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July 2007


Swedish Design Blog Roundup

July 25, 2007

In addition to my favorite Swedish design blogger Emma, I discovered a few more to add to my list and thought you’d like to see them. It’s so exciting to find all these beautiful blogs and to be introduced to decorating styles in other parts of the globe. Especially Sweden. Aren’t we forever fascinated with the Swedes?

Swedish Design Blog Roundup Flitiga Myran – This blog is beautiful with its full-color massive eye candy and terrific links. From here I found TurQuoise, a charming boutique in Stockholm, that I’ll add to the decor8 shopping links.

Swedish Design Blog RoundupLantliv i stan has a very fresh organic vibe, awesome imagery, and more fantastic links to keep you clicking around for hours.

Swedish Design Blog Roundup Spets och snor is another stunning blog. This lady seems to love flea market finds and the diy approach. The overall look is very Shabby Chic with a lot of white and frilly femininity, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it’s important to keep an open mind because sometimes you fall upon things you never knew you’d like until seeing them presented in a different way. Plus, there is a lot about this look that can be appreciated, the use of white as a foundation, slipcovered sofas and chairs really are practical if you have children/pets, poplin and linen are quite beautiful and good linen only improves with age (it’s like scotch!), incorporating pink into a room can be empowering (most ladies like this color anyway so why not?), and recycling flea market finds is good for the planet and your budget. It’s also a fun way to spend time outdoors for fresh air and exercise. This look also embraces the joy of turning trash into treasure, which is good for elevating self-esteem – many claim that a successful DIY project helps people cope with depression!

Swedish Design Blog Roundup HOOM.STHLM is a blog I found via SFGirlByBay, and the huge bonus here is that this blogger posts in Swedish and English so we can follow along without feeling a bit lost. HS posted this living room image that will be etched in my brain forever. I love it.

Swedish Design Blog Roundup Swedish Design Blog RoundupLjuvligt Hemma is another nice blog, I especially like how this blogger takes a room she finds (example here) in a magazine and then shows her readers how to create the room using items online. I love this idea because I’ve been thinking of a fun addition to decor8 that has to do with building rooms using things found online so maybe I’ll try something like this out on you. I don’t believe in copying a room 1:1 (not creative or challenging enough!), but I’m all for the idea of designing a space to create a certain look that you’re going for. I can use only items found online and I can mix in budget pieces as well. What do you think? Then I can archive them on a separate page for quick reference. Hmmm…

Swedish Design Blog Roundup Cleo’s blog Inredningsbloggen shows this bloggers obsession with imagery, all that’s handmade, and intricately designed textiles. I can tell this lady loves to touch everything she comes in contact with! She recently blogged about Fiona Zobole, a textile artist in the UK that you must check out. The image above is one of her works.

Swedish Design Blog Roundup
And I’ve mentioned her already, but in case you missed the link, Emmas designblogg is my favorite Swedish blog because Emma is a really nice lady and she reaches out to a pretty broad audience since her blog is in both Swedish and English. We seem to share the same design aesthetic, another reason why I keep clicking back for more inspiration from the talented Emma. I found Kids Factory in Amsterdam via her blog, what a fantastic store for kids design.

I know I’ve missed a lot of other Swedish design blogs, so please comment with your favorites below so other readers can learn about them. Thank you!

Books + Magazines, Objects

Bluelines: It’s Electric DIY Wallpaper Lanterns

July 25, 2007

Bluelines fashion editor Katie Hatch posted a fun how-to project It’s Electric: DIY Wallpaper Lanterns that you may want to check out. It’s a fun way to recycle those leftover bits of wallpaper that always remain after an installation.

Bluelines: It's Electric DIY Wallpaper Lanterns
Since she mentions her inability to confirm how safe they are (she only uses hers for parties while she’s awake), I suggest following only her template instructions on creating the actual lantern and skip the whole light part and hang them without lights to add some character to your space. You can string several around your kitchen or on the patio, for instance. Maybe you can create tiny ones and string them beneath the umbrella of your patio set? Or use twinkle lights (clear bulbs, white cord) and fashion a mini lantern around each one by hand. Okay that’s time consuming, but imagine the cuteness factor…

Click here to read more.

(images from bluelines)

Inspiration, Small Business

Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway

July 24, 2007

Danielle posted on the Style Files about her interest in finding a swap partner for interiors magazines from Denmark & Sweden and I am actually looking for the same, including Norway, so I thought I’d post about it too.

Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway
If you’d like to swap with Danielle, she’ll give you some great Dutch magazines in return. If you’d be interested in swapping with me, I can send you magazines from America. Let us know if you are interested in swapping. For a Dutch swap, email danielle AT or for an American swapmate, email me at decor8blog AT If you are nervous about shipping costs to America, I’m more than willing to Paypal you for the shipping expenses. I’m thirsting for Bolig Liv or Boligmagasinet!

Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/NorwayWanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/NorwayWanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/NorwayWanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway I like seeing the space of Danish actress and singer Xenia Lach-Nielsen (directly above in these three images) because she’s an art lover like I am and it looks like she’s into the works of collage artist Nanna Ask, which I have to say, after seeing her work, I’m a new fan. Great abstract characters and soft hues of pink, blue, green… What’s not to love?

(images from Boligmagasinet and Bolig Liv)


ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)!

July 24, 2007

I’ve blogged about my love for ferm LIVING over the winter after finding them in Elle Decor magazine, but back then you just couldn’t locate their papers in the states yet. When the Design Public newsletter hit my inbox today announcing that they’ve added FL wallpaper and wall decals to their store, I knew I had to blog it. I love seeing all the photos DP has on their site showing ferm in various living spaces, and I’ve added a few extra images from Elle Decor so you can see the popular feather wallpaper in an office space. It’s fantastic, and passes the “But will I like it next season?” test because well yes, I still like it very, very much.

ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)! ferm LIVING Feather wallpaper via Elle Decor and Design Public.
ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)!The Branch wallpaper looks really great on a single wall.
Click here for an oversized version of this picture.
ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)! Berry Black wall stickers and a bonus, a branch coat rack that I’m
sure most of us could DIY with a few metal brackets in a matter of
a few hours. There’s also a pattern much like the berries called branches.
Also the fantastic Kingflower and I like the sparrow wall stickers because
I think the gold pattern dazzles against these teal walls. If gold bling isn’t
your thing, opt for them in black or silver.
ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)! Rococo revival in the house! The black and white Kingflower wallpaper is
playful in its swirly motif. Looks like something from a ballroom, doesn’t
it? Click here for a huge image so you can view the details.

Psst: ferm LIVING has a blog, too! Also, for papers and stickers not on the Design Public website, you can order directly from ferm LIVING online. The advantage of ordering from Design Public though is that they offer free shipping and they are just really nice guys, so why not support them. :)

(images from elle decor and design public)

Shopping + Products

eBay Picks

July 24, 2007

I’d like to thank you for taking the decor8 survey while I was on vacation, the response was overwhelming in a very positive way! As I read through each answer last night, eBay kept popping up because many of you are looking for quality budget finds. Since I’ve been both a seller (I sold mostly flea market finds part-time from 1999-2004) and a buyer for 8 years on eBay, I’ve amassed quite a collection of links to sellers that I think have some great items, so since that’s what you’re looking for more of on decor8, with my experience I think I can bring it. At least, I’ll try! :) With that, I’ve decided to post a weekly summary of a few of my eBay picks for the week – starting now!

eBay Picks
I love these mid century chairs from Floretro (bookmark them) because they’re stylish, the design is timeless, and you can buy all four chairs newly upholstered for only $550, or start bidding at $450. They’re quite McCobb-esque, don’t you think? If you want them bad enough, I’d select buy it now because they could bid up to hundreds over asking price. Shipping it $150. They’d look great around a tulip table, but if these were mine, I’d reupholster the seats in a gorgeous Kerry Cassill blue and white print. I love navy paired with dark wood tones and of course, white, white, and more white! Actually, they’d look great reupholstered in any of these Cassill prints below, all new from her Fall ’07 collection.

eBay PicksIn the market for an inexpensive danish modern sofa? Bids start on this sofa, also from Floretro, at $850, or you can buy it now for $1,250. It’s a beauty, the rattan sides and gorgeous nubby fabric have my attention.

eBay PicksLet me know what you are looking for on eBay and while I’m scouting, I’ll keep your suggestions in mind. Sound good?

(images from floretro and kerry cassill)

DIY, Objects

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O’Brien

July 24, 2007

Love the looks of the DWR parallel shelving that I just blogged but can’t afford either the white-lacquered $1,700 version, or the $2400 find in oak? No worries. Order the sturdy Thomas O’Brien bi-fold bookcase for $239 (74H x 72W x 11.75D) from Target and pimp it! It has great customer reviews, and since I examined this bad boy in person, I know it’s nice and would be fun to alter a little with a mere can of paint.

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O'Brien
You can white-lacquer your hearts out, or paint it bold red, black, or leave it alone because the wood is an appealing color in person. You can even do a little two-tone magic on it, like the bookcase shown above from a back issue of Living Etc magazine. Sure, the design is different, but it’s the paint job we’re focusing on here — the lovely two-tone style in white and wood. Oh wait… You see this bookcase and like it so much for it’s compact cuteness, and want that one instead? Well, this is a no-brain situation because you can order the Remsen bookcase as-is from West Elm for $399.

So my friends, we do have affordable options sometimes, ones that don’t involve lumber yards and power tools. Just add paint!

(images from target, DWR, and living etc)

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