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June 2007

Objects

Virginia Johnson *New* Online Store + Textiles

June 30, 2007

While some are out enjoying a beautiful summer day, I’m home working like a mad woman [insert poor whiney voice here], putting the finishing touches on a trend report for HGTV. While taking a mini break, I decided to check in on Virginia Johnson to see what she’s up to lately. Oh. My. Goodness. My day is made. You can now purchase all of her textiles online. I have to share! Isn’t this great? I’ve been trying to decide on the fabrics that I want to use for the Amy Butler gumdrop pillow that I plan to make in July, but now that I found all of Virginia’s textiles online (super easy to order), I’m going to jump in and just go for it. Aren’t these exuberant colors simply intoxicating?

Virginia Johnson *New* Online Store + Textiles Virginia Johnson *New* Online Store + Textiles (images from Virginia Johnson)

Color Inspiration

House Beautiful Colors of Summer

June 30, 2007

House Beautiful just posted one of the most helpful features I’ve seen on a magazine website in a very long time. Although they only show two rooms, the myriads of paint swatches that accompany them are gorgeous. They give you the name of the paint manufacturer and color name and number. I’d love to see them expand this feature on their site, and to see more magazines do this on their websites, too. It’s so helpful when magazines tell us the exact paint color they’ve used in a room. Something I also love about Domino magazine. Hats off to House Beautiful for their Colors of Summer. I love it and had to share… Now *this* is helpful.

House Beautiful Colors of Summer House Beautiful Colors of Summer

(images from house beautiful magazine)

Etsy Faves, Fashion + Accessories

Foundling + Daughter of Luxury

June 29, 2007

I’m having so much fun with my new etsy widget (see left column) because I really enjoy showing you all the artists on etsy that I’m following and hope that you like watching the “etsy ticker” too. I rarely talk about jewelry on this blog, but after finding these two sellers recently, I can’t hold back from telling you about them because they are beyond beautiful. Please visit them, they are exquisite finds.

Foundling + Daughter of Luxury This is Foundling.
Foundling + Daughter of Luxury And here’s the work of Daughter of Luxury.

Enjoy!

(images from foundling and daughter of luxury.)

Etsy Faves, Small Business

Shop Talk: What Can Etsy Do For Me?

June 29, 2007

I’m been thinking about a new topic to continue our earlier discussions relating to small business, from shop owners to the independent artists trying to promote their work in stores and on the web. (If you’d like to read some of our past discussions on small business topics, click here.) I decided that today, I’d like to talk about Etsy.

Shop Talk: What Can Etsy Do For Me? Daniel Sroka recently caught my eye by a comment he’d left here on decor8, and I’ve been following his blog ever since. He wrote in with some excellent questions in regards to Etsy, and with so many of you being experienced shop owners there, I hope you’ll chime in to not only help Daniel, but also to assist all the others out there that may have similar questions. Here’s his letter below:

“I am an artist, a photographer, and have been evaluating the different markets for selling art, and how to approach them. On one end of the spectrum you have the traditional gallery-oriented market: art selling for high prices, in small editions, to small groups of people. Because of the price, this is art that needs to be *sold*,
usually in person. On the other end you have sites like Etsy, selling art at prices that are low enough to encourage people to take a chance at buying art online, but high enough that it still has the feel of quality. I don’t think it is a good idea to rely on only one market for your income, so it seems that the best place to be is somewhere in the middle: selling some exclusive work for higher prices, but complementing that with smaller, more inexpensive pieces on Etsy. But I’m curious if anyone has had success selling their work in both of these markets. Do you find that there is a relationship, either good or bad, between them? For example, do your sales on Etsy help market your more expensive work? Or conversely, have you found that being on Etsy makes potential galleries/collectors discount your more expensive work? If you are selling work on both, what percentage of your sales comes from each market?” – Daniel Sroka.

Since this isn’t an area that I have experience in (selling on Etsy), I’m handing this topic over to readers to assist you. Thanks Daniel for writing in!

(screenshot of etsy homepage from 6/29)

uncategorized

New Look for Summer

June 29, 2007

With each season, the decor8 header changes, so it was only fitting to add a new look for summer. I recently asked the amazing Tara Hogan to design my latest business cards, so graphic designer Brent (my close friend in Minneapolis), spotted my new cards and decided to give the header a similar look for the season. (He’s also the man behind my last 2 blog headers here and here.)

New Look for Summer
Some of you wrote in recently concerned that changing my header damages my brand, and I know that you mean well, so thank you so much for your concerns. I realize that changing headers with the seasons may not be so great for “branding” but I’m not worried. Dooce swaps out her blog header monthly, along with Delicious Days, and I think they’re both pretty awesome blogs because they allow themselves some flexibility with their design and that, unlike large corporations, they do it because they can. I want to keep things fresh and inspiring here too, and because I came from corporate, I think I’m intentionally rebelling against anything that fences me in — right down to creating a set brand for myself. If anything, people know this blog by its contents and my voice, that’s “brand” enough for me. But thank you all for the nice comments you’ve sent in, and the words of advice, I really do appreciate that you’re looking out for my blog. :)

So with all that being said, I hope you like the new banner! I really love pods for their organic shapes and thought capping them in yellow would be nice. And of course, birds are always in style, so why not? Of course, in October this will all change when a Fall header is introduced, but for now, birds and pods work for me.

Arts + Crafts, Color Inspiration, Inspiration, Rooms

Just Add Orange!

June 29, 2007

Flickr user Robertspeg sent me a lovely little note a few days ago that I’d like to share with you since it gave me a few thoughts on orange that I’ll mention below. She begins, “I loved your orange post today. Orange is a color I never thought I would use in decorating. Then a couple of years ago, I found I really loved it with pink. Now I use it all the time.”

Just Add Orange!
Peggy is right, orange doesn’t always “click” with everyone at first, at least until they spot it mingled with colors they do love. Eureka! A feeling of surprise sets in, orange suddenly becomes your new best friend. Peggy adds that for her, there was a certain something that she had to do to make orange click in her apartment, “I painted the walls white and now I find I use orange, blue and pink constantly. I never thought I would use such a strange color combination.” And it works, as you can clearly see from Peggy’s photos above.

Orange looks great with pink, also with blue (remember this mood board from Starlee Matz?), and of course, green and cocoa brown, too. They all work nicely together in nature, which is where a lot of designers draw their inspiration, so of course they’ll work indoors, too.

Consider the colors of the desert, the coast, a sunset, or those in your flower garden. When I see color combinations in nature that interest me, I photograph it and save for future reference, as these often inspire my own work. Even if you don’t consider yourself a shutterbug, purchase a digital camera and carry it with you at all times. Just the other day, I saw the most beautiful whitetail and I asked my husband to photograph it (I wasn’t patient enough to chase it as he was!) because it was so pretty – the gorgeous blue body combined with silvery gray wings with cocoa accents. It made me think of a room where the key color is blue, accented with gray and of course, some cocoa and silver.

Artists have looked to nature for inspiration over the centuries, so when decorating your home, look to color combinations outdoors as your guide and let them ignite your creative spark. With every photo I take, I’m stopping to “smell the roses” and it feels so good. Not only am I looking for terrific color combinations, but in the process I discover beautiful little creatures, flowers, plants, all that I may have missed otherwise.

Maybe this weekend, you can carry your camera with you and snap some photos of terrific color combinations in nature? It’s a fun study and will most definitely fire up your imagination. You’ll be surprised to see what you find. :)

(images from robertspeg)

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