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Browsing German Book Shops

October 23, 2007

I just love Autumn, don’t you? I was out and about today enjoying the sunny weather — walking around the city, looking for property (yes, it’s true, we are officially going for it – a 2nd residence in addition to New Hampshire, USA), and shopping at the book store downtown. Strolling around is huge here when it’s sunny outside, it seems the entire city heads to the pedestrian zones (where the stores are) for meeting up with friends, eating, and shopping, mostly with ice cream in hand. So that’s part of what I did today and it was heaven.

I even indulged in one of my favorite treats, a visit to the book store. If you live in Germany, here are my picks for a few great design and crafting books. If you live outside of Germany, you can always google the ISBN to see if it’s available in your language in your part of the world, as I know some of them are available in additional languages. First, let me start with my favorite book of the moment, Ganz mein Stil which means “Totally My Style”. And it is. Totally. :)

Browsing German Book ShopsGanz mein Stil by: Sonia Lucano, who is a stylist and lives in Montreal and her husband Fred Lucano is a well known photographer. ISBN: 978-3258072043, Available in French and German. I have to quickly comment on this book. It’s simplicity is overwhelmingly gorgeous complete with patterns, drawings, watercolored illustrations, and the projects are great. I hope it will be available in English at some point because it would make the perfect present for a crafty friend. I love the format, the photo styling, everything absolutely speaks to me on every possible level. Can’t you tell, I am blown away by this book! Psst: You can purchase Sonia’s little dolls here.

Browsing German Book ShopsBehaglich wohnen in allen Jahreszeiten by: Ilkka Falck, Inga Aaltonen, and Anne Saarenoja. ISBN: 978-3512033056, Available in Finnish and German. Breathtaking interiors.

Browsing German Book ShopsAufger?umt by: Terence Conran. ISBN: 978-3766716743. Available in German.Terence Conran, need I say more? Up next, Tildas Haus by: Tone Finnanger. ISBN: 978-3426645222. Available in German. The style is Scandinavian and mostly geared towards children, but the project ideas, colors, and imagery is gorgeous. And W?nde kreativ by: Linda Barker and Wiebke Krabbe. ISBN: 978-3421036018. Available in German or in English under the title Wall to Wall. And finally, Papier verziert by: Nathalie Delhaye, Stephanie Hure and Charlotte Lasceve. ISBN: 978-3258072029. Available in French and German. Another book I think you’ll like a lot. It shows many projects using basic collage techniques that are highly creative.

(images from amazon.de)






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vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home

October 19, 2007

Most of you know my latest obsession is with Scandinavian and Dutch design magazines, like vtwonen, and you know what they say about crack, once you start you can’t stop. Magazines intoxicate me. Especially European and Australian ones (at least lately).

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
Oh but wait. There are dozens of places with magazines of which I’ve not opened, smelled, lingered over (don’t you love magazine smell?), but dear friends I am young and there is time. :) I will find more magazines on this planet to desire and despite my inability to read most of them (I only read English and German), language barriers present no challenge gazing into gorgeous photos of styled spaces like the ones in this post from the recent issue of vtwonen. YUM.

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
vtwonen is a super stylish Dutch interiors magazine, I’ve waxed on about them here before, but a few days ago I found out that they have a brand new book called “Enjoy Your Home” and after looking at some sneak peeks in the October issue of their magazine, I decided that I must have it. I don’t *need* another design book, but you know how it goes.

And by the way, have you noticed that green and teal are all the rage for Fall this year along with various shades of white and gray with hints of silver and lilac? At least in interiors magazines and stores over here. It’s sublime – I love it. Grass green extends into Fall? How lovely!

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
Books are like shoes, you start collecting them and there’s really no need to stop. So I’m now circling like the Tasmanian devil trying to locate a copy online.

vtwonen {new book} Enjoy Your Home
The ISBN number is 9789085743835 if you want to scour the web along with me, maybe one of us can find it from a vendor that ships to America.

(images from vt wonen)






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Domino Magazine: Book Release!

September 28, 2007

Just in! Domino, the leading decorating magazine in America, has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish its first book, The Domino Book of Decorating. It will offer decorating advice and inspiration for every room in the home. Yay! This is great news. All I can say is that’s it’s about time!

Domino Magazine: Book Release!
[“Filled with floor plans, before-and-after shots, and a wealth of lush photography, it will include all of the magazine’s popular elements: unexpected expert decorating tips, eclectic style juxtapositions, shrewd shopping strategies, and ideas drawn from sources as far apart as Louis XIV and Le Corbusier.”]

Thanks Amy for the news! Release date unknown, but when I know, I’ll update this post.

update: Just heard from Amy at Domino – the book is due out in Fall ’08.

(image from domino mag)






Books + Magazines, Inspiration

Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern

August 21, 2007

I promised you a sneak peek inside of Midwest Modern, and since David and Amy just sent along images, I wanted to get them up with a mini book review right away. If you have any questions, please ask me by commenting below. I asked Amy for the names of some of the paint colors in her home, so if you’d like to know, just ask and I’ll list them in the comments section below (thanks, Amy!).

Amy Butler's Midwest Modern
Midwest Modern is packed with pictures, nearly all 225 pages have something to drool over, so I found it extremely inspiring because it is so visual. But it’s not just a pretty picture book, Amy talks to us about everything from decorating to fashion, gardening, and travel. The first section of the book focuses on the importance of creating a home that inspires its occupants to dream, relax, and play – and to respect nature and bring some of the outside in. Most of the interior shots are from Amy and David’s gorgeous home in Ohio, and other lifestyle images show the fabrics and accessories from the Amy Butler collection. I am one part in awe and a million parts motivated to move on some of my own home decorating projects.

Amy Butler's Midwest ModernAmy Butler's Midwest ModernI love the idea of digital wallpaper, you have to
read the book to learn more.

Amy is a huge fan of vintage furniture, flea market finds, and lots of blue and green tones in the home. And she loves nature. If you think about it, shopping flea markets is just another way we can show respect to nature, and to our budget. When it comes to trends, Amy observes them, but says, “Trends cannot keep up with my ever-changing moods”. I second and third that! Throughout the book, Amy shows us where she likes to go to relax and regroup, and of course work. Her design lab, a studio shared with her husband David, is both personal and professional so both are able to focus on work in a comfortable environment that supports them fully.

Amy Butler's Midwest ModernAmy Butler's Midwest Modern
I especially like her kitchen with the open cabinets and the darling buttery yellow 50’s Westinghouse fridge, I had one in pale pink, my first fridge when I moved out on my own (and I miss it!). After the jaw-dropping interiors, the next section discusses personal style and how she feels the body is a canvas on which to display your unique style. Amy believes that wearing something you love can make your spirit rise and your confidence grow, and enjoys seeing others express their artistic voice through their clothing and accessories. This section is rich with images of her bags, skirts, hats and other clothing created from her patterns and fabrics, and even includes some of her fashion sketches (I really liked this part).

Amy Butler's Midwest ModernAmy Butler's Midwest Modern
After fashion, the book spotlights the natural world, how it’s many patterns, shapes, colors, and sounds have affected her life as an artist in Ohio. She gets into gardening a bit, showing us garden shots from the homes of some of her friends. I like that along with the nature photography, she mixes in a swatch from her fabric collection that was inspired by some of the plants in her own garden.

Amy Butler's Midwest ModernAmy Butler's Midwest Modern
Midwest Modern wraps up with a bit on travel and how refreshing it can be to simply go with a “gypsy caravan” mindset, which means to drop everything and just go somewhere. Even if it’s down the street. Amy often travels with a very loose agenda and no set schedule, for instance with David and her vintage camper, they hit flea markets nearby and then go camping with friends. She also talks briefly about flea markets and the lake house retreat they visit, too.

Amy Butler's Midwest Modern
What I took most from Midwest Modern is that Amy seeks what we all seek, good work, rest and relaxation with friends and family. Places to find either great buys or simply a peaceful spot to chill out and get away from it all. And inspiration – finding it all around – but not looking too hard, as the process of discovery should be fun and free. Even finding beauty in the mundane. Amy reminds us that when you run your own company, there’s a lot to do, but despite that you still need to make time to enjoy your life. It’s vital to create a space, both for living and working, that reflects yours style, that you love, and that supports you on all levels. That way, when you are “stuck” at home, you don’t feel stuck because you simply love being there and your surroundings inspire you to be better, live better, and give to others so that they may be inspired to do these things for themselves.

I’d like to thank Amy and David (and her nice support team!) for working with me to send over these images, and for the generosity they’ve shown in the recent past when sponsoring a contest on decor. Thank you.

(images copyright David Butler 2007)






Books + Magazines, Inspiration

Midwest Modern *New* Amy Butler Book

August 18, 2007

I can’t wait to give you a sneak peek and a mini review of this wonderful book next week. Amy sent along her new book, Midwest Modern (release date 10/1), and I’ve already read half of it and it arrived a few hours ago. Whenever I flip a page, I keep thinking about you and how you’re going to love it, it’s so inspirational that your head will explode with ideas. :)

Midwest Modern *New* Amy Butler Book
If you feel like shopping for Amy stuff, her web shop is having a sale, 40% off pillows, journals, and handbags. Just enter SALE upon checkout.

Hope you are all having a a great weekend!

(image from holly becker for decor8)






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New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide

August 8, 2007

While the thrill of the hunt is invigorating, the thrill of the blindly stumbled upon can sometimes delight even more. Over the winter while browsing the local Barnes & Noble, I found a $13 book that spoke to me on every level in the most unexpected place – the nobody-loves-me-anymore bargain section. How a new release ended up there, I’ll never know. Call it fate. New Decor, written by London-based designer and writer Elizabeth Wilhide and photographed by Lisbett Wedendahl, is packed with gorgeous imagery and decorating tips.

New Decor by Elizabeth WilhideIt embraces that European urban bohemian style we love, referred to as Modern Euro Country in some magazines, but I’m beginning to think I should call it Bohemian Euro and leave it at that, it’s quicker to say and gets to the core of this most appealing look.

New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide
As a side point, New Decor appears to have different covers and titles in other parts of the world, so it’s easy to get confused. The ISBN is 978-076078-944-5 in case you want to find it in a store where you live. In Germany, it’s titled Inspiration, and in the UK, it has a totally different cover look altogether.

New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide
I have to admit that upon first glance, I wasn’t impressed by the colors on the cover (something about violet and beige combined, but that’s just me), so I walked by it a few times. But the more I looked over at it, it kept calling to me — almost batting it’s eyelashes with the giant discount sticker slapped on the front. One cannot at least look into a bargain, right? But the bait that really lured me in was the border shown on the cover, something about it felt familiar and I had to investigate further, so I satisfied my curiosity and read that it’s wallpaper designed by none other than Ms. Orla Kiely herself for Habitat’s VIP collection in London. Ah-ha! The second I saw her name this rush of excitement ripped through me, for anything involving Orla Kiely must be good. And this book is very good. Drool-inducing pages of gorgeousness, one after another. I felt as though I’d discovered gold that day in the middle of big box bargainville.

New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide
I refer to New Decor regularly for ideas and inspiration. It has opened my eyes to color and pattern, and I was already confident (or so I thought) in using both and thought I was pretty open-minded about design until New Decor entered my life. It’s a great reminder that when it comes to design, I’ve only just begun! I need to continue to develop my eye by experimenting more, leaning less on what I know to guide me (comfort) and more on what I do not know to steer me in exciting new directions (exploration, going beyond what’s comfortable). Yes, a mere design book with pretty picture can do that.

New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide
Beyond imagery though, it’s packed with topics spanning everything from monochromatic color schemes to brightly-colored wallpaper, there’s truly something for everyone including display techniques, window treatments, how to mix a variety of patterns in a space, and tips on paint selection. There’s even a how-to guide in the back and a stocklist. I’ll try to look through that later today and share some of those with you here, as a few of the resources cited do not sound familiar to me. I need to comb the stocklist to locate these curtains below because I want to buy them for an upcoming project I’m involved in. It’s called decorating my new city apartment. More on that in months to come. :)

New Decor by Elizabeth Wilhide
I seriously suggest that you purchase a copy and find a cozy chair immediately, it may open your eyes to a few non-traditional approaches to design too.

(images from new decor and holly becker)






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