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February 2010

Inspiration

Photographer Coco Amardeil

February 4, 2010

This is one seriously talented photographer that you’ll want to bookmark for sure. Canadian talent Coco Amardeil lives in Paris and displays such character and maturity in her work – I love how she tells stories that range from serious to ironic, graphic, even humorous and always with the best light and color. These photos really put me in the mood for Spring and boots on chairs, photographing china in the streets and hopping in the dryer for a little spin! Ha! So creative and imaginative… you are sure to love the details in each of these photos below.

Photographer Coco Amardeil

Photographer Coco Amardeil

Photographer Coco Amardeil

Photographer Coco Amardeil

Photographer Coco Amardeil

I discovered Coco just this morning through a publicist in Paris who wrote to me about the new work from French textile designer Anne Hubert and I noticed that Coco Amardeil took the photos of her Spring collection. It’s always fun to play connect-the-dots online, you find the most amazing talent that way! P.S. If you are looking for some fun music to cheer up your day, visit Coco’s blog and click on the music player on the lower left corner of her home page. Enjoy!

(images: coco amardeil)






Travel

Eden & Eden

February 3, 2010

Speaking of awesome web shops, have you heard of Eden & Eden? They have a storefront in San Francisco that was shot by Jen Siska (shown below) but in addition to their gorgeous retail space they have an equally inspiring online space that is simple to navigate with exceptional products…

Eden & Eden

Eden & Eden

Eden & Eden

I see so many things that I want to buy like the wooden button coasters and the braided ring in gold which is by Tatty Divine in London whom I’m a fan of. And HELLO don’t you love the black & white wallpaper behind their cash register? :)

Speaking of photographer Jen Siska, she recently photographed the kitchen of San Francisco artist and shop co-owner Lisa Congdon for Dwell magazine — you can view those photos here.

(images: jen siska)






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Supermarket Sarah

February 3, 2010

I just fell in love with a web shop because this is seriously cool stuff. I found it via a wonderfully creative German blog called Ohhh… Mhhh… and the store is called Supermarket Sarah. Sarah Bagner lives near to Portobello Road in London where she has a rather interesting concept – a shop in her home where she posts things up, literally, to her walls and then invites you dear web friends to click on her wall and purchase what you see. How brilliant is this? I love it. I mean, this is truly the coolest thing I’ve seen in a very long time. Way to go Supermarket Sarah!

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

Supermarket Sarah

“Sarah decided to leave the corporate world behind her and has set up shop in her own home. Her home, round the corner from Portobello Market where she has a stall, is now overflowing with treasures and delights and she welcomes visitors with tea and cakes.”

How cool. I mean, really. Everything is one-of-a-kind so once it’s gone, it’s gone. Happy shopping!

(images: supermarket sarah)






Inspiration

Mad & Bolig

February 2, 2010

Oooooh I have some gorgeous inspiration for you today from a magazine that is new-to-me called Mad & Bolig published in Denmark. The more I see Danish magazines, the more I want to drive up north to visit a country that obviously has amazing taste and style. Mad & Bolig is a magazine that I found today via the lovely artist Sidsel Gaustadnes who authors the Spagat blog (please be sure to visit her blog!).

Mad & Bolig

But yes, back to this fab magazine… as I sit here and get lost in the virtual pages of Mad & Bolig I’m starting to feel like the winter lull will soon be over and perhaps then I’ll feel motivated to travel. I’m excited to plan some Summer vacations up north because I’ve never stepped foot into Denmark and I think going there would be just delightful. Plus, why move to Europe and not see these places, right? Many of our German friends drive up and stay in vacation homes on the Danish coast, it’s pretty common for the northern Germans I think — so perhaps I’ll join them. But for now, until I can be there myself, I will bask in the glow of the beautiful Danish magazines that I’m finding online. Ah.

Mad & Bolig

Mad & Bolig

Don’t you just love these rooms? They make me daydream of owning a summer cottage by the shore. Fresh, colorful, position — each injected with such spirit and personality.

(images: mad & bolig)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

February 2, 2010

Well hello there friends! How are you today? Having a good February so far? Today was busy for me, but a good busy so I’m not complaining. It feels good to be back home with my cozy laptop to sit here before you and share some Etsy finds for the week. I’ve been thinking about this while out and about today… who can I feature this week? And these five shops came to mind. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Kiersten Essenpreis is an artist/illustrator living in Brooklyn who is quite imaginative with her whimsical prints. Some of her clients include GQ, The New York Times, LA Weekly, Paper Magazine, Nylon Magazine, and Coach Handbags so Kiersten’s work just may be familiar to you for a reason!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Studio Flower Power in Canada creates cards pretty enough to frame using digital imagery, hand drawings and real pressed flowers on each one.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I have a few girlfriends who are pregnant and I keep looking for something handmade and special to give to them… these knit hats and baby booties from Mama Rosa’s just may be what I’m looking for! How I love hats with ears…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Krize and her “smiling shop” as she calls it is a Lithuanian children’s book illustrator living in Spain and selling mostly her illustrations as prints and accessories. They are so sweet how can you not smile. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Indobay creates modern hand-printed textiles with a simple touch for the home. There is beauty in this work because it is not made by a machine but with love by hand — everything has unique character and one-of-a-kind charm.

(images: linked to their sources above)






Travel

Paris Tips?

February 1, 2010

A contact of mine on Facebook, Caroline Panico, has asked for a favor and since you are all quite the well-traveled bunch I’m sure many of you have some great travel tips. Here is her question…

Paris Tips?

Hi Holly, I am going to Paris in March with my husbands band, Montage Populaire, do you or any of your readers know of places to go/shop/eat/visit which wouldn’t be in the tourist guides? I would be really grateful and I know you and your readership are just the right sort of people to ask!!!

Paris Tips?

Well first of all Caroline, Mon Pop sounds great – I’m so glad to know of your husband’s band. And secondly, I don’t think that you can really go wrong in Paris no matter where you go but sure… I’ll bet lots of decor8 readers can help you so I’ll leave it to them. And they’ll also be helping me and my husband as we plan to take the train over in the Spring.

Any good tips to share?

(image: top: Alicia Bock and bottom: Little Brown Pen)






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