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AB Chao’s Hip Lousiana Abode

I want to give a little shout out today to the wonderful Anh-Minh and her informative blog. When I think of those that are supportive, generous, and kind, Anh-Minh always comes to mind because she consistently uses her talent as a writer to spotlight great people on her blog, over at Apartment Therapy, and in the various print publications she writes for. She recently blogged a home tour on AT:SF that I completely missed, so in case you did to, you have to check it out.


The home is of AB Chao’s very hip pad in Louisiana, which is a little bit Southern charm mixed in with… umm… (I’m going to take a stab at this one) urban apartment (in perhaps London), with a dash of midwest modern, and lots of DIY and flea market finds, and oh yeah, tons of style and gorgeous art. Yeah, I know… What a melting pot of gorgeousness. And best part, it totally works! I love how effortless everything appears. Some really have this fantastic ability to pull a look together, merging furniture and accessories from many different periods and cultures, and viola! the spell is cast with interior perfection as the result. I think we *all* want that magic wand.


AB Chao also has beautiful images on flickr and is a fellow blogger, too. (Just in case you miss that when reading the AT post.) I’m so happy to find her via Anh-Minh, and I’m sure you’ll love her, too. The girl’s got style!

(images from AB Chao)

Posted in guest bloggers, Home Tours, inspiration on June 19, 2007

Reader Q: Where can I find Japanese goodies?

A few readers wrote in to reply to my earlier post about Sock and Glove, asking for some tips on where to purchase Japanese books and magazines. In case you are new to decor8 and haven’t had time to scan my archives for Japanese goodies, here’s a mini guide to get your started in the right direction. Have fun!


Kanako Yaguchi + Funtrap: Japanese fashion and home products.

Peppermint Pig, Lorina, Zakka Mania, Online Zakka Search, Sunny Style, Pip, and Lumiere Mira. All blogged here.

Maminka: Hand-painted art and other pretty things from Japanese crafters. Via: Wee Wonderfuls, who also suggests shopping ripple, tar-tan and Anano Cafe.

Shop for Decole at Chocoa. There’s even a Decole addicts Flickr group!


You can’t mention Japanese goodies without Aranzi Aronza coming to mind. Here’s a post about them here.

Atelier Akiko. Pillows, totes, quilts… Need I say more?

Also, don’t miss Saliva.

Here’s some more links from previous posts on decor8:
Japanese Fashion Magazines
Japanese Crafting
Inspiring Images from Japanese Craft Books
Kita Usagi
Purchasing Japanese Books and Magazines, like Real Simple Japan!

Some of these links above are from blogger Wee Wonderfuls. A blog I’ve been following for awhile, that I really enjoy and feel a connection to. You have to read it if you’re not already addicted, it’s really crafty and sunny, which is always a good thing! Also check out blogger Buzzville, who is addicted to handmade goods with a focus on Japanese crafts and fabrics.

And don’t forget Lou’s on Etsy. She is one of my all-time favorite places to find Japanese goodness!


And finally, home goodies from D Bros in Japan. Via: Oh Joy! And thanks for writing in ladies… You know who you are!

(images from lou and d bros japan)

Posted in Books + Magazines, reader questions, shopping, travel on June 19, 2007

Christine Mason Miller (and a few words about the spirit of giving)

Marisa told me about Christine Mason Miller recently, a California-based artist that has more than talent, but a huge heart. Christine has the reputation of being supportive, kind, and extremely helpful to her peers, which gives fine testimony to the type of person she really is inside. Christine is known for not simply looking after herself, but identifying needs that exist, hurdles others face, and then stepping up and helping to find solutions so that all are impacted in a positive way. That’s powerful! Life is really just a big circle and you get back what you put forth. I’m always encouraged to hear about those in business for themselves that take the time to support others running alongside them. You don’t always see this in the corporate world, there is so much face stepping as the ladder is climbed, but I do see it more amongst crafters and artists. There’s a real network, a sisterhood (or brotherhood), that is formed and with hands holding other hands, that chain isn’t easily broken. The spirit of giving is so much better than constantly waiting to receive. If more people followed this, so much good could be accomplished in the world.


I recently heard that if you want something, that means you’re lacking it. I never really gave much thought to that. Upon hearing it, you almost want to say, “Well, duh!”, don’t you? But once you’ve settled into the thought, giving it some time to sink in, it’s a pretty weighty statement. If you’re lacking, you aren’t truly whole, which can easily mean you are never satisfied or happy. It also makes you appear as weak if you think about it, because if you walk around always wanting things, you obviously can’t get them for yourself. If you want power, that must mean you don’t really have it, and if you want praise, it’s because you aren’t perhaps getting it so you’re in want of it. Try to look for ways to give what you do have, extend yourself, just like Christine has the reputation of doing. Good people respect and recognize good works. You want to attract positive people and experiences, do your best work and then, support others. Asking for help is one thing, constantly wanting, wanting, wanting, is another. You get back what you give out. People often want things that they aren’t willing to give themselves. Power, praise, money. Those that are the most successful at anything in life are those that empower others first.

Here’s a glimpse of some of Christine’s work (above), her etsy store, and her website. Thank you Marisa for telling me about Christine, and thank you Christine for being a lady known for your good energy and supportive, giving personality. It’s a joy to know you’re out there helping your fellow artists to thrive alongside you. That’s the sign of someone truly confident and secure in themselves and in their work, and that’s so great to see put in action.

(images from christine miller)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, inspiration, small business on June 19, 2007

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!

Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.

I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.


Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.

(images from matthew mead)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, inspiration, shopping, travel on June 19, 2007

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