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Weekend Inspirations

Whew! What a day! I just finished writing a small section of the book I’m working on and I realized, “Oh no, my blog friends!” and raced over here to post some sign of life. :) How are you? How was your weekend? I hit a flea market, here are some of my inspirations from that and also from my weekend in general. I’ll share them with you briefly now as they may also serve to plant some new ideas or inspire you in some way, too.

weekend faves

Above: Flowers casually tossed in buckets at a market, two petite tea cups that I found for $6 total at the flea market on Saturday (vintage porcelain from Germany), some beads from a fair trade shop going out of business nearby — all you see was around $25! I have Maryam to blame for starting me on this obsession with beads ever since she sent me strands of beautiful turquoise ones from Morocco years back… Next are these Japanese interiors magazines and books that I spent time looking through on Sunday — all from Kinokuniya in New York City (I lingered in that shop for 3 hours after I had breakfast two Sundays prior in Bryant Park. In the park I spent an hour chatting with a homeless man who was a doll and in the store I met a darling Polish girl who recently moved to Brooklyn for a new life. I loved the random conversations I had while in NYC, the most inspiring part of my trip were these little connections that I made with such a diverse group of people from street vendors to homeless Vietnam vets in the park). The $14 slippers are from Pearl River, also in New York, which was a gorgeous store to browse. I walked away with these silk sequined slippers for the hotel and a CD of classical music from China (so beautiful). I could have purchased a ton of ceramics but there was no way I could travel with them to L.A. then back to Germany so I opted to keep it simple. And finally, the tiny blooms from a table in L.A. where I had a hearty breakfast before work, dining on a lovely patio in sunny, 80 degree weather with a slight sea breeze… Ah, bliss.

I want to add that I reviewed the new Apartment Therapy book today over at Real Simple and thought you may like to read it. You can purchase the book at Amazon, I’m an affiliate so I earn a small percentage for each book sale which, ultimately leads to me buying more books since so many publishers refuse to ship to me now that I’ve moved outside of the U.S. Boo! So the affiliate dollars really help me to keep current with the new releases out there so that I can keep sharing inspiring titles!

Before I get started on the next post, I have to quickly shout of some of the ladies who came out to NYC while I was there to welcome me! We met at the lobby bar at the Ace Hotel and even though I had major complications in the end since the manager ran my credit card through 8 times leading to over $4,000- being taken out of my bank account while on a business trip (not fun!) and they ran a tab on our party but charged us for drinks that people who were NOT in our party, but who were seated nearby, drank  – annoying! Well despite the disappointing Ace Hotel lobby bar experience (too bad) in the end, the joy of being around so many amazing women, some with their husbands by their side, was simply lovely. Michelle from Design Evolution rounded up the ladies and so she was there and just as lovely in person as I imagined, as well as my pal Nichole from Little Brown Pen, Jenna from Whimsy & Spice/Sweet Fine Day, Amy Atlas, Michelle from When I Grow Up Coach and her man, Debi Treloar and her son Woody who was also our wonderful assistant on the US trip, my husband Thorsten, and Karen Mordechai from Sunday Suppers. It was just lovely to hang out with so many creative, supportive and successful women (and men). Yay for taking the online offline once in while!

Oh, I must note: The Marrakesh/decor8 adventure that I posted about end of June sold out while I was in the states, I’m sorry to those who did not register in time. I promise to do another workshop somewhere else in the near future. I’m already considering another location so we’ll see — perhaps in 2011!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on July 26, 2010

Happy Weekend!

It’s back to business as usual on decor8, I’m back to posting my usual lot and Leslie will visit us next week for her July Color Me Pretty column. I’ll be here blogging daily next week so you can plan to meet me back on Monday and we’ll huddle around the table here and pow-wow about design + stuff. I also have a home tour that I’ve prepared for you.

Color Me Pretty

Until we meet again, have a ridiculously awesome weekend! xo

(image: CMP archives)

Posted in uncategorized on July 23, 2010

Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

So! I was in Anthropologie playing happy tourist in Los Angeles recently and realized that I should snap some photos of some of the rad displays. Like a good little girl, I asked the lady who stands guard next to the front door with her Madonna mic on her head. She gave me the go ahead with a very military-like nod and I went around the store snap, snap, snappin’ as much as I could while dodging evil stares from the sales crew, who may not known that I had asked permission first. And so, these are my sneaky spy action snaps blurry and not at all pro-level but hey, it is what it is.  So many good ideas in these photos, I had to capture the awesomeness that is Anthropologie. Their visual teams blow my mind.


I loved this installation with all of the books on the wall. It was such a grand entrance to the store!


This installation was also fantastic, thousands of what appeared to be papers on string cascading from a beam on the ceiling.


This was a surreal moment, seeing Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers on the shelf, which was photographed by Debi Treloar whom I was there in L.A. with since she is shooting the book that I’m working on. It was just a moment for me, I guess. I felt really proud of myself and sometimes we need time out to feel good about ourselves and to reflect on our joys, don’t we? I also took this photo because I love the reimagined paintings of Leslie Oschmann and was so excited to see a few, for the first time, in the flesh.


I could have taken home this entire shelf. Swoon!


Love all of the salvaged wood we’re seeing on walls, furniture, kitchen cabinets, even on bathtubs lately! It’s so inspiring and I also adore seeing it as living wallpaper like this in Anthropologie.


Enjoying this woodsy theme…


I wanted to buy these organically-shaped porcelain vessels shown on the top shelf. I flipped them over to see who made them but I’ve forgotten so if you know, do tell. I couldn’t fit them in my luggage and was scared to spend so much money only to have them fall to bits in my suitcase, so I passed… but it was really hard to walk away.


Smart idea to organize a bookcase with drawers! Also like the simple, framed butterfly as art.



Isn’t Anthropologie an inspiring place?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in shopping, travel on July 23, 2010

Travel Notes from Los Angeles

So I’m back from Los Angeles and had a great week out there! I stayed at The Farmer’s Daughter on Fairfax Ave. in West Hollywood,  since it was a great location for me to hang out as I had work in the area so the location was prime and the hotel was great! A real gem! I really liked their adjacent restaurant, TART, and the patio area — we had breakfast there a few times and really enjoyed it — so fresh and delicious. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel, you should hit TART to eat and drink.

The Farmer's Daughter

We had a special dinner at TART one night with the book designer and oh la la the cocktails were divine, especially the raspberry Tartini. :) Those came in handy after long days on shoots! Across the street from the hotel is the Original Farmers Market which is this large outdoor area packed with food “kitchens” and plenty of seating. Most of the food was locally sourced and most places seemed to be owned by small, local businesses but there was a pinkberry and a few other chains as well but I liked the mashup of things and enjoyed having so many great meals at super affordable prices directly across the street.

The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter

Also next to the farmers market I found a massive outdoor shopping area with a big Barnes + Noble, Anthropologie, Nordstrom (they had a killer sale that week and yes, I picked up some things), movie theater, more restaurants, J.Crew, I could list the stores but I don’t want to bore you – you get the drift. Being a tourist and out of the country for nearly a year, it was fun to shop at some of my favorite big box stores because we don’t have the same stores here in Germany and when I was in New York City the week before, I had little time to shop as we had 7 shoots in one week. Anyhoo — I loved that The Farmer’s Daughter hotel was within walking distance to so much because L.A. traffic is brutal and the less time I am bored in a car the happier I am!

So if you’re ever in L.A. and need a clean, inexpensive hotel with all the basics, great customer service, on-site safe parking, and walking distance to tons of great places to shop and eat then perhaps you’ll like this place. It was suggested to me by Victoria from SFGirlByBay and also another fab lady, Annie May from Yolksy — thanks, ladies! I needed a great place to stay, put a cry for help out on my facebook page, and they suggested a great one. Loved it and will definitely stay again!

LA Trip Highlights

Other great LA spots I hit: Dinner with Leslie Shewring and some other nice peeps at Katsuya on Hollywood and Vine (lots of paparazzi there, very Hollywoodish), the Santa Monica pier and 3rd street promenade (I saw Bruce Willis! For real!), an afternoon on Hermosa Beach just chillin’, dinner with Paul and Marcia from Zia Priven at R+D Kitchen (yum) in Santa Monica, the Getty Museum (gorgeous views and great places to lay in the sun and eat your lunch!), and a slew of random vintage shops and boutiques though I barely had a moment to really “enjoy” any of them as I was constantly on the go but that is how business trips usually are, right? Next time I’m in L.A. though I am organizing a meet and greet because I wanted to hang out with so many of my friends and had no time to do it. Next Spring, for sure!

I’m getting close to wrapping up the travel portion of this book project by the way — next week I’m off to Belgium and the Netherlands, finishing up in Amsterdam, then I go to London I think the week following and that is it! I can’t believe it, I’ve been on the road since the end of April on and off so I won’t know what to do with myself being back at home so much – ha ha! I’ve enjoyed this experience immensely but I’ve really missed connecting online so I look forward to hanging out with you guys more often going forward. :)

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Oh and a big P.S. — I cannot forget to tell ya — if you are in the Los Angeles area, then don’t miss the Designer Tag Sale organized by Vanessa De Vargas in Brentwood on July 31st, here is more information in case you are lucky enough to make it!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in travel on July 23, 2010


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