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Atlanta Bartlett & Dave Coote

I’ve been an Atlanta Bartlett fan long before I started writing decor8, in fact it was her work through the pages of her design books that inspired me early on and was one reason why I started taking art & design classes. My current favorite book is her new one, Easy Elegance, photographed by the great Polly Wreford whom I’m profiled here in the past. It’s heavenly, I absolutely suggest picking up a copy and I’ve made it easy for you to find it because it just-so-happens to be the decor8 book of the week. You will cherish this one forever, trust me.

Atlanta Bartlett

Atlanta’s work as an interiors stylist absolutely clicks with me and my own personal style, when I look at the rooms and tablescapes she pulls together I always think, “Oh yes, perfect”. I frequently stalk Atlanta’s website but gave up awhile back since it wasn’t pulled together nearly as beautifully as her books and did not have much to look at — it was more of a placeholder for what would come… And now as I did another drive by of her site today, to my surprise, I found that her website was gorgeously redesigned. I am so thrilled to see it. I believe you will be to, it’s bound to make a Bartlett fan out of you if you aren’t already.

Atlanta Bartlett

I noticed on her site that she’ll soon be launching an online shop called Pale & Interesting. Sounds enticing enough… It also sounds like perhaps what I should call myself right about now with my white legs and arms. :) Atlanta currently designs decorative ceramics for The Big Tomato Company and those are available here.

Atlanta Bartlett

And.. if all that weren’t enough to qualify her for the title of superhero goddess, she also co-owns The Beach Studios alongside her husband, interior designer Dave Coote. Together they handpick locations and offer them as shoot spaces for film, photographic and television industries. You can view them here (prepare to drool).

Dave Coote

And speaking of Dave, who I must include in this post because like the saying goes, behind every good woman is an amazing man, he just launched his gorgeous website showcasing his portfolio.

Dave Coote

Dave designs rooms but something that really sets his work apart from the pack is that he also designs workshops and cabins out of reclaimed wood, made to order! Wouldn’t you love to order a craft hut or some type of outdoor/indoor atelier space?

No doubt you also have favorite stylists, decorators and designers. Who are yours? Please share them with me! :)

(images: atlanta bartlett, photography by chris everard, polly wreford and penny wincer)

Posted in Books + Magazines, designers, inspiration on May 27, 2009

BH&G Do It Yourself Issue – Yay Bloggers!

I picked up a copy of Better Homes & Gardens special Summer issue “Do It Yourself” over the weekend and was so excited to run into two lovely bloggers there. Victoria from SF Girl By Bay and the cute little couple, Sherry and John, from This Young House. Here’s a peek to whet your appetite for more…

Buy This Issue! :)

Sherry & John

Sherry & John

Victoria (SFGirlByBay)

Victoria shown above in cute clothes (what else would you expect?) blogging away. Psst: You can catch a great interview with this lovely lady over at Shiny Squirrel today with some pretty photos since she’s changed her apartment a bit since BH&G took the photos found in this issue..


Victoria’s uber chic space. This is so exciting, go bloggers, go! If you live in the U.S. make sure you pick up a copy to support these lovely members of our blog community.

P.S. Sorry my photos are a little fuzzy, the lighting in here today is horrid. I did my best. ;)

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on May 26, 2009

Dujour Magazine

I really need to break down and shell out the thirty-six dollars this magazine will cost me because it’s making quite the impression on lots of my online friends these days. It’s called Dujour magazine, their roots are in America, and I’ve pointed you to it before but I’ve not included photos or anything. Just look at some of these spreads — talk about inspirational eye candy. I want the vintage issue quite badly as the theme really suits me…

Dujour Mag

Dujour Mag

Dujour Mag

Each issue is limited-edition (only 1,000 distributed worldwide) with custom wrapping and a special gift inside making the $36 investment somewhat easier to swallow. I think in America it’s harder for us to drop that kind of cash on a single magazine when we’ve been trained to pay $12 for 12 issues or at most, $4 for a copy of our favorite magazine. I’m interested to see if Dujour will be a hit here because of that or not. In Europe and beyond, it’s not so difficult to market a magazine like this as so many pay $10-12 an issue on average for high end design and fashion mags as it is. I have yet to see a copy so I can’t give a very good review, but from what I’m noticed around the web, it looks delicious and I’m intrigued. You can also buy digital copies — a full year is only $10 but a year doesn’t mean 12 issues, it’s 2 6 total (not 12) just so you know.

Have you purchased Dujour? What did you think? First impressions?

(images: first – the fabled needle, bottom two – dujour)

Posted in Books + Magazines, fashion + accessories on May 22, 2009

Sunset Magazine & Rosenow Floral Design

I think the best way to begin this week is to show some gorgeous flowers from Rosenow because everything in my yard and town is in bloom and all I can think about is going outside to collect wildflowers later today.


But wait. Before I talk about Rosenow let me first tell you how I found out about them. I’ve been reading a lot of Sunset magazine lately which may not make a lot of sense since it’s pretty geared towards California and the Pacific Northwest and well, I live in New Hampshire. Why bother, right? I thought the same thing when I picked up my first copy when Domino folded. I guess I felt desperate for a replacement magazine so I was grabbing at whatever title struck me. Though Sunset can’t replace Domino as both serve a completely different mission, it’s absolutely a must read for anyone looking for an inspiring lifestyle mag (home decor, travel, food, gardening, etc.) and I encourage you, no matter where you live, to give it a whirl. Sure, all those spreads featuring California this and Seattle that will make you feel a bit left out of the healthy, we all bike and live the good life club (ha ha) but Sunset is a bit transporting for a moment so we’re all able to indulge in a little west coast dreamin’. Speaking of dreams, it has a bit of that American dream (remember that?) attached to its pages still, you know the one so many think is dead now? Well it’s not dead, we still have dreams but they’ve changed a bit to fit the times and will continue to evolve as we move forward.


Sunset, at least to me, keeps the new American dream alive and well — I can’t describe how exactly, it’s more of a feeling I have when I read the articles. It feels authentic, it’s not pretentious, what they feature seems within reach and tied in to our dreams and values. The vibe is genuine and down-to-earth and I like that about Sunset. I think that, as a culture, that’s what we’re all getting back to a bit, don’t you? A yearning to make connections with others and to form lasting friendships, a focus on old-fashion values, making things ourselves, raising awareness, speaking our minds just a little bit more, building communities, taking what we have and finding pleasure in it — making it better even — without struggling to replace everything the second we tire of it. Including friendships and our home.


In fact, one such article that I particularly enjoyed, though short, was in their February ‘09 issue where San Francisco shop owner Erin Rosenow from Rosenow Floral Design was featured. She spoke about her passion for quirky and vintage-inspired design and she listed the must-have tools every aspiring floral designer should have in their work area. I felt like jumping on a plane to visit Erin and her shop to see what magic she’s making with flowers in San Francisco, I imagine she’d talk to me for hours about arranging the perfect bouquet. She came across as quite accessible in the article and I liked that, her love came shining through, and that’s a recurring theme I’m finding in the articles over at Sunset. There’s passion behind each issue and it shows.

Any other Sunset readers out there? What do you think of the magazine as a whole? Do you find inspiration there? Like it? Not like it? A little in between?

(images: rosenow florist)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on May 18, 2009


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