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Paper Runway Magazine

August 4, 2011

If you are inspired by paper and the sheer versatility of it, from stationery to jewelry, artwork and beyond, then digital magazine Paper Runway is for you. Released online quarterly and packed with pages of inspiring images and ideas, easy DIY projects and gorgeous products, I appreciate their focused content (paper!) and how well it’s edited with just under 70 pages so it’s not overwhelming… Some of their spreads really appealed to me this month like these three below…

Paper Runway Magazine

Paper Runway Magazine

Paper Runway Magazine

Don’t miss Paper Runway, their new issue is on computers everywhere right here. You can also purchase hard copies on this page for just under $25 per issue. Enjoy!

(images: paper runway)

Books + Magazines, Events + Markets

Big News: Decorate Book Tour Details!

August 1, 2011

UPDATE 8/1: All Mood Board demos are full but the meet and greet/signing event with special guests is still open and you can RSVP to anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com for your preferred location below. The second invitation below is for you!

UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board Events are booked but please attend the meet and greet/book signing in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :)

Hello everyone! It’s August 1st and I’ve been dying to share this amazing news with you for months now ever since I first found out that Anthropologie (insert squeals of delight here) would be hosting the official Decorate Book Tour in the U.S. this month! Yes, this month! PLEASE READ the bullet points below the invitation and mark your calendars because it’s time to meet up!

Big News: Decorate Book Tour Details!

I’ll soon be on the road visiting 6 stores that both Anthropologie and Chronicle Books selected for me and I’m very excited to hang out with all of you and have some fun. I’m flying over alone from Germany and staying in the states for two weeks, which is quite exciting and seems very glamorous – I still can’t believe it – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime event so I’m going to just jump in head first and go for it despite the butterflies that I feel! I’m ready to meet you all and share lots of inspirational ideas and the special people that I have lined up to attend as special guests alongside of me as I hop around. I also must add that I can’t wait to be back home in America, even though I love being abroad there is nothing like being home in the USA!

Here’s the plan… I’ll be kicking things off in Boston on Saturday morning, August 20th, so it’s a special spot to begin the tour for me. From there, I’ll visit Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. In August, I’ll even be at the London Anthropologie store on Kings Road for a special brunch event…that will be on September 25th, more on that in a few weeks but mark your calendars!

PLEASE READ:

* To attend a mood board + book signing event, please email anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com with your name and the store where you plan to attend.

* Mood board events have extremely limited space so there is a chance that lots of you may not be able to attend my 30 minute demonstration but that’s okay… UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board demos are booked but you can still attend the meet and greet/book signing portion of the event in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :) You should still plan on attending right after the demo wraps up. In fact, if Anthropologie cannot accommodate your request for the mood board event don’t worry, they will add your name to the actual book signing/meet and greet event immediately following which will be a larger crowd, more mingling and when you’ll get to meet me and have your book signed.

* If you are confirmed to attend the mood board event, please bring some items to pin on the board that we plan to use for the demonstration. Bring things that can be pinned (nothing heavy or too large) such as tear sheets from magazines, ribbons, fabric swatches, etc. showing the types of spaces and things that inspire you…. you can put together a little envelope of bits to bring along and together we’ll pin them to the Decorate Mood Board at Anthropologie.

*If a mood board demonstration sells out, I will update this blog post with the cities where it has sold out — BUT you will be put on the official guest list to attend the meet and greet/book signing during the same time frame, immediately following the mood board demo, because then I’ll be able to talk to you, sign your book, introduce you to others, etc.

* Each location I visit will have special surprise guests who contributed to Decorate. I’ll introduce them to everyone during the event so you can meet them – from top interior designers to your favorite bloggers and magazine editors. Bring your business cards, it will be a great networking event, too!

If the mood board events sell out, this invitation below is for you so please print it out and hang on to it – also make sure to RSVP as well!

Big News: Decorate Book Tour Details!

I’m so honored that Anthropologie will host my first ever book tour, I’m so flattered and happy about it but beyond the excitement I have to sign books in their gorgeous stores, I’m so happy that I can finally get a chance to meet all of you in person. I also must thank my publisher, Chronicle Books, for working so hard to plan these events for me and for sponsoring this big book tour for me. I still can’t believe that this is all happening and I’m thrilled. I just found out that Decorate will be re-printed in both the US and UK for the THIRD time and all of this happened because of you, my readers and friends, so please attend one of my events so I can thank you personally for being such a big part of this dream come true in my life.

Remember, please RSVP AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so you can attend: anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com

UPDATE 8/1: LA, Boston, San Francisco and New York Mood Board Events are booked but please attend the meet and greet/book signing in those cities according to the second invitation below. You’ll need to still RSVP to anthroevents [at] anthropologie [dot] com but everyone is invited so please come along for a fun event! I won’t be back in these cities for quite a long time so this is our big chance for bloggers and friends to meet up. :)

(images: anthropologie)

 

Books + Magazines

Spotlight On: BoligLiv Magazine

July 29, 2011

When my good friend and neighbor goes to Denmark to relax in her vacation home, I know what to expect when she returns home – a fresh copy of BoligLiv magazine! She’ll be home tomorrow and I’m already counting the moments until it’s laying on my doorstep. I thought, because I love this Danish decorating magazine so much, that I’d shine a wee spotlight on them today in case you’ve not visited their website before.

Spotlight On: BoligLiv Magazine

Spotlight On: BoligLiv Magazine

Happy Friday everyone!

(images: boligliv)

Books + Magazines

Summer Break & Vacation Posts

July 25, 2011

Hello everyone! I’m taking some time off for a bit of a summer break but also to give myself some time before I begin traveling for the official Decorate book tour in the USA and London in August and September. Anthropologie is so generously hosting me in their stores across the country in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and then in September, in their beautiful Kings Road location in London and all of this is made possible by Chronicle Books who have been an absolute dream publisher to work with.

Summer Break & Vacation Posts

I’m quite excited about these in-store events because I’ve been working with them on a project idea to get all who visit involved — I’ve been working on this for many months and so next week I’ll give you the full details about the tour, the project and all of the fun we’re going to have together. I can’t wait to meet all of you.The tour will kick off on August 20th so less than 4 weeks from now which is why I need a bit of a break this week to relax and get ready for all of this.

So yes, I’m taking a mini break now but I’ll still be posting on decor8 daily to link you to great, inspirational content since I plan to pop in first thing each morning to post and then run off for the day.While text will be extremely light, you can expect these vacation posts daily until I’m back sometime next week. Don’t forget to stop by and visit to see what I have in store for you.

Back with some links for today… See you soon. :)

(Photos: Holly Becker)

Books + Magazines

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

July 18, 2011

I will forever have a place in my heart for Liberty, not only because I’ve loved their fabrics for years and years, but because they threw me a splendid book launch party in their gorgeous store back in April which is one big way to launch your first book! But this post isn’t about that, it’s about another book – their upcoming title, The Liberty Book of Home Sewing, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it!

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

Written and produced by the fabulous Lucinda Ganderton (I own several of her books) and published by Quadrille Publishing — this title has me quite excited!

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

(UK jacket shown above.)

Sure, Liberty-inspired books have been done before, my most recent favorite being by French author Alice Marceau called En toute Liberty (also available in German under the title Ganz In Liberty – you can see my copy here), but I love seeing a more quirky spin on Liberty prints and this book will feature plenty of them!

“The book is divided into three chapters – Essential, Organisation and Luxury – and contains projects ranging from practical fold-up shopping bags to elegant cushions, through handy display boards and book slipcovers to indulgent kimonos, beanbags and throws. Variations and alternatives are included for many of the projects so that the core collection is in fact an inexhaustible resource of ideas.”

The Liberty Book of Home Sewing

(US jacket shown above.)

And… if you love the idea of sewing + Liberty fabrics, then why not combine the two and take their Frilly Pinny class at Liberty in London on either September 18th or the 25th with sewing instructor Nicole Wilson who will show you how to create your very own apron (frilly pinny) using Liberty fabrics and the design from the upcoming book! Fun!

Just added this one to my wishlist!

(images: quadrille publishing)

Books + Magazines

My Shop Window

July 6, 2011

It’s no secret that I recently wrote a book with interiors writer Joanna Copestick that, thanks to you and the work of my publishers, is doing so well – it’s thrilling! I started out like most of you, using a blog to communicate my ideas and connect with like-minded people with the ultimate goal of writing for magazines, but I didn’t think I’d have a book, events, signings OR a window devoted to my book — here is a glimpse of it.

My Shop Window

For those of you who ask me about how it feels going from blog to book, well it’s quite nice though I’m not leaving my blog anytime soon. In fact, I feel more inspired to blog than ever before. Having a book is a privilege and I feel so honored and part of the design community now more than ever before. I’ve been connecting with readers both near and far, in person, and being part of your “in person” life has been wayyyy more meaningful than even I thought. I’ve gone back to my hotel room after some events and felt so happy-emotional, completely humbled by the things you may have said, your warm hugs, all of the happy smiles, the kind cards and sweet gifts some of you bring to my signings.

I’ve really cherished meeting so many and soon as I embark on my US book tour (I’m excited and scared because I’m traveling alone for 13 days), I look forward to meeting more of you in person. This isn’t about book sales or fame to me, to some it totally is about that, but to me it’s a nice excuse to go out there and meet you guys because now I have something to really share, an extension of my blog in many ways. I think this book tour will, in many ways, change my life because after the few events I’ve had so far I feel an inner shift… there is something very heartwarming about meeting you in person, it’s hard to put into words, but it makes blogging even more personal to me whenever I finish an event and start typing on my laptop. I can see so many of your faces as I write — Iro, Arianna, Will, Danielle, Yvonne, Illaria, Karine, Desiree… I think every writer in the world feels deep joy when they are able to meet those people who follow their work because it’s an absolute honor beyond words.

My Shop Window

When I give lectures publicly, I always tell my story but if you’ve not heard it, well…  I’ll tell you now. It’s a bit cheesy but hey. Okay so when I was a little girl I would hand make books and write/illustrate about 10-15 copies of each story and then hold a book signing in my bedroom and sign copies for my dolls and bears. This wasn’t a one time childhood occurrence but a frequent one that went on for years. Writing a book has been a dream but signing books, oh my goodness, I never imagined I’d be doing this for actual people. Often when I’m seated at a signing table I’m transported for a few seconds to that little white desk in my bedroom when I was so little holding a signing for my stuffed animals. It’s this glimpse backward that makes me so grateful for the reality of all of this today. It feels awkward to confess that publicly, but you are worth telling it to regardless of how embarrassed I feel as I type… I think the biggest part of all of this, that needs to be said, is that this would have never happened if I didn’t write this blog and if you, especially you, didn’t read it and support me as friends.

My Shop Window

I’m grateful to all of you for supporting me with Decorate, for listening to me talk about it from time to time because I’m simply happy about it, and for coming out to the events that I do because it makes this whole process of writing and putting myself REALLY out there (in print) very rewarding, emotional, often a total roller coaster! And to all who are leaving feedback on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk as well as on other websites, and to those reviewing it on your blog, thank you a million times over. Especially for the Amazon feedback, I feel so weird asking people to leave it but it really makes a difference.

My Shop Window

If you wonder what these photos are in this post, I’ve taken apart a slightly damaged copy of the book and created a store window display in Amsterdam at The American Book Center located in the city center at Spui 12 and it will be there on display until mid July so I hope that you’ll take a moment to walk by and visit it if you’re in Amsterdam. I’m pretty excited about it, it’s my first window display ever and I created it out of my work studio at home using torn fabric, ribbon, book pages, a circle cutter, fabric that I stamped words on like Mood Board and Lamp, bookmarks that I made for each book, paint swatches here and there… I was so excited to install this recently on one of the busiest streets in Amsterdam. They carry the book inside so please pick up a copy if you are there; they have limited availability. (You can see more photos of the window here.)

My Shop Window

My Shop Window

I hope you like it! Now I want to decorate more shop windows, I have the bug now and I’m thinking to ask local businesses if I can do some shop windows from time to time for their products and things. That would be a fun creative past-time for me. So friends, that’s all for book talk this week… I’ll be back in a moment with more inspiration from my little work desk to yours.

P.S. Thank you Signe for helping me install the display in the window!

(images: Thorsten Becker)

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