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September 2006

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coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 ’06}

September 6, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}From prehistoric cave drawings to cleverly designed Starbucks cards, graphic artists are some of the world’s greatest story tellers. Whether it’s through contemporary methods (enhancing their drawings via the computer, or using a graphics program from start to finish), or traditional methods (pen and ink, oil painting, pastels, wood-engraving, etc.), these artists touch our lives and stir in us our own creativity. So often we find ourselves relating to works without the ability to pinpoint why, we’re just deeply inspired without explanation. Books, greeting cards, posters, original drawings, there are so many ways to bring illustration into the home. You can even explore drawing for yourself. Have you heard of Illustration Friday by Penelope Dullaghan? Penelope runs the site for artists of all skill levels, the goal is to stretch your mind, challenge yourself, and grow as a visual storyteller (Penelope has a blog and her own website, too). Wouldn’t you enjoy creating your own stories to display in your space? You can start small, and build from there. The goal is to start and from there, to be consistent and press forward. The more you give, the more you’re going to grow and develop your skills. Your self esteem will begin to soar. Being able to point to something that you fully devoted yourself to is an amazing experience. If you haven’t progressed beyond stick figures, that’s okay, everyone has a starting point. Maybe Illustration Friday can be yours.

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}Have you visited Lilla Rogers lately for creative fuel? Browsing the works of so many talents on their website is bound to spark some ideas – maybe you will find yourself drawn towards a particular artist. Consider why, what is it that you like, what feelings do you have when you look at it, etc. Start taking inventory, either online via a site like StyleFeeder or StyleHive, or via a handwritten journal. Everytime you see an illustration that you like, save it online in your feeder or hive, or print it out in color and paste it into a journal. Give the illustration words, your thoughts about it, why you love it. Over time, you’ll start to see a trend, you’ll discover your own style. Once you have defined your own style, you can start drawing and exploring things for yourself.

Are you a graphic artist? Any tips on how to get started that you’d like to share?

coffee + cre8tive {sept 6 '06}

(images top: penelope dullaghan middle/bottom: lilla rogers)






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Orla Kiely Fall 2006

September 5, 2006

Orla Kiely Fall 2006
Psst: Orla Alert!

This isn’t a fashion or bag blog, I’ll leave that up to the pros, but since we all love the designs of Orla Kiely, I wanted to shout from the rooftops that her Fall ’06 handbags + accessories are now up and available for purchase on her website. Love these patterns, subtle yet striking, a nice touch draping over the shoulder of your favorite Fall leather or wool jacket.

(photos from orla kiely)






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Angela Adams Fall 2006

September 5, 2006

Angela Adams Fall 2006
An email just popped in from Design Public informing me that they now have Angela Adam’s latest designs for Fall 2006! Take a peek at her gorgeous rugs here. I really like the Palm (shown above), although I don’t see it as a typical Fall pattern, at least not here in the northeast. I would have enjoyed seeing a pine cone or needles, perhaps a maple tree or leaf pattern, except abstract and bold, something that hints more at Autumn. But that’s just me… Did you spot the Fern below? Something about it reminds me of Orla Keily (her stem pattern from last season).

The Fern and Palm are only a few patterns from the Fall collection, you can browse her website for more goodies, like the Angela Adams handbags + wallets. The Rebecca wallets are pretty and, for such a popular brand, a decent price for $87.

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(images from design public + angela adams)






Home Tours

decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne’s Mexican Retreat in the Trees

September 5, 2006

decor8 reader Geninne is a freelance illustrator and designer with an amazing home located thirty minutes from Mexico City, Mexico. Her husband Manolo is an architect and furniture designer who did such an amazing job on their home that she thought we’d enjoy seeing it. All of the furniture was designed by Manolo (with the exception of their stainless steel bed and some IKEA things). This home is so completely serene and lovely, something you’d see featured in Dwell or Architectural Digest, for sure. Wouldn’t you love to live like this?

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decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne's Mexican Retreat in the Trees
You can view a larger, detailed tour of their home by clicking here and then click on ‘view slideshow’. The slideshow is loaded with photos, including bedrooms, kitchen details, and bathrooms.

view of living room

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Thank you Geninne, and your husband Manolo, for this amazing glimpse into your extraordinary space. We really appreciate it!

view of dining room + kichen areas

decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne's Mexican Retreat in the Trees
If you have questions or comments for Geninne, please comment below. If you’d like to give decor8 readers a mini tour of your home (or favorite room), please send an email along with a link to your photos.

bedroom

decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne's Mexican Retreat in the Trees

work area

decor8 Reader Spaces: Geninne's Mexican Retreat in the Trees
(images from geninne zlatkis)






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Flickr Favorites

September 5, 2006

Flickr Favorites
As most of you know, I’m a flickr addict – it’s my favorite site right now and I can’t get enough of the “add to faves” feature since I love to bookmark all the photos that I love this way. Do you have a flickr favorites view to share? Any flickr groups or people that you really love, that you’d like to share with us? Please post in the comments section below! To view my faves, click here.

We *Heart* Stationery, Art In Your Home, and Fresh New Spaces are three groups that I administer (with the help of Becky and Michelle). Art In Your Home (created by Michelle) and Fresh New Spaces (created by Becky at Design Public) are especially fun for those of us that love to peek in on real homes – lots of interior eye candy from members who love to show off their homes. You are more than welcome to join these groups, so get involved!

Flickr Favorites
(photo from sfgirlbybay – love her and her blog, too! She’s a member of the Fresh New Spaces group.)






Books + Magazines

Decorating On a Clothes Line

September 5, 2006

Here’s a creative idea to start off your week! It’s always fun to find new and exciting ways to display things, right? Traditional methods can become quite boring after awhile, but with a dash of creativity, finding an alternative way to show off your things can transform your space into a visually stimulating and appealing place to hang out.
Decorating On a Clothes LineBy creating inspirational focal points in your home, guests will linger, conversation will fill the air, and friends will return home with a new eye for their own space. Most importantly, displaying your favorite things (vs. tucking them into drawers or displaying them somewhat incorrectly) makes you feel happier at home, more stimulated, too. Don’t you want your home to sing your song? Your space should tell your story, your home = your life. All of the things you’ve collected and cherished throughout the years deserve a place, whether grouped together on a shelf or dresser top, displayed on a transparent wall mounted shelf or carefully congregated on the fireplace mantle, all deserve a place to shine and be seen.

Decorating On a Clothes Line
If you haven’t picked up the September issue of Living Etc (UK) magazine yet, grab it and turn to page 41. There’s this great tip called “Off The Peg” which suggests using a clothes line in your kitchen to display your favorite dish towels. That idea didn’t interest me much, but the thought of using a retractable clothes line did give me ideas for other spaces in the home – over the bed, over the sofa, down a long narrow hallway… I encourage use of this clothes line technique to any room in your home, going far beyond dish towels, to include posters, photography, fabric, even strips of gorgeous wallpaper. Install a clothes line over your sofa, for instance, and clip on 3 bold prints from the International Poster Gallery in Boston (or online). Viola! Art you can rotate without purchasing poster frames.

Decorating On a Clothes Line
Living Etc. suggests using a clothes line with metal wall mounts, which I stand behind as well since the look is more contemporary than rope, wood pins, and eye hooks. I would like to see the clothes line extrended across an entire wall, rotating your favorites as the seasons change. How fun! This clothes line and these funky black birds clothes pins are hip and functional, as well as affordable. Gotta love that!

Have you experimented with this display technique in your own home? Do you like this idea?

(images from living etc, international poster gallery, where did you buy that, and vendio)






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