Hello everyone and happy Friday! How are you today? I’m feeling great because the heat has lifted and the weather is sublime which greatly impacts how I feel. And now I can take my little one outside – when it’s boiling I have no will and he seems to hate sweating too, so we play indoors and he hangs out in mommy’s work studio. The weekend is here so we’re hoping to hit some flea markets and festivals like the Maschseefest which I just love – it’s a huge open air festival around this massive lake in the center of our city with food and music and this year, they’ve totally changed the format to include foods for more diverse palates like mine, so I’m excited to see what they have. You can follow me on Instagram to check out my fest photos this weekend if you’d like. So, let’s talk about beautiful rooms shall we?
I was thrilled (and little Aidan was very curious!) when Covet Garden Home sent a copy of their gorgeous magazine in print. They usually publish online (see all of their issues here on ISSUU), so holding it in my hands was a first for me and a really beautiful moment. I wasn’t into digital magazines at all, I couldn’t connect and couldn’t really save anything from them, so I normally bypassed digi mags for print or just went to Pinterest for inspiration. BUT Issuu has a new “Clip” option for viewing digital magazines, which has totally changed the game for me and I’m suddenly a big fan of digital magazines on Issuu at least. I digress…
Anyway, until now, Covet Garden never hit my radar but now that they’ve released this print issue (below) and Issuu (which is their viewing platform) has Clip, I’m a brand new fan and totally absorbed.
As I went through the issue, I fell in love with the home stories that ranged from family nests to small spaces for artists and larger ones for couples who sought peace in the countryside. I found myself drawn to the more natural palettes with quirky handmade touches and a mix of styles, so I asked Covet Garden if I could show some of my favorite rooms for this blog post and to my delight, they were happy to do so.
This special print edition is so beautifully done, I’d like to congratulate Lynda Felton (co-editor, content lead, stylist), Jessica Reid (co-editor, creative director), and Rhonda Riche (co-editor, features editor, writer) for pulling this off. With their combined talents and rich professional backgrounds, they’ve managed to pull together a winning piece of quality work. I also LOVE that they were able to make this issue come to life through crowd funding on IndieGoGo where they raised $20,230 (CAD) from friends and fans. I absolutely love the concept of crowd funding GOOD ideas (there is a lot of crap to filter through on these sites more and more but some real gems definitely exist) and adore the thought of having your fans and friends financially back your work, this is a positive and rewarding way to launch a product or service that you may not be able to fund yourself but also it adds that market research component – you get to see if something has legs before you invest in it. If people don’t back you, it may not be the right product, the right timing, or both. Then you have to tweak and try again or move on to another idea. But at least you didn’t go into debt learning your lesson.
Here is another room below from Covet Garden that I love. I think it’s that very industrial architecture combined with a very traditional decor – it’s such an unexpected mix, it threw me off at first – made me look twice, and I like that. It’s daring.
This sweet stool combined with that postcard holder for the wall is a sweet duo. I like showing art, postcards, notes, etc. this way – open, casual, creative and gives visitors a chance to touch your beloved favorites – it doesn’t feel too precious.
I don’t know if the homeowner painted those crib rails but if she did, it’s a really cool idea. If not, then I guess it’s worth a try if you use non-toxic paint and your baby isn’t a railing chewer as I read some babies can be. I love the naturalness of this nook. Crib bumpers are risky, but it seems in Canadian publications (which this is) crib bumpers are kept in baby room photos (in Germany too), but in the USA magazines have asked me to remove all bedding (I don’t have bumpers) in order for them to run the photo. Interesting isn’t it? Of course, it’s for baby safety and SIDS, but still interesting… Anyway, this nursery is gorgeous and I love it.
Yardsticks on the fireplace surround, black matted framed artwork, that cool couch, the tiny rug below the sofa table which breaks ALL of the boring design rules out there about “proper” rug size… What is NOT to like about this tiny living room? It really grabbed my heart. It feels so warm and inviting. The homeowner is clearly clever and creative.
Ok I’m going to be adventurous here and say I love this dining room, because I do, but I still am NOT SURE I COULD EAT around all of those insects mounted on the wall in shadow boxes. Could you? Or am I being a wimp here?
Are you a fan of Covet Garden Home magazine? If so, get your print edition while it lasts and support this wonderful home-grown business. You will love the issue and home stories (and NO ads!), I promise!
(images: covet garden – Donna Griffith and Jodi Pudge)
Ok so my last post sorta bummed me out so let’s talk about creative handpainted gold leaf baked goods before the weekend hits. I don’t want to end my blog this week talking about dead birds! Downer! I decided to launch a new column on decor8 that I believe I can actually stick to called Instagram Fave Friday because I find a bevy of great stuff on IG and I feel so limited when trying to share great IGers. And trust me, I find some amazing IG peeps because I have a baby and my iPhone is my best friend when he’s asleep in my arms – so I surf and save constantly. I’m an IG machine. So I figured to just devote a weekly column that you can visit on Friday to end each week looking at beautiful things from talented people. Sounds like a plan.
I was thinking this morning that IG doesn’t have a real way to share, does it? I mean, you can see some stuff in that News feed but it’s not that great if you follow say, more than 50 people. You miss stuff unless you are refreshing the News feed every 10 seconds and I’m just not into that. Sure, you can fave images but no one can see your faves (which in all honestly I sorta like) but on the other side, when you WANT to share stuff you can either repost or regram it, which I just don’t like, or you have to tweet it but still a tweet doesn’t have much reach these days like a blog post. I still find that my blog posts go the distance when it comes to shares.
Yeah, so I’m going off topic slightly… But I’m going to take you on a little Instagram Fave Friday, my debut installment, right now. Today I’m highlighting IG extraordinaire, Nectar and Stone, who is Donna-Caroline Khoo a Dessert Designer with dreams to open a cakery someday in Melbourne. All I can say is MY GOD SHE SHOULD. Support this woman, people. If you live down there and have some leads for her, or ideas, or whatever she is someone that I believe could do beautiful things with a brick and mortar bakery. What talent. And hello publishers… Book deal alert!
On IG Caroline shares the things she makes and bakes, chocolate with gold leaf! Cupcakes! Girly Smoothies! Zebra cookies! Mini ice cream cakes in cones! Ice cream-shaped cookies! I know, I’m really living it up with these exclamation marks but oh! my! so! cute!
I love what she says about her growing brand, “Nectar and Stone – it’s who I am, what I love, my passion and creativity. I tell a story each day with my designs, colours, photography, flowers and style – it’s a collection of things from my past, present and future. I’m not here to make a quick dollar – my brand is about building loyal followers who love what I do and believe in me. I encourage people to find new ideas and concepts… ” So nicely stated. Makes me want to support her even more.
Yeah, this post is going to blow my diet too.
(images nectar and stone)
Have you ever stumbled upon something, discovered that it’s actually been around for quite some time, and wondered how you could have missed such a gem? This happened to me today when I came across Style Me Pretty Living. I knew about SMP for years now as founder, Abby Larson, is also a Boston girl like me. But I didn’t realize they have a “Living” blog that covers DIY, home tours, party planning, DIY projects and more. I will definitely be checking out this site more in the weeks to come for times when I feel a bit stuck in a rut.
This is a favorite home gallery from Style Me Pretty Living which profiles a blogger that I’d not known about until now either, the lovely Holly and her little girl, from In The Fun Lane blog. Her home was photographed by Jacqueline Elizabeth in Calgary. To pin any of these images below, PLEASE visit THIS page and pin to your little heart’s content from there since I’ve grouped the images in this blog post to discourage pinning from my blog on this particular post since Style Me Pretty Living has their own gorgeous galleries in which you can freely pin, create boards, become a member, etc. I don’t want to steal their thunder. But my goodness, this little home is super inspiring to me and really made me happy – so I had to share a brief glimpse.
To me, Holly’s home has so much love, style and great decorating ideas. I love the wire lamps hanging in the corner, the Hell Yeah print, the sweet touches of baby photos above that pretty chair (I don’t see a lot of family photos in homes anymore, why is that?), and the branches on the wall are so pretty. If you look at the full gallery for this home, you will see her gorgeous kitchen, daughter’s bedroom with the lovely hearts above the bed, and more. This home really made me smile today and I hope that it does the same for you too. Makes me want to redecorate (again).
I hope you are all having a super duper day! The weather is gorgeous here so the baby and I are going out to hang for awhile, run some errands in his stroller, etc. Viva la Summer!
(images: jacqueline elizabeth/style me pretty living)
I’ve been highlighting photographers on decor8 for years and thought I’d start doing it again more frequently since, as I once said back in February 2008 (!!!), it’s so important to highlight the many talented people out there shooting because we all tend to take for granted that someone is behind the lens working hard to capture all of these beautiful moments, places and spaces that we’re drooling over in our favorite magazines and on sites like Pinterest. Jessica Sample, who shot the story I just shared about actress/singer songwriter Mía Maestro, deserved a post of her own on decor8 and to encourage you to visit her website where you can see an insane amount of beautiful, huge images in every imaginable category from portraits to lifestyle, fashion, hotels, interiors, kids, food, travel and even video work.
Jessica Sample is an award wining professional photographer with a degree in Photography from Brown University. She grew up in L.A. and is currently based there yet travels extensively for her work. In fact, long before becoming a working girl, Jessica traveled all over the world with her parents to destinations like Bhutan, Africa and Indonesia. Before she started shooting full-time, she was the Deputy Photo Editor at Travel + Leisure Magazine (the first mag I ever subscribed to when I was 15 years old!) in New York City and frequently shot their features. In addition to her online portfolio, you can follow her on her tumblr blog here.
I’m so glad that I came across this wonderful photographer, aren’t you? Thank god for the internet. And don’t you just adore the two portraits above, particularly the one with the vinyls and record player? Such a casual yet gorgeous shot. I’d love some photos taken of me like this – my goal for later this year in fact as I’ve invited my neighbor Christin Lange back to work with me again later in the Fall. She shot our newborn photos for Aidan, do you remember those? They were in my birth story? I’ve invited her back to do some mommy + me shots of us together now that he’s bigger. In fact, today he just turned 5-months-old and I really can’t believe it because days feel so long but the period of time seems so short. Must be a typical parent feeling, right?
(Photographer: Jessica Sample)