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The Independent London: Store Guide

Look what Joy found: The Independent London: Store Guide. This is perfect, I can’t wait to see it. I purchased it online, they ship worldwide, and you can pay via Paypal. I’ll be in London later this year, so I plan to put it to good use. Anyone else planning on visiting London this year? Isn’t this cat the cutest?

(images from the independent london)

Posted in Books + Magazines, shopping, travel on March 06, 2007

Book of the Week: Simple Sewing with a French Twist

Meet my new favorite book, Simple Sewing with a French Twist by the popular Parisian designer, C?line Dupuy. Her work is regularly featured in Marie Claire magazine and her portfolio can be viewed on her website. Simple Sewing with a French Twist showcases C?line’s talents offering all of us a glimpse into her stylish world.

But wait!

It does much more than delight the eyes. It provides the necessary tools to jump right in and create our very own Paris right at home with over 50 projects for all levels – from ohmygodwhatwasIthinking beginner to beentheredonethat advanced. It offers clear instructions, illustrated patterns, and images of the completed project that encourage you to take your idea from your head to the work table.

Meet C?line…

I love her eye, from the things she creates and how beautifully she styles them, giving everything such care and consideration, paying close attention to each detail without coming across too fussy… Absolutely beautiful. Lots of great patterns to sew up for your home, from placemats to pillows, as well as fashion accessories (love the totes), gifts, and super creative customizing ideas for your furniture (i.e. the buttons sewn on the back of this chair below. What a fantastic idea.) Here are some images from the book for a sneak peak.



This title is in English and is also available in French. Simple Sewing with a French Twist is exquisite on every level, a real gem for crafty girls everywhere and only $18!

(images from C?line Dupuy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on February 12, 2007

The Shop Is Open!

I’m excited to announce a shop I’ve been working on at the request of readers who’ve asked me for tips on music, movies, and books to give as gifts. I could write for hours in reply, but instead, I thought the best way to keep readers in touch with my favorite picks is to simply pull everything together into one neat package.

I went through each corner of my home to inventory what I own, pulling only the best of the best to list in this store. This shop stocks books (art, design, small business, crafts, decorating, travel, organization, sewing, cooking, and more to be added), music, magazines, movies, and so on. I’ll add new items weekly, so check the store as often as you’d like.

I stand behind everything in this shop because I own it; items are 100% decor8 approved based on experience and actual use. Well, with the exception of a few items that are not yet released that I’ve listed.

When you purchase something from my shop, I earn 8.5% of the total, so the earnings are pretty unexciting. But, as an amazon affiliate, it’s nice when a few new books arrive in the mail each year, so I can’t complain. Please don’t purchase anything because you think you’re helping me, purchase it because you really have a genuine interest and will use it and love it.

As you flip through each category, I’m sure you will find many items that we share a common love for. I hope you benefit from, and enjoy, this new amazon shop.

Thanks for looking!

Posted in Books + Magazines, inspiration on February 04, 2007

Book of the Week: Flea Market Style

Joy speaks so fondly of Emily Chalmers that I had learn more. I found out that she’s authored (and co-authored) several books, one being Flea Market Style, which seems to come with rave reviews on all the book websites.

After purchasing it and falling in love, I decided to post it as book of the week because it gave me a Springy feeling, like March is just around the corner so chin up! Aside from budding trees and warmer temps, Spring brings cleaning and organizing the home, along with refreshing the decor. And there’s no better way to refresh than to hit flea markets because you are supporting sellers, saving money, and more importantly, it does the planet good to recycle. Queen Flea Victoria says that out in the Bay Area, the Alameda Market kicks off this weekend. For those of us wrapped like a mummy in winter gear, attending an outdoor flea is months away. That’s why I’ll live through the pages of Flea Market Style and of course, Victoria’s blog.

Flea Market Style is a beautiful book, it’s not the typical flea read, where everything leans more on yee haw Country (roosters and plaid) or the all white Shabby Chic style. While it’s hard to define the style, picture fresh cut flowers in a canning jar, on a metal folding table, in a Notting Hill flat with soaring ceiling, crown moldings, and a sweetly upholstered 19th century French Louis XV sofa against a soft blue wall, and there you have it. The photos are so gorgeous.

Books like this one are really helpful for those who may not have the eye to source amazing finds. I have friends who’ve accompanied me to Brimfield and they just don’t get it. They don’t have the vision to get excited about it. To them, it’s all junk. I don’t fault anyone for that because we all have talents in different areas. I’ve been going to fleas since I was a toddler (with my mother and grandparents), so although I can’t couldn’t compose music or write code to save my life, I can find potential scores at flea markets.

For a flea market junkie, this title offers plenty of styling ideas, and for those a bit overwhelmed by the thought of combing a huge market, helps them develop an eye for precious finds so the shopping experience becomes exciting. The more you look at pictures, attend fleas with friends who are savvy market shoppers, and my #1, have in mind exactly what you are looking for, the more beneficial your trip will be. The days of coming home, stressed and exhausted, opening your bag wondering what you were thinking, are over!

If you need any flea market tips, just ask. So many readers are complete junkies, I’m sure one of us can offer some advice. Once Spring comes, I’ll post a list of some of the best flea markets to hit, look for that in mid March.

Pick up a copy of Flea Market Style on Amazon for $18 right here.

(image from amazon)

Posted in Books + Magazines, events + markets, vintage on February 02, 2007

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