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Vicente Wolf – Why Blog?

I had one of those “Like, wow!” moments during lunch today when the Vicente Wolf requested my friendship on Facebook. I mean, Vicente Wolf? Hello! This man is a style icon, a design guru, a top designer! Here is a glimpse of his work from his portfolio — such sophistication and beauty, and so well-edited. His books are classy and he is soon to release a third, Lifting the Curtain on Design, which sounds like a great title — I’m officially intrigued.

Vicente Wolf

If you’d like to keep up with his work, you may visit his blog where he reveals great design and style tips. I really enjoyed reading his perspective when it comes to blogging in his post, Why Blog, where he reveals why he bothers to keep a public journal and where some of his readers chime in with their viewpoints too. I always find conversations like these interesting because I think we each have our reasons for writing online but in the end it always comes back to a desire to share what one is passionate about and to attract like-minded individuals for discussion and ideas — and even friendship. It was interesting to read the views of a top designer and author like Vicente though and I think you’ll enjoy his post on this topic too.

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P.S. Etsy Take Five Tuesday is taking a day off and will resume next week on Tuesday. I was going to write it today but my friend just called me — she read my blog and saw that I’m looking for a desk and found the perfect one for me at the vintage shop downtown so I have to run down there to see if it’s still available! And then a group of us are going to see Alice in English as the local theater is only showing it in English today — so I have to run! I hope this doesn’t sound irresponsible of me, but living in a foreign country means you must see films in English as they come to your city, it’s a big event for me now! :)

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(images: vicente wolf)

Posted in designers on March 23, 2010

Rie Elise Larsen

More pretty things for you to drool over today! :) I just shared her pretty lampshades and mobiles in the post before this one (here) which inspired me to visit the site of Rie Elise Larsen to see if she’d updated it recently… and she has!

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

Rie Elise Larsen

I’ve talked about this talented Danish stylist and designer before but in case you’ve not heard about her you simply must visit her online portfolio today for some inspiration because her 2010 collection for the home is just great!

(images: rie elise larsen)

Posted in designers on March 23, 2010

Tine K Home on Facebook!

I first wrote about Tine Kjeldsen and Tine K Home a few years ago, sharing views of her home and product line. It seems she has really taken off and now I see her work on blogs and in magazines — most recently Elle Decoration (UK) as her home was featured on the cover of their March 2010 issue (view the entire spread here). I found out that she’s on Facebook and I enjoyed her page there because she shares some behind the scenes views of her life and work.

TineK Home

For instance, a fan of her work recently inquired about the coffee table in her living room and she so generously provided an answer on her FB page, “As one of you was interested in my rustic coffee table, I would like to tell you how I found it… I found the old wooden plank in a backyard in Saigon City, Vietnam – owned by a little Vietnamese man. The first time I saw the place, I didn’t believe what I saw: the plank stood among at least 300 parked scooters! A small passage led me to the most amazing decayed wooden furniture. The “little antique man”, as I call him, restores everything from scratch, so even the most destroyed cupboard can turn into something beautiful. The wooden plank for my coffee table is 7 cm wide. I asked the man to make some simple legs of old wood, and after a long period of time, my unique coffee table finally arrived and is now standing in our living room. The white cupboard in my living room is also from the little antique man.”

These are the reasons why I find the fan pages of certain companies on Facebook so beneficial — often it provides a way for fans to ask questions and to get feedback directly from company owners and designers. It’s great! Tine K Home has a new spring/summer 2010 catalog that you can view online here (it’s beautiful!).

(images: tine k home)

Posted in Decorating Tips, designers on March 08, 2010

Kristen Hutchins Design

I had a chat with interior designer Kristen Hutchins recently, she’s been on her own a little over two years but also spent two years working with Kelly Wearstler and another two years with Ruthie Sommers. Imagine working with Ruthie and Kelly! Kristen’s portfolio reflects that pulled-together California-chic aesthetic that we all know and like so much. Here are some of my favorites…

Kristen Hutchins Design

Kristen was born in Miami and grew up in Florida, then traveled to California when she was 18 to study Business and fell in love with the west coast lifestyle. While in college she had the honor of working in fashion at Barneys New York and the exposure to such inspiring designers and clothing helped surface her long time love of interior design.

Kristen Hutchins Design

Kristen Hutchins Design

After completing her Business degree, she decided to pursue a formal design education at UCLA and then went on to work with designer Ruthie Sommers and then, more recently, Kelly Wearstler where she worked as a senior designer. After a few years with Kelly she felt ready to go out on her own and launched Kristen Hutchins Design.

What a wonderful story of a strong, talented woman determined to pursue her passions with beautiful results!

(images: kristen hutchins design)

Posted in designers on December 25, 2009

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