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Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

May 13, 2016

Our trip to Paris yielded so many good experiences and memories, beyond words, really. From meeting (and lunch!) with Artistic Director Daniel Rozensztroch of Merci to hanging out with the delightful Cécile Figuette of Bien Fait, making flowers with shopowner and author Adeline Klam… It was all so fascinating… Oh and did I tell you that we were treated to a beautiful lunch and dessert at Ladurée? We were indeed. We also visited the much envied children’s online store Smallable in their first new storefront. Oh, and there was the great hotel that treated us so nicely, Grand Pigalle, with a bathtub I could have slept in… It was a beautiful week. But there’s more… I got to meet a fan of my blog who is also an exquisite artist, a textile designer with the hand of a magician, who transforms delicate fabrics into blooms that you simply have to see to believe. Her name is Laurence Aguerre.

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

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We spent time with Laurence chatting in mostly French (thank God I had my friend with me to help!) in her tiny, sunny studio that is part of a collaborative artists’ space where you have to win a lottery to get your own atelier (or not) there. The  35 ateliers are located in a large building in central Paris called Les Ateliers De Paris, which is known as a incubator of creativity or as the French would say, “L’incubateur des métiers de création.” Continue Reading…

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My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

May 3, 2016

Hi friends! I was in Paris not too long ago and got to meet and tour the creative workshop and retail space of French designer and author Adeline Klam. Do you know of her? I’ve been following Adeline’s work for many years when I first found out about her through former decor8 columnist Emilie Gupta. So when my assistant lined up a special morning with this lovely lady, I was thrilled! She had me and my friend come to her shop for a special customized workshop – to create crepe paper flowers, and talk to her a little about her business.

My Visit With Adeline Klam in Paris

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Located in Paris, Adeline’s shop is what you’d called a playland for crafty adults and children, too. She sells lots of lovely kits for makers that include all of the ingredients to make the featured craft on the kit cover. The one thing I associate the most closely with Adeline is Japanese paper. She sources only the best from Japan, some coming from very traditional paper factories there, and it’s stunning! In fact, she infuses her many projects and products with it – there are so many applications for this type of paper that goes beyond origami craft. Adeline studied textile design in Paris and now applies her love of pattern to her work as a shop owner, craft creator, product developer and book author. Continue Reading…

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Shop: Affordable Art By Leslie Weaver

March 31, 2016

I realized today that my blog lost a little of that special something when I stopped blogging so much about the products I love. I dunno, I just stopped and the blog changed focus from being largely product and home tour driven to a tighter and more reliable format of stories you can count on each week from DIY to recipes and yeah, still home tours… And you guys love those stories and so do I…. But what about products – like the things I love and find and can’t stop talking about to my friends during coffee breaks on weekends? That’s the stuff I want to know about and see so why wouldn’t you? So each week I will have a shop post like this one where I highlight a great find that deserves to be in the spotlight. This week, it’s colorful affordable art by American artist Leslie Weaver (mostly originals!) that I’m deliriously crushing on. Take a look…

Shop: Affordable Art By Leslie Weaver

You can buy her work in her etsy shop, so definitely head over there to see her dozens of works. Here are some more of my favorites from her portfolio below…

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5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

February 13, 2016

Hello everyone, are you ready for some gift wrap inspiration for Spring? I really enjoyed putting together this post for you about gift wrap ideas for your upcoming celebrations. My fingers are crossed that you will like it too. Using some wrapping paper from Zazzle along with goodies from my craft closet, I pulled together 5 pretty gifts for 5 different types of people and occasions, all with a fresh Spring theme.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

Before deciding how to wrap your present, you have to consider who it is for and the colors that you think the recipient will like the most. Collect all of the little elements. You won’t use them all, but at least you have them laid out before you to build your ideas from.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

1. TEENAGE BOY BIRTHDAY – My first gift is for a pretend nephew with the first name Andrew, and he just turned 12. So I went with something that could be a little childlike but also cool teenage boy, too.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
I used two gift wraps from Zazzle, the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper and the Customizable Black & White Grid Pattern Gift Wrap. I created a band using the Grid Pattern wrap, then I pulled out a straw from my kitchen stash and formed an “A” using scissors, then with black washi tape, I wrapped it together and added copper wire to the top.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
I really love the Black and White Modern Concrete Pattern Wrapping Paper. I have so many more ideas for it but this one works for a teenage boy. I added some stars for a little fun and tied the A with gold leather.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas
For these two gift ideas, I’ve used the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper and the Black & White Grid paper. With various papers, handmade crepe paper flowers, washi tapes, etc. I created these two gifts shown below. I find it really helpful to decide on everything you want for the gift by land things side by side on a white bare table so it becomes a bit of a mood board to you. As you look at everything with a critical eye, you start to come up with some clever and creative combinations. The key is not to stress or think to hard. And have fun! Create some fun arrangements with color and pattern. Inject your own style and personality into your wrapping as well as taking into consideration the recipient – their age, gender, occasion, etc.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

BIRTHDAY TODDER BOY (OR GIRL) – This little gift, using the Modern Black and White Dalmatian Spots Wrapping Paper, is for my little boy who turned TWO this week. Instead of hiding such a pretty card away, I thought it should be part of the display so I folded back the envelope flap and tucked it into the front. I really love this paper, it’s so versatile and I can see doing all sorts of creative projects with it.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

EASTER BRUNCH FOR FEMALE FRIEND – Here is what became of the Black & White Grid paper and the flowers I showed a moment ago (above) laid out. I formed a little paper cone, put the flowers inside and hung some ribbons through the bottom and secured around the cone. It’s so simple and easy but very graphic and makes a bold statement. This is a gift for a stylish girlfriend, one who is a Kate Spade kind of girl – a bit preppy and definitely loves bold and graphic design.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

MOTHER’S DAY – My next gift idea is with the Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Teal Mint Metallic Wrapping Paper and some supplies from my closet, including origami papers and washi tape. This is a very Japanese-inspired look. It’s for Mother’s Day, I know she loves pretty pastels and delicate prints.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

BABY SHOWER – I did the same thing with the card as I did earlier, I let the card show on the front of the package. I’ve used the Faux Bois Wrapping Paper and then the Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil Teal Geometric Wrapping Paper to create a thin band around the gift. You’ll notice that I didn’t end up using a lot of ribbon on any of my gifts. I think it’s because I’m currently not that into it as much as I was in years’ past. We all go through phases. Currently, my obsession is paper of all kinds. Oh, and I tucked a Aqua Blue Very Merry Christmas Gift Tag inside, I just used the opposite side so you can’t see the “Very Merry” message. I believe in reusing Xmas tags all year round so they don’t go to waste.

5 Spring Gift Wrap Ideas

Those are some of my gift wrap ideas. I hope they’ve inspired you.

Other papers I have from Zazzle that I have used and love (not shown on my gift ideas) include:
Tiny Trees Wrapping Paper
Gold Foil Polka Dots Modern Holiday White Metallic Wrapping Paper
Herringbone Pattern Faux Gold Foil White Geometric Wrapping Paper
Black and White Stripes Wrapping Paper
Coral and Blue Girly Plaid Gift Wrap
Fresh Winter Evergreens
Faux Gold Foil White Arrows Pattern Wrapping Paper

This post was created in collaboration with Zazzle. All words, text and opinions are my own.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Holly Becker)

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Zazzle For Weddings + Win $150 Gift Card

September 11, 2015

Hello everyone! I have another giveaway this week on the blog (comment on this post to win $150 from Zazzle!) and I’m sharing some pretty things from Zazzle below that I love for weddings and parties in general that I photographed today. I am such a fan of Zazzle and enjoyed working with them to select favorite things for weddings — I picked invitations that I love, table numbers, favor bags and tissue paper that I then turned into bunting and a table runner that you can use at a bridal shower or a home-style wedding if you’re going for something more homemade.

Zazzle For Weddings + Win $150 Gift Card

Zazzle has some great invitations as you can see from my selection above, all are super customizable from paper stock to color, layout, envelope choice, even edging (scalloped, tag, rounded corners, etc.). I find it a great way to create something from your heart if you don’t have the budget to hire out for hand lettering, you are not a graphic designer or you simply want to try making your own invitations because it feels more personal that Continue Reading…

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BIG Art From Minted

August 6, 2015

Have you heard the great news that Minted has gone BIG time? Minted (they even ship outside of the U.S.) now offers very large sizes of their art and I had to learn more. Like most of you, curiosity killed the cat and I ended up “learning” so much that I landed smack dab in the middle of the photography of Qing Ji which then ended up in my shopping cart. I just knew I had to own A Bunch Of Wild Flowers because it’s different but also so cheery and bright. Minted stocks photographic prints but also illustration, prints of collage and paintings — all framed if needed — up to size 44″ x 60″. Will you just look at this beauty in my home…

BIG Art From Minted

Art is a never-ending spiral for me, I love it and like filling my home with pattern and color through creative work. I’m not big on a patterned sofa or patterns on drapes, I am more interested in seeing it on walls, floors and through small accessories like pillows and throws. I like something with wow appeal on the floor, then a gentle rest on the eyes for the middle of the room (where throws and pillows are) and then towards the mid to top of the room I like color and/or pattern.

When I decorate a room, I always take a photo of the space from the main entry point and then I divide the photo into 3 parts, lower, mid section, top. From there, I split into 3 more sections – left, middle and right side. This way, the room has 6 parts or squares. In all 6 of those parts, I make sure there is a good flow between all from pattern and color to the recurrence of a repeating color or pattern I’m going with if that’s what I want. I know it’s a bizarre and very unconventional way to see a space but it’s always how I’ve seen rooms since I was a child and though I abandoned this way of decorating for a few years, I’ve decided to go back to it and see how I can use it as I work through my upcoming decorating and styling projects. I feel like I need to make some changes and continue improving instead of going with what is comfortable or text book.

Do you have any unconventional ways to approach a space? Oh, and do you have any large art in your home and if so, what and where is it placed? I think the above print may end up in my bedroom or hallway next week…

(image: Holly Becker for decor8)

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