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November 2011

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Berlin Book Party Highlights!

November 14, 2011

Hello friends! I had such a great time in Berlin this weekend! The weather, the hotel, the people, the party, even the Russian disco we went to later on for a little fun — it was all such a fantastic adventure. It feels great to begin a new week with such a warm heart – thank you to my many friends and guests for making my German interiors book, Lust auf Wohnen, launch party at the Soho House in Berlin such an amazing event but also to the many, many bloggers who attended – oh my goodness, what a crowd of stylish, warm and chatty people!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

I thought I’d share some highlights from my day captured so brilliantly by photographer Sina Preikschat. The amazing Miss Sina not only shot photos at our photo wall, but she took all of the others shown below that I think came out super nice. I also loved how she managed to stay somewhat invisible as she worked and also how comfortable all of our guests felt having their photo taken. Thank you Sina, you’re a star…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Above you can see my guests arriving downstairs at the Soho House Berlin to check in and claim their goody bags sponsored by Etsy (with a special thanks to Emily and Matt) along with some decor8 contributions from my friends Snug Studio, Enna, luzia pimpinella, Formes Berlin via Sommerfugl and Ferm Living who supplied some items for me to decorate the room with and who sponsored our fun giveaway. Also in the bag, journals supplied by Callwey Verlag for taking notes.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting (from Callwey) and I are shown above. She helped me enormously to plan this event and did a super great job. Thank you Caroline! Here we are preparing a table to decorate with shiny things, candles, balloons and eventually, cupcakes – yummy, delicious cupcakes.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Speaking before a very full house.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

There I am with Ms. Luxat from Brigitte magazine. Brigitte was the official sponsor of my event at Soho House which was an honor… To see Germany’s top lifestyle magazine for women support me in this way is absolutely, positively wonderful. I love how they “get” the blogging community and how much they invest in reaching out to not just me, but the many fabulous people who author blogs.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

My amazingly sweet guests made me laugh and put a smile on my face throughout the day. PEOPLE make any event and I’m so happy the “snob factor” didn’t exist here – everyone was warm, approachable and very smiley and open-minded and stylish, too!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Loot bags filled with goodies that have gorgeous pine trees screen-printed onto them.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

We had some VIP seating so I made seat tags for those guests – mostly my sponsors, volunteers and very good friends.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

A full house…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

My guest book along with other goodies for guests to enjoy.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting speaking for Callwey Verlag, the publisher of my book here in Germany.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Juliane

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh the cupcakes were divine!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Sharmaine, me and Jack. They are both from Dialogue Books in Berlin. They brought some copies of the book to be sold during my event and helped me with some party planning, too. If anyone wants a German signed copy, you can email them and they’ll ship one to you. sharmaine AT dialoguebooks.org is the lady to ask.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline with Steffi and my good friend Anne who not only helped me set up but who gave everyone either her illustrated postcards or rubber stamps from the Enna shop.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lutz and me. He has enough charm and energy to fill an empty room. What an authentic, witty and caring person. So glad to know you, Lutz!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Clara, Anette + Gabi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Marlene / Right: Steffi and Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy being silly. I was so honored to meet Matt in person after knowing him online for 6 years now.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Kathrin / Right: Anna-Maria who owns Fraulein Wild, a lovely cafe in Berlin where we ate Sunday morning. She is so adorable and bakes wonderfully!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Left: / brigitte / Right: andrea +bettina

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Need I say more? Nom nom nom.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Me and the Dialogue Books gang.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Steffi giving her speech about how bloggers can work with magazines like Brigitte.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

The Brigitte magazine girls and Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy – all were my fab sponsors.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

It’s fun to be silly at your own book launch, you know? Why be serious when you can live life and have a ball!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Didem / Right: Laura

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Every single girl had a crush on this guy after he spoke. He has tons of charm and is very intelligent and witty. I also think it’s the floppy hair, girls really dig that longish floppy hair. Matt sparkles when he speaks. People like to think Etsy is mega popular because it’s a great online marketplace but I think chicks just dig Matt. Don’t believe me? I had at least 10 people come up to me after he spoke and said, “I’m reopening my Etsy shop now that I saw Matt!” and the stars in their eyes totally spelled out: CRUSHING majorly on the Mattster.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

When Matt spoke, people smiled, laughed and listened.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

See what I mean? In blue is my co-author Joanna Copestick who flew in from London and in green is the adorable artist and blogger Stephanie Levy.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

See what I mean about loving to hear Matt speak?

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh yes, Matt worked the crowd.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

At one point he asked, “Who thinks I’m totally dreamy?” and here is the reaction. No, just kidding. This was actually when I was speaking as I love to ask questions when I speak or else I feel like everyone will fall asleep.

 

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Ladies bonding on a very sweet plush sofa that I wanted to carry home with me.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh yes, and the book. We came for that too.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Fun to see my guests peeking in on Lust auf Wohnen! Go book go! Work it!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Very sweet ladies that I felt honored to meet.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lutz and me acting silly.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Oh hello pretty lady…

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Brigitte had the sweetest personality and the most incredible red hair.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Lenka + Nadja, Right: Rieke + Ricarda

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Dorolos Wally from klienFORMAT magazine who not only flew in from Vienna but who so generously GAVE everyone a copy of her self made magazine seen chatting here with my friend Anne.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

I didn’t get to meet this guest, anyone want to shout him out? I’d love to know!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Lovely Steffi.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Me, Jack and Sharmaine.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Caroline Ditting

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Right: Valerie + Donna / Left: Marlene + Steffi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Maren + Lola

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Elizabeth Rushe who looks like a double of Florence and the Machine / Right: Anna-Maria Wild and Steffi

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Hamburg girls

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Lutz, me /  Right: Stephanie Levy + Eleanor from EM Papers. These lovely ladies came all the way up from Munich, loved having them!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Eleanor and Theresa Neubauer.

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

left: ricarda, steffi, rieke / right: nicola

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Berlin Book Party Highlights!

Left: Steffi and Lutz / Right: Andrea

Berlin Book Party Highlights!Didem Strebe + Olivia Tänzer

I want to thank EVERYONE for coming out – I couldn’t believe how many people we had and to think we only could take 50% of those who RSVP’d – whoa, this tells me there is a lot of blogger interest here in Germany so Brigitte and I are putting our heads together for possibly another event this winter so stay tuned!

A big thank you to all who sponsored this event  – I’m so grateful to have all of you in my corner and to call you my friends!

To see many more photos in a slideshow, click here.

(photos: Sina Preikschat.)






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I’m Off To Berlin + Some Updates

November 11, 2011

Hello everyone! I’m off to Berlin for the weekend to throw a bloggers and book party along with Brigitte magazine, Callwey Publishing and Etsy and I can’t wait to meet everyone. The guest list is now closed and sadly, the location couldn’t fit all of you so we could only accept 50% of the RSVP requests. :( I had no idea so many would reply or I would have chosen a larger location, but now that I know then the next event will be in a large space where we can accommodate everyone. This event will lovely tomorrow, we did so much work behind-the-scenes to ensure that we have our guests taken care of from goodie bags to product and book giveaways, cupcakes to enjoy, there will even be a fun photo booth where we’re going to be able to upload photos to the web instantly. We’re thinking to do another bloggers event next year and if we do – we’ll make sure we can include everyone next time. The German blogging community is huge!

I'm Off To Berlin + Some Updates

SO! I’ll be using Instagram while I’m away, if you use Istagram I’m “decor8” and you can see my photos there as I upload them or you can follow me on Twitter because I’ll try to tweet fun glimpses as I go.

This is the final leg of my book tour for 2011 and though it’s been an amazingly fun 11 months of traveling to promote my book, being home for a few months will feel real nice too. I have so much decorating to do and lots of projects to share in the months ahead – AND a lot of blogging to do. I’ll also be teaching classes at my work studio in Hannover over the winter – I can’t wait to announce the class schedule and dates so if anyone wants to hang out with me in my home office for a day or two, I’d certainly love to have you. We can craft, decorate, I can show you some fun blogging tricks and we can drink hot mulled spiced wine. I can even take you shopping to my favorite stores. How’s THAT for getting creative?!

I’ll see everyone on Monday with a tour of a local shop, some great products I’ve been meaning to share, and tons of fabulous calendars for 2012 as it’s time for my annual calendar round-up to look for that everyday next week. By the way, that photo above is a collection of things I picked up recently – I know the palette if very fresh and spring-like, but I love the color combination still, don’t you?

Bye!!!

(image: holly becker for decor8)






Decorating Tips

Window Films by Studio Haijke

November 9, 2011

I promise I’ll stop talking about window films but my readers are pointing me to so many great ones! This Dutch company, Studio Haijke, makes awesome sticky sweetness that I’m flipping out over…I simply MUST share. Check them out. Ohhh… Ahhh… Right!?

Window Films by Studio Haijke

Window Films by Studio Haijke

Window Films by Studio Haijke

Window Films by Studio Haijke

Window Films by Studio Haijke

Lots of these are available in black or blue but I like white the most (naturally, right!?). I will definitely purchase and install some window films when I’m back from Berlin next week… And show you the results. Has my window film obsession piqued your interest a bit?

(images: studio haijke)






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Herriott Grace Shop

November 8, 2011

Oh dear! Down the rabbit hole I fell! Next up today is the beautiful Herriott Grace shop that I also found via Shanna Murray whom I blogged about earlier and Michael Graydon, the photographer that I highlighted moments ago. It’s amazing how the internet works – one link, then another and whoosh! we’re off to the inspirational drop also known as the great rabbit hole of amazingness. :)

Herriott Grace Shop

Have you heard of Herriott Grace? Oh my gawd, this woman is super duper talented – squared. She not only has a gorgeous web shop under the same name, but her styling and photography is crazy pretty and her blog, Forty-Sixth At Grace, is incredible. {drool, gush, gush.} She also works with Michael Graydon from time to time who photographs her products for her shop. Here is a mini glimpse of what you can find in Herriott’s world… Some of it is for sale too!

Herriott Grace Shop

Herriott Grace Shop

Herriott Grace Shop

Herriott Grace Shop

Herriott Grace Shop

I appreciate the balance and simplicity in her homewares collection. It’s quite serene and natural as I’m sure you’d agree. I like the focus being on pairing food with a gorgeous plate or dashing pedestal and then, something simple like a spoon or natural linen napkin as the finishing touch. Nothing crazy expensive or that would take hours to set up for guests – the focus is on preparing something yummy because even the best dressed table doesn’t matter if the food is rubbish! This reminds me of the more European way of entertaining as they are not nearly as invested in overly fancy presentations as we Americans can be with our done up bashes. A few candles, a serving platter, breaking open a large crusty bread, a modest assortment of cheese and a simple bowl of marinated olives along with some red wine… It doesn’t always need to be complicated, does it? But you do need something pretty to place these things on which is why Herriott Grace is the woman to go to.

(images: herriott grace and michael graydon)

 






Inspiration

Michael Graydon Pictures

November 8, 2011

I just discovered the work of Michael Graydon, a photographer based in Toronto, and I had to share what he does because he is very talented and I thoroughly enjoyed looking through his online portfolio today. Here is a tiny glimpse of a few of my favorite shots that he has taken for his rather impressive list of clients… To see many more, visit his website and enjoy!

Michael Graydon Pictures

Michael Graydon Pictures

Michael specializes in homes, gardens, still life and food images for advertorial, editorial and packaging. I find his still life and food photographs my personal favorites, though I also noticed some portrait shots that I also found equally stunning. His work has graced the pages of such noteworthy publications as Canadian House & Home and Style At Home and his advertorial work includes some pretty big names like Johnson & Johnson, Knorr, Rowenta, HP and more.

Michael Graydon Pictures

Michael Graydon Pictures

I’m so happy to shine the spotlight on this talented man today because highlighting photographers that I come across who really make an impression on me is important. A photographer as strong as Michael certainly deserves recognition for his beautiful work.

(photography: michael graydon)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

November 8, 2011

Hello friends! I brought up the topic of window decals yesterday and lots of you wrote in about how much you appreciate how modern they’ve become. I even got an interesting comment from a reader, Janice, who told me that an artist that I really like, Shanna Murray, has decals now too for the walls or the windows — those currently in her online shop are for decoration but she is soon to roll out others for both decoration and privacy and I can’t wait to see them. I think Shanna’s work is just so cute. There are even some decals with sweet words.

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

Shanna Murray Window Films + Wall Decals

About her collection of decals, “Created from Shanna’s delightful drawings and lettering, this line sets itself apart. Simple, charming decals in matte and metallic finishes appear hand-painted, and are at once modern and a nod to nostalgic days gone by… The decals are easy to install, simply peel away the back paper, stick to wall, burnish to wall with tool provided, and carefully peel away top protective paper.” I love the sweet touch that one of these can bring to a home, don’t you? I also like that some are available in gold or silver outside of the charcoal or white options. I find gold and silver so festive and think they’d be a charming touch to a home or even an event…

PSST: Do you have her gorgeous new desktop calendar? She collaborated with Nikole Herriott and Michael Graydon on it. You can click here to save it and use it on your computer. I love mine, the icons stand out so nicely on it…

(images: shanna murray)

 






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