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August 2009

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Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

August 7, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Whimsy & Spice

Hello decor8 readers and happy Friday! I’m Jenna Park and I own an online confectionery company based in Brooklyn, NY with my Pastry Chef husband, Mark, called Whimsy & Spice. I also run a blog called Sweet Fine Day that documents our life and business through photos, recipes and stories. We’re going to miss Holly over here in the States, but we’re very excited for her as she starts her new life in Germany. In the meantime, I’m honored to participate in her guest series, “A few of my favorite things” from around our home.

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

We have a little shelf in our living room by our balcony door that houses a few objects that I’m fond of: the mid century piggy bank by Pamela Barsky; an old black and white photo of me and my dad taken shortly before we immigrated to NY from South Korea; a stamp set of numbers from Japan; an ampersand and vintage type-set letters; and 2 paper-art boxes created by my friend and talented musician and rapper, Pete. We used to give each other handmade presents every year for our birthdays and while we don’t see each other too often these days, it always reminds me of the good times and long walks we used to take all over the city.

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

The patchwork horse in this photo was a gift from my friend Fiona who moved from NYC to San Francisco a few years ago. It was a toy that she had kept with her ever since she was a small child. Before Fiona moved away, she hosted a party for her friends at her place, laying out the things that she chose not to take with her that was up for grabs – objects, clothes, kitchenware, etc. I took a beautiful red glass ring and a Prada skirt along with this horse. I was touched that she felt ready to depart with it after all these years and it felt good to give my girls something that had so much history and love. It’s sitting on top of a bookshelf in my younger daughter’s room that was given to me by the designers of Spot On Square.

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

I got this fern and planter by Brooklyn artist, Amy Adams of Perch, around the same time we started our business last March. In that way, the plant reminds me of our life during the last 16 months and I’ve watched it sprout more spindly arms much in the same way our business has grown.

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

On a shelf in my older daughter’s bedroom are some objects that represent her mixed, interracial heritage: matryoshka (Russian nesting dolls) and embroidered satin Korean shoes. My kids also have a bit of Norwegian and Italian in them so we’ll have add more objects to the little collection.

Whimsy & Spice: My Favorite Things

We’re redoing some of the rooms in our apartment so I’ve been in decorating mode lately. My most recent purchase is a vintage George Nelson bubble lamp off eBay that now hangs above our dining room table. The small prints on the wall are from Brooklyn artist, Kristiana Parn.

Other inspirations and favorite things…

I’m a minimalist at heart, but love to fill the house with meaningful objects that remind me of my friends and artists that I admire. I’m very inspired by the work of other people, especially other independent entrepreneurs, and love to hear about projects in progress. It helps me to focus on my creative goals when I’m overwhelmed with family, business and freelance design life.

I also take a lot of inspiration from my mom who immigrated to the states back in the early 70s and years later built up a very successful real estate business with no formal business training or experience. She just had the guts to leave a safe career to follow her dreams and achieved it through pure drive, fearlessness and determination.

My family has always encouraged me to follow my creative talents and supported us 100% when we decided to pursue our dreams and start our business last year. In this spirit, I always take this little piece of advice to heart – don’t be frightened by the decisions, choices, or work that scares you. It’s when something so exciting, so unknown and so scary fills you with nervous energy, that you know you’re onto something. – Jenna.

(images: whimsy & spice)

Guest Bloggers

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

August 6, 2009

A few of my favorite things: Ish & Chi

Hi! I’m Viv from the Ish & Chi blog and I’m so excited Holly asked me visit while she is moving as part of her guest series, “A few of my favorite things“. Here are a few of my favourite things around my home.

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Ish & Chi: My Favorite Things

Things that inspire me: I get a lot of inspiration from blogs (like decor8!), interior magazines, fashion photography (especially from the sixties), Japanese art and sometimes really random things. For example, pictures my mum scribbles while she chats on the phone with friends have inspired a new art series I’m working on for Ish & Chi.

Favourite advice I’ve heard: This advice is from a blog I’m loving at the moment – 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter: “Get messy. Some of the most joyous things in life can be grimy, sloppy, dirty mayhem.” I couldn’t agree more. The other day I tipped my son’s leftover food onto his highchair tray and we ‘painted’ with it. Food went everywhere but it was a lot fun.

Thank you for the visit! — Viv xx

(images: ish & chi)


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Musical Thursday

August 6, 2009

Hello, fellow bloggers and the readers who love them! My name is Mike Trobiano and I am a graphic designer covering Musical Thursday for Holly this week. I run SINdicated, a blog that promotes green living and features my favorite musical talent. I consider music a fundamental element for life. A good song can remove you from the world, redefine your mood and even re-energize a space. My musical soundtrack is urban meets comfort. San Francisco meets New Haven. Soho meets Oyster Bay. Interested? Here are a few remedies to cure that ringing in your ear.

Musical Thursday

1. Alexi Murdoch – With acoustic rhythms and soft lyrics, this London native strips his music down to the cords. His seemingly effortless melodies and distinctive tone relax even the toughest of critics, like me. It’s this raw appeal that makes his music a staple for any acoustic folk lover.

2. Priscilla Ahn – I first took notice of this budding songbird after falling in love with her single, Dream. Unaffected by the flashbulbs of Los Angeles, her light and airy voice has made her quite successful in the industry as well as on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”. If your day is running long, turn her album on and the time will float away.

3. Matthew Perryman Jones – Matthew is definitely a diamond in the ruff. At first, I wasn’t sure how to interpret his pop/rock/folk records from the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee! But after a better listen, I began to actually feel the music. This woven texture of musical fabric allows his music to transcend genres in a timeless and intuitive way.

4. The Narrative – Atmospheric, yet dense, this band captures a story within their cords that will have you begging for a sequel. With only one EP available for download, it’s hard to resist the urge of wanting more. So far they sound very promising! Although some fans might think their music walks the line between alternative and emotional rock, I believe it is their individuality that makes them so captivating. There you have it; a taste of my musical design.

Who are some of your favorite artists? Do you like my selections? What do you listen to when you blog or read blogs? Be sure to leave your comments here or over at my blog, SINdicated. -Thanks! – Mike

(images: individual artists/amazon.com)

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