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Inspiration via Amazing Morocco

While researching for an HGTV piece I’m working on, I came across the gorgeous interiors galleries at Amazing Morocco showcasing some fantastic rooms. Amazing Morocco was founded by two UK-based couples with a passion for this enchanting land that quickly became a business of building and selling villas there. I know you’ll love looking at some of them, so here’s the link and a mini preview of the beauty that awaits you…


(images from amazing morocco)

Posted in inspiration on August 01, 2007

Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway

Danielle posted on the Style Files about her interest in finding a swap partner for interiors magazines from Denmark & Sweden and I am actually looking for the same, including Norway, so I thought I’d post about it too.


If you’d like to swap with Danielle, she’ll give you some great Dutch magazines in return. If you’d be interested in swapping with me, I can send you magazines from America. Let us know if you are interested in swapping. For a Dutch swap, email danielle AT style-files.com or for an American swapmate, email me at decor8blog AT yahoo.com. If you are nervous about shipping costs to America, I’m more than willing to Paypal you for the shipping expenses. I’m thirsting for Bolig Liv or Boligmagasinet!

I like seeing the space of Danish actress and singer Xenia Lach-Nielsen (directly above in these three images) because she’s an art lover like I am and it looks like she’s into the works of collage artist Nanna Ask, which I have to say, after seeing her work, I’m a new fan. Great abstract characters and soft hues of pink, blue, green… What’s not to love?

(images from Boligmagasinet and Bolig Liv)

Posted in inspiration, small business on July 24, 2007

Design Star *Week 1*

What did you think of the first episode of Design Star last night? Per the request of Becky and Paola, I’ll post a weekly open thread each Monday so those of you who are DS viewers can dish about the show. I struggled through last season, so I’m hoping that season 2 brings a bit more drama and decent design so we can at least have a little fun watching it and maybe learn a few things. I’m also hoping for a little character bonding to happen because if a viewer can relate to at least one finalist, it’s a good show (at least until that finalist gets canned).

I predict a lot more drama this season, a few cat fights coming on, and with the finalists being quite an assorted bunch (two words: Josh Sparkle), I’m thinking we’ll at least have fun watching it until Project Runway kicks off.

A few snippets from the bio of Mr. Sparkles himself: His favorite designer is Versace, if he weren’t a designer he’d be a Solid Gold dancer, and the boy knows how to clog. Pair him up with finalist Christina Ray, who adores the designs of Christopher Lowell, or with Neeraja Lockart who adores Muriel Brandolini, and you just may have the recipe for good reality tv.

(images from HGTV, photographer: Dennis Galante)

Posted in inspiration, reality tv, small business on July 23, 2007

Budget Travel *New* Look

You are amazing. Do you know this? If not, here’s a huge pat on the back from me. I put out my cry for help the other day in regards to my upcoming vacation (leaving tomorrow!), and you replied with fantastic tips, links, even the owner of the Headquarters Gallery & Boutique in Montreal wrote in offering to be my tour guide. I mean, hello? And human kindness is hard to find? Whatever! Then reader Nicole commented about the current issue of Budget Travel featuring a story, My Montreal Is Better Than Yours.

Not realizing the issue was online, I ran out to perform pre-vacation errands (toothpaste, travel size shampoo, maps) and hit the local Barnes & Noble for a copy. I haven’t read Budget Travel in years. I can’t recall if I even ever read it. For some reason, when I thought of Budget Travel magazine, visions of articles featuring the top 10 hookah lounges in Amsterdam and the best hostels in Europe (not already featured in a teen horror flick) danced in my head. Was I wrong.

I couldn’t put my finger on why, but this issue looked different to me perched on the newsstand than when I’d passed it by before – I felt compelled to grab it this time, and to read it, which I did from cover to cover. Why hadn’t I given it a chance before? As I scanned the editor’s page the answer was revealed: It was JUST given a major makeover. No wonder! It looks prettier. A little like Cookie magazine (layout and design) mixed with Travel + Leisure (I’m a huge T+L fan), I loved the font, the format, the imagery, everything felt very fresh, hip, and young. But not too young. I didn’t get the impression that BT was only geared towards the college crowd, but us older girls can be proud of our quest for a good travel bargain, too. Above all, no peddling of hostels as a hip alternative to hotels and a very informative issue all around. There was even an article about hugging pandas in China. Hugging! Pandas! That was all it took for me to fill out the subscription card.


And Nicole, thanks for the tip because I found the best blog in this issue authored by two Montreal-based bloggers, Endless Banquet. I can’t wait to get up north now and check out all these great places! And everyone else, go read Budget Travel!

(some images from budget travel and the endless banquet)

Posted in inspiration, small business, travel on July 11, 2007

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