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NEW: 91 Magazine

Hello again! Yes, I know I’m supposed to be on vacation but I heard about 91 Magazine for the first time last week and haven’t seen it much in blogland so I want to give it a huge shout out and encourage everyone to check it out while I’m away…

NEW: 91 Magazine

It’s a pretty and creative online magazine out of the UK that you I’m sure you’ll fancy. Produced quarterly and published by the lovely blogger and shop owner Caroline Taylor behind Patchwork Harmony, the newly launched 91 Magazine is a collection of inspirational people, places and things that share a love of handmade, craft and vintage styles along with independent designers, store owners and artisans. Here is a glimpse into the magazine, the rest you can find here.

NEW: 91 Magazine

How fun is the wallpaper? I love those gray drapes and that wicker suitcase beneath the bed, too.

NEW: 91 Magazine

Ohhhh a gray wooden cabinet, natural wood table and white chairs… a girl after my own heart. This is the theme I’m using currently in my home – gray/white/natural. I’m a BIG fan of this look.

NEW: 91 Magazine

Fun student style using vintage fabrics and IKEA bedding. So pretty!!!

NEW: 91 Magazine

Such a great arrangement but even more, that wallpaper from Anthropologie is unstated elegance all the way, isn’t it? It’s there but it’s also sort of not. Do you know what I mean? I love wallpaper like that.

NEW: 91 Magazine

Great workspace, especially the smart storage solution utilizing a closet. This photo above is from the gorgeous new book from fab design author Caroline Clifton-Mogg called A Space Of My Own published by Ryland, Peters & Small. It’s a lovely book with an excerpt included in 91 Magazine so you can see more of it there.

In addition to the magazine, Patchwork Harmony also has an online shop AND I spotted some links that I have to show you from the mag as well – you can’t miss them!

Enjoy! See you again with a few more blog posts for this week then I’m off until Monday. Hugs, xo Holly

(images: 91 magazine)

Posted in Books + Magazines on January 02, 2012

Sweet Ideas By Sweet Paul

I know, I know. I must be the last blogger in the universe to write about crafter and blogger Paul Lowe’s most recent issue of Sweet Paul. It’s not that I live under a rock — I’ve been following the praises echoing through the blog circuit for weeks and read it cover to cover the moment he sent me a link when it went live. Oh yes, I know Sweet Paul. Who doesn’t these days!?

Sweet Paul

Paul so nicely sent a printed version of this issue and it arrived with a loud thud through my door which meant nothing but good things, and lots of them, could be expected in this jam-packed issue. I found it completely exciting to flip through Sweet Paul with my bare hands as I compared how the digital version stood against the print, deciding which came up the winner and honestly…. My verdict is, I still adore Sweet Paul and all his digital radiance. Even after indulging in the print version, I love how the light emitting from my mac gives his gorgeous images an almost angelic glow and I like that I can bring it with me anywhere on my iPad to show my friends. I thought I’d share a few spreads from it that I found inspiring. What about you, print or digital when it comes to e-mags that you first fell in love with online? Preferences, c’mon, anyone?

Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul
Sweet Paul
Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul

Such a well done magazine, Paul! We are all proud of you and can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

(images: sweet paul)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 16, 2011

Thuss+Farrell: Inspired Weddings and Other Beautiful Bits

I’ve been a fan of stylist Rebecca Thuss for eons and was thrilled when she posted on her company Facebook page about her recent project – a book!  She worked on it with her husband and it looks super inspirational! Rebecca (Thuss) and Patrick (Farrell) make up Thuss+Farrell, the dynamic duo who product gorgeous things together for mostly print from advertising to magazine work. They most recently styled and photographed Matthew Robbins’ upcoming book called Inspired Weddings and I can’t wait to get my hands on this hot little number. For now, here’s a peek into a few of the spreads.

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I love their still life work, it’s so magical! Whenever I look at their many projects, I feel a tidal wave of creativity wash over me and I want to run out and decorate and make stuff! Here are some photos from their client work that are favorites of mine. See if any of these take your breath away too.

Thuss+Farrell

Thuss+Farrell

Thuss+Farrell

Thuss+Farrell

It is so energizing to be around creative people, even if only on the internet for a brief moment to view an uplifting portfolio like that of Thuss+Farrell. What a dream team they are and I cannot wait to buy that book and I’m already married but who cares…Swoooooon!

(images: patrick farrell, styling: rebecca thuss)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 14, 2011

The New Artisans: Book Review

Today the book that existed only in my imagination landed on my doorstep, The New Artisans: Handmade Designs for Contemporary Living, written and compiled by Australian blogger Oliver Dupon for Thames & Hudson. It’s a massive volume of contemporary craft for every lover of handmade, an abbreviated craft encyclopedia of sorts, that will certainly be on my bookcase for years to come. Bravo, Oliver!

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From the gorgeous cover illustration by Richard McAdams (of Puddin’head fame) to the content which delivers some of the best of the best makers out there today, it’s a book that blog addicts everywhere won’t want to miss. I’ve written about many of the talents found in this book or linked to them at one time or another on Facebook or Twitter, so if you love the work that you’ve seen on decor8 and on other blogs like mine, then you’ll love The New Artisans: Handmade Designs for Contemporary Living as it’s like having a blog-as-book with beautifully curated contemporary crafts at your fingertips, all in a single (very hefty) book. Here are some spreads that I enjoyed and a list of 18 of my personal favorite artisans linked below. There are 75 designers all over the world featured in The New Artisans so you are sure to find many favorites for yourself. What a treat!

The New Artisans: Book Review

The New Artisans: Book Review

The New Artisans: Book Review

The New Artisans: Book Review

The New Artisans: Book Review

The New Artisans: Book Review

Most of this book showcases individual artisans with their work and in some cases, their work studios and usually each artist has a few spreads dedicated to only them with text and imagery. As a nice unexpected surprise, another area has a visual directory sorted by category such as illustration, jewelry, furniture, etc. It is such a helpful resource and for me, a most excellent one as it’s very visual with light text vs. only text as so many directories typically are. I like that the author took all 75 of the artists and broke them down by group so if you are looking for a quick gift, you can turn to the Jewelry pages for instance and locate artists who make jewelry. If you want to learn more about that particular artist, you can then locate them in the index in the front of the book, find the page numbers where they’ve been featured, and you’re off! Practical!

Here are 18 of my personal favorites from this book:

This is a most wonderful book and I highly recommend picking up a copy — you’ll love it and it would make for a terrific present.

Pick up your copy where fine books are sold or online at Amazon.

Please note: The links to Amazon in this blog post are affiliate links which means that for each copy of this book sold after you click on them, I earn a small percentage (6.00%) that I put into purchasing more books to review on my site as not all are press copies provided by the publisher. If this offends you, simply google the book in a new tab or window. Thank you!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 13, 2011

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