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Who Inspired You To Blog?

Hello friends, it is Leslie again here today with some delicious inspiration for you by Aran Goyoaga of the award winning blog canelle et vanille. When I stumbled upon the blogging world in January of 2009 Aran’s blog was one of the first three I fell into. I stared at her work with my jaw open in absolute awe.

I loved Aran’s sense of lighting, use of color and texture, not to mention all the baking wonders she seemed to meticulously whip up in her kitchen. Don’t you think it is a gift when you can find someone who inspires you to try something new? The fact that she was self-taught in photography just blew me away and later inspired me to try taking photographs for my own blog.

Between Aran, Holly and Benita (of Chez Larrson) I knew I wanted to start a blog. I am curious about whom if anyone inspired you to start a blog? Sometimes it can be nice to call out those who inspired you and say thank you. Today I am saying thank you Aran for all the beauty you create and share.

(images: aran goyoaga)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on July 07, 2010

Whole Lotta Lovely: Marie Nichols

I just discovered interior stylist and blogger Marie Nichols from the Whole Lotta Lovely blog and had to make it the blog of the week. Her Sydney apartment is featured in the July 2010 issue of Real Living magazine that just arrived – her place is so sweet.

Whole Lotta Lovely

Whole Lotta Lovely

Whole Lotta LovelyAnother moodboard, this time in yellow glossy paint over her desk.

Whole Lotta Lovely

Red isn’t even my thing but her bedroom is so adorable I can’t stop looking at the details – love the dotty bedding and the art over the bed. She is clearly a Rob Ryan fan!

I think my favorite spot is her bedroom and I love her inspiration board next to her sofa, too. I’m so happy I read about this talented lady! Here is a glimpse of the article above, though you’ll need to pick up the issue if you want to see more and read about Marie or pop on over to her blog: Whole Lotta Lovely.

Psst: View her online styling portfolio here.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs on June 21, 2010

Kitka: Blog of the Week

Do you have a crush on clean, modern Japanese and Scandinavian design? Yeah, I know… who doesn’t? It’s quite hard to resist especially since their less-is-more approach is so alluring… the attention to detail, practicality, focus on using natural materials. Thanks to the lovely Irene Hoofs at Bloesem, I have discovered the new decor8 blog of the week: Kitka. Irene talked about this lovely couple, Juli and John, who are shop owners — they own Mjölk which has a retail location in Toronto and a website for the rest of us — who love and specialize in Japanese and Scandinavian design. They show lots of beautiful products on their gorgeous blog, here’s a glimpse of the interesting things that you can see and learn about on Kitka.

Kitka: Blog of the Week

Kitka: Blog of the Week

I’m in love with their black and white Corona globe designed by Nendoglobe in Japan – it’s gorgeous. Juli and John recently visited Tokyo and shared their journey on their blog which I spent the entire morning reading about — drooling at times — over their finds and experiences there — like those delicious donuts in glassine paper. You can read all about their Tokyo adventures here. Fun!

(images: kitka)

Posted in blogs, travel on May 06, 2010

Greige: Blog of the Week

I’ve died and gone to heaven. Only it’s not white as I had thought, it’s greige! You know, I think the first time I heard the word greige was in a copy of Domino magazine. I think some market editor threw it out and it just stuck, sort of like those arrows that they put on everything to show you exactly where that IKEA cabinet is located in this room. The Domino arrows, who can forget those! Ha! Oh, the Domino days and the color greige!

Greige: Blog of the Week

But yes, greige — the color that is gray and beige combined — but take note: it’s not just some hipster word it’s in the actual dictionary. Greige is a legitimate color and it’s also a very legitimate blog that I found yesterday via Elle Oh and wow – it’s so great I’ve added it as my blog of the week.

Greige: Blog of the Week

Greige: Blog of the Week

In addition to the blog, Greige is also the design firm of Christina Fluegge based in Orange Country, California who also has a shop called My Sparrow. If you love beige, gray, greige, white, black… clean and sophisticated design well then this blog is for you. Your own slice of heaven awaits…

I’m on my way out to the farmers’ market now for veggies and flowers so I’ll meet you back here in a few hours. It’s super sunny and 60s here so I’m shopping outdoors today!

(images: skona hem, rum, roland bello photography and canadian house & home)

Posted in blogs on April 07, 2010


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