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Blog of the Week: Michelle Caplan

I read enough blogs to know that there are many amazing sites that exist and I’d like to be able to share them with decor8 readers. In addition to our book of the week, which appears in the left column on Monday, decor8 will now feature blog of the week on Tuesday. Design-related blogs will be randomly selected based on quality content, beauty, and overall style – at least, according to decor8 readers. You have the opportunity to have either your blog, or the blog of your friend, featured for one week here in the left column. It’s a great way to gain exposure by driving traffic to your site. I’m all about promoting and helping other bloggers branch out, especially since so many of you have been super supportive to me. So, if you have a blog that you’d like to suggest, please send me an email with a link and I’ll check it out. If you are a blogger, please contact me with your link and attach a 120 x 120 .gif or .jpg image that doesn’t clash too horribly with the decor8 colors, and I’ll certainly check out your site. Please remember that I can only feature one blog per week, so if you don’t see yours posted right away, please don’t feel shunned! :)

This week meet Michelle Caplan, artist and blogger in LA. I own several pieces of her work and can truly say that they are amazing. If you’re in the LA area, Michelle’s work can be viewed at Brad Cook’s lovely store, SHOW.

(images from michelle caplan)

Posted in uncategorized on April 25, 2006
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Handla Svenskt

If you’re interested in viewing high quality goods from Sweden, visit Handla Svenskt online and have a look around (website in Swedish, English, German and Italian). They carry the beautiful line of textiles from Ekelund (if you’re local, you can see the complete collection at DS Designs in Marblehead), along with the Klippan collection of woollen bags and blankets in vivid colors and fun aprons with matching potholders. Handla Svenskt also offers the clean modern designs of Designex from Architect Ruud Ekstrand (love the clothes hanger with mirror and shelf, perfect for the entryway).

Display Tip: In the photo below, doesn’t the wall display of empty bottles appeal to you? So simple to arrange, yet so charming! There’s so much to learn from product displays – take time to really look at images and copy some of what you see using items in your home that you already own. You’d be surprised at how you can transform your space by arranging items just a little differently… I like to use bottles that I find at Chinese and Japanese grocery stores, often they have the most gorgeous labels. When you’re finished enjoying a yummy beverage, rinse the bottle well (careful to not wet and damage the label) and add a few of your favorites to a simple shelf. maybe white or your favorite wood, like birch or teak. You’d be surprised at what a statement a glass bottle with a beautiful label can make. Also, take the floral napkins below, folded into neat triangles, stacked and arranged nicely on the striped table runner. Can you see this on your dining room table? An alternate way to display your pretty napkins when guests aren’t joining you for dinner.

(images from handla svenskt)

Posted in travel on April 25, 2006

Design Public


I just love Design Public. Not only are the cool peeps running the place the nicest bunch, but their site is one of my favorites to navigate – beautiful, easy to follow, terrific blog, clean design, clear full-color images, and a terrific array of modern furnishings and accessories for the home and for baby. I spotted a few new goodies on their site from another favorite of mine, notNeutral – these melamine trays add the burst of color that you crave for only $18.

psst: Did you see this picnic set? Drool!

(images from design public)

Posted in uncategorized on April 25, 2006

Todd Oldham by La-Z-Boy at Target!

I never in a million years thought that La-Z-Boy would appeal to me, images of beer-bellied sports addicts parked on recliners spring to mind… However, Todd Oldham seems to be changing the face of La-Z-Boy with a fresh new generation of furnishings for the home. Interestingly enough, some of the collection is sold online at Target, another surprise because I would have never made the connection had I not bumped into it last night while surfing the Target site.

I came across this eye-catching wood accent table which combines the soft look of bamboo veneer with a darling leaf cutout pattern (on 5 sides) and the modern shape of a cube, topped with a plate of tempered glass for a solid, see-through surface that you can place a lamp on. It’s not exactly a bargain find, but at $299.99, it is worth considering since it would make a lovely accent piece to your home.

I’m also liking the bamboo coffee table for $299.99 with matching end table for $259.99.

I’m nuts about the color and shape of this green apple button-tufted ottoman ($329.99), but those sharp legs scare me a little, I’m not sure if I like them… What do you think?

I am sooo lovin’ these Kate storage ottomans though, great legs (349.99), also nice in pepper (if only I could find a convertible sofa in this great pepper color, I’d be in heaven).

(images from target)

Posted in designers, furniture on April 25, 2006

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