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New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

January 7, 2011

I have some exciting news that I must share before the weekend begins. I hired a second columnist to write on decor8, so in addition to the lovely Leslie Shewring and her wildly popular Color Me Pretty column I now have the talented Anna-Malin Lindgren from Helt Enkelt, a Swedish blogger, photographer, illustrator, craft lover, wife, mother and DIY-queen joining us. I can’t wait to work with her, I’m so happy she has accepted!

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

I met Anna-Malin last year (I wrote about it here) and saw her beautiful home and was so impressed that I knew that somehow I would think of a way that we could work together — so of course, parts of her home is in my upcoming book but beginning next week, you can expect Anna-Malin to visit us once a month for the entire year with a DIY project that she will produce especially for decor8 readers that she’ll share in English. I agreed to let her show it on her own blog in Swedish a week later, but we have first dibs and she is creating them with the decor8 reader in mind so we can count on her to share projects that we’ll all love.

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

New decor8 Column: Handmade Home

In this post you can see some photos from Anna-Malin’s beautiful blog to give you a glimpse of her fresh, Scandinavian style — and to whet your appetite for the projects that she’ll be sharing with us! And stay tuned, because next week her column will debut and she will demonstrate how we can make a very cool pendant lamp on a budget.

My goal is to have 4 columnists on decor8 so I’m looking for 2 more to join me so that I can have Mondays each week devoted entirely to our visiting columnist of the week. I’ll let you know how my search goes!

Thank you Anna-Malin for accepting my offer to work with me on decor8, I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

(images: anna-malin lindgren)






Arts + Crafts

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

December 24, 2010

Australian website Homelife has lots of sweet inspiration, starting with their gift wrapping gallery on their site. I like their layouts because they remind me a lot of Leslie Shewring’s beautiful work here on decor8 with her Color Me Pretty column that she’s been writing since 2009. Like you, I love looking at fun crafty projects and plan to experiment a bit and get my hands dirty next week since I’ll be taking time out to chill,  be a domestic diva and do all the stuff that I don’t always find (or make) the time to do otherwise.

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

Decorating + Crafting With Homelife

Do you plan to do any crafting at all between now and new year’s? If so, what? I will make curtains out of some Liberty fabric that I picked up a few days ago… and then I plan to decorate and move around my furniture until things look and feel “right”. I also want to do some paper crafting and in addition, frame a bunch of prints and maybe paint a shelf I’ve had my eye on sprucing up…

(images: homelife)






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Art By Anne Siems

December 24, 2010

The darling and sweet Melissa from the Melissa Loves blog finds some of the best things — like German artist Anne Siems, who I’d not heard of before. Melissa is always spotlighting the rare and beautiful out there in blogland, her site is such a delight.

Art By Anne Siems

Art By Anne Siems

Anne Siems moved from Berlin to Seattle in 1991 after finishing her MFA at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin. About her work Anne says, “I continue with my interest in the human figure and the attributes that surround it. These attributes reflect something about the being without giving a specific narrative. Ideas about life and death, sensuality, sexuality, nature, experiences in the realm of dreams, psyche and spirit are my ongoing topic. A lot of inspiration for these pieces stem from my ongoing love for the art of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art, as well as vintage and modern photography.”

So nice to know of Anne and her work.

(images: anne siems)






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Artist Paola Zakimi

December 23, 2010

I came across the illustrations and paintings of artist Paola Zakimi of LaSrtaPil yesterday while I was out shopping with a new friend, Katja Behre, who is visiting from London. I found Paola’s work while flipping through a DaWanda lookbook at the Snug shop and instantly fell in love. Would you like to see why?

Artist Paola Zakimi

Artist Paola Zakimi

Artist Paola Zakimi

What’s not to love, right? And here are some of her paintings in-situ — I always like to see the art living in a space to get a better idea of how it would work in my own. These paintings are very interesting… I like the contrast of the black art against the crisp white wall. Her work would be beautiful in a children’s book.

Artist Paola Zakimi

Paola, who lives and works in Argentina, can be found online at her DaWanda shop, on Etsy and at her personal blog. In addition to her beautiful art, she also is a doll maker. Her drawings really speak to me… I wonder if her style speaks to you and if so, what does it say? Okay, other than “buyyyy meeeee”. :)

(images: paola zakimi)






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Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

December 22, 2010

I woke up this morning thinking about Leslie Oschmann of Swarm, no clue why really, and so I thought I’d check out her website to see what she has been up to since I visited her atelier over the summer (read about that here). Well first things first, Leslie is blogging! I’m thrilled because now I can keep up with her work as she goes.

Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

Above are some of her latest creations… “Myriad” necklaces! When we were chatting in person, Leslie was talking about some of her ideas for jewelry making so it’s exciting for me to see the results above. I love how she used wooden discs and applied mini paintings to them on both sides so that you can flip them over to change the look of the necklace. Beautiful work, Leslie!

Swarm: New Finds From Leslie Oschmann

Her new “Altered Ego” chairs are clever as well. Something once old and considered boring even is suddenly desirable again and has a quirky twist, I like that. It’s inspiring to see Leslie working on new projects and I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings for her.

(images: leslie oschmann)






Arts + Crafts

Anna-Wili Highfield Paper Artist

December 21, 2010

I couldn’t pass by a chance to feature Anna-Wili Highfield today, because this Sydney-based artist makes the most beautiful sculptures of animals using paper but also copper pipe and I find them fascinating. Using archival cotton paper that is painted and sewn together, she breathes life into her beautiful work making it absolutely gorgeous to behold. Wouldn’t you love to have a bird from Anna-Wili and keep it beneath a glass cloche on your table? I sure would… Or perhaps an owl suspended from your ceiling?

Anna-Wili Highfield Paper Artist

From her bio, “Anna-Wili was born in 1980. The daughter of a puppeteer, she spent her childhood exposed to people making wonderful creatures. Anna-Wili has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the National Art School. She worked for two years for Opera Australia as a scenic artist and has exhibited in small artist run spaces around Sydney.”
Brilliant work!

(images: anna-wili highfield)






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