Hello sweet decor8 readers, it’s Rincy again with my monthly Simple Times post and I am so excited to be writing to you from my travels here in Hungary. In my column last month, I encouraged you to explore more in your local area. This month, with many taking summer vacation, perhaps you can travel where your friends live and tap into their local expertise. I’ve only been in Hungary for a few days and already I am completely and utterly enchanted with this sweet country because I am with friends who know this region and somehow they make it seem like nothing is off limits! Suddenly statutes and bridges have stories, the hidden nooks and crannies of roads lead to the most beautiful surroundings and when the night lights turn on- it really feels like the most special place in the world. This is a simple pleasure that a travel book cannot provide – locals who happen to be friends that want to share the magic with you. I feel so lucky!
It may be one of the smallest states in Europe but right now it seems so big and full of inspiration. The land of castles, vineyards, thermal spas and gulyás is every bit as magical as I hoped it to be. I look forward to seeing what each day brings and would love to share it with you soon.
Have you ever been to Budapest or a place that instantly seemed like a fairy tale to you? Will you be visiting somewhere soon to explore with local friends or family? I’m so curious to know, so please share. A girl can certainly dream.
With lots of love and light, always – Rincy, your little bird (whose wings are just starting to fly!)
(images: rincy koshy)
Hello friends and welcome to a new week on decor8! I have so much to share this week including a fun surprise, but first… I thought I’d share a beautiful peek into the new studio space in Skien, Norway that belongs to fellow blogger and friend, Jeanette Lunde from By Fryd (which means Joy). She recently formed a new “side” company with her friend, Hilda Mork, called HYSJ and so this studio is also where they can work and dream together but it is primarily where Jeanette blogs and works on her exciting projects. Once an old barn (before photos here), Jeanette restored it with the help of her husband and of course, contractors, and now it is a heavenly workshop for her creative endeavors. There is nothing like having a dedicated space to craft your dreams, is there?
As you can see, there is a kitchen with a space to eat and seating area for clients. There are more photos below that shown other glimpses, including her work table. I love all of the space and natural light and the overall simplicity. Here is also a little interview that I had with Jeanette about her new business and partner. Would you like to follow along?
Do you both work from this studio each day?
So far Hilde has been working in the studio when we have projects together, so not everyday. It’s more our base where we create. At the same time we are totally free, so some times we chose the coffee shop other days the studio. Love how we can be anywhere, who knows, some day we sit in south of France and are working. Such a lovely dream.
What are your plans for your company?
From the start we decided to work from our hearts. So where we’ll go feels like an open flower meadow. So far we have HYSJ which is our online shop with prints and then we have Lunde & Mork, where we style, write and shoot. The HYSJ shop is slowly growing with more products, and to collaborate when it comes to interior projects is just amazing. To have a creative soul partner. (Three of their prints, which can be purchased here, are shown below in-situ.)
How did you meet?
We met because of our blogs, but only online, until I wrote Hilde and asked if she wanted to meet. I had this really strong positive feeling…
How did you know it was a smart idea to work together?
My gut feeling told me. It clicked from the first minute and it felt like we had known each other forever.
How did you come up with the name and what does it mean?
HYSJ means hush, and is illustrative to how we see the world, our work and our beliefs. At the same time it starts with a H for Hilde and ends with a J for Jeanette. Just magic ;)
Were you searching for a creative partner or was this just a happy accident?
I would say more like a happy accident. I found out that having a creative partner is not something you can just apply for. It’s how we work together that makes this so amazing. Hilde was there when I needed her and i was there when she needed me. I truly believe this was meant to be.
What are your dreams for your company?
That it will keep on giving us freedom, as it already has given us.
Will you continue with your blog and magazine or merge it with your new business and partner?
We will keep on having our own separate blogs. We find it important to have our own private voice in this collaboration. After all we are not one person.
More work space photos…
Thank you Jeanette for this lovely peek into your new space!
(images: jeanette lunde)
Hello everyone! There is this blog I’ve been reading lately in Germany called Nicest Things and the blogger, Vera, takes the prettiest photos of things she cooks or items she uses to decorate with around her home. It’s so nice to peek into her life and see what she’s cooked up next or what she is interested in using in her home currently to spruce it up. She loves to decorate, a lady after my own heart! I know most of you don’t read German, but you can always translate the blog using Google Translate or simply pin and drool over her pretty photos.
I love all of the color palettes that she plays with – she’s definitely not stuck in a color rut which I think is the most inspiring thing about her blog since so many of us have a particular palette that begins to almost define us – but Vera just explores and explores and the results are so interesting. I also like her various projects and where she shoots, from a picnic at a lake to a country field to making some homemade peach tea ice cream pops in her cute little kitchen, these types of creative bloggers – the super personal ones that provides peeks into the blogger’s life, are so special to me. I find myself going back to them time and time again. It’s nice to feel a connection with strangers and to feel like you could instantly like them if you’d ever met in person.
Blogging is so beautiful like that, isn’t it? Through a person’s aesthetic and writing alone, you can feel something that reaches the heart. Vera has created a special blog and I think it’s just lovely.
(images: vera/nicest things)
Hello everyone! I thought today I’d kick off the new week with a Really Good News post, a column I started back in April where I occasionally share some really good news related to my life, business, books, consulting, etc. It encourages and inspires me to share what I’m to and I hope it also inspires you to keep working on your projects and to never give up!
So, I thought I’d start with how great it was back in April when my home was on the cover of the popular Turkish interiors mag, All Decor! They also did a huge piece on my home so that was just the best! I loved having my home make a magazine cover – very inspiring to me!
Another great thing happened – and during my birthday month of March! I landed the cover in my own city, Hannover, where I was the cover girl of a regional magazine called Nobilis with the words, “This lady sets trends!”. The reporter came by my home for an interview and she did a lovely write-up inside about my work and books. Another massive gold star for me because having my face on a magazine cover was another first. I got loads of press opportunities from this cover – including multiple television appearance offers and so much more. It was a riot walking by newsstands seeing my face on display!
I was also profiled recently in one of my favorite interiors magazines, Inside Out, based in Australia in their April 2013 issue. What an honor!
I’ve been writing a column for the new business magazine in America, Where Woman Create Business, published by Jo Packham and Stampington. My column covers blogging and they give me about 4-6 pages per issue to delve into blogging and explore some of the stuff that I know lots of people are curious about when it comes to blogging as a business. Here’s the most recent issue, Volume 2, shown above for a little peek. You can buy the magazine at most fine book stores on the newsstand (like Barnes & Noble) or online here.
This past weekend, an Austrian newspaper, Kurier, ran a 4 page full color spread about me and my books. This was a wonderful surprise. Thank you Andreas for setting this up!
I was hired to work for Canon Europe on a massive advertising campaign that will run this summer all over Europe, UK, Middle East and Russia in magazines and newspapers. Above is a peek of one that recently ran in Austria. I show how I display photos in my own home along with photography tips and ideas. It was such a fun campaign to work on and the compensation package was amazing – I am really proud of myself for landing this gig!
I also did some styling work for a German magazine called ARD Buffet which was published earlier this summer, found out that my second book Decorate Workshop, made the bestseller’s list in Germany and will now be available in 6 editions – including Danish, and today I will be doing some consulting for a massive company in America via Skype on how they can better work with bloggers. Given that this “company” is worth around $65 Billion, I’d say that myself and my colleagues (fellow bloggers Paul Lowe, Bri Emery and Victoria Smith) have quite a task ahead.
I also have a meeting with the team from Mollie Makes later this week – they are flying to Hannover to meet with me about a project we’re working on together - fun times ahead! I’m also still working on my 3rd book with Leslie Shewring, it is due to turn in by the end of the summer so we’re both in panic/rush mode now, but very happy with the outcome so far and we know you’ll love it.
I have more news to reveal but I’ll save it for another post – perhaps in early August. I can’t wait to talk about another big project that I recently took on, including another book that I’m involved in with a crew of other bloggers – it looks sooooo good!