Berlin Tips, Anyone?

[11/13 update: back from berlin, today i'm in the south of germany with family, returning on 11/14. see you tomorrow. xo, holly]

Happy Friday to you! There's a gadzillion finds today from the Graduation Galleries at Dutch Design Week for you to scroll through below, but due to space (you'll be scrolling forever), I'm thinking it would be better to wait until Monday to post the rest (I have a dozen or so more). I also have highlights from my travels to Hamburg to post, so I'll save those for next week, too.

Ich bin ein Berliner! I'm heading off to Berlin for the weekend with friends, praying for decent weather, and looking forward to checking out the East Berlin art scene, hit Ku' Damm, and of course, the massive retailers (like Galeries Lafayette and the food hall at KaDeWe) and the little indie boutiques, too. Last time I was in Berlin, I was still single and being a bit over-excited about everything (visiting a new city, all the sights, being on a date), I crashed a brand new Mercedes on lease into an SUV of a very heated Berliner, so here's hoping I'm better behaved this time around.

If you have any Berlin suggestions, please please please (please!) comment below or email me offline - I'd love some tips from readers since you are quite the savvy bunch and honestly, all these travel websites just don't do it for me like the opinions from friends. Maybe some of the "must-see" areas for fresh, new talent - lots of indie stores and art galleries, for instance... It's decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

I hope you like the slew of posts I've left you with today, and watch for the Blog of the Week and Book of the Week, appearing soon in the left column. You won't want to miss 'em!

Side notes: I'd like to welcome to a few new sponsors to the blog since I forgot to do this last week, Elsewares and Nazmiyal Rug Gallery. Welcome aboard. Your support means a lot. Without it, I may have to actually get a real job.

(image from Sebastian Niedlich, a most interesting flickr find this week.)