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Markets of New England

Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy this week preparing for my upcoming 13 day US book tour for Decorate! I’m pinching myself that this is really about to happen, ME on a BOOK TOUR! Oh my, this is going to be the ride of a lifetime! Since Boston is my first stop, I thought I’d shout out a beautiful book by New Englander, Christine Chitnis, called “Markets of New England” published by The Little Bookroom.

Markets of New England

Constantly amazed by the talent in her native region, Christine decided to write a book about crafters, artists and farmers who inspire her there, including many in Boston. Here are some photos from the book that she thought you may enjoy.

Markets of New England

Seeing these pictures, which were taken by Christine herself, gets me even more excited to be back in Boston tomorrow where I spent nearly twenty years of my life. I’m dying for the smell of the salty air and some fresh grilled seafood and maybe even some clam chowder. I love the coast… I’ve not been to Boston for two years since relocating to northern Germany so I’m very excited to return and I wonder how it will feel to be back on American soil in a place that I once called home.

Markets of New England

This book also made me think about the South End Open Market – I definitely have to hit that this Sunday! Anyone else in Boston have plans to go or do you have a booth there?

Markets of New England

Markets of New England

Markets of New England

Markets of New England

Note: I usually don’t post about books until I’ve seen them myself, but with 38 positive reviews on Amazon, I trust that it’s a good one though I can’t personally say whether I like the book or not — I’ve only seen the photos shown above. I guess you can consider this post a headsup that the book is out there and to check it out the next time you’re in a book store. Hopefully I’ll get a copy of it in the future and then I can do a proper review of it. Until then, enjoy the sneak peek above and if you own a copy please let me know what you thought of it!

Lovely book, Christine!

(images: Christine Chitnis)

Posted in Books + Magazines, travel on August 18, 2011

Handmade Home: Wall Hanging DIY

Hello everyone! It’s me Anna-Malin from Sweden visiting today with my monthly Handmade Home column for decor8. I’m sorry I missed you in July but I was on vacation – I’m back now though and I want to begin by saying thank you so much for all of the comments on my last post! Unfortunately, the summer seems to have been “raining away” here in Sweden so we haven’t been able to use our patio as much as we wanted. That’s why I’ve been focusing again on my interior decorating, the focus of today’s post. I hope that it inspires you!

DIY today on decor8

A couple of days ago, I was reading a magazine and my eyes fell on a beautiful cushion cover by DAY Home. I immediately fell in love with the pattern so I decided to translate it into something personal and special that I could use in my home — but not a cushion as that would be too literal. I wanted my inspiration to take me in a completely new direction so the project would have my personal stamp on it.

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

Since my favorite color is gray and all shades it, and because I had some leftover paint from recent projects, I decided to make a “mixed media” wall hanging using mostly fabric and paint.

DIY today on decor8

I started by painting pieces of linen in three different shades of grey and then I began to draw the patterns, free hand and with help of some of my Moroccan bowls (tracing their bottoms). Next, I cut the patterns out.

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

I then laid everything out using masking tape to place the patterns on the painted linen, using masking tape helped me figure out if the design I was creating looked right or not and it also allowed me to step back to see how it worked in the space itself.

DIY today on decor8

Once the pattern looked right to me, I then I glued on the designs I’d cut out, and voilá, it was finished! I didn’t iron it because I like how the wrinkles make the piece look less perfect and more tactile.

DIY today on decor8

To make it easy to hang it on the wall, I bought some eyelets, and placed them up in the corners.

DIY today on decor8

To give it more personality, I placed some of the patterns directly on the wall (by using masking tape) which was very easy to do and added a bit more personality to the work. I even added a little peace symbol. :)

DIY today on decor8

DIY today on decor8

I hope that you have enjoyed this creative project today from Sweden. As you can see, this quickly transformed the wall in my dining area.

I’ll see you here again in September with another creative post to encourage you to enjoy a home that you make, little by little each day, by hand. –  xo, Anna-Malin Lindgren.

In case you’ve missed them, here are my other Handmade Home posts on decor8:

(images: anna-malin lindgren)

Posted in Decorating Tips, diy, guest bloggers on August 16, 2011

Have a Nice Weekend!

I’d like to wish you all a very happy weekend! Thank you for spending another week with me on decor8 and for all of your comments, tweets, Facebook posts, Amazon reviews (wow!) and everything else wonderful that I appreciate more than you’ll ever know.

Have a nice weekend

I’ll return on Tuesday again but am taking Monday off for some appointments that I need to take care of before I head back to America next week so I’ll meet you here on Tuesday with more inspiration for the new week ahead.

Have a nice weekend

Until we meet again… Here are some links for you: A super big hug to you all! xo

Beautiful jewelry
200+ new interior photos to peruse
Wonderful watercolors
Living rooms that I want to live in
A romantic style e-mag
An in-depth interview by a dear lady who loves pink

(image: anna-malin lindgren)

Posted in uncategorized on August 12, 2011

Artist Ana Montiel

I can’t recall how I found out about this artist, I think through Leslie, but I am crazy in love with the watercolor illustrations of Ana Montiel right now. From herbs to peep toe pumps, there is so much to love about Ms. Montiel!

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

Artist Ana Montiel

This London-based, Spanish visual artist and designer has a great eye, there is nothing on her website that I don’t connect to on some level. It’s fun, fresh, funky, there is a certain energy to her work that I appreciate and her colorways make me smile — soft but stylish and fresh. Her bio is so interesting but it’s her illustrated personal timeline that I love so much, you have to check it out here.

(images: ana montiel)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 12, 2011

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