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Have a Nice Weekend!

I’m signing off for the day, so I’m wish you a happy weekend, I hope you have a lovely one! And remember, when preparing quiche don’t forget the nutmeg (1/2 teaspoon), it makes all the difference. From decorating to the kitchen, it’s all about adding that little extra, right?

See you on Monday and thank you so much for your supportive comments and emails this week, your words of kindness really helped get me through and I’ve been sharing each of them with my husband, who is impressed by how many of you wrote in and/or commented on the blog. You are all amazing men and women, really – I so appreciate every nice word, kindness goes a very long way.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on September 14, 2007

Dutch By Design

Dutch by Design carries contemporary interior accessories from the Netherlands, and although I’ve blogged about them before, for those of you that are new to decor8, it’s a great little store on the web for Dutch design. They’ve just added products from Invotis Orange, a design studio that I blogged about awhile back that is based in the Netherlands. Check out the rabbit in the dish drainer…

If you are familiar with Dutch design, you know that they love taking mundane objects and transforming them into something hip and cool with a twist – always a twist – of wit infused into each design. I attended Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last October to cover it (here’s some coverage on decor8 in case you missed it last year) for Domino magazine online and it was there that I saw this ‘theme’ repeated throughout nearly every item on display. Always a slight nod to the past, yet this next generation of Dutch designers are looking ahead to bring a bit of tradition into the here and now.

(images from dutch by design)

Posted in uncategorized on September 05, 2007

Ah, Flowers!

We leave for Germany in a few weeks and will be staying there until winter, so I’m picking all the flowers from my garden that I can so I can enjoy them before I head off. I can’t believe it’s September already!

Isn’t this a gorgeous color? I love it against the Vintage Forsythia turquoise and yellow pillow shown on my chair. It’s from etsy, if you’d like one for yourself. :)

(photo taken by holly becker)

Posted in uncategorized on September 05, 2007

See you on Wednesday!

Today is a holiday here in the states, so we’re heading off for a few days. After having a house full of family and then our friends from Montreal this weekend, we need a day or two to relax. Plus the weather is perfect for a getaway. Here are some photos from the anniversary lunch we had for our friends Daniel and St?phaine in the backyard yesterday here in New Hampshire.

I kept it simple, with more of a focus on the food and wine (they are French from Montreal so that is most important to our guests) less of a focus on the presentation, but I went with a very simple garden theme. We didn’t go with an Asian theme because I didn’t think it would work with the menu, so I kept it country and slightly romantic. We don’t have proper outdoor furniture, so a folding table and chairs that we borrowed from the neighbors came in handy. To hide the legs of the table, I used potted plants.

The china is by Cath Kidston, linen napkins from Shabby Chic, tablecloth is a flea market find, misc. atelier lzc linens a gift from Paola, flowers fresh picked from the garden, and etched glassware in pastel colors from Italy (most things collected from our travels).

And of course, I’m a southern girl so homemade peach pie had to be on the menu. The weather was the perfect high 70’s, birds singing, light breeze, and lots of sunshine. Eating outside with friends is by far the best way to spend the day.

Presentation and food are important, but nothing beats good conversation with those you care about. See you on Wednesday!

(Photos taken by Holly and Thorsten Becker)

Posted in uncategorized on September 03, 2007


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