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November 2010

Books + Magazines

US Book Cover of Decorate

November 11, 2010

Okay you guys, now I’m really doing flips because I just saw the cover of Decorate in the US on the Chronicle website thanks to Laura Lee for sending it to me. This is very exciting! Wow, what a day this has been – a very emotional one! It’s all so real to me now. On this cover is the home of a friend of mine who is a stylist  — I can’t wait to show you more in the book.

US Book Cover of Decorate

I hope you like the US cover! I do, Chronicle did a nice job on it! :) I feel so shy all of sudden — like I want to run and hide under the blankets! It’s all becoming very real for me, this project I’ve had to keep more or less quiet for since the beginning of the year. I can’t wait to see it in stores and get your opinion of the text and photos inside.

If you would like to pre-order the US version you can do so now though it won’t ship until after April 20th — but again you can pre-order it here on the Chronicle website.

(image: chronicle books)

Books + Magazines

Surprise! My Book Cover!

November 10, 2010

Well here it is!!! I am so pleased to share with you the UK cover of the book that I’ve been working on since the beginning of this year called Decorate! My wonderful co-author Joanna Copestick and I have been working on this title alongside of our fabulous team and the result is a beautiful mix of styles and tastes sharing homes and apartments from both the U.S. and Europe that will no doubt inspire you to Decorate. In addition to the homeowners, we have some amazing contributors that I was able to interview — their decorating advice is shared throughout the book.


Surprise! My Book Cover!

I was able to meet the homeowners, interview them, style their spaces and work with the sought-after leading interiors photographer, Debi Treloar. We traveled all over to capture the way so many different people live so it’s a very special project to me because working “behind the scenes” on location was a completely new experience for me. I remember styling the first home, feeling a bit fish out of water, but I quickly got the hang of it and as we traveled I felt like I’d been doing it for years. I am so happy that I went for it!

To see the cover (I found out in my hotel room in Istanbul and did the happy dance!) is so exciting! I love that near my name they put “founder of decor8”. This is such an honor! This opportunity fell into my lap so recently, it still feels quite surreal and I’m frankly shocked that we were able to pull together this 302 page hardbound book in less than a year — and I can’t wait until it’s published because it’s my gift to you and I hope you will love it because I know so many have been cheering me on and encouraging a book all along so this one’s for you. :)

In the UK, Decorate will be published in London by Jacqui Small in March just a few days after my birthday (yay!) and in May it will be published in American English with a different jacket by Chronicle Books. I am excited to report that a large German publisher will translate it and publish it in the German market as well in the Fall of 2011 — a dream come true because I have wanted to contribute to the design scene here in Europe for a long time and to have a book in German will mean so much to my large network of German-speaking friends and family.

If you are in the UK or Europe, you can sign up to be notified as soon as it is available here.

So here it is… the UK version of the jacket. I hope that you like it! Our book designer did a nice job and if you are curious about the home on the cover, well you have to wait for more sneak peeks coming up in the future! :)

I AM SO HAPPY and I hope that you are too! Group hug you guys – together we all made this possible because I have my readers to thank for so much!!!!

(image: amazon)


Over-dyed Vintage Carpet Trend

November 10, 2010

I was so surprised during my visit to Istanbul to fall head first into a shop that featured one of the biggest up-and-coming trends in floor rugs – the over-dyed vintage carpet! While shopping for a rug at Dhoku (and bought a huge collage/patchwork vintage rug that has been over-dyed in beige with spots of bright pink), I got to speak to a man who was very knowledgeable about rugs and he started to tell me about some of his clients and the stores that he was selling to and my ears perked up because I immediately felt a trend coming on!

Over-dyed Vintage Carpet Trend

When I got home, I googled and found that ABC Carpet & Home has identified this as a trend already and launched their “Color Reform” collection. Check out these rugs, stunning! Brilliant! I want a pink one now…

Over-dyed Vintage Carpet Trend
Over-dyed Vintage Carpet Trend

About the collection, each vintage rug was put through a process to neutralize the original colors while still retaining the essence of its design and then each rug was over-dyed to create a solid color with dimension.

“The Color Reform Collection by ABC Carpet began as a vision to salvage imperfect, vintage carpets and resulted in a revolutionary movement of color. Inconsistencies are the nature of this product and make each piece unique. A carpet once traditional is now a contemporary work of art.”

What do you think of these carpets? I LOVE them.

(images: abc carpet & home)


I’m Back!

November 10, 2010

Hello everyone! How are you? I have missed you all soooo much and thought about you as I snapped photos of Istanbul and asked a few stores for photos — I can’t wait to get them all together and share my impressions of Istanbul, Turkey! It was a great trip and I can’t wait to show you why through the photos I’ve taken…coming up tomorrow and Friday! So much that will no doubt inspire you, I’m sure so stay tuned for that.

I'm Back!

I also have some great news to share with you…  I’ll be back with the big surprise in just a moment!

(image: villa collection)


See You Monday!

November 3, 2010

I’m taking a long weekend (ha ha beginning on a Wednesday, it’s nice to own your own company isn’t it?!?) and flying to Istanbul in a few hours! I’ll be in Turkey on a long overdue vacation since I’ve not taken a single one this entire year. By the time most of you read this post I’ll be there and I’m staying until Monday so I’ll blog again as soon as I get home to share trip highlights with you. I plan to use all of the wonderful links you left here on this post, so thanks for your amazing help. I can’t wait to see such a vibrant, historical and lovely city by the sea. It should be quite an experience.

See You Monday!

I will meet you back here again on Monday and then I’ll be blogging again full-time until my next trip in January where I’ll be spending a week in Paris but until then, you have me 100% — just like old times! :)

Much love to you, dear readers.

(image: rugs from dhoku – I plan to check them out while there…)


2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

November 2, 2010

Whew! We had quite a round-up of calendars this year, didn’t we? If you missed Parts 1-5, I’ve linked them below for your convenience. Here are some more beauties that I want to leave you with today as I go and pack for my vacation — I leave first thing in the morning with my husband and close friend for Istanbul, Turkey! I can’t wait! But first, here are the rest of my beautiful calendar picks for 2011!

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

Sweet Fine Day poster.

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

The tree calendar by Karin Andersson.

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

A Gingiber owls calendar, Bloom Grow Love by Alicia Bock, Simply Hue, a desk calendar from Delphine Studio and a letterpress calendar from Steel Letter Press.

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

Kate Spade calendar.

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

Watercolor calendar by Mipa Lee, Camille Bellet, Brooke Woolley and an accordion calendar by Yael Fran.

2011 Calendar Round-Up: Part 6 (Final)

Pocket calendar by Sandra Juto, Nice Jewish Guys, Cath Kidston mini calendar, Cat Seto eco desk calendar.

2011 Calendars Part 1
2011 Calendars Part 2
2011 Calendars Part 3
2011 Calendars Part 4
2011 Calendars Part 5

I hope that you enjoyed my great, big calendar round-up for 2011 — and I’d like to thank everyone who submitted calendars to me via email to look at… I couldn’t get to everyone with over 500 submissions but I tried to get as many as possible in the round-up. Thanks, all!

(images: linked to their sources above)

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