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BH&G Do It Yourself Issue – Yay Bloggers!

I picked up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens special Summer issue “Do It Yourself” over the weekend and was so excited to run into two lovely bloggers there. Victoria from SF Girl By Bay and the cute little couple, Sherry and John, from This Young House. Here’s a peek to whet your appetite for more…

Buy This Issue! :)

Sherry & John

Sherry & John

Victoria (SFGirlByBay)

Victoria shown above in cute clothes (what else would you expect?) blogging away. Psst: You can catch a great interview with this lovely lady over at Shiny Squirrel today with some pretty photos since she’s changed her apartment a bit since BH&G took the photos found in this issue..

SFGirlByBay

Victoria’s uber chic space. This is so exciting, go bloggers, go! If you live in the U.S. make sure you pick up a copy to support these lovely members of our blog community.

P.S. Sorry my photos are a little fuzzy, the lighting in here today is horrid. I did my best. ;)

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on May 26, 2009

A Creative Mint

I can’t wait to show you these lovely photos from fellow blogger, A Creative Mint or as I know her, Leslie in Los Angeles who has a degree in interior design and architecture. I’ve been wanting to tell you about this blog for weeks as I met Leslie online in April when she enrolled in my BYW class only to realize that Leslie and I had been fellow students in a previous life in Susannah Conway’s Unravelling course. Small world! This is a photo is one that she took for Unravelling that I recall really liking…

A Creative Mint

Leslie is talented in so many ways and I love how she is developing her brand new blog, it’s one I’ve bookmarked for regular visits because her photography is feminine and beautiful and of course I can’t get enough of seeing what other people are influenced by – at the moment she is into cherry blossom pink as you can see below. She pulled together some photos of things that inspire her presently along the pink theme and I really like her eye for detail and how nicely she described and linked everything in this post. These photos were also inspired by her recent trip to Vancouver Island where she grew up.A Creative Mint

A Creative Mint

I marked these as a favorite in Flickr the moment she uploaded them there — so beautiful! You can add her as a Flickr contact if you’d like, here is her photostream and of course make sure you check out her blog too.

Leslie honey, you’re the best!

(images: leslie, the creative mint)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on May 21, 2009

Blogroll Updates

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.

Added to my blogroll

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.

Thank you!

Posted in blogs on May 12, 2009

Inside Out: Blog of the Week

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.


Inside Out Magazine

Lizzie Buckmaster

Inside Out Magazine

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.


Lightly

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, ceramics, uncategorized on April 14, 2009

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