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Button Collective

I’m thrilled! My daily visit to the Etsy homepage got me to clicking around and pow! I landed on a little something special called Button Collective. Remember this post, where I blogged about how much I love badges (buttons, pins, you know those things), but since I’m not 17 I really can’t see wearing them on my jacket? And I talked about how I think it would be great to find some cool way to display them as art? Button Collective has a terrific solution. Check this out.


They have these cool button display boards called storyboards where you can show off your prized collection of badges. Outside of using a shadowbox, this is a really clever display option. They come in all shapes and sizes, white or black.


What do you think?

(images from button collection)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on July 23, 2007

SeaCloth

I’m seeing SeaCloth fabric everywhere lately, especially in some of my favorite magazines, so I thought I’d email the designers to see if they’d send us some images of their fabric and a few shots from their Greenwich, CT store. We all like to see products in action, am I right?!?

Partners Susan Harris, an accomplished fine artist, and Deirdre Halper, a former marketing exec, teamed up to create a line of textiles, home furnishings and decorative accessories known for their durability, gorgeous colors and nature-inspired patterns. Harvest Hue and Splash On are my two favorite collections (shown below), especially the lattice pattern. SeaCloth is available to the trade, so you’ll need a designer to assist you on your purchase, but if you’re around CT anytime soon, you can shop their store – no designer needed!


(images from seacloth)

Posted in Shop Tours, textiles on July 23, 2007

Urban Outfitters Chairs ‘n Such

Kiley from Urban Outfitters mailed their new catalog and images to me for sharing with decor8 readers today. I can’t believe we’re already looking at Fall clothes and velvet chairs, but with the end of July fast approaching, Autumn isn’t that far off in the distance. That’s fine with me though, because there’s nothing better than a cozy cardigan and patterned tights anyway. Of course, a pretty outfit is nice, but a comfy and stylish chair for reading is total heaven. Like this one in a pretty fern print for $380. Did you know that it’s also available in a beige/white print called King Bird and that Urban’s offers fabric swatches for free upon request? Very cool, huh?

Check out that triptych art. Does anyone know about the artist, Lee May? Doesn’t ring a bell for me, so clue me in if you know.

I like these chairs, and really enjoyed seeing this one in a room vs. just a product shot, plus I think the pattern and color is just great. I’d love to see this pattern replace the velvet on their slipper chair, that would be just so darling!

Is it me, or is something wrong with this image because some of these plates look strange to me – broken or something? In any case, here’s a glimpse of them close up below.


Thanks Kiley for the sweet product shots. You can view all of these items above right here, currently up for grabs on their website.

(images from urban outfitters)

Posted in furniture, shopping on July 23, 2007

Design Star *Week 1*

What did you think of the first episode of Design Star last night? Per the request of Becky and Paola, I’ll post a weekly open thread each Monday so those of you who are DS viewers can dish about the show. I struggled through last season, so I’m hoping that season 2 brings a bit more drama and decent design so we can at least have a little fun watching it and maybe learn a few things. I’m also hoping for a little character bonding to happen because if a viewer can relate to at least one finalist, it’s a good show (at least until that finalist gets canned).

I predict a lot more drama this season, a few cat fights coming on, and with the finalists being quite an assorted bunch (two words: Josh Sparkle), I’m thinking we’ll at least have fun watching it until Project Runway kicks off.

A few snippets from the bio of Mr. Sparkles himself: His favorite designer is Versace, if he weren’t a designer he’d be a Solid Gold dancer, and the boy knows how to clog. Pair him up with finalist Christina Ray, who adores the designs of Christopher Lowell, or with Neeraja Lockart who adores Muriel Brandolini, and you just may have the recipe for good reality tv.

(images from HGTV, photographer: Dennis Galante)

Posted in inspiration, reality tv, small business on July 23, 2007

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