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coffee + cre8tive {june 30 ’06}

Did you notice? To your left, I shuffled around my favorite blogs, placing them into categories instead of lumping everyone together. If you’re listed, and you don’t see yourself fitting into the spot where I’ve placed you, please let me know. If you have suggestions on a better way to break up the blogs, fire away because I’m wide open for suggestions.

To your right, I’ve added a link to my flickr album and to my profile on myspace (if you’re on myspace, link to me!), along with lots of new adds to the globetrotters space, with an expanded section for Canadian design resources as well as a few extra U.S. stores, too (have to represent the Americans!). Obsessed with stationery? Don’t miss the new links beneath ‘paper goods’ as well.

In the next few days, I’ll start adding shops and designers (with online stores) according to item, which I’ll most likely blend into the bottom half of the right column. Of course, I don’t intend to categorize everything under the sun, just the things that I love and often find myself referring back to often, like wallpaper, decals, artists I love, favorite etsy sellers, favorite ebay sellers, lighting (only table lamps and pendants), pillows, ceramics, and other misc. goodies that I’m sure you’ll enjoy having at your fingertips, too. For now, the list will not include ‘heavy’ items like furniture, tile, paint, appliances, etc. Too many to add, I don’t even want to go there yet.

So, as the days continue to roll by, more links will be added, so scan the columns as you visit. Make sure that before you travel, to visit decor8 for suggested design shops in your destination city. I started doing this in January because I felt it was important that decor8 readers have a shopping list to refer to from someone with similiar design taste, so I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

New links are always indicated with a little *.

If you have any stores to suggest, please email the name, city and URL to me at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Thank you guys, you’re the best! ;)

Off subject: Don’t forget to go see “The Devil Wears Prada”, it opens tonight – I’ve been anticipating the release for months so I’m grabbing some friends and making a night of it.

Any plans for the weekend?

Posted in uncategorized on June 30, 2006

Sur La Table {sweet ideas for party girls}

Hosting a little summer gathering with your favorite gal pals? Why not add a touch of French chic and mingle to the beat of a few CD’s, like Paris Combo’s Living Room (excellent fusion of jazz and gypsy, superb vocals) or the gorgeous Amelie soundtrack. Girls love cupcakes, so pull out your pretty little apron and bake some colorful cupcakes, displaying them on this cupcake stand from Sur La Table. Of course, you must invite the gnomes (any Amelie fan will cherish your attention to detail) and by all means, serve up some fresh lemonade or some other fruity non-alcoholic concoction (punch recipes here). I have special affection for the lemonade jar and stand because we had several at my summer wedding and everyone loved them. We tied fresh flowers to the top with long cascading grosgrain ribbon. Serve your delicious refreshers either in these blue hobnail glasses or, if you’re a green kinda girl, opt for the dainty charm of the fleur de lys glassware (also keeping with your somewhat ‘Summer in Paris’ theme). See, ‘theme’ parties don’t have to be tacky? A few simple touches introduce charm without being too sticky sweet.

If you want to go beyond cupcakes + thirst quenchers, nothing is easier than fresh fruit slices and crackers with cheese. I love a nice brie, but everyone serves brie, right? Not my kind of brie. Unwrap and place your brie into the microwave for 30-40 seconds (we don’t want it to bubble or melt, just lightly heat it). Next, take several tablespoons of apricot preserves and heat separately for 40 seconds in the microwave. Drizzle your warm preserves over the brie and immediately serve with crackers and cute little cheese knives. You can even put a dab of apricot brandy in the preserves before heating, it’s positively delish.

Tip: For the girls with mega stress careers, keep a few chilled bottles of champagne in reserve in case some are interested in enjoying a little something boozy and bubbly.

With your special touch, this perfect little joining together of hearts and minds combined with a simple, yet special, presentation, is sure to create a magical evening.

Tres Magnifique!

(images from la sura table)

Posted in uncategorized on June 29, 2006

Design Public: Twenty2 Pillows

Pretty new pillows from Twenty2 may just make your day today. Perky hues on natural linen fresh from Design Public. Ginkgo leaves, a subtle grid, and scribbly-circles could just be the perfect add to bring some pop to your pad.

(images from design public)

Posted in uncategorized on June 29, 2006

Color + Moki

With all this talk lately on color, I found some perfect examples of fully saturated hues in this quirky cute photography experiment on color that was conducted by blogger Moki. Her photos are absolutely stunning – vivid, clean, excellent composition, and truly a feast for the eyes.

If you’re trying to train your eye and develop a stronger color sense, why not pull out your digital camera and just start snapping photos of color combinations that you like. Capture things you like at random, when you’re out and about. Snap photos in your home. You can certainly feel free to set up your own home photo shoot and experiment like Moki did using old toys, fabric, art, magazines, etc. You’ll need a place to keep your images, so after you’ve selected your favorites, open a free flickr account and upload them, building your very own online color portfolio. Over time, you’ll not only build a fantastic image collection, but you’ll start to see a pattern in what colors dazzle you the most AND most of all, what combinations of colors (color schemes) do you tend to gravitate towards. Outside of learning, building an online color portfolio is just plain fun, and you can share it with other peeps in various flickr groups with a similiar color fixation. Try it!

(photos from the fabulous moki)

Posted in uncategorized on June 29, 2006


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