I’m a fan, like everyone else, of Berlin-based online publication Freunde von freunden and of course, their two very cool books are prominently displayed on my bookshelf. I particularly love this newish profile they have up on their site sharing Rhode Islander Brian Paquette who is now Seattle-based and working as an interior designer. His home is so cozy and warm, a mood I’m really into at the moment and not so much light, bright spaces with bright colors… More moody, deeper hues, very tactile, lush plants and definitely a smell of wood burning in a nearby fire complete with crackling timber. The crocus may be popping up here in Germany, and yes we are quite lucky as it’s nearly 50, my bones still feel very much like it’s the dead of winter and though spring is in sight, I crave the warmth and seclusion of a warm winter interior with masculine touches.
As a New Englander myself, I could tell right away that Brian was from the northeast before reading his FvonF interview. Something about his home feels very familiar to me. My mother is from Rhode Island and I went to school and lived in Boston for ages though I was raised in South Carolina. But still, I can sense a definite New England flair to his Seattle abode and I love it. He’s mixed the best of both worlds and has done it quite beautifully.
Thanks to this profile, I found Brian’s blog and I love it. He writes so well and shares so deep. I particularly found his post about love quite touching. He also shared a most beautiful thought on his blog about what we can each add to the creative conversation that touched me too, I’ll quote it below:
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open… No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.” – Martha Graham
(Photography: Dorothée Brand / Belathée Photography via FvonF)
Happy New Year readers! This is Kelly and I am thrilled to start this new year off with the studio tour of designer and blogger Joy Cho, of Oh Joy! Nestled right in the heart of Hollywood, CA, Joy’s high lofted studio is what she calls “grown-up Candyland.” When Holly asked me to shoot it for decor8, I was thrilled. The studio is white, wood and gold with lots of pops of color and fresh flowers throughout and brick exposure. Below is Joy and her lovely team (Joy is shown in the gorgeous pink skirt). Are you ready to tour her inspiring workspace? Oh and you can see more photos from my visit to Joy’s space here.
Joy’s party line at Target this past year was full of color, pattern, and whimsy, just like her studio. With the help of designer Emily Henderson and Samantha Gluck, Joy’s vision of bright colors, patterns and a functional and fun studio space came together. The studio offers Joy and her team an open concept office space equipped with a kitchenette, dining room, lounging area, storage space and a little living room.
What a beautiful mood board right? And below, a great idea for Joy’s paper lanterns as display on top of a storage unit.
Some of my favourite features of the space include the colorful chairs, (when do you ever see cute office chairs anyway, right!?) the amazing props wall, the vintage dice and that green sofa!
Some of Joy’s collection for Target above, along with the mini hat below. So dainty and merry!
Check out the tiny mint green Smeg. Have you see Holly’s Smeg Inspiration board on Pinterest? Seems everyone covets these things.
Seeing Holly and Leslie’s book, Decorate With Flowers, in Joy’s studio was a nice find.
Check out that prop supply wall!
Psst: There’s more fun from Joy at Target coming, we can’t say just what yet here on decor8, but stay tuned! AND you can pre-order the new Oh Joy! book – click here for more on that. We are just so excited about this book, it looks just as whimsical and full of color as her studio.
So, what do think? What inspired you most about this space?
– See you next month with another inspiring space or place! – Kelly
(Photography/Text: Kelly Brown)
Wow, I’m finding so many cute home labels out of Scandinavia + the Nordic countries lately but this one has real legs, it’s a company I can see doing extremely well not only in Europe but Japan, Australia and beyond. I can see my LA friends really getting into this stuff too. Kauniste is an independent textile company in Helsinki, who work with illustrators and artists to combine fresh patterns with good design using traditional manufacturing techniques. I want every pillow and that fab blanket shown in the first photo!
I love the festive colors and patterns and seriously, I would love to own everything I see. It’s all totally my style. What is also good is that everything is affordable AND you can buy lots of the patterns you see by the meter so you can turn anything into a roman shade, cover a headboard or bench, make a table cloth, etc. for your home. You could even make a pretty A line dress!
I really love what I’m seeing here, don’t you?
It’s always fun sharing products from small labels, like FunkyDoris which was founded in 2012 by two Norwegian textile designers, Grethe Bjørk and Tove Trydal. Inspired by what they call the best decades of Scandinavian design (1950s-1970s), their core products are pillows, poufs and pendant lamps along with kitchen products such as tea towels, potholders, aprons and birch veneer trays. They’ve recently added a new range of handmade bowls, candle holders and pendant lights. These are great for adding shots of color in your home and of course, in the typical Scandinavian way of adding color against a neutral background – always a winner!
I rather like the idea of hopping on my scooter and taking off for a picnic in the countryside right about now, don’t you?