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Jonathan Adler: Using Ornaments to Create Mobiles!


I know these Jonathan Adler holiday ornaments are for, well, the holidays, but I was thinking that since they are only around 3″ high, it would be really fun to use the white animals and create a modern mobile using ribbons in bright hues. I’m not talking about a nursery mobile either; I would like to see this in my apartment, I think it would be playful but also unique, and given that I love Adler’s animals, the perfect way for me to bring them into my space in an unexpected way.

Do you like? Have you ever created a mobile for your space? Any photos or comments to this?

(images from jonathan adler)

Posted in uncategorized on August 28, 2006

West Elm – Opening in Burlington, MA September 1, 2006!


West Elm hits New England September 1st! With their first retail store opening in Burlington, MA (15 minutes north of Boston) in the new lifestyle center, Wayside Commons, located at 6 Wayside Road in Burlington (exit 33A on Rte. 128/I-95). Wayside Commons will feature an array of stores and restaurants in an open air village atmosphere, including an additional new-to-the-area furniture store, Arhaus Furniture, along with local favorite, Domain.
West Elm is soon to open a Boston store (downtown) in late September, details to be announced soon right here at decor8.

Did you see the animal placecard holders, modernist vases, branch candle holders and the wood plinth clock? I can’t wait until I can actually see all of this stuff in person soon, I shop West Elm online without seeing the goods in person first, so this will be a great treat – not to mention, save shipping fees!

Posted in uncategorized on August 28, 2006

Hip Kid Art


Melissa from Hip Kid Art wrote to me today with photos of her line of canvas wall art for kids and babies, which made its debut online this month, August 1st! Brought to you by the same design divas, Melissa Hall Klepacki and Amy Senftleben, that produce modern stationery for Toccare Design, Hip Kid Art is personalized art for kids that merges cool color combinations and modern graphic design with retro icons and images. The result? Clean and stylish design that is within reach – art you can afford.

You can purchase Hip Kid Art online at Sparkability and Piccolini. Makes for a perfect shower gift, too!

Thank you Melissa for sharing your fun art with us!

(images: frank digiovanni for hip kid art)

Posted in uncategorized on August 28, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {aug 28 ’06}

I spent time on Sunday pouring over the September issue of the American Vogue magazine, with Kirsten Dunst, the fairest maiden of them all, gracing its cover. Starring in Marie Antoinette, an upcoming Sophia Coppola film (she also directed Lost in Translation), this issue set my desire to see the film ablaze. From the location in Versailles, France (swoon!), to the story, cast, set and costume design (double swoon!), this will surely be my favorite film of the season. Even if parts of it fail, the design alone will be well worth the ticket price. Vogue gives us a lovely glance of some of Kirsten’s regal garments, mostly ball gowns in taffeta complete with snug corsets and powdered bare chests, necks kissed with precious gems. Shot by photographer extraordinarie, Annie Leibovitz, I love Kirsten in the pink and dove gray Alexander McQueen gown in taffeta and chiffon (shown above). Since wearing a gown like this is highly impractical for me, I’d like to translate her look into a room, perhaps a living room, with gorgeous taffeta drapes that puddle onto the floor, full and plush.

Since home design often takes it’s cues from fashion, you may want to pick up this issue, which highlights 6 of the most popular ?it? looks for the season, the bubble (bold sculptural shapes in vibrant hues that ?puff?), fur (massive coats and half-fur half-fabric jackets and accessories), metallics (think Studio 54 with lots of shimmery fabrics, gold is big!), oversize (slouchy, layering multiple garments simultaneously ? tight and sexy is out), and Napoleonic (big brass buttons, brocade, fitted blazers, double breasted coats, velvet), most of which you can easily mimic in your own space. How? Add rich hues (I love teal right now), incorporate fur (faux only), layer your bed and sofa with throws and pillows, mix in lush textiles, add velvet to a chair or seat cushion, polish the room with an ornate mirror and metallic accessories, in gold, perhaps?

By the way, if you’d like to view some behind the scenes footage of Kirsten Dunst from this shoot, click here.

Psst: Did you notice the amazing section for Nordstom? The illustrations are frameworthy. Pages and pages of glorius prints (examples below).


(marie antoniette + vogue images from style)

Posted in uncategorized on August 28, 2006

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