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Happy Weekend Friends!

June 25, 2010

I’m signing off for the weekend but I’d like to thank you first for visiting me here on decor8 this week and for your comments, tweets, retweets and general lovey dovey stuff that you extend to me — you are so kind! I hope that in turn, I am a generous friend to you as you have been to me. I’ll be in the states for most of July — first I fly to New York to stay in the city for July 4th weekend on holiday and then I’ll be on shoots the following week, taking the red eye to LA and then staying there until the 18th of July. Once I’m back at home in Germany, I’ll then be in Belgium, the Netherlands and finally France and then the photographs for the book project will be a wrap! And then I will officially crack under the pressure and have a nervous breakdown. Ha. No. Kidding. Then I will throw a very big party for my friends and my husband who has had to put up with my insane business hours and nearly empty fridge for weeks now. And popular to contrary belief, you don’t lose weight living on stress, sugar-free Red Bull and fruit salad. Darn.

Happy Weekend Friends!

I can’t believe all we’ve shot so far, between Scandinavia and London we have completed 12 homes so we’re nearly halfway and I’m so pleased with the work I’ve done so far. Meeting homeowners and being a part of creating a book is exciting. I’ve always wondered what goes into the creation of one as I own hundreds of them and write about decorating and craft books so often on decor8… so it’s fun to be behind-the-scenes and to be involved in styling these homes and directing the shoots, but also the process of finding the right homes that haven’t been published yet online has been a really taxing process. Of course, many of the homeowners have had their homes shot and shown elsewhere online and in books/magazines, but for the homes we are shooting, the angles and lighting and overall outcome is just different – and of course I style it in a way that I think makes the space shine without giving it that “you cannot touch” inaccessible look.

Happy Weekend Friends!

It’s moving to be able to use my creativity offline and to work with a team, but most importantly, to give photos a piece of my own vision and sensibility so that there is a connection between me and the finished product. I kind of felt for awhile like I was no longer a creative person because I wasn’t doing much with my hands. It bothered me. I sit for so many hours, online, writing articles + blog posts about beautiful homes but have truly missed having consultations and clients to work with more hands-on and this has opened up many ideas and doors for me.

To any of the homeowners reading, who I’ve already visited, thank you for letting me into your home to play with your beautiful things and thank you for being a part of this project. It’s a really fresh beginning for me in a direction that feels really good and I hope to move on and to more books despite how some say it’s a dying market. I don’t believe that to be the case, and though I may be a rainbow chaser, I still believe in the power of the typed page, hearing that crack as you first open a fresh title, the glossy photo, and the book in hand on a Sunday morning along with fresh coffee and a sweet roll. :)

Have a lovely weekend you gorgeous people, you! :) Please tell me what you will do, I have a lot of packing to get started on and million errands to run so I’d really enjoying living through you for a few days. Please, indulge me.

(images: tinker street via the wonderful victoria)






Events + Markets, Travel

Join Me in Marrakesh!

June 25, 2010

Hello friends and happy Friday to you! I have some exciting news to share with you today! I will be leading a workshop in Morocco from October 16-23, 2010 for an intimate, private group of 10 at the brand new and ultra exclusive Peacock Pavilions owned by Maryam Montague who authors the My Marrakesh blog and who is a professional shopper and soon-to-be book author.

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Here is a tiny glimpse of one of the ensuite guest rooms where you may want to rest your head after a dip in the pool, a henna party, rooftop dinner at sunset, drinks on the terrace, creative workshops focused on decorating and also blogging and creativity, or a shopping adventure in the souks of Marrakesh with Maryam and I (Maryam will take us to hidden gems, where she sources her finds).

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Join Me in Marrakesh!

“There are 5 ensuite bedrooms at Peacock Pavilions. Each has an entirely different personality. This one is called The Room of the Golden Gazelles. Although you see it with a double bed here, all the rooms can have 2 single beds, too.”

“The inspiration for the room was a screen that was in Lanvin’s apartment in Paris.  I saw it in an auction catalogue my parents sent me (they are auction addicts) and I sent it to Melanie Royals at Modello Designs as inspiration for the wall that she would be painting with a group of painters. She then redesigned it — adapting it to Peacock Pavilions, swapping out the tree for an olive tree, adding a dado at the bottom to act as the headboard backdrop, adding stars and flowers that she designed herself.”

“My goal was to create a room with a glamorous feel and as you can see I have decorated it all in shades of gold/brass, black and white.  The room is filled with some antique and vintage treasures from Morocco and further afield.”

Now would you like a peek in on one of the bathrooms?

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Join Me in Marrakesh!

Join Me in Marrakesh!

“This sunny yellow bathroom is all about yellow and white with a splash of pink. It’s a bathroom that is designed to lift your spirits and was designed on a budget. We made the vanity ourselves using a Moroccan yellow tile I found locally with a modern floral pattern. I found a little porcelain sink with a flower shape and a faucet that looked like a flower stem. I then put together a small Norman Copenhagen flower pendant lamp. The floor tile is from Popham House Design. I picked up the pattern from the tile, enlarged it with a stencil and had it sandblasted on the glass shower door. Besides the yellow walls, the rest of the walls are done in a glossy, burnished ivory tadelakt (like Venetian plaster) that makes the whole room glow and bounces the light around. ”

And this is just a glimpse of the magical pavilions where we will be staying… It will be a most enchanting + lovely time… I hope that you will enroll and join us on this exciting adventure. I can’t wait to join Maryam — we’ve been friends since I started this blog as she was one of my first readers so to meet her will wonderful for me.

Her is the full schedule and trip details, cost, etc. There is a special offer to those who can pay with a check for a discount until June 30. They will receive $147.00 off the total price.

Registration is extremely limited — only 10 can enroll — I wish I could enroll all of you though, imagine that!!

Let’s meet in Marrakesh!

(photos: maryam montague)






Handmade

Molly Hatch Ceramics

June 25, 2010

Ah, Molly Hatch. This lady makes me smile big. What gorgeous work she has produced lately. I remember the first time I spotted her work on Etsy because I fell in love with her finch cups. Her body of work is forever evolving but her unique style is still carried throughout her collections so you can always tell they are authentically Molly.

Molly Hatch Ceramics

I wrote about her today on Real Simple, you can see more of her work here if you’d like.

(image: molly hatch)






Objects, Rooms

Makelike: Cactus Love

June 24, 2010

How about a little more love for the Pacific Northwest today?! Makelike is a graphic design studio specializing in print, illustration, collateral, pattern and surface design. Oh, and a love for creating homewares! They are currently obsessed with cactus (and soon to turn their attention to a new collection focused on national forests) so they have created a collection of pillowcases, wallpaper, posters and tea towels to celebrate their spiky desert dwelling friends.

Makelike: Cactus Love

Makelike: Cactus Love

Makelike: Cactus Love

Makelike: Cactus Love

Makelike: Cactus Love

Makelike: Cactus Love

“The linen tea-towels are 100% European linen and the pillowcases are 100% cotton; both are hand-screened using water-based inks. The limited-edition posters (edition of 50 per colorway) are hand-screened with water-based ink on archival (pH neutral/acid-free) 100% cotton rag paper. There are ?ve colorways of wallpaper: two in Succulent and three in Pointy.”

A big thank you to Liz Calderón for writing in and sharing makelike with decor8!

(images: makelike)






Objects

Roddy & Ginger {and a little secret…}

June 24, 2010

Roddy & Ginger has some delightful new offerings to grab your interest today… I’ve long been a fan of Virginia’s design work which is why I love to write about her whenever she shares new patterns and colors showing her signature characters along with some new friends that she has created.

Roddy & Ginger {and a little secret...}

I love the folksy feel along with the mid century colorways and clean, modern aesthetic. From mermaids to pretty maids all in a row, Roddy & Ginger has designs to fit every room in your home from the kid’s play area to the kitchen. Love!

Roddy & Ginger {and a little secret...}

And of course… I have another reason for posting about Roddy & Ginger and this photo above is a bit of a sneak peek… But you have to read Virgina’s own words here to know my secret. :)

(images: roddy & ginger)






Arts + Crafts

Timothy Karpinski Art

June 24, 2010

Okay, show of hands… How many of you used sheets to make indoor tents as a child? I did and I would use anything to secure them from shutting corners in dresser drawers to using my father’s shoes to hold them in place. But my tents never, ever looked this amazing…

Timothy Karpinski Art

That’s why when I saw these photos (above) from artist Timothy J. Karpinski in Portland, Oregon, I smiled big. He built this crochet technicolor dream tent for a milepost 5 show. I loved making tent houses and have fond memories of spending time beneath them, especially at night, with a flashlight reading Sweet Valley High books or those Choose Your Own Adventure titles – and to think that my adventure of reading started all because I wanted the kittens poster from those school book flyers that came out a few times a year. Do you remember those? If you ordered a certain number of books you could choose your free gift, which was almost always an animal poster? ha! What a flashback!

Timothy isn’t known only for his groovy lounge areas though, he is known for his art which is quite sweet and his recent work can even be described as childlike innocence in a pastel wonderland of characters and sweet emotion. You can purchase some of Timothy’s works here.

Timothy Karpinski Art

Timothy Karpinski Art

“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”

Psst: If you are in the Seattle area visit This Feels Right, a showing by GNU’s Art Director Timothy Karpinski – now until the end of June. “Timothy Karpinski features his signature themes of love, friendship and kindness rendered in compositions of cut paper, pastel colors and detailed graphite drawing. In his world the viewers sense of wonder and innocence are set free as friends share a pot of tea on a rainy day, hot air balloons elevate lovers to new heights and float upon clouds on a moonlit night.”

(images: timothy karpinski)






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