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March 2013

Inspiration

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

March 29, 2013

My friends over at Mollie Makes magazine just announced a special one off magazine they’ve created called Handmade Wedding that will release in the UK on April 4th and it’s just beautiful. I love blogging about inspirational magazines because I want print to stay alive forever and ever! There is a little preview snippet online if you’d like to view it here: Preview Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding. And of course, my wee snippet below.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

This is a stunning cover, don’t you think? I love the shimmering daylight the layout and various fonts – very pretty.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Gorgeous table of contents layout, I particularly love the fabric along the bottom edge.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Really sweet DIY projects from the talented sister duo, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, over at Hello Lucky. They also happen to author a book under the same name as this magazine, Handmade Weddings. I love their adorable video on YouTube, have you seen it before?

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Oooooh paper flowers. I love paper flowers. My mother and I made a ton of these for my bridal shower before I got married… She is the tissue paper flower QUEEN.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Super pretty colors!

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Oh my gosh this couple is adorable. Could his suit be any cooler (or MORE British)? A-D-O-R-E.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

More beauty to be inspired by…

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

Could Irish homewares designer Abigail Ryan look more gorgeous? I loved seeing her wedding day in this mag. As a side point, I cannot WAIT until she debuts her wallpaper line in May – (see a tiny glimpse on her blog). I’d love that pattern on the wall in my bedroom – gorgeous.

NEW: Mollie Makes Handmade Wedding Magazine

A gorgeous floral arranging DIY… Never can have enough flowers in our life!

About this magazine, “This beautiful one-off special includes real-life weddings, DIY makes and inspiring themes to help you create your own unique wedding day. It’s out on 4 April 2013” and will be appearing on newsstands in the UK then.

So what do you think?

(images: handmade wedding)

Books + Magazines

German Wedding Book

March 29, 2013

It’s wedding season, think spring! Maybe if we all wish for it hard enough it will appear because today we got more snow!? So I decided to pull out this wedding book for a little inspiration and to practice my German as I try to make sense of it all. I am in total wedding mode recently, especially with the release of a new magazine I just discovered (more about that in the next post) and now, this super girly German wedding book, Einfach heiraten! just published here in Germany and it is as pretty as it is practical and full of DIY ideas and advice. Here is a peek below!

German Wedding Book

I have several beautiful wedding books by other great bloggers on my desk, but I never cover wedding books on decor8 (especially in a foreign language) but because Steffi is my friend, I made an exception because I found it so thoughtfully done and I remember all of the work Steffi put into it while she was writing, writing, writing! On one occasion, I was with my friend Charlotte in Hamburg having a meeting and decided to introduce her to Steffi so we met up and she came looking like her mind was in the clouds. She had that typical author’s glaze, like you just knew the poor lady was up until the wee hours perfecting her recipe – this book! It’s a hard job to write but even more, to get your publishers to get on board with your vision and to respect your viewpoint.

I haven’t asked Steffi about that process but from the looks of this book, it really looks like the work I remember her doing during her days at Brigitte magazine, one of Germany’s top lifestyle magazines for women. I think the book really reflects her love for magazines because it feels very magazine-like. Whenever I meet with my publishers, they always tell me that I have a very magazine approach to books and I often felt really bad about that because I want to have a “book” approach but I always go back to a magazine approach. Steffi’s book goes beyond wedding tips and ideas (I am already married after all) so I don’t need a wedding how-t0, but as I flipped through it my point became clear to me all over again that bringing a magazine approach to books does really work. My first book, Decorate, was written with the idea of making it feel more like a magazine with lively layouts and bites of info and all of the quotes that we used, and the same with my second book, which was also part workbook. Steffi and I are on the same page with this – books that feel more interactive and fresh work!

More and more, I really believe that when it comes to how readers interact with printed publications is how they interact online –  they want more bite-sized chunks of text around images, everything should be laid out really beautifully with main points highlighted and feature in-depth expert advice combined with a more personal feeling… Not like some big shot author sitting there telling you what to do in 50 million words, but a chatty knowledgable friend, guiding you as to what steps to take next. It’s so important to stick to your vision and plow forward and I’m glad to see that Steffi did this.

German Wedding Book

German Wedding Book

German Wedding Book

I really like the outcome of Steffi’s ideas – but I must say that photo directly above melted my heart. I really loved it so I had to show you. I found it to be so relaxed and inviting.

Seeing the finished product, this book, was a joy for me. I pre-ordered it on Amazon last year the second that it was available! When it arrived, I felt proud because it’s packed with lots of great things that I know brides, especially in Germany, really need to know. While there are tons of wedding books in America loaded with beautiful visuals and amazing ideas, we just don’t have German authors writing incredible wedding books that feel current. For this market, this book REALLY stands out.

SO readers, let me ask you, what do you look for in books these days? What makes you buy them? 

(images: Holly Becker for decor8)

Books + Magazines

Pastel Pretty Style Book

March 27, 2013

I want to throw the spotlight on Selina Lake and the launch of her colorful new book, Pretty Pastel Style, that just released in the UK – a big congratulations to you, Selina! The book was written by Joanna Simmons (I think, if I’m not mistaken, Joanna writes all of Selina’s books) with photography by Catherine Gratwicke.

Pastel Pretty Style Book

The photography in this book is beautiful. I have a copy that I bought on Amazon and it’s like one big cotton candy pastel playground – really sweet and very inspirational and right on trend with the whole pastel thing we see going on all over the place. It’s also perfect for Easter.

Pastel Pretty Style Book

Pastel Pretty Style Book

Pastel Pretty Style Book

Pastel Pretty Style Book

Above are some of her photos, one is from the book and the others were taken at her launch party in London last Friday and then there is a photo she styled for Prima Magazine. You can see a ton more on her blog, just beautiful and so super girly! Who doesn’t love roses?

Selina’s always has pretty themed books and I like seeing what she comes up with and how she’ll develop her next theme. Good luck with your current book Selina and the many more that I’m sure will follow!

(images: selina lake)

Objects

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

March 27, 2013

I’d like to show you some beautiful new additions to the Spring collection of Dutch living brand, HKLiving. This hasn’t been seen online yet and they gave me firsts on showing it here on decor8 so I thought it would be nice to give you a little peek of some things that I love!

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

I’m a huge fan of their company and furniture collections – I own several pieces from them in my own home. My good friend is now their northern German rep so if you want to order anything, please contact Daniela Thaul at Sommerfugl. If you live in southern Germany or other countries, please refer to their complete list of vendors. Are you ready to see some pretty cool stuff? These photos were shot by Finnish photographer Paulina Arcklin.

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

Whatever that is on the chair, I must order it. Wow, gorgeous!

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

I am so obsessed with painted brick walls in white currently. I also love dipped baskets in bring colors and taking old belts and fastening them around a stack of magazines.

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

This stool is super cute – I love the fresh burst of color on a simple, clean stool. Very unexpected.

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

The furniture is amazing but I seriously can’t take my eyes off of that wooden floor – it’s spectacular!

New HKLiving Home Additions For Spring

You can see their entire catalog online here.

Pretty inspiring, right!?

(images: Paulina Arcklin for HKLiving)

Interviews

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

March 26, 2013

I am so honored to have Vosgesparis and snapshots from her lovely Amsterdam apartment on decor8 today! Vosgesparis is a decorating blog authored by blogger Desiree who I first featured on decor8 in 2011 (here). I met Desiree at a blogging event that I helped to organize in Amsterdam and stayed in touch with her ever since because I thought she was a really nice down-to-earth lady with a passion for living. I love her eye and taste and enjoy looking into her world because I find there is a lot to learn from those who have different decorating ideas. Since meeting Desiree, I have learned some great decorating ideas and have a much greater appreciation for black and white decor.

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

If you remember, this mini series called “Snapshots of Home” will appear sporadically over the next few months and is meant to highlight the beautiful homeowners behind some of the homes in my book, Decorate Workshop. In addition to crediting their homes and referring to them by name throughout the book, I thought to feature them in a fresh, new way by blogging about them too. So that is why I’m giving some shout outs to these amazing people.

Today I’m talking with the talented Desiree who is the queen of black and white decorating. And I don’t mean black and white with accent colors or black with different shades of white. I mean straight up black and white, period. This kind of restraint amazes me and I can sit for a long time staring at photos like the ones in this post blown away! I just had to have a house like Desiree’s in my book because it’s not only a big trend in Europe among bloggers to author black and white blogs but to also live in a black and white interiors, but because I think this whole way of decorating is so super cool and edgy. It’s fascinating and I love it! Let’s get started and talk to Desiree now, ok?

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

What do you do for a living?
I would love to say I blog full time, but I am not there yet! I have a part time job and I’m a part time blogger, too. I take blogging very seriously and have my own company as a blogger. I run ads on my blog and occasionally work for interior or lifestyle magazines online or in print. My other job is at a children’s health care center where I work with parents and young children. My work is all about connecting people — I give parents a place to go and meet other parents while their children learn to play and share their toys with each other. I am an observer and keep my eyes and ears open for all educational issues parents may have. I love the buzz of having children and young parents around. They give me energy!

What is your favorite thing about Amsterdam?
What I love most is that it is a really small city. We mostly use our bikes but in the city center you can easily walk from one part to another. I also love that there are many cool concept stores opening lately where they combine the work of young artists with home decoration and furniture and a coffee, tea or lunch corner.

What are 5 of your favorite shops in Amsterdam?
1. Harvest and company — Absolutely on top is ‘Harvest and company’. This is a project from a friend of mine… At Harvest they make, restore and sell (interior) products and they also gather there for meetings and dinners, roast and brew specialty coffee, host exhibitions, and work on interior projects. It has an amazing atmosphere that inspires, excites and feels comfortable.
2. Pols Potten – I pop in very often to drool over Paola Navona’s couches. What you see at Pols Potten is the result of their dedication to artists, designers and producers. I really like to walk around in this beautiful, sometimes strange, and yet so familiar world. It inspires me every time.
3. Sukha Amsterdam – This concept store changes the total look of the store from time to time and it is always a pleasure to have a peek at the big shop window and find out what’s new in the collection. At Sukha you will find fashion, books, accessories, presents and unique handmade products. I love the brightness in this open space and it feels really relaxed.
4. Marqt – A chain of bio super markets where I love to buy my groceries,
5. Options! A concept store that works with changing themes. I have made it a habit to pop in now and then to see what is happening. Options is part of a concept, attached to the shop is a cafe called Stock and a fashion boutique hotel (Hotel Exchange).

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

What is your passion and what inspires you?
I want people to understand that you do not need to be perfect or to have the perfect home to be happy. I want them to see the beauty of imperfection. Happiness is something inside you that you can get out of lots of different things. I think it is the best feeling ever if you can stand still for a second and realize you are feeling totally happy inside.

What are some favorite things in your home currently?
My absolute favorite item in my home is my clothes rack. I designed it some years ago and got a blacksmith to make it for me. I also recently changed the wall with the low cabinets, the one on picture at the intro page in Decorate Workshop. I get many questions on how I made them and see others doing the same thing and although that is a compliment, I realize now that it’s time for something different. Instead of the big black and white frames I used the back of simple canvas frames to exposure a few pictures, instead.

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

What are some dream items you’d love to own?
I really would love to have the white Ghost sofa by my design hero Paola Navone! I love the way she decorates her home in Paris and Milan. But there is more: A small industrial cart as a coffee table and another bamboo lamp from Ay Illuminate and maybe some new chairs around my kitchen table, the white About a Chair from HAY being one of them.

What do you think of Decorate Workshop?
First of all I really love the fact that this book is written by a blogger! Every time a blogger comes out with a book it feels like a little celebration to bloggers in general. And of course I love the fact my home is featured in this book because with my own blog I try to inspire my readers and I hope the pictures of my home among all others will inspire the readers of Decorate Workshop. But more important the book is a guide for both those who are planning to change little things in their home and to those who can start from zero with a new home.

Is this your first time in a book?
My home and blog have been mentioned and shown in several magazines but never in a book until now. Seeing your home in a book is really something else. A magazine you might find occasionally half a year later at the hairdresser or dentist but a book like Decorate Workshop will stay on display for years.

What are some memories you have of my visit to your home with Debi Treloar?
I remember the first thing you did when entering my home was taking off your shoes and putting on some comfortable shoes – this made me feel like you felt at home. It was fun to see you and Debi working together and sometimes I wondered why you styled certain things in a particular way but. now that the book is published and I have seen the pictures of my home it all falls into place. It shows you were working with a clear vision towards the final result that you had for your book!

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

What is one of your favorite photos of your home from the book?
I think it is the opening shot of the book (very proud of that), shown below!

Snapshots of Home: Vosgesparis

What do you love about interiors books in general?
The visual aspect! I love to look and analyze pictures and interior books are great for that. I often display them and it inspires me, while looking at the pictures I can be caught by a detail and create new ideas for my own home.

What about magazines and blogs, what do you love about them the most?
What I love most in magazines are the home stories — reading how people found their dream home or how they renovated their place, how they live and what inspires them. Some homes you never forget and remain my favorite for many years. I also love it when bloggers write about their own homes and show photos of little corners they re-decorated.

What are some of your favorite blogs and magazines?
I really love Scandinavian blogs, Emmas designblogg is one I’ve been reading for many years and I love Pella Hedeby’s blog Stil Inspiration because our decorating tastes are very similar. My favorite magazines are vtwonen and Elle Decoration.

Desiree is was such a pleasure spending time with you today, thank you so much!
Thank you Holly ;) XXXX

(photos: vogesparis and debi treloar)

Arts + Crafts

Pepin van Roojen Gift Wrapping Paper Books

March 25, 2013

Hello everyone and happy Monday! I just ordered some gorgeous gift wrapping paper books by Pepin van Roojen from Pepin Press in Amsterdam. I just have to share them with you. I found them when I was ordering more origami paper and they popped up in a search. I love the Kimono patterns. I want to see more Japanese papers used in decorating and gift wrapping so perhaps this will be trending soon, who knows? I love the prints and patterns in Pepin’s books and hope you will too.

Pepin van Roojen Gift Wrapping Paper Books

To find these papers, go to Amazon and search under, “Pepin van Roojen”, and type in “Kimono Gift Wrapping Paper Book” or “Art Noveau Gift Wrapping Paper Book” and see what you come up with. She has released many of these books including themes for Barcelona, Turkish designs, India, Florals and more.

There are so many fun and creative projects that you can use these for. Here is something creative that I whipped up lately – maybe you can try it too?

(images: amazon)

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