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OrganizingLA – Great Blog!

I stumbled upon a terrific blog last night devoted to organizing the home called Organizing LA. (Learn about John Trosko, a professional organizer and owner of OrganizingLA, here.) I couldn’t stop reading it – this man offers amazing tips + tricks for whipping your dishoveled mess (and we all have them lurking somewhere in the house) into shape and if you’re fortunate enough to live in the LA area, his team will visit your home to help organize your space in a jiffy.

“Invest in your space—make it beautiful, functional and truly a special place that enables you to succeed and relax.”

(quote from John’s blog)

Posted in uncategorized on April 10, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 10 06]

Spring. New beginnings. Whether you have a tiny balcony in your city apartment, or a huge yard in suburbia, you’ll want to begin planting and developing your garden right about now. Hopefully, this past weekend gave you a head start. I spend part of yesterday afternoon working on a rock garden near my front door. It felt good to feel the earth between my fingers, to collect pretty rocks and arrange them, breathe in fresh air and feel the sunlight on my back as I planted. These simple pleasures give our garden a makeover while restoring our well being and energy. We are giving but also getting – cultivating the earth while the process is also cultivating peace, joy and good thoughts within us.

Here are a few shots of the garden shop next to my country home. It is filled with plants, flowers, gifts, produce, fresh cut flowers, soaps, chocolate… everything! These photos were taken as I stood there deciding which flowers I would carry back home with me. I decided on daffodils for now. I snapped some photos of the inside of the store, so stay with me today, I’ll be back to show you those along with a fun accessories brand I found there that you can view online.

Happy Monday. New week. New possibilities. See what you can do to amaze yourself.

Back soon!

(photos copyright decor8 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on April 10, 2006

IKEA Home Office Makeover CONTEST (USA only)

IKEA and Working Mother Magazine Make The Dream Home Office Happen for Working Moms!

All it takes is 500 words or less. Let us know why you are deserving of a complete home office makeover valued at $3,000. We?ll also choose 4 runners-up who?ll each receive a $500 IKEA home-office shopping spree. IKEA invites all working mothers to express themselves including video clips and photographs to help illustrate the need.

Make it funny, quirky or just plain…desperate!

Enter to win between March 14th – April 25th.

Complete the online entry form today!

(text and photo from IKEA US)

Posted in uncategorized on April 09, 2006

English Creek Gardens

I found this great apothecary jar with a dome lid last year and immediately brought it home filling it with sand and shells. Although pretty, it was hardly functional and with a small home, I need items that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional as well. In this case, the jar could really serve as a storage vessel. Since filling it with pretty shells wasn’t living up to its full potential, I kept churning ideas around in my head – what to do with this thing? I filled it with lemons and limes for the kitchen. It looked super cute and colorful, but fresh fruit under glass made me feel guilty. Plus, it fogged up a lot and the fruit wasn’t happy. Frustrated, I retired the jar to storage for future use. Recently, I decided to update my bathroom to give it a more Vintage Modern/French Farmhouse feel. It was then that I remembered my lonely little jar and how filling it with french milled soaps would make for a nice accent piece, plus it would be a great storage solution for the many soaps that I collect. What do you think?

Looking for a apothecary jar, cloche, copper planter or a pretty English planter? English Creek has a beautiful assortment… Don’t miss their new assortment of tulipieres!

psst: If you’re soon to be wed, try a tussie mussie.

(images copyright decor8 2006)

Posted in uncategorized on April 08, 2006


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