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Locations For Hire

June 10, 2013

Welcome to another new week on decor8! I have so much to share with you, including a video and a new recipe that will appear tomorrow, but first I want to talk about locations. Locations? Why yes. Locations are a big thing in the UK yet still not that popular in Germany though I hope that will change because I believe locations-to-hire is great business that could do exceptionally well in Germany given the number of magazines and stylists here looking for fresh spaces to shot in for their stories and books.

Locations For Hire

I personally love surfing location websites – there seems to be a high concentration of them in England and the spaces give me lots of interior inspiration. However, being in the world of interiors, I don’t just peruse them for fun – I also look at them for potential locations that I could potentially hire for a job. I recent shot and styled a job for Canon Europe and wanted to hire a location in Germany to do it, but unable to find any here I decided to just use my home. It worked out beautifully, but often I want to shoot and style spaces other than my personal home. For my next book, we are shooting and styling stuff here in my home which is fine but now I’m thinking I may want to grab a few homes to shoot in to add diversity to the book. Staying fresh is really needed these days. You have to show your audience something new, always. It’s a fun challenge, but a challenge still! You cannot rehash stuff people have seen before and try to pass that off as your best work, can you? My challenge has been to do new things to my home so that when you see it again in my next book, it will look fresh to you and be interesting to look at. It’s also fun to compare spaces as they were to how they are today.

Locations For Hire

Currently, I’m scouting in Germany, Denmark and England. Possibly Belgium and the Netherlands, too. Ideally, England because it’s super easy for me to get up there and I have plenty of friends to see and enjoy there while shooting. Problem is, I have nearly no money left in our tiny budget, money is always the problem when you are doing a book. Most people don’t think about that when they are looking at magazines and books – the sheer productions costs – but it can be enormous just to put together a single story in a magazine, even if you are leasing the props! I just need one or two beautiful homes to work in for a day to set up a few things. So my search begins… Here are some homes I found and loved over at Light Locations.

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

Locations For Hire

When I look at these properties from Light Locations, I imagine how I’d style each room. Where I’d place that chair, this vase, that table. Where I would add things to the walls, or take away… What I would put on the mantle, what I would place on the countertops, what I would remove. It’s fun to consider the options and play a little. I would love to work in any of these homes for a day… Wouldn’t you? Stunners!

(images: light locations)






Inspiration

Photographer Line Thit Klein

May 2, 2013

Ok let’s drool together over this Danish stylist, blogger and her beyond lovely photographs because, well, isn’t that the job of a good design blogger – to give you some eye candy and inspiration? So that shall be yours, dear friends. Meet Line Thit Klein, a 35-year-old Copenhagen-based photographer who specializes in lifestyle, travel and food photography who has been seen in popular magazines and books here in Europe and beyond, including Kinfolk mag, Liebe ceramics and NOMA restaurant. You can catch a glimpse below.

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

Photographer Line Thit Klein

I love what she seems to effortlessly churn out and her interiors blog is divine as well as her food blog. Such an inspiration!

And oh yes, more tufted sofas with buttons popping up huh? I told you, I’m addicted and want one soooo bad!

(images: line klein)






Inspiration

Juell Photography

May 2, 2013

I recently stumbled upon the commercial and interiors photography of Juell Photography and wanted to share a quick glimpse of her portfolio with you. I’ll show you in a moment, in my next post, where I originally spotted her work while I was researching for a write-up I did on wallpaper for an Oprah newsletter. Back soon with that…

Juell Photography

Juell Photography

Juell Photography

For now, enjoy. And by the way, I’m still dreaming of owning a tufted sofa with buttons… Can’t you tell? Sigh….

(images: juell photography)






Home Tours, Inspiration

Home Tour: Gorgeous Rotterdam Space

April 17, 2013

Do you love open plan living? Then you’ll enjoy this home. It was such a treat to see this space in Rotterdam photographed for Houzz by the lovely Holly Marder, an American living in the Netherlands who writes a blog called Avenue. I don’t read Houzz regularly but I do read Holly’s blog, so I was so excited to see this home pop up today on her site. She is also such a doll, she visited me in Hannover last year and will come again in the Fall, she is my newest blogger pal. I love the dining room that opens into the kitchen, such a light and bright space. I think what really wows me is the overall architecture, I mean look at those windows! To die for!

Home Tour: Gorgeous Rotterdam Space

Home Tour: Gorgeous Rotterdam Space

Home Tour: Gorgeous Rotterdam Space

This three-story, 2,368 square feet, 19th-century home is located in Rotterdam and along with the neighboring row of houses, was awarded the 2012 Rotterdam Architecture Prize for modern urban renewal. Wouldn’t you LOVE to take an old building and gut renovate it? MY DREAM is to do this.

In fact, I am currently on the look out for something in Hannover so we’ll see, perhaps in a year or two decor8 will turn into Holly Becker’s Home Renovation blog. :) Oh boy! I wonder what you guys would think of THAT?

See more on Houzz and on Avenue. Enjoy!

(images: holly marder)






Inspiration

Stylist Kim Timmerman

April 5, 2013

Have you ever been on Pinterest (follow me here!) when, almost suddenly, a bunch of your contacts start pinning the same image, but they aren’t even following each other?!? What??!  You click and click and cannot figure out how or what inspired the massive click-a-thon because it couldn’t possibly be chance… Well, whatever the cause, this happened to me today and though I have no clue what inspired the sudden click fest, I decided to write about the person behind the photo on my blog to shout out their work so they don’t get lost on Pinterest. Today, I’m highlighting Dutch freelance stylist, Kim Timmerman. See what inspires you about her work below – anything stand out?

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

Stylist Kim Timmerman

If you missed it, scroll back up and pay particular attention to how she uses plates in her work – on walls, tables, as almost a sort of mood board — really nice! I also like the stitched paper plates in the heart motif (too cute – you could hang a bunch of these on the wall for your next anniversary party!). The white desk (I have the exact same desk) on the concrete floor with the plant chart above it and the wooden industrial stool caught my eye too.

Kim is available for hire – from concept to production and styling, she’s got your covered. You can contact here via her website here: Contact.

Lovely, inspiring work, Kim!

(images: kim timmerman)






Inspiration

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

March 29, 2013

My friends over at Mollie Makes magazine just announced a special one off magazine they’ve created called Handmade Wedding that will release in the UK on April 4th and it’s just beautiful. I love blogging about inspirational magazines because I want print to stay alive forever and ever! There is a little preview snippet online if you’d like to view it here: Preview Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding. And of course, my wee snippet below.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

This is a stunning cover, don’t you think? I love the shimmering daylight the layout and various fonts – very pretty.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Gorgeous table of contents layout, I particularly love the fabric along the bottom edge.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Really sweet DIY projects from the talented sister duo, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, over at Hello Lucky. They also happen to author a book under the same name as this magazine, Handmade Weddings. I love their adorable video on YouTube, have you seen it before?

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Oooooh paper flowers. I love paper flowers. My mother and I made a ton of these for my bridal shower before I got married… She is the tissue paper flower QUEEN.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Super pretty colors!

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Oh my gosh this couple is adorable. Could his suit be any cooler (or MORE British)? A-D-O-R-E.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

More beauty to be inspired by…

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Could Irish homewares designer Abigail Ryan look more gorgeous? I loved seeing her wedding day in this mag. As a side point, I cannot WAIT until she debuts her wallpaper line in May – (see a tiny glimpse on her blog). I’d love that pattern on the wall in my bedroom – gorgeous.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

A gorgeous floral arranging DIY… Never can have enough flowers in our life!

About this magazine, “This beautiful one-off special includes real-life weddings, DIY makes and inspiring themes to help you create your own unique wedding day. It’s out on 4 April 2013” and will be appearing on newsstands in the UK then.

So what do you think?

(images: handmade wedding)






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