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Blog of the Week: Real Living Magazine

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.

Real Living Magazine

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!

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

Real Living Magazine

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)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on March 31, 2009

Blog of the Week: Concrete and Honey

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.

Concrete and Honey

Concrete and Honey

Concrete and Honey

Concrete and Honey

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!

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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)

Posted in blogs on March 25, 2009

Design Mole: Great Finds in England

British interiors writer Ellie Tennant who is a contributor at Ideal Home magazine in London left a comment on decor8 earlier and so I clicked on her link and discovered Design Mole, a design blog she authors where I found a slew of really interesting posts focused mostly on design and decorating in England. I love blogs like this because it helps a new writer to really stand out in the enormous sea of decorating blogs when they focus on what’s going on locally within their home country. I personally love that and hope to see more and more blogs like this pop up. That’s why I’m so fascinated by the many Australian and Swedish bloggers because they tend to focus on local design so I’m always being exposed to new things and learning about stuff I just can’t find everyday in shops or magazines here in America. I’m hoping to see more blogs rise from hidden corners of the globe talking about what’s happening in their own backyard. Lovely design blog, Ellie!

Ellie spotlights Sanderson’s 1950s-style Dandelion Clocks fabric priced at £29 per metre as seen on these armchairs in LivingEtc magazine. Fab!

She also talks about her love of the adorable British shop called Acorn & Will. Now I’m loving them in a big way as well.

Through Ellie I also learned about Berry Red and their delicious ceramics along with all of the other goodness on their sweet little country website.

And finally, she highlighted some of her favorite new products from Not on the High Streetblock letters, vintage plates by designer Lou Rota available for purchase here and some recycled hand painted signs by Norfolk Boy.

(image sources linked above)

Posted in blogs on March 11, 2009

The Best Blues For Your Home

I received a nice email today from Lauren McGrath who recently launched a style blog with her mother, Good Bones Great Pieces. She works for a fashion magazine in New York and her mother Suzanne is an interior designer and former Martha Stewart Living TV producer and both admit to being huge decor8 fans, yay! After browsing their blog this morning I decided to make them the blog of the week to drive a little traffic love in their direction so I hope you will go visit Good Bones Great Pieces. Here’s a post that I found that I think will lure you over… it highlights the Best Blues to use on your wall.

The entryway in Suzanne’s home is in Donald Kaufman’s DKC-29.

1. Farrow and Ball Blue Ground (210) 2. Farrow and Ball Pale Powder (204) 3. Benjamin Moore Heavenly Blue (709) 4. Sherwin Williams Gulf Stream (SW6768) 5. Benjamin Moore Iceberg (2122-50) 6. Benjamin Moore Windmill Wings (2067-60).

Do you have a favorite blue and a photo to show the color in a room?

(images from good bones great pieces)

Posted in blogs, Color Inspiration on March 03, 2009


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