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October 2011

Events + Markets, Travel

Munich: Meet Me Wednesday + Berlin: Mark Your Calendar!

October 17, 2011

Hello to those living or visiting Munich, Germany currently! I am traveling there in the morning for an awards dinner for Myself magazine as I was nominated for their Lieblings award, but I’ll also be visiting my friends at the sweet little shop, Nostalgie Im Kinderzimmer, who will have a little party for my German decorating book along with a few things to drink + eat. If you would like to join me, please do! RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com

Munich: Meet Me Wednesday + Berlin: Mark Your Calendar!

You’ll need to RSVP (RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com) right away though so I can make sure there is space as it’s going to be just a little pre-launch event since the official launch party will be in Berlin at Soho House on November 12th and is sponsored primarily by BRIGITTE magazine. I’ll be joined by co-sponsors Callwey Verlag, Etsy, Dialogue Books and more! I’ll post an announcement detailing the Lust Auf Wohnen Book + Bloggers Party next week on decor8 as you won’t want to miss it! Cupcakes, cocktails, goody bags and lectures all about blogging, writing and more from some incredible speakers that we’re currently lining up – we’ll even have a fun interactive project for everyone to get involved in – can’t wait to show you that when you arrive.

But first…

Until the official launch….

I’ll be hanging in Munich with the lovely Angela at Nostalgie Im Kinderzimmer who thought it may be a nice way to say hello to a few of my friends and readers in Munich this week for a cozy event in her darling shop. I couldn’t agree more and I’m really looking forward to it.

19 Oktober, 2011 – Mittwoch, 17 – 19 uhr
Nostalgie im Kinderzimmer
Herrenchiemseestraße 4
81669 München-Ramersdorf
Tel: +49 (0)89 / 44 10 90 15
RSVP email: press [at] decor8blog [dot] com

(photo: holly becker)

Decorating Tips

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

October 11, 2011

I’m so smitten by the Paris apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas that has been in numerous decorating magazines over the past few years – I spotted it in Maire Claire Maison first where these images are from below. This home is totally Palm Springs mid century meets Paris, right!? HOW FUN.

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

The decorating idea that I’m taking away from these photos is the painted firewood shown above. Brilliant. I really, really love it. I’d like to try it in 80’s neon hues. Fab!

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

Gorgeous Paris Apartment of Jean-Christophe Aumas

You have a bit of pink, black, grey, red, teal and eye-catching acid green. If you don’t know Jean-Christophe, he is a talented art director who has worked for such high end labels as Chloé, Diptyque, and John Galliano. He obviously has an amazing eye and the bones of his flat are splendid. His collection of art and furniture is impressive. When can I move in?

(images: marie claire maison)

Objects

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

October 11, 2011

I’ve been chatting for several weeks with Designer Fluff and finally have a moment to breath to post about these gorgeous pillows that are modern, bold and pattern delicious! They sent in some gorgeous in-situ product shots that really show off the beauty of their cushions. I love seeing them live in a space, makes me want to own some even more. Founder and creative director Audra Canfield is FIT educated and a New York-based Interior Designer. From chevrons to ethnic prints, Designer Fluff has a little something for everyone.

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Pillows on a bookcase!

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

Designer Fluff Pillows + Gorgeous Rooms

All pillows shown are offered in a multitude of patterns and each is available in 5 sizes making them perfect for any project. Each pillow is handmade with an attention to detail and fine craftsmanship and made in America.

Stunning pillows and gorgeous spaces. I especially like the room with the built-in window seating…

(images: emily gilbert)

Books + Magazines

Filming In My Work Studio Today

October 11, 2011

Hello everyone! I’ve had such a fun day so far so I have to share it with you! This morning a film team came from Berlin to shoot a video in my work studio and in one of my favorite Hannover shops, Raumformplan, owned by lovely Janin. The film is for the Myself magazine (a Conde Nast publication) Liebling Awards in which I was nominated – it’s a very exciting honor and next week I’ll fly to Munich to attend their red carpet event and awards ceremony to see who will win. I’m so excited about it!

Filming In My Work Studio Today

Filming In My Work Studio Today

Filming In My Work Studio Today

(From left – Producer – Lutz Winde, Makeup artist – Miriam Spiegel, me, Camera – Sebastian Woithe.)

The film was for them to share at the show – very fun! In the shop I had to pretend I was interested in some Ferm Living pillows and in my work studio I was pretending to be writing and blogging — oh and of course working on a mood board on my table! It was lovely to work with producer Lutz Winde, camera man Sebastian Woithe and makeup artist Miriam Spiegel.

Filming In My Work Studio Today

Filming In My Work Studio Today

Filming In My Work Studio Today

Yes I have two desks in my work room and huge, long white conference table in the middle of the room. It’s a great space to teach, lay out projects and have a guest come work for the day.

I loved every minute of working with these lovely people today – we got through everything quickly and laughed a lot. I also gained three new friends from it – which made me even happier because I love making new friends in Germany – makes living here that much sweeter. Above are some outtakes of me at my desk in my hot pink tights and grey dress from kew159 in London. The other photo is of me and the crew in my work studio. I had such a great time, it felt good to be famous for minute. :)

Thank you Janin at Raumforplan for letting us use your shop and thanks to Miriam, Lutz and Sebastian for such a great time!

(images: portraits of me – thorsten becker + room views – holly becker)

Designers + Stylists

Louise Body Designs

October 10, 2011

Did I tell you that I was able to see the highly regarded collection of designer Louise Body after my lecture at Decorex last month? Oh I did… And it was simply fantastic to be a part of it all. Here are some photos so you can see what her recent work looks like. I’ve been a fan for a long time and love seeing how she evolves. The shots of pink and yellow in these cushions below make me smile. It all looks very English, doesn’t it?

Louise Body Designs

Louise Body Designs

Louise Body Designs

Louise Body Designs

Louise Body Designs

What about you? Spot anything you like?

When I blog of these beautiful things designed by talented people I think of how I could have the most interesting interiors shop if I ever decided to open one with the bevy of contacts that I have. I truly love design and it would warm my heart to see my favorite things living together in one shared space – a decor8 shop! I’m returning to a dream I had for many years… to become a shop owner. I saw a few vacant places recently in my neighborhood and felt a chill of excitement as I peeked inside. I thought of the potential, my ideas, the events I could host… I once held the dream of shop ownership so closely to my chest but then decided to write a book and the dream was tucked into my back pocket. Though I plan to write more books, I’m reconsidering this idea of being a shop girl and well… perhaps in a few years… We shall see.

(images: louise body)

Objects

Atelier Areti – New Lighting!

October 10, 2011

If you like birds then one of these lamps will surely light you up today! As mentioned in the previous post, I attended 100% Design in London last month as a speaker and was able to briefly walk around grabbing vendors materials who caught my eye as I went. One company, Atelier Areti, had some fabulous lighting on display. This interdisciplinary design practice is based in both London and France with partner studios in Sweden and Germany.

Atelier Areti - New Lighting!

Atelier Areti - New Lighting!

Atelier Areti - New Lighting!

Atelier Areti - New Lighting!

I love their Acorn and Alouette lights but for a more sophisticated pendant, the Gris shown directly above is sexy and gorgeous. I would love the Alouette lamp in black or white for my desk – the desk lamp with the bird on top – it’s the best isn’t it?!?

(images: atelier areti)

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