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Inspiration & Beauty from Nirali Magazine

If you know Priya Patel from the the blog, Pomegranita, then you know that this lady has an amazing eye for color and design. In addition to Pomegranita, she’s also the Creative Director of Nirali Magazine, your complete online source for all things South Asian, including politics, and trends in fashion, the arts, and entertainment in the South Asian community. It’s a wonderful read for people of all backgrounds, but is especially valuable to brides of South Asian heritage that are busy preparing for their wedding right here in North America.

Priya mentioned that the current issue will be published in two installments. The first went live yesterday (June 4th) and the next will go live on June 18th. The magazine is covering 7 real weddings — Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian and mixed religion marriages, and will feature the vendors involved, such as photographers, videographers, tent rental vendors, and South Asian fashion. Very helpful for brides-to-be!

Although I usually shy away from posting about weddings and fashion, with ethnic textiles being such a huge trend right now, along with all the bright jewel tones we’re seeing in design, I thought this website may inspire you on many levels – and most importantly, increase awareness when it comes to all the wonderful cultures living right here in America.

Thanks Priya for writing to me and sharing Nirali Magazine with decor8 readers!

(images from nirali magazine)

Posted in inspiration, shopping, travel on June 05, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Colorful Country Living by Julie Palmer

If you imagine spending the weekend in a gorgeous farmhouse in Sweden, this mood board is one that you’ll really enjoy. The color palette and furniture selections have me drooling. What a great room. When can I move in? Ah, that sofa!

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Your name: Julie Palmer
Your occupation: Secretary
Your blog/website: n/a
State/Country: Pennsylvania, USA
Theme: classic, country – with some nice pops of color
What inspired your board? My love for nature and the organic forms I see when hiking. I love bold florals and curvilinear styles in combination with simple, classic styles. And I love the color blue :) I don’t work in the art field but it is such fun to be creative!

If you’d like to submit an entry in the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board contest, click here for complete details and prize information. Entries due by midnight EST on Monday, June 11, 2007.

If you have questions for Julie about her board or inspiration, please comment below so she can reply. Thanks for your entry, great colors!

(images from julie palmer)

Posted in contests on June 04, 2007

Mood Board Contest: Tea at Tiffany’s by Katherine Black

Here’s an entry I’m thinking you’ll love, given all the Hepburn fans out there. Check this out, it’s stunning… Is it me, or are these boards motivating you to work on rooms you’ve been neglecting lately? For me, this is the case – totally. Keep the entries coming, I love the variety of personality and styles.

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Your name: Katherine Black
Your occupation: Advertising art Director
Your blog/website:
State/Country: South Africa
Theme: ‘Afternoon tea at Tiffany’s’
What inspired your board? A living room inspired by Audrey Hepburn, black and white photography and a sense of the dramatic in print and pattern. Touches of soft turquoise added to break the black and white – we’ve all seen a large number of black and white in interiors recently, I think the light turquoise is a lovely addition to update and refresh a black and white scheme. My flickr page (linked above) includes notes and links to some of the artists work featured.

If you’d like to submit an entry in the decor8/Amy Butler Mood Board contest, click here for complete details and prize information. Entries due by midnight EST on Monday, June 11, 2007.

If you have questions for Katherine about her board or inspiration, please comment below so she can reply. Thanks for your entry, Kat!

(images from katherine black)

Posted in contests on June 04, 2007

Greenward – New Eco-Friendly Store! [Boston]

I had such a great weekend, I can’t remember when I had so much fun crammed into only a few days. I kicked things off with a ‘girls night out’ on Friday with my amazing mother, hung out with my bff who was up visiting me from Miami, then spent time in Cambridge shopping at Paper Source, browsing Nomad (great ethnic textiles here) and Abodeon (awesome vintage mid century finds), then hit Greenward, a brand spankin’ new must-see store for products with a conscience.

When you’re in need of beautiful planet-friendly homewares, books, magazines, jewelry, baby gear, bike accessories, and stationery, shop Greenward because this place has a great selection and is in a great little hood. I mean, with Starbucks and other random cafes sprinkled around, tons of great ethnic eateries, Paper Source, Nomad, Abodeon, and other boutiques all within a few blocks, you can easily take the T over to Porter Square and do a little Mass Ave. shopping for a few hours. Greenward is located at 1776 Mass Ave., so it’s only a 5 minute walk.

I was impressed to find Greenward for several reasons, the first of course being the cause, shopping eco when I can is important to me. But also the selection is great. It’s not crunchy and boring, which is sometimes what you think of when you picture eco-friendly finds. With Jill Bliss, Little Otsu, Good on Paper, Josh Jakus, Pear Tree Studio, K Studio, and Pangea Organics on the list (to name a few), this shop carries the best of modern green goods that are currently on the market. They even have those great bike baskets in green and white that have been all over the blogosphere lately (Joy wrote about her basket here).

In addition to the great products, the location can’t be beat. Don’t let the below street level location fool you, it’s not dark, depressing, or hard to find. Quite the opposite. Owners Scott Walker and Simone Alpen (soon to be husband + wife, if her name sounds familiar, she’s the brains behind The Bazaar Bizarre) did a fantastic job with their bright signage and in the overall design of the space. With tons of natural light flooding in and cheery colors dotted all around the store, you can only guess that a lot of planning went into this store. The moment you find out that the displays are all hand built using eco-responsible woods, the flooring is cork, overhead lighting is energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, and the walls were painted using low-VOC paint, your suspicions are confirmed.

The energy in this store is just great, almost like you’ve left Boston for a few moments and entered sunny California. When you walk in, you’re not only greeted with great products, but also with a friendly smile, the smell of a delicious soy-based candle burning, and great tunes (music is a huge plus for me) piped through “green” speakers constructed of oak reclaimed from whiskey barrels. Take a complete tour of their space here (lots of product shots). Or if you’re local, go check out the store and see this great green store for yourself.

A huge thanks to Scott for sending these over to me. Hi Simone!!

(images from greenward)

Posted in Shop Tours, shopping, travel on June 04, 2007


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