Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Lucie Summers (UK)

July 23, 2007

It’s always nice receiving email that further confirms why blogs are so important — they so often serve as that all important link to connect people, and in this case, connecting UK artist Lucie Summers with Nahcotta, a wonderful art gallery and home decor showroom located in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Lucie Summers (UK)
“I’m a mixed media artist and I thought you’d be interested to know that I submitted my work into the ‘Enormous Tiny Art Show’ at Nahcotta after you blogged about a call for submissions a while back. Well, excitingly, I got in! I thought you might like a little peek at the work I’ve made for it — eight mixed media collages/paper quilts based on some school books of mine that I recently rediscovered, all have snippets of the stories and pictures I wrote and drew when I was 5 or 6 years old. Each are named after the silly things I wrote about, such as the day my teacher was sick, ‘Poorly Mrs. Morley’; and the stories I created, ‘Once upon a time I found a key’. I thought you would be interested in a follow-up to something you have already written about, and thanks to you I’m about to be showing my work in another country, so thank you so much for that! :)” – Lucie Summers

If you’d like to learn more about Lucie and her art, visit her blog called Blu Shed or see some of her works for sale over at Not on the High Street.

(travel tip: If you’re in NH anytime soon, you can’t miss Portsmouth, it’s a charming port city with delightful stores, cafes, and many historical buildings. Truly a typical New England charmer and a great stop if you’re heading up to coastal Maine. It’s about an hour north of Boston.)

(images from lucie summers)






Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Small Business

Lorena Siminovich at Anthropologie!

July 20, 2007

Okay one tiny post before I scoot, but seriously this couldn’t wait until Monday because I am so very excited for Lorena Siminovich (aka Petit Collage), the amazing way life works (so often the best comes by chance!), and the fact that she has such a killer gig going on with Anthropologie right now. I mean, this is the best story ever, especially encouraging to all the amazing indie artists out there.

Lorena Siminovich at Anthropologie!
See this picture? It’s a display inside of an Anthropologie store. Notice the collage works to the right of the mirror, you may recall them from this post, they are exclusive works by Lorena for Anthropologie. Can you stand it? They are reproduced on canvas, available in stores for a limited time only, $108 each.

Whenever I hear about indie artists getting exposure on this level, I always ask them how it all happened. I mean, do amazing things still fall into laps or does everything have to be via blood, sweat, and tears? You decide — Here’s what Lorena said when I asked her, “Basically I was hanging a piece in a local store (not Anthropologie), and the Anthro buyer walks in since she was in San Francisco on vacation, and asked me about the collages. Crazy lucky coincidence!”. Now how COOL is THAT people? Restores your faith, doesn’t it? Go, Lore!

Psst: This is the same artist who asked me to post this request to connect with stores and galleries. I guess that when you put your voice out there and admit that you need help, the universe hears you somehow, somewhere…

See you Monday!

(image from Lorena Siminovich)






Travel

Just Checking In…

July 20, 2007

I miss you! There, I’ve said it. I can’t stray very far from blogging without feeling the shakes coming on. Perhaps I’m slightly addicted? Whatever it is, I know I can’t wait to get back to blogging regularly again because I feel like there’s so much to talk about and share. I’m still on vacation, but I’ll be back full speed ahead on Monday…

Just Checking In...This photo is from Atwater Market in Montreal, where I spent a lot of time with friends grabbing yummy eats to carry around as we explored such a lovely city. Aren’t these colors so pretty? Can you get over how inspired you can feel by something as mundane as a produce stand? But these colors are so perfect together, the blue and the red, that I just had to capture it while I ran through looking for my lunch.

Until we meet back here on Monday, I’ve left you with a new blog of the week, new as in never featured on decor8 before, but not new in general as Delicious Days has been blogging for quite a while now and are hugely popular. Based in Munich, Germany (my all time favorite food blog and hands-down, the most gorgeous layout ever), this blog is delightful, and when Nicky posts some of her travel shots, my knees weaken… Oh, and I’ve posted a book of the week that I own and really love called Scandinavian Modern. There’s also a few new finds in my etsy ticker in the left column, so click around over there and see if there’s anything that interests you. I’ll see you on Monday!

Psst: If you’re in the mood for a little trip to southern France via d:d, click here. I fell in love with this post back when Nicky wrote it in April…

(images from holly becker for decor8)






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Au Revoir!

July 12, 2007

I’m leaving it all behind for a few days, about to pack the car and hit the road since it’s anniversary time with Thorsten and we’re heading up to Quebec to enjoy it with friends.

Au Revoir!
While I’m out, maybe you can help me. I’m working with a template designer and a programmer to beef up decor8 and welcome your advice, so I pulled together a little survey. (psst: There’s even a *bonus* question that I really need your input on… so I hope that you’ll take a few moments to participate.) You can reveal your name if you want to, otherwise the survey is totally anonymous.

Click Here to take the survey.

I may pop in from the road next week to say hello and share a few things from Montreal, but if I don’t have time, I’ll meet you back here on Monday, July 23rd. Deal?

See you soon! xo – Holly

(to link to the photographers of the above flickr images, click here.)






Arts + Crafts, Small Business

The *New* Petaline

July 12, 2007

Alison Brownrigg sent the sweetest email to introduce her online boutique, Petaline, a shop focused on presenting the talented works of Pacific Northwest (USA) artists. Alison is looking to expand to include the entire west coast, so if you are interested in learning more, try contacting her via her blog. Petaline carries a carefully curated selection of goods, everything from paintings to photography, fashion, and found items. As I browsed the store, not only did my eyes light up the moment I found the paintings and clothing, but I discovered the prices to be very affordable considering that most things are either one-of-a-kind or limited editions.

The *New* Petaline
Thank you Alison for sharing your store with us!

(images from petaline)






Bloggers

Rang Decor Blog

July 12, 2007

With all of the ethnic prints and patterns used in fashion and interior design collections lately, especially those from India, I thought I’d highlight two new blogs authored by loyal decor8 reader, Archana Srinivas. (You may recall that we toured her Bangalore home last summer.) Her blogs, Rang – Decor and Rang – The Colours of Life are a fabulous way to step into the world of the modern Indian woman.

Rang Decor Blog
I enjoy learning about what inspires Archana, from the food she enjoys to the patterns, flowers, and decorating styles that bring her joy. India is such a fascinating land of rich culture and vibrant color, which is precisely why I crave to learn more about it through the eyes of Archana.

Rang Decor Blog
I love blogging and the opportunities that we have to peek into cultures other than our own. The exposure we have from being a part of this growing worldwide community is like nothing I’ve ever seen! You can travel to magical India without leaving your desk… Isn’t that a nice thought?

(images from rang)






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