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Fieryeyed Books

I was so pleased to wake up this morning to read that photographer Jenifer Altman is now a small, independent publisher of fine art books, Fieryeyed Books. Congratulations to Jen and all of her fans. The debut title features her exquisite photography and is called, “Little Italy” based on her travels. Just look at its pages, doesn’t it make you want to pack your bags and escape? And furthermore, doesn’t the word escape sound so very exciting on Monday morning? :) Well for just a few moments here, along with me, we can run away to Jen’s world and see what she sees. Bon voyage!

Little Italy

Little Italy

Little Italy

I love the words on Jenifer’s website… I feel exactly the same way.

“We believe in books. We believe in paper. We believe in film. We believe in the tangible. We believe in the design of the voyage. We believe in the world-altering power that is art. We believe in the alchemy of the photograph. We believe the image is as potent as the words. We believe the right book can change someone’s life. Forever.”

Amen to that, sister! And included with her photographs and inspiring words are a few delicious recipes to give the reader a chance to really take it all it – a trip to Italy wouldn’t be the same without something wonderful to eat now would it?

(images: jenifer altman)

Posted in Books + Magazines on November 09, 2009

Happy Weekend!

I’m signing off for the weekend as it’s 3pm here and I’m eager to get moving on my weekend plans! I hope that you have fun reading the articles that I’ve posted for your enjoyment and inspiration today. Please have a happy weekend and enjoy – there is no sense in having time off unless you do a few good things for yourself. Take a bath, spritz on some perfume and slide on those heels and go for cocktails with your friends, draw something that you’ve been visualizing in your mind all week, collect leaves and other treasures left behind by nature, play with your children, hit the museum… there is so much to do that will leave you refreshed and energized.

Lovely Print

I’d love to share something with you that I experienced recently. I was taking a walk with someone and noticed 3 shops, empty, with the most beautiful architectural details. But they looked lonely and unloved though they’re in a lovely neighborhood. As I looked at them, I told my companion that I would love to see these empty spaces become something special — an art gallery, cafe, cupcake shop, something creative and inspirational. My companion commented that there was much work to be done on the interior, it needed a good paint job, and that parking in the area was quite bad. But we’re in the city, I thought, who cares about parking. But I respectfully listened to my companions concerns.

Upon returning home that evening, I thought about the concerns and issues shared that evening. And I thought some more. Then I realized that if only we put our time and efforts more into defending WHY WE CAN do something versus WHY WE CANNOT, the world would be such a better place. So many more magical things could be created, replenished, made to shine. So I guess I will part with this message today. When you find yourself listing reasons as to why you cannot do something, switch the button and start defending it with the same amount of passion – start finding ways in which you CAN do it. That is the difference between living your dreams yourself or constantly watching others live your dreams.

One last thing before I head out as you may be wondering about this playful numbers print shown above and if so, well here’s your answer. It’s a collaborative work between Sandra Juto, Mija Carlsson & Malena Forsare and is now available in Sandra’s online shop in case you’d like one for your home. Sandra is so talented and deserves every good thing that comes to her. I am continuously inspired by her work and life.

What will you do this weekend? I’m going to bake for my brother-in-law, go to the train station to check a few schedules since we plan to vacation soon, and work on a little something I have up my sleeve that I’ll be sharing on decor8 later this month.

So… Have a fantastic weekend. I’ll see you again on Monday!

(images: sandra juto)

Posted in uncategorized on November 06, 2009

Black & Spiro Shop Tour

Ready to travel with me again today back down to Australia, only this time to view another store that focuses less on the little ones and more on sophisticated, elegant design for those who only desire the best… Oh yes, we shall visit the store of blogger and interior designer Anna Spiro photographed by Jillian Leiboff. Anna shared her home on decor8 not that long ago, do you recall? If not, click this link and brace yourself. It’s that good.

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

It doesn’t seem fair that Anna can have such a gorgeous home and shop now does it? :) Some people are living the good life and this is what inspires me to stay on course with my own goals and dreams – the good examples of others who work hard to realize their dreams. We all deserve to live the life we desire and it’s nice to see those who live real and live larger than life. To me, this is Anna Spiro. She’s just barely over thirty-years-old and has already accomplished so much in her life. Check out her retail store Black & Spiro. Isn’t this grand?

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

Shop Tour: Black & Spiro

What do you see that you’d love to own? I like the lamps best and that darling pink and white chair. I love all of the ethnic prints and patterns… it’s like taking a trip around the world just stepping through her doors.

Thank you Anna for the tour, and thank you Jillian for the inspiring photographs that you took and sent in to me. I greatly appreciate that you’ve shared your visit to Black & Spiro with all of us here today. Readers, Jillian talks about her visit to B&S on her blog if you’d like to read it.

(images: jillian leiboff)

Posted in Home Tours on November 06, 2009

Pepper Design Blog

I want to pop in and quickly thank Morgan from Pepper Design Blog for asking me for an interview that just went live here on her blog. In the interview I gave some decorating tips that I hope you find helpful…

An interview with me...

Thank you Morgan for having me today! :)

(images: holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on November 06, 2009


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