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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

Heart Home Magazine: Winter Issue

I’m so happy to announce that the second lovely issue of Heart Home magazine goes live in just a few minutes and it’s a lovely feast for the eyes. I love this magazine and look forward to seeing many more in the future because it covers mostly British designers, crafters, artisans, etc. and well, that niche stuff gets me all tingly. I love it when magazines have a very clear focus and aren’t all over the place and totally random, I know what to expect! I know when I look at VTWonen the aesthetic is mainly Dutch, or Inside Out is mainly Australian with lots of Aussie homes… Same for Selvedge magazine, it’s all about textiles. This is the kind of focused content that stands on its own and for me, Heart Home has a good thing going on. Are you ready for a special peek into their next issue? I’ll start by sharing my two favorite images in this magazine — this gorgeous bedroom for one…

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Oh dear this is where I imagine going on a weekend holiday… I love the natural light in this space and that gorgeous duvet or “eiderdown” as the English call them. The white floorboards are lovely and I like the contrast of the flooring against the wooden dresser – truth is, contrasts excite me. The fireplace and its surround is enchanting, in fact I noticed that in all of my favorite spaces in Heart Home I could see a fireplace – my absolutely favorite element in a room. The arrangement of things on the dresser is perfect, this room is fun to examine I think, don’t you? And now for my second favorite room in Heart Home, this amazing living room below… The corner nook is so appealing to me. I dream of finding a yummy leather chair like this and curling up to read on a Sunday morning… The flag is a perfect touch I think. If you put your finger over the Union Jack and try to imagine that corner without it, it’s simply not the same. That statement piece provides energy and fun.
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Lets get a closer look at what’s on that mantle, shall we (see below)? Well isn’t this a nice arrangement of quirky and sweet bits – some look sentimental, others perhaps were collected during a walk and still others could be flea market finds. There is sure to be a story behind each item, wouldn’t it be nice to know?

Heart Home Magazine

When I look at vignettes like this in other people’s homes, I often try to imagine my own stories for each of their objects. Maybe that black No. “3” is their birth month (March) or how many children they have or perhaps their lucky number. I have a ceramic vintage house number on my wall with “22” on it. I bought it in New Hampshire before I moved to Germany because I knew it would be the house number of my first address abroad, when I moved here I lived on a street in house No. 22. I’ve moved since, my new house is No. 46 – but my little No. 22 will always be special to me. Whenever I look at it I think of when I was planning to relocate and the excitement I felt, and my first apartment in Germany. These are the layers of stories behind objects that we decorate with that give a home some heart.

The second issue of Heart Home has around 160 pages and is packed with diverse homes and ideas to suit every taste. I was thrilled when editors Carol, Ari and Daniel gave me exclusive photos from the magazine to use in this blog post – it makes me happy to see how the rooms look without copy laid on them and they are gorgeous and totally pinterestable (new word, I know!) now so pin them, tag them “Heart Home Magazine” on Pinterest, and spread the word!

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This photo above gives me ideas for my vintage Moroccan wedding quilt that is currently folded on my sofa… It really looks beautiful on a floor, doesn’t it?

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Lace and neon is a great way to freshen up something seemingly old-fashioned with a little ‘edge’ appeal. I love the gift wrapping feature in this issue, lots of pretty ideas and color palettes.

Heart Home Magazine

I don’t know if the random purple fringe on the far left of that rug was an accidental soda spill or intentionally dyed to add some personality, but either way the result is great – I love it! This is something I find about British design that always makes me smile – a sense of humor and slight wrongness where you stop and say, “Wait, that shouldn’t be there… or should it?”. Even rooms that appear a bit serious seem to incorporate slight bits of quirk in England, at least from my outsider observations…

Heart Home Magazine

I like this idea because you can also use a found branch if you don’t have a fancy one like this. Aren’t all of these ornaments pretty? I have the reindeer, he is from Anthropologie and I know that because my friend Joanna just gave him to me. :) You can make some of these ornaments yourself – paint some found acorns white and leave the caps natural, then string them to hang or buy vintage door keys at a tag sale and paint them a chalky matte white to make them look almost like ceramic keys.

Heart Home Magazine

I like the wooden cabinet above as well, the knotty wood adds character and warmth. It is also a great contrast to the all-white floors. The quilt is cozy and charming and wow, what a gorgeous fireplace – what is up with English homes anyway, do they all come with amazingly aweseome fireplaces or?!?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into Heart Home’s latest issue – it will be live on their website very soon today so keep clicking by their page until you spot it – there is a patio set on the cover with a huge wreath above it, you can’t miss it!

(photography: Oliver Gordon, Sarah Hogan, Andrew Boyd and Jeska Hearne)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 08, 2011

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