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decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria’s San Francisco Treat

Since decor8 launched Reader Spaces a few short weeks ago, you’ve already toured Geninne’s Mexican Retreat, Danielle’s Serene in the City apartment in the Netherlands, Archana’s Colorful Home in India, Jonathan’s Retro Flashback, and Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana. You’ve also helped a few readers, like Courtney and Heather, who both needed design advice for thier kitchens and looked to decor8 readers for help. So far, this new feature is going well so as long as readers keep sending in questions and home tours, we’ll keep it up!

Next on our list of home tours, Victoria Smith shares with us her utterly charming art-filled one bedroom rental apartment (with terrace!) in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. Filled with cleverly arranged objects and lovely art, she adores “eclectic-modernism – kind of Bohemian Modern. Flea market finds mixed with contemporary pieces. Lots of white with colored pillows, accessories that I can change out to a different color when I get bored.” Victoria’s favorite designers include older, modernist designers like Eames, McCobb along with Todd Oldham, Angela Adams, and Jonathan Adler.

Finding treasures at places like West Elm, CB2, Amy Butler, Anthropologie home, eBay, and Craigslist, along with her many travel adventures, she’s pulled together a beautiful space that will certainly inspire and perhaps give you a fresh perspective, along with lots of ideas for experimenting in your own space.

Some of Victoria’s favorite features in her apartment, “The light especially. The bay window, definitely the working fireplace, and the terrace. The stained glass windows in the bedroom are pretty cool, too. Oh, and the extra large bathtub.” She also adds, “My neighbors are amazing – we call our building ‘buchanan manor’ and everyone looks out for each other.”

Interesting fact: Herb Caen, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco newspaper columnist, lived in her apartment at one time.

If you’d like to see the grand tour of Victoria’s space, featuring 69 full size photos, click here. Warning: Gorgeous drool-inducing shots. May inspire you to stop everything you’re doing and redecorate your home.

Living Room (sofa from IKEA)
A long hallway leads into the space, it was a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into her own little gallery. The hallway opens into her living room area where there is a fireplace and a sitting area near bay windows.

Kitchen – Some of her kitchenwares – knife and pot racks from Ikea, her galvanized metal magazine rack for holding cooking magazines and her favorite Anthropologie apron. Great paint color on the walls, don’t you think?

Dining Room – A San Francisco view from her dining room.
Mies Van Der Rohe chairs.
Terrace off of Dining Room by night. Twinkle lights and Morrocan style
cushions on rattan flooring.
Bath – Herb Caen washed here! Notice that extra deep
tub, gorgeous sink and fabulous tile floor. Drool.
Bedroom with ‘Church Bed’ complete with gothic stained glass windows.
More great collections. These are Victoria’s favorite cameras along side her Peggy Guggenheim kaladiscope glasses, purchased in Venice at her museum on the Grand Canal (it used to be her home).

Wasn’t that a lovely tour? Thank you Victoria for welcoming us into your amazing space!

If you have a design question or if you’d like your home to be featured on decor8 reader spaces, please email decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com

(images from victoria smith)

Posted in Home Tours, shopping, travel on September 11, 2006

Hudson – New Home Design Store in Boston’s South End!

I’m so excited about the opening of Hudson in Boston’s South End. Located on 312 Shawmut Avenue, Hudson features the collections from lines like Shabby Chic, Jonathan Adler, New Arcadia Studio glassware (as seen on the O List), yummy Assouline design books, and Oly Studio (they have amazing chairs, buffets and I love their faux bois mirror) to name a few.

I’ll be visiting their store this week, so I’ll give decor8 readers a full review once I’ve checked out the scene for myself. I’m thrilled to see another great design store pop up in Boston! Yippee!

(image from oly studio)

Posted in uncategorized on September 11, 2006

Thanks Arizona Daily Star!

A big thanks to Wendy Zang who wrote about decor8 in the Arizona Daily Star yesterday. You can read the article online right here. I’m very pleased that she mentioned Zia Priven, Amy Lenahan of Design i in Chicago, and OplusD in the article, as they are amongst my favorites. This was a nice way to start the week!

Posted in uncategorized on September 11, 2006

Modamuse – Blogging from Australia/New Zealand

Face it. You’re eternally cursed. Thanks to your insatible desire to learn about the latest, you’ll forever walk into stores immediately able to recognize the Adler’s from the Adam’s. Blogs and magazines have turned you into a new kind of shopper. An educated one. Think back a few years. Chances are, you’re not the same person that you were before design blogs hit the web. You not only know product lines (both popular and indie), but you anticipate the release of new collections, know the bio’s of designers, materials used, prices, and when browsing a major department store, you can quickly point out, “They sooo knocked-off Karim Rashid with that”. You’re such a snob. :)

So we’ve established that we’re all a bunch of design obsessed geeks. Care to expand your horizons outside of your local hood and travel to the land of Oz to mingle with more of your kind? Want to see what’s hot down under?

Meet Modamuse, an Aussie blog that showcases talented independent modern Australian and New Zealand designers and artisans. The founders, two sisters and designers Nancy and Jessica Lim (they are also decor8 readers and co-own Wild Garden), noticed that their isn’t much online coverage of designers in thier corner of the globe so they decided on August 8, 2006 to change all of that with Modamuse.

This is a site I’ll bookmark because it has a definate focus – What’s hot in Australia and New Zealand. This is uncharted territory by most design bloggers, we simply can’t cover it like a native. The blog is clean and uncomplicated, simple and beautiful, and most of all it contains uber fabulous finds. They even featured a few decor8 favorites in past weeks, Hammer and Daisy and Zaishu.

I’m so happy to welcome Nancy and Jessica to the world of design blogging – and I hope all of you will check out their site and visit their often to expand your horizons and locate fresh exciting finds! Bookmark el pronto!

(images from modomuse top: bottom: cloth)

Posted in uncategorized on September 11, 2006


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