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July 2007

Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Notes on finding refreshment…

July 10, 2007

Flickr is still my favorite site, hands down. There is no other website on earth that does it for me quite like the fantastic images that I discover in the many photo streams there.

Notes on finding refreshment... A fabulous 50s kitchen from Crafty Beaver

I think it’s important to use our time wisely, even when it comes to mundane pursuits and what others may consider “time suckers” when referring to hobbies involving entertainment – like watching movies, television, surfing the web, etc. I have to defend this by saying that to me, it’s not a time sucker if it’s productive in even a small way. If you’re parked in front of television, glazing over as you half watch a program, that’s a bit of a waste. One would be better using their time sleeping as that is at least repairing the body! But if you are watching a program that, when you walk away from it, leaves you feeling energized and refreshed, then that’s positive, and that is using free time wisely. Sure, we can’t over-analyze everything we do because that’s no fun. But if we are devoting considerable time to something, it’s good to ask whether or not it really is refreshing or is it simply a time sucker, energy sucker, and altogether draining. This spans everything, from friendships to hobbies, even career, but I’m focusing more on websites and the time spent online. And this leads me back to Flickr.

Notes on finding refreshment... A colorful corner from Wisecraft with curtains that I really like. :)
Notes on finding refreshment... A nature-inspired grouping on a simple shelf from Little Birds.
Notes on finding refreshment... Ivanka Trump’s Living Room from In Style magazine via SarahLeeAb. Spot the foo dogs?
Notes on finding refreshment... A gorgeous fireplace decorated by Abigail Percy. What a dreamy blue background.
Notes on finding refreshment... An IKEA paper lamp with an added touch from two straight lines – handmade butterflies! This is a nice way to add some charm to something that all your friends may have… You don’t have to accept something as is. Look for inexpensive ways to make things more personal, and beautiful!
Notes on finding refreshment... Jeana_Sohn’s cozy kitchen nook. I love this little space because it’s simple. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in dotting all the i’s. Maybe we can give some corners of our homes a little “less is more” treatment? Just a thought…
Notes on finding refreshment... Great use for library card catalogs – a craft room must for bitsandbobbins.
Notes on finding refreshment... Kitchen flowers from GMW.
Notes on finding refreshment... Ships ahoy! Amazing sailboats handcrafted by Ann Wood. (She is something else!)
Notes on finding refreshment... A Brooklyn brownstone in the heights, snapped by Alternate Words (also my husband). This place had a ton of pendants hanging inside, see them? It isn’t a reflection, there must have been at least 6 of them. This is from our June trip to NYC. We both agreed that Claire Huxtable and Heathcliff had to be due home any moment.
Notes on finding refreshment... Sleepy kitty from Accolady. Zzzz. I want to kiss its little nose.
Notes on finding refreshment... A fabulous inspiration wall from Matirose.
Notes on finding refreshment... Altogether gorgeousness from Annamariahorner. What colors!
Notes on finding refreshment... A pink beetle in Mexico via ***anahita.
Notes on finding refreshment... And finally, a lovely arrangement of things by mizutamago.

On Flickr, I see people living life. Tons of images showing families spending time together, great food shots from devoted cooks and newbie chefs trying out a recipe for the first time. Pet photos, images of handmade crafts (lots of soft toys!), and travel shots that will take your breathe away. It’s also fun to peek inside the homes of others, even to look at the self portraits people snap of well, themselves. When I look at all of these images from my nearly 1,300 contacts, I walk away feeling like a new standard for living has been set.

It’s not about just accepting what we’ve been given. It’s about being more.

To borrow from the army, Be All That You Can Be. I like that expression. I walk away from Flickr feeling inspired to bake more, plant more, and just be a little more than I may be today. Not in a do-it-or-die self-promoting way, but in a let’s take it up a notch way. This is what I call finding refreshment from the whole online experience. For me, it’s through the blogs I read and the lovely Flickr site.

Your turn. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have Flickr favorites that you would like to link to in the comments below? Go for it!

I have to mention that this post is a result of a lovely conversation that Marisa and I had today. She is wonderful. :)

(images: sources noted beneath each photo)

Rooms

A Delight Must-Have!

July 10, 2007

{update from Tracey: decor8 readers take 10% off anything for the next two weeks (through July 24) use code decor8delight}

Must-have alert! Tracey over at Delight just told me about the bird tray and flower cup by ISAK UK now available on their website for a special deal lasting one day only. It’s the best. Go see for yourself…

A Delight Must-Have!
Related post: Isak, 10/30/06

(images from delight)

Shopping + Products

ebay Seller Spotlight: Vintage Fashion Inc.

July 9, 2007

Vintage Fashion Inc. is a terrific eBay seller that you may want to add to your list of faves. Don’t you just love this mid century modern rug? It’s reversible in a great blue and white geometric pattern.

ebay Seller Spotlight: Vintage Fashion Inc.
$550 is a great deal for a vintage 69 1/2″ X 108″ rug in this condition. I’d love to see it at the foot of a bed, slightly tucked under as some of these great Domino images show us below. Click here to either bid or buy it now. It’s the next best thing if you cannot afford the Madeline Weinrib Zig Zag rug that everyone (and their mother) is lusting over…

ebay Seller Spotlight: Vintage Fashion Inc. ebay Seller Spotlight: Vintage Fashion Inc.
(images from domino and vintage fashion inc)

Travel

Visit Orla Kiely London

July 9, 2007

The second Anh-Minh mentioned her London vacation and that she’d like to contribute a post about Orla Kiely’s flagship store on decor8 (she knows how much I love Orla), I knew I couldn’t resist! And this isn’t your ordinary shop tour, as you’re about to catch a sneak peek of some brand new lighting that hasn’t yet launched, and I’m extremely excited about it because the moment these beauties do hit the streets, I’m posting about them on decor8 and pulling out my charge card (great find, Anh-Minh!).

Visiting Orla Kiely London
By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 contributor.

Whether you?re browsing or buying, Orla Kiely?s flagship store in London is a real treat for fans of her organic yet modern graphics. The merchandise is gorgeous, but so are the details found throughout the Covent Garden shop.

Visit Orla Kiely London
I couldn?t help but inquire about the pendant lamps on display. The sales associate informed me that they were originally created as store props, but have (understandably) garnered so much interest, that the company has decided to market them. The pricing is still being worked out, but they will soon be available for purchase ? including online (good news for those of us living outside England!).

Visit Orla Kiely London
In case you just can?t wait or are concerned that the price may be a wee bit high: The latest issue of British Elle D?cor includes a DIY Orla Kiely lamp. (Nice coincidence!) The ?Flower Blossom Lawn? wallpaper, which is carried at Anthropologie, adorns the shade of a table lamp.

Visit Orla Kiely London
Back at the Orla Kiely store, the wallpaper is also used to spruce up wood furniture. This is an idea I just might have to steal to spruce up a piece in my own house!

Visit Orla Kiely London Visit Orla Kiely London
In case you?re lucky enough to be heading to London soon, you can check out the goods for yourself at 31 Monmouth Street.

(images from anh-minh le for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Shim + Sons

July 9, 2007

Pretty new things from Shim + Sons that I thought you’d enjoy seeing today. I have to make a pencil cup now, these look like a fun project for the abundance of scrap fabrics and papers I have laying around. There are lots of new products just added today, including button magnets, and patchwork tea towels. Beautiful, as always! (I love these faux bois magnets, so sweet.)

Shim + Sons

(images from shim + sons)

Inspiration, Small Business, Travel

Tips for Quebec City & Montreal?

July 9, 2007

Help a girl out. For our upcoming anniversary, we’ll be in Quebec City and Montreal. Any cool tips to share? Tips for Quebec City & Montreal?
I’ve been to Montreal about 20 times since it’s only a 4 hour drive, but we’re always there visiting friends, not really as tourists. I’ve never ventured far out of their neighborhood (near Atwater market), Old Montreal, or the downtown area, but since we are spending the first two days alone, we’re going to explore a little so I’d love some help.

I’m looking for vintage and modern home stores, good eats, clothing consignment shops, Japanese shops (for zakka, magazines, books, CD’s), bakeries, sew shops, and fun little districts where there’s a heavy concentration of coffee houses, eclectic shopping and galleries to cruise. (I have a few city links for Montreal in my right column, but I’m willing to beef it up to benefit all if you care to leave links.)

Anyway, thank you in advance for any fun tips you may have. Oh, and we leave on Thursday and will be in Montreal for the first 5 days, then it’s up to QC until the following weekend. I’ve never been to QC, so I’m completely lost when it comes to what’s what up there. Of course, there are a slew of travel sites, but I’d rather hear it from my friends, so please share! :)

(image from Flickr user IreneS. You have to check out her Montreal folder.)

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