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October 2006


coffee + cre8tive {oct 11 ’06} CONTEST DAY!

October 11, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 11 '06} CONTEST DAY!
Let’s have a little fun, shall we? Time to get a little interactive here, so readers, voice your opinions! We need YOU!

A huge shout out to everyone that either spread the word on your own blogs and of course, to those that entered our first ever decor8 contest, sponsored by Fabulous Stationery. What fun! Entries hit my inbox daily for two weeks, which freaked me out a little because I guess I didn’t expect such a reaction. After hitting 20 solid entries, with more flowing in daily, I decided that I’d need the opinions of decor8 readers in order to narrow it down to the final three.

Here’s the plan. I’ll post the top TEN entries (I had to whittle it down to ten) between today and tomorrow. Please comment on each post, what you think about the workspace, the card, and whether or not you think it deserves top 3 status. You can disguise yourself as “anonymous” if you’re scared to come forward, so no excuses! You can also shoot me a private email stating who you think should get final three status. I’ll post 5 entries today, and 5 on Thursday and on Friday – the WINNERS will be announced! Sound like a plan?

Here’s the original post outlining the rules of the contest.

Okay then, let’s get started…

All workspace photos will be posted in this flickr album, too.

(image from decor8, my workspace while I’m in Germany. I guess it is only fair of me to show you mine since you’ve showed me yours.)


Doggy Announcements via Tiny Prints

October 10, 2006

Doggy Announcements via Tiny Prints
Yup. We are a nation quickly going to the dogs. More and more of our friends are adopting puppies, and I’m even considering a dog at some point in the future after we’ve sorted things out. Like which country we’ll settle in. As a young couple, tough choices are soon to be made that will affect our future children, and of course, pets too. Afterall, I can’t keep commuting between countries with a puppy. So much to consider. Dogs have been compared to having a child. Seeing the work involved, listening to the many stories from friends, I tend to agree.

Don’t you think dogs are the first step couples take on their way to family planning? My parents had two dogs before I arrived, and most of my friends started out with canine companions before taking on mini versions of themselves. In a way, I think it helps us to test the waters. Learn more about the word “responsibility” that falls way beyond work deadlines. To dedicate our every breathing moment to something that, at first, doesn’t give back as much as we’re putting into it. With normal adult relationships, we get back the moment we give. (Like I said, normal relationships.) With puppies and babies, the pleasure isn’t exactly ours because both cannot respond the way we would prefer, require regular caring for, training, and have more needs than anything else alive on this planet. With kids and dogs, we quickly learn that the world doesn’t evolve around work and play, but in delivering on a very basic level, sometimes the most difficult — feeding, cleaning, teaching, training. This requires a lot of patience, time, and repetition beyond belief. I like to tell someone my thoughts and that’s the end of it, I do not care to repeat myself a thousand times over until they “get it”. How much I will learn once I add new additions to our family someday.

Puppies seem to be the first start on this journey towards emptying a different pocket – the one that requires us to give compassion, tenderness, and instead of booting up our PC to block out the nagging concerns of our day, we must interact with the screaming or barking bundle in the other room. Tuning out is no longer an option. Time to tune in.

If you are considering a new pet, please know that much more is involved than when dad come home with Spot from the local dog pound. They have special stores devoted to their care, pet insurance is available, elegant tombstones (vs. a stick) for marking their graves, fashionable attire from top designers, special beds constructed in materials such as lucite or felt (vs. a standard pillow with a ratty pillowcase), and yes, like babies, puppies come with announcements. Custom dog announcements and invitations available in 20+ distinctive designs by Tiny Prints. Inform your friends and throw a doggy shower, a hit for humans and canines alike.

Are you planning on parenting a pup sometime soon? Any doggy stores to tell us? Tips welcome! :)

(images from tiny prints)


Camilla Engman 2007 Calendars – Now Available!

October 10, 2006

Camilla Engman 2007 Calendars - Now Available!

Camilla’s new calendar for 2007 is available to order for $29 US Dollars via Paypal (shipping included). Get your hands on a copy here.

decor8 had a chat with Camilla back in March. If you’d like to learn more about this artist, read the interview here.

(images from camilla engman)


Marimekko’s First Concept Store (USA) Opens in Cambridge, MA!

October 10, 2006

Marimekko's First Concept Store (USA) Opens in Cambridge, MA!

Being away from the hub has its benefits. Annoying Boston accents and crazy drivers are a thing of the past. No more T and its many delays. Dodging near-death experiences with duck tours aren’t a concern.

On the other side, there are many things I miss. Family. Friends. Chowda. Marimekko.


Yup. I was awe-struck too. “We think of Cambridge as the birthplace of Marimekko in the US,” says Yossie Bitton, managing director of Marimekko North America. That is why they’ve opened the first “concept” store for Marimekko in Cambridge, stocking everything from textiles to fashion and housewares. When I get back to New England, I’m popping in for a visit. For all the locals, please scout it out for me and let me know what you think. I’m so excited!

Interested in learning more? Read about the store in this Globe article. Thanks to my friend Jon at the Bostonist, for the tip. You can read their write-up here.

350 Huron Ave
Cambridge, MA

(Images from the Boston Globe (, Globe staff photo / Michele McDonald)


coffee + cre8tive {oct 10 ’06}

October 10, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {oct 10 '06}
Isn’t this pendant light the most beautiful thing ever? I spotted it in a department store in the city, but since I was alone and do not speak German (well, I do but it’s embarrassing!), I couldn’t ask anyone where it came from. I know the store doesn’t stock lighting, and this pendant was so exquisite, I’d love to find out more about it. It looks delicate, when in fact it was quite sturdy, and fairly large in size.

Do you recognize it? Help! :)

(image from decor8)


Identity5 – Pop Art With Attitude!

October 9, 2006

Identity5 - Pop Art With Attitude!Isabel wrote in about her new product, Identity5, bold colorful graphic prints for home or office. Printed on heavy canvas with museum-quality archival inks, each eye catching canvas is available in several sizes and arrives ready to hang, mounted on wooden stretchers; also available un-mounted. Thier state-of-the-art digital printing techniques achieve subtle detail and rich texture, so you can depend on a quality product for your decor. Only one week old, Identity5 brings fresh clean design to the market that is sure to attract lovers of pop art everywhere.

Thanks for the tip, Isabel!

(images from identity5)

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