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August 2007

Fashion + Accessories, Inspiration

Casch + Zara Home

August 4, 2007

I have to share Casch of Denmark with you today. I felt excited when I unwrapped my new Fall coat from Anthropologie today and find that it was designed by Casch. Here are some images from their collections, imagine turning these outfits into rooms?

Casch + Zara Home
I can see it now. A living room with a chair upholstered in cream with a golden ring pattern (like the jacket shown above), and lots of texture and details everywhere, like embroidered and beaded art in wooden frames and a capiz shell chandelier (or this citron light). Pale blue glass jars filled with shells and pebbles, a cable knit throw, linen curtains… Wait. I just thought of a post from April showing rooms from Zara Home. Remember? A look that is not too far off from what I imagine… Here are the rooms.

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(images from casch + zara)






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Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries

August 3, 2007

I’m not exactly sure what causes these sudden cravings, like I was big into globes last week (my eBay globe arrived and I love it), and now I’m back into typewriters, a recurring love of mine as I have visions of them in vintage pale pink or turquoise from the 50s, perhaps with that retro Smith-Corona font on the front. Actually, I can trace this typewriter desire. It’s this photo that did me in. I saw it over 3 years ago (I think ’05 maybe) in Country Living magazine and never forgot it. It was from an article about a New York farmhouse owned by Peter and India Baird that I fell in love with.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
The typewriters below are from eBay, I was watching them but silly me, I forgot that watch means I need to frequently check back (and I didn’t) so I lost out. I only need one. So I am back to searching for the perfect Smith-Corona. Or any brand really, as long as it is in some delicious pale pink or blue color, works, and has pretty font somewhere on it.

Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries
Here are some more shots of that farmhouse. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? Imagine having a second home like this… And I adore that little vintage classroom desk in their kitchen. This is how I imagine my life someday when we have children. A place for my little one to color while I cook dinner. I recently found two of them at a local flea market for free – no one wanted them – but I passed them by because I was in a rush to get somewhere. Now I wish I had taken the time to stop.

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More homes and tours can be found on the newly updated Country Living website, they have some gorgeous galleries and lots of modern country looks that are very nice to look at. Photos taken by the amazing Michael Luppino (check out his interiors porfolio, the man is unstoppable).

(images from ebay and michael luppino for country living)






Etsy Faves, Stationery

Simply Photo

August 3, 2007

Simply Photo sent over her new postcards the other day, they are so pretty and I like the simplicity, I think we’re all charmed by simple things because life can be pretty complicated and our homes can become quite cluttered as a result. At times, we find ourselves craving a simple way of life. Simply Photo offers us a glimpse into what that life might look like, if only we could attain it… :) As always, beautiful work Jen!

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(images from simply photo)






Color Inspiration

Color Conversation: Podcast

August 3, 2007

Here is a link to the podcast that I told you about yesterday, the topic is color, and I interview Rachel from Hue Consulting during the first half and the second half, I chat with Marisa from Creative Thursday. All three of us really hope you enjoy it!

Color Conversation: Podcast
Tip: The podcast is 55 minutes long, so you may want to download it and listen to it in two parts. If I host a podcast in the future, I know to keep it to around 20 minutes next time, but if you love color and would like to learn more about it from the perspective of a professional color consultant (Rachel) and a full-time painter (Marisa), I truly think it’s worth your time to listen in. I played it while organizing my office this morning and really enjoyed what both ladies had to say. :)

To read previous posts on decor8 by Rachel on color, click here. She covered all of the primary and secondary colors so well. I should have her back to talk to us about white and maybe black now. Hmm…

Here’s a link over to the podcast.

(The above photo is part of a creative exercise I started yesterday, which was inspired by my conversation with Rachel and Marisa. I decided to photograph a mini view of a room I imagine, laying only very few items on a white surface and photographing them, almost in color tray style. For this one, I imagined a nursery since our closest friends in Germany are having a baby. Maybe you would like to try this creative exercise as well, taking a picture of a few things that you imagine in a particular room? If you do, let me know and I’ll start a little flickr group or something where we can deposit them. Just for fun.)

(image from holly becker)






Etsy Faves, Shopping + Products, Travel

Seabreeze Studio

August 3, 2007

I first shopped with Yukiko from Seabreeze StudioAnd while I am not one to blog about fashion accessories, I came across Yukiko again while surfing Etsy a moment ago and wanted to share since I told her over a year ago that I would and I don’t think I ever did. My bad. Since a promise is a promise, this blog is for you, Yukiko. Even if it’s really late in coming…

Sorry I didn’t get to posting much yesterday, I spent a little over 3 hours with Marisa and Rachel working on a podcast about color, so once Marisa has it ready to go, I will share it here on decor8 so you can listen in. :)

(images from seabreeze studio)






Inspiration

Thanks Adorn Magazine!

August 2, 2007

Remember how I posted about being Hopeful last week? My Hopeful print arrived yesterday, and you know what’s funny about timing and life in general? In the same stack of mail I found an envelope containing the brand new issue of Adorn magazine (Fall ’07, will be out any day now) with a room I pulled together for them — a two page spread! And since this issue of Adorn is the same size as a regular magazine, the pictures are larger and look beautiful. I am thrilled.

Thanks Adorn Magazine!Last week, some not-so-good news came to us from a close family member so we could only be hopeful that better health would come to them. And it did and now that person is better. But the stress of it all impacted me greatly. When the hopeful print arrived yesterday, it was an instant reminder that things turned out okay and as a family, we got through it. And then the next thing I opened was the envelope containing this issue of Adorn, which I did not expect for at least another week or two. This was further reminder that in life, bad things happen but they don’t stay around too long because then goodness comes flooding in. Life is like that sometimes, isn’t it?

Thanks Adorn Magazine!
Here are the original photos, taken by photographer Jack Deutsch. Nice work, Jack! And Kayte Terry took all the ideas and everything I arranged and styled it just how I imagined. She is amazingly talented. Adorn is very lucky to have Kayte on board. She is also the blogger behind This Love Forever and an etsy seller under the same name. And this article isn’t all about my room, Adorn also had Kayte design one and Gregory Han (aka TypeFiend on Live Journal and flickr) from Apartment Therapy LA. You have to pick up the issue, Gregory and Kayte really went for it with their designs. I loved seeing how everyone took the idea of designing around a single chair from a big box retailer and then put their spin on how they’d design a space around it.

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And you know what is even more thrilling? A loyal reader and talented artist, Anne from Florida, sent me a painting of the room to show her support. I shared this room a few months ago when Adorn sent me the final images and she transformed the image into a watercolor painting, and she sent it to me as a gift. (The print is now available in her etsy store.) Isn’t that the nicest gesture? Anne will paint your room too, or your house (makes a great gift), or anything else you are proud of if you are interested for under $150 for an original. So thank you Anne for making my Adorn appearance one that will last for years to come because your painting is soon to be displayed on my wall. And thank you Adorn for asking me to contribute to your magazine, I can officially cross one dream from my list thanks to you.

Thanks Adorn Magazine!
My room design was inspired by my friend Danielle (and she doesn’t even know it yet but I played pretend: she was my client, he he) and a painting I first saw at Three Graces Gallery in Portsmouth, NH by Bailey Saliwanshik. A little story about the painting: after months and months of still wanting it and turning the idea of owning it over and over in my head, after the photo shoot I contacted Bailey and just purchased it. I think any piece of art that you want for so many months is a sign that perhaps you should save up and buy it. Although most times, you take the risk of losing the piece because it may be sold. In this case, I think it was just meant to be. Here it is in my home, waiting to be installed. It also has a new frame, since I wanted something lighter.

Thanks Adorn Magazine!
I think the other painting used in the shoot is still available though, in case you are interested, click here.

(images from holly becker, jack deutsch and adorn magazine)






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