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

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”.

Categorized 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.


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.)


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.


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.


See more photos of this book here.

(images snapped by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Books + Magazines on January 05, 2007

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)

Posted in Books + Magazines on December 21, 2006

Twinkle Living – Save 25%


* Twinkle * Twinkle * Save 25% off your favorites from the newly launched brand, Twinkle Living. This is a terrific discount on a beautiful collection. Enjoy!

Who: Twinkle Living
What: 25% off all purchases.
When: Valid now until December 13th, 2006 – Hurry, that’s next week!
How: Use code ‘decor8′ upon checkout.

Thank you, Twinkle Living!

Psst: Did you know that owner, Wenlan Chia, is the author of a very cool book on knitting fashion? Yup. Grab your copy here.

(images from twinkle living)

Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg

When 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).




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.



(images: print in fashion from holly becker for decor8. boutique images from amazon.com)

Posted in Books + Magazines, fashion + accessories, textiles on November 22, 2006

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