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Jenny Duff: Modern Placemats, Coasters + Trays

I have been a lover of those typical cork-backed and melamine coated placemats from the UK for years. I like them because they are so durable and easy to clean, you simply wipe the surface and viola! post-dinner clean up is no longer such a chore. When I started buying them back in 1998, my purchase was based solely on how practical they were, not because they were pretty because, well, they weren’t very stylish back then. Most had photos of typical tourist attractions on them or of fruit and vegetables that looked like something you’d find in grandma’s kitchen. Not anymore.

I heard about Jenny Duff, via the Print + Pattern blog and just love her unique collection of high quality placemats, coasters and trays. She works with top illustrators and photographers to develop modern captivating designs. Take a peek for yourself right here.

psst: If you’re in London between June 2-4, 2006, you can meet Jenny Duff and view her collection at Stand number E51 in the Design Shopping Arcade at the Grand Designs Live show at Excel. For more information about the show and for tickets click here.

(images from jenny duff)

Posted in uncategorized on May 17, 2006

Circle Furniture 25% off Sale + Warehouse Sale in Boston May 27th

Circle Furniture is having a sale in case you’re in the market for vibrant painted furniture. Buy any piece of painted furniture and take 25% off the second piece. From beds to bookcases in mango to watermelon, Circle has the furniture that you crave for all the rooms in your home. Sale runs until June 4, 2006.

Circle Furniture is located in Cambridge, Acton, Danvers, Hanover and Framingham, Massachusetts. They also have an outlet center in Acton MA. On Saturday, May 27th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., they’ll be hosting a one day warehouse sales event that you won’t want to miss in Acton, so arrive early for best selection.

(images from circle furniture, sales information via

Posted in uncategorized on May 16, 2006

Design Competition: Blik Loves Threadless

Blik (wall decal rulers of the world) has teamed up with Threadless (the t-shirt kings – love these guys!) to throw a little competitive spirit out there for all talented designers to just go nuts over. Reading through this contest information perked me up because it sounds like such fun and I’d love to see some of you enter… I know decor8 has a slew of super talented readers that are more than qualified to enter, and even win, this super cool competition (just be sure to enter before June 1, 2006).

Here’s the skinny on this phat contest:

Simply design a tee to the theme “Off The Wall”. The design can be anything relating to this theme, as long as it adheres to the submission guidelines below and on the “Submit Your Design” page. Make sure your design can stand alone. The purpose is to create a design inspired by the theme “Off The Wall”, not a Blik brand tee. The design is not required to say “Off The Wall” on it… In fact, we’d prefer it does not. The winning submission will be chosen by a panel of Judges including Blik staff. The winning design will be converted into a wall graphic, so please keep in mind that vector graphics are best.

Competition Guidelines:
* Winners will be chosen by the Judges within 45 days after the competition end date.
* Use the submission form only
* All submissions will also be eligible for the ongoing Threadless competition.
* The submission must not be a design that has already been submitted to Threadless.
* You may only submit up to three designs during the duration of the competition.

Grand Prize:
* Winning design integrated into Blik product line as a wall graphic
* Design promotion on the Blik website
* Blik pattern pack
* $2000 cash
* $300 Threadless gift certificate
* 12 month Threadless club membership (a $200 value)

So, which one of our decor8 readers is going to walk away with the prize??? :)

Click here to read additional guidelines and to enter.

(images from threadless)

Posted in uncategorized on May 16, 2006

First Digs by Yee-Fan Sun: Book of the Week

After six years of writing on her website, Digs Magazine, Yee-Fan Sun has branched out by releasing First Digs. With so many of you moving around, renting apartments, and living on a budget, I thought you’d benefit from First Digs because Yee-Fan is a true globe-trotting renter herself, just like many of you. She’s lived all over the world on a starving student budget while transforming her rental spaces into unique and personable homes. First Digs is our book of the week.

First Digs is a comprehensive handbook that’s practical and easy to read, uncluttered with design terms, and best of all, written in a friendly conversational manner. It’s a, “home and living guide for the post-college, pre-parenthood, quasi-adult generation,” where Yee-Fan compiles her design and decorating knowledge meant especially for those living on a budget with plenty of renter-friendly tips, DIY projects, and helpful illustrations for thoughtfully decorating apartments.

If you’d like to purchase this book, you can find it on Amazon for only $12.97 new or $9.45 used. Click here to purchase.

Don’t forget to visit Yee-Fan’s decorating website, Digs Magazine. A great read!

(image from amazon)

Posted in uncategorized on May 16, 2006


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