some sweet editorial features…
Posted in interiors, my heart wanders, the houseboat October 10th, 2011 by pia

Thank you for all the support & well wishes that have poured in over the weekend, you guys are truly wonderful. Something else I’ve wanted to share for some time are these 3 lovely features in 3 of my new favourite independent magazines. First off is the beautiful spread in the latest Anthology magazine. It features never-before-seen photographs of our petit bateau vert (little green houseboat) in Amsterdam. I took these images last year and saved them especially for this article. Above is an image of our tiny boat loungeroom. Last year, Romain spent the year composing his first guitar album, and that exact setting was his office! Meanwhile, I sat at the desk just 2 metres away writing and editing images for My Heart Wanders – it was a special year that we will always cherish, and was the perfect ending to our 3 years of life in Amsterdam on the houseboat.

Below is an image of the bed, covered in a mosquito net during summer, and a view of the living room space, looking down from the kitchen…

It’s a really special feature written by Anh-Minh Le, with lots of info about what life was like living on the boat. This image below is also from the article, and is one of my all-time favourite photographs from inside the boat. Over the course of a year or so I’d taped flower stems to one of the walls and watched them strike their natural, deceased pose. The muted shades, textures and unique characteristics captured my imagination each time I gazed at the wall. The little Dutch sailing boat I found at a market that Leslie and I visited, and I made the sail from scraps of linen, tea stained cotton and lace…

I’m in the midst of recreating another wall like this here in my new home in Sydney, I’ll be sure to show you once it’s complete.

The next sweet feature is in the latest issue (issue 10) of Canadian-based magazine, Uppercase. This one is written by lovely Christine Chitnis, who you may recall was also a recent guest in the (blog)house (here are her fab posts on life in New England). In this article Christine captured my thoughts, ideas, ideals, and ambitions in the most elegant of ways, and included one of my intimate poems from My Heart Wanders . I hope you can find yourself a copy of this issue, there are loads more great articles “for the creative and curious”…

And the third sweet piece is in the newest issue of peppermint magazine, an Australian-based publication focused on sustainable style. It’s a terrific mag filled with eco-minded articles, products and fashion trends. In this article, written by Frances Frangenheim, I talk about my ‘natural’ tendencies, all that inspires me, and my sustainable goals in life and work…

Just before My Heart Wanders was launched here in Australia in April, I decided to get some publicity portraits done by Olga Bennett. Although I was nervous and awkward in front of the camera, Olga managed to grab some great, relaxed images, many of which have since been featured in editorial pieces around the world. I want to thank Olga especially for letting me use these images for publicity. Please visit her fab blog here, and to see more of her photography, please click here.

In other news, I’ve managed to update the stockists page for my books, click here to view. My friend Heidi said she saw big stacks of both Paris: Made by Hand and Amsterdam: Made by Hand in the Seattle Anthropologie store, which is wonderful news. So from what I’ve heard, Anthropologie now stock both these books throughout their USA stores  – thanks Anthro!

I also heard that My Heart Wanders was nowhere to be seen for a while in Europe and the UK, and apparently it was because there was no stock left, which is also terrific news. But even better is that another print run has been completed and sent to stores in Europe, the UK, and restocked throughout Australia.

As many of you have become aware, the book won’t officially be released in the US until Spring (April/May) 2012. But I have something special in mind for those of you who would love to receive the book for Christmas – I’ll post about this next week.

Have a beautiful week mes amis.

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  1. Scarlet Jones says

    What lovely images Pia, I will have to find that magazine, I have not heard of it before. Thanks.

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  2. Sam says

    Oh what a beautiful photo of you, Pia! Lovely! And well done on such good write-ups.

    October 10th, 2011 | #

  3. yvette says

    Beautiful Pia!
    I was just back at your house for a minute there.
    Nice memories. XXXXX Y

    October 10th, 2011 | #

  4. Barb McMahon says

    So THAT’S what was behind the screen… 😉 Lovely features, Pia. When will My Heart Wanders be available in Canada?

    October 11th, 2011 | #

  5. chloe.eloise says

    I love Peppermint Magazine! Lovely images!

    Fox Whiskers

    October 11th, 2011 | #

  6. Ann Marie says

    this is so perfect right not. i’m in a nostalgic mood, and this is making it that much better.

    October 11th, 2011 | #

  7. Ann Marie says

    I meant to say this is “so perfect right now”…

    October 11th, 2011 | #

  8. flo says

    Magnifique mag
    beautiful photos
    i follow your blog : so nice

    October 11th, 2011 | #

  9. Miss Heliotrope says

    It is generous of you to share so much.
    And lovely that you are honest about how lucky you are to have so much to share.

    October 12th, 2011 | #

  10. Alanda says

    Hi Pia,
    Just wanted to say just how much I adore ‘My Heart Wanders’ I stumbled across it at my mothers house, and loved every page. I am also so excited that the book is back in stock on Amazon – i just bought 4 copies to send to friends as gifts! I feel you are going to inspire and change so many lives from this book – so thank you. I have even decided to learn piano after hearing how you were able to rent one – i have always wanted to learn and now i will! Have a beautiful day,
    Alanda x

    October 13th, 2011 | #

  11. Tara Bradford says

    I have a copy of the Uppercase mag – think I mentioned the article to you when it first came out. Lovely images of your former abode; having lived here for awhile, I appreciate the need for a mosquito net. I had so many bites, had to go to the doctor! We are hunting for another place, as the owner has sold the house. He offered us opportunity to buy, but for many reasons, we declined. So the bewildering search is on! Hope you’re feeling better and buoyed by the thought of the precious outcome. A book and a baby all in the same year! You are a wonder woman. 🙂 xx

    October 14th, 2011 | #

  12. bicocacolors says

    thanks for this beautiful gift!!!

    October 16th, 2011 | #

  13. Rachel says

    Congratulations Pia! Your work is lovely, and I look forward to seeing more of it

    October 16th, 2011 | #

  14. Lotts says

    You’re so inspiring Pia – you’re images are just so beautiful. I got my copy of My Heart Wanders this weekend and read it cover to cover!

    October 18th, 2011 | #

  15. Hilla Hryniszyn says

    oh now, another blog im gonna cherish 🙂
    take a look at my new blog thanx

    October 18th, 2011 | #

  16. nathalie says

    tous mes voeux de bonheur !
    I am returning from Amsterdam and your book was my companion through my wanders – no doubt I shall be back, this time with black and white films …

    October 19th, 2011 | #

  17. ruby says

    Wow, I’ll have to pick up a copy of Peppermint, I’ve always seen it and wanted to read!

    October 24th, 2011 | #

  18. Laurie Furber says

    Oh how lovely. Your house boat looks like a beautiful dream. And I want you to know how much I love “My Heart Wanders.” I’m inspired.

    October 26th, 2011 | #

  19. manvi @ mochatini says

    Pia your houseboat is stunning. just like a dream. I have my heart wanders on my xmas wish list and CANT wait till I get my hands on it. As always your work is such a huge inspiration. Thank you

    October 27th, 2011 | #

  20. Notting Hill Girl says

    I just got my copy of ‘My Heart Wanders’ in London after months of waiting. It’s lovely 🙂 NHG x

    October 29th, 2011 | #

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    Love this floral display, beautifully styled. xxx

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  24. Keryl says

    Dear Pia

    I have just finished reading and absorbing every beautiful piece of My Heart Wanders, which is a gift from my sister. It is so gorgeous. I don’t know how Heather found this book but every inch of it resonated with me and I am grateful for her insight and your talent. Thank you for shining your light into the dark recessess of my hidden dreams.

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