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September 2011

Events + Markets

Blogging Your Way e-Course: Registration OPEN!

September 13, 2011

I have great news! The decor8 Blogging Your Way e-course, the first online blogging, photography, styling (and more!) workshop created over two years ago will have our last class for 2011 scheduled to run from October 7 – November 7, 2011. I’m so excited to be teaching again, we run two each year and can’t wait to do this one – AND we’ve added new things to the curriculum (view the course outline here). Leslie along with Thorsten will be back to teach you too! (You can learn more about them here.) We can’t wait to have you in our class, so if you’d like to register please click here. We have to cap this class at a set number of students, so once it’s full — it’s full!

Blogging Your Way e-Course: Registration OPEN!

See you in class and take a peek at the Blogging Your Way website – it’s new and much nicer than the former one. :)

(image: my desk, taken by thorsten becker)






Designers + Stylists

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

September 9, 2011

Hello and happy Friday! I hope that you have some fun weekend plans coming up (I’ll be packing and writing!) but first, it’s time to get inspired to decorate! Oh do I love nicely pulled together rooms! Take these below, for example, from designers Ali Vanderpool and Ariana Villalta from The Elegant Abode.W hat a perfect way to kick off a weekend with a little “real” interiors inspiration!

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: Sink = perfection. I love farmhouse sinks and old wooden floors in the kitchen)

Ariana Villalta studied fashion and interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her background includes furniture and hospitality design, along with high end residential project management. She currently resides in Long Island City.

Ali Vanderpool graduated from the New York School of Interior Design where she developed an enriched understanding and appreciation of all styles and periods of design. She previously worked in two different Manhattan based high-end, residential firms. She currently lives in the West Village (NYC).

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: lovely desk area – such a nice idea to carve out a pretty corner in your home for work.)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode(Above: Fantastic mirror, basket of pretty shows, and subtle patterned throw rug.)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: I’m a big fan of sisal throw rugs, they bring texture and warmth into any room – AND they are usually quite durable and affordable.)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: Gorgeous brick exposure!)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: Great coffee table and art arrangement on the wall.)

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

(Above: Really cute bar display idea for the wall, perhaps in a living room or dining room space installed above a table or dresser.)

Together, these ladies run the The Elegant Abode where they design and decorate homes in the NY area and they write the Elegant Abode blog where they share their ideas and inspirations. In this post you can see a sampling of some of their work – so approachable and pretty!

Thank you ladies for contacting me to share your work, it’s always a pleasure to shine a spotlight on such talented designers!

(images: the elegant abode)






Events + Markets, Travel, uncategorized

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

September 9, 2011

I was psyched to finally meet Bri Emery recently in Los Angeles while on my book tour – she came to my workshop and signing at Anthropologie and we got to chat for a bit… And now she’s heading to Germany along with co-teacher and photographer Angela Kohler to bring her Blogshop Photoshop classes to Berlin for ONE weekend only! If you don’t know Bri by name, you must know her work – she is the designer of the beautiful interiors e-mag, Rue!

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

It’s been Bri’s dream to teach in Berlin and visit Germany in general so she is quite excited about flying over next month. In fact, Bri approached me months ago looking for help getting over to Berlin, for some contacts, etc. and I immediately put her in touch with my friend Matt who heads up Etsy Europe out of Berlin. Pairing them was the perfect way to get Bri over and so now she’s working with Etsy Europe for Blogshop (details here) and I’m so happy for her!

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

About Blogshop: Blogshop is a Photoshop bootcamp. It is a full weekend spent stuffing your brain with ideas on how to make images on your blog unique and eye catching. Angela and Bri teach the basics in addition to more advanced techniques and then help you to apply your own perspective to layouts to make your work uniquely YOU.People who have no experience with Photoshop will leave the course with confidence to create layouts, prep images for mood boards and collages, retouch skin and color correct images, animate gifs, add textures, borders, type and drawing to their images to make each of their blog posts or other visual materials special. At the end of the first day we will have a portrait session, so on the second day you can work on your own pictures which will be perfect for contributor photos and bio pages.

What: Blogshop
Where: Etsy Labs in Berlin
When: October 15-16
Price: $750 U.S. dollars for two days, includes lunch and a goody bag!
Class size: We hope to keep the class under 20 people
Sign up email: blogshopla [at] gmail [dot] com

What to peek in on what a class is like? Check out these super fun videos – this one is from a Chicago class and this one is from an LA class.

Register today before seats are full!

(images: angela kohler)






Shopping + Products

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

September 8, 2011

It’s springtime in Australia — flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and sweet color abounds! Did you know that blogger and interior designer Anna Spiro from Absolutely Beautiful Things and Black & Spiro recently launched an online shop? Oh yes, she has and the concept is super original. She calls it the Absolutely Beautiful Things store where you “Shop This Look”, but I call it a brilliant Shop By Numbers retail experience that I predict is a growing trend for websites everywhere. It takes the guesswork out and puts the fun back in online shopping because frankly, online shopping needs a boost because the same ole same ole experience of buying stuff online can be so vanilla and I’d like to see more shops adding content or features to their site that an in-store experience just can’t give.

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

(Above: Anna breaks down each item in her styled room, making it a breeze to get the look! She clearly loves pink!)

I’ve seen this shop by numbers approach only a few times online so it still feels like a very fresh approach to selling and I love how you can build a room easily through the overall approach of breaking down all of the items and more or less saying, “Hey, you like it, here you go – now you can buy it.” It takes the complication out of what can often be very complicated – shopping for decorative items online. It’s also easier to find products in a photo that you like when you can just click on the item and instantly link to where it’s listed on the site.

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

And for those of you who aren’t familiar with this Australian design maven, check out these beautiful images from her home and shop. Swoooooon!

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

Love this, Anna – way to go!

(images: elouise van riet-gray)






Designers + Stylists

Burnham Design

September 7, 2011

When I was in Los Angeles, I had the honor of  meeting American interior designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design who joined me for the Decorate Mood Board and Signing Event at Anthropologie. I was SO impressed by her – what a genuine, talented and approachable person – I expected to be completely intimidated but I wasn’t at all, she is warm and very, very sweet. Her clients must love working with her.

Burnham Design

Betsy is a rock star in the world of designers, right up there with Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler, so I was honored to have her stand next to me speaking about her passion with all those who came out to The Grove to hear us speak. What a fun event! She spoke along with Leslie Shewring and I about how to use a mood board as a guide to tap into your own personal style. Betsy also briefly mentioned her online “e-decorating” service called Instant Space that she launched several years ago that is still strong and successful. She is the pioneer of e-decorating services and as she walked us through a recent client project that was done virtually and through snail mail with her Texas-based client, you couldn’t help but think that Instant Space is one heck of a value and service in that you get access to Betsy’s mind, finds for your home, and a completely new floor plan in one affordable package. Love it!

Burnham Design

Burnham Design

It was also a pleasure to meet her project manager, Max Humphrey, whom Betsy predicts is the next big thing, “a rising star in the design world”, so we’ll have to wait and see because anyone Betsy endorses has my attention! He was very sweet when we met and I was honored when he approached my table with a stack of books for me to sign. It’s nice to have that nod of approval from so many talented people in the design world, especially from Burnham Design. Thank you Betsy and Max for being at my event in LA and for sharing your time, talent and energy with all of us!

(images: burnham design)






Objects

Melody Miller

September 7, 2011

It’s always fun to peek in on Atlanta-based designer Melody Miller because she has so many happy patterns in her head and I like how she brings them to life through retro-ish prints and now, her brand new fabric line called Ruby Star Rising for Kokka (available here). Happy brights never let you down, do they? If you’re not a fan of muted hues then Melody will be your new best friend because nothing about her collection is shy or understated! Here are a few favorite prints of mine…

Melody Miller

Melody Miller

Melody Miller

Melody Miller

Melody Miller

Melody Miller

Melody has a blog and an etsy shop that you may want to visit, too!

(images: melody miller)






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