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April 2006

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Andy Warhol at Plum Party

April 13, 2006

decor8 readers are big fans of Plum Party, and now that they’ve added the Andy Warhol Fantastic in Plastic collection, we’re even *bigger* fans. This collection of melamine and acrylic for the table top are based on Warhol’s original works. Here are some fresh finds that are afforable, functional, and super cheerful and remember…”Art is what you can get away with.” – Andy Warhol. Here are a few picks from this collection that I like. You can view more here.

ice cream cone set of 4 with acrylic stand, $25
a decor8 favorite. I love that it comes with an acrylic stand – classic!

Andy Warhol at Plum Party

camouflage martini set, shaker and 2 glasses, $28
shake things up with this sassy set.

Andy Warhol at Plum Party

tacoma flower box with 4 plates, $18
the perfect bloom for your summer table.

Andy Warhol at Plum Party

banana split dish, set of 2 with spoons, $12
peel and split with someone you love.

Andy Warhol at Plum Party

If you’d like to see some more of my personal Plum Party favorites, click here.

(photos from plum party)






Objects

Amy Butler – New Fabric for Spring 2006!

April 13, 2006

If you’ve been following my blog for a few months now, you may have discovered that I like to sew (geek), enjoy making patchwork quilts (super geek), design and stitch pillows and window treatments for myself (uber geek) and well… I absolutely love fabric (okay, that part is cool). You also may have heard me rave about Amy Butler - New Fabric for Spring 2006!Amy’s stunning collections, Belle and Forest, feature dozens of new prints inspired by nature, oozing with pure happiness in fresh vibrant prints. These super-yum fabrics can be used in many of your creative projects from seat cushions to making fun Barbie clothes for your little girls collection. If you have a daughter, you could ask her to work on a sewing project with you, she could help select some pretty fabric and together, you could stitch up new duvets and panels for her dollhouse.

As I write this, I’m transported back in time to when I had this super deluxe handmade dollhouse that my aunt and uncle crafted for me out of wood. I remember the day the package arrived and how excited I was as I stood in my living room in awe, clutching my cookie monster, gazing at all the rooms in my new dollhouse wide-eyed and amazed. My aunt took the time to also design and build every single piece of furniture inside – none of it was plastic – only teak, pine and birch was used to construct this mid-century modern Barbie townhouse. My aunt even installed funky wallpaper in each of the rooms and hand-painted the artwork that ‘hung’ from the walls. My mother then embellished the place with duvets (well, we called them bedspreads back then) and fancy window treatments. We worked on sewing projects for Barbie fashion and decor for hours and many, many years after that little house arrived. Sewing with my mother made for many bonding moments. I think fabrics draw women together. Little girls with moms, friends with other friends. Maybe that’s why I’m so inspired to create things, often in a workshop environment with other women. Sewing can be so much more than a creative hobby, especially if you pull together your children or a few friends and enjoy it with some good music, homemade iced tea (I’m really going back to my southern upbringing now) and a basket of sweet rolls.

If you don’t know how to sew, no need to feel left out. To get a feel for using fabric in creative ways, start small. I’m barely past the basics myself, so don’t worry, it takes time and patience with yourself. For now, take it in baby steps. You can quickly add some of Amy’s fabric to a vase: read this article about a no-sew DIY project. You can also invest in a great electric staple gun, sold at your local hardware store, and make everything from inspiration boards to display over your desk to padded headboards and new dining room chair pads.

If you truly love home design and yearn to stretch your dollar, I suggest taking a few sewing lessons at your local fabric store and then, invest in a basic sewing machine. I own a Bernina that I’m very happy with, and it cost only $350 USD. When you think of how much you’d have to pay a seamstress for two simple rod pocket panels, the machine pays for itself after you’ve completed only one or two projects for your home. My seamstress charges $150-200 for one window valance. (this fee does not include the cost of fabric, lining, trim, rods or installation fees.) See what I mean?

If you do sew, or plan to get started soon, Amy carries easy to follow patterns for creating everything from pillows to handbags, available at many fabric stores and on various websites. Just google “Amy Butler Patterns” to locate them. She even posts free patterns that you can download from her website. I’m loving her birdie the cat download – it’s just toooo sweet, don’t you think?

Amy Butler - New Fabric for Spring 2006!I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing Belle and Forest, and if you would like to talk about your current sewing project, or if you have questions about getting started, post a comment below and I’m sure you’ll find others that will reply and inspire!

(photos from amy butler)






Rooms

Flavor Paper

April 13, 2006

A big thanks to decor8 reader Michelle over at Flavor Paper
Flavor Paper, featured in the April issue of House + Garden magazine, experienced a bit of a rebirth after Katrina hit their town just when business was going well. Pre-Katrina, New Orleans based Flavor Paper was creating quite a buzz in the design community and then, as they put it, their “world stopped for awhile”. Thankfully, with the House + Garden coverage and whatever buzz we bloggers (and consumers!) can create, we’ll aid their rebirth.

Flavor Paper offers deliciously beautiful vintage, contemporary, and custom handscreened wallcovering. I featured onda, one of their bold wave prints, in coffee + cre8tive this morning. Imagine wallpaper in bold lush designs and fruity colors resembling the 1970?s-era… That’s what Flavor Paper is all about. It’s no wonder they call it flavor, you may start licking the walls.

Flavor Paper(images from flavor paper)






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coffee + cre8tive [apr 13 06]

April 13, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 13 06]

“Though the great song return no more, There’s keen delight in what we have: The rattle of pebbles on the shore, Under the receding wave.” – The Nineteenth Century And After – written by William Butler Yeats






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Fabulous Stationery

April 12, 2006

Fabulous Stationery

I’ve been gifted by an admirer and I simply can’t believe it. It feels so good to get a package with your name on it from someone that you never in the world expected would shower you for no reason at all – well, other than they like your blog. It’s funny, at first I didn’t think of my blog as anything more than a way to catalog things that I find so I can easily reference them at a later date for articles or clients. I also wanted a spot for my clients to visit, along with my friends, so they could check out things that I find since I’m known in my circle as being a research freak. It’s nice that decor8, after only 3 months, has a small following and for that, I really appreciate all of your support. It means a lot when your emails arrive, and I’m excited that what started out so small became something that people actually read and look forward to daily. I encourage everyone to blog because this experience has really enriched my life and I’m really grateful to all 3,000+ of you that check in daily for making this experience something that I look forward to waking up to each day. It’s so nice.

Okay, enough mush. Back to shopping.

When I unwrapped my package, I found inside customized stationery from Fabulous Stationery, a Philly based advertising agency that has been designing personal stationery for over 20 years. Their designs make for a stunning presentation online, but in person, whoa. Totally over the top beautiful. Sure, you can find pretty stationery at many gift stores, but stationery announcing your bridal shower or new baby boy doesn’t often come in such an array of contemporary designs like the ones offered at Fabulous Stationery. My cards (design shown top left) arrived with my full name on them and I must confess, they are so pretty I want to keep them all to myself. I know, I know… that’s not the intended purpose of cards, but still. If you love paper products, you must understand where I’m coming from. It’s often so hard to part with pretty paper. Fortunately for all of us, they offer so many stunning designs that I can always order more (and more and more and, well, more!). You should really check them out.

If you’re reading this, thanks so much, Julie + Jay!

Fabulous Stationery
(photos from fabulous stationery)






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Target Ipanema Sheets

April 12, 2006

Target Ipanema Sheets
A few of you wrote in to inquire about the print I posted this morning so I didn’t want to leave you hanging. It’s actually a Queen sized sheet set in 100% cotton from Target. I didn’t intend to purchase bedding at Target, in fact, I didn’t even visit that side of the home department for fear of being lured in to throw pillow heaven, never to return. Of course, Target knows that there are many design geeks who shop there and that most of us avoid certain sections for financial reasons. Marketing is a clever beast. They now expose us to home items (like bedding) in random locations in the store, for instance, I found my sheets on display at the end of an aisle near picture frames. Those sneaky snakes.

Of course, when I laid eyes on the ipanema sheets in various shades of gorgeous green, I instantly grabbed them, looking around the store like a squirrel defending a nut (or in this case a nut defending some sheets). As I slowly upzipped (shame!) the package to run my finger along the fabric, I was transported into soft, buttery bliss all for only $29.99. I was in shock at both the price and the quality. It’s not 500 thread count bedding, so for those of you that have the budget for fine linen, you should stop reading right about now as I’m sure this post is making your cringe because yes, I purchased the inferior Target bedding.

By the way, you can’t purchase the set online yet, so you’ll need to contact your local Target to see if they stock this pattern. Also, if you like it but aren’t in the market for new bedding, the sheets have a good weight to them and they’re quite thick – they’d be useful on a DIY project. I’m sure you have a few DIY tricks up your sleeve. A new shower curtain, window treatments, tablecloth or pillows, perhaps?

Target Ipanema SheetsNote: For those of you outside of the U.S., I’m really sorry for posting again about Target today. I know it breaks your heart. Keep writing to Target to demand they go global and start shipping outside of North America. :)

(photos Copyright decor8 2006)






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