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Artsy Walls: Kristin’s Collection

Reader Kristin wrote in with a few images that really caught my eye, especially her cork cabinets. Take it away, Kristin!

“I’m a renter and can’t paint my kitchen cabinets so I recently covered them in cork to get rid of the 70′s vibe and to get the most out of the small space. It’s the perfect place to hang clippings and small pieces of art work although the cork is so new this is all that I’ve put up so far. Also, a grouping of prints and posters in the living room — the smaller two are from Etsy and the flock print is from Good Shape Design.” – Kristin.

Thanks Kristin for sharing. I wish I had a link for Kristin so readers could track her down on the web, but she didn’t include any with her submission so for now, we’ll only know her as Kristen with the cool cork cabinets. :)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, inspiration on April 19, 2007
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Artsy Walls: Emily from Orange Beautiful

More clever displays to share, this time it’s the space of the OTHER half of the Orange Beautiful blog, Laura’s partner in crime, Emily. I blogged about Laura’s walls yesterday, so it’s Emily’s turn today — and it’s only fair because Orange Beautiful is a collaborative blog. Isn’t this a great arrangement? (click to enlarge)

“This art wall includes, among other things, screen-printed band posters (purchased at last year’s Intonation Festival); pen&ink drawings and digital prints by Jw; a beautiful Polaroid transfer piece by my lovely friend, B; a watercolor of a crane that I did when I was 15; woodblock prints by Lys(Beth) of hundredsofsparrows fame; and a colored pencil drawing I did in high school, based off of the stained glass window in the front door of Mr. Belvidere’s house… That’s right: the TV show.” – Emily

(image from orange beautiful)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, inspiration on April 19, 2007

Creative Thursday + decor8 Podcast

Marisa from Creative Thursday interviewed me in her podcast today, which quickly became more of a relaxed, very informal discussion than a Q & A session. I wanted to say hello to all of you, talk about blogging in general and why putting your voice out there is so important, tips on jumping from your day job into the world of freelance, or at least, how to enjoy your current day job a little more.


This was a lot of fun for me because it’s my first podcast and I wasn’t sure of the questions she’d ask, but Marisa asked great ones and before we got started, she encouraged me to ramble and just roll with it, so despite how casual it is and my frequent sniffles, I really hope you enjoy it and take away something positive for yourself. Here’s the podcast

psst: Remember the post, How do you feel about your blog? Well, Marisa and I will discuss this topic at length by addressing reader questions and pulling in the comments of other bloggers (maybe you’d like to get involved?) on the topic of blogging, taking yours to the next level, building a better blog, etc. We don’t consider ourselves the experts, but I think that our combined experience, along with the participation of other bloggers out there, we’ll be able to give you something that will work for you. I can’t wait — we’re targeting May, stay tuned!

Thank you, Marisa!

Posted in inspiration, interviews, small business on April 19, 2007

PBteen: Marlin – Hit or Diss?

Joy reminds us that when it comes to decorating, sometimes we need to go to the little people — the kids! She pointed out some of her PBteen Spring finds, so I linked over to their site and stumbled upon this mighty marlin. I can just hear the animal rights activist’s now. But it’s completely faux, so no worries. I simply want to know, would you add the catch ‘o the day to your adult space, or tuck him in with the kids (he is also available as a she, in pink). Hot or not? Should we throw him back in?


When I spotted this thing, I had flashbacks of That 70′s Show, but for some reason, my thoughts weren’t entirely negative because I felt as though I’d viewed our finned friend in a very chic living space before. Then it came to me — I have an image tucked away in one of my inspiration books. Domino. Jan/Feb ’06 issue. Got it! Although homeowners Genifer Goodman and Benjamin Sohr sport a sailfish (you can own a fishy fiberglass replica just like it for $699), this kitschy $79 Marlin may work for you.

But wait! I know I spotted this living room elsewhere shot at a different angle. Ah, yes… Meg blogged about it over on Designer’s Library, she found it in BH+G magazine, May ’06. This image is from Ms. Meg, looks like she took a moment to scan it for a full view (Nice job, Meg!).


What do you think of old Mr. Marlin now? Fin or foe? Are you seeing this as the big catch or do you feel opposed to seafood on the wall (or if shown on the wall, is it Seefood)? :)

Here’s some more goodies from PBteen that may work for you if the fish doesn’t. Love the silver, pink, and blue vintage-style fans and these bubble glass lights, too. I double checked the measurements of the etagere (shown below) and it’s proper height for an adult space at 69″ h (I thought it may be kiddie size, but it’s not).

You can’t deny the appeal of these $15 (on sale) task lights. Aren’t these cute? I’d love one on a teak credenza. I think it would look so cute on a wood surface in a mid-century style space.

(images from pbteen, designer’s library, and domino)

Posted in inspiration, small business, trends on April 18, 2007

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