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September 2009

Rooms

Les Invasions Ephemeres

September 4, 2009

I was speaking just this morning with a publicist based in Paris who reps interiors and contemporary crafts companies and she told me about a few of her clients, this post is about the first one: Les Invasions Ephemeres. (The post to follow will be about the second one.) I first wrote about Les Invasions Ephemeres a few years ago, if you recall, this Parisian company is owned by designers Sofia Antonovich and Pierre-Yves Toudic and they design decals. Here are a few of their latest decals that premiered at the Maison&Objet design fair in Paris today. You can stick them on anything, walls, pocket mirrors, tables…

Les Invasions Ephemeres

Les Invasions Ephemeres

Les Invasions Ephemeres

Please take a look at their most creative website too… so dreamy and sweet.

Enjoy!

(images: les invasions ephemeres)

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Elizabeth Demos Event Design

September 4, 2009

A picture truly is worth a thousand words. That is why you must see this moodboard, what an inspiration and the words that come to mind are a thousand wows and like, ohmigosh and yowsers! Who designed it, you ask?

Elizabeth Demos Event Design

I first told you about Elizabeth Demos back in early 2006, she owns @home vintage general in Savannah, Georgia and is a wonderful stylist who has contributed to magazines in addition to the beautiful work in her own shop. I’ve talked to her a few times over the years via email and she has always been wonderfully pleasant and helpful, a true southern belle. I’m so excited to now learn that she’ll be launching her own event design firm. I just know that she’ll be so good at it! If you are interested, you can bookmark her event planning website – soon to launch. Or follow her blog where there is always something beautiful to see.

Enjoy!

(image: elizabeth demos)

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Hello & Things…

September 4, 2009

Hello friends and happy Friday to you. Oh how I do love a good weekend with a beautiful weather forecast! Yippee! And how are you today? Doing well I hope. I hope that as many of you as possible can sneak out of work a little early today (join me, please!) and go play… I mean, you know what they say about girls and boys who only work, work, work. Dull, dull, dull! So if you can, grab your little tote and make a beeline to the door when you are able, perhaps a little earlier than usual, and go do something for yourself. Even if it’s only an hour. When you pause you return with more inspiration and ideas than you would have otherwise.

You know what I did before getting out of bed this morning? I started reading Julia & Julia. Have you read it? I know, I’m a bit behind. Blame the relocation for that. It was so nice to read a chapter before starting my day and the whole theme of a blogger in a film is just the sweetest thing to me. Do you remember the first time you watched You’ve Got Mail? With the adorable Meg Ryan and clumsy-cute Tom Hanks? Wasn’t it so exciting to see that AOL mailbox on the big screen… I mean the whole idea (back then) of meeting a man online was so new and of course, AOL was the bomb back in the day. How I’d open my email program with great anticipation, hoping to find the mailbox icon and that man announcing that I had mail! Weeee! The days before massive spam overload when an email was actually personal and from someone you knew! I do not get that excited over most email these days. I’ve had it with viagra and private part extensions and nutty people sending me product submissions pertaining to the most abstract things like campers and grills. Yeah, we talk a lot about camping on decor8, right? Rigggght. :)

Anyway, that is how I feel reading Julie & Julia… excited. And I know I’m late to this because the film has been out in America for what, a month now? Nine years you say? Oh stop teasing me. Parts of Europe are a wee bit behind with films being released. But yes, this same exact excitement over blogging being mentioned in a film, that it has become mainstream now (at least in America and most western countries), and worthy of a mention makes me giddy. I can’t wait to see the film but I’ve vowed to finish the book first. Have you seen it? It’s just coming out here in Germany but in German and well, I only watch original English films because I’m a snob. If the movie was made in English originally then I refuse to watch it dubbed over. It’s almost as bad as those old Japanese fighting films or vintage Godzilla movies. Okay, I like the old Godzilla movies… but you get my point. On the flipside, I pay the same respect for all languages, if a film is in French I will watch it with English subtitles but never dubbed over in English. Well okay, maybe a few times I’ve done it. (shhh) Anyway, I’m going off on a tangent here. Thanks for joining me on my rollercoaster writing adventure! Welcome to what it feels like to live inside of my head.

So! After reading and then rising for the day, I am now writing (okay, I’m captain obvious), billing and emailing about thirty thousand people back. Then I’m taking a break to sneak out and hit the bookstore for a few cookbooks (Julie has me inspired!), Balzac for iced boba tea and then I’m going to the museum to see a special exhibition I’ve been hoping to see and it’s Free Museum Friday here so why not take advantage of a good freebie! I’ll be writing on my blog too, so no worries… I won’t abandon you.

Hello & Things...

In fact, I’ve already visited Simply Stated today and wrote a post about Chronicle Books because they have new paper products for Autumn and I really like their collections. I have a brief roundup of 9 products that I think you may like… You may visit the post here if you’d like. The image contained in this post is my bait. I like to use bait sometimes to encourage reading. :) So please bite my bait so you can be hooked on paper along with me and so you can see where each of these pretty products can be found on their website. :)

(images: chronicle books)

Rooms

By Nord: Nordic Inspired Interiors

September 3, 2009

Who isn’t inspired by nature, it’s one of the most common answers when a designer speaks of their inspirations. And how can nature NOT be inspiring… it’s all around us, completely free of charge, transporting, uplifting, and in harmony nature does what it does so well. That’s why when Danielle sent out an email to friends of her shop today about By Nord, I had to show you this Danish label that she now stocks. Danielle has such gorgeous taste, so I always know that if she takes on a new line that is must be stylish, modern, simple and nature-inspired. You can find lots of pretty pillows and duvets in Le Souk right here and big plus — she ships worldwide!

By Nord: Nordic Inspired Interiors

By Nord: Nordic Inspired Interiors

By Nord: Nordic Inspired Interiors

By Nord: Nordic Inspired Interiors

By Nord was founded by graphic designer Hanne Berzant and fashion designer Hanne Louise Roe Andersen. These two friends are inspired by Nordic nature which is quite evident in their work. But beyond being stylish, what I personally enjoy is that this design is really taking that traditional cabin and lodge design up a notch to a more modern, sophisticated feel. I love rustic modern when it’s done right and this is so, soooo right. I also appreciate the marrying of feminine and masculine design elements. What man would bark at his wife for wanting to add a wolf pillow to the sofa accompanied by a lovely floral one? See my point?

Lovely new add to Le Souk, Danielle!

(images: by nord and bo bedre)

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The Community Bookcase

September 3, 2009

I wrote about this bookcase over on Haus Maus but since not all of you read my other blog I’m posting about it here too because my wish is that if I talk about it enough, and then maybe you link to it and talk about it also, that the idea may just catch on. And then perhaps you’ll have your very own bookcase too. Allow me to explain.

The Community Bookcase

See this bookcase standing on the sidewalk? No, it’s not waiting for the movers to come pick it up. And no, it’s not part of some eviction. Oh and it definitely is not an animated bookcase that came to life at night in the local library and decided to go all independent and flee the scene. This is indeed a normal, everyday bookcase with glass doors that you can open and contents inside that are 100% free to the public. No library cards, overdue notices or payment required. At this bookcase you simply visit it, find a book (or two) that you want, remove it and put it in your little tote or bicycle basket, and then go on your merry little way. The bookcase only asks that in return, you bring some of your own books back to replenish the supply. And this is not the only bookcase that I’ve located here in Hannover. There is another one near the city center. This one happens to be a few blocks from my house on Jakobistr. Of course, all of the books are in German but it encourages me even more to keep up with my studies! I want to sneak in a few of my English books next time I’m out, I’m sure some would be interested in them. :)

Don’t you love this idea of a community bookcase? I’m not sure how this would work everywhere, I mean in some cities I imagine people who take books and sell them for profit on eBay, but here it does not seem to be a problem and the bookcases always have plenty to look through on them. What do you think of this idea? Would you want something like this in your city?

In Germany, you may find these bookcases at locations listed on this page.

(image: thorsten becker for decor8)

Inspiration

Happy September!

September 3, 2009

Wow, it’s September people! Hallo Holly! I just realized this fact the moment I woke up this morning and thought about all of the invoices that I need to create. I’m a few days late though, aren’t I? In my head, it’s still August. I think it has a lot to do with the weather here — it’s been in the 80s and sunny ever since we arrived on August 6. That’s pretty record-breaking in this part of the country where I live. But today is very windy and there is a slight “crispness” to the air that I love so much. Do you know this crisp feeling that I’m speaking of? It’s wonderful, isn’t it? Which gets me to thinking about a post that I read this morning over at {this is glamorous}. She pulled some remarkable visuals to show what September means to her. Here are just a few. You’ll need to visit her beautiful blog for more.

Happy September!

These impressions resonated with me so deeply because I love all of these things too… horseback rides, plaids, tea, cozy beds, oil paintings of the countryside found at flea markets, rich colors, reading in my living room curled up on the sofa, and linens. It’s the one reason why I do not miss living in the south. No offense to my southern friends and family, but I have to have Autumn or else I’ll not be the same person. I love September – November, so so SO much. I come alive. And I wasn’t even born during this period and have no real reason to love it so much but I do. It makes me want to pick apples, take long walks in the forest, collect chestnuts, acorns and branches, craft, travel (I’ve always loved to travel most in the Fall, especially to London), and I love that one day that feels chilly enough to wear your favorite cardigan. :) And then it gets sooo cool that you can wear a lush chocolate or buttery soft caramel leather jacket with your favorite scarf. September also means socks. I love stripey knee socks.

What does September mean to you? Please share!

(images: this is glamorous)

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