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Happy Weekend!

I’d like to wish you a great weekend, I’m going to do lots of things this weekend that involve packing but I’m going to fit in some fun… I’m going to see 500 Days of Summer and attend another going away parties, this week on the boat of some good friends on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Oly

Just a little note about my upcoming relocation and how things will work around here at decor8. Next week, posting will continue as normal but I’ll be posting on a lighter schedule between July 27 – August 14 since I’m relocating during that period and taking a much needed Summer vacation – 5 days in Boston, a long layover in London, and a few days relaxing in our new apartment in Germany without (hopefully) a care in the world. :) I’ll still be visiting daily with posts for you, and since a few have volunteered to guest blog here (yay! thank you!) there will be no lapse in daily content during my relocation/vacation period. I’ll still be writing over at Real Simple and Cookie so you can catch me over there too (RS: M/W/F and Cookie: Thurs.). In the end, you shouldn’t see much of a difference around here – I’ll still be online and sharing my finds!

See you on Monday! xo

(image: oly on Flickr)

Posted in uncategorized on July 17, 2009

Laurie Frankel Photography

I could look at Laurie Frankel’s photographs all day, and well… I nearly spent an hour on her site last night enjoying each and every delicious bite from her portfolio. The way she sees the world is so interesting to me, I love the portraits that she takes of children and all the cute poses she gets them in, and of course I like her food photography because it makes me hungry, and her still life photos interest me because I delight in looking at all the little bits that were perfectly styled that she then experted photographed. Would you like to see a few of my favorites from her portfolio? First, I’ll start off with my absolute fave. This one…

Laurie Frankel Photography

Why? Because I had hot pink wheels on my white skates growing up. I don’t know what these are exactly, but mine were called Zinger and I cleaned them after every single roller skating session. I loved my pink wheels so much that I had to keep them looking brand new at all times. I was constantly in the pro shop and hanging out with the cute skate guards asking them if they could look at my wheels, rotate them, oil the ball bearings, yeah I was a crazy girl – crazy for boys and roller skating so I made sure I learned about every single part of my skates so I could impress them. This photo takes me back to couples skating, shoot the duck, and “the next skate will be an all skate” he he, I love it. I started at 4-years-old and was a speed skater (I was quite competitive and won a lot of races!) by the time I was 11 or 12. Do you have roller skating memories? I could write an entire post on this, what a riot! I digress… Back to pretty photos.

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Laurie Frankel Photography

Leslie is quite an accomplished and talented lady with clients that include Pottery Barn, Nestle and DreamWorks, to name only a few, so I’m certain you will really enjoy her website today because she’s quite an inspiration!

(images: Laurie Frankel)

Posted in inspiration on July 17, 2009

Artist James Keniston

I’ve long thought that one of the best gifts to give a new home owner is an original painting (or drawing) of their home. It’s even nice for a new shop owner. Don’t you think this is so sweet and personal? Someday when I decide to dig deep into my pockets and purchase a nest of my own, I’d love to have an artist like James Keniston pull something together for me. I love this San Francisco home in pink, and since some of us can only dream of living in a painted lady then it’s beautiful as a print to display in our non-pink home. :)

Artist James Keniston

James earned his Bachelors degree in Fine Art from the Bath Spa University in England but has since relocated to Orange, California where he works as a painter in addition to other artistic pursuits like photography, video and sculpture. You can learn more about his work here on his website and you can purchase some of these lovely homes to adorn your walls right here. He also maintains a fine blog called Artist’s Journey.

(images: james keniston)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 17, 2009

Studio d.Sharp

I just love the art of paper crafts, don’t you? It all started for me when I first picked up my pair of scissors as a little girl and started making paper dolls with my mother. Though I never grew up to become an accomplished artist or rock star crafter, I do take pride in my crafty creations. I love the experience of learning and doing and in the end, that great feeling of accomplishment once a project is complete. I always admire those who are super detail-oriented because that’s one thing I’m not when it comes to paper crafts, I usually do not spend hours laboring on a single project — I like to create and move on to something different due to my relatively short attention span and overflowing curiosity. I admire those who have the patience to perfect a single design, no matter how much time it takes, it’s inspiring because I lack the gene called extreme patience.

Studio d.Sharp

Denise Sharp, owner of Studio d.Sharp, is a visual artist with a fine arts degree in both printmaking and sculpture and seems to possess the gene that I lack. She makes and seems to perfect so many lovely things, collecting ideas and items then pulling them together to form something lovely to sell in her small specialty shop online under the same name. Her Eiffel Tower boxes are magical (Marry Me!) and I especially enjoy the buckle and ribbon technique used to secure and embellish a pretty gift – what a fantastic idea that I want to try making at home myself because I could easily commit to that given that it appears to be a pretty quick project to pull together. Have you ever tried it?

(image: studio d.Sharp)


Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 17, 2009

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