Oh the importance of a great team. You really can’t underestimate the beauty in finding people that you can trust, respect and work well with who are also super talented, fair and “get it” when it comes to your ideas and vision. It’s rare for me to find team members that I really click with. I’m picky. While I am by nature a total people-person and enjoy the company of everyone (even difficult personalities are cool with me), it’s not the same when it comes to working with them. It has to click, you know? It’s either right or it’s wrong. So today I want to shout out two very special women – one I’ve known since March 2009 and the other I’ve never met in person in my life and just “met” online a few weeks ago. Both are seriously great women and you should know them and know why.
Leslie (standing) and Laure (seated) in Emily Henderson’s home – so happy Emily is part of the book!
The first is Leslie Shewring. An intro is really not needed if you read decor8, followed her Color Me Pretty column (on hold for now until we finish our book), or know about how instrumental she was in Blogging Your Way during its early years as a teacher. Now, Leslie is co-authoring the next book that we’re currently working on and she is doing a bang up job and I’m really proud of her. When you find someone like her to work with, and you click, keep them near and dear. Leslie has been a massive support in my life – not just work stuff – especially now as I’m ill and she has flown in (literally) to Hannover to help on our book, and then flew last week to San Francisco and LA (from her home in Victoria, Canada), and is still working so hard styling and producing beautiful photos as stylist, photographer and art director on shoots. I’m blown away by her attitude throughout it all and am so happy we’re on this project together. When our book releases on March 21, 2014, I will owe so much of its beauty and wonderfulness to her. Thank you Leslie.
Flower Power! Can’t shoot a home without ‘em! These were for Bri’s house (yay DesignLoveFest!).
The second extraordinary female whom I’d like to celebrate is photographer Laure Joliet. This lady is a class act. She accepted a job with a few weeks notice, hopped on a plane to San Francisco to meet Leslie, and began shooting the first of four homes over the course of last week in both SF and LA. The best part, she gave me NO CRAP. I have zero tolerance for ego when I work with anyone, I don’t care how great you are. Laure listened to me as I rambled on about this and that, which could have offended some photographers (please shoot tethered, please use a tripod, only natural light, blah blah blah) but she had no problem accepting my direction and didn’t once let ego take over doing great work. I directed them both remotely to the best of my ability on shots we needed, angles, ideas but ultimately they had the bulk of the work and ran with it and blew me away as a result – as the photos came in each day, I looked through them, supplied feedback and we moved on to the next shoot and continued this process and in the end, as a team, we really accomplished a lot. I mean a lot. I owe the success of last week to them, not me. To put Leslie and Laure together without any knowledge of how the other works (or even who the other is – they were strangers when they met) and watch them nail all four homes shows the power of women who are talented and professional and how they just GET STUFF DONE.
Leslie gave me the full scoop after the shoot week and had NOTHING but positive things to say about Laure – she sang her praises and would gladly work with her again, and this alone made me absolutely the happiest person ever because I wanted them to click, work well together and do great work and they accomplished that and so much more. You’ll see some of Laure’s gorgeous work in our book that releases in March. I can’t wait to show you! This book is now much bigger than Leslie and I with the addition of gorgeous homes and the wonderful Laure, so Leslie and I are even more excited to share it with you soon!
The home of SFGirlByBay will be in our book, yay!
So! To begin a shiny new week on a positive note, I want to celebrate the beauty and importance of a great team of amazing women. These girls, the homeowners, Leslie’s amazing sister Diane who accompanied them in LA to work hard on shoots too… All of them. I’m worked with some women who sadly, left me uninspired, burnt out and wondering how in the world they ever got to where they are with such abrasive personalities. These women were just the opposite – and they made magic as a result. I know first hand what the definition of a great team, mediocre team and team SUCK can be! And these ladies were team awesome all the way. Thanks, LJ and LS and THANK YOU to Emily, Bri, Rachel and Victoria for being such a lovely team of homeowners, too!
(images: emily henderson, bri emery, laure joliet)
Hello decor8 readers, are you feeling creative today? It’s Lisa and I’m ready to show you another super easy and fun craft this month in my Make Me column (Sorry I skipped the month of July, we had some illness around here). I love a beautifully wrapped gift, don’t you? I find pleasure in both giving and receiving something that’s wrapped with love. I also have a hard time getting rid of old magazines, so this craft project ticks two boxes.
There comes a point when my magazine stacks just get too high. When that happens, I spend some time leafing through old issues and tearing out the images that I love. Some I keep for inspiration and others I put into a craft file. One of the things I like to use them for is gift tags – it’s a lovely way to upcycle the pages and it’s fun to do. My daughter loves to make her own stash of tags and cards too.
* Lovely magazine or catalogue pages
* Light weight card
* Scissors or a craft knife and cutting mat
* Paint brush
* Embellishments like glitter, washi tape, stickers and mini pom poms
Step 1: Cut out the tags
Make yourself some cropping guides out of paper. They are basically just ‘L’ shapes that you can use to crop an image. Use the cropping guides to find the most pleasing part of a photo for your tag, rule lines to indicate the edges, then cut it out.
Step 2: Make the tags
When you’ve cut out a number of tags glue them to some light weight card and trim them. Punch holes in the top of some to thread ribbon or twine through.
Step 3: Embellish them
Using a paint brush, apply glue to some areas of the images. Try to follow and compliment the shapes and forms in the image, or apply a random all over pattern – like polka dots. Sprinkle glitter on top. Add washi tape stripes or small neon office stickers.
Step 4: Wrap some gifts
I sometimes also use large images for wrapping too, like the hydrangea one, shown top right. If it’s not large enough combine it with a piece of coordinating gift wrap like I have. Write on the back of the tag, find some lovely ribbon, lace or twine and wrap a beautiful gift with a handmade touch.
It’s always fun looking through magazines, so next time it’s raining set aside some me time, put the kettle on and go through that stack! Relax, get some sorting done, and be creative all at once. Perfect! – Lisa xo
(images/text: lisa tilse)
I was so happy when my copy of Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines, arrived today. Written and illustrated by my friend Samantha Hahn for Chronicle Books, it’s exquisite in every way.
Samantha is a fabulous illustrator whom I’ve commissioned for both illos on my blog and in my second book, so I know how skilled she is first hand. Samantha has worked for some of the best clients out there, including a slew of gorgeous magazines and also Daily Candy. Her gorgeous debut book is now available for pre-order, so grab a copy now because it will make for the most lovely gift for yourself or a good friend. It’s crazy beautiful and so unique.
In fact, it happens to be one of those books that really is perfect to give to a friend because it’s not only gorgeous but full of girl power (she illustrated 50 legendary female characters and hand lettered quotes from them) so you can’t help you feel so proud to be a modern female. I love what Samantha said about it recently on her blog, “Meet these heroines, befriend them, and in the process, perhaps learn about yourself. Whether you’ve read some or all of these stories, I hope you enjoy gazing into the eyes of all of the powerful, damaged, beautiful, and incandescent women in my book. I hope you follow them back to their original stories and come to see them in your own way, too.” Such a fine statement!
I can’t take my hands off of this book – I seriously love it and will definitely be buying copies to give to my friends. It’s so unique, and I love that it’s light reading because I can get lost in the quotes and paintings and let my mind wander. I also see so many pages that I’m tempted to remove and frame, but hopefully she’ll be selling them eventually as prints. My favorite portraits are of Anna Karenina, Alice, Jane Eyre, Antigone, Juliet Capulet (swooning over that close-up, would love that on my wall!), Ester Greenwood, Estella Havisham, Sofia Semyonovna Marmeladova, Scarlett O’Hara and my favorite painting is of Emma Woodhouse from Emma by Jane Austen – so gorgeous! What a collection of fantastic ladies.
Congrats, Ms. Hahn!
(images: samantha hahn)
Welcome to a new week on decor8 and hello everyone — It’s Liz here with another episode of Food In Motion where Jewels and I show a quick video each month showing what we made recently along with the recipe so you can try it yourself. We alternate months, so I take a month and Jewels takes the next… This month it’s my turn again and I didn’t even have to go to the kitchen this time, because we found everything for this salad right in front of our doorstep.
A few weeks ago I was on vacation with my family – first in Südtirol (South Tyrol) and then in our house in the Bavarian Alps. It was great and we enjoyed the time very much with lots of new inspiration and beautiful countryside.
In Bavaria we enjoyed a wonderful afternoon: my cousin and I had the idea of throwing together a real garden salad and our kids loved running through the garden picking dandelion, garden daisies, wild strawberries and other “weeds” that are eatable. It was one of those Sundays I won’t forget for a long time, because it was so perfectly relaxed and fun. Just hanging around outside the whole day with family and kids running around. That kind of day you have as a child all the time, but as a grown-up you don’t really anymore… you know what I mean? Well, that’s when this little video was made. We created a delicious and nutritious salad, collecting “weeds”, herbs and plants from the garden.
For those of you who speak German there’s a wonderful book I can recommend. It’s called “wild kochen” and is written by Anette Eckmann from Denmark. It has beautiful photography and is filled with recipes made from wild plants you find in the garden or forest. On a side note, this is also one of Holly’s most beloved cookbooks! Why not try going on a hunt yourself and creating a meal with wild plants?
GARDEN SALAD (serves two)
A handful of each:
* bishop’s weed
* lollo rosso
* lawn daisies
* wild strawberries
* 3 tablespoons of olive oil
* 2 tablespoons of white balsamic
* 1 teaspoon honey
* pinch of salt
* a bunch of chives
Collect the herbs, lettuce and weeds, wash them and cut them in smaller pieces. Rinse the wild strawberries. For the dressing add oil, balsamic, honey and salt in a jar, close the lid and shake well. Cut up the chives and add them to the dressing, shake again. Assemble the greens in a bowl, add the dressing and toss. Sprinkle with lawn daisies and wild strawberries.
Enjoy! – Liz
(image/video: Lisa Nieschlag)