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decor8 Reader Spaces: Chris’ Posh Pad in Boston


Many Boston locals are familiar with Chris, he’s the brains behind the fabulously successful South End Open Market and founder of the third annual Sowa Holiday Market. A Manhattan transplant, Chris arrived in Boston and noticed something big was missing that he had grown accustomed to back home in NYC – weekly open markets. Things had to change, and so the South End Open Market was born. (View Market photos here.)

The market has grown to not only become a a prized part of the South End community, but a great launch pad for talented newbies to get their product before an audience. In addition to new talent, well established vendors have a place at the Market, it’s a welcoming ground for all to sell, and for the rest of us, to shop and eat. Offering handmade items and homewares, like art, wallets, plants, produce, fashion, furniture and jewelry, this market won’t disappoint. And if you want to get involved with goods to sell, contact Chris, he’s always on the prowl for fresh talent to add to this festive event. Visit the South End Open Market online for details on snagging a space for yourself, or better yet, attend their upcoming big market events, the 1st annual Craft Smack Down on October 1st or Divas Unleashed (2nd annual dog parade) on October 29th – it’s a great way to catch market fever in a very big way!

In addition to running the Market, Chris is also a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He just so happens to be a decor8 reader too, “Its become a part of my daily ritual every morning with my latte and Jack on my lap”.

Chris hooked us up with some photos of his posh bachelor’s pad in Boston. Impressive use of a small space, lots of bold color, and very clean, modern, and well organized. You’ll spot a lot of our favorites in his place, too (Adams, Adler, West Elm, IKEA). And of course, Jack the cat sweetens the space even more, we love pet shots with home tours, adds that certain something… So cute!

I think Chris should enter the upcoming Color Contest over at Apartment Therapy, don’t you?

Living Room/Kitchen – Love the splash of yellow on the wall!
Angela Adams in the house!
West Elm and a single burst of color behind the bed – fab!
Work space – great desktop wallpaper and artwork.
Jack just chillin’ with some posh pillows.

Thanks Chris for the great photos!

Please leave your comments/questions for Chris under comments below. If you would like for your home to be featured on decor8, shoot me an email at decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com.

(images from chris at the south end open market)

Posted in uncategorized on September 20, 2006
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Wall Stickers by dVider


dVider, a newcomer on the wall decals scene, has created a versatile collection of easy to mount, removable wall decals that can be used on almost any surface, windows and walls to furniture, floors, and ceilings. These single-colored vinyl stickers are available in several designs, from nature (leaves to dandelions), figures (silhouettes to girls with umbrellas), edgy (flirty frames to eccentric icons), animals (horses to peacocks), patterns (polka-dots to flower plumes), and kids (dinosaurs to sandcastles). They can be installed separately or grouped together to create your own custom patterns. Easy to stick to any smooth, flat surface using the squeegee provided. When it’s time for a change, the stickers can be quickly removed without damage to the original surface. Great for renters who crave a little modern wall candy!

dVider stickers are offered in 12 color variations and range in price from $19 to $41 each and can be purchased online.

These are fun, I love the nature series… Thanks dVider for the tip!

(images from dvider)

Posted in uncategorized on September 20, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {sept 20 ’06}


I don’t know about you, but the one thing I miss when I travel is my bed. There’s something very cozy and secure about the nest you settle into each night. Aren’t these embroidered sheets from Pine Cone Hill a wonderful treat for sleeping? Don’t forget to spritz the air with a lovely room fragrance before embarking on your snooze fest. We use a very natural scent from L’erbolario in Orange/Cardamom. So fresh…

(images from pine cone hill)

Posted in uncategorized on September 20, 2006

DIY Refrigerator Chalkboard

Emails shot in the moment I posted about Danny Seo yesterday, especially since many of you loved his refrigerator chalkboard and now you’d like to duplicate it for your own kitchen. Most of your emails asked “How Do I?” and the truth is, I’m not exactly sure, I’ve not tried this technique out before. Even though I’m sure Danny is quite busy, I’ll forward this post over to him… Perhaps if he has time, he’ll chime in.

I found a company online called Frigo Design, they carry these chalkboard sets exclusively for your fridge. They appear to be a frame with tubular handles and panels that is mounted directly to the appliance. Best part, the chalkboard is also magnetic. Frigo Design is quite popular, HGTV turns to them often for frige help. House in Progress wrote about Frigo on their blog too, if you want to check that out.

Anyone ever try this chalkboard frige idea at home?

(image from danny seo)

Posted in uncategorized on September 19, 2006

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