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Jen Gotch {prop stylist}

I’m completely smitten by the photography of California-based prop stylist Jen Gotch, her flickr photos had me at hello. I can’t wait to spend time looking through all of them over the weekend, it’s like a virtual candyland and if you click here you’ll see exactly what I mean.

I can’t wait until her website launches but for now, we have her blog called My Polaroid Blog to enjoy. I particularly like the photos she shot of the Parker Palm Springs in California (blogged here last April). It’s the one hotel in America that I’m dying to stay at, it’s #1 on my list. I imagine spending a weekend there lounging poolside with a pina colada, then slipping into my spacious room designed by the one and only Jonathan Adler to dream the night away. Jen’s photos entice me to fulfill this dream very soon.

A special thank you to Jen Altman from Nectar and Light for writing in about a book she started where she invited 25 photographers to join efforts and we’ll see the results in July under the title For the Love of Light: A Tribute to the Polaroid. Through Altman I discovered Jen Gotch, one of the photographers involved in this special labor of love, her photos above.

(images photographed by jen gotch)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, walls on March 20, 2008

I Heart Berlin

I was reading I Heart Berlin this morning since blogger Frank wrote in introducing himself and his blog to me. I’m trying to tap into what’s going on in German design right now so that I’m up to speed when I spend the summer there. Here are a few good links that I found totally worthy of sharing, I think you’ll like them to. Especially helpful if you’ll be in Berlin anytime soon.

First up, a modern take on a classic piggy bank. Theo the pig was designed by Morphorm and is available in white, white with blue, white with gold, and more that you can view right here. American store owners should totally look into bringing some of these over here as I’m sure these pigs would fly off the shelf.

Here’s a cool shoe store/coffee bar called Latte Wie Hose, a play on a German expression “Jacke Wie Hose” which is like saying Nobody cares or It doesn’t matter it’s all the same, not in a negative sense but more in a laid back no worries kind of way. Perhaps it’s also like the American expression, “6 of one half dozen of another”. I guess since they sell coffee, they’ve exchanged Jacke with Latte. In German there’s a lot of expressions like this which as a student of German, I find frustrating but oddly fun at the same time since I love word games. And did you know that it’s becoming increasingly popular to add a coffee bar to a clothing or home design store in northern Germany? I absolutely love the idea. Do you remember when we toured La Merceria in Toronto here on decor8? It’s part design store part coffee shop. I’d love to see this become a trend here in America — cafe meets design store. :)

The Lido Creative Fair (info in English here at Berlinista) kicks off on May 4th followed by the DMY International Design Festival Berlin a few weeks later which is an experimental platform for fresh new talent. At the Arena Berlin young designers will showcase their work from May 21-25, 2008.

Frank at I Heart Berlin interviewed the American shop owner of Barcomi?s Kaffeer?sterei, Cynthia Barcomi. She owns a popular deli in Berlin Mitte that I have to visit because not only do I love that neighborhood but her cakes look amazing. Read his interview here.

In June, a monthly creative fair called TrendMafia will begin in Berlin showcasing art, jewelry, fashion, photography and much more over in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area at the RAW in hall 40 located at Revaler Str. 99. The dates scheduled for ‘o8 are: June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, and October 4th. Details in German here. I’m planning to hit the August 2nd event.

03 Berlin is a craft store that has a rotating gallery, meeting space available to rent, and there’s even a little garden in the rear of the store where you can hold events. I’m so glad that Frank blogged about this place, I have to check it out as there are lots of things in the photos I’ve never seen before.

Frank also talked about a shop in Berlin called Redspective that I’d not heard about before, so I’ll be adding that to my Berlin shop links in the right column. Great blog, Frank. If you are interested in viewing more Berlin-related stuff, click here.

(images from I Heart Berlin)

Posted in blogs, shopping, travel on March 19, 2008

Blog of the Week: Design for Mankind {and her e-zine}

Design for Mankind, who is also the decor8 blog of the week, just released her second issue of monthly e-zine Inspiration. It looks so nice, I’m looking forward to reading it soon myself and I’m so proud of her hard work — way to go Erin!

Click here to download your free copy! Yay!

(image from design for mankind)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on February 27, 2008

Bodie and Fou {and a little Provence love too}

I haven’t blogged Bodie and Fou in quite some time and with so many new products on their website, I figured I’d circle back to see what’s new with them. As always, they source only the best and everything works so well together that you can imagine most of their pieces living in the same home without tension. Love that! Decorating made easy.

Birgit ?stergaard lighting and a Bodie and Fou bubble vase.

I particularly like their selection of items from C?t? Bastide, it’s a company that I long to visit someday as they have a showroom in Lourmarin, Provence that is only open during a select period of time each year and with a sweet little sign placed on a path leading to their shop (that appears to be handwritten using chalk on a board), how can any girl resist? Such cuteness. But there’s more. Want to tour the store online? Of course you do!

C?t? Bastide has lovely product shots, and such pretty labels too.

The beautiful blog A Heart in Provence gives us a tour here. Wonderful linen products, soaps and bath gels, and loads of charm set in a beautiful village – sounds like a fantastic vacation. Roaming Provence and popping into bakeries (smell the fresh lavender bread?), quaint stores with gorgeous interiors, and hitting a few farmers’ markets along the way (oh the cheese!). Warm sunshine, your favorite sandals, hair tied up in a stylish chignon…

Kathleen Hills cluster light, linen bag and bed canopy from C?t? Bastide.

Okay, back to reality. Me here in New Hampshire tapping away on my keys, listening to Beirut, looking out over a frozen orchard with tons of snow from the latest storm last night. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

If you’re interested in hitting a great sale today, visit Bodie and Fou’s winter offers where most items are at least 50%.

(images from bodie and fou)

Posted in bathroom, bedroom, blogs, textiles, travel on February 13, 2008


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