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Sample Sale at Denyse Schmidt Quilts [September 23-24 CT]

Marcy from Denyse Schmidt Quilts contacted me today about their Sample Sale on September 23 + 24 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They’re calling it the sale of all sales, and seeing that these delicious quilts will be reduced up to 70% off retail, I have to encourage the locals to mark your calenders. You can’t miss this one if you’re a Schmidt fan!


For those not familiar with Denyse Schmidt, Apartment Therapy did a lovely write up about her here, and decor8 contributor Christine Liu wrote about her several months back here on decor8. In addition, you can familiarize yourself with Denyse’s work on her website, it’s full of modern quilts that are guaranteed to make you do a double take. Even a triple.

Sale details: September 23-24, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1069 Connecticut Ave., Building 4, Bridgeport, CT. Samples from her Couture, Works and Sarita Handa collections along with samples and yardage from items in development, scraps, stationery, etc. Prices range from $3 – 4,000.00. Serious buyers need to arrive early as her sales are well attended. Mastercard, Visa and cash only. For directions and more information, click here for a downloadable pdf document. Have fun!

(images from denyse schmidt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on August 22, 2006

Kuehn Ceramic [Berlin]


decor8 reader Annaja sent me some lovely links today, I can’t wait to show you them! I’ll start with Kuehn Ceramics in Berlin. I thought these were so interesting and fun, I couldn’t resist. You can visit their online store to select the style you’re interested in (vase, cup, etc.), then select the color and the design that you’d like on your ceramic treat. To view their stocklist, click on this page and in the bottom middle, click on the words Handlerliste.pdf. Towards the end, you’ll find those in the United States that carry Kuehn ceramics. I spotted The Future Perfect, Calypso, Kiki de Montparnasse (I love this store!) and the amazing John Derian on their list at quick glance…

The graphics, creamy pastel colors, lovely bowls dipped in gold, how very sweet!

Thank you again, Annaja!

(images from kuehn ceramics)

Posted in uncategorized on August 22, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 22 ’06}


If you’re intrigued by Edward Gorey, or Tim Burton even, you may really appreciate the melancholy works of David Lupton, the illustrator who designed the art for Keane’s Live Recordings 2004 CD. David created the drawings and animations for the Bedshaped video along with background projections for Keane shows in the past, too. In fact, it’s rumored that David drew all 500 illustrations in a single week for Keane’s animated performance at the end of this video. You can view all of his work for Keane here. If you’d like to learn more about David, check out his My Space profile.

I appreciate how well he captures those slightly dark moments in our life, the unavoidable feelings, being lonely, sad, suffering loss, heartache… His work somehow avoids intensifying these raw emotions though, rather they seem to soothe the soul with relatable characters. You suddenly feel less alone, like another person out there ‘gets you’ so perfectly that your mood somewhat lifts. There’s a glimmer of hope buried deep in such sad eyes, in a world nearly devoid of color. The hope that, although the present may seem difficult, things are about to take a sudden turn in your favor.

What do you appreciate about his work?


(photos from david lupton)

Posted in uncategorized on August 22, 2006

Retro Flashback – Love This Room!


I was cleaning up my hard drive tonight and spotted some photos that I saved in a design file. Seeing them, I was reminded of the retro retreat post that I loved so much on Apartment Therapy last Fall (photos are larger on the AT:NY post, so click over there to check them out). This was before I became a blogger, and I posted back then under hollygirl, so it was pretty funny to read my comments on Jon’s room. I have no idea who this Jon is (is it Happy Mundane’s Jon Lo, I wonder?) but because I loved the room then and was so inspired by his use of color, I had to share it with all those who may have missed the original AT post.

I especially love the oil painting over the sofa, the white shelves (I have these; now I have some ideas on styling) and the vibrant colors – orange, fuchsia, lime, yellow, all colors that pop and pull in lots of energy and positivity.


If you’d like decor8 to feature photos of your space here (a completed project that you are proud of), or if you have ‘before’ photos with design questions, please submit them to me at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com. I’ll post your photos and not only can I offer some design advice, but decor8 readers can also chime in with suggestions, especially since so many of you are super creative and helpful, why not share tips and be more of a collaborative blog, I’m thinking…

Worried about nasty comments? All blogs are hit with negative people who seem to have no life outside of hurting others. Sad, but true. Since I moderate all posts on this blog, don’t worry about them slipping through, they won’t. When I feature your space, I only allow comments that are helpful and offer constructive criticism. So please don’t be scared to submit your entry – no one is going to insult you here. Never. Promise.

I already have several submissions toasting in my inbox, just dying to be featured, so I’ll start posting these rooms this week. Everyone is welcome to submit photos and also to comment – but please be specific as to the issues you face in your space so that we’re able to help you.

So, what do you think of this retro retreat? I’m amazed at how well Jon pulled it off – with so many saturated colors in one room, he was smart to select a neutral base. Love it!

Happy Mundane Jon, if this is your room, please comment and let us know! It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

(images via apartment therapy ny)

Posted in uncategorized on August 22, 2006

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