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Artsy Walls: Rate This Room!

decor8 reader Jet G. sent in a pic of his newly designed bedroom, with a very fresh, simple approach to displaying the things he loves. This wall is a great example of a clean, well-edited space – and that art doesn’t always need to be displayed on the wall – it can extend down to a shelf, leaned against the wall as this picture shows. And don’t you love the little starfish and the white orb lamp?


The grouping of objects is serene and uncomplicated, and the touch of the ocean is just great! Jet said that you can actually Rate His Room over on HGTV.com, so if you’d be so kind to cast your vote, click here. And Jet… That bedroom of yours is so chic as is, but when I looked down and spotted that very unexpected Zebra rug — All I can say is bonus points to you for going there because most wouldn’t dare. Mega gold stars for you!


Thanks for writing in, Jet!

(images from jet guer)

Posted in Rooms on April 18, 2007

InStyle Home Spring 2007

The Spring 2007 issue of InStyle Home just hit newsstands and it really delivers with stunning home tours, trend reports, and even a DIY section on how to use wallpaper in far less traditional ways – on headboards, screens, as wall art, etc.

The cover shows American actress Alicia Silverstone, 30, who really surprised me with her eco-conscious home and lifestyle (she is a vegan and actively involved in animal rights). It’s rare to see a young actress, and her musician husband, so tuned in to the environment. From her Mod Green Pod butterfly pillows, to energy-saving appliances, roof with solar panels, her obsessive need to unplug everything, and their recycled bowling alley floor turned tabletop, their home tour is quite impressive. I purchased the issue just to see that. But there’s more…

One of my favorite decorating articles, Off the Wall, was especially helpful because it not only gives you alternative ways to use wallpaper in your home, but a complete how to section so you can DIY what they show. I love the DIY headboad (below), made from foam-core panels cut to size and wallpaper. Swanky! A few online resources highlighted for wallpaper that I found blogworthy: Rare Chic and a very funny name (and store) called Naked and Angry.


Additional highlights from their Spring issue: All of the Zebra rugs, Chinese ceramic stools, a peacock trend alert (looks like they’re back again in ’07!), and tons of yellow. Of course, we’ve covered these trends here on decor8, but seeing their take was interesting to check out.

(images from instyle, mod green pod, naked and angry, and rare chic)

Posted in Rooms on April 17, 2007

Artsy Walls: Phara from Your Mirror Or Mine

Phara from the blog, Your Mirror Or Mine, would like to share a wall in her living room that she’s fond of. This display reminds me of a clock face, each picture a number around the mirror in the center. I like to see a creative grouping like this, and how it can make each piece so much more interesting when some thought it given to the arrangement.

Here’s another nice arrangement she has in her home. I know we should be looking at the walls here, but I can’t take my eyes off of these black chairs. Drool.


Thanks, Phara!

Have a wall to share with us today? Send me your website/blog URL, your name, and your images (or a link to them): decor8blog{at}yahoo{dot}com

(image from your mirror or mine)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on April 17, 2007

Artsy Walls: Alison from Sylphofthestitch

More art to love. This time, it’s from Toronto girl, Alison G. from the Sylphofthestitch blog. Nice workspace, thanks for sending this in!

“I finally decided to convert my dining table into a desk. I’m pretty happy thus far, I’m more productive. I think. The sun pours in in the morning and I’m at ground level so I can look out at all the people walking on the street.” – Alison

Thanks, Alison! The clothesline display is a huge trend right now, I can’t believe how often I’m seeing this in homes — It’s a great way to rotate what inspires you without investing in frames and nailing too many holes into your wall (especially good for renters). If you don’t want to use traditional clothespins, you can opt for mini binder clips or mini clothespins in plain wood, primary colors, or in pastel colors (I really like the white myself).

HOW TO: To create this fun wall display, locate 2 tacks (I like map tacks), a few mini clothespins, and about 36″-70″ of twine or Beadalon wire, size depends on how long you’d like your display to be. I suggest 36″-50″ max since a long line tends to sag a lot; you want your line to remain somewhat taut. Measure your wire/twine to fit the space, and tie *one* end tightly around *one* tack. Position your tack into the wall and firmly pull the wire/twine and then when you find the perfect spot, position the tack into the wall and tie/loop that end around the tack. Try to keep your art as lightweight as possible – cards, photographs, gift tags, etc. work best.

Have a wall to share with us? Send me your website/blog URL, your name, and your images (or a link to them): decor8blog{at}yahoo{dot}com

(image from sylphofthestitch)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on April 17, 2007

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