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Plush Living Bedding: NEW!

When Ken over at Plush Living showed me their new line of bedding a few months back, I was dying to tell everyone – but of course, I couldn’t peep a word until the bedding officially released. Well, Plush Living has done it again, this time, with plush bedding! Imagine sinking into 250 thread count 100% egyptian cotton sateen bedding in modern designs that are extremely hip and perfect for couples, especially when the girl wants something feminine and the guy can’t stand the sight of another floral pattern — plush bedding is a combination of both masculine and feminine merged together into 3 very appealing ensembles. This is designing for the sexes!

The Montreal bedding is a modern adaptation of French damask fabric in bitter chocolate and crisp white. Both the London and the Stockholm collections have a euro-modern appeal, the London in grey and white is a graphic interpretation of the Clematis plant grown in the UK and the Stockholm in blue and white reminds one of a starry night in Sweden.

All duvets are sold as a set, available in Queen and King and include two pillow shams and one duvet. Queen set, $168 and the King, $208. Shop for them here.

(images from plush living)

Posted in uncategorized on May 10, 2006

Blog of the Week: Happy Mundane

Confession time. I have a huge crush on two very clever little blogs out there, Happy Mundane and It’s (k)not Wood. Both actually originate from the same brain, that of Jonathan Lo. Well sorta. It’s (k)not Wood is from both Jon and his buddy, Emilyn Eto.

I’d like to hear what you think about this… As for me, I’m completely fascinated by a blog that limits itself to one single topic, and a rather odd topic at that, faux wood. Show of hands here, how many of you would have thought this idea was, well, nutty? But, the neatest thing happened. Jon and Emilyn did it anyway and It’s (k)not Wood is actually a blog that people are loving – so much in fact that it was recently featured in The Washington Post Express! Can I get a yeahhh baby?!

It’s interesting to see how many stylish faux bois items exist in the world, am I right? Staggering. It’s clear that Jon doesn’t suffer from ADHD, the guy has got some focus to stick to wood. But, then again, perhaps that’s the reason Jon launched Happy Mundane. Could it be that he needed to ‘branch’ out? Enter Happy Mundane, my blog pick of the week.

I met up with Jon, who is an Art Director and Design Consultant from Irvine, California that, in addition to blogging, also runs a successful design agency, J3 Productions. Would you like to learn more about Jon and Happy Mundane?

decor8: Hey Jon, thanks for stopping by decor8. You know I’m a big fan of your blog, maybe you can tell readers a little about Happy Mundane.
jon: Sure. I started Happy Mundane as an offshoot to another blog I do with my
friend Emilyn Eto, It’s (k)not Wood, which is devoted to all things faux bois (fake wood). Not that we don’t love REAL wood, we just enjoy the novelty of faux bois. I met Emilyn while being graphic designers in the fashion industry. We still work in the design world today. Happy Mundane launched in March. It’s a place for me to talk about happy things, good design of any kind (sometimes in places you don’t expect), and just to provide a place to appreciate the things that sometimes get overlooked in the every day, a.k.a. the “mundane.”

decor8: What makes your blog different from the rest?
jon: I guess because it’s my own perspective and perception of the things around me.

decor8: I like that – it’s your unique perception that makes your blog different. Simply put, but so true! How do you keep your blog interesting and fresh?
jon: I try to maintain a sense of consistency, but really there’s so many wonderful things out there, its hard not to be inspired.

decor8: I can relate. It seems as though there is never enough to blog about. I read Happy Mundane daily because for one, the content is excellent and of course being as visual as I am, I’m attracted to the clean modern layout — it’s very uncomplicated but chic. Now that I’ve made you blush, I have another question for you… What motivates you to keep blogging?
jon: So far, the motivation is coming in through all the great responses and e-mails, and meeting new friends. It’s great to know there are others who share your point of view.

decor8: I think most bloggers keep it up for that same reason, the people you meet and the readers that you know stop in daily to see what you’ve posted – you don’t want to let them down. At least that’s how I feel. Speaking of readers, what would you like your readers to tell a friend about your site?
jon: That maybe they were inspired by something they saw or that it made them smile or laugh, or perked their curiosity to find out about something else.

decor8: What do you see in the future as far as both of your blogs are concerned?
jon: We’d love to put together a book that documents all the amazing faux bois and woodgrain products we’ve seen within the past few years. As for Happy Mundane, who knows!? There’s no time like the present!

I hope you enjoy checking out Happy Mundane, look for it all week in the left column. If you’d like to be featured in “blog of the week”, please write to me at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

(images from happy mundane)

Posted in uncategorized on May 10, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {may 10 ’06}

“We must BE the change we wish to SEE!” (Mahatma Gandhi) This was a message that harpist Andreas Vollenweider both spoke about, and conveyed through the musical journey that he took us on this past Sunday night in Boston at Sculler’s Jazz Club. My husband has enjoyed Andreas’ music for many years since both of his parents are deeply connected to music and my husband composes music and plays the piano and keyboard himself. Andreas Vollenweider is like nothing you’ve ever heard before. It is beauty and love and peace and joy and sorrow and pain and extreme bliss all rolled into brilliant music that causes you to drift off, forming stories in your mind. I’ve been a fan of his music for only a few years, since 1999, but my husband has grown up with his music and enjoys it very much. Sure, we love our techno, house, jann arden style folk, rap, hip hop, pop, you name it… But you’ve got to listen to Andreas play the harp (along with a chinese harp, which was beyond words). It’s hypnotic and simply lovely. After the performance, which by the way was intimate (about the size of a large living room) and ended with 3 standing ovations, we headed over to the North End to enjoy the night air and slices of pizza in the typical north end style. It was a great Sunday evening… I wanted to post about this for my friends that live in Germany and up in Montreal, I think you will love Andreas’ music if you haven’t heard of him yet… Heavenly. The Book of Roses CD is so pretty…

Posted in uncategorized on May 10, 2006

Rinne Allen – Photographer

Rinne Allen is an amazing photographer that I recently discovered after Lucy at Hable Construction told me about her – Rinne snaps a lot of the photos for them. I really love her photography and wanted to share her work with decor8 readers. Rinne doesn’t live in the big city though, she’s actually tucked away in lovely Athens, Georgia where she spends time cultivating her flower garden, working on DIY projects, and of course, snapping many a lovely photo. As a graphic designer, creative consultant, and photographer, Rinne has a trained eye for spotting things that will convey emotion – promising to leave an impression on the viewer. This is what makes her such a sought-after artist, her images allow you to see something in different way, to appreciate what some may view as the mundane things. When she shoots for Hable, you can really picture yourself wearing the bag or using the pillow in your home, her photos make you desire what you see. Rinne also creates handbags using vintage florals and soon to unfold a collection of pillows and pins.

Thank you Rinne for your permission to display some of your photos here on decor8, we love seeing them!

(images copyright rinne allen 2006.)

Posted in uncategorized on May 09, 2006


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