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Fitness Focus for 2015 + Deliciously Ella Book

Thanks to my obsession with burning hours on Amazon while my baby snoozes, I found a new book (and new to me blog) called Deliciously Ella. Ella Woodwards, the young lady behind the blog, has created 100 dairy-free, gluten-free and sugar-free recipes that supposedly will make you feel great which is the most important thing in life right? Because your health, mental and physical, can really make or break you. I’ve been off of white and brown sugar and honey since January 6th and cut out most diary (I use rice, almond, coconut milk or oat milk now) and already feel so much better after the initial detox headaches and cravings subsided. I’m no longer in sloth-post-holiday mode. I’m ready to take on projects again with gusto and get movin’ at the gym. Health equals wealth and not just financially. When you feel great you become rich in so many other areas in your life. I’m learning that the reason why so many highly successful people are fit and work out daily is so they can stay or become more successful. It’s true. You get more accomplished when you feel amazing and your energy levels soar. Why do you think the fabulous Martha Stewart can sleep only 4 hours nightly for so many years and be such a powerhouse?

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Ella’s personal story and motivation behind her work is quite inspirational, “In 2011, nineteen-year-old Ella Woodward was diagnosed with a rare illness that left her bed-ridden, in chronic pain, and plagued by heart palpitations and headaches. When conventional medicine failed her, Ella decided to change her diet. She gave up meat, gluten, dairy, sugar, and anything processed—and the effects were immediate: her symptoms disappeared, her energy returned, and she was able to go off all her medication. A self-confessed sweet tooth, Ella taught herself how to make delicious, plant-based meals that delight the palette and improve overall well-being.” Sounds wonderful! This book promises simple prep and raw, natural ingredients so I’m definitely going to grab a copy and start using it. Here is a peak inside of Deliciously Ella below straight from Anthropologie, where you can purchase it or buy it on Amazon UK (with cover shown in this post) or on Amazon US with a different cover, same content.

Now to share with you a few books that I do own and love that share the same approach to eating healthy.

1. It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turschen (Amazon US/Amazon UK)– I love that Julia lost a lot of weight eating the foods in this book while creating it. When someone loses weight writing a health cookbook I feel like ka-pow! That’s the book for me! Julia made it a huge draw because I love GP but she is so perfect that I often feel like she’s just not relatable in all of her gorgeousness (I mean did you see her at the Oscars in that fantastic pink Michael Kors dress? How can we compete?), but Julia is one of us and is also super gorgeous minus a full staff and access to top trainers and fitness gurus and unlimited cash. Don’t get me wrong, GP rocks and she is why I bought the book in the first place, but learning about Julia through the pages of It’s All Good instantly made it my fave go-to guide for healthy eating. That combined with all of the book photography by one of my top five photographers in the world, Danish-born Ditte Isager, and I was hooked. Plus I got my hands on a signed, dedicated copy from GP herself so hey, I can’t complain. In fact, I tell everyone about this book and even buy it for my friends. You can see some of the gorgeous pics in this book on Ditte’s blog.

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2. Honestly Healthy by Natasha Corrett (Amazon US or Amazon UK – German version here which I also have). British-born Natasha turned me on to OMbar (chocolate sweetened with coco milk) and I just love some of her recipes in this book and her amazing website and videos, too. I’m dying to attend one of her supper clubs or cooking classes in London because meeting her would be interesting since her mom is Kelly Hoppen and I think Kelly is just the best but even more, I just want to watch her cook and learn some new tips. I actually love the idea of scheduling a private cooking class with Natasha and a few of my dear friends, this would be so much fun and would make for a great blog story, don’t you think? Perhaps I’ll connect with her for a story like that as I’m looking to bring more lifestyles to decor8 this year that encourage us all to life our best life. I like Natasha’s cookbook because it lives alongside her online content so I feel close to her – like I can watch a video (What’s In My Fridge is so great), flip through her book, make her recipes, read her blog, follow her on Instagram, etc. It’s dynamic, alive, fresh. I love when authors have a very active online presence and do video work too (if they are, in fact, good on camera and not awkward of course. I often wonder if I’d be good or awkward, I have to try it for my next book and you can let  me know). It just brings it all together.

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In addition to these three titles above, has anyone picked up a copy of Nourish by Amber Rose, Holly Davidson and Sadie Frost yet? I’m in love with the cover, it makes me so SO happy. I love lifestyle book covers with either photos of people or multiple lifestyle photos so you get a preview of what’s to follow on the pages inside. The cover alone for Nourish makes it very interesting to me to look into further.

What is your favorite cookbook at the moment? Have you made any health or fitness goals for the year? Tell me about them. I’d love to know what you’re doing.

Here’s to better health for us all in 2015! And congrats to Ella for the new book and much success to you!

(images: anthropologie)

Posted in Books + Magazines on January 14, 2015

My 10 Faves from Kate Spade Saturday For West Elm

Fun stuff! I read about this cool collab last month in the NYTimes but was reminded of it again while reading my friend Geraldine’s blog today – the collaboration of Kate Spade Saturday and West Elm. What a sweet union! I had to peek in on the WE site to see what they’re offering and the collection is bold, graphic, colorful, energetic, youthful and happy — you gotta love the colors and patterns. I think they did a great job merging both brands – no easy task and many meetings and months of back and forth, I’m sure! But they’ve done a great job so in celebration and to show my support, I thought to pull together 10 of my favorites.

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1. This yellow/beige rug shown above. Simple but stunning.

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2, 3, 4, 5: These pieces of wall art 2. painted floral, 3. abstract 1, 4. yellow sun, 5. Yo.

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6. This awesome entryway table because if I still lived in the states, this would be in my home!

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7. My favorite from the collection is this Sleep In mirrored wall art.

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8. The chairs are darling but this navy and white dotty wing chair has my heart.

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9. This rug in pink and orange. (Psst: It also has a matching pouf here).

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10. Round storage boxes – very nice for jewelry and I love the unusual shape because isn’t a storage box supposed to be, well, boxy? So cute and clever.

Do you spot any faves from this collection? What do you think of it? What would you like to see added?

(images: west elm)

 

Posted in design on January 13, 2015

Oh Joy! Studio Tour + New Book!

Happy New Year readers! This is Kelly and I am thrilled to start this new year off with the studio tour of designer and blogger Joy Cho, of Oh Joy! Nestled right in the heart of Hollywood, CA, Joy’s high lofted studio is what she calls “grown-up Candyland.” When Holly asked me to shoot it for decor8, I was thrilled. The studio is white, wood and gold with lots of pops of color and fresh flowers throughout and brick exposure. Below is Joy and her lovely team (Joy is shown in the gorgeous pink skirt). Are you ready to tour her inspiring workspace? Oh and you can see more photos from my visit to Joy’s space here.

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Joy’s party line at Target this past year was full of color, pattern, and whimsy, just like her studio. With the help of designer Emily Henderson and Samantha Gluck, Joy’s vision of bright colors, patterns and a functional and fun studio space came together. The studio offers Joy and her team an open concept office space equipped with a kitchenette, dining room, lounging area, storage space and a little living room.

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What a beautiful mood board right? And below, a great idea for Joy’s paper lanterns as display on top of a storage unit.

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Some of my favourite features of the space include the colorful chairs, (when do you ever see cute office chairs anyway, right!?) the amazing props wall, the vintage dice and that green sofa!

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Some of Joy’s collection for Target above, along with the mini hat below. So dainty and merry!

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Check out the tiny mint green Smeg. Have you see Holly’s Smeg Inspiration board on Pinterest? Seems everyone covets these things.

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Seeing Holly and Leslie’s book, Decorate With Flowers, in Joy’s studio was a nice find.

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 Check out that prop supply wall!

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Psst: There’s more fun from Joy at Target coming, we can’t say just what yet here on decor8, but stay tuned! AND you can pre-order the new Oh Joy! book – click here for more on that. We are just so excited about this book, it looks just as whimsical and full of color as her studio.

So, what do think? What inspired you most about this space?

– See you next month with another inspiring space or place! – Kelly

(Photography/Text: Kelly Brown)

Posted in designers on January 13, 2015

Plingsulli Illustrations From Sweden

It’s always nice to stumble upon a lovely new-to-me illustrator. This is Plingsulli, or twentysomething Ulrika Gustafsson, from Sweden and I believe that she has the most delicate florals and creatures in her work – how I’d love to see these as textiles sold by the meter! Some of her patterns have been used as characters for stuffed toys or on trays in her shop and her imaginative florals and storybook-like illos are showing up on bedding and cushions for Ferm Living and wallpaper for Photowall, which I would positively love to have in my own home on a feature wall. They are understated in a way, but also bold in another because they’re busy and engaging. Such pretty colorways too. Take a look.

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This wallpaper above and directly below was originally available as wallpaper, sold through Ferm Living. I really love it.

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These pillows below were created for Ferm Living and they ARE available and quite darling, don’t you think? I want this owl music mobile for my son.

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And her bedding is available at Ferm Living too. So pretty. These sheets below, Mountain Friends, are ones I also have my eye on for Aidan’s bed. I love finding so many great things for his room that aren’t the typical “boy” or super hero/action figure theme. The In the Rain bedding below with the pink accents is another beautiful application of Ulrike’s brilliant work.

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Aren’t these just delightful?

Psst: You can follow Ulrika on Instagram here.

(images: Plingsulli and Ferm Living)

 

Posted in walls on January 12, 2015

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