Hello friends! I’ve spent the entire day working on the decor8 blogroll (whew!) and though I cannot fit in all of the requests I get I have a lovingly curated selection of blogs that you can view and enjoy here and here.
This is it for updates this quarter; I’ll update the blogroll again in August. Please browse and enjoy these lovely sites, the A-M group is here and the N-Z group is here. I selected a broad range for all tastes and interests and included a few personal friends of mine, too.
If you are currently on my blogroll and would like to link back I’d love that! Please use http://decor8blog.com (not the former blogspot address). If you want to add a decor8 banner instead of a text links you can — I have several sizes here that you may choose from to add to your blog or website. Oh and if you are on my blogroll and want to update your current banner, please send that to me: holly AT decor8blog DOT com. The measurements need to be 120 pixels wide by 70 pixels high and please make sure your blog name is crisp and clear.
For all of you Aussie interiors mag lovers you will be happy to know that the fab Inside Out magazine now has a blog. Did you know that? I heard from an editor there just today who pointed me to their new blog which I thought was really nice. I remember that feeling of being a new blogger and reaching out to others showing your site for the very first time, it’s hard sometimes even if you’re a big magazine. Maybe even especially if you’re a big magazine. I mean, so much expectation to live up to. Thankfully for those of us outside of Australia who may not read Inside Out regularly, we feel lucky to catch a tiny glimpse of the magazine and if it’s tearsheets on a blog from time-to-time then so be it! Speaking of, here are a few pages from a recent Inside Out issue where they feature artist Lizzie Buckmaster Dove.
I really like this lady and her art, doesn’t she look so friendly and creative? She also looks like a lovely mother and seeing her work proudly displayed in her home makes me happy because I think it’s great for her family to live around her passion like that. Inside Out had the honor of interviewing her and shared their conversation with their blog readers here. I could sit with someone like this for hours though I must admit at first I’d feel slightly intimidated by her lifestyle & talent wouldn’t you? But it would not hold me back from accepting her invitation! I think the first half hour would be me seated there just drooling on the floor.
In addition to Lizzie, I also learned about a company called Lightly in Melbourne from the Inside Out blog. They have the most lovely objects on their website, please take a moment to look at it because I know you will like it very much. I found these butterfly saucers which can be mounted to the wall as art and they’re a new favorite mine because they are delicate and feminine. If you don’t fancy them you may find another product better suited to your tastes as they have a wide range of all sorts of beautiful things at Lightly. I really love butterflies… So soothing and to me they represent such freedom, spontaneity, and gentleness. Did you know that in some cultures they are a symbol for long life, acceptance of all creatures, martial bliss, the necessity of a secure home, strength and persistence, success, the overcoming of obstacles and hardships, happiness, freedom, individuality and more. Interesting, yes?
(images all via the inside out blog)
If you aren’t already familiar with her work, Deborah Bibby is the Editor-in-Chief of Real Living magazine in Australia, my current design mag fix (in English) now with Domino gone. Real Living is truly a feast for the eyes! In addition to the pages inside their highly inspirational decorating mag, Bibby authors the Real Living blog giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into their gorgeous, colorful world.
I particularly love how they spotlight finds from recent design shows they’ve attended in addition to showing what goes on during photo shoots including images that didn’t make the final cut. I love how laid back and approachable their blog is and I get a sense that they’re not only connected to what’s going on in Australia and New Zealand but they “get” what is happening in the rest of the world — like right here in America. They frequently spotlight artists, bloggers (like me), and designers from the states, and for that I’m grateful!
In addition to the Real Living blog, they have their own gorgeous shopping website called Real Shopping. Their online editor Belinda Graham also blogs, she writes The Happy Home highlighting her personal decorating projects (like this custom letter project) along with spotlighting trends and other, more personal, inspirations.
If Bibby, Graham and the RL shopping site weren’t enough to fuel your design cravings then add RL deputy editor, Natalie Walton, to your list because she authors her own blog called Daily Imprint. The design cup over at this mag truly runneth over! I love her recent post about London-based designer Lisa Stickley (her gray bag is shown in the last photo above – swoon!).
Now if this doesn’t inspire you to check out the blog of the week, well friends — nothing will! Have fun! Ill be back after lunch with Etsy Take Five Tuesday…
(images from real living, daily imprint and the happy home, all linked above)
Ready to visit a dreamy blog this week? The blog of the week goes to Concrete and Honey… Newly launched this past January, Nicola Brooke is a blogger based in Sydney with inspiring finds and lots of her own photography that makes the blog stand out as unique. Here I’ve included a sneak peek at some of her photography, a glimpse of the goodness over on her bloggy blog.
I love the slip and sofa image, I had to incorporate it a second time into these collages. Nicola’s overall palette started off as soft and sweet, and still is, but like me she seems to enjoy the element of surprise so she’ll throw in some bright hues from time to time too. I was first introduced to this blog via Steph Bond who authors Bondville, she wrote in just yesterday to tell me all about Concrete and Honey so thank you Steph for the tip! It was because of Steph that I realized that Nicola is actually in the same online class that I’m taking right now called Unravelling. Small world!
P.S. As I’m writing this I’m listening to A Fine Frenzy… If Concrete and Honey had a theme CD, perhaps this would be it. :)
(images by nicola brooke)