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Wanted: Interior Mags from Denmark/Sweden/Norway

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.


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 style-files.com or for an American swapmate, email me at decor8blog AT yahoo.com. 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!

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)

Posted in Inspiration, Small Business on July 24, 2007

ferm LIVING now at Design Public (free shipping)!

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 Feather wallpaper via Elle Decor and Design Public.

The Branch wallpaper looks really great on a single wall.
Click here for an oversized version of this picture.

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.

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)

Posted in Rooms on July 24, 2007

eBay Picks

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!


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.

In 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.

Let 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)

Posted in Vintage on July 24, 2007

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O’Brien

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.


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)

Posted in DIY, Objects on July 24, 2007

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