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May 2006


Tales from Turnpike House: Saint Etienne and Lora Findlay

May 3, 2006

Tales from Turnpike House: Saint Etienne and Lora Findlay
I’ve been listening to Tales from Turnpike House by London-based, sophisticated pop trio Saint Etienne… I love the cover illustration, it’s superb and so I had to share it since I know many of you are big on illustration – especially clean modern designs. This cover reminds me of a mid-century modern barbie dream house (smile). Illustrated by Californian Lora Findlay (she is also the illustrator of The Leafy Sea Dragon, too).

By the way, this CD is great… It’s brit-pop, girl-group, electronica, 1960’s fused together for a great collection of mellow sounds. I can’t stop replaying A Good Thing + Lightning Strikes Twice… Very bubbly and upbeat with a touch of London rainy day melancholy.

(image from barnes + noble)


Koo de Kir

May 2, 2006

Koo de Kir
Fresh finds from Boston’s own, Koo de Kir. Need a striking table runner? Try the black figus runner from Denmark, $68. Care for a spot of tea? The poesie round teapot serves it up in style for only $28. Add 4 matching cups for an additional $20. Be sure to browse the Koo de Kir website for more pretty things, and if you’re in Boston, make sure you pop on over to their Beacon Hill store – you’ll love it!

(images from koo de kir)


I Have Nothing to Wear: May 9th Event in Boston

May 2, 2006

Please Join the Boston Herald for their 2nd Annual ?I Have Nothing to Wear? event on Tuesday, May 9th, 2006

Join the Boston Herald fashion editor, Jill Radsken and Lifestyle columnist, Beth Teitell on Tuesday, May 9th for the 2nd Annual “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR” to benefit Best Buddies Massachusetts. More than 20 of Boston’s Best Shops are participating in this shopping extravaganza (including design stores!) This is a fun-filled evening of shopping with discounts on Newbury Street & Charles Street with a party on the rooftop of the Ritz from 8?10pm immediately following.

Your $49.99 ticket entitles you to: 15% Discounts at exclusive shops along Newbury Street and Charles Street from 5-8 pm, from 8?10 pm join Boston Herald fashion editor Jill Radsken and Herald lifestyle columnist Beth Teitell for nibbles, a silent auction and a raffle on the roof of the Ritz Carlton, receive an NV Perricone Gift Bag, enjoy nibbles, beer, wine and beverages while bidding on fabulous auction and raffle items.

Space IS limited so please register now. You may also call Best Buddies directly to reserve your space at: 617-778-0522 and ask for Jennifer!

Participating Stores: Beauty Mark, Bliss Home, Dress, French Dressing, Good, Holiday, Koo de Kir, Lester Harry’s, Luna Boston, Lux Lash, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moxie, Mulberry Road, Nanette Lepore, 9 Months, Pixie Stix, Queen Bee, Red Wagon, Stil, Timeless Teas, and Whim.

(text from best buddies)


How do I find a decorator or interior designer?

May 2, 2006

How do I find a decorator or interior designer?

In a perfect world we?d all locate designers, architects and decorative painters by word of mouth. For now, you can rely on two great resources. The Franklin Report is the Zagat Guide of the decorating world, and includes write-ups on everything from decorators to upholsterers to architects. It also offers pointers about cost, how to talk the talk, and what some of the big trends are in various fields. The ASID, founded in 1975, has 48 chapters of members who?ve met their rigorous acceptance standards. See the ?Find a Designer? feature on their site to sort through 20,000 professionals by location, personal style, project size, budget, etc.

Once you?ve narrowed down your choices, do a little homework. Pull plenty of inspiration photos from books and magazines, make sure you have a strong grasp on your budget and priorities. Then when you meet with a design professional, check out their portfolio, ask about receiving renderings and billing before you sign on the dotted line.

(image and text from domino magazine)


Blog of the Week: Holly’s Plate

May 2, 2006

Blog of the Week: Holly's Plate
This week, it’s all about Southern hospitality! We’re taking a look at Holly’s Plate, featured blog of the week, to catch a glimpse of home decor from the perspective of Atlanta girl, Holly Allen. I caught up with Holly recently to ask her a few questions about her life and her blog so decor8 readers could learn more about what Holly’s dishing about on her plate these days.

decor8: Hey Holly. So, tell us about your blog. What’s Holly’s Plate all about?
holly’s plate: My blog chronicles my attempt at a well-designed life. It’s about the things I buy, the things I *wish* I could buy, and the things I’m inspired by … plus all the little stories that go with.

decor8: Why did you name your blog Holly’s Plate?
holly’s plate: I completely overuse the phrase, “… on my plate,” so it seemed only natural. Plus I was able to use that fantastic Kate Spade plate in my logo.

decor8: Why do you blog?
holly’s plate: I’m addicted. More than even coffee. I’m getting traffic from all over the world … Brazil, Paris, Montvale, New Jersey. It’s a thrill, truly.

decor8: What do you hope others tell their friends about your blog?
holly’s plate: That they simply must visit!

decor8: Where are you based and what do you really enjoy about it there?
holly’s plate: I live in Atlanta, Georgia, with my husband, Tripper, and my dog, Ed. The weather is warm, the shopping is great, the southern hospitality is alive and well and the sweet tea is to die for!

decor8: Tell us about your background, career…
holly’s plate: I started out as a sports reporter, fell backwards into a design job, learned a little HTML and somehow ended up as an interactive designer for The Washington Post! talk about a lucky break! I stayed at the post for four years and now work at the Weather Channel here in Atlanta. Ii’ve been blessed in the career department.

decor8: What are your hobbies?
holly’s plate: Yes. Tennis, shopping, funk class (I’m terrible, but it’s fun … with a k)

decor8: Do you have a particular design style that you prefer, and if so, what is it and why do you prefer it?
holly’s plate: I like a little of everything, so long as the overall look is classic and clean. I also have a fondness for polka dots.

decor8: Where do you look to for inspiration?
holly’s plate: I find a lot of inspiration in store displays. Anthropologie, Terra Cottage and Star Provisions do a great job. I check out lots of design blogs and I love Domino and the all the French magazines I cannot pronounce. I’m a fiend for tearing out pages! I’m often inspired by snapshots and well put together outfits. Finally, my mum is a wealth of inspiration for me.

decor8: What are some of your favorite designers?
holly’s plate: Kate Spade, Carolina Herrera, jh’io

decor8: What’s the first thing you look for the moment you step inside someones home?
holly’s plate: That’s an exciting moment for me. I think I’m looking for fresh ideas. I scan for the overall sense of style. I like the unexpected.

decor8: If money were no obstacle, where would you live and why?
holly’s plate: I’d have a lovely apartment in NYC and buy Sarah Jessica Parker’s house in the Hamptons. Furnished. The apartment in New York because I am and have always been in love with that city. That particular house in the Hamptons because I just saw the spread and it was delicious!

decor8: Describe the perfect weekend in Atlanta.
holly’s plate: With Tripper. Outside. Coffee in hand. I love an outdoor arts festival followed by a late lunch alfresco.

decor8: Are you nuts over any celebs?
olly’s plate: Yes, Sarah Jessica Parker

decor8: What is your dream job?
holly’s plate: Anything I’d be “tapped” for, say editor-in-chief of a world-class magazine.

decor8: Back to blogs. Since there are so many other there, what do you think is missing from blogsville?
holly’s plate: Hmmm. A blog about the trade secrets of the Anthropologie merchandisers?

decor8: Ha ha! Good one! And finally Miss Holly, what are the top 10 things you can’t live without?
holly’s plate:
10. Sidelong glances from my dog, Ed
9. “Sex and the City” reruns
8. Caffeine-free Diet Coke
7. Cheese
6. My raggedy green blanket
5. A digital camera
4. Mascara
3. Daily horoscopes as read by Jenny Livengood
2. Aveda Light Elements smoothing fluid
1. And of course, Tripper (love him!)

Thank you for stopping by to visit us Holly. decor8 readers, you can catch Holly’s Plate all week here on decor8 by clicking on her logo in the left column beneath “blog of the week”.

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