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June 2009

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Kiss Her

June 11, 2009

I heard from Bianca Hall earlier this week who shared her line of screen prints under the name Kiss Her (cute, huh?) and found her work to be pretty sweet, especially her modern use of the doily motif. Some of you may know I’m into the often feared doily but I can’t help it — they resemble snowflakes, they are kind of folkish, and they seem so delicate and feminine. Bianca’s inspiration comes from ell ooh vee ee, love.

Kiss Her

A romantic at heart, she designs bold graphic prints with lots of color that work in a variety of settings from the kitchen to the kid’s room. She also uses diamond dust on some of them. Here’s the scoop on that, “Bianca uses diamond dust in some of her work, adding a third dimension that really catches the eye. Originally used by the late great Andy Warhol (most famously in his Diamond Dust Shoes piece), it has recently been resurrected by the likes of Damien Hirst, Peter Blake and Gavin Turk to name a few. As we know, works by such artists are out of most peoples reach, but now everyone can afford to have a bit of sparkle on their walls. Slightly misleading by name, it’s actually fine sheet glass that’s been shattered and made into tiny shards that sparkle like…..well, like diamonds!”

A note about her prints, those without diamond dust can be inserted into standard frames (from IKEA for instance) but those with the dust require a pro to frame them.

Kiss Her

Seeing these doilies leads me to reveal a dream I had last night. This is really goofy but I think I’ll share anyway because it’s every color of crazy. I ran into Gwen Stefani at a music store and shyly said hello and introduced myself and embarrassed, I blushed and ran up to the second floor to browse magazines. I wanted to tweet everyone about the sighting and recall being really angry that I didn’t have my iPod Touch on me. Anyway, she came to find me and said, “Well hello Holly, why did you run away so soon?” and then the next thing I knew I was in this funky room/harajuku girl lair with her new collection of jewelry and homewares. I could sit here right now and draw everything I saw, I mean really great pieces that I don’t recall ever seeing in ‘real’ life. One was this amazing jacket with a doily pattern, very understated, very cool, very Jean Paul Gaultier. I saw these amazing necklaces that looked like doilies with an edge, like they were knitted by a really mean grandmother going through her teen emo/angst period a little late life. Another was different, no doily involved at all, just a smooth gorgeous ceramic ring, in white, that was designed to resemble a diamond engagement ring. In the center of the huge white ceramic “diamond” there was a tiny diamond in the shape of a heart, which was very small and sweet. Inside of the ring, you know in the band part that no one can see, it said “I’ve made a promise, to me” and another one said, “I thee wed myself”, and the third one said, “Love thyself, the greatest love”. She (Gwen) wanted me to rep her line and talk about it on my blog (LOL) but I refused as I explained that I don’t rep other people and have no interest in doing so. In the end, she gave me a handbag, the doily patterned jacket (sassy!) and one of the ceramic rings. After that, she started texting me like every few days, “On my yacht”, “Bling bling, hello are you there” and other crazy stuff. I mean, hello Holly? I can’t believe how teenage my dream was last night! And that doilies were involved. And design. And my blog. I guess what you do for a living is with you all the time, huh? I have these design-themed dreams a lot though, but most are pretty boring. I’m still thinking of the ring I saw, I wish it existed — it was amazingness squared.

Okay your turn. Any wild and crazy dreams lately?

(images: kiss her)

Shop Tours

Donna Hay General Store

June 10, 2009

Jillian Leiboff, a wedding and portrait photographer living in Sydney, wrote in to tell me about a fantastic visit she’d taken recently to the new Donna Hay general store in Sydney’s Woollahra specializing in homewares. For those of you who do not know who Hay is, she is to Australia what Martha Stewart is to America, the reigning domestic goddess.

Donna Hay General Store

Hay is Australia’s leading food editor, best-selling cookbook author, Editor of Donna Hay magazine and new store owner, she just opened her first concept shop in Sydney. Double wow, right!? Jillian and I would like to share with you a glimpse of her store visit, though you’ll need to visit her blog for the full scoop. Donna happened to be in the store on the day of Jillian’s visit so she received permission to shoot by Hay herself.

Donna Hay General Store

Donna Hay General Store

One of many goals I have is to open a shop someday so I’ve been collecting all the inspiration possible along with deciding on lines to carry so this is one of those stores that will go directly into my file. Lovely find, Jillian! Thank you for writing in and sharing this with us here on decor8 today!

(images: jillian leiboff)

Inspiration

Phyllis Asher Prop Stylis

June 10, 2009

Phyllis Asher is a prop stylist in NYC and though I’m familiar with her work I was reminded of her today from Lisa’s lovely blog, The Red Thread, and felt inclined to mention her here. Now you can have a little peek inside of her portfolio too, which is divine by the way.

Phyllis Asher Prop Stylis

Phyllis Asher Prop Stylis

And speaking of styling, I’m no pro but I spent some time this afternoon shopping a local Asian market and found lovely tea tins and candy with great colors and designs so I think I’ll play around a little this weekend and style a shot inspired by my market trip. Writing about all of these prop stylists has inspired me quite a lot lately, I have caught the styling bug and really enjoy playing around with things and photographing them. Of course, Phyllis and the other professionals would call my work child’s play, but I still have a good time and feel that, like anything, the more you work at something the better you become so why not give what your curious about a whirl!?

(images: phyllis asher)

Bloggers

Share Some Candy Blog

June 10, 2009

Share Some Candy (not to be confused with Daily Candy) was founded by Reuben and Yael Miller and is a site dedicated to design finds and art. Along with Rueben and Yael you’ll find 10 “curators” who help them pull together content for the site. Share Some Candy is like taking We Heart It and a blog template and smashing both concepts together. It looks like a blog but works more like We Heart It, since there is no real text outside of the title of each post.

Share Some Candy Blog

 

Well the title and their found location which is cited briefly using the word VIA. Which brings me to my one and only little problem about the site, in my opinion I think instead of “via” they should consider citing the actual source by name, like “apartment therapy” or “decor8″ or “martha stewart” because we bloggers and business owners on the web work really hard to come up with unique ideas and content and to just have our work linked in this way, shown on a site as a “via”, bothers me. Plus it’s better when actual names are used on sites for ranking purposes, all technical stuff that I won’t bore you with but things that blog authors care about. But aside from that. everything else about Share Some Candy, from navigation to layout and design, is top notch and lovely or else I wouldn’t bother sharing it here today. I found out about them via Creativitae. I hope you’ll go check it out — loads of beautiful things to find there!

(images: screenshot)

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Thank you, Simply Hue!

June 10, 2009

Thank you, Simply Hue!

Vicki from Simply Hue interviewed me today on her blog and it really felt good to just talk about things very openly with her — I hope that what I say encourages and inspires you, especially my fellow blog friends because I’m willing to bet that lots of what I reveal are feelings that you have felt many times! Here’s the link, and thank you Vicki — so, so much!

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Olive & Just One Room

June 9, 2009

I don’t know about you, but I’m beginning to see Olive (dark shade of yellow) as a definite “it” color for Fall 09 not just when it comes to fashion but for the home, too. I’ve been noticing olive paired with lavender or fuchsia a lot lately in magazine spreads. I’ve also seen it paired with turquoise and chartreuse. Now I’m thinking of adding a bit of it to my living room since I already have the lavender part going on. Given that the complementary color of olive is lavender, I can see why this sofa really works in the home of fashion designer Vanessa Bruno in Paris.

Olive & Just One Room

Every single time I see Vanessa Bruno’s apartment, and it seems to float around every magazine and blog out there, my knees feel weak… If you’d like to view more visit photographer Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer’s portfolio online.

I guess we all have that ONE room that if given the chance, we’d move in without the need to rearrange a single thing. In this case, I’d change a few things slightly because well, I’m big on personalizing stuff, but you catch my drift…

So tell me what is your ONE room? Do you have a link to show me? I want to see! Tell me why you love it too, okay…

(image via glassford hill girl)

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