Happy Monday!

December 28, 2009

Good morning to you! Now that we’re on the other side of the holiday season, how are you feeling about it? Did you have a nice restful time or are you a bit tired with full bellies? I’m doing very well, I tried Glögg for the first time yesterday which definitely helped clear my head cold! Have you ever tried it? Mine was perfect, served hot in a mug outside of the train station under bright blue skies.

Happy Monday!

I also baked a lovely traditional German cake called Gugelhupf and got to use my new baking form that I found at a market here recently. I modified the traditional recipe with a teaspoon of vanilla extract and then spiked it with 1/4 cup of rum so it was perfectly moist and wonderful with all of the new The o dor teas that I ordered from Paris a few weeks ago. Doesn’t my cake look like a large donut, perhaps a French cruller? I just love the form I baked it in. Germans are big on bake forms, cookie cutters, you name it — it’s big business here and when you living in a country that has a traditional “coffee and cake” time at 4pm each day, you can understand why they take their baking so seriously.

Happy Monday!

I also hit a lovely indoor antiques and vintage market that was held for two days downtown and found a few pretty things, one is this gorgeous German globe made in Berlin in the 1950’s with a gorgeous oak base. The colors of the globe are stunning. I’ve been looking for a globe exactly this size on a clean and modern wood base for a few years already so I was pleased to discover this beauty. Have a look… Do you like it?

Happy Monday!

Oh I do… I like it very, very much. The last globe I found was on eBay from the 1930’s, back a few years ago (blogged here), but when I got it I never really fell in love with it. I didn’t quite like the base and well, it was a bit too yellow for my taste. I’ve been looking for the perfect globe for my kitchen shelf ever since so when this beauty screamed from a small table as I walked by it… well naturally I glanced to see where all the yelling was coming from and it was this little globe dancing around in place declaring, “Pick me! I’m the one you’ve been after! Pick me!” and well, I did. I lifted it from the table as proudly as I imagine I would an Oscar, and as I looked it over I thought, “I bet this is expensive”. So when I inquired of the price and the seller said only 10- euros (about $14 US) I nearly jumped out of my boots. Sold. The little globe let out a sigh of relief, I opened my wallet, and we both went home happy.

So tell me, how was your weekend? I want the full scoop. And after I read your comments today I’m off again until Tuesday as I’m really trying hard to stay away from the internet so I can relax a bit more on this small, yet lovely, vacation I’m taking.

(images: holly becker for decor8)


  • Reply Virginia Horstmann December 28, 2009 at 4:46 am

    congrats on your nice find :) Followed your footsteps yesterday and shopped Hema in Oldenburg (all shops in Oldenburg were open yesterday…hooray). Poor hubby had to carry a big bag of nice cute girls finds from Hema :)

    Have a nice week!

  • Reply paola December 28, 2009 at 4:49 am

    hello Hollie( this seem a song) !! I would like to have your cake on my table this morning for breakfas before coming to work!! even if in these days I ate a little too much…

  • Reply Susannah December 28, 2009 at 4:53 am

    oh Holly, that globe is just perfect! so cute. I treated myself to a globe when i was in SF – we went to the Alameda flea market and i found the *perfect* globe. even managed to get it home in one piece – i’m itching to take some Polaroids of it!

    as for the holidays? I’m still recovering ;)
    .-= Susannah´s last blog ..~ Merry Christmas! ~ =-.

  • Reply Ana December 28, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Nice pictures as always. This is really soothing after a great weekend of Christams partying and cleaning (who said Christmas is all about good things?) and coming back to work today. I love the globe!
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..Leitura nocturna / Night Reading =-.

  • Reply Katherine December 28, 2009 at 5:43 am

    That globe is beautiful, and I also love the cake form.

    We hibernated at home for most of the weekend but I braved the sales to get some reduced yarn for my next projects.
    .-= Katherine´s last blog ..Yuletide =-.

  • Reply Katrine December 28, 2009 at 6:11 am

    What a bargain! I love that little globe! I’ve been on the look-out for a similar one – maybe the luck is with me in 2010…
    I just recently discovered your blog and it’s now on my blogroll of favourites. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply laura trevey December 28, 2009 at 7:26 am

    I have a small globe, and love it!! You don’t see them as much anymore~~
    .-= laura trevey´s last blog ..Girlie Girl, 9 by 12, Premium Watercolor Print =-.

  • Reply Kathi @ allthingswhite December 28, 2009 at 8:16 am

    It was a busy and family filled time and I am still full this morning from all of the goodies, many of them christmas cookies made from recipes handed down from my german grandma. And I too have heard things call to me from markets and antique shops, perhaps a few too many times ! Oh well, I find we regret what we don’t buy in that situation far more than what we do buy. Enjoy your little globe and the rest of your holiday !
    .-= Kathi @ allthingswhite´s last blog ..Ten TIny Pots =-.

  • Reply Miss-Ninie December 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I recieved the most awesome christmas present from my sister and I just had to chare it with you. It’s a book written by Julie Jackson “Borduren voor Bitches” (translation “Cross stitching for Bitches”). I love it! You can find all of the info on http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com . Check it out!
    Merry Christmas,
    Miss Ninie
    .-= Miss-Ninie´s last blog ..Christmas decorations part 3 =-.

  • Reply Victoria Klein December 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    What a delightful weekend you had! Being Swedish & German, though not much of a drinker, I am very curious to try traditional glogg. :)

    My weekend was a nice one, though I certainly ate too many proceed foods & am still working on getting rid of them! Otherwise, Christmas was delightfully low-key, as will be New Year’s Eve. What are you plans for ushering in 2010?
    .-= Victoria Klein´s last blog ..Yoga Book Project: Sample Due! =-.

  • Reply My Owl Barn December 28, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Hi Holly, I think that globe is stunning. It’s a great deal at $14. Also I recognize that bowl in the first photo from the Taika’s Iittala range. I love their products.
    .-= My Owl Barn´s last blog ..Happy Holidays! =-.

  • Reply Gina December 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Hi Holly, Gluewein, I suppose, is similar to Gloegg. During the holidays I always have a large pot ready for company. It makes the house smell so festive. My recipe is very simple:

    1 continues orange peel studded with cloves
    1 large cinnamon stick
    a handful of golden raisins
    one to one ratio of red wine and apple juice
    powdered spices to taste, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice

    Simmer, do not boil

    Enjoy the rest of your Holiday!


  • Reply Arzu December 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    This is the cutest globe! I am also wondering about the radio you have next to it. I am looking for a white radio for a long time and yours has the perfect lines and simplicity I want.

    Enjoy the holidays!


  • Reply Katie Stephenson December 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

    First of all, that globe is amazing. I’ve been looking for the perfect one too, and have settled on a little less along the way. It’s coming though, I know it. Secondly, I don’t like Glogg. Ha ha, sorry to be a negative Nelly but when I tried it a few years back, I was really excited about it..the coziness, the smell, the heat, and I was living in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago which is very Glogg-friendly but the taste…not so much “for me,” or as my mother would have me say: “I don’t care for it.” Glad you liked it though, you’re delving in!
    .-= Katie Stephenson´s last blog ..new year’s eve prep =-.

  • Reply Jeanee December 28, 2009 at 10:47 am

    That mini cake is soooo pretty!
    .-= Jeanee´s last blog ..merry Christmas! =-.

  • Reply Kim December 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That globe is perfection! I adore globes and I must say I’m very jealous of your find!
    And that cake looks pretty good too… =)

    <3 Kim
    .-= Kim´s last blog .. =-.

  • Reply Jacqueline December 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Dear holly, your holiday weekend sounds magical! That Gugelhupf looks soo yummie and i too adore your cool globe!

    My holiday weekend was spent at noordwijkerhout…such a lovely lovely place and the beach was wonderful! :) I also did some baking and a little crafting.

    Have a wonderful restful day and love to you!
    .-= Jacqueline´s last blog ..bright and merry =-.

  • Reply nichole December 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Can you airmail me some of that cake?!? Looks amazing. ;)

    I’ve been resting and taking a break, and it feels so nice. Overate of course, but that is to be expected.

    That globe is such a find. I’ve been looking for one for the boys’ room and can’t find one I like.
    .-= nichole´s last blog ..Evan’s Turn to Make Me Squeal =-.

  • Reply Anna December 28, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    That cake looks yummy :)

    Well, full scoop here is that my sofa collapsed on Christmas Eve, whilst all 5 of us were sitting on it watching ‘Elf’. So I have been fantasy sofa shopping at every opportunity since then. Unfortunately budget doesn’t allow at the moment (and my husband managed to repair the base), but as soon as possible I’ll be purchasing a Halo Lush leather sofa. Am very excited.

    Aside from that little event everything went smoothly and a good time was had by all. Lot of memories created and traditions kept up with, including Father Christmas footprints across the floor!

    Enjoy the rest of your break.
    .-= Anna´s last blog ..Some random stuff I want to remember about this Christmas =-.

  • Reply emily December 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Hi Holly. I wish I was there to bake and shop with you- it looks like such fun!! That cake looks amazing and I added a little german to my christmas this year http://www.flickr.com/photos/nestingemily/4222908982/
    That globe is amazing! Don’t you love it when you find something so perfect and affordable waiting for you. It’s the thrift gods smiling down I think : )
    My holiday was nice and relaxed and I got a subscription to Uppercase Magazine http://www.uppercasegallery.ca/uppercasemagazine/
    It is such a beautiful mag and I can still stupid excited to be getting them in the mail all year!!
    Happy relaxing : )
    .-= emily´s last blog ..Happy Holidays!! =-.

  • Reply beth cupitt December 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    i got hit with a nesting urge this weekend. clean slate and all. i took down my decorations and put up new art and all that jazz.

    your globe is darling. congratulations! you both seem very happy.

  • Reply Stacey December 28, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    What a great find with that globe! Those really are the perfect colors. I have a huge map of the world hanging on my wall that has those colors in it, and it’s one of my favorite posessions.
    .-= Stacey´s last blog ..Decor obsession =-.

  • Reply Mrs. M December 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    your cake looks so yummy! and what a steal that globe was!
    .-= Mrs. M´s last blog ..happy holidays =-.

  • Reply nina December 28, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    the cake looks divine!
    .-= nina´s last blog ..Beautiful Story =-.

  • Reply Nuit December 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    oh that cake looks yummy!!!! and the globe is too cute for words…. happy monday!!! x
    .-= Nuit´s last blog ..Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.. =-.

  • Reply Kristin December 28, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    That cake looks delicious, Holly. And what a steal on that globe! I like it very much.
    .-= Kristin´s last blog ..2010 Design Resolutions with Lynda Quintero-Davis =-.

  • Reply Travelingmama December 28, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! Your cake is beautiful and it sounds delicious! Oh, and your globe is perfect. I cannot BELIEVE that price! Yay! We have been packing nonstop since the 26th. The movers come tomorrow and I cannot WAIT to be free of all our stuff! I’m looking forward to “running my toes” through American soil in a few days.
    .-= Travelingmama´s last blog ..Designs that {inspire} one =-.

  • Reply OhhhMhhh December 28, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Hi Holly,
    I have a cold too, will be trying Glögg immediately. They sell Glögg at Ikea as well. That one tastes very good too. You sometimes visit Ikea, right? ;)
    My voice is not the only thing I lost this weekend. My apartement has been mugged. They stole my laptop, jewellery, sunglasses, perfumes… – but they didn’t steal anything from the kitchen. What is – as you mentioned totally correct – very important for Germans. We love to bake, have you ever heard of Neujahrskuchen? You have to try them out. I think you would love them. We Germans (I think more the ones in the North of Germany) eat them around New Year’s with friends, to wish them a Happy New Year. Of course you can find the recipe and pictures on my blog.
    Get well soon and have a Happy New Year! Kalotta

    • Reply decor8 December 29, 2009 at 3:36 am

      Now I’m wondering what Glogg in Chicago tastes like! The one served here is white wine with orange liqueur, its very light and fruity. Then there is the German one which is deep red with a red wine base and it’s called Glühwein which is lovely. :)

  • Reply Pixie December 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I had to work, so sad. I did get to spend Christmas day with a good friend and we watched a movie while he cooked…so I can’t complain. lol It’s always nice to have someone else make a tasty meal. That cake looks amazing! I’m going to google it to see if I can find a recipe. I love cake pans and forms, they make a “regular” ol’ cake seems so much more special.
    .-= Pixie´s last blog ..A DC Holiday =-.

  • Reply Tracey December 28, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    The globe is wonderful! I feel the same way about a vintage map I found for my travel inspired studio. :) Congratulations on the find!

    I’m going to have to agree with Katie on the Glogg. Actually, like Katie, small world, I lived in Andersonville in Chicago for several years (long standing Swedish heritage behind this wonderful neighborhood) and on one of Chicago’s cold winter days I thought I would try it… not my taste but I can see how it can help a cold and warm you up.

    Now I’m off to make something sweet because that cake just activated my sweet tooth!
    .-= Tracey´s last blog ..My Favorite Finds- LampGoods =-.

  • Reply risa December 29, 2009 at 12:19 am

    With the holidays over (and another week of vacation) I’m dedicating as much time as possible to working in my studio! Yay! But also saving a little time for baking and to be with my honey. Happy New Years!

  • Reply Katie December 29, 2009 at 12:28 am

    This is such a gorgeous blog! Love it!!!
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..9 wonderful moments of 2009 =-.

  • Reply Brillante December 29, 2009 at 12:43 am

    The cake! The cake! my great aunt used to make the best Gugelhubf (even though she has a different spelling in her hand written recipe). It was part of my family tradition to have those Austro-Hungarian Empire delicious recipes. Thanks for the memory!

  • Reply Leslie H. December 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I just so happened into a World Market last night and they had their Glogg on sale! I bought a bottle to try since I had seen you talk about it and I loved it! This one is deep red and concentrate and it suggests you add half water or 1/4 water and 1/4 either vodka, rum or red wine. It was so yummy after a cold day!
    .-= Leslie H.´s last blog ..A Cold Day =-.

  • Reply {this is glamorous} December 29, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    the cake looks delicious + adore the little globe

    hope you’re having a lovely holiday season,
    .-= {this is glamorous}´s last blog ..{new year’s inspiration: little white dress} =-.

  • Reply Melissa Allam December 29, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    You are getting very good at your style shots, I love them all, and that cake looks so yummy too. I like your new globe too, very cute. The pinks, yellows and blues go well with your interiors.
    .-= Melissa Allam´s last blog ..Checking in for a Moment… =-.

  • Reply caro December 30, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Hallo Holly. Nice to hear, your weekend was so successfull. I love your little sweet globe. How wonderful it it! I found a much bigger one a few years ago in a little junk shop around the corner from my home. I think it’s from the 30th or maybe 50th and there is a lamp inside. I just payed 20 Euros and I love it. It’s one of my favorite objects in my apartment. Greets and: happy new year!
    .-= caro´s last blog ..Wichtelpost und Gänsebraten =-.

  • Reply Steph Bond @ Bondville December 30, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I have to have that cake! Divine! Well it was a lovely weekend and an even better Monday as our 2nd baby arrived 28th Dec at almost 8pm and a huge 10lbs 4oz (4.6kg), 4 days overdue. So not much time for anything apart from getting settled and eating leftover Christmas cake that my Mum kindly made for us. Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year!
    Steph x
    .-= Steph Bond @ Bondville´s last blog ..Stylish Kids: Little Bubble and Tree =-.

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