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August 2007


All The Best Blog

August 13, 2007

If you haven’t clicked over already, definitely check out the blog of the week, All The Best written by blogger Ronda Carman, who lives in Scotland and has incredible taste and style. This is one classy lady, you have to bookmark her site and tune in daily. It was on All The Best that I discovered that soon (Spring ’08) Ruthie Sommers will release a book called The L.A. House (ISBN 978-0060881030). Ruthie is mentioned in Domino a lot, so I’m sure you’ve heard of her. This is another lady with impeccable taste.

All The Best Blog
I was also quite excited to see Ronda’s interview with Rita Konig. Rita is one of those ladies that fascinates me. She’s an interior designer that travels the globe (I never know what country she will be in next), along with an author and writer for some of the best magazines in the world, blogs for Domino magazine, her mother is the Nina Campbell… She has a British accent, she’s skinny, she’s blonde… I digress. But you’d think with a bio like this that, she’d also have her nose straight up and be a total know-it-all type bragging constantly about her accomplishments in life. But she’s not! She’s so down-to-earth, witty, and approachable. I hope to someday meet Rita and see just how lovely she is in person because if she’s anything like I expect, I know I’d love to hang out with her for an afternoon. She was just in Boston too… I missed my window of opportunity, but am excited to learn that she’ll be writing about Boston in an upcoming issue of Domino magazine. I can’t wait. I do hope she visited some of my favorites stores.

I hope you enjoy All The Best this week, as Ronda has a lot of great posts to share with you that I’m sure you’ll like very much. Thanks Ronda for writing such a terrific blog!

(images from ruthie sommers and all the best)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Jen Oaks Illustration

August 13, 2007

I went a little nuts in Jen’s etsy store yesterday, scooping up 4 prints that I have no idea what I’ll do with but for $5 a piece, I think I’ll figure out something. :) Are they not irresistible?

Jen Oaks Illustration
I’ve been thinking about starting a rotating etsy art wall in my home somewhere, as I have too many prints to show off all at once in my tiny house and think it would be fun to rotate prints with the seasons. Maybe a summer wall that then becomes an autumn wall, etc. I can use the same frames, just swap out the prints so that I’m not banging too many holes in the wall. I think in the summer, it would be nice to showcase prints of the sea and lots of pink, yellow, and blues and in the autumn, maybe leaves, umbrellas, owls and lots of pretty mustard yellow and orange tones. Or go with themes, like fashion illustration in the fall and animals in the spring. Hmmm. At this point, I need a plan of action because I have a lot of prints and little space for them.

Are you a print addict? How do you display your prints? If you have photos that you’d like to share, I’d love to post them here on decor8, so just say the word! I can collect them all and pull together a post dedicated to print display ideas or something.

Now go shop Jen Oaks! :)

{Update: I forgot to mention her online portfolio, it can be viewed right here.}

(images from jen oaks)


Ceannis (Stockholm)

August 13, 2007

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research on Stockholm lately and today I found out about Ceannis. They opened a store in Stockholm last year, located in Sturegallerian in the central part of the city, and they also offer their home accessories and bags throughout Scandinavia.

Ceannis (Stockholm)Ceannis (Stockholm)
I really like these perky patterns on silk, aren’t they gorgeous? Someone needs to consider carrying these in a web store (that ships to America!) because I think they’d be a huge hit over here. A few are helping me make friends with purple, because I’m ready to toss the pillow shown top left on a white fluffy sofa immediately and sink in with magazines and tea.

(images from ceannis)

Color Inspiration

Sunday Inspiration

August 12, 2007

If you find yourself avoiding a particular color, try to experiment with that hue via photography. I recently set off to study purple and I am so glad I did because I learned something about myself. I don’t dislike purple. I dislike fully saturated purple, but I love the less intense shades, the muted violets, especially stunning when combined with pink, turquoise, and gray. Or with yellow and pale green. Here are a few photos that I took yesterday. When I uploaded them to my computer, I sat in my chair in awe. I’m a believer. I want to start working with purple more in my life. Can you see why?

Sunday InspirationSunday Inspiration
I don’t know if this exercise will work for you, but whenever you find yourself disliking a color, take out your camera and challenge yourself to photograph only things in the color you dislike. Keep at it for a few weeks. It’s usually not the color but the level of intensity of that particular hue that turns you off. A highly saturated color is quite intense, but a less saturated color is more on the muted side, far less vivid, and has more gray in it. Maybe your photography exercise will help you see your least favorite hue in a whole new way. Ha! I guess you can say that I needed to adjust my lens in more ways than one because my camera helped me to see purple, I color I avoided for years, in a whole new light!

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, With a red hat which doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me, And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves, And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter…But maybe I ought to practice a little now, So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised when suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple?” – Jenny Joseph, Author

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Etsy Faves, Objects

Track and Field Designs

August 11, 2007

I’m adoring the things at Track and Field Designs right now. A laptop bag with a vintage typewriter on it, a felted owl pin (perfect for a denim jacket this Fall), pretty bird magnets to add some cuteness to the fridge, and pillows… We love pillows! This stuff is just too cute.

Track and Field Designs

(images from track and field designs)


Fjorn (Scandinavian Textiles)

August 10, 2007

Speaking of Klippan in my earlier post showing pillows from Frances Rose, their table linens are also worth a mention because they’re perfectly Scandinavian in all the ways we love. Simple yet elegant with bold colors and adorable patterns against white or linen.

Fjorn (Scandinavian Textiles)
I figured out why Scandinavian designs appeal to me just recently when I thought about why I liked them so much. And I think it’s just part of my nature to always ask why, as I’m constantly looking to know more about the world around me and I’m not scared to admit it when I don’t know. I believe that asking questions is the only way to understand the world around us, and that sounds like the most reasonable thing in the world, but oddly most don’t ask. They assume. Or they just don’t go there.

It’s almost like we come into this world asking our parents, “Why is the sky blue?” and “How are babies made?” and then we reach this point somewhere around 11 or 12 years old where we start to become independent and asking just isn’t cool. We take this into our adult life because we’re told that asking shows that we don’t know the answer and we never should admit something so tragic as not holding ultimate knowledge! It’s this thing we have about asking for help that I think is rooted more in our fear of losing independence somehow. Like asking means needing help and needing help shows weakness. Not true! When it comes to design, I’m asking myself more and more the question, why? Understanding if I genuinely like something by asking why helps me to explore that. Is this making sense? Am I taking things too seriously?

Whether I am or not, I still asked myself why I liked Scandinavian patterns. Is it because every other blogger does? Or because we’re seeing them everywhere? There’s no doubt that peer opinions are strong influences because it’s part of our nature to want to be a part of the crowd. (Have you heard of influencer marketing?) But I discovered that I really do like Scandinavian patterns and traced this back to my childhood because my grandmother had them everywhere in her home.

I like patterns that are geometric, orderly, like apples in a row or beads or lines. (Also explains my interest in Japanese fabrics and the latest collage art techniques out there.) And I like the images to be somewhat cute or strong and bold (think of Sanna Annukka) or a bit more free form and organic (Lotta Jansdotter), but still have some order to the overall design because things that are busy make me feel very distracted and stressed. Scandinavian design uses a lot of natural materials and neutral backgrounds, which I think is nice because it’s simple and earthy and I love things when they are laid back and close to nature.

Fjorn (Scandinavian Textiles)
If you’re looking for Scandinavian textiles online, visit Fjorn. Something about their site felt familiar to me, so I think I’ve written about them before. But I don’t remember so maybe you don’t either, which is why they deserve a mention. They carry Klippan and also a more tradition design house called Ekelund, as well as a few others but those didn’t strike me the same as the Klippan stuff and the Ekelund table runners.

(images from fjorn)

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