Have you checked out the Design Assistant section on Coastal Living’s website? All I can say is don’t miss it because it’s loaded with interior eye candy from Coastal Living, Real Simple, Cottage Living, Sunset, Southern Accents, Southern Living, and more of your favorite magazines.
Design Assistant offers tons of tips for styling your home and you can even save the images you like by collecting them in your very own notebook, a feature I absolutely prize. The pictures are huge, you can click on any of them to enlarge, which makes the site that much more interesting to me because I go nuts when I’m browsing a magazine website and all the images are 200 x 200 or something like that. I guess I’m a big picture person in more ways than one!
Here are few rooms that made me happy and extremely homesick for Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where I grew up. By this time back home, I’d be watching the beachfront transform from a winter ghost town, to a vibrant summery wonderland. How did I end up in New Hampshire under all this snow, anyway?
“If you don’t stand out, no one will take notice,” says Matina, a Boston-based doormat that is so bright and cheery, she gets her share of traffic — and attention. “It’s not easy being stepped on, but at least I look cute so visitors notice me, I’m into a powerful first impression.”
Spring has sprung, and despite the mounds of snow still piled around my front door, I have hope that temps will warm and I can soon plant my window box, flower bed, and freshen my front door with potted plants arranged in various heights and a perky welcome mat. Here are some of my favorites for Spring that will not only keep your floors clean, but welcome guests with style. Afterall, there’s no impression like a first impression!
Anthropologie can have your guests at hello with their delicious assortment of mats. I checked these babies out in-store recently and loved them all, in fact they have a few additional styles in thier brick ‘n mortar locations. That’s where I’m heading this weekend…
A few grown-up modern welcome mats from Crate + Barrel. Stripes and floral motifs are two of the most popular patterns for rugs in general, so you always finds lots of them on doormats.
Somewhat neutral choices from Target online, but their stores have a huge collection in colors that you’ll love, so I suggest hitting Target live for the best selection in mats. That ‘Hi I’m Mat!’ is nerdy, but cute, huh?
Chiasso is doormat KING of the web. I can’t believe how many great ones they have online (5 pages!), but here are a few that I’ve selected.
Doormats that are a bit more on the industrial and somewhat masculine side from Chiasso make for a more bold entry.
A clever mat from Suck UK. Is it a friendly welcome or a sarcastic get lost mat? You decide.
Modern and sleek designs over at Unica Home. Love those Droog bunnies – gotta love the Dutch!
If you’d like to DIY your own animal mat, click here for complete instructions. Fun and easy.
Wrapables has a few great doormats to wipe your feet on, especially the fruity find above. At their site, or any of those I’ve listed, just search under ‘doormat’.
Pure gorgeousness from Dixie in Sweden. I love these designs, so graphic and colorful. I could seriously get on a 12-month plan with these guys if they had one. A new doormat a month club or something. What great choices, which makes me think, just where do you start?
These are Dixie deliciousness as well – aren’t they fabulous?
And finally, here’s the High Style mat from Ballard Designs in three different colorways. I love the navy and kelly green. I wish they had it in canary yellow, I think yellow and white together during the Spring season is the best. Their French Court mat is cute and so is this cane pattern mat – this pattern is a huge trend right now, it’s on everything from fabric to rugs and accessories. Love!
Who knew shopping for a doormat could be so much fun?
Do you Tupalo? You should. It’s a new social mapping network for indie culture, with a focus on mapping mom ‘n pop boutiques, indie book and record stores, hair salons, nightclubs, and cafes.
Users can search, add, rate, review, and tag location around various cities worldwide, including Berlin, San Francisco, Chicago, and more – with new locations being added daily. Tupalo is hoping you’ll spread the word about their community, so please visit them online and spread the word!
I love the internet. It brings us in touch with some of the brightest, most talented people that we may never had known otherwise. Take Matthew Mead for example. Mead owns a lifestyle production company and a full service daylight studio right here in New Hampshire, where he lives just outside of Concord. The world just gets smaller and smaller, doesn’t it?
Mead’s website, Matthew Mead Style, is one that you’ll want to browse for a very long time, it’s packed with beautiful images and loads of tips, from entertaining to styling, collecting, cooking, and more. He even has free downloads where you can find craft projects, and a whole section of archives loaded with great reads and images. Mead updates his website on a seasonal basis, so you’ll want to check back often.
Mead is busy at work as a Stylist and Author too, with years of experience working for all types of shelter and woman’s service magazines and websites such as Mary Emmerling’s Country, McCall’s, Woman’s Day, Family Circle, Country Home (where he is now a contributing editor), and iVillage.com. He’s also authored a few books, one is about nature, Gifts from Nature: Ideas & Projects for Every Season, and the other, Easter Eggs: 40 Fabulous Projects for the Whole Family, which just released from Chronicle Books (here’s a video about it if you’d like to learn more).
(images from matthew mead style)
Today is the first day of Spring, I’m a year older, and decor8 has a new look for the season. I hope you like it. :) I’m taking a mini blog vacation today so I’ll see you again on Thursday.
While I’m away… I just added a ton of new shopping links in the right column for the European cities listed there, and to your left, a new blog of the week and a book of the week. Both are quite awesome, so don’t miss them!
Psst: Brent, an amazing graphic designer and friend that works on my seasonal banners, did another bang up job, don’t you think? If you’re looking for a graphic designer, please send me an email because I’d love to put you in contact with him.
See you Thursday, and Happy March 21st – Spring has sprung!