I thoroughly enjoy reading Netherlands-based blog Yvestown, written by the creative Yvonne Eijkenduijn. Her wit is refreshing and her blog is informative and altogether beautiful. I appreciate the care that she puts into her posts, especially these that spotlight some of her favorite books. I read through all of them last night and ordered several of her picks from Amazon, including Cheap Chic by Emily Chalmers (my idol from Caravan Style in London, also author of one of my top ten decorating books of all time, Flea Market Style.), and In Bloom by Alice Whately.
But there is beauty in having patience and combing through the archives of your favorite blogs. It was during this treasure hunt that I discovered a small Japanese book publisher that comes highly recommended by Yvonne for having the best design books called Jeu de Paume, also known as Paumes for short. “Jeu de Paume explores the environments of those who stimulate the creative industries, and in doing so has produced a set of creative bibles that overflow with inspiration,” says Paumes. Browsing their books online, I’m sold!
After their first visit to Paris, Paumes was so inspired by what they saw that they went on to visit other European design meccas like Stockholm and London. This began their series of books documenting their favorite stores, creative workspaces, and homes. If you’d like to order any of their books, contact them directly via email: info AT paumes.com. You can also order them directly from Amazon Japan. But seeing a website that looks like this (below) can be a bit intimidating if you don’t understand the language, right? Wrong.
No worries friends. We have Yvestown to thank for this amazingly simple tutorial on how to order from Amazon.jp. I just walked through it to order a few of the Paumes books myself and it was a breeze using her guide (great job, Yvonne!). Just think: You can go broke shopping in websites that are not only in your native language, but also on websites that you don’t even understand! Yay! The beauty of the internet and pretty pictures! :)
I found out about a new magazine called Artful Blogging a few months back when they were working on the first issue, but now that it’s on newsstands, I have to write about it. :) Published quarterly, this issue is packed with artists and their blogs, including articles written by each blogger that cover everything from getting started to what inspires them and how they use their blog to promote their work.
The magazine is really inspiring, beautiful to look at, informative, and to see a magazine devoted to this topic is a dream come true – bloggers are being recognized for their hard work and this in itself is very exciting. When I started decor8, few publishers cared about them and pitching a story idea about blogging to a magazine was a joke. How things have changed! Next, we need a quarterly magazine dedicated to design blogs. Imagine that. I’d be over the moon.
I was so excited to see Alicia Paulson, la vie en rose, Claudine Hellmuth, juju loves polkadots, Artsy Mama, Anahata Katkin, Self Portrait Challenge, and Posy in the issue, ladies who have all inspired me in one way or another, but there are many other amazing artists out there that deserve to be featured, so if you are an artist or crafter, get involved! Here’s how.
Artful Blogging magazine, published quarterly by Somerset Studio, lists a few requirements on how to pitch your blog to them. They’ll consider all entries so you really have nothing to lose.
1.) Your blog must be online for at least 6 months
2.) You must be able to provide high res images of your artwork and photographs that you post in your blog to accompany the article.
3.) You’ll need to write the actual article if you are selected.
4.) The preferred photo specs are 300 dpi with a print size of 8×10″.
Their editorial committee will review all submissions and make selections based upon article content and the quality of images that you can provide. Email all inquires to the Managing Editor, including the URL of your blog and a brief summary of the article you would like to write. Please not send photos unless they are requested.Managing Editor: Staci Dumoski: sdumoski AT stampington.com
Go for it! And if you aren’t an artist who blogs, pick up a copy of the magazine anyway because you will love the articles and imagery, and I’m certain you’ll find it very exciting to see some of your favorite blogs in print. Buy your issue online for $14.95 right here.
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(images from vitamin design)
An email came arrived from a reader in Italy and I wonder if you can help her because I don’t read Italian design blogs, so I can’t point her to one that I’d suggest. I find a lot written about Italian design at MocoLoco, Cool Hunting, Design Spotter, and Core77, but none of these blogs focus solely on Italian design. Hmmm…
“My name is Silvia and I’m writing from Italy (Venice). I really love your blog and I read you every day. I appreciated so much the post about Swedish blogs and I was wondering if you could do the same for Italian blogs. I did some search but I haven’t found anything. Thanks for your help and for your work. Ciao, Silvia”
Can you help? Any suggestions for Silvia? I’m thinking that once I have a good amount of design blogs gathered, I’ll categorize them on a separate page under “International Design Blogs” because I think it would be fun to be able to locate them all in one place.
(image from Oliver Wide-Swensson)