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La Tartine Gourmade

I was so happy to learn that La Tartine Gourmade blogger Béatrice Peltre has a book out since February under the same name, La Tartine Gourmande, and though I don’t have a copy I’m sure it’s truly inspiring and delicious in every way. How could it not be? Béa is superfab. One look at her photos below and if you don’t already know her you will definitely want to…

La Tartine Gourmade

If you’re not familiar with Béa, she works out of her home studio as a blogger and freelance food writer, food stylist and photographer in Boston. I wish I had known about her before I moved away from Boston in 2009 as I would have enjoyed meeting up with Béa. I’m always keen on meeting stylists as I find their creative perspectives rich and interesting. Her work has been covered in a slew of great publications including The New York Times Dining Journal, Food and Wine, the Washington Post, Saveur, The Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe along with a bevy of blogs. Just look at her work — my goodness, no wonder she’s so well known.

La Tartine Gourmade

La Tartine Gourmade

La Tartine Gourmade

La Tartine Gourmade

What I admire about Béa is how organic and artistic her work looks and feels. It seems to come very naturally to arrange her handmade creations onto pretty plates set against floral textiles with a sprig tossed here, a cracked shell there, a piece of crusty bread off to the side… I love the perfect little imperfections in her styling as that is very close to my own work and heart and what I admire more than the perfectly perfect styling that I see in lots of magazines where nothing feels casual and you know a ton of work, conversations and equipment went into a single image – and the photo almost feels watered down and uptight as a result. This isn’t the case here with Béa. Her photos do not feel labored over (though I’m guessing they are!) and that is a beautiful, delicate art – and to me, what makes a good stylist amazing, inspiring and one to follow.

La Tartine Gourmade

La Tartine Gourmade

La Tartine Gourmade

Again, this isn’t a book review as I don’t have the book (yet!) but if you are looking for gorgeous food, stories and recipes then visit La Tartine Gourmade, the book or the blog – and her blog just-so-happens to be the decor8 blog of the week so definitely check it out!

Nom nom!

(images: Béatrice Peltre)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on April 10, 2012

Pop Up Shop by The Design Files

I love this concept, it’s brilliant! This event took place several weeks ago but I’ve not heard a lot of buzz about it on the blogs that I read… I’m hoping to spread the word because I think this is just so inspirational and fresh! The concept and event came from the lady behind a lovely design blog that features mainly the homes and designs of Australians called The Design Files. Perhaps you’ve heard of it?

The design files pop up shop

The founder and editor of the blog, Lucy Feagins, is a Melbourne-based set designer and stylist who thought of a clever idea to open a brief pop-up shop in a beautiful home that she curated and then styled. In four days they had over 5,000 visitors which I think is just phenomenal. For more information about this super cool project, check out this video below and the images that follow. It made my heart happy.

The design files pop up shop

The design files pop up shop

The design files pop up shop

More images here.

I’m so happy for you Lucy and to see the successful launch of your idea and how well-received it was. Wonderful!

(images: sean fennessy and john deer.)

Posted in blogs on February 26, 2012

Mostly Monochromatic

I recently discovered yet another Swedish decorating blog to swoon over, it’s called HEM and is authored by a lovely lady who decorates in mostly black and white and her name is Annaleena. Her home is so pretty and I love this collection of photos that she has snapped around her space, they make me feel peaceful.

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Though stunning to behold, I couldn’t live in a black and white home but I do admire them from afar and love the extreme discipline that it must take to not bring anything with color or much pattern into the home – the editing one must do to ensure things stay perfectly black and white would make me go a little bonkers. I still love this look though and feel absolutely clear and calm when I see spaces that are so graphic and yet so natural and soothing.

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

Annaleenas hem

I am so inspired and in love with Annaleena’s gorgeous home and the light she has filling each corner by day along with her classy, lovely decorating style. To be only black and white, it still feels so cozy and warm to me. The natural wood and different textures definitely make this space. LOVE. In fact, she’s the decor8 blog of the week so do visit her divine design posts daily over on HEM.

I wonder how many readers live in a mostly monochromatic home… Do you? What do you think of living around only black and white? What makes this look appealing to you personally?

(images: annaleenas hem)

Posted in blogs on February 09, 2012

The Styled Project

I recently heard from Victoria Hudgins who wrote in to tell me about a bi-weekly project that she has initiated in order to combine her passion for blogging and her love for magazines into one abbreviated, curated place called Styled.

Styled

Styled

Styled is an e-mag delivered every two weeks and each article in the magazine can also be found as a blog post by following the link in the magazine so it can be easily shared with others in blog form, too. She even produced a sweet little video conveying how both magazines and blogs can work together.

Styled magazine will feature new product guides, blogger interviews, party tips and more. All the best, Victoria!

(images: styled)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on January 18, 2012

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