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Copenhagen Tips?

I’ll soon be off again only this time I’ll leave for Copenhagen in the coming weekend where I’ll be camping out for a week to direct various shoots. I’m excited because all of the homes that we are shooting are so beautiful and I can’t wait to meet the home owners, see some of their most cherish possessions and to gather their tips to weave into the Decorate book for all of you to see in the near future!

Copenhagen - Got tips?

We’ll also be in Sweden for the day in a tiny town along the coast, and hopping around Denmark a bit, but our base is in Copenhagen and though I doubt I’ll have time to do much of anything outside of work I’d love to know if you have any absolute “must-see” spots there that I should visit. Restaurants and cafes would be nice, but also shops for design. We are staying near Tivoli Gardens so near to there would be my preference. If you’d like to drop some tips here I’d really appreciate it and I know others who are Copenhagen bound this year would also appreciate reading your ideas, too! Thank you so much! :)

(image: library of congress)

Posted in travel on May 24, 2010

Find Inspiration

Have you ever found something while out on a walk — a stone, a shell, a feather — and taken it home only to realize what a tiny treasure you really have? Outdoors it may have appeared to be such a mundane find, but in the surroundings of your own home the item takes on a new look and feel. I found this random feather in the park near my house and brought it home and just as the sun was setting last night I admired it resting on the table near the window and thought that I should capture it with my camera (my husband gave me his Olympus DSLR so now I am officially learning how to use one, yay!). As I shot, I placed it on a few different surfaces to see how it would affect the mood and these are my favorite three shots.

wisdom

delicate

freedom

feather study

Sometimes we need inspiration but have very little means of getting any whether that be lack of money to travel far, lack of motivation to change something in our life, lack of energy — the list goes on. Perhaps on your next walk outdoors you can look for something small and seemingly simple and bring it home with you and photograph it showing the object in three different moods. Think of what you are trying to show, a story you are telling, as you take the photos. Here I thought about how birds can represent so many things, freedom and wisdom (the wise old owl!) but also how very delicate and precious they are. And then I just clicked away and found something in the end that made me feel inspired and myself all over again.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on May 24, 2010

Judith Dekker Photography

Here is a little glimpse into the portfolio of Dutch photographer Judith Dekker today so here you are… a sweet photo or two to inspire you and to also highlight her most inviting portfolio.

Judith Dekker

Judith is also represented by Hollandse Hoogte for archive sales.

Don’t you love the butterfly resting on the hand? Doesn’t it evoke the sweetest feeling — that of connecting with nature and the joy in simple pleasures? The stack of books is another favorite because I love the colors of the jackets and the teacup resting on top, plus the lighting is perfect!

(images: judith dekker)

Posted in inspiration on May 24, 2010

Vinyl Tablecloth As Wallpaper?

Hello and happy Monday to you! I’ve slowly been coming down from the whole food poisoning bout that I had… I thought my illness was a cold but no, it was definitely something I ate and it nearly landed me in the hospital. I will visit the doctor tomorrow just to make sure I’m nearly over this. It’s been a tough week! Yesterday I was able to get out for the first time in days and went to a garden festival (link here) and enjoyed the beautiful flowers, plants, tents filled with vendors selling their wares, and wonderful food tents though I wasn’t able to eat a thing as my appetite is gone for what feels like forever. But I did find a pretty spring blouse, a small silver bird and a watery blue-green ceramic planter in an organic heart shape that I just love. A few nice things always lifts the spirits! The festival, fresh air, sunshine was all very nice but after a few hours I was exhausted and ended up home on the sofa with a pot of tea and a stack of magazines and a DVD which ended up being equally very nice. I love lazy Sundays!

VTWonen idea

In my stack ‘o mags, I pulled out the June issue of VTWonen magazine and on page 130 I stopped and stared at the wall believing it to be vintage wallpaper with doilies on it. Then I checked the sources and nothing was listed but noticed instead that it was not wallpaper at all but a vinyl tablecloth cleverly adhered to it! Well imagine that… I love seeing things used in ways that rebel a bit against their intended purpose… almost like this tablecloth told the homeowner, “Hey you, loosen up a bit and stop following tradition and just throw me on the wall already, will ya?” and the homeowner followed orders.

Don’t you adore this idea? I’m wondering how, long term, you’d adhere a vinyl tablecloth to a wall without ruining the wall? Ideas? And in what rooms would this be practical as it wouldn’t work in a formal dining room and certainly not in a bathroom. I imagine this working though in a child’s play room or in an eating nook as shown, especially if you have little ones, this would be a great easy-to-clean budget idea for sprucing up dull walls. It may also be a nice touch in the mud room, laundry room or entryway. And now this has me thinking of alternate ways to use vinyl tablecloths and I wonder how well they’d work as throw rugs (may be a bit slippery so I imagine you’d have to put thought into this before just tossing one down). Could also work as flooring on a small covered balcony if you adhered it properly… Hmmm. What do you think? Where do you see a vinyl tablecloth other than the table? Perhaps you could cut one and frame it as art too?

This photograph was styled by Judith Dekker (does anyone have a link to her portfolio online?) and photographed by Alexander Van Berge.

(photo: vtwonen)

Posted in diy on May 24, 2010

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