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Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure’s 100 Greatest Trips

January 5, 2007

Travel + Leisure, a magazine that I have been hooked on since 1989 (my friend Judith gave me a gift subscription as a teen), is known as the leader in directing thousands in the right direction when it comes to planning the perfect vacation. As a reader for 18 years, they have helped me put the dollup of whipped cream on all of my travel plans, that extra touch that I may not have ever known of had I not read about it in their magazine. This is why I am so excited to tell you about the new title from Travel + Leisure magazine, a gorgeous 287 page book called, “100 Greatest Trips”.

Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure's 100 Greatest TripsCategorized by country, from the United States to to western Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, and beyond, this book is jam packed with hundreds of beautiful photos arranged neatly around quick bites of information (it isn’t text heavy) in clean, modern typeface.

Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure's 100 Greatest Trips
Inside you’ll find everything from shopping expeditions to culinary tours, driving vacations, beach getaways, art and culture explorations, outdoor adventures, travel tips, mini-guides, and listings of recommended hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, musuems, and tour operators. The best part, everything they suggest seems to be within my budget! Score! (This isn’t too common in most travel books, as they tend to cater towards the money crowd.)

Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure's 100 Greatest Trips
Shot by some of T+L’s award-winning photographers, it’s one of those books that grabs, and keeps, your attention. It’s one that you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again, it’s almost a cookbook for travel. I love it because there are so many delicious interior shots that it gave me loads of inspiration. I highly suggest it either for yourself, or to give as a gift.

Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure's 100 Greatest Trips
decor8 gives it: 5 stars
newsstand price: $34.95
amazon price: $24.12 (and comes shrink wrapped, so you can crack the spine. I know, I’m a dork, but I love being the first person to open a book.)
available here at amazon.

Book of the Week: Travel + Leisure's 100 Greatest Trips
See more photos of this book here.

(images snapped by holly becker for decor8)

Books + Magazines

Tord Boontje – New Book!

December 21, 2006

Tord Boontje - New Book!
Outside of Rachael Ray, Tord Boontje seems to be going for world domination these days, and for good reason, his designs are not only beautiful, but appeal to the masses, which could make him a household name here in the states real soon. (Although, when I ask most of my friends (just out of curiousity) who designed the decorations in Target, they usually tell me that either 1) They never even noticed them or, 2) Target has an art department that does that stuff. I’m thinking we still have a ways to go here… Maybe he needs to be booked on Oprah.)

In addition to everything else Tord has his hands on, did you know that he is soon to release a book in the Spring of ’07? You can pre-order it right here on Amazon (I just did). Here is a snippet, straight from his website, which gives us a peek at what we can expect, “We have managed to create a comprehensive book of all activities to date. We have photographed all work to date in the forest, in settings and in the studio to create a spectacular documentation.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? Published by Rizzoli. To be released in 24 April 2007.

More details can be found here, where you can also pre order the book.

(image of book cover from rizzoli usa)

Books + Magazines, Fashion + Accessories, Objects

Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg

November 22, 2006

Print In Fashion By Marnie FoggWhen I first came across ‘Print In Fashion‘ By Marnie Fogg, who is a a media consultant and a lecturer on fashion in the UK, via Print + Pattern, I knew I had to have it because it explores cutting-edge print design for fashion. C’mon. Does it get much better than that? Yes. Much.

Print In Fashion not only displays gorgeous images of exclusive archived materials from fashion and textile designers (which I expected), but it’s highly informative for anyone seeking a insider’s glimpse into the world of textile design (which I didn’t expect it to be quite so thorough – 5 stars!).

An essential guide to understanding textile design and how the developments in print, textures, and finishes are influencing fashion, you’ll learn the studio process, sources of inspiration, and interviews as well.

This delightful book is split into categories, which I really appreciate for quick reference, like ‘Abstract’ ‘Folklore’ ‘Vintage’ etc. You’ll find the works of design greats like Eley Kishimoto, Paul Smith, Orla Kiely (6 pages of Orla!), Ann Louise Roswald and many more – it’s jam packed with full-color prints and patterns that you’re going to love. I purchased my copy over at Amazon for a song ($16), in the book stores it’s near impossible to find one and if you do, expect to pay full price ($25).

Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg
Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg
Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg
psst: Marnie’s first book, Boutique: A ’60s Cultural Icon, is another great find (a few images shown below) and you can pick up a copy for under $6 on Amazon.

Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg
Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg
(images: print in fashion from holly becker for decor8. boutique images from

Books + Magazines

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure Book

November 17, 2006

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure Book

Question. Have you read and applied the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure? I have it, but being away from home for nearly two months now, it’s not really a book I can dig into at the moment. I am a huge AT addict though and find the whole “cure” thing most fascinating – especially how Maxwell’s loyal (and massive!) readership responds to each and every step on his book blog. I can burn hours reading through all the comments. Good stuff.

Confession. I’m a pack rat. Bigger issue is that I don’t pack junk, I pack some seriously nice items that I truly love but have zero space for. People also give me lots of nice things that I don’t want to part with – things from clients, gifts from friends. How do you say goodbye to it all? I need to hop on the home cure band wagon and edit my space because my little home is bursting at the seams and this is not good but at the same time, how do you toss items you adore?

Have you followed the cure and if so, do you have any thoughts/advice on the subject? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

(image from apartment therapy)

Books + Magazines

Decorating On a Clothes Line

September 5, 2006

Here’s a creative idea to start off your week! It’s always fun to find new and exciting ways to display things, right? Traditional methods can become quite boring after awhile, but with a dash of creativity, finding an alternative way to show off your things can transform your space into a visually stimulating and appealing place to hang out.
Decorating On a Clothes LineBy creating inspirational focal points in your home, guests will linger, conversation will fill the air, and friends will return home with a new eye for their own space. Most importantly, displaying your favorite things (vs. tucking them into drawers or displaying them somewhat incorrectly) makes you feel happier at home, more stimulated, too. Don’t you want your home to sing your song? Your space should tell your story, your home = your life. All of the things you’ve collected and cherished throughout the years deserve a place, whether grouped together on a shelf or dresser top, displayed on a transparent wall mounted shelf or carefully congregated on the fireplace mantle, all deserve a place to shine and be seen.

Decorating On a Clothes Line
If you haven’t picked up the September issue of Living Etc (UK) magazine yet, grab it and turn to page 41. There’s this great tip called “Off The Peg” which suggests using a clothes line in your kitchen to display your favorite dish towels. That idea didn’t interest me much, but the thought of using a retractable clothes line did give me ideas for other spaces in the home – over the bed, over the sofa, down a long narrow hallway… I encourage use of this clothes line technique to any room in your home, going far beyond dish towels, to include posters, photography, fabric, even strips of gorgeous wallpaper. Install a clothes line over your sofa, for instance, and clip on 3 bold prints from the International Poster Gallery in Boston (or online). Viola! Art you can rotate without purchasing poster frames.

Decorating On a Clothes Line
Living Etc. suggests using a clothes line with metal wall mounts, which I stand behind as well since the look is more contemporary than rope, wood pins, and eye hooks. I would like to see the clothes line extrended across an entire wall, rotating your favorites as the seasons change. How fun! This clothes line and these funky black birds clothes pins are hip and functional, as well as affordable. Gotta love that!

Have you experimented with this display technique in your own home? Do you like this idea?

(images from living etc, international poster gallery, where did you buy that, and vendio)

Books + Magazines

Cookie + Modern Seed

April 27, 2006

Have you flipped through Cookie + Modern SeedTargeted at young urban-minded couples with kids who favor modern design and an active lifestyle, Cookie is packed with excellent parenting tips, recipes, home accessories, gifts, and my favorite – the road trip, which takes you on a journey to destinations, last issue was Stockholm, this time around it’s central Oregon. I highly suggest it to parents and non-parents alike, especially since we all have friends with kids and it’s never a bad thing to educate yourself a little about their lifestyle.

In the May/June issue, there’s a really cute interview on page 96 with Keegan Pfeiffer. She’s the daughter of Melissa and Eric over at Modern Seed. Cookie was talking to her about her bedroom and when asked, “Do any of your friends have rooms you like better than yours?”, she replied a confident, “No, my room is awesome!” The confidence of children is great, isn’t it? As adults, we all need to work on our confidence; we should be so absolutely certain about our own space, just like Keegan.

How many times have your shoulders slumped when you saw a teriffic room in a magazine, wishing your home looked like that? True, it’s never okay to be satisfied with a space that is poorly designed and not being utilized to its fullest – it cannot accommodate your storage needs, color is impacting you negatively, access or egress routes are blocked, structural problems… When I hear clients express how much they hate their style, I know it’s time for me to tread carefully because if I don’t figure out why and what style they do like, a well-designed space may result, but not something that they necessarily like. You see this a lot on design shows, clients meet with people to “fix” a poorly designed room and the outcome is an amazing space with everything the client stated they wanted, shelving, new bathroom fixtures, etc. but it’s not really them and you can see it on their face. You sense that as soon as the camera crew is gone, those homeowners are ripping down that floral wallpaper and painting the walls beige again because it’s all they know, and god knows that they detest vinyl walls.

The key is to get into your own head, figure out “what” it is about your style that you do not like, create lists on paper to keep your thoughts flowing and in front of you at all times. Don’t question your gut. Don’t design based on a trend. If you truly detest wallpaper, don’t add it to your space because it’s “in” at the moment. It may not grow on you, maybe you’ll never enjoy seeing patterns on your walls from floor to ceiling. Perhaps adding some simple peel-and-stick wall decals will do the trick without hard labor. If your eye adjusts to the decals and you decide you want more pattern on the walls, then consider wallpaper, but don’t jump into something that costs time and money if you are uncertain about it. Your mother said to follow your gut about men. Apply this to your design sense, too.

List everything that you dislike about your current style, in detail, and when you are finished, try to focus on each point individually and develop ideas that could transform the negative into a positive.

For instance, you dislike your wall color, but cannot paint (you rent) and cannot move out (financially strapped). Think about what it is that you dislike about it. Could it be that you need a focal point in the room to detract the eye from the walls? Or maybe the colors you have in the space are not complementing your wall color. Maybe the art is clashing. Could be the lighting, maybe you need a few more lamps. Check your light bulbs, incandescent bulbs can change the look of your space since they are available in a variety of colors from soft white to clear or even a soft blue or pink. I recently swapped out the bulbs in my living room from soft to clear and it truly does make a difference.

Ultimately, trust your judgement and make it your goal to love your space and when asked, you’ll be able to say, “My room is awesome!”.

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