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coffee + cre8tive {nov 17 ’06}


Did you spot the new book and blog of the week? If not, it’s time to introduce you to a few of my new faves. First up, Danielle’s design blog – The Style Files – where she blogs from the Netherlands about (mostly) Dutch design, but of course, a girl can’t stop there – so she blogs about design that she finds inspiring from all over the globe. We met up and spent a day together in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, so I’m extra excited to have her featured as blog of the week – what a great lady she is! Her blog is so insightful, she posts daily, and she features many great designers and products that are so knock-your-socks off good that I suggest making the Style Files your daily read. (psst: Here’s a photo I snapped of her in Eindhoven. She’s quite lovely, isn’t she?)

Next, a book I’m really nuts about lately, Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything*: (*and if you can’t, look again). I spotted this book for the first time in Hamburg a few weeks ago and wondered why I’d not heard of it before – it’s been out for a few years already. There is so much in life that can stimulate creativity, but because we are exposed to these things on a daily basis (i.e. product packaging) we start ignoring it. Brit designer and global icon Paul Smith teaches us how to look at things in a different way – to really SEE what you are touching and using and watching – that’s the real key to creative and inspired living. This book examines this topic further with loads of pictures that will stimulate your brain and put you on a much more creative track. It’s a great coffee table book since it’s bound to strike up conversations with guests, and a good resource for you to refer to when you find yourself stuck in a bit of a creative rut. If you don’t already own a copy, I highly suggest changing that el pronto ! (Learn more about Paul Smith here.)

I’d also like to welcome an additional sponsor here on decor8, Imooi, who has the most gorgeous jewelry for men and women, along with ladies handbags (love the jewelry for men). Imooi is offering FREE SHIPPING to decor8 readers for a limited time, so if you’d like to gift a friend, there’s no time like the present. Here’s a link to their store on Amazon. Please use code: decor806 at checkout. Welcome Imooi!

Oh, almost forgot… Look at what Danielle found (below) from Tord Boontje for Moroso. Read more here. Sweet find, Danielle!


(images from imoii, paul smith, and the style files.)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines, ceramics on November 17, 2006

Party in LA with Turquoise and Apartment Therapy!


Turquoise and Apartment Therapy LA invite you to join them on Thursday, November 16th (that’s tomorrow, people!!) from 6-9 p.m. in the Turquoise showroom located in Venice, CA at 1641 Abbot Kinney Blvd. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP (el pronto!) via email at: turquoise.rsvp[at]gmail[dot]com.

My pal Michelle Caplan will have her gorgeous art on display (her work was featured in the November issue of Real Simple magazine – woohoo!) and Henry Road will present their yummy new textiles for Fall.

Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while mingling with the AT:LA crew and the locals. This is a great chance to meet and greet so don’t miss out on this fab event – expand your network and have fun!

[I'm taking today and tomorrow off to finish up on a project, but I'll return on Friday 11/17 with a guide to shopping in Berlin along with a few other posts, so I'll see you then.]

(image from henry road)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, designers, events + markets, shopping, textiles, travel on November 15, 2006

Berlinomat (Berlin)


If you’re in Berlin and looking for fresh talent from fashion to accessories and products for the home, Berlinomat is a must-see stop. It’s “ab-fab” (absolutely fabulous) as my friends say. Not only is the space drop-dead beautiful, but the staff are x-tra friendly and helpful, spoke fluent English (great when you have lots of questions), and the store was quite large. The ‘hood it’s in isn’t the best, there’s not a lot over there to see, but it’s worth the 10 minutes from stadt mitte to hit Berlinomat simply because the designs to be found there are red hot. There wasn’t one thing that didn’t leave me drooling. I was soooo happy when I came across s.wert designs - it was so nice to see them up close and personal. I snapped as many photos as I could, but to fully appreciate it you need to visit it in person. All I can say is that if Domino or Lucky visits Berlin in the future, I can place bets that this store will be part of their picks. I loved all the local talent! The best!

Tip: If you like what you see on their website, shop them online (though the selection online is quite slim). OR if you crave to shop for more Berlin design online, visit Good Old Germany (a fun online store, not related to Berlinomat but they carry great things as well).

(images from holly becker for decor8 – click on them for a larger view.)

Posted in shopping, travel on November 14, 2006

decor8 Reader Question: B/W forest prints?

decor8 reader Stacy from New York writes in with a question – does anyone have the skinny on this?

“I’m looking for wallpaper or fabric or a shade that has a black and white forest scene. Do you know where I can get this? I’ve seen it in books and/or magazines. Also, looking to buy in the U.S. sophisticated wall tattoos. Do you know anyone that sells online?”

Let’s see what decor8 readers have to say, Stacy!

Can anyone help Stacy??

(image from holly becker for decor8, photographed at Stilwerk in Hamburg, Germany)

Posted in reader questions on November 14, 2006

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