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Print In Fashion By Marnie Fogg

When I first came across ‘Print In Fashion‘ By Marnie Fogg, who is a a media consultant and a lecturer on fashion in the UK, via Print + Pattern, I knew I had to have it because it explores cutting-edge print design for fashion. C’mon. Does it get much better than that? Yes. Much.

Print In Fashion not only displays gorgeous images of exclusive archived materials from fashion and textile designers (which I expected), but it’s highly informative for anyone seeking a insider’s glimpse into the world of textile design (which I didn’t expect it to be quite so thorough – 5 stars!).

An essential guide to understanding textile design and how the developments in print, textures, and finishes are influencing fashion, you’ll learn the studio process, sources of inspiration, and interviews as well.

This delightful book is split into categories, which I really appreciate for quick reference, like ‘Abstract’ ‘Folklore’ ‘Vintage’ etc. You’ll find the works of design greats like Eley Kishimoto, Paul Smith, Orla Kiely (6 pages of Orla!), Ann Louise Roswald and many more – it’s jam packed with full-color prints and patterns that you’re going to love. I purchased my copy over at Amazon for a song ($16), in the book stores it’s near impossible to find one and if you do, expect to pay full price ($25).




psst: Marnie’s first book, Boutique: A ’60s Cultural Icon, is another great find (a few images shown below) and you can pick up a copy for under $6 on Amazon.



(images: print in fashion from holly becker for decor8. boutique images from amazon.com)

Posted in Books + Magazines, Fashion + Accessories, Objects on November 22, 2006

Victoria Smith Mood Boards


Seems fellow blogpal Victoria (SFGirlbyBay) has the same fascination with home peeping as we do. Look at these lovely images that she’s collected and displayed on her wonderful blog this week.

The photo above is from Pink Loves Brown (who was featured here and also here – stationery goddess!) Would you like to peek at a few other areas in her home? Sure you would. Click here.

Victoria also pulls together the most amazing design boards ever on AT:SF. This lady rocks it out, I think she is so clever. This one, ’40’s Finds at the Flea Market, is my favorite by far. I love the corals, tropical barkcloths (they look Hawaiian to me), that kiwi green, and the pops of red, especially the adorable red dog silhouette (click on image below for larger view or read the complete post over at AT:SF).


This design board ‘ABC’s for Renters‘, is fun and has a lot of personality. Also from Victoria. Get the specifics here. How inspirational is this, huh?

Makes me think, maybe in the new year we should have a new contest. Maybe I can find a sponsor and if not, I’ll reach into my pockets and just do it myself. I’d love to have a Design Board competition. Where readers pull together images and paint chips and fabric swatches to create a dream room. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that?

I could also make the voting system a little more on spot by using some nifty software or something where a person can only vote once for their favorite. I don’t think anon votes on blogs are always 100% if you know what I’m sayin’…. Maybe a SPRING FLING contest held in late March? What types of prizes would you like? Any ideas for me? We have a nice group of readers, why not try out another contest – only this time, something where you can get out the gluesticks and magazine clippings and go absolutely nuts.

Let me know what you think, so I guess you can consider this your warning so you can start thinking about your dream room in advance… :)

(images, top from pink loves brown, bottom two from victoria)

Posted in Bloggers on November 22, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {nov 22 ’06}


The images above (drool) are from Daily Candy Philadelphia today which featured the design studio of JJ Fox. DC calls Fox “an amazing interior designer who?ll work with any budget. She takes crusty brownstones and transforms them with modern twists, while keeping the history and integrity of the buildings intact. She can lend advice, pick out furniture to complement pieces you already have, or draw up plans for renovations or complete overhauls.”

Don’t you love that turquoise sofa?

(images from jj fox)

Posted in Designers + Stylists on November 22, 2006

Visit Fred Flare in Brooklyn!

Mia from Fred Flare would like decor8 readers to know about some fun shopping events in Brooklyn, starting this Friday. Here’s some info straight from Mia to you:

fredflare.com will once again be opening up shop for the Holidays!

WHAT: fredflare.com’s Weekend Winter Wonderland shopping events

WHEN: every Saturday and Sunday from November 25 – December 24, 11-5
(*we are also open Black Friday, November 24th 11-5 AND on Xmas Eve, December 24th, 11-5)

WHERE: 175 North 10th Street, in Williamsburg, between Bedford Avenue and Driggs Avenue only 3 blocks north of the Bedford stop on the L train.

WHY: because this is the only time of the year to get this up close and personal with Fred! That’s right, this means you will now have the chance to peruse our genius gift ideas and actually try on our adorable clothes and accessories in person! Finally, a chance to not only look at, but touch and feel, the beauty of fredflare.com’s inventive inventory!

– Mia

Thanks Mia for keeping decor8 readers in the know. So if you’re in Brooklyn between 11/24 and 12/24, don’t forget to hang with the flares on the weekends!

(image from mia at fred flare)

Posted in Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel on November 22, 2006

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