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2010

Travel

London Bound: Any Tips?

April 15, 2010

I have so many things to share with you today. But first I must apologize as sadly I missed Etsy Take Five Tuesday this week but don’t worry, I’ll get back on track next week. :) I’m quite busy at the moment and this will continue no doubt until the Autumn as the decorating book I’m co-authoring is completely underway – as of this week! My job, outside of writing a portion of it, is to scout locations in the US and Europe, find a fab interiors photographer in both the US and Europe, and pull together all the homes that I have currently to see where they’ll fit in the flat plan that I’m working off of. There is a lot involved but I’m ready for it — it will be published by Chronicle Books. And you, dear readers, will have to listen to me talk about it as I go along but I promise — because it’s a decorating book, at least what I speak of will be related to this blog so you can go on this little book ride with me. Okay?

London Bound: Any Tips?

In fact, I have a lot of traveling to do as I will have meetings relating to this book (the first is in London next month) and I’ll be accompanying the photographer on shoots and styling homes so I plan to bring you with me as I hop around — my hope is that you will enjoy watching this project evolve before your eyes so that once the book is out you can then see the finished project and tell me what you think about it. I’ll ask my publisher as I go along to see what I can share and what I can’t as some things I am under contract to not disclose — but what I can share I will. For sure.

London Bound: Any Tips?

I’ve not been assigned to such a large freelance project before but now as I embark on this journey I’m feeling quite good about it — like this will be a great start for me as I enter this new world with hopes that this book will lead to another and another… I’ve always wanted decor8 to live off of the web as well as online – to be web-based and coffee table-based. :) And just so you know, because there are so many show offs in this world who annoy me with their “look at me!” attitudes, I promise not to become an egotistical bore. In fact, I want to always remember my roots — where I came from as a girl who started from zero and your support and friendship is partly responsible for my book deal so if anyone out there is sitting around feeling a bit depressed about life — like what is next for you, will you find your magic carpet and if you do, will you have the courage to jump on and ride — I can tell you YES, yes, yes! I hate sounding like some self-help cheerleader but seriously, I once sat in a cubicle (not that this is bad, I liked my cubicle thank you!) and thought that perhaps I could someday do something creative and I thought about my life — the direction it was taking — and here I am today doing things that I enjoy. And look at how setting some goals and sticking to them can change a life, right?! Determination, talent and passion really are the keys to getting from step A to B and so on… so if you are good at something and sit in your chair thinking, “Yeah, some people have all the luck!” then maybe you should start thinking, “Yeah, some people have all the luck so why not me too, I’m talented!?”. Seriously. Why should I or anyone else have the things that you want — we all deserve to reach our goals.

London Bound: Any Tips?

Next month I will travel to London for my first picture meeting where I will review photos for the book and then this summer I’ll be on the road with the photographer in both the US and parts of Europe. It will be nice to have a change of pace as I spend so much of my days online — but I’ll have plenty of time to blog still and I’m not going to neglect you — I promise! If  anything, I’ll have some fun stories to share, some shops and travel notes to write, and all of the usual fare on decor8 that you can expect — I’ll keep it up not just now but for years to come.

London Bound: Any Tips?

This is the part where I could use some advice. I will be in London in May and want to mix a little pleasure with business because I’ve lived in Europe nearly 9 months and haven’t done much traveling so now that the weather is nice I feel that it’s time to go out and get some inspiration and enjoy some time shopping, eating and seeing some interesting exhibitions and shows. I’ll be in London for a week starting on May 13 so if you know of anything that I should definitely see/do, I’d love to know. From hotels to exhibitions, craft shows to flea markets, all of it — I’d love some advice. I’ve not been to London since 1999 so I’m a bit crusty and rusty when it comes to ideas on what to do there. And since I’m writing this book with another writer, Joanna and I will be hopping around on a shopping trip for the day and so if she doesn’t get too annoyed by my camera then I’ll be sure to share some of my favorite things with you upon my return.

Any London tips? What’s absolutely, positively not-to-miss?

(images: caravan – a shop I am definitely hitting!!!)

Arts + Crafts

Kris Atomic Illustration

April 15, 2010

I haven’t shared Kris Atomic in awhile and was just reminded of her the other day when my friend Laura asked if I’d ever seen her work before… Some of Kristina’s sweet art and hand-painted prints are able here in her etsy shop. If you have time today, please take a moment to browse her online portfolio which includes a lot of gorgeous illustrative work that she’s done for clients.

Kris Atomic Illustration

Currently living outside of London, Kristina Mordokhovitch is a freelance illustrator, photographer and blogger (I love her blog!) who graduated last year from Camberwell College of Arts with a degree in Illustration.

Kris Atomic Illustration

Kris Atomic Illustration

I could spend hours on her site examining the details of each one — her lines, colors, all of it appeal to me so much. And her girls! So cute! What about you? What draws you in to Kristina’s work?

(images: kris atomic)

Books + Magazines, Inspiration

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

April 15, 2010

I was hopping around Facebook today to check in on some of my friends and noticed this terrific link to Bolig that Tiger posted. And then down the rabbit hole I fell into the beautiful Scandinavian interiors featured in Bolig magazine online. Here are some views into some of my favorite rooms which make me all the more excited to move into a new flat and decorate!

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

I have so many ideas for my new space that I want to execute soon — my dream is to find a flat soon enough so that I can decorate it and include it in my decorating book that will be out next spring. So the apartment search continues but I am hopeful because hey, I have to find a place sooner or later. Be positive, right?!

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

Inspired by Bolig Magazine

Aren’t these spaces so clean and lovely? If you’d like to join in on the drool fest and leave some of your thoughts below please do — I’d love to know what room you like the best and why, what elements you see that you’d like to try at home, etc.

I like the bold yellow in the kitchen above, the light wood floors (and the white ones, swoon!), the “ruler” table runner (did you spy that too?), the giraffe art, the shelf over the bed, and the shiny black smeg fridge. :)

(images: bolig magazine)

Rooms

Buttons + Birdhouses For Your Walls

April 14, 2010

Hello friends! How are you today? I’ve been very busy but I’m so glad to be here with you now to share a few goodies and talk a little. So! How’s everything? And can you get over that Pottery Barn contest I’m running — sheesh, right? I nearly died when all those entries came in, over 1,200 in less than a day. I had no clue that I had so many PB fans reading this site but it’s great to know. Alright are you ready to look at something pretty? Good. I shared these two wallpaper patterns with you before but I have new photos now (close ups, yay!) so I can share them again as these are much better… I imagine the buttons paper in my future craft room on one wall… behind my desk… Dreamy, right? Here have a look and see what you think. These two patterns are from Studio Ditte in the Netherlands and are being offered by The Collection in Paris who just so happens to have an English online shop AND they ship globally. Oh yeah, baby.

Buttons + Birdhouses For Your Walls

Buttons + Birdhouses For Your Walls

Birdhouse is sold on a 6 meter roll for 150 euros or 3 meters for 80 euros. Button comes on a 6 meter roll for 135 euros or 3 meters for 75 euros. It’s definitely not “budget” but this is likely the kind of paper you’d cherish for many years so the investment may be worth it for you. Aw, these soooo sweet.

(images: studio ditte/the collection)

Contests

Win Pottery Barn Gift Cards

April 13, 2010

Spring is here and I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood to do a little shopping! Are you ready to win a $100 gift card from Pottery Barn? I’ve teamed up with Pottery Barn to host a special Spring contest and hope that you’ll participate because we have FIVE $100 gift cards to giveaway! The details are below so please read them carefully because your entry may not qualify unless you follow them closely. Thank you!

Win Pottery Barn Gift Cards

  • Prize: $100 Gift Card from Pottery Barn to use on anything in stock, including sale items! If you’ve been saving up for a big ticket item, you can also apply your gift card to something valued at over $100.
  • Winners: FIVE
  • To Qualify: No anonymous entries will be accepted. If you live outside of the US, you must have a US address for Pottery Barn to ship your gift card to as they won’t deliver to you otherwise. If you do not have a US address, you cannot enter this contest (sorry, it’s just how they roll). One entry per household. If you’ve won a decor8 contest in the past 12 months you are ineligible.
  • Entry Details: Comment on this post below using your valid email address as that is the email I will use to contact you if you win. Don’t worry, it will not be published in your actual comment, only I can see it. In the body of the comment you must list your first name, city, state, and then add what you’d like to use the gift card on from Pottery Barn if you win (up to 3 items). Please include a link to the product/s but do not post the link without first converting it into a tinyurl.com link to shorten it. All links must work, so please double check them. If you do not include a tinyurl link your entry is not valid.
  • Giveaway Ends: Enter between now and Monday, April 19, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • Special Notes: Winners will be selected using Random.org. All who read this blog are eligible ONLY if you have a US shipping address since your card will be delivered via first-class mail. Gift cards can be redeemed at any Pottery Barn®, pottery barn kids®, PBteen®, West Elm®, Williams-Sonoma®, or Williams-Sonoma Home® stores, online, in-store or by phone.

Ready? Set? Go! Remember one entry per household!

(images: pottery barn)

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