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Jen Oaks Illustration

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?


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)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on August 13, 2007

Ceannis (Stockholm)

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.


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)

Posted in textiles on August 13, 2007

Sunday Inspiration

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?


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)

Posted in Color Inspiration on August 12, 2007

Track and Field Designs

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.

(images from track and field designs)

Posted in etsy, textiles on August 11, 2007

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