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HAPPYsthlm

February 18, 2011

I heard from the girls at HAPPYsthlm (sthlm is short for Stockholm) earlier this week and didn’t want to wait another moment before spotlighting them here on decor8. HAPPYsthlm was founded in a courtyard studio in Stockholm in ’07 by product designer Katarina Andersson, silversmith Caroline Lindholm and textile designer Kajsa Aronsson. Together they create jewelery and accessories for the home like pillow covers, cast iron baking forms, hand blown glassware, stoneware, cast iron trivets in leaf patterns and much more.

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

HAPPYsthlm

So many sweet patterns and beautifully crafted wares, I hope that you will visit their website and check them out! Also make sure to visit the online portfolio of their photographer Karin Björkquist, too.

(photography: karin björkquist)






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Korean Illustrator Chun Eunsil

February 4, 2011

Last night I watched Korean film, I’m a Cyborg But That’s Okay (ha ha funny title I know) and it made me think about all of these creative cultures that we’re surrounded by and that so much is still out there waiting to be explored. I really live for this, I love exploring and finding things that I’ve not seen/heard or experienced in some way before. This led me to think of the beautiful illustrative works I’ve noticed coming out of Korea over the years and how beautiful and original they really are. Then I recalled a Korean Flickr contact of mine, Chun Eunsil, and thought I’d share her work with you today.

Korean Illustrator Chun Eunsil

Chun illustrates children’s books (I love how she illustrates classic German fairy tales) and has a line of stationery and other products like calendars and iPhone skins that you can see on her darling website. These images put me in such a good mood… the soft colors and detail of her work is quite magical… I can imagine little children loving her books. I wish I had access to a Korean bookstore where I could find her books and similar illustrations.

I once collected foreign language children’s books, in fact I have the cutest Winnie The Pooh in Russian that is also illustrated by a Russian artist that I held onto for years. It helped me when I was studying Russian in Cambridge in ’98. I was dating this guy from Los Angeles who wanted me to run away with him to live in Moldova and I almost went, so I studied Russian and nearly ran off with him but…. didn’t… And thank goodness for that because he turned out to be a bit of a nutcase! Ha! But often nutcases can be the best men to date (temporarily at least) for the sheer emotional explosion of it all — their often wild, eccentric, unplanned, no rules lifestyle can be a springboard to things you’d not explored had you never been exposed/heart broken by such a wacky person.

That whirlwind romance helped me to learn some Russian and though I never became fluent, I still learned a lot about Russian life and culture and am fascinated by it still. It also helped me to better connect to some of the letters and postcards that I remember my aunt sending to me when I was a child. She lived in many parts of the world during her lifetime and was living in Russia once where she learned to speak the language fluently. She would often send me beautiful books that I sadly no longer have, and when I studied Russian myself it reminded me of those books so I went on a wild search for Russian children’s books and found a few gems. I should show you the Winnie The Pooh book sometime. Very cute.

But yes, I love foreign language children’s books despite the fact that I cannot understand most of them. The German ones are lovely and I understand those, as my language skills are better than before and so my collection of German children’s books help me tremendously. Have you ever flipped through Japanese and Korean books for kids? Oh my goodness, they nearly make my heart explode from the cuteness, and oh yes, French books are just the best too. Now that I think of it though, I’ve never in my life spotted a book for kids from India. I need to google that one.

Ha, my head is all over the place today. Sorry for that, I’m thinking out loud a bit. I have a lot going on in my life right now and I’m overstimulated from it all so my brain is buzzing and gushing stuff out left and right. My poor husband, as he has to listen to be babble on all day… It’s a good Friday feeling to have (at least for me) as I know I’ll get some decorating projects done at home this weekend as a result of this over-stimulation and explosion of ideas. What about you, do you have any projects planned for this weekend?

Do check out Chun Eunsil today, I know you’ll love her website and Flickr stream.

(images: chun eunsil)






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Press Event For Decorate In London!

January 29, 2011

Hello friends, are you doing well this weekend? I hope so! I am packing for a quick trip to London, I fly out tomorrow and back home on Monday so it will be a real whirlwind for sure. Lucky for me, the flight is only 45 minutes from where I live so I don’t have to go that far… My publisher in London has arranged for a lovely press event where I’ll meet journalists and some UK bloggers to show them my new book, Decorate, and discuss it with them… I’m really honored and look forward to it as making connections in person means so much to me and it’s not often that someone throws you a press event, is it?

Press Event For Decorate In London!

I’m also going to discuss with my publisher the idea to have a book launch party in London sometime mid April, so if you’d like to come (or host it in your shop?) please email me at holly AT decor8blog.com and I’ll put you on my guest list so if/when it happens, you’ll be the first to receive an invitation. It will be a book party/reader meet up so we can all get together and have some fun because I’m dying to meet so many of you and know that it would be nice to do something like this to get us all in the same room.

So! I will be back on Tuesday to tell you all about the press event and to share some photos… I wish you could all attend with me, but maybe next time if we do a fun party in April. Yay!

See you soon… xo

P.S. That is the US version of the book shown above, to be published my Chronicle in May. I haven’t seen the UK one yet, but I’ll photograph it on Monday!

(image: holly becker for decor8)






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Lígia Casanova Interior Design

January 22, 2011

Hello friends! Before I sign off for the weekend I want to direct you to the site of Lígia Casanova, an interior designer with an inspiring kitchen + dining room in her online portfolio. I know that the photos are quite light, that is how they appear on her website so there is unfortunately not much I can do to Photoshop them — but they’re still very inspirational.

Lígia Casanova Interior Design

Lígia Casanova Interior Design

Lígia Casanova obtained her master’s degree in graphic design back in 1987 and went on to work in advertising and design until she found her true calling in 1995 as an interior designer. She wants to, “Make Room For Happiness” in all that she does. I feel happy looking at all of the little details in the space from the appliqued curtains to the multi-colored chairs, lighting over the table, pillows on the floor, crochet rug and the lovely art wall in the dining area.

I hope that you, likeLígia, will find ways to make room for happiness this weekend. I can’t wait to visit with you again on Monday when Leslie will be back with her monthly dose of Color Me Pretty to inspire your creativity for January — she is shooting in her studio this weekend so prepare for gorgeous results on decor8 Monday morning! Much love to you all. xo

(images: lígia casanova)






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