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April 2013

DIY

DIY: Malm Dresser by IKEA

April 13, 2013

Oh my gosh! I spotted this DIY project for the Malm dresser by IKEA on Pinterest today (thanks to Noor) and loved it. I discovered it was done by Pinja over at the Pinja Colada blog which is based out of Helsinki. What a sweet idea, I love this for a kid’s room!

DIY: Malm Dresser by IKEA

Happy Saturday everyone!

(image: pinjacolada)






Designers + Stylists

The Very Dear Sania Pell

April 12, 2013

Hello friends, how are you doing today? I’d like to share my love once again for all things Sania Pell. Sania Pell is an interiors stylist and best-selling author of two books, Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children (I have and love them both), and lives and works in London as a freelance stylist for magazines and catalogs. She has a super lovely home in Chiswick and a beautiful family with a great designer/photographer husband, Mark Wilson, who actually redesigned decor8 for me once and did a beautiful job. Sania is such an inspiration to me. I really adore her style and how she looks at the world. I also like how take charge she is. She makes stuff happen and doesn’t sit idle. I love that about her.

The Very Dear Sania Pell

The Very Dear Sania Pell

The Very Dear Sania Pell

Ever since first having dinner with her in Camden Town in 2010, I knew she’d be my friend. She showed up at my hotel with a gift she had handmade for me – a project from her first book – a beautiful wall hanging that she presented rolled up in a tube. I was so overwhelmed by such a generous act of kindness. It’s on my wall to this day and every time I see it, I think of our first meeting and how lucky I am to have met Sania in person. I couldn’t believe she was a fan of my blog and that she even read the review I posted about her first book so much that she wanted to meet me to thank me personally. No one does stuff like that anymore, really. She is super special.

Since that day, we’ve been friends – something I value immensely. We’ve done many nice things together ever since in-person, including her wonderful help in planning my book party at Liberty in 2011. I can’t believe it’s already been so long already, time flies! She’s let us shoot in her home on two occasions, so when her living room ended up on the cover of my first book, Decorate, I couldn’t believe Chronicle Books had chosen the room of my dear friend Sania! To have her home on my book cover is such a big deal to me. Whenever I look at Decorate on my coffee table, I don’t just see my book but I think about her.

Sania is so talented and giving through her blog. I love that she has e a blog and that I can keep up with her there because honestly, when I am feeling a little homesick or a bit uninspired, I have these plug-in points for inspiration and her blog is high on my list. I visit nearly every day to see if she has posted. From her posts about travel to shops she’s been to, shoots she’s done on location, her book projects, pictures she takes of landscapes that I love so much (because they remind me of a gorgeous painting she did in her bedroom)… Whenever I visit her blog, I feel like I’m at her home and I recall the times I’ve spent with Sania in her craft loft or kitchen and feel really cozy and happy.

The Very Dear Sania Pell

The Very Dear Sania Pell

The Very Dear Sania Pell

The Very Dear Sania Pell

Thank you Sania, you are a beautiful friend that I admire so much. I imagine being grannies looking back at this “blog” era saying to one another, “Well wasn’t that something else.” I am so glad your first book, which resulted in my blog review, which caused us to have dinner one summer’s night in London, turned us into friends. Thank goodness for blogs and books but even more, thank you for reaching out to me in the first place because London wouldn’t be the same without you there. In fact, whenever I go to London, I’m always excited because I know we’ll meet up and be total girls together and I love that so much. You’re the best.

 

(images: sania pell)






Bloggers

Call Me Cupcake Blog

April 11, 2013

More food posts! Ha! This time from blogger Linda Lomelino from Call Me Cupcake. No, not Call Me Maybe like the song that drives me a little bonkers at this point, Call Me Cupcake! Okay, so people I want to know, what has gotten into my lately?  Or it’s more like what hasn’t gotten into me lately? I’ve gone off sugar and gluten for a month to get an energy and health boost and though I feel great, food prep is on my mind more often because I’m looking for creative ways to prepare what I can eat that will also make me feel like a million dollar super woman.

Call Me Cupcake Blog

It’s amazing how creative you get when your nutritionist puts limits on you. But wow, the things you can do and explore with limits – definitely sparks a lot of imagination. It’s like interiors really… Think about it, when you don’t have a lot of money you are forced to get more creative, right? With limitations, creativity seems to flow. It’s funny how that works, don’t you think?

Call Me Cupcake Blog

But back to Call Me Cupcake, who is really blogger and author Linda Lomelino who lives on coast of Sweden. But that’s not all… She is also in a band. And she does gorgeous food videos that she shares on Vimeo. I love her videos, they are beautiful. I cannot believe I just found out about this amazing lady today. I’m so blown away and inspired.

Call Me Cupcake Blog

Call Me Cupcake Blog

Call Me Cupcake Blog

Call Me Cupcake Blog

Call Me Cupcake Blog

So here is yet another beautiful food blog for you (and I) to drool over.

Hope you are having a happy day!

(images: call me cupcake)






Bloggers

Two Loves Studio Blog

April 11, 2013

This is a really sweet Australian cooking blog that I found on Pinterest called Two Loves by twenty-something Australian Rachel Jane. I’m on the fly today, not a lot of time to write, but I wanted to get some nice posts up anyone to direct you to some super inspirational spots online. Hope you are doing well – it’s still freezing, gray and stormy here in northern Germany but my hopes are that next week we will be transported to sunshine and spring-like weather, I’m dying to do over my balcony, it’s such a mess!

Two Loves Studio Blog

Two Loves Studio Blog

Oh and don’t miss her HOW TO for creating backgrounds to shoot food on – perfect for the food photographer’s and stylists out there who are just learning how to get started with shooting your own yummy creations.

Two Loves Studio Blog

Enjoy Two Loves and try not to lick the screen!

(images: two loves studio)






Arts + Crafts

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

April 11, 2013

I love this handmade envelope DIY that I found yesterday on the Living At Home website. Living At Home is a German interiors magazine and they’ve been featuring more and more handmade stuff lately in their mag which is so close to my heart, like this handmade envelope DIY that you can see and read about here (but it’s in German, sorry).

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

Some of the supplies that you see are from a sweet shop online called Franks Home. I love taking a creative approach to simple things, like an envelope, though honestly I would never send one of these – I’d most likely just attach them to gifts or maybe frame the more artsy looking ones for a kid’s room or in my own work studio which is really a giant playroom for me!

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

Crafty Handmade Envelopes DIY

Sweet idea though, right? And…. I’ll be in the upcoming May issue of Living At Home with my newly released German book, Holly Beckers Wunderbare Wohnideen – so excited to be in their magazine again, they so beautifully promoted my first book so to have their support on my second title means so much to me. It will be on newsstands in a few weeks so if you have access to Living At Home, pick up the May issue and look for your blogger friend (me!).

(Photos: Styling: Katja Graumann, Anke Schütz)






Recipes

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

April 10, 2013

Hello everyone! I have added two lovely columnists to join me here on decor8, Lisa Nieschlag and Julia Cawley, who will team up to produce Food In Motion, a new video series for decor8 that will appear once a month with a yummy video for to watch along with the recipe for you to try. Sounds fun, right?

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

You may know Lisa and Julia as Liz and Jewels, two friends who love to cook and produce beautiful books together in addition to their blog and workshops. Liz lives in northern Germany and Jewels is also German but relocated to Brooklyn. I met both of these ladies last summer when I was a guest speaker at a food and styling workshop they did along with Meeta Wolf. I’m so pleased that Liz and Jewels will join me until the end of 2013 with Food In Motion. So, without further ado… Here’s Liz introducing their new column AND video AND recipe to you!

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

Hello from two continents! We are Liz and Jewels. The two of us share the same love for food and photos and challenge each other every week on our blog Liz & Jewels. We cook, style and photograph the same dish, without knowing what the other does, and whatever the outcome, we share it on our blog. Here is an example of our most recent post called, We eat Americans. My version of this recipe is on the left and Jewels’ recipe is on the right.

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

I’m Liz, a graphic designer and cookbook author. My first cookbook was published in 2010, which was so successful, that two more followed immediately. Currently I’m working on my fourth cookbook. Jewels is the photographer for all of the cookbooks.

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

We love working together and also love sharing our knowledge with others who love food, too. In 2012 we started teaching workshops for “Food Styling & Photography” and have done so in Weimar, Münster and New York so far. Here is a glimpse into a recent workshop in New York that we hosted before all of our students arrived…

Pistachio Marble Cake Recipe

For decor8, we are bringing our Food In Motion! Every month we will pop up on decor8 and show you a little video of how we are preparing our favorite dish and leave you with the recipe so you can make it yourself. Our first recipe and video is below, we hope you enjoy it and that you enjoy having us on decor8 for 2013!

How to make what you see in our video…

RECIPE:
Pistachio Marble Cake
3 eggs
150 g sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
50 g soft butter
100 ml milk
200 g flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of salt
50 g pistachios
1 teaspoon of powdered sugar

Heat the oven to 175 C degrees. Generously butter a loaf pan. In a bowl beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar on high speed with the electric mixer until the mixture turns light and thick. Add the soft butter and mix in. Whisk together the flour, bakingpowder and salt and add to the mixture gradually. Pour in the milk and beat until combined. In an electric blender pulverize the pistachios. Add the powdered sugar. In another bowl pour 1/3 of the batter and mix in the pistachios. Pour the reserved cake batter in the loaf pan and top with the pistachio batter. Run a fork through the batters in swirling motion. Bake until cake tester comes out clean, about 45 minutes.

Yum! Yum! Enjoy! See you in May with another edition of Food In Motion. Let us know if you have any special ideas in mind – things you’d love to see us make, etc. You can comment below.

– Liz & Jewels

(Photos: liz & jewels. For video credits, click here.)






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