It’s that time of year again friends! Time for me to present the annual 2011 Calendar Round-Up! I’ve already been receiving lovely submissions so I’d like to put it out there that you can now submit your calendar to me for consideration in the round-up. Not all submissions will be accepted but I’ll try to fit in as many as I can this year. I’ve been rounding up calendars by mostly independent designers now since 2006 so I feel as though I have to keep tradition! :)
To submit your calendars for consideration please:
* Email the link to where your calendars can be purchased to holly AT decor8blog.com
* Include 5 images of your calendar that are 500 pixels wide (no smaller, no larger please). I’ll select my favorite to use on decor8.
* In the subject line of your email, please write 2011 Calendar Round-Up
* Deadline: Saturday, October 23, 2010.
The calendar round-up will appear on decor8 during the week of October 25th so um… mark your calendars! (wink, wink.)
Thank you, I can’t wait to see what you send!
(Image: Shannon Schmidt)
I discovered these great wall objects from The over on Joy’s blog this morning and found the vase particularly fascinating. I’d love something like this on the wall in my kitchen for flowers as I find that kitchens can often lack that certain softness and charm due to all of the shiny, smooth surfaces…
This is such a great vase and a fantastic idea — you could even use them in a row of 3 for a hallway or with two above and two below over a fireplace mantel. You could even put them on an office wall and instead of flowers, paint a bouquet of rulers or hand craft some flowers using pipe cleaners and fabric. Being creative at home is so much fun!
On another note, aren’t these anti-theft lunch bags a riot!? I love the things that The makes, they are so witty and fresh!
I talked about a mood board that I loved made by Dutch design duo Ina & Matt last year but was reminded of them and their work today from the lovely Ink+Wit blog. Ina & Matt are such a creative team, they create beautiful things that cover such a broad range from architecture to ad campaigns — I love some of their barn renovations, especially the kitchen spaces because all I think about lately is the kitchen since I’m currently working on mine. We won’t have a sink or cabinetry until November 10th! Thank goodness we will be in Morocco for 10 days and in Turkey for a week between now and then… These kitchens below are so enticing to me, now more than ever before…
The simplicity and warm, yet minimalistic approach above is soooo captivating, but equally stunning are the colorful arrangements of things below, don’t you think?
And this is when you combine color with a natural palette…
Dots of inspiration… This photo makes me happy, I want to sit on the floor and move these bits around to spell something or create my initials. :) We adults can be so boring, what every happened to playing on the floor anyway? This past week I sat on the floors so often cutting out fabric and measuring things on my mat – and it felt good to “play” like that.
This French kitchen below is great. One thing I want from Morocco is to eat something that was cooked in a tagine (I’ve never had food prepared like this before) and then, secondly, if I liked it — t buy a gorgeous creamy white or shiny black one for my home and cook foods using it in the future. This French kitchen has one sitting on the counter, do you see it? Have you ever eaten foods prepared in a tagine? I hope to learn a lot about Morocco when I am there soon… There is so much Moroccan influence in fashion and interiors, but to experience it all within its natural setting shall be quite an honor for me.
I loved looking at this flower photo above and then looking down to the office photo below… It is a lovely arrangement of things – first from nature, second from made made objects.
If I lived here I would definitely skate around to do my household tasks and to simply go from room to room during the day. Weeeee! I’d be bear hugging those beams a lot though, I love to skate but I fall quite a lot but with beams like that to grab onto I think could manage.
Back to my kitchen, so far I have a big Smeg cooker (90 cm wide — big for EU standards — I love it) but still no cabinetry or counters, not even a sink, so my home life is a bit chaotic now to say the least but in a weird way, it’s sort of fun to be floating around in my expectation bubble — it’s fun to be in anticipation, to be expecting, waiting — and so I’m waiting and having fun along the way because once it’s done, it’s done and so I’m trying to enjoy the process… But still, I do miss a kitchen sink (so much!).
(images: ina & matt)
Hello and welcome to a new week of decor8ing and creative inspiration! :) How are you? I’m still unpacking but I’ve also been working a lot on a project for my students in Morocco since I fly to Marrakesh on Friday so I’m quite busy buzzing around trying to get everything finished in time for my flight! When I’m back from Morocco I’ll share with you what I made for them (with photos!) and I’ll also share lots of trip highlights too.
What do these flowers have to do with Morocco? Well, I was looking for flowers to put in my hair for my upcoming trip because I have this idea to wear my long hair up since it’s warm in Marrakesh and I’d love to clip a big fabric flower on the side behind my ear… And I came across the beautiful Emerson Made site again and thought, “Oh yes, perfect.” See like this…
Of course, flowers aren’t only for clipping in your hair! Gently resting on a set table is rather elegant too, don’t you think? In fact, wouldn’t it be fun to host a ladies lunch with the flowers posing as a centerpiece but when the meal is served everyone is invited to choose one to clip into their hair for a group photo? And then to keep as a memory of this fun time together? I just love personal, sweet gestures like this. I want to be invited to a party hosted by someone so thoughtful (and stylish!) don’t you!?
Perhaps I will try to make a flower pin for my hair (if there is time) before I leave or maybe I’ll just buy something in a nearby shop since I don’t have time to order from Emerson Made, but if you do then Emerson Made is your site for flowers to embellish your hair, shirt, table… These are all so lovely, aren’t they?
(images: emerson made)