I have some exciting news that I must share before the weekend begins. I hired a second columnist to write on decor8, so in addition to the lovely Leslie Shewring and her wildly popular Color Me Pretty column I now have the talented Anna-Malin Lindgren from Helt Enkelt, a Swedish blogger, photographer, illustrator, craft lover, wife, mother and DIY-queen joining us. I can’t wait to work with her, I’m so happy she has accepted!
I met Anna-Malin last year (I wrote about it here) and saw her beautiful home and was so impressed that I knew that somehow I would think of a way that we could work together — so of course, parts of her home is in my upcoming book but beginning next week, you can expect Anna-Malin to visit us once a month for the entire year with a DIY project that she will produce especially for decor8 readers that she’ll share in English. I agreed to let her show it on her own blog in Swedish a week later, but we have first dibs and she is creating them with the decor8 reader in mind so we can count on her to share projects that we’ll all love.
In this post you can see some photos from Anna-Malin’s beautiful blog to give you a glimpse of her fresh, Scandinavian style — and to whet your appetite for the projects that she’ll be sharing with us! And stay tuned, because next week her column will debut and she will demonstrate how we can make a very cool pendant lamp on a budget.
My goal is to have 4 columnists on decor8 so I’m looking for 2 more to join me so that I can have Mondays each week devoted entirely to our visiting columnist of the week. I’ll let you know how my search goes!
Thank you Anna-Malin for accepting my offer to work with me on decor8, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.
(images: anna-malin lindgren)
One of my readers over at haus maus, artist Nicomi Nix Turner, left me a great link to a food blog called Have Cake, Will Travel. Have you seen this gem of a site? If you are dieting, you may not want to, but hey, the photography is very inspirational so just focus on that — the lighting and angles and props as you try not to notice the amazing food. :)
Have Cake, Will Travel was founded and is written by foodie Celine Steen who was born in Switzerland but currently resides in California. Her blog focuses on mostly vegan recipes and she prefers taking photos of her yummy concoctions in natural morning light with her Nikon D700, fitted with a 50mm f/1.4 lens. I love when photographers reveal what equipment they’re using… but even more so, when they share the beauty that comes from their soul through a lens. Magic.
As I was writing 8 Interiors Books On My Wish List For 2011 on Real Simple earlier today, I bumped into the online photography portfolio of Melanie Acevedo and had my own little swoon party at my desk. Ah, yes — Melanie Acevedo, that Melanie… the one who shot tons of interiors for Domino magazine. Here are a few favorites of mine, though you simply must see her site for many more inspirational images that you’re sure to love.
Her website is this gorgeous space where you can spend lots of time being dazzled and ooo-ahhhed. You can also walk away feeling a little bit uncool because it seems her clients are either famous, rich, gorgeous or all of the above but that is the magic of a great photographer so perhaps if Melanie shot an image of you at home it would be equally stunning.
What a great way to kick off 2011 — with gorgeous rooms and inspiring homes by the oh-so-talented Ms. Acevedo.
(images: melanie acevedo)