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My Top Ten From Nostalgie im Kinderzimmer

A few of my favorite things, 10 of them

Posted in uncategorized on October 25, 2011

My Party in Munich!

Thank you Nostalgie im Kinderzimmer!

Posted in uncategorized on October 25, 2011

Origin in London = Super!

London Design Week was nothing short of dazzling this past week – D A Z Z L I N G! I was able to attend Origin, 100% Design and Decorex but also went over to FOCUS/11 at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour to check out what they had going on too. I missed Tent, but that’s okay because there is always next year for that… I must say though that I was honored to have been invited to speak at 100% Design, Decorex, FOCUS and at Anthropologie, too. It was a very busy week for me but the takeaway was that doing it was not only a great courage builder but I was able to make so many new friends and put names with faces from our big online community – which I view as more valuable than anything else. Additionally, each event had loads of interesting design and decorating products, trends, concepts – you name it, that you can’t walk away without finding something to catch your eye or sweep you completely away. For me, out of all of the events, the one that spoke loudest and grabbed my heart was the beautifully curated and presented Origin show at Old Spitalfields Market.

My loot

My loot: An Abigail Brown bird

My loot

My loot: Abigail Brown butterfly brooches

My loot

My loot: A neon pink teacup print and a print on fabric by Rachel Eardley

My loot

My loot: Jo Gordon wool scarf with big pom poms and striped mittens. Yes, I do spot a bright pink theme!

I’ve been wanting to attend for years so to be there for the first time felt like a mini dream come true. I went with my friends Sania and Leslie and we met up with Elisa. Walking around together, each of us making beelines to things that dazzled us, turning over items, holding them up, chatting to the makers… I found it such a “feel good” type of afternoon – the inspired meeting the creators, the makers… I am always interested in what friends are drawn towards. For Leslie it was stripes, wool, hot pink, white ceramics, wool patterned buttons and a hot pink tea cup printed onto a pretty piece of floral cloth. She also loved Abigail Brown’s work.

Origin Craft Fair London

Row 1: (L) Sania Pell, Elisa Rathje, Leslie Shewring (R) Claire Brewster, Row 2: (L) Row Pinto (R) Eileen Gatt.

For Sania it was anything gray, natural and tactile. She also seemed to be interested in shots of mustard though she was quite reserved while browsing, I suspected she was lost in her thoughts since a pro stylist like Sania combs such markets for products to mentally bookmark to buy or call in for future work.

Origin Craft Fair London

Row 1: (L) Shan Annabelle Valla (R) Sarah Morpeth, Row 2: (L) Sarah Morpeth (R) Ali Nash

After that show I was convinced that I need to return each year to peruse Origin because it was incredibly inspiring to me – but I wouldn’t want to go alone… Being with my friends made it so much nicer. I took some snaps with my iPhone camera of a few makers who caught my eye and thought I’d quickly share them with you. I hope you’ve liked seeing them. Please click on the links to learn more.

Origin Craft Fair London

Row 1: (L) Abigail Brown (R) Rachel Eardley, Row 2: (L) Rachel Eardley (R) Origin signage

Origin Craft Fair London

Row 1: (L) Esther Coombs (R) Ella Robinson, Row 2: (L) Abigail Brown (R) Abigail Brown, Row 3: (L) Shan Annabelle Valla (R) Shan Annabelle Valla.

Thank you ladies for a lovely afternoon at Origin. Until next year, cheers!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on September 30, 2011

Blogshop Visits Berlin!

I was psyched to finally meet Bri Emery recently in Los Angeles while on my book tour – she came to my workshop and signing at Anthropologie and we got to chat for a bit… And now she’s heading to Germany along with co-teacher and photographer Angela Kohler to bring her Blogshop Photoshop classes to Berlin for ONE weekend only! If you don’t know Bri by name, you must know her work – she is the designer of the beautiful interiors e-mag, Rue!


It’s been Bri’s dream to teach in Berlin and visit Germany in general so she is quite excited about flying over next month. In fact, Bri approached me months ago looking for help getting over to Berlin, for some contacts, etc. and I immediately put her in touch with my friend Matt who heads up Etsy Europe out of Berlin. Pairing them was the perfect way to get Bri over and so now she’s working with Etsy Europe for Blogshop (details here) and I’m so happy for her!





About Blogshop: Blogshop is a Photoshop bootcamp. It is a full weekend spent stuffing your brain with ideas on how to make images on your blog unique and eye catching. Angela and Bri teach the basics in addition to more advanced techniques and then help you to apply your own perspective to layouts to make your work uniquely YOU.People who have no experience with Photoshop will leave the course with confidence to create layouts, prep images for mood boards and collages, retouch skin and color correct images, animate gifs, add textures, borders, type and drawing to their images to make each of their blog posts or other visual materials special. At the end of the first day we will have a portrait session, so on the second day you can work on your own pictures which will be perfect for contributor photos and bio pages.

What: Blogshop
Where: Etsy Labs in Berlin
When: October 15-16
Price: $750 U.S. dollars for two days, includes lunch and a goody bag!
Class size: We hope to keep the class under 20 people
Sign up email: blogshopla [at] gmail [dot] com

What to peek in on what a class is like? Check out these super fun videos – this one is from a Chicago class and this one is from an LA class.

Register today before seats are full!

(images: angela kohler)

Posted in events + markets, travel, uncategorized on September 09, 2011


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