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An Impressive Treehouse

Would you like to see some lovely photos from a friend who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area? Her name is Anh-Minh Le and she found me through decor8 back in ‘06 — she commented a few times and then we started to exchange emails and before we knew it, we became e-friends. The always supportive, genuine, and very talented Anh-Minh is an office manager by day and a freelance writer by night with hopes of someday becoming a full-time writer. After looking at her home, lets home she decides to write about art and design because she certainly has an eye for beauty!

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Gorgeous view from the dining area.

Anh-Minh compares her home to a “giant treehouse” since it overlooks many beautiful redwoods as you can see in the above photo. Her and her husband, Jon, have lived in their home for eight months and she cannot imagine living anywhere else though she confesses that a year ago, “I would have jumped at the chance to live in London or Tokyo”. Since I know Anh-Minh is one stylish lady who has traveled the globe, I felt confident when I asked her if she’d like to share corners of her home on decor8 because I knew she’d have a gorgeous space and from what you can see here, I’m glad I asked! Today I thought it would be fun to ask her to complete the following statements so you can learn more about the lady behind the abode. My thoughts are boldface and hers are italicized so you won’t get confused…

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Entry — I love this bench and the painting, don’t you?

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Entry- Another part of the entryway.

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Living Room

In my house I love to… take naps in the sun-drenched living room, watch movies on the super-sized projector screen, sit and enjoy coffee with friends at the kitchen table, and contemplate new decorating projects on the weekends and during my free time. This summer – our first in this house – I’m also looking forward to spending many hours hanging out on the deck.

My real passion is… traveling. We have souvenirs scattered throughout the house; like the embroidered textile draped on the back of our sofa (from Mexico).

My favorite objects in my home… most definitely the chaise lounge in our living room, the painting in our entryway and the Jill Bliss mural in the craft room (does that count as an object, even if it takes up an entire wall?).

 

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Home Office

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Guest Bedroom

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Master Bedroom

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Laundry Area

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Craft Room complete with a mural by Jill Bliss!

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Kitchen

My favorite place to hang out in my home is… the living room.

This house is different from other places I’ve lived because… of the setting. All nature, all the time.

My decorating philosophy is… make it personal. I love looking around the house and seeing things that have some significance to me – that remind me of a special time, person or place.

I stay organized by… keeping my label maker close at hand.

If you visit my house, my only rules are… relax, have a good time, and come back real soon.

I plan to live in this house… forever.

Thank you for visiting us today on decor8, Anh-Minh — your home is filled with pattern and life and I’m so happy that you stopped by to share it with all of us here. xo

(images from anh-minh le)

Posted in Home Tours on April 01, 2009

Inspired By Nina van de Goor

If color and personality are what you love to see in a home, then you’ll really enjoy Nina van de Goor who lives in the Netherlands because both the way she lives and the art she creates leaps with joy. I had the pleasure of meeting Nina in person last year in Amsterdam and really enjoyed chatting with her. It’s always such a treat to connect with those I meet online a bit more personally – like in the flesh! In addition to her creative and unique ceramics, Nina recently started working on some screen prints and would like to offer decor8 readers a 15% discount on the new screen prints found in her shop on Etsy. Upon purchasing please put “decor8 discount” in the comments to seller box and Nina will send you a revised invoice in reply. Here are some inspirational photos showing Nina’s home and workspace along with lots of her handmade goodies for you to enjoy!

For more inspiration from Nina, view her Flickr photos here. Thank you for sending me all of these wonderful photos Nina and for the very special discount which, by the way, is valid for one week until April 2, 2009.

(images from nina van de goor)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Home Tours on March 26, 2009

Inspiring Home & Office in Kentucky

Hot off the press and the first time blogged on the web! I’m going to get all Dwell magazine on you with this one… are you ready to see a gorgeous contemporary home and workspace down south? Josh Merideth, owner of Bella Grace Studios, a photography studio in Kentucky specializing in couture bridal photography (he also photographs couples and residential spaces), wrote in today to share a very special home & office with us. How nice!

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Josh is a daily reader and thought it would be a good place to premiere this gorgeous place on the web. Josh photographed the firm of De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop owned by Roberto DeLeon and Ross Primmer. In addition to their workspace, I’ve attached photos of the living space attached to the office — each separate loft belongs to these creative men – one for Ross and one for Roberto. So jealous! The firm has a constructed a “pole-barn” in downtown Louisville, Kentucky with a workspace on the first floor and two lofts above as you can see in the photos that follow. Impressive!

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Don’t miss the painted rug effect above, I cannot stop drooling over this spectacular detail.

And now to view the lovely attached living quarters…This is actually two separate living spaces adjacent to the office. Each architect occupies one of these gorgeous lofts.

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Yes, there is a real rabbit on the floor. And I love it. :)


Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

Deleon & Primmer Architecture Workshop

So, what did you think of THAT? I’m still trying to lift my chin from my desk. Completely jaw-dropping!

A very special thank you to Josh at Bella Grace Studios for these photographs and to the guys over at De Leon & Primmer Architecture Workshop for the tour.

(photo copyright Bella Grace Studios)

Posted in Home Tours on March 24, 2009

Domestic Candy

My good friend Anne, who I hang out with when I’m based in Germany, just told me about her creative friend Kerstin who is a product and interior designer based in Hannover too. I’m really looking forward to meeting Kerstin in person when I’m back in Germany this year. She owns a new DaWanda shop called Domestic Candy that I really like, her things are so sweet that I have to share them with you today. I’m also including a peek inside of her craft room because I just love the space and the light in there.

Aren’t these things just delightful? Don’t you love the windows in her apartment? This is so common in Hannover to have big, huge windows — I just love it!

(images from domestic candy)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Home Tours on March 13, 2009

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