Hello everyone and happy Friday to you! How are you? I’m excited to see a weekend on the horizon because the past few days have been positively jam-packed with work and I can’t wait to bask in the glory of a free Saturday. Next week, I’ll be in Frankfurt, Germany for the Frankfurter Buchmesse which is a mega event that is focused on print and digital publishing for mainly books. My publishers will be there so I’ll have a meeting with them and also I’ll be meeting with the press and mingling with my German publisher, Callwey, since they just released my decorating book in Germany called, “Lust Auf Wohnen“. In addition to Frankfurt, I’m teaching Blogging Your Way again until November 7th, so I have lots to do but I love it — my work is my fuel — it keeps me going. So! That’s my update… And speaking of digital publishing, have you heard of Gatherings e-mag produced by blogger Heather Spriggs? Here’s a glimpse if you haven’t…
As you can see, I focused primarily on the gift wrapping section because I believe in the idea of using what you have at home to create unique presentations like the many shown above. Heather’s ideas are very much in line with the current, “Granny Chic” trend so the doilies, mismatched fabrics, vintage papers, buttons, etc. are all things that you can easily find at craft stores, fabric shops, flea markets or your grandmother’s attic! The idea is to get clever and be creative – use your imagination to re-purpose things you may have long tucked away into a drawer. Heather’s ideas definitely tuned me in to some things that I’ve not used that I should pull out and apply to some gifts.
I want to add that I had the honor of meeting Heather over the summer in Chicago since she came to my book signing event there at Anthropologie and after, she was part of the group that took me out for a fabulous celebratory dinner hosted by Nicole from Making It Lovely. That was such a nice evening – I really enjoyed being with those ladies and thank you again Heather for your warmth and enthusiasm, it was very nice to meet you. All the best on Gatherings, too! You’re off to a great start.
(images: heather spriggs)
If you’re a blogger you must be able to relate to me right now. I’m overwhelmed! I’ve been sitting here for the past few hours sorting through lists and lists of things that I need to post on decor8 because I’ve been finding so much over the past few months during my travels and have no clue where to begin now that I’m back in the office. I have over a thousand business cards that I’ve collected from all of the lovely readers and new friends that I met while in America, England and the Netherlands and I just don’t know where to begin though I found that the best way is to simply start somewhere… One post leads to two and so on. So! Let’s talk about a gorgeous magazine that has the web a-buzz lately… Heart Home!
Oh, but first I have something to share. I recently interviewed a designer and she asked if I ever run out of things to post about on decor8 and I answered so quickly I giggled a bit because “NO!” escaped me before the question was fully out of her mouth. Like I said earlier, there is just SO MUCH out there to see and explore and experience, I can’t imagine ever running out of content as I’m sure many of you can relate. Sometimes I’ll comb through my archives to review some of my past finds and I’m always amazed as the sheer talent that exists, the people I’ve met, the places I’ve visited, and just how lucky we all are to be living during a time when there is so much artistic and creative expression to be seen, on a global scale, that we can witness daily online. As I look through all of the wonderful things on my lists that I have yet to write about, I’m so happy that I have a job like this. I much rather be overwhelmed by finding too much than from finding not enough.
But back to Heart Home. Oh my goodness… speaking of inspiring content, you have to check out this newly launched UK-based digital shelter magazine. Founded by my friends and fellow bloggers Arianna Trapani, Carole King and Daniel Nelson, together they have created such a beautiful publication with a focus solely on homes in the UK making this magazine the first of its kind! The concept is brilliant and I’ll certainly tune in to this quarterly online publication regularly to see what properties they’ve scouted and styled, and who they’re profiling in the world of UK design next.
I’d like to add that I’m honored that they devoted two pages of their premiere issue to me and my book (see above). It was quite nice of them to do that! You can read an interview that they had with me here as well that is a bit of an extended version of the article.
I loved seeing the home of Jeska Hearne from Lobster & Swan (images above) and her feminine home. I’m a huge fan of hers so it was such a treat to peek into her personal space and to read about her inspirations. Here are a few more favorite peeks from the homes of others featured in the premiere issue of Heart Home…
I can’t wait to see the next issue of Heart Home – way to go Ari, Daniel and Carole! Woot woot!
(images from heart home)
Hello everyone! I’m back! I’m back! It feels so great to be seated here before my laptop talking to you again. I’ve missed decor8 so much and though I’ve loved having some space away from blogging to meet lots of you in person during my book tour, I love getting back to my bloggy roots writing once again – it feels really good. My book tour has wrapped up in the US and UK, so I’m home now and don’t plan to do any more book-related events again until mid November in Germany but that won’t keep me away from the blog so you’ll have me front and center again for a long time. :) Yay – I’ve missed you but decor8 is back in action!
Over the next few weeks I will share some highlights from the road, namely the people that I met who either make something that caught my eye or who simply said or did something that stuck with me. One of those inspiring peeps is illustrator and textile designer Sarah Jane. I met Sarah at The Creative Connection in St. Paul and found her sweet characters to be most charming. She JUST finished a children’s book which published a few days ago with Harper Collins, so you can imagine her excitement. She also has a small line of pretty fabrics and an etsy shop where we sells prints, cards and other things that both children and their parents love.
If you like what you see above, you may be interested in learning more about Sarah Jane… if that’s the case, you may visit her blog, etsy shop or find her new book here.
(images: sarah jane)
I’m always up for new, inspiring content in any format I can get my hands (or eyes!) on, so when I heard about Styled, a digital magazine founded and produced by bay area blogger Victoria Hudgins from A Subtle Revelry my ears tingled! On Wednesday, September 7th (that’s tomorrow!) she will launch issue #2 of her magazine which will focus primarily on entertaining and DIY projects around the theme of Autumn merrymaking.
Styled is a collaborative project where Victoria rounds up her favorite bloggers to produce exclusive content which is good to hear because we all know how boring it is to see something repeating itself again and again in a magazine or book that has already been online. There is no originality in that and I like that Victoria has a genuine passion for bringing us something fresh and forward.
To whet your appetite today, I’ve shared some imagery from the last issue in case you’d not heard of Styled before — now you’ll have something to get excited about for tomorrow’s launch of issue #2! It will be brand new and fab, I’m sure!
Watch this link tomorrow for the debut of her Autumn issue. The link will take you to the current one today but come Wednesday, it’s all about Fall, baby!
(images: screenshots from Styled magazine)
I love New York! I know, I know… everyone says that but it’s so true. For me though it goes beyond the extraordinary city itself — I think the people make it so special. My final stop was in the big apple on my US Book Tour for Decorate sponsored by Chronicle Books and Anthropologie and it was a m a z i n g. I saw so many dear readers and online friends, it was such a great evening! I have to thank my special guests, Marcia & Paul Zia Priven. I also want to thank Vicente Wolf for stopping by, it was so nice to see him!
Barb Blair from Knack Studios
I was flattered beyond words that the event was packed – for an author doing a book signing… that’s the ultimate and especially since I went through so much to be there between canceled flights and trains due to the hurricane. Having a full house was confirmation that my efforts paid off beyond my expectations so THANK YOU New York City for welcoming me with a giant hug and for supporting Decorate.
Top: Grace Kang from Pink Olive / Bottom: Raina Kattelson from A Stylist’s Life.
Top: Melissa de la Fuente from Melissa Loves / Middle: Kristen Appenbrink from Real Simple / Bottom: Marcia & Paul Zia Priven from Zia Priven Lighting.
Top: Anna Dorfman from Door Sixteen / Bottom: Samantha Hahn of Samantha Hahn Illustration.
I can’t wait to return to NYC in the future to see everyone again!
A special thanks to Michelle Verdugo for planning a special night out after the event at both The Yard followed by Lucky Strike (loved!). Also a big hug to Nichole Robertson, Michelle Ward, Michele Varian, Amy Atlas, Christina Batch-Lee, Elizabeth Bauer (her home is in the book!), Brooke Hagel and the many, many others who were so extra sweet to me and went out of their way to make me feel at home.
WHAT AN AMAZING BOOK TOUR IN THE USA! I’m so happy that I had to chance to be sponsored by Chronicle and Anthropologie to do this – a real dream come true. Meeting everyone in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, LA, Philly and NYC was an honor. xoxo
BY THE WAY: My white balance was off – my hair is not green, I swear! xo
(images: some are mine, others unsure since so many great people took over my camera and helped me out. Thanks everyone!)
Hello everyone! I’ve been so busy this week preparing for my upcoming 13 day US book tour for Decorate! I’m pinching myself that this is really about to happen, ME on a BOOK TOUR! Oh my, this is going to be the ride of a lifetime! Since Boston is my first stop, I thought I’d shout out a beautiful book by New Englander, Christine Chitnis, called “Markets of New England” published by The Little Bookroom.
Constantly amazed by the talent in her native region, Christine decided to write a book about crafters, artists and farmers who inspire her there, including many in Boston. Here are some photos from the book that she thought you may enjoy.
Seeing these pictures, which were taken by Christine herself, gets me even more excited to be back in Boston tomorrow where I spent nearly twenty years of my life. I’m dying for the smell of the salty air and some fresh grilled seafood and maybe even some clam chowder. I love the coast… I’ve not been to Boston for two years since relocating to northern Germany so I’m very excited to return and I wonder how it will feel to be back on American soil in a place that I once called home.
This book also made me think about the South End Open Market – I definitely have to hit that this Sunday! Anyone else in Boston have plans to go or do you have a booth there?
Note: I usually don’t post about books until I’ve seen them myself, but with 38 positive reviews on Amazon, I trust that it’s a good one though I can’t personally say whether I like the book or not — I’ve only seen the photos shown above. I guess you can consider this post a headsup that the book is out there and to check it out the next time you’re in a book store. Hopefully I’ll get a copy of it in the future and then I can do a proper review of it. Until then, enjoy the sneak peek above and if you own a copy please let me know what you thought of it!
Lovely book, Christine!
(images: Christine Chitnis)