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Saturday Inspiration

Here are some images I’ve collected over the past week that give me joy. Feel free to share what you love with me anytime via email, if I use a reader tip, I’ll credit you with a link back to your website or blog.

Kate Sutton’s beautiful work and a very fun website to explore (via P+P).

This image is making its way around the blog circuit, but it made me happy so I had to bookmark it here. It’s a terrific budget option for adding interest to walls. You could even make these two-sided and suspend from the ceiling with fishing wire to create your own textile mobile or freestyle art. I’ve seen hoops used alone to decorate walls, but this is such a clever way to display textiles that are an important part of either your family history or ones that simply make you happy. I see these displayed over a bed, don’t you? (from purl bee via love forever. update: also blogged on happy mundane.)

These images came to me from the gorgeous floral design blog House Martin. This blogger is in the process of launching a new store, Ink & Peat in Portland, OR. It’s fun to read as she begins the journey of taking her dreams into retail. Don’t we all long to open a storefront of our very own? (via reader Carlene – thanks so much!)

See you on Sunday, I’m heading to the coast with my family. Make it a great Saturday everyone, do something that you can feel good about. Call a friend, rearrange your furniture, buy some fresh flowers, prepare a colorful meal, take a relaxing bath… Refresh, unwind, enjoy!

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on March 10, 2007

Tricia Guild – No Color Fear Here!

To spark your creativity today, browse the world of one of today’s leading color mavens, Tricia Guild. It’s a trip fantastic. These images are from her new Spring collection, Oriental Garden and Essentials. Delish! I’m not a fan of all the furnishings and flooring, but the textiles and wallpaper patterns are bold and fresh.

I think my favorite is the bottom image, far right. At least the wallpaper. That blue and white room pattern makes me feel energetic and happy. I’d have to add some warmth to the room though, either through hardwood floors or a wood credenza. I don’t like the black tulip chair. The white parsons table is nice, I’d keep that.

(images from designers guild)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Decorating Tips on March 10, 2007

Happy Friday + Welcome Design Sessions Readers!

I’ll be back this weekend to blog a little, I have a few things to mention that I ran out of time to post about today… If you’re here because you read my interview over at Design Sessions, welcome! I hope you have fun and find a few things that you enjoy here on decor8. Thanks Anjula for the wonderful chance to be introduced to your massive online community. It really makes me happy to be a part of all you have going on there in NYC.

Oh, and please don’t miss all the new links over on my blogroll in the left column (look for the *). Everyone there is special to me — together we form an amazing online community of creative, talented people that have a real sense of purpose in life and a love for what it is that we do. I think it’s so important to support eachother – so enjoy all the new adds over there. Also, don’t miss the new blog and book of the week that I posted (also to your left). That Tricia Guild book is only $13 and is a feast for the eyes – every single page is full color, to die for, gorgeousness.

So I’m signing off for now. Have a nice night. Sweet dreams. See you tomorrow. And thank you again, Anjula.

(image from

Posted in press on March 10, 2007

Tonic Home (+ Free Shipping Offer)

Whenever I visit a website packed with gorgeous furniture, I immediately stop, drop and roll. I stop dreaming, drop my wallet, and roll my eyes. Why? Because of shipping. Huge pain. And to make matters worse, I’m finding so many quality buys on eBay lately, but do the old duck and run before I’m tempted to bid because of the lengthy explanations about cost, hiring a greyhound bus to deliver it, blah blah blah. Can’t someone make this easier? Yes. Tonic Home.

I have to admit, when reader Wendy wrote in to tell me about her store filled with glamourous contemporary furnishings and accessories, red flags shot up. But then the clouds drew back and major beams shot in. The retail angels sang as she said, “Free shipping on orders over $200, anywhere in the USA.” Come again? Did I hear that correctly? I don’t have to hire a bus, train, plane, or schlep down to some warehouse with a truck? Brilliant. So are the finds. Look at this stuff. Delish. Art, mirrors, furniture, lamps, all very Wearstler-esque, don’t you think? Modern glamour and those hints of asian, moorish, and European influences that we love.

(images from tonic home)

Posted in Objects on March 09, 2007


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