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I’ve been a day-lab fan for awhile, but I can’t recall whether I’ve written about them before or not (these blogger search boxes are rubbish!). Anyway, day-lab was launched a little over a year ago in Amy Shutt‘s apartment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (go south!) where she shares space with her daughter Logan, pomeranian Bailey, and two hermit crabs. Upon turning 30, Amy launched day-lab during her final year in college pursuing a degree in Philosophy (Religious Studies) with minors in Art History and Photography. day-lab is a reflection of Amy’s many interests, always evolving, always moving forward, always unique and created by talented indie designers. With the slew of indie design shopping sites online, day-lab is one to bookmark. I love the chandelier rings, kung fu coasters, goat stack pillow, and the fairy tale cards.

(images from day-lab)

Posted in uncategorized on August 14, 2006

International Magazine Swap Program – Sign up!

Thanks to decor8 reader, lharwin, I now recall who organized the recent International Magazine Swap, Just My Cup of Tea. Unfortunately, that swap has ended… But since so many of you emailed me regarding my earlier post today, I guess I could try my hand at organizing one for you. If you’d like to participate, read the following “rules” and if you can comply, write to me ASAP.

1) NEEDED: 10 international (NOT US – Canada and beyond) and 10 domestic (USA) swappers.

2) 1 domestic swapper will pair up with 1 international swapper. I’ll send you both your complete mailing addresses and email address so you can arrange everything on your own.

3) Once paired with a swapmate, you are responsible to complete the transaction via email. I’m not involved in this process.

4) Mail 2-3 magazines from your country to your swapmate. They will send the same number of magazines to you. Make sure you agree on a number before sending magazines out.

5) Issues must be BRAND NEW and CURRENT (for this swap, issues need to be either August or September issues).

6) Registration ends Friday, August 25th at 5pm EST OR when 20 participants are registered.

7) I’m sure we’ll have more sign up on the US side, so I can only take the first 10 that email me. Let’s hope we get more than 10 international swappers, in which case, we may be able to include a few more from the US side and up the numbers. Let’s wait and see…

8) Remember that mailing magazines outside of the US can be somewhat expensive, I recently sent 2 magazines to Australia via airmail and it was around $17 USD. My swapmate spent around $35 Australian to send magazines to me (although she included an 3rd magazine and a little frame as gift). If you want to swap, remember, you’ll need to pay for the shipping. Some people may not consider this when signing up…

9) Ask your swapmate if they have a preference, some of us already have access to International magazines here (and vice versa), so you should let your swapmate know your preference up front.

10) To register, please send me your full name, email, and mailing address to register. Commenting below is great, but you are not officially registered until you EMAIL me at decor8blog [at] yahoo [dot] com.

Please help spread the word on your blogs so we can obtain plenty of International swappers!

[UPDATE 8/15: Domestic registration is now closed. We’re still looking for a few more International swappers, so if you live outside of the U.S., please register if this is something you’d be interested in doing! I decided, due to overwhelming response, to increase the swap to 40, 20 Domestic and 20 International.]

Posted in uncategorized on August 14, 2006

Alex Russell Creative Services

Alex Russell, a talented UK based freelance Illustrator and Textile Designer, has quite an impressive CV, having worked with Moschino, Nokia, Osh Kosh, Lego, Levi Strauss, Roberto Cavalli, Tommy Hilfiger, to name just a few (talk about range!). Designs can be commissioned, from graphics and patterns for fashion, interiors and branding (textiles), as well as ilustrations, images, cartoons or art. Although I’m not sure how you can purchase items designed by Alex, frankly I’m not always on the prowl for where to purchase the latest thing. I sometimes look at hundreds of websites without purchasing anything at all. For me, I’m interested in viewing artists’ profiles and portfolios simply because it’s interesting to learn about their process, what inspires them, and to learn a bit about the business overall. Alex has a helpful FAQ section on the site, useful to those interested in either working with Alex or someone simply curious about textile design or illustration.

(images from alex russell)

Posted in uncategorized on August 14, 2006

For Like Ever Poster from Village

The September issue of Domino magazine popped into my mailbox on Saturday, so I spent a good portion of Sunday flipping through it, marking pages that I wanted to file away for future projects, others I tagged for discussing here today. While reading Modern Romance, about accessories designer Jessie Randall (something about her reminded me of Alison Kelly* on Project Runway), I noticed the For Like Ever poster over her fireplace (btw – it was listed for $10 in the issue, however on the Village website, it’s now $25). Did you spot that? (It’s also shown on the cover of the issue.) What did you think about it? Although I liked it because it seems that it’s personal to Jessie since she knows the designer, I wouldn’t run out and buy one for my home simply because Jessie had one.

Which brings me to an interesting topic worthy of discussion… Just how influenced are you by things you see in the home of someone that you admire? Will you buy it simply to ‘feel’ more like them, like you are living more of their lifestyle? I have had clients in the past who want their homes to look more like someone else lived there vs. themselves. I wonder about this all the time, why are we so attracted to the designs of others, yet we don’t always follow our own creative vision and design our homes around our unique life?


*Psst: I peeked at Alison’s website which says, “Alison Kelly of Dahl will be launching an exclusive collection for during New York Fashion Week. Stay tuned for futher details…” Hmmmm. Do you think she makes it then in the final 3?

(image from village)

Posted in uncategorized on August 14, 2006


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