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KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

May 17, 2016

I’m thrilled to tell you about a beautiful new print magazine that my friend Irene Hoofs from Bloesem is about to launch for crafting with yarn for the home! Inspired by her love of yarn, she’s given it a Dutch name, KOEL (pronounced cool), and will focus the content on beautiful projects and things for the home produced by and for yarn lovers. I find it particularly interesting that this project isn’t one she’s facing alone though. She took a leap of faith to put it out on a crowdfunding site – which takes a lot of courage – since she has great hope that her friends and fans will support this beautiful magazine due in stores globally in only four short months. You can learn all about KOEL and her project here.

KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

I personally LOVE the idea of getting your audience to support you. Sure, things can all be funded by big business, corporate sponsors or by taking out a major loan and winging it but there is a lot to be said for asking those who love what you do to contribute to a project that will not only give them a chance to support you but a chance to have the product before anyone else. I think it’s a bit sad that bloggers and stuff on the internet in general is always expected to be free because talented people burn out so easily when they’re not seeing monetary gain from all of the hard work they’re doing. If you plan to produce a tangible product that a person can hold, in this case a print magazine, why not go to your crew and ask for some financial backing? I believe that you have to ask for help.

You just gotta. So many try to be independent but we also need to balance this with being dependent. We need other people. In the case of the internet, we are all really quite interdependent too – don’t you think? We need one another to grow. I support you, you support me, I need you, you need me. It’s all done with a spirit of friendship but also with a strong will to thrive and become successful with what we’re doing. Why not? I also think it’s important to support women in business. Irene is a mother of two young boys who happens to be a successful business owner thanks to blogging and her friends online. That’s the stuff dreams are made of. A self-made woman is a beautiful thing – to be able to make your dreams come true and work for yourself is really amazing. But you need people to help you along the way. Talent and drive aren’t enough.

I was reading a funny quote this morning that my friend and fine artist, Sebastian Maria Otto, had posted on his Facebook page awhile back. I don’t think he said it originally, but who cares, that’s not the point. It’s so good, look:

“We don’t like money but realize it’s the best way to get drinks at the bar”. 

This is how I think a lot of creative people feel. We don’t like to ask for money! We don’t even like money! But it is the best way to get what we need.

Irene says, “With an audience of over 40 million yarn crafters in the United States and many more globally, the market for KOEL to tap into is very much alive and growing. Yarn crafting for the home has gained significant interest from crafters worldwide.” Yes, for sure. In fact, I think when you combine yarn craft with a cool, clean aesthetic and layout you really can’t go wrong. When I look at most knitting magazines, well… Not really ones I find super inspirational to look at. Continue Reading…

Books + Magazines

10 Ways To Balance Work With Motherhood

April 27, 2016

Hi everyone! I’m so excited and honored to welcome my dear friend Samantha Hahn, a talented Brooklyn-based illustrator and author who has so touched so many beautiful things with her work from illustrations and hand lettering for major magazines to her own beautiful books.

10 Ways To Balance Work With Motherhood

She is celebrating the launch of her two recent titles, A Mother Is a Story and a Journal to match called Stories For My Child, both published by Abrams, so in honor of mother’s everywhere I’ve asked her to visit us today and give us 10 tips for balancing work and motherhood.  Continue Reading…

Books + Magazines

10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

April 20, 2016

Hi readers, I can’t wait to share the words and photos in this post today because I’ve got the fabulous Leela Cyd stopping in to teach us her tips and tricks on styling and photographing decor and food at parties. Are you ready to hear her 10 tips? Take it away, Leela!

10 Styling + Photography Tips For Decor + Food

Hi decor8 readers, Leela here. The most important thing hosting a fete, be it for 2 or 20 people, is to remember that it’s just really all about the company you keep — not the perfection of the food or styling, so relax a little, embrace imperfections and make time just to enjoy the conversation and connection. So here are my tips for styling a party and photographing food! For all of these and more ideas on styling, pulling together your table to already create beautiful food moments, plus 85 easy recipes that celebrate friendship and fun, please check out my book — FOOD WITH FRIENDS. Continue Reading…

Books + Magazines

Book Review: The Shopkeeper’s Home

October 6, 2015

It was such a pleasure to learn that my publisher in the UK, Jacqui Small, signed new author Caroline Rowland because it’s always nice to have talented new authors in your circle. Caroline’s first book just launched called The Shopkeeper’s Home and so I had to offer to help spread the word to support her new book writing career. I had a virtual coffee and chat with her this morning and she gave me a few insights into her book and tips for those of you who may be interested in getting a book deal of your own. I thought I’d share our chat with you now along with some beautiful photos from her book that will definitely have you running out to buy The Shopkeeper’s Home. Ready?

Book Review: The Shopkeeper's Home

decor8: Caroline, can you please tell us about your background?

CR: I studied photography at university, then worked on picture desks mainly at the Financial Times. I set up my blog, Patchwork Harmony, in 2008 and 91 Magazine in 2011 while still working full time but finally went freelance in 2013. 

decor8: How did you get a book deal, what are some tips for those who want to get into books?

CR: Jacqui Small was aware of my work with 91 Magazine, and we had a meeting way back when I still worked for the Financial Times, but it was only after I went freelance that I approached them with my book idea and things went from there. I think it’s good to build a brand/aesthetic first so publishers can see what you are about. Think about unique ideas that might work as a book. It needs to be something you’re really passionate about too as you’ll be working on it for quite a while!
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Books + Magazines, Trends

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

July 21, 2015

A few years ago I spotted a micro “foodie” trend in Germany and today it’s slowly starting to take off – food trucks! Today I have a book to share with you all about them and where you can find the best ones in the country. As an American, food trucks are as common to me as the corner coffee shop and went from trend to a staple in mainstream American culture many years ago. It never dawned on me when I moved to Germany that, outside of festivals and Christmas markets, food trucks run by creative cooks were not common at farmers’ markets and rare sights in cities. The food trucks at events were (and largely still are) very typical serving beer, bratwurst, pommes and the typical German festival foods which are great but offer little to those longing for a culinary adventure.

Trends: Creative Cooking + Food Trucks

Germany is slowly but surely becoming a big foodie culture, especially among young people with the over 35 crowd also catching on. I’m starting to see food trucks pop up in my city and even the typical fests with the typical foods are slowly starting to change with new foods being offered that cater to vegans and others who are just looking to have their tastebuds tickled. That’s why I was so excited when my contact at Prestel, a Continue Reading…

Books + Magazines

Book Review: Keep It Simple

June 30, 2015

I’m so happy to share Atlanta Bartlett’s top 8 tips for a happy and relaxed home along with a review her new book, co-authored with Dave Coote, called Keep It Simple. Their brand new book is a practical, inspirational guide that can help you to achieve a happy yet simpler way of life at home. I recently interviewed Atlanta asking her to highlight a few of her inspirations for writing Keep It Simple and she first revealed that, “We really wanted to create something beautiful and inspirational but it was also really important to us that it was genuinely useful. For us creating a happy and relaxed home is not just about the look and style of the place but also about the journey of creating a home that is responsive, practical, personal and, ultimately, a place that you and your family can really enjoy living in.” For many of us, a simple life may not be how we live currently but is definitely one that we aspire to, wouldn’t you agree? This book can help.

Book Review: Keep It Simple

One of the “problems” with living simple is that you need to do a lot of work to get there, which isn’t so simple in the beginning and can often scare people buried in clutter away. That is why Atlanta takes a holistic approach to peel back a few emotional layers first before even touching your home, “You firstly need to sort your priorities and rediscover what’s really important in life. This involves some soul searching so in the first section we encourage readers to think long and hard about what homes means to them and how they like to live.” As the book progresses beyond the initial soul searching section, you’ll Continue Reading…

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