them… I remember seeing vintage ribbons as a wreath over the bed of eco designer Danny Seo but that’s about all I’ve come up with as I wouldn’t want the end result to look overly tacky…


If not at home, what about store display ideas? Certainly there are many ideas there. I see a wall filled with them, only made out of paper vs. satin ribbons, and perhaps mixed media collaged centers. Or each could have a numbered center or a letter of the alphabet to spell out a word and placed over a crib. What do you think?

(image: one hundred wishes)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 01, 2009

Over @ Real Simple

At Real Simple this week, I wrote about…

HAY display

Surface View graphics.

The charm of Studio Violet.

And today, a small round up of some of my favorite acrylic storage options and I asked if you like acrylic or not.

And for pet lovers, I forgot to tell you about a round up of handmade things for pets from last Friday — you may find some new things for your fur kids!

(image from hay)

Posted in uncategorized on May 01, 2009


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