Today the photography of talented Olaf Szczepaniak in Hamburg has my attention — I found him through the pages of German interiors magazine Living At Home. He’s not known here in America which is even more reason to visit his online portfolio today – he’s fresh and from what I can tell he’s not been blogged before now. There’s always a first time… And what an enjoyable first experience it is to explore his many galleries online – from food to interiors, outdoors and more. The spaces that he photographs are simply gorgeous and I love his still life work – his food shots make me hungry which is the sign of a great food stylist and photographer, right!?
When I look at his work seeing the world through his lens, I see the cozy lovely northern Germany that I’ve grown to love so much. The coast, the open fields, the pretty brick homes… the candles in the windows, these thoughts and images make me so much more excited about my relocation there in less than a month. I can’t wait!
(images: Olaf Szczepaniak)
I just discovered a new-to-me woman’s lifestyle magazine based in Finland called Kodin Kuvalehti thanks to editor Tiina who also authors her own blog called Sparkling Ink who was nice enough to write about me and send over a copy. Oh yes, I said write about me. The surprise part was when I opened up the July issue and saw words praising decor8 (she translated it for me). Wow!
I’m so flattered to be featured in a Finnish magazine — I can’t even begin to explain how exciting it is for me to now have readers in Finland joining me each day here on the site. If you’d like to read what it says, please click here. Thank you so much Tiina Kodin Kuvalehti magazine for featuring me and my blog in your magazine, what an honor.
(image: holly becker for decor8)
Jennifer Ramos from Made By Girl sent over a photo of her latest print, I love you blogs and coffee, and I thought that with the many blog readers out there that this may be quite a hit.
Thank you Jennifer for sharing your new work with us!
(image: made by girl)
You won’t want to miss Take Five Tuesday this week because there’s a great discount nestled in here but you have to read each description below to discover where the deal is. I know, what a hook huh? I sound like such a sales girl. This week I’m sharing a mix of everything from faux bamboo retro lamps to Zakka-inspired magnets so without further rambling… here’s my 5 picks from Etsy this week!
Some of my goodies arrives recently from Zoe Tropa in Boston and so I had to include them in this round up to say how much I love their things. All the little pencils melt my heart…
Although I love the finds over at Fabulous Mess I wish the owners would disclose who they are and where they are based because I think it would definitely boost sales for them! But aside from that, I think their eye for vintage furniture, ceramics and lighting is the best and I especially like how well they restore pieces. Anyone know who is behind this shop though? They have excellent feedback so that should make you feel confident as a buyer though so I say give them a try.
Mr H Studio has some gorgeous modern bowls and mugs, I’m in love with the coffee cups… All are made by hand on a potter’s wheel in porcelain and stoneware shipped directly from maker to owner.
Courtney Oquist has such colorful, sweet prints that I just had to add them to the mix this week for a touch of whimsy.
Jean Pelle in Brooklyn is offering a 15% discount on most items in their shop – all Wood Candle Holders and ASSEMBLAGE pieces. I LOVE this shop and am dying to order about 5 of the these candle holders for my windows. The sale is over July 15th so if you want something simply make a note to the seller when you check out that you’d like the discount and they’ll send you a revised invoice for your new total. Sale excludes new items such as the Bubble Chandelier, jewelry, and already reduced items.
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I had this idea to show you a DIY tutorial demonstrating how to turn tea towels into cafe curtains but it looks like Selvedge magazine has an even better one and beat me to it — transforming tea towels into curtain panels. Love this. You’ll have to pick up a copy of their current issue (#29) to obtain the how-to details or subscribe to their digital issues (via exact editions), but it’s pretty self explanatory really — you just take your favorite tea towels, stitch them together either by hand or using a machine, and then use clip hooks along the top and place it on a rod. Easy!
Looking at this I imagine you could even make a tea towel shower curtain, or even something using pillowcases. My tea towel idea is simply to take a few tea towels and use them as cafe curtains — I’ve done this in the past in kitchens when I was single living on a very fixed budget unable to afford anything fancy and loved them. My mother showed me how to use a grommet maker and once I learned how to do that I was punching holes in everything. Clip hooks work just as well, or you can sew in a rod pocket fairly easily, too.
Thanks Selvedge for the constant stream of inspiration!
(image: selvedge magazine, issue #29)
I’ve been wanting to talk about my love for the very intricate work of Claire Coles for ages, but she was on so many blogs for so long that I thought I’d wait until the excitement settled before showing her work here. I was peeking in on her website this morning and came across new photos of her work – from bespoke stitched wallpaper to ceramics, prints and brooches Claire has been keeping busy! Aren’t these things just so beautiful?
Her fresh approach to wallpaper design combines vintage wallpapers stitched together to form beautiful things like birds, flowers and furniture and because her work is custom, clients can specify pattern, dimension and color. Some of her most recent commissions include wallpaper designs for Ted Baker and Oasis and textile designs for Anthropologie. Gorgeous!
(images: claire coles)