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September 2009

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Happy Friday!

September 18, 2009

Hello friends! Yes well… I’m signing off quite early today — please forgive me for running out so soon. I have an immigration interview in a few hours which will determine whether or not I can truly stay here or not (LOL) and afterwards, another related appointment, then I need to go shopping for some essentials as our shipment from America has not yet arrived by boat (boo hoo) so I need a few things to hold me over until my boxes arrive. I’m taking the day off. I know, oh gosh. Bad blogger. :)

Happy Friday!

But before I go, what will you do this weekend? Please share! On Saturday, I’m hitting the fabric market coming to town (like a circus without the clowns and fleas!) held outdoors all day… It’s an open air event that I love and the weather calls for sunshine (yay!). It’s pretty much a paved area in the city right in front of a coffee house, so I can get fuel first, where a bunch of sellers have tents and they’re offering fabrics, notions and sewing machines for sale. This “band” of people come over primarily from Holland but some German sellers are there too, of course.  There are rows and rows of linens, poplins, silk, brocade, you name it. And lots of buttons and such. I will be there with a big smile and a camera to hopefully steal some impressions for you! If I do take photos, I’ll be sure to share them next week so that you are able to feel like we went together because let’s face it, we’d all have a blast at something like this together!

I also have family coming over and a big dinner to prepare Saturday night and Sunday is busy, busy, busy too – but breakfast will be spent at home followed by a walk in the forest. And in the midst of it all, I’m trying to plan a few upcoming vacations so I have a bit of research to do on Sunday morning to decide where we will go and for how long. :) And I still need to crack open those three design books that I showed you last Friday. I never did read them last weekend… I did promise a review so I will get to that on Monday so please join me back here for that. Also, Miss Leslie will be back on Monday with her brand spankin’ new, very inspiring, palette for Color Me Pretty. I can’t wait to show you her gorgeous photos that she’s produced just for you.

Okay then, see you on Monday and wish me luck today at my immigration appointment. I’ll be speaking German during the interview so please, if you believe in magic and miracles, unicorns and tree spirits then wiggle your nose, pray for me, wave your wand… whatever it takes to help me not stumble over my words and to obtain my visa so someday I can have my shiny EU residency card. :)

So again, what will you do this weekend?

(image: sea shanties, whom I adore…)






Arts + Crafts

MayaLee Photography

September 17, 2009

What’s not to love about the dreamy photography of MayaLee Photography in Sweden? Such a simple arrangement yet so stunning. And that burst of turquoise and fuchsia against pure white? Magic!

MayaLee Photography

The Swedish do less is more so, so well don’t they?

MayaLee can be found  –  :  etsyblogflickrwebsite :

(image: mayaless photography)






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Studio Violet Gemütlichkeit

September 17, 2009

Studio Violet is such an inspiring little nook on the web, isn’t it? Camilla and Elisabeth are both so attentive to details and those tiny things that so often many overlook, a quality about them that I cherish the most I think. They are also masters, in my opinion, at capturing natural light and emotion in their photographs. Very cozy. Their prints, shown below in situ, look so gorgeous amongst cherished possessions in the home, don’t they? A nice touch to modernize this setting I think. You have a vintage bunny, old portraits and then a modern element to merge old with new effortlessly as so many of us adore. The marriage of what we loved 20 years ago alongside with what we love today is so meaningful, I think, to have around in our living space. Especially in this somewhat disposable, fast-paced world we live in.

Studio Violet Gemütlichkeit

Sometimes I gaze upon rooms with only objects purchased recently – furniture, art, rugs, all of it – pretty much all brand new – and this “showroom” decoration doesn’t nothing for me on an emotional level. It feels cold and makes me not want to enter. It does not feel cozy at all. I’m studying German and so I’ve found a bunch of favorite words and one of them I’d like to share is Gemütlichkeit (Ge moot leesh kite) and after you read this definition below from Wikipedia you’ll quickly understand why.

Gemütlichkeit is a German abstract noun that has been adopted into English. Its closest equivalent is the word “coziness”; however, rather than merely describing a place that is compact, well-heated and nicely furnished (a cozy room, a cozy flat), Gemütlichkeit connotes the notion of belonging, social acceptance, cheerfulness, the absence of anything hectic and the opportunity to spend quality time.

By my definition the word means this: A room or setting that feels like you’ve just had someone walk up to you as you’ve entered, plant a kiss on both cheeks, wrap you in a warm plaid blanket, and grab you by the hand inviting you to sit at their table with cake, coffee and candles. And it’s not put on, in fact there is no vanity in it whatsoever. It’s completely natural.

Studio Violet Gemütlichkeit

I think that is what I love so much about Europe, at least to the northern countries where I’ve traveled. There is this Gemütlichkeit that I feel in restaurants, cafes, lounges, and in the homes of my friends and family. For example, when we go for lunch, dinner or to simply order a coffee the staff does not “harass” us with frequent visits to the table. Even while shopping, most offer a simple “May I help you?” and then shuffle off to go about their business. There is no “riding” customers, “up-selling” of products, loud music that one cannot hear themselves think over, etc. In fact, things here in most situations while out dining or shopping can feel quite cozy and charming. At least in my city I feel this way. And this is so, so valuable to me and one of the main reasons why I decided to relocate here — I like to linger… I love not feeling rushed to pay my check and leave so as to free up the table for the next guest. I love sitting outside at a cafe in the Autumn with a blanket on my lap and candles on the table, which is common here.

Same when I visit friends, their homes are very casual and cozy, you feel like more than a guest, and it’s special – a special that is very hard to define. I think the Danish use the word Hygge, right? It’s that feeling. I wonder what the Swedish equivalent is? Anyone know?

(images: studio violet)






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Flowers: Would You Try This?

September 17, 2009

Flowers that do not peep out of the tops of vases… Hmm… What do you think? It seems to be a bit of a trend in floral design, my floral designer friend back in the states is fond of this look and has used it at some weddings. It looks like the French are on to it as well, this image is from French decoration magazine 100 Idees Deco (which I regularly pick up as I can get it at the train station). I’ve seen it here and there around the web on wedding blogs, too.

Flowers: Would You Try This?

Here, 100 Idees Deco has tried the look out using carnations. It comes across very no-frills, a simple, casual arrangement, don’t you think? Would you try this at home? Do you see this as an everyday arrangement or reserved for special events only, like a wedding or dinner party?

(image: 100 idees deco)






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Submissions Needed: Calendar Round Up 2010!

September 17, 2009

Spread the word to all your friends who create calendars! decor8 is accepting submissions… Yahoo! It all began in 2006 when I posted my first ever calender round up in the autumn and then ’07 came and artists contacted, and again in ’08 and so now in ’09 I’m continuing tradition by organizing yet my 4th calender round up – the post with all of my picks for 2010 will go live on Friday, October 17th. I started receiving submissions for this great round up already (thanks everyone!) but I’d love it if you have been featured here in the past if you’d please contact me with your 2010 calendar (images, in situ, etc) so that I can include your work again this year – I don’t want to overlook anyone if I can help it. If you’ve never been featured and would like to be, you may also submit. I can’t promise to include everyone but I’m hoping to make this the largest round up ever so if you are doing a cally this year (and you think decor8 readers would like it and that it would fit the overall vibe of decor8), send in your shop name, link, and images!

Submissions Needed: Calendar Round Up 2010!

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 12th.

Guidelines: In the subject please type CAL SUB

Images: Make sure they aren’t too large — 500-900 pixels wide is perfect. No larger, please. Shots need to be clear, bright, and shot in natural daylight (no flash).

You can reach me by email at holly at decor8blog.com.

The post will go live on Friday, October 17th! Stay tuned!

New to decor8 and not sure what a calendar round up is? This should help.

(image: be happy now)






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