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Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Etsy Faves

Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait…

July 20, 2008

Just look at these darling handmade books (in English) for children that double as art — pretty enough to display on a shelf or frame. I could not wait until tomorrow to share them. They are made with love by La Pomme Stories in France.

Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait...Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait...Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait...
What little (or grown up) girl would not love one of these… A special thanks to Shelly DeVous/heartlandart for the tip!

Also… If you are looking for a little inspiration today, I’ve posted some images from my binder over at haus maus along with a few of my finds from shopping at Red Chair Antiques yesterday…

(images from la pomme stories)

Books + Magazines

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design

July 7, 2008

Vanessa from Turquoise in LA wants to tell us about new book she’s loving so I’m handing the mic over to her for a moment… Take it away, V!

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
By: Vanessa De Vargas

I am so happy to blog about Ecologique “The Style of Sustainable Design” a new self-published book by interior designer Kelly LaPlante of Organic Interior Design. Kelly LaPlante is an eco designer located in Venice Beach, CA. Kelly?s retail store and design firm showcases custom eco-friendly furnishings while mixing recycled and vintage pieces. Her new coffee table book is a wonderful display of how green design looks polished and oh so chic! The many pages are filled with impressive images from classic style to tradition to eclectic and is printed on acid-free paper with soy-based ink.

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
The book is available through Organic Interior Design and 100% of the proceeds go to Global Green the national green resource center and The Blank Theatre Company, a playhouse in Los Angeles – which are both very important causes to Kelly. The book is $50 (or $55 including shipping) and all orders can be placed right here.

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
Just a couple months ago Kelly designed suites at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco and in Washington in partnership with Lexus Hybrid. Her classic design merged perfectly with the style and sophistication of the history of the hotel. In my opinion I have seen a lot of green design and I can fully say that Kelly not only has the eye for interiors but she has the knowledge to showcase exactly how eco design can look timeless and refined. For more design inspiration please check out her website.

Ecologique: The Style of Sustainable Design
And if you’re interested in more sustainable design, be sure you check out upcoming appearances of Kelly on Discovery Home Channel?s Greenovate and Sundance Channels Big Ideas for a Small Planet!

Vanessa De Vargas

Books + Magazines

The Cocktail

June 26, 2008

I wrote about the illustrator of this lovely little book called The Cocktail over at Real Simple yesterday (link here). Her name is Kat Macleod and she has a few pillowcases and a pretty handkerchief for sale at Third Drawer Down right now.

The Cocktail
I must confess, I purchased the book soley for the illustrations… Although the boozy concoctions look truly delicious. Some of the illustrations are so nice that I’m almost tempted to remove and frame them. But then there is this whole uncomfortable feeling I have about destroying a perfectly lovely book… So for now I will display the book on a shelf in my kitchen.

The CocktailThe Cocktail

(image top: holly becker for decor8 bottom: third drawer down)

Books + Magazines

Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design

April 28, 2008

I recently dug into a new book called Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design by image consultants Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte. As I started into the first section, the ideas sounded vaguely familiar and it was then that I remembered columnist Cynthia King first introduced these ladies to us awhile back in Domino magazine in the May 2007 issue, “Phone date with (style) destiny”. Since I like what I’m reading so far, I’ve decided to make this read the decor8 book of the week.

Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design
I can still recall how intrigued by McCarthy and LaPorte Cynthia was, and their ability to take in all this information about a person and using only two words, describe exactly their style, or as they call it — your Style Statement that defines your authentic self. Self-branding if you will. Cynthia is Cultivated Wonder.

“In a culture obsessed with image and materialism, it can be hard to feel like yourself. Amidst the craze of ?bigger, better, faster?, living real takes some determination. All too often, one?s best self gets buried beneath conformity and confusion. You wonder if the real you?the life-loving, juicy, most dynamic parts of you?can be excavated, re-invented or finally pulled together all in one place.” – Style Statement.

For instance, author McCarthy calls herself Refined Treasure. She has styled and designed homes, hotels, and magazines. LaPorte’s style statement is Sacred Dramatic. She brands companies for a living. You can learn more about the authors on their website, Carrie & Danielle, Inc. I often think I’m too complicated to be described in only two words, which is why I purchased Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design because I’d like to see if after reading this book I can actually do it. The book is loaded with profound (sometimes funny) questions and mini tests, if anything I’m up for a little self-discovery and fun. I’d even love to have a phone consultation with them as did Muse Marian, wouldn’t that be fun?

What can self-branding do for you? These ladies feel that it can help you to be more confident, make wiser decisions, and even dress and decorate with more confidence. In other words, to be more authentic — to be exactly who you are without fear, to live your life in full color.

Has anyone read this book yet or have an interest in uncovering your Style Statement? Your thoughts on this?

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Books + Magazines, Inspiration, Small Business

The Boss of You {book of the week}

April 11, 2008

The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business just released and it looks like a very promising read. I think this book is a perfect tie-in to our What To Do… series this week!

The Boss of You {book of the week}

Authors Lauren Bacon and Emira Mears are best friends and business partners based in Vancouver, Canada who founded Raised Eyebrow Web Studio Inc., a business that primarily serves women-run small businesses, arts groups, and not-for-profit organizations. For more information please check out their fabulous blog.

Congratulations lady, you go girls!

(image from bacon and mears)

Books + Magazines

Listography {Your Life in Lists}

April 3, 2008

On the whole self help theme, or shall I say, finding your true calling in life, which I love talking about by the way, why not try this fun book/writing exercise… I picked up this new journal tonight since I thought it would be fun to practice what I preach and hey, all of us can learn a thing or two (or 100) about ourselves because the process of growth is never quite complete.

Listography {Your Life in Lists}
Listography – Your Life in Lists is a book authored by Lisa Nola and it’s pretty much self explanatory, pages contain a single sentence meant to push you to fess up like, List Your Guilty Pleasures, List The People You Love The Most, and List Professions You’d Like To Try. It’s a great way for you to open up and write your own autobiography and for $12 it’s a lot cheaper than a therapist.

Listography {Your Life in Lists}My list above is taking shape…

It’s especially helpful for those who have a hard time maintaining a spot where you record your daily life. Some people buy journals with every intention of filling them but then crack it open and ———— draw a blank. Nothing comes to mind, the white pages stay white, and well the book lays in the drawer of your bedside table for months neglected and alone. Poor little journal. This book gets you thinking and writing. How about trying this out for a bit of self discovery? Even for those of you who think you have the world in your hands, it’s still good to take an honest look at yourself because there’s always something new you can learn no matter how far you’ve come. Plus, the more you write lists the more you reveal that deep dark buried under 10,000 layers of clay stuff that otherwise rests untapped in your brain. Dig it out and write about it.

(images from listography)

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