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Love Book

January 27, 2009

I’m so proud of Samantha Hahn because she pulled together some of her friends and created a book called Love Book which she has made available through Blurb. You can purchase a copy if you’d like for $16.95. Inside you will find the work of many talented men and women, you’ll even find a drawing of mine! Samantha’s project gave me a much needed push to pull out my pencils and watercolors and go to work and I had a lot of fun doing it.

Curated, published and designed by me (Samantha Hahn). 24 artists with a distinct style and voice were given the theme “love” and set free to interpret it visually or in writing. The outcome expresses both singularity and uniqueness.We all see love differently and yet much in the same way. We’re connected through love and art.

Hannah Stouffer, Lilly Piri, Aaron Hogg, Lisa Butterworth, Dan Funderburgh, Samantha Hahn, Erin Loechner, Jesse Breytenbach, Kate Miss, Jessica Gonacha, Kelly Lynn Jones, Yasmine Surovec, Shira Sela, Matthew and Sandy Lynn Davis (Treatzone), Maditi, Amy Sahba, Ez Pudewa, Hijiri Shepherd, Marisa Haedike, Lisa Congdon, Holly Becker, Kate Neckel, Katie Sokoler & Kate Bingaman Burt are all part of this very special book.

Psst: You can view pages from Love Book here.

(image from holly becker for decor8)






Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines

Happy Weekend!

January 23, 2009

I’m signing out of blogland for the weekend as I have a few projects to work on so I’ll see you again here on Monday. I hope that you enjoyed reading my blog this week, thank you so much for stopping by, commenting, and being a big (special) part of my life!

By the way, has anyone picked up the latest Somerset magazine called In Love? Your opinion? It’s a great weekend read in my opinion. Featuring a passionate collection of work from eleven artists, it’s inspirational with lots of project ideas and fab eye candy if you love mixed media work, pretty papers, altered books, etc. I found my copy at Barnes & Noble in case you’re out and about… but you can also purchase it online here.

See you on Monday you gorgeous things, you!

P.S. And so you don’t think I’d forgotten… to circle back to this popular post, I spoke to my contact at Anthropologie who confirmed that yes they are having classes at select stores in the U.S. but you basically have to call your local store and ask if they have any classes coming up. Nothing is posted or organized by corporate yet so it’s not going to be on the Antho website. I was excited and hoping for regular events but it seems pretty random at the moment. It could be they are testing the idea…

(image taken by holly becker for decor8)






Books + Magazines, Objects

Fabric Inspirations {Book}

January 23, 2009

Textile lovers will want to see a lovely book that I received a few weeks ago called Fabric Inspirations by Kate French and Kathrine Sorrell published by Ryland Peters & Small (photographed by Lisa Cohen who I’ve featured here on decor8 before). I love the photographs and the entire vintage vibe of the book – each photo looks so welcoming. I think that is why I’ve always loved combining the old with the new, it feels very cozy or in German, gemütlich. Here are some photos I took in my living room this morning to give you a sneak preview.

If you’d like to see more, you’ll need to spend $20 and buy the book but of course if you do that, you’ll certainly thank me because it’s a keeper. B-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

(images from fabric inspirations)






Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips, Inspiration

Inspired by Skona Hem

December 11, 2008

I’m feeling VERY creative lately, I think it’s due to the friends I’ve made here in Germany (and in other countries nearby) and being around so many ladies who are so into all things handmade, it’s absolutely inspiring. All of my friends are making something by hand and I find it very motivating too. I really love life in northern Germany, it’s not perfect in any country but I’m satisfied with what I have and the things I’ve been exposed to. Wonderful!

Another thing that has been fueling my creativity lately is the access that I have to so many different cultures, I don’t even have to leave Germany for this but when I do it feels almost surreal to hop over the border to another country because I’m American and when we leave our state we are still in America (unless we go up to Canada or down to Mexico of course). It’s so different on this side of the pond and I’m enjoying it immensely. I was at the train station the other day and nearly fainted when I saw a train boarding for Moscow. As in Russia. That is one train I cannot take in New Hampshire! :) I traveled up to Stockholm last year for under $100 round trip and felt so appreciative of that opportunity as I’d wanted to see Sweden for most of my life. I love America but I am really having fun with this experience!

Speaking of travel and Stockholm in particular, I always think of Skona Hem magazine and their glorious monthly spreads, they feature mostly Scandinavian homes that are very impressive and I wonder how they never seem to run out of gorgeous pads to feature given that Scandinavia is not that large. But they continue to publish beautiful places… here are a few to inspire you today.

Psst: Skona Hem has a blog so you can keep up with what’s going on in the world of Swedish design.

(images from skona hem)






Books + Magazines, Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Stationery

Mateo Ilasco: New Products

December 11, 2008

I’m also so pleased when I hear from Meg (Mateo Ilasco), she is such a talented and clever business lady and I find that she is a really positive example for small business owners out there. As a product designer, blogger, author, online shop owner, as well as many other things (lot of hats!) she has many things to juggle but manages to stay organized and continues to inspire so many through her work and life. Meg’s resolution for the new year is to be more organized so she developed a collection of office products around this theme and added them to her online shop.

These products include: the Numbers Desk Set which includes a Blueprint Notepad, Numbers Notepad, and Number Organizing Clips, and the Office Desk Set which includes a Weekly Notepad, a To Do List Pad, and Action Organizing Clips. During the month of December you can enter the coupon code TEN upon checkout to receive 10% off your order.

Meg is based on the west coast but surprise! she’s currently in New York with a shop at The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park for 6 weeks (look for the brand Mixed Co. which includes Meg (of course), Allymoon, SusyJack*, Nantaka Joy, Linea Carta, Carrie Saxl of Blue Wild Indigo, Laurel Denise, and Good on Paper Design.) until December 28th at booth #C03. There you can view and shop for Mateo Ilasco products and books, including signed copies of her lovely and popular book for small business owners called Craft, Inc. In addition to Meg, there are seven additional shops featuring gifts, stationery, and jewelry, over 100 in fact! Artisans, designers, and food merchants from around the world.

And stay tuned! Meg is finishing up on the Craft, Inc. Business Planner, a companion to Craft Inc. that will help a creative business get organized in order to build a successful business. This book will be released during Fall ’09 by Chronicle Books. Yay, Meg!

(images from meg mateo ilasco)






Books + Magazines

Happy Weekend!

December 5, 2008

I’ve had one of those weeks, I explained why recently, and I’m happy to report that decor8 is back in full swing. Yay! Life is good again thanks to my husband. I cannot believe what he had to do to save my blog (and me) from hundreds of hours of repairs, but he did it through some complicated means that I cannot even begin to explain. When he starts speaking in tongues with tech terms I glaze over and just nod politely, “Uh huh, okay honey, good, nice, thank you”. Not because I don’t care to know the details, I do not UNDERSTAND the details because it sounds all Japanesey to me or something. I know this much, I had 978 links to create today but thanks to him, I had zero.

Now I can relax… (photo from Anthropologie)

This weekend I have lots of fun things planned, tomorrow I’m going to a big outdoor market and a flea market and on Sunday I’ll be with friends and then next week I will take off on Monday as I have a project to complete, but I’ll be back on Tuesday with posts and goodies for the week.

Until we meet again my friends – ’til Tuesday!

(2nd image from amazon, I’m dying to order Easy Elegance by Atlanta Barlett set to release in the Spring. Yum. All of her books I own and cherish.)






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