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Mini Mod from Rowe Furniture

April 14, 2006

Mini Mod from Rowe FurnitureHere’s note from decor8 reader Jennifer. She did such a nice job pulling together this information about the Mini Mod furniture line from Rowe that I’m going to let her take the stage…

Hey, I’m an avid reader of your website and think you are doing an awesome job! Like most people in their low twenties, I live in a small space and thought fellow readers would be interested in looking into Rowe Furniture’s Mini Mod collection. It’s the perfect solution to furnishing small spaces, 4 th floor walk-ups, and irregularly shaped spaces. It’s also perfect for people that move a lot and don’t want to break their backs trying to carry their sofa, trust me, I speak from experience. I’m a huge fan of the Broadway sofa and chair I bought last year because it fits just as perfectly in my new studio apartment as it did in my one bedroom with den apartment I was living in when I purchased the furniture.

While checking out Rowe’s website, I recently learned that Mini Mod is a whole contemporary collection of small scale sofas, sectionals and chairs, which come in a variety of fun fabrics, including really cool 1960’s inspired geometric prints and stripes. It’s awesome to see that Rowe designed with us in mind, consumers looking to decorate modest sized living spaces and not looking to spend a fortune. The smaller size doesn’t affect the comfort either; my Broadway sofa spaciously fits two.

Below are pictures of Mini Mod’s Broadway sofa and chair from the website. The Broadway sofa measures L71″ x D34″ x H36″. I bought it for $699 (USD) but the prices vary based on fabrics and the retailer. The Broadway chair measures L26″ x D35″ x H37″ and I bought it for $399 (USD), but again, the price will vary. Hope you enjoy the Mini Mod collection as much as I did and pass it on to the readers. Keep up the good work! – Jen

Mini Mod from Rowe Furniture
Thanks Jen for the tip!

(images from rowe furniture)






Decorating Tips

How To Measure For Custom Blinds

April 14, 2006

Gina from Atlanta wrote in asking for advice on how to measure for custom blinds. I’ve pulled together a few easy steps below that may help you based on my own personal experience measuring for for clients.

How To Measure For Custom Blinds
“I am hoping that you can give me some help me on a small project that my husband and I are about to embark on this weekend. We are renovating part of our new condo and plan to install blinds in two rooms. My question is, how the heck do you measure for these things? I don’t want to order custom blinds and have them arrive not fitting properly. Any quick advice? Oh and do you know of places online that I can check out blinds and maybe even order them?” -Gina

Sure Gina. Here’s a little guide I’ve written just for you!

How to Measure for Custom Blinds

1) First of all, look at the type of window casing you have and also notice the architectural details that surround that window. This may dictate whether or not you want to mount the blinds on the inside or on the outside of the frame. You wouldn’t want to hide arch details with a shade. In this case, I’m guessing your windows are pretty basic since it’s a condo…

2) If you plan to mount on the inside, measure the width of the window from one edge to the other (outside of the casing). It’s a good idea to measure the top part of the window, the middle, and then towards the bottom since some windows (especially in older homes) are not always uniform in width. To measure the height of the window, start at the top inside edge of the window and extend the measuring tape all the way to the top of your window sill.

3) If you’ve decided to mount your blinds on the outside, measure the width from one side of the outer most edge of the window casing to the other side. You may want to add 1/2″ on each side of this measurement because if you don’t, you may have gaps which certainly won’t allow for much privacy! Next step is to measure the height. Start at the top edge of the casing and measure to the lowest point that you’d like to see the blinds cover. Keep in mind that most blind manufacturers already compensate for all the various window lengths out there by adding extra materials (like wood) or fabric into the design of the blinds at either the top or the bottom.

In addition, here are a few places online that I suggest shopping for blinds:

American Blinds + Wallpaper

Just Blinds

Smith + Noble– my favorite, although in some cases, a little more expensive but worth it if you want something different. They also send you lots of free samples and offer beautiful shades and blinds trimmed in modern fabrics. They also have the best fashion solar roman shades out there.

Thanks for writing in, Lisa!

How To Measure For Custom Blinds
If anyone else would like some quick design advice, please send me an email at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

(images from smith + noble)






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coffee + cre8tive [apr 14 06]

April 14, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 14 06]Today I’m sitting here on the carpet trying to figure out what colors to use in my new space. It’s funny, we can design for clients so easily, but when it comes to our own *personal* space, it can sometimes be daunting. Why is that, I’ve often wondered? Anyone have thoughts on this?

I’m not painting the walls since I live in a rental, I’m simply selecting accent colors and trying to determine how strong of a statement I want each to make in the room. I’m thinking of making my dominate colors blue and green and then, adding hints of orange and fuchsia to the space to make things pop. (The colors aren’t as strong as the photos indicate.)

I’d like to also incorporate my decor8 illustrations, given to me by my friend Lisa (they’re also on the banner above here on the site). Since decor8 (my design business and this blog) have both become a big part of my life, I think framing these prints would fit the space nicely, especially since I’ll be working in there.

Anyone have plans for the weekend? What’s going on in your part of the world?

coffee + cre8tive [apr 14 06]

(photos Copyright decor8 2006)






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Name Maker

April 13, 2006

Name Maker
Also fresh in from the “O” List, a treasure that will make you coo in delight, lovely personalized ribbon from Name Maker. Just think, a mere $14-22 gives you the power to own ten yards of delightfully personalized ribbon.
That’s a sweet deal.

Perfect for your wedding, baby shower or announcement cards, or just for saying “Thank you” in your own very special way. I would like to order some that simply says, “thank you from decor8”. I’d use them to wrap around presents that I give to my clients when I’ve completed a project. Can you see yourself using them in your business?

By the way, did you know that Name Maker also offers personalized gift wrap? Yum!

Related: Learn about 4 clever new ways to organize your ribbon collection from Real Simple magazine here.

Name Maker
(images from name maker)






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Design Her Gals

April 13, 2006

Design Her Gals
Tired of your current oh-so-blah stationery? These girls will pick you up in no time! Fresh in from the May 2006 issue of ‘O’ (Oprah magazine), Design Her Gals not only made Oprah’s list of must-haves for May, but soon will be a favorite on your list as well. Why?

Well, if you want something a little more personal than your initials on a card, you’ll love Design Her Gals because their stationery features stylized images of your favorite person – the center in which the earth revolves – you! Yup. Just send them a photo and they’ll transform it into a cool caricature of y-o-u in the form of correspondence cards, return address labels, business cards, invitations, stickers…

You can also purchase a membership to print your designer girl from home for only $24.95 per year. Read the entire scoop about that here.

psst: If stationery isn’t your thing, they also carry super cute t-shirts.

How sweet it is to be loved by you!

(images from design her gals)






Inspiration

Exploring the WORLD of Design

April 13, 2006

So, I pahked my cah in Havahd yahd the other day (I visited Harvard Square) and there I spotted a travel agency featuring a ’round the world’ airfare special for only $1,300 USD. I nearly dropped my latte as I froze in the street, eyes fixed on the big neon sign showing photos of exotic destinations and smiling faces. I thought about a favorite book by David Elliot Cohen, One Year Off: Leaving It All Behind for a Round-the-World Journey with Our Children, about the adventures of the Cohen family, a courageous bunch that sold everything, resigned from well paid jobs, even gave up their massive home in California, to globe trot for one year with their children. (If anyone knows the Cohens, please tell them I am dying to see what they are up to these days. Fascinating bunch.) I digress…

Anyway, that same sign announcing the exotic adventure also brought back memories of an evening spent with Jean-Francious, a young man from New Caledonian (via Paris) that took a year off to explore every major country in the world along with several islands and a few U.S. cities. I met him in the early ’90s as a teenager. He had visited Boston during the 11th month of his journey to see my friend, Judy. Upon his arrival, Judy invited a gang of us over to meet her exotic explorer. As Jean-Francious laid out piles of freshly-developed photos, fanning them out as he spoke, I sat their feeling somewhat out of touch with the world, especially since I had never crossed a U.S. border at that time.

After Jean-Francious left for his next exciting destination, Judy and I rambled for hours about his amazing adventure and some of hers as well (she had studied abroad for some time). I remember casting forth my dreams of landing on new soil, hoping that someday I could also sit amongst friends reciting stories of far off places I’d ventured.

About a month later, I received a gift subscription in the mail. It was my first issue of European Travel + Life magazine with a note of encouragement from Judy. It said something along the lines of, “educate yourself until you have the chance to immerse yourself.”

Thanks to the support of Judy and others, I now have stories to relate about my own distant travels, one that turned out to be a trip of a lifetime – when I met my now husband at the luggage carousel in a small German airport.

Isn’t the support and encouragement of friends so important? Doesn’t it make sense to look outside of your country to see what else is happening in the world, and in this case, in the design world? Let’s do that for a moment together. I’ll be back to feature some of my favorite design magazines and why I think you should consider reading them, too.

Will I be taking that $1,300 flight? Not anytime soon. Unless the pages of a magazine count…






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