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2010

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.

Tah-dah!

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)






Trends

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)






uncategorized

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)






Travel

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…)






Round-ups

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)






Travel

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

November 2, 2010

I thought I’d share some glimpses of my travels with you today to take you on a visual journey so that you can see what I saw while I was teaching for 8 days in Morocco. You already had a peek in on where I stayed (drool!), so here are some glimpses of what I saw and was inspired by… Visiting a place like Morocco, so different from my homeland and culture, truly leaves an impression that lasts a lifetime. I was so humbled by the friendly faces, kindness of the people and by the way most live there in the villages with very little, and who work so very hard to keep what they have, yet still wear the biggest smiles and have such joy of heart — and the cats are everywhere and very, very happy too.

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Marrakesh Travel Diary + Tips!

Here are a few of my favorite places to eat, see and shop:

Visit:

* We missed seeing the Le Jardin Marjorelle but it came highly suggested only after we already had our plans set… Maybe another lifetime…

* Bahia Palace – Gorgeous, gorgeous!!! Go!!!

* Enjoy a hamman bath or spa treatment at a 600+ year old spa calledBains de Marrakech. Just make sure you go at the day’s end and then after, spend some time lounging in your hotel room. Don’t go to Bains de Marrakech and expect to shop and tour the city afterwards! You will be very rested, relaxed and well-oiled so you will most likely want to go chill out in your room. Make sure you book your appointment weeks in advance, thought.

Shop: The souks are great but there are a few special shops in the medina and other parts of the city that I highly recommend…

*  For affordable and beautiful clothes and great shoes and accessories, shop at Warda la Mouche. This local designer is so talented and very friendly. She’s French — she speaks some English as well.

*  For spices, I liked Riad des Epices at 56 laksour derb Zefriti in the medina. Try to see if you can get a spice presentation where they’ll let you sample everything as they explain how to use the various spices and oils that they sell. Also ask them if you can go up on their roof deck to see over the city and to take photos. It’s gorgeous up there, especially right around sunset.

Zid Zid Kids studio and showroom

* L’Orientaliste – I didn’t get to see their shop at Rue de la Liberte in Geliz but my husband found their perfume at some random shop and bought it – and loves it! It’s a brand made in Morocco and smells delightful.

* For fine leather bags, go to Place Vendome at 141 Avenue Mohammed V, I bought a gorgeous silvered leather bag for about $150 US that I’m sure would be around double or triple back home.

* For gorgeous Indian and Moroccan fashion and homewares head to Michele Baconnier. I bought a gorgeous lamp, two scarfs and a beautiful pair of white leather slippers there.

* Kif Kif – A must see! I went to two of their shops and bought jewelry, a bag and a few other accessories. Lots of recycled and re-purposed goods and very fresh and modern. Loved Kif Kif!

* If you want an ABC Carpet experience outside of New York, visit Mustapha Blaoui at 144 Rue Bab Doukkala. This man sources the best stuff from carpets to textiles, ceramics and more. Lots of gorgeous lighting, too and he is fair with his prices. I took home a bed cover and some candle holders.

* I didn’t get to visit Kulchi (near Kif Kif) at 1 Rue El Ksour, I forgot to write it down on my list! But I heard that it’s the best place for fashion so make sure you add it to your list and make me proud. :)

* I loved the shop + Michi at 19-21 Souk Lakchachbia. I took home some gorgeous slippers from that store of the highest quality. I heard that John Derian shops there for his New York stores so that already tells you something about + Michi – right?! I am still kicking myself for passing by this gorgeous polka-dot shirt there…

Eat:

* Cafe des epices — Great food, cheap, fresh, fast and very easy to get to after a long morning shopping in the souks! We went twice and loved it. Order the vegetarian sandwich or a salad with fresh tuna – both are delicious!

* Our plans changed so we missed having dinner at Palais Soleiman, which made me nearly cry, but if you are lucky enough to get to eat there please tell me all about it…

* Have a cocktail at the gorgeous Hotel La Mamounia. What a gorgeous lounge they have there and drinks may be a bit expensive BUT they come with finger food so hey… why not! When I become rich and famous someday (ha!) I will stay here as well. It as pure luxury!

* Djemaa el Fna at night and eat at one of the many fantastic food tents. When you see the snake charmers, monkey handlers and others in the square, always tip them for a photo. Make sure you buy a coconut cookie if you see anyone selling them – they are delicious!

Psst: If you are going to Morocco soon, pick up the terrific guide Shopping in Marrakesh by Susan Simon.

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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