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Potter Bridget Bodenham – Wow!

I have to share the amazing work of potter Bridget Bodenham! I found her on Instagram (follow her here) and have been love struck ever since. She is a potter who makes objects from clay, both functional and non-functional for display only in her studio in Hepburn Springs Victoria, Australia. Below is a glimpse of her studio from Oversize Me and some of my favorite images from her Instagram account that she took of her most recent creations. The first image is by far my favorite – I’d love to own both pieces to serve olives, oil, bread and cheese during a relaxing evening at home with friends – and of course, a bottle of Riesling! The tiny bouquet makes this photo even more appealing, doesn’t it? A touch of pink looks so pretty in this arrangement. Flowers are the best accents when displaying food, at least I think so.

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Bridget occasionally hosts open studio days – if I lived in Victoria I would definitely go because it would be such a relaxing and inspiring visit, I’m sure. Ceramics make me feel so cozy – from the way they look and feel to their smell as wet clay is being formed – it immediately takes me back to school when we learned how to use a potter’s wheel in the 6th grade. I used to LOVE the smell of our school art room – the chalky paints and the clay together – and I still do. As far as Bridget’s work is concerned, I particularly like her use of metallics and this stunning chain link piece below is one I covet because I’d love to display it in my own home.

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After doing a bit of googling, I found that Lucy had the chance to visit her in 2011 and this interview was the result. Though it’s a few years old, it’s still a great read so please link over and check it out. There’s another great write-up about her on the Broadsheet website, too.

Are you a lover of ceramics like I am? I have an entire cabinet now dedicated to the ceramics that I collect and noticed a few weeks ago as I was unpacking them to place inside that most of my ceramics are white! Do you collect white ceramics too? Are you more into colors? Do you have a favorite ceramicist you’d like to share? Add their link below to the comments section so I can check them out and possibly pin to my Ceramics pinboard on Pinterest. I’d really appreciate it!

Hope you are all doing great! xo Holly

(images bridget bodenham, lucy feegin)

Posted in ceramics on February 20, 2014

Food In Motion: Pomegranate Sorbet with Sparkling Wine Recipe

Hello food lovers! It’s Jewels again from Liz & Jewels with another episode of Food in Motion for decor8. I am super excited to share this months delicious food video and recipe with you – this time it’s for a boozy concoction – yum!

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Here in New York City it is covered in snow. The streets are icy and we have to watch our every step. The only way to identify our car is a white silhouette that is roughly the same size and shape. It’s buried. We haven’t used it in weeks! As much as I see the beauty in the white curtain that covers everything, I am looking forward to warmer days. I like hot summers, cold drinks, small clothes, large straw hats, secretly turning the AC off in our living room (my husband likes it cold)… Can’t wait.

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So this month’s Food in Motion video is a message from me to the weather gods: Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring! I made a pomegranate sorbet with sparkling wine. It is such a refreshing, colorful summery dessert! I envision myself eating this in a few months on our fire escape that I call the balcony.

Are you guys ready to say goodbye to the winter? If so, try this: 1 pomegranate 1 cup of sparkling wine 1 lemon 4 tablespoons of sugar mint leaves Cut the pomegranate into a couple of large pieces. In a bowl filled with water peel out the little seeds. The water prevents you from having red stains all over your clothes and kitchen. Put all seeds in a mixer and puree them. Pour the pomegranate mash through a sieve to extract the juice and get rid of the larger pieces. Mix the pomegranate juice with the sparkling wine, the lemon, and the sugar, and pour it into a serving bowl. Freeze for at least 4 hours, stirring once after about two hours. Serve with mint leaves.

See you next month with another recipe and a video! – Jewels

(video/text/photo: julia cawley – music: Volcanoes in the Kitchen “Running Around”)

 

Posted in food, Food In Motion on February 20, 2014

Thank you Apartment Therapy

We are so honored that Apartment Therapy asked us to show Aidan’s nursery as part of a room tour on their site yesterday. I’ve been an AT reader since 2004 so whenever they feature me I always feel a warm and fuzzy glow. :) Thanks Maxwell and Lauren for this!

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And thank you Thorsten for taking such beautiful photos of his room!

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Posted in blogs on February 20, 2014

Little Update From Baby Land

Hello everyone, how are you doing? I’m checking in to say hi and let you know that though I’m busy at the moment with our newborn, that I’m still online posting pics on Instagram (@decor8) if you want to follow along until I’m back to blogging regularly again… But seriously you guys, life is so good for us at the moment – we are tired (I’ll tell you more about why in a few days when I post my birth story) but other than that, we are full of love, peace and contentment here in baby land and it’s unbelievable how good this feels.

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Yesterday, we celebrated Aidan’s first week of life together by taking him for a long forest walk in his new Stokke stroller and it was just the greatest little adventure (photo here and here). We ended up in two cafes, grabbed lunch, and went back home after a few hours to prepare for visitors who came by last night including Thorsten’s parents. This week, we have a baby photo shoot and I can’t wait to show you those once they’re ready – we’ve hired this very special local photographer to work with us and simply can’t wait to capture these cherished moments during the few few weeks of his life because really, you can never buy back this time again, can you?

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Above: Little Aidan, our sweetheart, taken on my iPhone.

In between our appointments and visits (my midwife also comes daily), we are resting as much as possible and enjoying our son so so SO much. I instantly bonded with him and feel really close – like he’s always been here with us.  I love his expressions, big eyes, button nose and how sweet he is in general. It’s also wonderful that we have him on a feeding schedule so he only wakes up at night around 3:30 to be fed and then he’s back to sleep until 6 or 7 and we lay around and get cozy and read, talk, eat, etc. in bed until my midwife comes by which is usually around 11. It’s such a carefree little schedule to be in our baby cocoon with him. We enjoy all of this cuddle time because it’s really so precious and lasts only so long before our schedules no longer allow for us to linger in bed until lunch time each day! It’s truly been the best week of our life.

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Flowers have been coming in for the past week in a steady stream, which is so nice because who doesn’t love some beautiful flowers to welcome a baby? So yes, I hope you are all doing well – I’m in baby la-la land at the moment but as soon as I come out from under his spell I’ll be back here with some posts and to share a new website that we’re launching in the next few weeks – nothing major but still very good… Yay for new stuff!

(photo: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in kids on February 17, 2014

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