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November 2011

Arts + Crafts

Rie Elise Larsen

November 23, 2011

I always feel a surge of energy whenever I visit the website of Danish designer Rie Elise Larsen. Her work fills me with ideas and I always feel more creative whenever I visit her site for a browse. It’s fun to see what she’s up to and her current collection is just gorgeous. I love the zing of fresh green, neon pink, hot orange and the other crisp brights. I also like seeing pastels with graphic black and white. Perfection!

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

I found a video (below) of this talented lady showing how to make a fun ‘Julekugler’.

I love watching people make things, don’t you? I’m a huge fan of her work and a customer, I have some lamps, cloth cords and ornaments from her that I purchased at local shop Sommerfugl owned by my good friend Daniela. Isn’t Rie Elise Larsen such an inspiring creator? I think so!

(images: rie elise larsen)






Rooms

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

November 23, 2011

I recently wrote about decorating and shared a beautiful image of a bedroom that I liked from the home of Kirsty and so many of you wrote in to ask about the sweet pillowcases so I have to do a little show & tell! Okay so I am showing….

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

Now I am telling… these beauties are from Salvation Jane, a homewares company in Melbourne, Australia that is owned by Jane Hall who is an actor with a design background. Other cutie cases with hearts and crosses are available too and are shown below. I love how modern and crisp they are.

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

Salvation Jane Pillowcases

If you like what you see, you can shop for them (and more nice things) here.

(images: kirsty and salvation jane photos by mike baker)






Inspiration

Gift Wrapping Ideas

November 22, 2011

Hello everyone! I’ve been out and about today and enjoyed it so much! It felt good to get my errands done but above all, to connect with a very good friend of mine and to go shopping together in her store! Fun! I found some great Danish clothes and a pretty dress that I will wear to Berlin on Friday. It’s always so nice to be with a sweet girlfriend – so energizing!

Gift Wrapping Ideas

I came home home with sweaters, shirts, knee socks, leggings and a dress – and that post-shopping guilt, “Oh dear, I exceeded my shopping budget for like five years!”. But they I realized that I did need the clothing but that I also supported two shop owners today who have sweet stores that they love and manage with such care – that really means something to me more and more. It’s also a great way to ease the guilt (wink). As I was wrapping (and unwrapping!) myself in clothes all afternoon, I started to think about gift wrapping in general because that’s all I see in stores everywhere right now – Christmas things. I thought it may be helpful to you to round up a bit of a best of series for you now featuring some of the most beautifully wrapped presents that decor8 contributor, photographer and stylist Leslie Shewring, has shown over the past few years.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Try neon colors, paper doilies and baker’s twine…

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Use watercolors to paint your own gift wrap. Add sequins to a simple white gift tag.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Try different textures, velvet ribbon is nice.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

A natural touch is always nice.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

More watercolors in geometric shapes to dress up plain white paper.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Kraft paper in brown with simple touches goes a long way.

Gift Wrapping Ideas
Experiment with Japanese washi tape (masking tape).

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Combine a punch of your favorite shape (butterfly, tree, snowflake) and paper that you love to create a gift tag using a little glue.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Coffee filters, why not, right!?

Gift Wrapping Ideas

More watercolors on white tags that you can buy in packs from a store like Staples.

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Less traditional ways to wrap gifts – from tea tins to a stack of books tied together with ribbon and topped with a handmade greeting.

And speaking of gifts, this little post is my gift to you today and perhaps it has inspired and delighted you. I hope so! A special thanks to Leslie for all of her inspiration over the years!

(images: leslie shewring)






Decorating Tips

Natural Style by Walther & Co

November 21, 2011

I love these images and products from Danish interiors brand, Walther & Co. because they look so modern and casual but also very warm and cozy. I find natural elements so charming, especially during this time of year when all I want to do is light candles everywhere and enjoy my home. I’m currently obsessed with stars, especially silver ones with glitter on them that look (or better yet, are) vintage. I also am into handmade books like the ones shown below in this image…

Natural Style by Walther & Co

I also can’t stop thinking about how great silver glittery stars look with brown kraft paper and old book pages in cream with black type… I will demonstrate how to use them in my gift wrapping class in Berlin (info here) on Friday – I can’t wait to meet my students and work together because I have so many ideas I’ve tucked away in my head and can’t wait to show you. For those who cannot make it, I’ll share a glimpse of what we did on decor8 next week.

Natural Style by Walther & Co

Natural Style by Walther & Co

Natural Style by Walther & Co

Natural Style by Walther & Co

Natural Style by Walther & Co

Natural Style by Walther & Co

For now, Walther & Co. is inspiring me so much for one of my own home projects and plus, I’d love to order some things from them so hopefully I’ll figure out how to do that because it’s not so clear on their website… I especially like the table with the printed table image on it, did you catch that in the photo above?

(images: walther & co)






Contests

Win a Seat To My Anthropologie Crafting Class in Berlin!

November 21, 2011

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to share a fun contest though I realize that few can enter because it’s for an event taking place in Berlin this Friday! BUT, if you happen to live nearby and want to take part, please read on… To celebrate Anthropologie’s new GERMAN website (they now ship free to Germany if you spend 75 € or more), they will present a special Anthropologie pop up cafe at the lovely Barcomi’s Cafe in Berlin for ONE WEEK ONLY from November 23 – 28th. How cool is THAT, Germany!?

Win a Seat To My Anthropologie Crafting Class in Berlin!

As part of this very special event, I have been invited to teach a gift wrapping class on November 25th (Yes, THIS Friday!) in their pop up space at Barcomi’s Cafe from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and I can’t wait! All are allowed to visit (of course) and hang out with us but only 8 will have a seat in my crafty corner while I teach you one-on-one how to wrap your presents with personality using found papers, ribbons, rubber stamps, masking tape and other crafty things. I’ll bring the supplies, and you can take the things that you make home with you, too. Along with my special two hour class, we’ll chat over homemade Barcomi’s cakes and coffee (or tea) and each of my 8 special winners will receive a 25 € gift card to shop Anthropologie online. How fun is that!?

If you’d like to join us, please enter by:

1.) LIKING Anthropologie Deutschland on Facebook

then…

2.) Sign up for their newsletter and finally…

3.) Leave a comment below with your name (first/last) and why you’d like to take my class. It’s that simple!

I’ll draw the winning names on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 and you will be contacted by email on Wednesday IF YOU HAVE WON. Please only ENTER IF YOU CAN ATTEND THE CLASS otherwise this special contest and offer is not valid and will be awarded to another person.

I can’t wait to see you on Friday – remember ENTER TODAY!

(image: holly becker)






Books + Magazines

What Liberty Ate

November 18, 2011

I’m so in love with e-mags but we need more spice and variety out there because they are basically starting to all look the same. Have you noticed? That’s why when a new one hits the web, I flip through it yearning to find a new perspective, fresh ideas, and something that makes me stop and say ohhh yes, that’s a nice idea… It’s funny how picky we are despite that this content is always free – I don’t know anyone charging for e-mags (though I think everyone should be but that’s a whole ‘nother conversation), BUT we the consumers are particular about what we consume – free or not – simply because most of us have zero “free” time and anything, even the pure pleasure of reading a magazine or book, requires setting aside the time to actually do it. When I consume anything lately, particularly online, I make sure it’s really good stuff. What I’m about to show you is quite worth your time to peruse – I think it’s really well done for a one-woman-show. Meet Gabriela and What Liberty Ate….

What Liberty Ate

It seems that most e-mags come out of America, though more and more are starting to pop up in the UK, Europe and abroad (which I love and wholeheartedly support – we need diversity!). That’s why when I heard from Gabriela Iancu, a graphic designer and photographer in the Czech Republic, I had to learn more about her brand new e-mag called What Liberty Ate. Here are a few of my favorite glimpses…

What Liberty Ate

What Liberty Ate

What Liberty Ate

What Liberty Ate

Gabriela loves food and travel, and her beautiful blog deliciously shares her love with others. She thought to combine the two with some of her favorite food bloggers and created a magazine to shine a spotlight on the best food photography around the world. In What Liberty Ate, you can find interviews with American food bloggers like Sprouted Kitchen, Desserts for Breakfast and Not without Salt along with food bloggers in Romania like the ladies behind I’m Learning to Cook, the Delightful and Bite and Cook. There are also lots of delicious recipes for the season (cookies, my favorite!) and Gabriela traveled to Venice and the old town district of Prague to capture the mood of both cities and to talk about the foods there that she enjoyed.

What Liberty Ate

What Liberty Ate

All I can say is nom, nom, nom! What a sweet magazine and I hope that you enjoy it as much as currently am. A big congratulations to Gabriela for the courage and confidence to pursue your dreams and turn them into a published e-mag. Woot woot!

(images: what liberty ate magazine)






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