Hey it’s the weekend! How did that happen? This week flew by and I’m heading out of New York soon to Los Angeles so I want to wish you a very happy weekend and on Monday I’ll be checking in but also posting a lovely home tour and sharing some more highlights and such. I want to wish you a wonderful weekend, I have to work but I’m trying to fit some shopping in later today because there are so many stores I want to see before leaving…
I realllly miss blogging daily but Leslie has been doing a great job and next week I’ll be hanging out with her in L.A. so that will be nice to finally meet her in person. :) Yay! Last night I met up with some blogger friends and it was sooo nice to bring the virtual to the reality. One thing I’ve loved about all of this traveling = THE PEOPLE! Outside of New York cab drivers, people here are so friendly and welcoming despite how massive this city is and the crazy hectic pace. I can’t wait to go to California to compare the lifestyle out there — I’ve not been to L.A. in five years and all I dream about is sitting by the sea enjoying fish tacos and sunshine with new friends by my side there. For all of those whom I’ve met while here in New York, thank you so much for the warm reception and fun times — it has been such a pleasure to meet you.
Well, it’s a wrap! I’ll see you on Monday and have a wonderful weekend! xo
(image: leslie shewring)
Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with the work of photographer Jennifer Causey. She is no stranger to decor8 as there is a post about Jennifer by Holly back in 2006. I on the other hand am new to Jennifer’s work and since viewing her portfolio I cannot stop thinking about it!
There is something really fresh about Jennifer’s work as she manages to make many elements look uncluttered and elegant. I find myself staring at her photographs imagining what I would do next in them, like gobble up that banana bread or pick a pattern off the wall for a silkscreen. I want to be in her photographs! Jennifer is really good at using popular domestic subject matter like tea cups, sweets and books and making them look like a still life painting or a calm moment in time instead of being syrupy sweet and fluffy. This is what makes her work fresh and why I find it inspiring.
Jennifer recently photographed the book Applique Your Way and Holly talked about it in this post.
You will love going through Jennifer’s gorgeous portfolio, her food photography is stunning too.
Be prepared to be swept away by Jennifer’s blog, simply photo and her simply photo shop.
Do you have a photographer who completely blows your mind, too? Who is it?
(images: jennifer causey)
Hello friends! It’s me Holly checking in from NYC where I’ve been based since Saturday working and meeting some pretty amazing people. Debi and I are having a great time running from house to house shooting spaces and I am really enjoying the styling part because it is a lot of fun to immerse myself in such interesting hands-on work and to step away from the computer for just a short bit in order to get everything done for the book by deadline. I’ve been enjoying my stay here and will be heading to LA in a few days to continue the journey and then on the 21st of July I’ll be back home in Germany for a bit. I’ve really missed you all this week but Leslie is here to keep you company so I hope you are enjoying her posts and inspiration. I’ll try to write on Monday from LA though I plan to hit the beach for the day as it’s a day off for me and I CANNOT WAIT to chill oceanside for a bit. Okay… SO! That’s all for now, Leslie will be here in a moment to treat you with another post. Bye everyone!!! xo
Hello friends, it is Leslie again here today with some delicious inspiration for you by Aran Goyoaga of the award winning blog canelle et vanille. When I stumbled upon the blogging world in January of 2009 Aran’s blog was one of the first three I fell into. I stared at her work with my jaw open in absolute awe.
I loved Aran’s sense of lighting, use of color and texture, not to mention all the baking wonders she seemed to meticulously whip up in her kitchen. Don’t you think it is a gift when you can find someone who inspires you to try something new? The fact that she was self-taught in photography just blew me away and later inspired me to try taking photographs for my own blog.
Between Aran, Holly and Benita (of Chez Larrson) I knew I wanted to start a blog. I am curious about whom if anyone inspired you to start a blog? Sometimes it can be nice to call out those who inspired you and say thank you. Today I am saying thank you Aran for all the beauty you create and share.
(images: aran goyoaga)
Hello Friends it is Leslie here for Etsy Take Five Tuesday. I am filling in for Holly while she is busy traveling and working on her book. I just know her book is going to be an incredible collection of inspiration and I cannot wait to read it! Today I could not narrow it down to five. Instead, here are twelve finds from eight different Etsy shops that will be a delight for you to visit. I have had blues and greens on my mind but each shop has loads of colors for you. I really hope that you enjoy it!
1. Handmade Modern Baby Quilt made by Blue Elephant Stitch. A wonderful shower gift for someone special and I must say I just love the product photograph –really brilliant. 2. Poolside Limesicle Cushion made by birds in chandeliers. I really want this pillow! I love her attention to details, which you can see better when you visit her shop. 3. Vintage Mid Century China Dinner Plates at seesaw vintage finds. These have a nice pattern and would be easy to mix and match with other blue toned plates. 4. Vintage Mod Flower Serving Tray at seesaw vintage finds. I love how graphic this tray is! It would look great in the middle of a dining table all the time or on the wall.
5. Vintage Blue Patterned Lines Dress at seesaw vintage finds. This shirt style dress is cute for summer and looks easy to hem if you want to wear it shorter or over jeans or leggings. 6. Original painting on birch panel –“sophie was a part of everything” by this is all I know (Amanda Blake). I enjoyed browsing through the incredible work by Amanda who works out of Portland, Oregon. 7. Limited Edition Giclee Print – “days a week in blue” by tsktsk. This print is also available in an earth toned palette. 8. Vintage Floral Fabric at seesaw vintage finds. A gorgeous, almost two yard piece of medium weight cotton that could be used for a cushion or whatever creative project you can imagine!
9. Button Letterpress Coaster set of 8 by Parrott Design Studio. These cute coasters are letterpressed by hand and would make an excellent hostess gift or present for someone special. They even come in a cute box! 10. Fine Art Photograph -“Lucky” by My Fine Garden. I am a fan of Shanon’s work and this photo is just so sweet. 11. Print – “Wild Air” by the wheatfield (Katie Lombardo). I love how she illustrated this quote in watercolor her work/shop is really uplifting. 12. Vintage Scalloped Garland made by sweet jessie. These cheery garlands are made from vintage sheets and would make a great shower gift along with Shanon’s “Lucky” or Katie’s “Wild Air” print. I could also see these garlands hung outside for a festive summer gathering.
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Well hello there friends! I hope that you are doing well today, I’m running around like a nut trying to pack and organize everything since I’ll be in NYC by this time tomorrow and have quite an adventure laid out before me. Just so you’re in the loop, decor8 will still be up and running while I’m on the road though with a bit less intensity as I won’t have a lot of time between shoots to blog but I’m going to do my best to write whenever I can and report in as I’m bringing my trusty macbook along for the ride.
Monday, July 5th is a holiday so decor8 will be closed but you can expect daily posts to show up here each weekday until I’m back at home in Germany on July 19 so no worries — I have the lovely Leslie Shewring helping me out — she’ll be covering Take Five Tuesdays for the next few weeks and she will have Color Me Pretty up in a few weeks and lots of inspirational posts in between so Leslie and I promise to keep you occupied between now and the 19th of July.
I can’t wait to get started on the US locations, we have so many to shoot between New York and Los Angeles that I’m wondering at which point I will pass out in exhaustion, but I think adrenaline and lots of bubble tea will hold me over until I’m back in Germany. I have some gorgeous homes to visit with Debi, we have lots of nice surprises that you’ll see when the book is out next Spring that I’ve decided to add in last minute — and fingers crossed anyway, you will like them too. I can’t wait to see what magic Debi will make with her camera, she is brilliant.
I’ll be checking in here on Tuesday so until then, have a wonderful weekend and I’ll meet you back on July 5th!
P.S. We will know if we have a new home on July 22, we just found out more good news today and everything looks very promising. I can’t wait to know for sure, then I can decorate it and you can be a part of the process on this blog. I’d love that. :)
(image: holly becker)