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Simply Photo *New* Cards

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?


Thank you Jen for contacting me about these today!

(image from simply photo)

Posted in etsy, stationery on June 29, 2007

Modern in MN Blogger

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… :)

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)

Posted in blogs on June 29, 2007

Reader Q: Patio Help

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.

“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

“Recent garden inspiration has come from Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Style Outdoors” – Blair

“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

“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

“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)

Posted in diy, outdoors, reader questions on June 29, 2007

Letter from Amy Butler to decor8 readers…

Dear Decor8 Friends,

Hello!

I just wanted to say how BLOWN AWAY I am by your mood boards! They are all so beautiful and inspired. The passion, thought and energy you put into them is incredible. I’ve spent a lot of time with all of the boards and each one is a fully imagined experience…… really works of art. I’m so jazzed to look at them, they are dreamy studies with luscious detail, you all have such lovely design eyes! I wish I could meet you and talk to you in person and learn more about what you love and what inspires you. I imagine all of you were as excited as me to see everyone’s vision. This kind of design experience really feeds my soul!

I love to make mood boards myself, I create several color stories before I sit down to create my artwork for my fabric lines. I’m getting ready to start a new collection and I’m so inspired by your creative fire!

Thank you all for participating in our contest. I appreciate all of the effort you put into this project. It’s a personal thrill for me to be able to connect with all of you. I love working with Holly too and I hope we’ll have more opportunities in the future to do more projects together.

Hats off to all of you! Thank you for sharing your love of design!

XO,
Amy Butler

Amy Butler at work in her design studio.
Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on June 27, 2007

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