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Holiday Gifts From Small Labels With Heart

November 19, 2014

I’m having so much fun working with makers in my decor8 shop! It’s been really easy to manage and a lot of fun to curate. I’ve pulled together a fun Hollyday Shopping collection with a festive happy theme (not your traditional evergreens and reds, so be warned!) if you want to check it out. And below, I have a few of my favorite things in my home that I plan to use and enjoy for this season and beyond like the gorgeous handmade ceramic bottle by Texan ceramicist Keith Kreeger, hand thrown in Austin who happens to be a Martha Stewart American Made Finalist this year. Nice!

Holiday Gifts From Small Labels With Heart

It’s always such a pleasure to have things that were handmade with love and care, crafted by those who also designed them vs. the design process being done in-house and the manufacturing in mass production plants abroad. Though truth be told, I am not a snob about it – I do shop both local and small as well as factory-produced (in fair conditions of course), because who can afford to always shop handmade and it’s also not so practical as many things that you need aren’t even produced by hand these days. But, when I’m giving gifts or need something extra special for my home, I definitely look at the small guys first to see what makers are offering on sites like Great.ly and my local craft and art fairs. If you’re like me and are looking for something lovely to give, a truly cherished piece, please do check out my shop and support those who are working mostly from home-based studios and small shops this season.

Holiday Gifts From Small Labels With Heart

 

Holiday Gifts From Small Labels With Heart

 

Shop these above: CERAMIC BOTTLE by Keith Kreeger $190 //2. LINEN NAPKINS set of 4 by Celina Mancurti $62// SERVING BOARD in maple with black handle by Araya Jensen $62 // PRINT 8×10 “I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry” by Colour Moon $25.

I can’t wait to put a few sprigs of fresh eucalyptus in the ceramic bottle and serve an assortment of dessert cheeses on the maple serving board with, of course, those gorgeous tactile linen napkins. The print is so funny, I’m sometimes a little bratty when I’m hungry (so is my husband), so this print needed to be in our home so it’s going in our kitchen. Do you become a crabby when you need food too??!?

Psst: I have lots of my other favorite things on Pinterest now too, so follow this board if you want to keep on top of my frequent updates there.

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

November 4, 2014

Through my interview with Emily Jeffords, I discovered photographer Paige French. Then, I discovered something else. Paige is the photographer for Barb Blair’s next book. I wrote the foreword for Barb’s debut book, Furniture Makeovers, so this was a thrilling bit of info to learn of since I adore all things Barb Blair. Now I can’t wait to see her next book because Paige’s photos are tops. Particularly inspiring to me are her photos of artists’ works. Here are some that really jumped off the page for me – the art and the way it was shot. (Click on any image below for a larger view.)

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Raven Roxanne

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle – I don’t know who did these paintings, but adding gold and gold painted men on horseback is by far, the coolest thing I’ve seen lately.

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Erin Mcintosh

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Koelle Family Home/Chris Koelle – I’m IN LOVE with their sofa and rug, but interiors aside how about those paintings? I have to find out who did them – maybe Paige will comment and let us know. Swoon!

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Barb Blair/Knack Studios – This random print washi taped to a concrete wall in Barb’s studio is just SO pretty.

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Raven Roxanne – Don’t you adore seeing an artist at work like this? On the floor, immersed, trousers splattered with color?

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Michelle Armas – Dear GOD these are stunning. I clearly need to go to the south because all of the art in this post seems to be from South Carolina or Georgia. Explains the color palettes and the lightness of the work. I’ve always loved the natural light in my home state. Which explains why, as an adult, I still love light and airy open spaces.

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Britt Bass Turner – Stunning, stunning, stunning.

8 Southern Artists and Photographer Paige French

Barb Blair/Knack Studios -A pocket of inspiration on Barb’s wall. I loved studying it, to see what she is looking at.

Gosh I love all of this work. You just don’t find paintings like this where I’m living. German art is so different, there is no comparing the stuff coming out of Berlin vs. what is shown above. I miss it.

(images: paige french)






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Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

November 2, 2014

Do you remember the beautiful work of Max Wanger that I shared back in August of 2013? Well I got a hold of one of his pieces called Tulum from Framed & Matted over the summer and I’ve been dying to share it. I’ve been super busy but finally got around to snapping some photos today. Would you like to see this pretty beachy scene? I really love the mellow tones of blue and green against the crisp white frame and my gray wall.

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

I not only adore the print because I’m a total beach babe at heart (I grew up on the beach!), but also love that it’s behind good great quality plexiglas since I’m not a fan of art behind glass these days, especially with a little curious baby boy in the house. Plus, I really like the ease of install with frames that are light and plexi that is also very light – you can install something like this on a single sturdy nail and be done with it. This isn’t the final destination for this piece, I actually imagine it more in my bedroom, but for now I’ve leaned it against the wall in my dining area/work studio. Above the sideboard, by the way, will be the space where I plan to install my salon style art wall which I’ll detail and share on the blog this month, so stay tuned for the before and after of that.

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

Custom Picture Framing by Framed & Matted

Thank you Framed & Matted for this gorgeous piece! I was given this piece in exchange for a review under the agreement that if I didn’t like it, I would return it and not review it because that’s how I roll – if I don’t like something I am NOT standing behind it by posting it here! But I definitely stand behind this and love it – very pleased!

Hope you are having a nice weekend, it’s been gorgeous and so Fall-ish here, I don’t want it to end. I’m kicking and screaming into winter this year, I’m just not prepared for it! Wahhh! Endless autumn, please!

(images: holly becker for decor8)






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Do You Recognize This Photo?

October 11, 2014

Ok so you know how you see something once that makes your heart flutter and you tell yourself that if you see it again, and are still all aglow, that you simply must have it? A person, a place, a thing? In this instance, it’s both a place and a thing because it’s a photograph of a city and though I’m unsure if it’s Brooklyn or another favorite place of mine — well I can’t be sure. But I’ve seen it a few times in the styling work of Petra Bindel, who I’ve been following for years. Here’s the photo. Do you know who the photographer is and is it available for purchase?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

Do You Recognize This Photo?

(images: petra bindel)






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Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

August 25, 2014

I came across some lovely things today when Agata, who is also the blog author of Passion Shake, stopped by to share her favorite new sideboard with me since she knows I’m on the prowl for one. Anyway, I clicked on her link and ended up on her blog and found lots of nice things like these prints by Danish artist Pernille Folcarelli. But first, how are you today? I was out and about with baby Aidan shopping and saw lots of my friends walking around – every few minutes as we strolled, we’d bump into more friends out with their babies. It was the sweetest thing. Aidan attracts attention when we’re out – strangers come right up and want to “meet” him and little old ladies tell me how “sugar sweet” he is. I am writing all of this down in his journal so I don’t forget and can tell him someday. Everyone loves this little guy, but especially me. Enough about me. Let’s look at some gorgeous work by Pernille up in Denmark.

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

Botanical Prints By Pernille Folcarelli

I really do love these botanical prints by Pernille Folcarelli. They look especially stunning against smokey charcoal walls, don’t they? I think botanicals are so easy to love.

You can buy all of these prints and post cards for framing right here.

(images: Pernille Folcarelli)






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