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Love Book

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines on January 27, 2009

Happy Weekend!

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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on January 23, 2009

Fabric Inspirations {Book}

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines, textiles on January 23, 2009

Inspired by Skona Hem

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips, inspiration on December 11, 2008

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