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Blogshop Visits Berlin!

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 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 BERLIN

BLOGSHOP BERLIN

BLOGSHOP BERLIN

BLOGSHOP 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)

Posted in events + markets, travel, uncategorized on September 09, 2011
decor8 great.ly shop

Shop Absolutely Beautiful Things Online

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 by Numbers

(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 by Numbers

Shop by Numbers

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!

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

Anna Spiro

Love this, Anna – way to go!

(images: elouise van riet-gray)

Posted in shopping on September 08, 2011

Burnham Design

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)

Posted in designers on September 07, 2011

Melody Miller

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)

Posted in textiles on September 07, 2011

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