Hello everyone and happy Friday! Today is my birthday, our book releases in the UK (and it’s already #1 on Amazon!), and we’ve just opened enrollment for our super fab e-course that kicks off in April for four weeks called Blogging Your Way. March is also a special month because I celebrate FIVE years of teaching Blogging Your Way since we launched this time in 2009! I can’t believe I’ve been teaching the web’s first e-course on blogging for so many years, an honor and delight to me. For each course, I invite different co-teachers and for the next one, we have Tina Fussell teaching alongside of us and she’ll cover everything from how to write a DIY post that gets shared to travel and fashion/lifestyle posts that will definitely get your readers attention. For the complete curriculum, click here.
To celebrate all of this, I thought I’d host a lovely giveaway! To enter, all you need to do is tweet this post and say,
If you don’t have a twitter account, this is a good chance to create one for free – twitter is such a terrific tool for bloggers to stay in touch. After you’ve tweeted, comment below to let me know that you’ve tweeted and also leave your twitter handle and mention why you want a seat. I will giveaway 3 FREE SPOTS ($149 value each) to the upcoming class (outlined here). These are not transferrable or redeemable for cash. If you’ve already registered and paid for this class, and you win, you will receive a full refund.
By the way… The above photos are from Tina, and are a great way for you to see just how talented she is (her blog is her own content – she styles and shoots it all!). I can’t wait to have her sharing her secrets with all of us. In this special class, Tina will give you a video tour of her studio space in Copenhagen. (first ever online!), too. If you love her blog and her style, you will LOVE learning from her in this class as she’ll show you how to create blog posts that range from travel to fashion and lifestyle. Space is limited, so if you want to register, please do so here.
I’m taking the day off, but I’ll see you all again on Monday with more Blogger’s Favorites posts, a new mommy update from me, a few of my favorite things and so much more! The winners of this contest will be announced on April 1st! Once it sells out, you won’t be able to register so please don’t delay. And remember, if you win this contest and you’ve registered already, you will receive a full refund.
Have a wonderful weekend!
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS ANNOUNCED HERE >CLICK<
(images: tina fussell)
I have to begin this post by saying that I’m so happy to have Igor Josifovic from the Happy Interior blog here today because I really, truly adore this guy. He is just so likable and authentic. I’ve met up with him in “real time” on a few occassions over the past years and always find him so professional on one side and really warm and funny on the flipside. He’s a bit of a chameleon, he can be crazy and go bonkers with the best of us but also be a very professional, knowledgeable guy as the situation calls. I think he’s just the sweetest blogger out there and so I’m thrilled he agreed to be part of my Blogger’s Favorites mini series on decor8.
If you don’t know Igor (shown above), he lives and works in Munich but is frequently in Paris and also visiting numerous design fairs around Europe – he’s very much a fan of design and though his day job is a good one (he’s a marketing guru at Seimens), he is super passionate about decorating, design, art and styling. I’ve loved watching him grow his blog over the years and I’m quite proud of him for what he is accomplishing as a blogger. Go, Igor, rock on! So let’s talk to Igor about his favorite things (ax) today, shall we?
Five favorite things:
1: Favorite look- I love interiors that are very personal and reveal a bit of the dweller’s character. My personal style is an urban mix of Scandinavian design with vibrant, colorful accents and ethnic elements. I love to combine the cool, sharp Scandi design with eclectic ethnic pieces with vivacious colours.
2: Favorite trend - As an avid ‘Urban Jungle Blogger’ I love the trend to add greens to interiors. All sorts of houseplants are making their way into interiors – even in cool shops and on design fairs I’ve seen houseplants galore. And it’s a myth that you need to have a ‘green thumb’ to add plants to your home. All you need to do is just get to know the plant a little bit better and then it’s as easy as anything else.
3: Favorite object - More plant pots by London based ceramicist Stella Baggott! I already own four of her handmade planters but I really need more to extend my beloved collection. However, it is pretty tricky to get hold of her design pieces: Many people have already heard of ‘Atelier Stella’ and her online sales are sold out within minutes. But I am ready for her next sale!
4: Favorite object that you see everywhere at the moment: I love the String shelving units. I love their simple yet striking design and they offer lots of storage place as well as styling space. As a Scandinavian design classic I keep seeing them everywhere – on blogs and in interior magazines.
5: Favorite miscellaneous: I am a travel maniac (that’s an ocean scene above my bed, a favorite place of mine). If I don’t travel for a while, I feel like something’s wrong in my life. Traveling fuels my creativity and inspires my life – if I were doomed to an idle life, I’d go crazy probably. That’s why my next trip is already booked and I am in the middle of my preparations: Soon I’ll be off to Israel and discovering Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea!
Why do you like these five – what attracts you? I think this mix of likes is rooted in my mixed background. I was born in Austria to Serbian parents, I had spent most of my childhood summers in what then was Yugoslavia, I studied in Athens, Greece, and traveled the country from north to south, I worked in Vienna and Berlin and now I live between Munich and Paris. All these combined with my happy personality sort of explains my likings and preferences as stated above.
What trends are you tired of? COPPER. I am getting to the point of ‘I’ve seen enough copper’. Maybe it’s time to move on.
What do you predict will be hot next? The reign of unique, handmade pieces. From furniture to décor items – I see a growing number of bloggers adding special, custom- made or simply handmade pieces to their homes. Whether it’s a custom-made shelving unit for their home or handmade, one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces – I think we are going more and more towards a more individual approach and a stronger appreciation of handmade pieces in our interiors.
Feel free to say hello to Igor in the comments section or ask him any questions that you may have!
(images: igor josif except portrait, taken by riikka kantinkoski and the string shelves by string.)
It’s Liz from Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food in Motion for decor8. Last week nature exploded and brought with it a flurry of yellow flowers. All this spring air made me feel active and I decided to combine this Food in Motion episode with a recipe from my latest book and an easy pre-Easter DIY packaging idea. My daughter helped (as always!) and was eager to glue the yellow dots on the string. (Although she asked why we couldn’t use red, green and blue dots as well!) The Apricot-Marzipan-Cakes recipe seemed tailor-made for this burst of activity. They’re easy to make and when baked in little cake forms make ideal presents. Just place them in a cardboard box, wrap the dotted string around it and decorate it with some colorful feathers. And your homemade present is ready to go!
And aren’t homemade presents just the best? I think it’s great to receive gifts from friends and know that they took their precious time and prepared something just for me. That’s why my co-author Lars Wentrup and I created a book just with that topic. „Grüße aus meiner Küche“ (Greetings from my kitchen) was published this January and includes photographs by Jewels (Julia Cawley) and me. We were double-happy because we were also responsible for the complete design package and the illustrations. The book includes easy recipes, DIY-ideas and ready to copy labels. Why not welcome spring with some creativity of your own?
Apricot-Marzipan-Cakes (makes 6 little cakes)
1 cup dried apricots
1/3 cup brown rum
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup ground almonds
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup marzipan (4.4 oz)
Cut apricots into small pieces and pour the rum over the apricots. Cover with foil and stand for a few hours or over night in the fridge. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 C). Mix butter and sugar with the electric mixer until well combined. Add an egg, the almonds and flour and mix. Cut the marzipan into small pieces. Add marzipan and apricots to the dough and combine with a spoon. Grease pans (or use silicone pans) and fill in the dough. Place the pans in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Yummy! Enjoy and we’ll see you again in April! – Liz
(images/video: liz and jewels)
FvF in Berlin just teamed up with Vitra to create a gorgeous apartment that is now available to rent out for when you want to welcome friends for dinner parties, workshops and overnight stays. They’ve offered me a chance to use the space, so perhaps I will this summer (more info here) but until then, here’s a gorgeous view of the apartment they’ve designed. I just love the kitchen and the windows throughout the space. There is nothing like an old German pre-war building (particularly a Jugendstil altbauwohnung), that’s for sure…
From their press release, “Under the direction of Freunde von Freunden, the architect Etienne Descloux and the interior architect Katrin Greiling, the 65sqm “Altbau” apartment on Mulackstrasse was rebuilt and designed to become a flexible apartment, adaptable to the diverse scenarios of everyday life.”
Anything in particular that you like about this space? When I look at it I keep thinking of how much I want to get back into client work again – I’d love to design a commercial space – like a restaurant, office, even a hotel. Would be so much fun! Perhaps later this year…