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Creative At Home

If you are looking for some creative DIY ideas for your home to inject a little personality then I have a few ideas to share! I recently picked up a copy of Creative At Home in Germany and found some sweet projects. If you live in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and of course Germany then you can find it where most magazines are sold. You’ll need to buy the magazine to get templates and instructions but here is a glimpse of a few that I liked…

creative at home

I normally do not by Creative At Home since I but so many mags as it is — I like the projects and overall layout/style of Dutch DIY mag 101 Woonideeen (I wish they’d publish that mag in English) but this copy of Creative At Home had a nice cover and so I picked it up and instantly found a few projects that I could connect to. I sometimes find the crafting ideas and styles in magazines looking a bit too crafty if you know what I mean, whereas the ones in mags like 101 Woonideeen usually look more artistic and creative and less “glue guns and bead projects gone wild” if you catch my drift.

creative at home

creative at home

I like the idea of handpainting a coat rack like this one above, which show deer. If you cannot paint you can always cut out images from wallpaper or even fabric and use Mod Podge to adhere and also to seal it. Another fun DIY is to take two branches and use them to form a deer head and paint eyes on it – sweet art for a kid’s room! I think my favorite idea from the magazine is to paint a wooden table silver. It works here because they’ve used a table with lots of texture — it could look slightly tacky on a smooth table with no visible grain. I like how they’ve applied it very lightly, you can still see the wood in some parts making it a bit more weathered. It’s great that they skipped painting the legs silver, that would have looked very kitschy.

It’s all about knowing when to say ENOUGH when you are making things at home, isn’t it? Editing is so important but as important is self control and pulling the plug because often you can overdo a project and it comes out looking like an art project from a 5th grader. It’s a fine line, isn’t it? LOL.

Great job, Creative At Home!

(images: creative at home scanned)

Posted in diy on August 10, 2010
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Shopgirl Visits: Merci in Paris

While we’re on a roll today showing gorgeous stores, I thought I’d share some impressions with you of a gorgeous Parisian shop called Merci. Perhaps you’ve been? Or have heard of it before? I’ve not visited Merci but after seeing these photographs I couldn’t help but think I really need to hop on a train and visit sometime later this year.

Merci in Paris

I really need to go, I haven’t been to the city of lights in years (1998 was my last trip!) so I think after 12 years it is time to travel there again. So much has changed since I was in Paris last — I got married, I moved to Europe, and I finally have a little bit of pocket change to bring home some goodies other than a little metal Eiffel tower and a tee shirt. :) Next time I’m in Paris, I’m visiting Merci — but today, we’ll all visit virtually. Ready?

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

Merci in Paris

I love their cafe lined with books, the spools hanging from the ceiling, the sparkly chandeliers (I want a small one in my new bathroom – we’ll see!), and the giant “wig” on the sweet vintage red fiat. What a riot!

Thank you Jillian for sharing your photos with decor8 readers (and me!) today, I’ve loved your take on this pretty shop!

(images: jillian leiboff)

Posted in Shopgirl Visits on August 10, 2010

Shopgirl Visits: Anthropologie Regent Street, London

I was shopping at Anthropologie on Regent Street in London recently and saw so many gorgeous displays of everyday things that I left feeling so inspired by them all. I wasn’t able to photograph the store as I was with a friend and didn’t want to spend the time shooting it while she stood there waiting — so when my Australian bloggy friend and pro photographer Jillian Leiboff asked if I could share her impressions of the same store on decor8 I said, yes, yes, YES! I know this space has been shown on a billion blogs, but since the installations and window displays are forever changing, I never tire of seeing what the creative team at Regent Street is up to!

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

So here are Jillian’s beautiful photographs of Anthropologie in London. If you are ever in London, definitely go to this location — it’s 3 floors of loveliness and the “living wall” is a gorgeous focal point with fresh greens everywhere.

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

Anthropologie Regent Street

See anything that you like? I really enjoy the displays most of all… especially the Styrofoam cups and silverware on the ceiling — love!

Psst: If you find yourself in London soon, here is a quick shopping/eating guide that I made for you based on my most recent visit. I hope that you enjoy it. It’s brief, but it highlights some of my favorite stops.

(images: jillian leiboff)

Posted in Shopgirl Visits on August 10, 2010

Pols Potten: Amsterdam

After a long day on a shoot in Amsterdam last week, the home owner was such a sweetheart and so she offered to take me shopping and we hit Sissy-Boy Homeland and Pols Potten (which was LOVELY).

pols potten

I have a Pols Potten porcelain flowers lamp that I purchased a few years ago from Danielle since she sells them online in her shop, Le Souk. Most who visit my home always ask me where I found it — it’s quite a popular piece. If you ever find yourself in Amsterdam seek out this store and thank me later. :) You will really like it — there are so many wonderful things from porcelain lighting and tableware to knit tea cups and pots, furniture, and very clever artsy displays to inspire you as you roam around the store (secretly wishing you could buy it all!).

(images: pols potten)

Posted in travel on August 10, 2010

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