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Reader Q: IKEA Help

This question is from decor8 reader, and well, um okay… It’s from me, Holly (blushing). This time I need your help, readers. There’s this great IKEA cabinet, it’s called ALEX, and it’s just lovely for my workspace, but I cannot locate it on the IKEA website except in the images shown below. I consulted with she-bot Anna, their online whatever the heck she is, and that didn’t help at all. I landed in a children’s room looking at really tiny desks.


I’ll confess, I’m not an IKEA regular. ALEX may not be new at all, perhaps he’s old and retired. When I click on workspace from the US homepage, I see ALEX beneath a window and I envision how charming he’d look storing all my junk in his drawers. And I smile and think of how cheap he is ($199), which makes his charm only increase. Sure, I thought to phone IKEA directly, but last time I did, the call sucked up most of my day and after connecting me to three stores, I got no where.


Chances are, you guys are ten times faster than IKEA customer service. So what do you say about ALEX? Any clues as to his whereabouts? Am I missing something here?

(images from IKEA)

Posted in reader questions on June 21, 2007

Christine Mason Miller: Take Two!

I just blogged about Christine Mason Miller on Tuesday, but since she just added original paintings to her Etsy store that I really, really like, I’m highlighting her work again. Sure, I love the colors and composition, but it’s their upbuilding messages of hope that impress me the most because life isn’t always smooth sailing. But you want to know a not so secret secret? Hope and inspiration are actually easy to find, we don’t have to go that far anymore thanks to the internet.

“My work now is to sink deep into all of the joy, the blessings and the good fortune. It is so easy for me to be wary of it, and put myself on high alert for something to go wrong. I am all too aware of how quickly everything can change, but I cannot let this get in the way of all that is good right now. That is my challenge.” -CMM

“We all need cheerleaders. We all need supporters who look at us and exclaim, “Yeah, YOU!”, going crazy when we score a victory, whatever that victory may be. Supporters who feel deep in their hearts that when you win, they win, and if you lose, they’ll keep on cheering, because the most fundamental truth is that you’re worth your own cheering squad simply by being yourself.” -CMM

“When you are standing at the bottom of a mountain that you have no choice but to climb, taking one day at a time is the only thing that matters. It is the only way you will reach the top of that mountain, the only way you will find your way through the darkness. It is solid. It is reliable. It is like the rising of the sun everyday – it is something you might not take much time to notice, but it is always there, a reminder that each new day holds endless possibility.” -CMM

“There are strange connections everywhere and messages waiting for us if only we take the time to pay attention and listen quietly. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take the peaceful road and approach whatever task is before us – pleasant, unpleasant or otherwise – with gentle steps. To be vulnerable like a fawn, trusting there is someone watching over us, trusting it is OK to lie still.” -CMM

Think about this: Most of us ultimately have a choice when it comes to our own actions and feelings. (If you are diagnosed with depression or something related to that, your choices are often very limited though.) But for most, we have a choice. We know our own buttons, both good and bad. Do we press the right ones? If we’re feeling bad, thinking about something that only triggers further negativity is a definite no-no. Sometimes we have to step out of our own heads for a moment and identify the feeling and take action to feel better. Sometimes simple things lift the mood. Toast with jam. Going for a run. Calling our best friend. Popping in our favorite CD. I like to create lists. Others paint or pick up a pencil and sketch. What about you? Isn’t it empowering to know that we can each choose to feel better? And isn’t it great that gifted artists are out there sending us heartfelt messages of hope and healing through their works? I’m grateful that technology has brought us all a little closer together.

If any of the paintings shown above interest you, please visit Christine’s etsy store to enjoy more, or browse through her wildly creative website. :)

(images from christine mason miller)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, inspiration on June 21, 2007

Art by Arkaybea

Did you spot the Brooklyn-based etsy artist, Arkaybea, featured on page 30 of the latest issue of Blueprint? The top left and bottom right paintings are part of the feature, so if you’d like them, grab ‘em while you can right here for $200 each. I especially love the oval still life of the juicy peach against that lovely green. Yum.

(images from arkaybea)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on June 21, 2007

Paper Table (+ Nicole’s Amazing Front Porch)

Robin from Paper Table sent me an email about all their new tablemats, coasters, and napkins and since I’d not heard of Paper Table before, I thought it would fun to blog today. I really like the reusable papers they carry because they’re waterproof, have a matte finish, and are 100% recyclable. And okay, the patterns are perky, fresh, and bold and we all know that paper has to be perky on the tabletop because it makes the meal taste better. At least I’m hoping…


Linens are nice, but I’m also keen on paper products, at least during the summer months when meals tend to be on the fly or enjoyed outdoors. They are great for bridal and baby showers, too. But I have to confess, some magazine I was reading this month was “blessing” the idea that we can now use paper plates in place of china for dinner parties. Pahleese. I paused and started rollin’ my eyes and getting all uptight. I’m a southern girl, at least I was raised down there, and using paper plates for anything other than good old Carolina pig pickin’s is considered country. At least in my family. We looked for reasons to break out the good stuff and decorate the house. I’d never invest hours in meal preparation only to serve it up on plastic with bright yellow dixie cups. But as far as quick eats, outdoor meals, and okay, eat-in kitchen style lunches, it’s perfectly fine by me. Paper Table products get this girls approval. :)


It would be fun to use different Paper Table patterns on a picnic table, string paper lanterns overhead, and get the grill crackin’. I can also see them on Nicole’s amazing front porch (above), too. Just look at that red table sitting there all cute. Nicole is such an inspiration. She’s blogging her entire new home overhaul on Making It Lovely, some of us die hards have been following her saga for months. If you don’t already know about Nicole and her abode, consider yourself informed, it’s a great read. And aren’t her tissue paper pom-poms from Martha Stewart adorable? My mother has been making these for years, I mean, she’s the pom-pom queen. Now I can hit her up for some and they’ll actually be in vogue if I put them around my house. “Oh, mom!”

Oh and thanks Robin for the tip on Paper Table!

(images from paper table and queen decorating diva, nicole)

Posted in kitchen, outdoors on June 20, 2007

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