For those of you fortunate enough to have some outdoor space, you have another ‘room’ to think about designing – your patio space! I’d love to see some of your patio spaces, is anyone willing to send in some photos that you’d like to brag about? A patio, a balcony, it doesn’t matter to me, as long as you love it!
Some of my CA friends (hint, hint Michelle) have some gorgeous patio areas, and I’m sure many other readers have great outdoor spaces, too. I have a massive backyard with a pond, so I guess I should step up with a few photos myself. Anyone want to help me get started?
Room + Board has a great table called the Montego that I only wish I had a concrete slab to sit it on (I wouldn’t want to move it everytime the lawn is cut, so I’m not sure how practical it is to place it directly on the lawn as shown in this photo. One must also be concerned with ‘chair sinkage’. This occurs after consuming too much from the grill and the chair digs its way into the lawn. he he). The Montego is sleek and sophisticated, combining the warmth of wood with cool clean stainless steel. Of course, great design isn’t merely about looking good, and with outdoor furniture, we often care even more about how durable it is. Since the Montego is a combination of durable stainless steel and a South American hardwood similar to teak called ipe, this patio set is also strong and weather-resistant, serving you for years to come. Let’s see, strong, weather-resistant, beautiful – can we go ahead and call this is a design triple threat?
Check out the coordinating Aruba chairs for only $99!
Have photos of a patio area that you’re proud of? Send them in!
(image from room + board)
Have you ever shopped
I love their Lollia candles and desk trays and colorful clipboards, along with all of their sweet textiles in soft muted hues, perfect for the vintage modern home.
Did you notice the lush Giovanni window panel from Pine Cone Hill? I imagine these in a room with soaring ceilings and pre-war details, against hardwood floors and mismatched artwork and a collection of antique-inspired beveled frameless mirrors on soft grey blue walls. Creamy crown moldings, a pavillion chair reupholstered in a bright tweed in peacock, these panels puddling gently on the floor.
At first glance, Layla Grayce may appear to be a frilly floral wonderland, but with a little digging, I’m sure you’ll unearth treasures that will appeal to your design sense.
(images from layla grace)
For those of you interested in designing your own textiles, you have to read the history of Harmony Art and how this design company developed – truly an inspiration. For others seeking sustainable textiles that have a modern punch, bookmark these nature-inspired organic cotton prints from the Season One collection – fresh and cheerful! All textiles are printed with fiber reactive low-impact inks and dyes in accordance with the OTA Fiber Processing Standards. If all of this green-speak doesn’t quite make sense to you, click here for a little eco-education and learn the differences between organic and conventional cotton via a simple no-frills chart.
psst: Harmony Art also has blog.
(images from harmony art) via: treehugger
I love blogging. It’s become quite an obsession for me. I’m always thinking about what I’ll write about next, what inspires me that will interest you, what lies ahead. It’s exciting to think about. I also stop every now and then and think about how blogging wouldn’t be nearly as exciting if I didn’t have all of you. That sounds amazingly cheesy (hallmark cardish), I know, but I appreciate each one of the readers I’ve met either via email or in person because of decor8. Your emails and submissions keep me going full steam ahead, I can’t believe how many talented and creative people are reading – designers, artists, editors, celebs, shop owners, and working professionals who take a ‘break’ here each day during lunch…
Meeting all of you here daily stirs my own creativity in ways I’d never imagined. Before decor8, I only had my look books for pasting ideas into, or journals to fill thoughts on what I found to be interesting. To set free all of my ideas and inspirations here, daily, before an audience – totally liberating. I had no idea that so many would share my interests and were into so many of the same things, people, places, that I cherish. Thank you for giving me so much joy and for reading decor8.
I came across this quote in a magazine recently that sums up everything I’m feeling so nicely.
“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought unique and particular to you. Now, here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met… And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” – Alan Bennett
(images of various textiles I like from Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm.)
I’ve mentioned Henry Road before, but in case you haven’t visited them lately… Don’t you just love this bold perky tablecloth in red and white? Or these pillows? These are exact patterns that I would use in a room devoid of color, needing a quick redo. Often, we turn to paint or new furniture to introduce color, but who has time to paint (and money for new furniture), especially if your relatives just phoned and they are arriving for a little family time THIS weekend. Before grabbing those paint rollers and stressing over colors, why not add a Henry Road tablecloth to your table? Take the red/white tablecloth shown and top with a big ocean blue bowl filled with bright yellow lemons in the center, or a white vase (or red) with bright yellow daffodils. Blue and yellow looks stunning with bright red. Or, you can go with red, orange and teal…
Tip: You can even fold a beautiful tablecloth (as long as it is fabric and not oil cloth or plastic, of course) for displaying on a chair or on the back of your sofa in the living room (if the back of your sofa doesn’t face a wall, that is!). Introducing color in your space doesn’t have to involve a seamstress, gallons of paint, or even lots of money. Just add a few throw pillows, a new tablecloth, and viola! instant perk up!
Related posts: Henry Road, April 25
(images from henry road)
We all know and love Boston-based Vessel, images of candela lights and squat benches may come to mind. Looks like Vessel had a new desk on the block, the brand new Squat Worktable functions as a versatile storage table so you can store things inside (think last minute guests dropped in and you need to throw all your mess into a hidden space). A flat-packed furniture piece, it has discreet cable-routing slots in the sides and lower panels that keep tangles of wires out of sight but close at hand. The worktable incorporates nearly 5 cubic feet of storage into a solid, flat-packed furniture piece. Birch and aluminum, available in natural or black, 36 x 36 x 29.75?, $499. Please contact Vessel for more information.
If you’re in Boston, visit their store located on the edge of Chinatown near the Leather District at 125 Kingston Street. decor8 posted a tour of thier store a few months back, click here to view.
Channel 4 in Boston is running a contest to vote for Boston’s best online. If you’re a big Vessel fan, you can vote for them here (although I’m not quite sure how they landed in the luxury furniture category with DWR and Roche Bobois, but oh well).
Squat Worktable shown above and their benches shown below. Check out the various uses for them, even to hold wine bottles!
(images from vessel)