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June 2007

Designers + Stylists

Orange Cottage by Civility Design

June 29, 2007

Once upon a time, there was a little cottage… with funky chandeliers and the brightest orange walls you’ve ever seen in your life! Seriously, these rooms blow “cottage charm” out of the window, there isn’t a single cabbage rose pattern to be found! How did I come across this place? I didn’t. These images arrived via email and my immediate reaction was a jaw-dropping “Wow!”. When I pulled together my most recent trend piece for HGTV on Cane, Don and Jaymes at Civility Design supplied the quotes needed for that article and we’ve been in touch ever since, they’re based in Chicago and have a glorious online portfolio if you’re like to check it out. From what Don tells me, after reading all the recent color posts about orange here on decor8, he was inspired to share with decor8 readers a glimpse into a vintage cottage designed using orange and kelly green as the dominant colors. Ready?

Orange Cottage by Civility Design Here’s what Don has to say about the project, “We incorporated a great deal of custom pieces from tile, to fabric, to chairs to even cruelty-free, resin-antler chandeliers we custom made in ‘Hermes’ Orange!”

Orange Cottage by Civility Design “The chandeliers we made for the kitchen, even in their Orange Color, read as ‘red’…to the point where we have received requests for them from all over the world because people have thought they were large pieces of coral, made into chandeliers.” – Don Raney
Orange Cottage by Civility Design “All photos are from the same remodel/project we designed; a vintage cottage reinterpreted with period-appropriate materials but with a modern twist. Fun Fun Fun – and beautiful, all at the same time.” – Don Raney

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What do you think about that cottage space? I love all the bold accents and how these designers didn’t let the word cottage deter their vision at all. Great job!

Related posts: 6/14 Cane

(images from civility design)






Etsy Faves, Stationery

Simply Photo *New* Cards

June 29, 2007

New polaroid gifts cards just arrived in the store of the talented Simply Photo… As usual, her work is deep, touching, complete perfection. I like the faded appearance of these, they evoke a real sense of nostalgia, don’t you think?

Simply Photo *New* Cards
Thank you Jen for contacting me about these today!

(image from simply photo)






Bloggers

Modern in MN Blog

June 29, 2007

On the prowl for a little more orange inspiration from a “real” home? Then by all means, you simply must drop everything and check out this modern-industrial loft in Minnesota from Splatgirl, a decor8 reader with a blog all about her a-m-a-z-i-n-g loft. And look at these walls… ORANGE. Totally in tune with our color this week, huh? Love your walls, Modern in MN! And look at her red lockers in her entryway. I want to open them and see if everything falls out or if she really is as perfect as she appears… :)

Modern in MN Blog

It’s so exciting to be online and connect with all these fascinating home owners, I’m always in awe of what I find online these days, so much talent out there and so many unique, fabulous spaces. I live for this!

(images from modern in mn)






Decorating Tips

Reader Q: Patio Help

June 29, 2007

Blair from Wisecraft wrote in looking for some help from decor8 readers in regards to her patio space. She is looking for, “Inexpensive ways to add some color to the furniture and walls (with fabric, DIY things, and the like).” Blair continues, “The garden itself is established and doing well, but its the patio furniture, walls, and other things that look bare and drab to me.” Looking for some fresh perspectives, Blair sent in photos seeking our help.

Reader Q: Patio Help “We are lucky to have a large backyard for city living, and this patio is part of the more adult area of the yard (where we can sit, but still see the kids in the other part of the yard). I have worked on establishing the planting beds (completely empty 3 years ago) with maintenance free plantings and they have grown like crazy (probably too much) and established themselves well. The idea for the garden beds was interesting foliage plants, mixing chartreuse greens and purple-ish black plants. I love the contrast. There are red tulips in the beds in Spring, but for the most part this particular part of the yard is flower free.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “Recent garden inspiration has come from Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Style Outdoors” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “The table and chair set is from Martha Stewart, we like how it blends in with its surroundings and it works well for us. Again, its easy maintenance, we hose it off! When I look at this patio, I would really like to wake it up with some color, pattern, etc and my hopes are that you, Holly, and your readers can provide some ideas.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “The exterior walls of the house are cedar shingles, and our house is a traditional craftsman that we are apparently trying to modernize via furniture and accessories. So, even I am confused about what our style is! I would like some kind of color out there as well (although not paint, more like accessories). Color that would compliment the planting scheme, as well as maybe fill up the patio area with some interesting and inviting ideas.” – Blair

Reader Q: Patio Help “I have put in some pink fuschia plants and realize I really love the bright pink pop against the more somber colors. We do not have a huge budget for this little area. OK, we don’t have a budget at all! But we do have lots of DIY ability, the drive to want to make our surroundings pretty, inviting, with fabric, DIY accessories, etc…Your readers always have such great ideas, I would love to get a fresh perspective on this area of the yard from them.” – Blair

Okay everyone, we’re on a mission to help Blair! Leave your comments below. I’ll lead the discussion by doing the same.

(images from wisecraft)






DIY

Real Simple Galleries

June 27, 2007

Jason wrote about something that I look forward to whenever Real Simple hits my mailbox, the amazing paper constructions inside! Check out the new paper construction gallery on the Real Simple website showing a few from past issues. I hope they spoil us and show them all. I loved the ones that they created using road maps once. Do you remember them? They were amazing.

Real Simple Galleries
While cruising their site, I found more goodies! There’s a terrific new round up of all their past covers from 2001-2006, and since they have some of the best stylists around (outside of the Martha Stewart gang), I love examining all the details for styling ideas. And sidepoint, but don’t they have the best wall colors ever?

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If you have time today, visit their additional galleries because they feature everything from centerpieces and flowers to relaxation and pets. Click here for your very own drool fest.

I’m so glad that Real Simple enlarged the imagery on their website, because like you, when it comes to getting enough of a good thing, that simply does not exist when looking at gorgeous spaces!

(images from real simple)






uncategorized

Random eBay Find

June 27, 2007

As random as this post is, I have to show you the 50’s table that I found scanning eBay this morning.

Random eBay Find
What do you think? I absolutely adore it, from the perky colors (I see some orange in there) to it’s skinny little legs and the crazy fish motif. I’m looking for a table like this, only with a solid white top, if anyone knows of anything… I’m on the prowl!

(images from simply mod auctions)






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