Recipes

Recipe: Strawberry Moët & Chandon Swiss Cake Roll

May 18, 2016

Hello lovely decor8 readers…it’s been a little while since I saw you last and since then we went on a fabulous family holiday. Instead of Bali as planned we had to change our holiday destination at the last minute. My doctors would not clear me to go overseas (I’m pregnant and the baby could arrive anytime now!) so we cancelled Bali and kept our destination within Australia and took a shorter trip to Byron Bay. It was all about relaxation and enjoying our time as a family of four – exactly what was needed. We ate in so many beautiful places, went on long rambling walks and swam in the warm sea- we all feel re-charged and ready for the next phase in our lives when baby arrives. With only a couple of weeks to go now I am in full nesting mode getting ready for this little one.

Recipe: Strawberry Moët & Chandon Swiss Cake Roll

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In the past couple of weeks I have been talking to my friends over in the UK and they are loving being in the throws of springtime. It got me thinking about my childhood growing up in the UK and some of the sweet treats that I used to love as quintessentially English. I started reminiscing about Bakewell Tart, Bread and Butter Pudding, Eton Mess, Banoffee Pie and the simple classic Victoria Sponge which is in essence a two layers of light vanilla sponge with cream and strawberries sandwiched in the middle…. doesn’t get more English than that! Continue Reading…






Books + Magazines

KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

May 17, 2016

I’m thrilled to tell you about a beautiful new print magazine that my friend Irene Hoofs from Bloesem is about to launch for crafting with yarn for the home! Inspired by her love of yarn, she’s given it a Dutch name, KOEL (pronounced cool), and will focus the content on beautiful projects and things for the home produced by and for yarn lovers. I find it particularly interesting that this project isn’t one she’s facing alone though. She took a leap of faith to put it out on a crowdfunding site – which takes a lot of courage – since she has great hope that her friends and fans will support this beautiful magazine due in stores globally in only four short months. You can learn all about KOEL and her project here.

KOEL Magazine For Yarn + Decor Lovers

I personally LOVE the idea of getting your audience to support you. Sure, things can all be funded by big business, corporate sponsors or by taking out a major loan and winging it but there is a lot to be said for asking those who love what you do to contribute to a project that will not only give them a chance to support you but a chance to have the product before anyone else. I think it’s a bit sad that bloggers and stuff on the internet in general is always expected to be free because talented people burn out so easily when they’re not seeing monetary gain from all of the hard work they’re doing. If you plan to produce a tangible product that a person can hold, in this case a print magazine, why not go to your crew and ask for some financial backing? I believe that you have to ask for help.

You just gotta. So many try to be independent but we also need to balance this with being dependent. We need other people. In the case of the internet, we are all really quite interdependent too – don’t you think? We need one another to grow. I support you, you support me, I need you, you need me. It’s all done with a spirit of friendship but also with a strong will to thrive and become successful with what we’re doing. Why not? I also think it’s important to support women in business. Irene is a mother of two young boys who happens to be a successful business owner thanks to blogging and her friends online. That’s the stuff dreams are made of. A self-made woman is a beautiful thing – to be able to make your dreams come true and work for yourself is really amazing. But you need people to help you along the way. Talent and drive aren’t enough.

I was reading a funny quote this morning that my friend and fine artist, Sebastian Maria Otto, had posted on his Facebook page awhile back. I don’t think he said it originally, but who cares, that’s not the point. It’s so good, look:

“We don’t like money but realize it’s the best way to get drinks at the bar”. 

This is how I think a lot of creative people feel. We don’t like to ask for money! We don’t even like money! But it is the best way to get what we need.

Irene says, “With an audience of over 40 million yarn crafters in the United States and many more globally, the market for KOEL to tap into is very much alive and growing. Yarn crafting for the home has gained significant interest from crafters worldwide.” Yes, for sure. In fact, I think when you combine yarn craft with a cool, clean aesthetic and layout you really can’t go wrong. When I look at most knitting magazines, well… Not really ones I find super inspirational to look at. Continue Reading…






Arts + Crafts

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

May 13, 2016

Our trip to Paris yielded so many good experiences and memories, beyond words, really. From meeting (and lunch!) with Artistic Director Daniel Rozensztroch of Merci to hanging out with the delightful Cécile Figuette of Bien Fait, making flowers with shopowner and author Adeline Klam… It was all so fascinating… Oh and did I tell you that we were treated to a beautiful lunch and dessert at Ladurée? We were indeed. We also visited the much envied children’s online store Smallable in their first new storefront. Oh, and there was the great hotel that treated us so nicely, Grand Pigalle, with a bathtub I could have slept in… It was a beautiful week. But there’s more… I got to meet a fan of my blog who is also an exquisite artist, a textile designer with the hand of a magician, who transforms delicate fabrics into blooms that you simply have to see to believe. Her name is Laurence Aguerre.

Delicate Handmade Flowers In Paris By Laurence Aguerre

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We spent time with Laurence chatting in mostly French (thank God I had my friend with me to help!) in her tiny, sunny studio that is part of a collaborative artists’ space where you have to win a lottery to get your own atelier (or not) there. The  35 ateliers are located in a large building in central Paris called Les Ateliers De Paris, which is known as a incubator of creativity or as the French would say, “L’incubateur des métiers de création.” Continue Reading…






DIY

DIY: Modern Hanging Desk Organizers

May 9, 2016

Hello everyone, how are you today? I have a new DIY idea for you and it’s going to be fun, are you ready to play along? Home is a place where we spend large parts of our lives, so it’s important to make it joyful. What I mean by that, is keeping an eye on the items we use in our daily activities like cooking, cleaning, working – are they pretty? Do they make you smile when you look at them? Or are they only functional?

DIY: Modern Hanging Desk Organizers

Agata Dimmich for decor8

I always believe it’s possible to combine all of the above and make some magic happen! This is why I decided to turn super-normal cups into the DIY Hanging Desk Organizers. It’s a great accessory to hold a little flower or those pens that always seem to disappear when you most need them. Problem solved! Now they will hang right in front of your eyes, so
you can’t miss them! Continue Reading…






DIY

DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

May 5, 2016

There is no doubt that the urban jungle and plants in general have been trending for some time now. Everyone loves plants and flowers! That is why I was inspired to create a very easy to make botanical art print that is truly a budget DIY. You only need white paper in your favorite size, a can of spray paint in a nice color and a branch that you can find on your next walk with leaves in shapes that you like. With this simple procedure you can make plants imperishable. Very gentle reminders.

DIY: Spray Paint Botanical Art

Honestly, when I tried it out the first time I was excited about the very fast result because I expected it to be a little more complicated. I’ve tried it a few more times since and have loved to experiment with different colors, branches and paper sizes. In only a few moments, you can create your very unique art prints. Hang them up with masking tape in a mix with other prints and photos or give it a frame and you get a very high-quality looking art print. Why not sign the lower right corner to make it a true original work? Maybe you have fun to make some gift cards with this method. Do you have other ideas for use? Continue Reading…






Recipes

Recipe: Sour Cream + Goat Cheese Tartlets

May 4, 2016

Hi everyone, I can’t wait to share this yummy recipe with you today because it’s perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining on the patio or for picnics. Cherry tomatoes would have to be one of my favorite veggies. Baked with chicken, in salads, to snack on – you name it! And heirloom cherry tomatoes are one sure way to brighten up any dish with an array of colors. This month I wanted to create a simple savory treat of goats cheese and cherry tomatoes. Originally I was playing around with an almond and hazelnut meal tart base recipe that I’ve made before, except it was way too crumbly without a baked filling. As this recipe didn’t have a baked filling I had to abandon the idea and fall back on my go to pastry recipe.

Recipe: Sour Cream + Goat Cheese Tartlets

Rachel Korinek | Two Loves Studio for decor8

Now I’ll be honest, this did make me feel a like a little bit of a failure. Working as a food photographer and constantly surrounding myself with amazing creatives and foodies, not to mention the easy reach of tantalizing recipes on social media, I can get caught up in the pursuit of ‘out-doing’ myself with each new idea. Continue Reading…






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