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December 2010

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Nesting

December 23, 2010

Nesting is a new interiors book published in Sweden and calls itself, “The Scandinavian version of The Selby,” and was shot by photographer Pia Ulin who collaborated with Swedish author and stylist Cilla Ramnek. It features 26 homes shot over a period of 7 years, all homes were “barely” styled so what you see is what you get…

Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

Nesting

I was talking to someone lately who advised me to stop writing about decorating books until after the launch of my own, that I should not direct my readers to other books to purchase when I myself have a title coming out soon. Hmmm. While I understand where she was coming from and respect her business opinion immensely, I do not share this view. In fact, I walked away from that conversation feeling a bit flat because I simply do not believe in keeping it all to myself. I believe in sharing the wonderful talent that exists out there, which is why I will continue to praise and review the many beautiful decorating books currently on the market and those that will come, including my own.

I’m proud of all of us who are out there taking risks, making things, writing stuff, publishing in unstable environments, opening new stores, starting new blogs — we’re all part of this community and as long as people show respect for the work of others and play by the rules, we can all exist together just fine — in fact, we can all help one another to flourish. What comes around goes around anyway, right? The day that I stop praising others then my work will officially be boring and worthless to me because I could never get through to the next day without encouraging and raising others up today.

And with that, I will continue to review books that inspire me now and for months and perhaps even years to come, like Nesting — peeks into this lovely book are shown above. If you like what you see you may purchase it at Swedish bookseller Papercut. Enjoy!

(images: pia ulin)






Shopping + Products

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

December 23, 2010

I’d like to share Neëst with you today as I know you will love all of their natural wood products which makes my heart so happy. Based in Paris, Neëst is an online shop which merges Japanese and Scandinavian style resulting in a natural, simple style that so many of us are drawn to like a moth to the light. Are you attracted to this look as well? Curated and owned by the talented Sandrine Pigeon, I’m sure you will find her shop, blog and her home very inspirational — it oozes with pure + natural style. See for yourself…

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Sandrine also has a beautiful home tour over at the Stir, you can see it there if you’d like. She lives there with her husband and two teenage children and the space is simply divine — mixing lots of mid century classics, pure white walls, small floral prints, linen, and natural hardwood floors. Here is a glimpse below…

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Neëst: French Shop With Japanese/Scandinavian Style

Everything is so sweet in Sandrine’s world including her adorable kitty Pompon shown above… that cat in the basket photo has to be one of the sweetest photos ever. :)

(images: neëst)






Arts + Crafts

Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

December 22, 2010

I woke up this morning thinking about Leslie Oschmann of Swarm, no clue why really, and so I thought I’d check out her website to see what she has been up to since I visited her atelier over the summer (read about that here). Well first things first, Leslie is blogging! I’m thrilled because now I can keep up with her work as she goes.

Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

Above are some of her latest creations… “Myriad” necklaces! When we were chatting in person, Leslie was talking about some of her ideas for jewelry making so it’s exciting for me to see the results above. I love how she used wooden discs and applied mini paintings to them on both sides so that you can flip them over to change the look of the necklace. Beautiful work, Leslie!

Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

Her new “Altered Ego” chairs are clever as well. Something once old and considered boring even is suddenly desirable again and has a quirky twist, I like that. It’s inspiring to see Leslie working on new projects and I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for her.

(images: leslie oschmann)






Designers + Stylists

Joon & Jung Design Studio

December 22, 2010

After writing about Store Without a Home earlier, I had to further investigate those amazing paper alarm clocks and now I’ve discovered their maker, Korean design studio Joon & Jung. Also based in the Netherlands, Joon & Jung is a conceptual product design studio based in Eindhoven. Their designs are intriguing and so very special because their work is abstract yet practical and there is an obvious story behind each and every design. Joonsoo Kim (Joon) and Jungyou Cho (Jung) met while they were students at the Design Academy Eindhoven and they’ve been working together since 2008.

Joon & Jung Design Studio

Joon & Jung Design Studio

Joon & Jung Design Studio

Joon & Jung Design Studio

Joon & Jung Design Studio

“Our experiences of studying design in Korea and the Netherlands give a unique affection to concrete our philosophy and aesthetic. Especially, the influence of Dutch Design made us a storyteller with a form language and our design identity more strongly.”

What imagination! You can purchase many of the Joon & Jung creations at Store Without a Home in Amsterdam.

(images: joon & jung)






Inspiration

Listening To Amy Seeley

December 22, 2010

Going forward into the new year I plan to toss up a quick weekly post called, “Listening To…” with the goal of sharing some of my favorite tunes with all of you. I think there is just so much amazing talent out there and because I get so much of my inspiration through music it seems like a natural fit to work it in somehow on decor8. So this week I’m listening to… Amy Seeley.

Listening To Amy Seeley

Above is the stunning cover of her new album, Plum Coulee. I just adore the room… so let us look at it again, shall we?

Listening To Amy Seeley

Oh yes, I still love it… beautiful. But I think I prefer seeing her in the room as the contrast of her gorgeous black dress looks so stunning in this white setting with that gorgeous concrete floor. Lovely. But beyond that, the music. Ah yes, the sound of Amy Seeley is perfection, like melting chocolate, raindrops against the window, the feeling of velvet on bare skin. I have her last album, Eight Belles, playing right now in fact. I’m listening to I’ve Got Ideas. Here are the lyrics…

I’ve got ideas that might make the paper someday
Got folded up maps showin’ where I’m gonna be
I’ve got dreams that could sail a boat to the east
Pages and pages and pages of drawings….
But that don’t mean so much
If you’re not in my story with me
.”

(images: amy seeley)






Shop Tours, Travel

Maartje van dem Noort + SWAH

December 22, 2010

Oh my, you’ll love this shop and the things in it…Amsterdam is a direct train ride from where I live, only 4 hours away, and yet I rarely make the time to go there. This year I only visited once and stayed only 3 days — clearly more time is needed in such a diverse and lovely city. Since discovering recently the lighting of Maartje van dem Noort sold in a shop called Store Without a Home or SWAH), I have vowed that next year I will definitely make time in my schedule to visit Amsterdam a few times and linger a bit more… There are so many creative people who live there and some have the sweetest ateliers and shops. I think I’ll show you one now called Store Without a Home.

Maartje van dem Noort + SWAH

Maartje van dem Noort + SWAH

Maartje van dem Noort + SWAH

Maartje van dem Noort + SWAH

Store Without a Home is located at IJburglaan 354 in case you are currently in Amsterdam and want to catch a peek, though they are moving locations in January so check their blog for updates next year. I love how quirky and creative it looks – their products are whimsical and I imagine in person, a real delight to behold. I especially love the Hang Me Lightly pendant, Cloud stools, and the Paper Alarm Clock.

(images: store with a home)






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