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August 2006


coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 ’06}

August 25, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 '06}
It’s the weeeekend! Happy Friday everyone, hope you have lots of fun plans on the agenda and that, if you have time, you’ll pop in over the weekend to see what new things I’ve posted here on the blog. We have our first ever contest scheduled to premiere here next week, so stay tuned for that because it’s always fun to win free stuff!

Here are some pretty images from Cath Kidston today. Back in 2001, I was a Kidston addict, I had everything from lampshades to oilcloth chair covers and pretty homemade cafe curtains in my butter yellow kitchen. I’ve changed my decor since then, moved into a new abode, but I always remember my crush on Cath. In fact, I still love to sip tea from her mugs or use them to collect pencils on my desk.

Do you have any designers or particular styles that you tend to stick with? Or that, like me, you were really into and then, you started to form a new love for a different look altogether? Care to share your story?

coffee + cre8tive {aug 25 '06}
(images from cath kidston)

Objects, Reader Questions

ask decor8: Courtney Needs Your Help!

August 24, 2006

Courtney from Two Straight Lines has such a beautiful home, as I’m sure you’ll agree. But, like any homeowner, she is having a bit of a design dilemma. Recently, she wrote in looking for some help from decor8 readers. Here’s her issue:

ask decor8: Courtney Needs Your Help!
“I am having an awful time with window treatments in my eat-in kitchen. It is on the west side of the house so it gets blasted in the afternoon with a terrible glare. I live in Michigan and the light here is glaring because it is often overcast.”

She continues, “So here’s the deal: I made little cafe curtains for the “cute French kitchen effect,” but they really don’t suit the purpose too well, because they block out half of the light all of the time, and don’t do anything for the afternoon glare. I’ve considered bamboo shades, or possibly wide wood shades with a colored twill tape. My island is sort of charcoal, so I though it might be nice to make these charcoal, since most of this room is cream and khaki, with teal and red accents. I am a big fan of stripes, so maybe a pinstripey look in a bamboo shade would work. I also have considered the striped solar shades like these, from Smith and Noble, but worry that they may look to “officey”, although we do have bronze colored ones in our home office and den. Solar shades are nice because they block the glare, but you can still see the yard, which is one this side of the house. I like the curtains over sink, but could layer a shade under them as well, but I would also be willing to lose them altogether. Here is a link to my flickr account with additional photos.”

Okay Courtney, I’ll start off this discussion with my tips: I suggest bringing in some pattern and texture into the space, and since you like to keep things neutral, add some visual interest by incorporating a bit of texture, like bamboo. Since you are open to stripes, opt for something along the lines of these natural woven shades with a multi colored stripe trim, maybe something that brings in a little of the rust I’m seeing in your living room, along with the cream, beige and charcoal that is currently in your kitchen. Since your island has a dark base, and your floors are hardwood, the colors that run through the bamboo would be a nice tie in. The Saga Solar fabric is a good option for the stripe lover in you.

Now, I’m turning this discussion over to decor8 readers, do you have any advice for Courtney?

ask decor8: Courtney Needs Your Help!ask decor8: Courtney Needs Your Help!Want to show off your space? Have a design challenge? Send your photos, with details to decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.


Purl – Store + Blog for DIY Sew Queens

August 24, 2006

Purl - Store + Blog for DIY Sew Queens
Fabric addicts + knit queens unite! Since 2002, Purl has brought smiles to enthusiastic crafters everywhere. They’re not only a fantastic find in person at their New York City Soho location (137 Sullivan), but also online, where you can find a website that is as beautiful as it is cleverly laid out – so easy to navigate. From fabric to pattern books, magazines, yarn, accessories + notions, whatever you fancy can be yours for creating all the things you love.

In 2006, the Purl girls, Joelle and Jennifer Hoverson, opened an additional Soho location at 147 Sullivan, Purl Patchwork, dedicated to fabric, just a few doors down from their other Purl location at 137 Sullivan (Purl is primarily a yarn shop, Purl Patchwork is mostly fabric). Here you’ll find an array of contemporary prints, historical reproductions, elegant imports, and a rainbow of solid colors, all hand picked just for you by these two sew-passionate business owners.

Whether you are embarking on a project from scratch or merely looking to personalize something you own, both Purls have it all. In addition to their brick ‘n mortar locations and their online shop, guess what else these ladies have up their handmade sleeves?

A blog, Purl Bee, and it’s not only adorable, but a fun and informative read, as any good crafty blog should be.

Don’t Miss: Fabric by Purl - Store + Blog for DIY Sew QueensPurl - Store + Blog for DIY Sew Queens
Spotted via: Cake + Pie Creative.

(images from purl)


Franck + Fischer: Danish Design for Kids

August 24, 2006

Franck + Fischer: Danish Design for KidsFranck + Fischer of Denmark is Annemarie Franck, textile designer, and Charlotte Fischer, who has a background in business economics. Together, they form Franck + Fischer, a company devoted to unique items for children and the nursery, blending traditional Danish design with their own creativity to design modern and simple products with a touch of humor. Their products are sold in speciality children?s shops and design stores in Scandinavia, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Belgium, France and Italy, as well as the United States and Japan. To carry their line in your store, please contact them directly. You can also email them for a stocklist, or you can find them at several online stores, listed here. Min Egen Verden seems to carry most of their products.

Psst: Their Milko back pack was nominated the Formland Design Award Autumn 2006.

Franck + Fischer: Danish Design for Kids

Via: The fun mom blog, Soul Mama.
(images from frank + fischer)


Coco Ribbon – Sweet Gifts from London!

August 24, 2006

Coco Ribbon - Sweet Gifts from London!
decor8 reader Abigail wrote in about one of her favorite stores in London. Her email was so cute and packed with information that I’ll just let her tell you about it:

I love your blog and read it every day, thanks for all the great tips! Anyhoo, wanted to tell you about this store I found in London last month. It’s called Coco Ribbon, and is absolutely beautiful! It is decorated like a boudoir with that pastel Parisian apartment style, and carries all sorts of girlie things. In between the lingerie and toiletries, they do have some decorative things for the house, including antique furniture, chandeliers, and pillows. Oh yes, they also have their own very cute stationery. One very cool thing, though, is that Coco Ribbon has its own in-house interior designer, Madame Sera, so you can recreate the look of the store in your house if you want! There are two locations: Notting Hill and Chelsea, and of course, their website. A good part of their merchandise is online. Next time you’re in London, you must go there! Bye for now! -Abby

Thanks for the tip, Abby! Looks lovely, a must add to our London shopping list for sure. I love thier butterfly garlands (so different!) and the mannequin soaps along with the sweet little mermaid soap box, both very cute, too!

(images from coco ribbon)


coffee + cre8tive {aug 24 ’06}

August 24, 2006

Yes? No? Maybe?
coffee + cre8tive {aug 24 '06}I recently discovered this mosaic tile wallpaper from Graham + Brown, and wanted to ask you for your thoughts on this look in a kitchen or bathroom. Do you think it’s a good option for those that may not have the budget to sink into the real thing? It’s available in these cool blue tones, as well as creams, pinks, and various shades of brown.

So, what do you think of this as an alternative to tile? Would you use it?

(images from graham + brown)

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