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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?

(photos Copyright decor8 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on April 14, 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.

(images from name maker)

Posted in uncategorized on 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)

Posted in uncategorized on April 13, 2006

Exploring the WORLD of Design

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…

Posted in inspiration on April 13, 2006


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