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August 2009

Guest Bloggers

Pikaland: Favorite Things

August 31, 2009

Hello everyone! While I’m back blogging full-time here on decor8, I have some lovely “favorite things” to still share with you from some fellow bloggers… I ended up having so many accept my invitation to participate that more favorite things will be included this week so that I can get them all up for you to see. :) Enjoy! –Holly

A few of my favorite things: Pikaland

Hi everyone! I’m Amy Ng from Malaysia and I write the Pikaland blog – a blog about living the illustrated life – and I’ll be showing you a few of my favorite things as part of Holly’s guest series while she is settling in her new country.

Pikaland: Favorite Things

I recently moved house and one of my first priorities was to make my own working corner as comfortable as possible. I love cheery colors and lots of light, so I chose a spot by the door. The shawl was given by my best friend in Japan when I visited, and it’s always been with me ever since. The drawers were a vintage find, while the bookcase is from IKEA – I taped a patterned paper to the back of it (to avoid dust and to add a pop of color!)

Pikaland: Favorite Things

I have a lot of books and I just moved it upstairs into a mini library of sorts. The books shown here are what I like to flip through when I’m trying to sort through mental clutter.

Pikaland: Favorite Things

We have a yellow feature wall that was supposed to be filled with art, but right now we’re still organizing things, so it has to wait. I love this particular nook because of the contrast in color that seems to make the space bigger, and of course, there’s Camilla’s print on the wall! My husband loves to collect sculptures/3-D items while I like paper/2-D items.

Pikaland: Favorite Things

Our bedroom is black and white, but the walls are a deep orchid purple, so it’s one of our favourite places to lounge about and talk about what happened during our day. Our room’s layout was a little odd, so we decided to drape a patterned fabric and hung it from the ceiling, and it also acts as a divider – the best part is that we instantly had a walk-in closet! Those little sticky notes you see in the picture was one I left for him under the pillows when I had to go away for the weekend – he likes to read it over and over again, and so there they will stay.

Pikaland: Favorite Things

This is a little embarrassing to say, but I find myself dressing in colors that have brown or aqua blue in them. I have my favourite bag in there, as well as my jacket that makes me stand out among a sea of boring corporate types, and these lovely new heels. I am a collector of shoes with t-straps and I love seeing variations of patterns and styles for it. I love bangles, and I must have one on my wrist — without them I’d feel a little naked! I also collect books that I find inspiring and I am in love with my collection of vintage children’s books that were handed down from my cousins which I now display in my library upstairs.

My inspiration comes from reading lots of books – I still have a stack of illustrated children’s books from the 1970s which are almost falling apart (no thanks to silverfishes.) My imagination is able to conjure up images just from reading, and is one of the reasons I don’t watch movies based on books, especially if I have read the book before – most of the time I prefer the reels that are showing in my mind! I also love to travel and wish I could do more of it – I’d love to be able to meet some of the friends I have made over the internet.

My favorite advice is one that my teacher told me: “Don’t be afraid to buck the herd and be yourself. When the whole herd jumps over the cliff – will you be one of them too?” I took this advice literally and it changed the way I looked at life forever.

I hope you enjoyed that little sneak peek of a few of my favourite things — thanks so much Holly for inviting me over! : )- Amy

(images: amy ng)

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Bunkers Become Apartments

August 31, 2009

I was reading an interesting article this morning in the local news and discovered German architects Rainer Mielke and Claus Freudenberg (from nearby Bremen) and their current project called Bunker Wohnen. Here in my new country you can find many remains from World War II, in particular unoccupied bunkers with vines growing all over them…  Perhaps this will now change. These innovative architects thought up the idea of turning bunkers into affordable apartments and here’s a sneak peek of how they’re being transformed below.

Bunkers Become Apartments

Bunkers Become Apartments

This project is so interesting and I think you may like to learn more about it so click here to read the full article in English. “Some 2,000 bunkers still stand in Germany, and Mielke’s project could become an integral part of repurposing the cement structures.” As an American living in Germany, I hope so! It’s innovative and fresh, provides housing, and is a smart and progressive idea.

(images: bunker wohnen)

Handmade

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

August 31, 2009

Samantha Robinson’s enticing collection of porcelain makes me so happy this morning! I am hoping that I can find some of it locally because I have my eyes on a few vases that I’d love to own. Samantha is a young, talented potter who lives in Australia and works from her studio in Bondi and sells her wares along with fresh flowers once weekly at a local marketplace. This lady allows her emotions and inspirations to dictate how a piece will turn out; she claims that often she’ll sit before her wheel not exactly knowing what will result. Why don’t you take a look…

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha Robinson Porcelain

Samantha is also a lover of handmade products, purchasing handmade for herself and friends. Her creations are eye-catching and while skillfully made they feel organic and laid back. Each is clearly infused with her love of nature and texture.

(images: samantha robinson)

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Happy Weekend!

August 28, 2009

Hello friends! I’d like to wish each of you a lovely weekend and I hope that you get to do everything you hope to + more! I have an anniversary party to attend, a street festival and a shopping event to go to so I have a busy few days ahead of myself. What about you? What will you be doing? I’m settling in nicely here, it’s been so easy between paperwork and learning my way around… and I’m meeting lots and lots of people and practicing my German and it’s been a lot of fun to spend time outside of the house. I’ve already made many new friends and it’s only been 3 weeks so I think that this is a good sign. And I’m thinking of taking on an office space for decor8 so I can have my own place to go to work each day. I’m currently checking into this and looking for an appropriate space. Aside from all the good stuff I do miss my mother but I’m hoping she’ll overcome her fear of flying and come visit me in the Spring because I just know she’d love the lifestyle here (and the food, oh everything is so fresh and yummy!).

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

Happy Weekend!

These are a few views of my home… I’m signing off now until Monday but I’ll be back then so have a great weekend and we’ll meet again here in only two days!

xo,

Holly

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Guest Bloggers

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

August 28, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things: This is glamorous

Hello everyone and happy weekend to you! I’m Roséline from the blog {this is glamorous}, visiting while Holly is in the middle of beginning a new life in Germany. It’s lovely to be here and to share a few of my favourite things which just may get you in the mood for the weekend…

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

{mirrored storage boxes} Open plan living means the need for storage — favourites are glittering and etched venetian glass boxes to hide clutter and hold pretty little things.

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

{the perfect handbag} I am rarely without my blackberry, ipod, a camera, a variety of lip balms and glosses, a compact, a daybook and many other things, so a great handbag is necessary — this sandy suede Phillip Lim is perfect and a Summer favourite.

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

{heavenly scents} There is always a scented candle burning somewhere and never leave the house without wearing a beautiful scent – current favourite is Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, which is warm and heady and really quite sexy.

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

{shoes, shoes, shoes} Current favourites — from the UK, the softest suede and go with nearly everything.

This is glamorous: Favorite Things

{little luxuries} Perfectly chilled champagne, pretty pastries and bouquets of roses are a few of the little things that add a little elegance to the end of a busy week.

{inspiration} Always so many beautiful things to be inspired by, but the things I always return to are: bright summer afternoons, dinners for two, crème brûlée, being on the water, late-night conversations, morning coffee, discovering new things, and traveling, which is the best inspiration of all.

{good advice} Spent one summer in a beautiful art gallery where the very wise and talented gallery owner once told me to think about where I wanted to be in ten years and to do one thing every day that would take me a step closer to that goal — it was such a novel idea — tend to live in the moment and ten years seemed like an eternity away, but it reminds me to take a moment every once in a while to look at the big picture…

Also love this quote: “A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are for.” Thanks so much, Holly, for inviting me to be a part of this lovely series — warm wishes + best of luck in your new adventure! Have a beautiful week everyone, ~ Roséline

(images: this is glamorous)

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