There is a Dutch magazine called Flow that I really love, though I cannot understand a word of it. They recently introduced an English version (order here) and I ordered it and wow, that lifted a huge veil! Did you know that Flow also has seasonal books, too?
I didn’t either until December when I taught a blogging workshop at my home and Dutch student, Louise, gave one to another student as a present. Yes, we did a gift exchange. I never saw it done before at a blogger event, but the idea was for each blogger to bring a gift – something from their country that they really love – so that when they arrive at the workshop and were introduced to their partner-in-crime for the weekend (we paired up teams), they both could exchange gifts. The bloggers, as a result, loved the idea soooo much! And I loved it because I could watch everyone unwrapping and saying ahhhhhh a lot! One gift struck me as so amazing that blogger, Louise, asked if I wanted a copy too and I said YES YES ohhh YES and a month later, I paid her and it was in my mailbox.
Now, with the spring edition out, Louise asked me if I wanted the latest copy and I was so happy she offered, so I bought another copy from her. I tell ya, it’s magic when there are people so nice as to do things like this. Today, the spring Flow book arrived and though it’s in Dutch (boo hoo), I still love looking at it. The layouts, the colors, the freebies (cards and planners and posters, oh my!), it’s all so inspirational and nice. I wish it were available in English – I’d be totally in love. But for now, I love it as it is – so thank you Louise and thank you Flow for creating something so inspirational in print. When I see stuff like this I know for a fact that print is here to stay as long as publishers GET CREATIVE!
And don’t you love how Louise wrapped it in brown paper, gift wrap paper and washi tape? So pretty – thank you Louise!
Here are the freebies on my pinboard – I wanted to show you what everything looked like. There is a poster, 5 postcards and a weekly planner. I also added Louise’s pretty wrapping paper. Love!
Are you a Flow fan?
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My friends over at Mollie Makes magazine just announced a special one off magazine they’ve created called Handmade Wedding that will release in the UK on April 4th and it’s just beautiful. I love blogging about inspirational magazines because I want print to stay alive forever and ever! There is a little preview snippet online if you’d like to view it here: Preview Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding. And of course, my wee snippet below.
This is a stunning cover, don’t you think? I love the shimmering daylight the layout and various fonts – very pretty.
Gorgeous table of contents layout, I particularly love the fabric along the bottom edge.
Really sweet DIY projects from the talented sister duo, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, over at Hello Lucky. They also happen to author a book under the same name as this magazine, Handmade Weddings. I love their adorable video on YouTube, have you seen it before?
Oooooh paper flowers. I love paper flowers. My mother and I made a ton of these for my bridal shower before I got married… She is the tissue paper flower QUEEN.
Super pretty colors!
Oh my gosh this couple is adorable. Could his suit be any cooler (or MORE British)? A-D-O-R-E.
More beauty to be inspired by…
Could Irish homewares designer Abigail Ryan look more gorgeous? I loved seeing her wedding day in this mag. As a side point, I cannot WAIT until she debuts her wallpaper line in May – (see a tiny glimpse on her blog). I’d love that pattern on the wall in my bedroom – gorgeous.
A gorgeous floral arranging DIY… Never can have enough flowers in our life!
About this magazine, “This beautiful one-off special includes real-life weddings, DIY makes and inspiring themes to help you create your own unique wedding day. It’s out on 4 April 2013″ and will be appearing on newsstands in the UK then.
So what do you think?
(images: handmade wedding)
It’s wedding season, think spring! Maybe if we all wish for it hard enough it will appear because today we got more snow!? So I decided to pull out this wedding book for a little inspiration and to practice my German as I try to make sense of it all. I am in total wedding mode recently, especially with the release of a new magazine I just discovered (more about that in the next post) and now, this super girly German wedding book, Einfach heiraten! just published here in Germany and it is as pretty as it is practical and full of DIY ideas and advice. Here is a peek below!
I have several beautiful wedding books by other great bloggers on my desk, but I never cover wedding books on decor8 (especially in a foreign language) but because Steffi is my friend, I made an exception because I found it so thoughtfully done and I remember all of the work Steffi put into it while she was writing, writing, writing! On one occasion, I was with my friend Charlotte in Hamburg having a meeting and decided to introduce her to Steffi so we met up and she came looking like her mind was in the clouds. She had that typical author’s glaze, like you just knew the poor lady was up until the wee hours perfecting her recipe – this book! It’s a hard job to write but even more, to get your publishers to get on board with your vision and to respect your viewpoint.
I haven’t asked Steffi about that process but from the looks of this book, it really looks like the work I remember her doing during her days at Brigitte magazine, one of Germany’s top lifestyle magazines for women. I think the book really reflects her love for magazines because it feels very magazine-like. Whenever I meet with my publishers, they always tell me that I have a very magazine approach to books and I often felt really bad about that because I want to have a “book” approach but I always go back to a magazine approach. Steffi’s book goes beyond wedding tips and ideas (I am already married after all) so I don’t need a wedding how-t0, but as I flipped through it my point became clear to me all over again that bringing a magazine approach to books does really work. My first book, Decorate, was written with the idea of making it feel more like a magazine with lively layouts and bites of info and all of the quotes that we used, and the same with my second book, which was also part workbook. Steffi and I are on the same page with this – books that feel more interactive and fresh work!
More and more, I really believe that when it comes to how readers interact with printed publications is how they interact online – they want more bite-sized chunks of text around images, everything should be laid out really beautifully with main points highlighted and feature in-depth expert advice combined with a more personal feeling… Not like some big shot author sitting there telling you what to do in 50 million words, but a chatty knowledgable friend, guiding you as to what steps to take next. It’s so important to stick to your vision and plow forward and I’m glad to see that Steffi did this.
I really like the outcome of Steffi’s ideas – but I must say that photo directly above melted my heart. I really loved it so I had to show you. I found it to be so relaxed and inviting.
Seeing the finished product, this book, was a joy for me. I pre-ordered it on Amazon last year the second that it was available! When it arrived, I felt proud because it’s packed with lots of great things that I know brides, especially in Germany, really need to know. While there are tons of wedding books in America loaded with beautiful visuals and amazing ideas, we just don’t have German authors writing incredible wedding books that feel current. For this market, this book REALLY stands out.
SO readers, let me ask you, what do you look for in books these days? What makes you buy them?
(images: Holly Becker for decor8)
I want to throw the spotlight on Selina Lake and the launch of her colorful new book, Pretty Pastel Style, that just released in the UK – a big congratulations to you, Selina! The book was written by Joanna Simmons (I think, if I’m not mistaken, Joanna writes all of Selina’s books) with photography by Catherine Gratwicke.
The photography in this book is beautiful. I have a copy that I bought on Amazon and it’s like one big cotton candy pastel playground – really sweet and very inspirational and right on trend with the whole pastel thing we see going on all over the place. It’s also perfect for Easter.
Above are some of her photos, one is from the book and the others were taken at her launch party in London last Friday and then there is a photo she styled for Prima Magazine. You can see a ton more on her blog, just beautiful and so super girly! Who doesn’t love roses?
Selina’s always has pretty themed books and I like seeing what she comes up with and how she’ll develop her next theme. Good luck with your current book Selina and the many more that I’m sure will follow!
(images: selina lake)
I’d like to show you some beautiful new additions to the Spring collection of Dutch living brand, HKLiving. This hasn’t been seen online yet and they gave me firsts on showing it here on decor8 so I thought it would be nice to give you a little peek of some things that I love!
I’m a huge fan of their company and furniture collections – I own several pieces from them in my own home. My good friend is now their northern German rep so if you want to order anything, please contact Daniela Thaul at Sommerfugl. If you live in southern Germany or other countries, please refer to their complete list of vendors. Are you ready to see some pretty cool stuff? These photos were shot by Finnish photographer Paulina Arcklin.
Whatever that is on the chair, I must order it. Wow, gorgeous!
I am so obsessed with painted brick walls in white currently. I also love dipped baskets in bring colors and taking old belts and fastening them around a stack of magazines.
This stool is super cute – I love the fresh burst of color on a simple, clean stool. Very unexpected.
The furniture is amazing but I seriously can’t take my eyes off of that wooden floor – it’s spectacular!
You can see their entire catalog online here.
Pretty inspiring, right!?
(images: Paulina Arcklin for HKLiving)