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Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop

October 21, 2015

I’m happy to announce my next pop-up shop kicking off today until November 15th! The new designs by my friend Michal Marko from Micush in Tel Aviv are new favorites so I’ve decide to stock some of her new products for a limited time with free shipping worldwide.

Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop
Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop
Micush Pop-Up Shop For The Tabletop

You can see Michal in the photo above – she’s a young designer who got started in children’s illustration and has branched out to include illustration for home items. These smooth melamine trays are handmade from renewable forests in birch wood (the backs show the wood pattern) and are dishwasher safe. I hope that you’ll support this amazing artist from Israel (free shipping worldwide!) and check out her beautiful trays for eating and the kitchen.

(Images: Micush)






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Win $500 Gift Card From Pottery Barn + Ken Fulk

September 9, 2015

Would you like to win a $500 gift card from Pottery Barn and see a Autumn dinner party that I put together to celebrate their new Ken Fulk collection? As a design writer, I come across many beautiful products yet Pottery Barn is one American retailer that I return to when seeking beautiful, approachable and quality pieces for my home. I’ve been shopping them since I was in college because they are one of the best sources for creating stunning interiors. As Autumn nears, I’m dreaming up some tabletop ideas for the gatherings that I’ll host… That is why when Pottery Barn teamed up with San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk, I had to see what he was designing for them. This is their exclusive, first ever product collaboration so it’s a pretty big deal for Pottery Barn fans and those who love Ken Fulk because they can bring a high-end decorator’s touch to their home without breaking the bank. Here is a glimpse…

Win $500 Gift Card From Pottery Barn + Ken Fulk

This exclusive line is so well-edited that you can mix and match without worry that items won’t work together because they all match beautifully. In addition to tabletop, you will find furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and so much more. I have my eye on the tailored bed skirt and the orange lacquer boxes because they are so chic. To show you a few items from this collection in my home, I’ve dressed my recent dinner party with the Ken Fulk painted canvas table runner, painted canvas placemats and spoon straws for our gin & tonic bar. I love the heavy deep blue/black canvas of the runner and placemats and that the off-white color that mimics sea salt – pure (not creamy) but also not pure white – And I enjoy how well they work in my very light and bright home, the contrast is just great and illustrates how well his collection works in a variety of interiors.

Win $500 Gift Card From Pottery Barn + Ken Fulk

Known for his exuberant style, Ken Fulk is an American decorator and event designer from Virginia with a staff of nearly 50 headquartered in San Francisco, California where he lives and works. He designs for hot spots and for high profile clients which is why his collaboration with Pottery Barn is so special – it’s his signature style but available to all budgets. His signature style is a mix of European (English countryside mixed with Paris townhouse) combined with classic American Federal style so there are nods of his European Continue Reading…






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Ceramics By Robert Gordon Australia

July 24, 2015

I discovered a ceramics studio recently that has been active since 1945 in Australia by the same family —  Have you heard of Robert Gordon? They have a factory outside of Melbourne with a staff of 30 and have recently taken on an agent in the United States, too. They not only design pieces for everyday living, but work with restaurants to produce custom made pottery which made me think about my own cafe/design shop dreams and how wonderful it would be to have custom wares for it someday. Well imagine that. They recently did a fit out for E.P. in Los Angeles, so location and delivery is also not an issue so you don’t need to live down under to enjoy the fruits of their meticulously crafted labor.

Ceramics By Robert Gordon Australia

I recently spoke to Kate Gordon who is their head of design and product development, and learned that she has a textile design background but since she was always so involved in her family business of pottery, it was a natural fit to combine her ceramics knowledge with developing Continue Reading…






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Our New Sofa From Fashion For Home

July 17, 2015

I can’t wait to show you the new little sofa in my living room that arrived from Berlin! It looks so sweet and acts as the perfect placeholder for the larger one I’m about to order for the opposite wall (I’ll put this baby elsewhere once it arrives). I’m in the process of renovating this room but for now, this little sofa looks so sweet. Later, it will go in another room since my apartment has enough room for it to move around – something I really love about living in this place other than the abundance of natural light. This darling sofa is the 2-Sitzer Sofa Tesoro from Fashion For Home in Hellgrau and I love it.
Our New Sofa From Fashion For Home

It’s comfortable, it’s stylish, the tufting is gorgeous and the quality is tops. The frame, made of wood, is also visible and quite gorgeous. I am so happy to have this piece of furniture in my home. It’s so hard to choose a sofa though, don’t you think? So many options and often, you aren’t Continue Reading…






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Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

April 30, 2015

Remember how I shared a bunch of inspiring ceramics last week? I have good news! I found yet another to share only this time you can buy everything you see (and more) with absolutely free shipping to anywhere in the world in my pop-up shop until May 31st.  The ceramics of Anna Westerlund are simply amazing. I love how she mixes them with Liberty prints and patterns, too. I want everything in her collection which sounds so selfish but it’s true. These pieces fit the decor8 aesthetic perfectly!

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

In fact, I’ve ordered some pieces that should arrive next week. I can justify my order because I will use these pieces as props for my next book, which I just started working on to release next year, and since they are functional they’re not only objects of art for my glass cabinet but can be used and enjoyed. Feast your eyes on the hand work of ceramicist Anna Westerlund.

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

Anna Westerlund Pop Up Shop

For more beautiful pieces and free shipping worldwide, visit the Anna Westerlund Pop Up shop here until May 31st.

(images: anna westerlund and sanda pagaimo)






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A Very Special Mother’s Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

April 22, 2015

Are you looking for the perfect Mother’s Day gift with style and heart? You’ll love what I’m about to share from Artifact Uprising, a company specializing in turning your photos into tangible products that truly delivers on all points from quality and price to service, delivery, beauty and truly thoughtful things like photo books, prints, and gifts for your digital photos.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

Founded in 2012, Artifact Uprising was launched by sisters and professional photographers, Katie Thurmes and Jenna Walker, who spent nearly a decade shooting before deciding it was time to explore the power of print and see how the beauty they photographed could be translated into products for themselves and other talented creatives.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

I love that their mission is to easily move photos, “Off your device, into you life”, something I actually think about a lot. I’m so often discouraged by the sheer volume of photos I’ve taken that never see the light of day after I’ve uploaded and looked at them maybe once or twice. They just sit in Lightroom or in some folder. It’s a bit sad.

Do you ever feel discouraged by that too?

Sure, I’ve emailed a few to friends or posted some on Facebook, but it’s not the same as putting together a pack of cards or a beautiful book filled with memories of moments that matter.

I decided recently to change all of the negative feelings I’ve been having about my overwhelming amounts of photos on my computer. I reached out to Artifact Uprising and they really encouraged me to create a special Mother’s Day gift so I listened. I had a newborn photoshoot when my son was just 10 days old (precious!) by Christin Lange, which was last year in February, and so I took the photos from that shoot and created a gorgeous book for my mom and another for myself.

I then used the text tool that Artifact Uprising provides on their website, and placed the poetry of my husband written for our son around some of the photos. The result made me cry! There is something magical about seeing cherished photos in print, in a book with gorgeous matte paper. In fact, the presentation added a whole new appreciation for the photography and even elevated the photos in my eyes. No matter how many gorgeous visuals I see online, they do take on an entirely new life when viewed on a beautifully printed page. This gift to myself and to my mother is personal, touching, beautiful.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

Along with the book, I thought homemade heart-shaped cookies dusted with powdered sugar and gently tied with floral sprigs, packed into a small brown box, was a nice touch to present to mom. The recipes and cookies were made by the photographer, Susanne, who worked with me to shoot this post. How many photographer’s cook for a shoot? I feel so lucky to have worked with her to share this beautiful photo book story.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

I made a little gift tag for the book using some washi tape and a simple gift tag, and lined the box with white baking paper. I wrapped the book with white paper first to protect it, then newspaper which I “quilted” using scrap pieces of newspaper, a technique I learned from a class my friend Leslie taught, the newspaper is from the local Asia grocery store. I pieced the newspaper scraps together using washi tape.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

I then topped the wrapped softcover photo book with a photo that felt feminine with a nice mother’s day vibe to it. I had the photo printed at Artifact Uprising too, it’s from their square photo prints collection.

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

I hope that you like this little Mother’s Day presentation of a very special gift for my mom and also for me since I feel I deserve gifting myself on May 10th too, why not?

A Very Special Mother's Day Gift From Artifact Uprising

[This post is in partnership with Artifact Uprising. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that allow me to do work that I love and to collaborate with other professionals to create work that is inspirational and authentic.]

(Photography: Susanne Irmer / Styling + Text: Holly Becker)






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