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LONDON: Meet us at Anthropologie on Sunday, September 25th @1pm

Hello everyone! I’ve been a bit missing in action, I know, but next week when I’m back from my travels decor8 will be at full swing again with lots of wonderful things to share. I’ve been busy on my US book tour with Chronicle Books and Anthropologie, gave the keynote at The Creative Connection, and in the early morning I’m flying to London for design week but I’ll be back blogging full-time again on Wednesday, September 28th. I can’t wait – I’ve REALLY missed connecting with you here each day but a completely sponsored book tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so I couldn’t refuse – plus I got to meet so many of you – yay! BUT it’s not over yet… NEXT UP IS LONDON!

Upcoming LONDON event!

This weekend I’ll be in London at ANTHROPOLOGIE on KINGS ROAD! I’ll be joined by Interior Design extraordinaire Abigail Ahern, Stylist/Photographer Leslie Shewring and Decorate co-author Joanna Copestick for a fun decorating party to talk about mood boards, show how they’re done and of course to meet everyone. Anthropologie is throwing a nice spread for us too with Bloody Marys and snacks, so RSVP if you’d like to join us: [email protected] — it’s from 1:00-3:00 (I have to leave at 3 pm for another event) so please stop by to say hello to Abigail, Leslie, Joanna and I. We’d love to meet you and connect with other creatives, bloggers, etc.

Meet Abigail and I this Sunday in London!

And as you know, Abigail Ahern (shown above in her gorgeous home) is a total rock star in the design world so just having her as part of this event is a total honor and I’m certain you’d love meeting her and hear her advice about decorating, too. Abigail owns a gorgeous shop in London and is the author of a book that I love called A Girl’s Guide to Decorating. The event is completely open to the public, so do stop by – we’ll be starting promptly at 1:00.

See you in London!!!


Posted in Events + Markets on September 22, 2011

I’ll See You In St. Paul!

Hello everyone! I’ve been packing and preparing and now the time has come… I’m heading back to the US for a week only this time I’ll be in St. Paul, Minnesota for The Creative Connection where I’ll give a keynote and do a signing and I’ll also be working with Anthropologie for another fun event and signing out there, too! If you want to join me at either event, please click here for more information on TCC or click here to learn more about the Decorate Anthropologie event in St. Louis Park, MN just outside of St. Paul. I’ll be in St. Paul this evening – I can’t believe I’m going back to America so soon after my US book tour (I thought) wrapped up! Not quite yet. :)


I’ll be blogging from the road so stay tuned… I have a 10 hour flight ahead of me so most likely I won’t be back online again until Wednesday. Can’t wait to tell you all about this week – I’m excited to see my friends again and make many new ones.

(image: tiffany kirchner dixon, taken of my materials when I taught last year in morocco.)

Posted in Events + Markets on September 13, 2011

Blogging Your Way e-Course: Registration OPEN!

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!


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)

Posted in Events + Markets on September 13, 2011

Beautiful Spaces by The Elegant Abode

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!

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).

The Elegant Abode

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

The Elegant Abode

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

The Elegant Abode

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.)

The Elegant Abode

(Above: Gorgeous brick exposure!)

The Elegant Abode

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

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)

Posted in Designers + Stylists on September 09, 2011


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