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Eclectics (UK)

I mentioned in my review of New Decor the other day that I’d share some resources from the suppliers listed in the back of the book. Here’s my first blogworthy find. It’s a blind company out of Kent, England called Eclectics, who happens to carry the work of Clarissa Hulse, a textile designer that I’ve blogged about a few times already.

I found some of the patterns offered at Eclectics quite fun, I like all the nature themes. They also stand alone quite well, you aren’t obligated to flank them with curtains, especially when they are textured or patterned in a way that accomplishes the job of being both decorative and functional. Blinds are a great solution when wall space is limited for curtains, perhaps you have a window in the corner of your room – blinds are one of the best solutions for that.


A patterned blind works well in a professional workspace, too. My friend in Boston has an office that can only fit her desk, chair, and a small bookcase. The easiest way for her to add pattern and color since she cannot change the white walls (renter) is with a blind and a coordinating rug, along the same idea as the teal/lime room shown above. Blinds are great in kitchens, especially long narrow ones where a window is positioned at the end of the ‘bowling alley’, as I like to call it. It’s a great way to bring in pattern while keeping the look contemporary and clean.

(images from eclectics)

Posted in textiles on August 10, 2007

Inspiration from Readers

I’m not sure if you’ve been clicking over to Flickr to follow our Fabulous Stationery/decor8 contest, but we had over 100 creative entries this week. If you do not see your entry in this pool by noon tomorrow (8/10), please comment below because I want to make sure I have everyone accounted for. :) I pulled in the talented designer at Fabulous Stationery, Trish DeMasi, to help me select the 4 winners, so I’ll use her feedback to help determine the winners. If I get stuck, I may ask for some help from readers by posting my top 10 favorites or something. Here are some that are so beautiful, I have to share them with everyone passing through decor8 today.

Entry # 106 Dhruti Dogra from New Delhi, India. “This Birds of a Feather card reminds me of the onset of spring, of new beginnings, of lightness in the step, of giddiness in the head. I design nature inspired home textiles and these pictures had me dreaming of a cottage in the Himalayas; of the morning sun streaming in to the bedroom window, of chirping birds as my alarm; of handpicked flowers filling the rooms; of running around the hills catching butterflies with my son. Quoting the 17th century poet Robert Herrick, “I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers. Of April, May, of June, and July flowers. I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes, of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.? – Dhruti.

Entry #104 Julia Edvardsson from Michigan, “Severna – I love the pink and green combo and graphic background. As for the rooms I paired with the card, they too appeal to me because of their intense use of graphics and color. I’m loving all things kelly green and just like everyone else these days, the trellis.” – Julia.

Entry #103 Krysta Butler in Michigan, “Pepito – I chose this card whose tag line is ‘Bold, with a hint of whimsy’ which accurately describes why I was drawn to it! I love the boldness of the dark brown bull with touches of whimsy like the bright pink ring. It reminds me of my personal decorating style which is a lot of strong classic pieces coupled with hits of the unexpected. The rooms that I chose are rooms that I have used as inspiration in one way or another when selecting pieces for my own home. They capture the ‘Bold with a hint of whimsy’ tag line well.” – Krysta

Entry #98 Melissa Dominguez from Panama City, Panama, “Daniel Mortonson – I chose this card because of it’s modern design and bold colors, I love the combination! I’m into modern decoration, and I think orange brings personality and contrast to any space, it creates a really cool retro/modern look.” – Melissa.

Entry #39 Maria Fe Calvo-Pierce from Georgia, USA, “Ines (yellow) – The bright colors and simple lines reminded me of a breezy spring afternoon. The colors of the pictures I chose (all from Domino magazine) reflect the same easy, calm, light atmosphere the card does. Most of the colors are earth neutral tones with a splash of bright mustard orange.” – Maria.

Entry #105 Allison Nance from Virginia, “Mod Asters – I was originally looking for a bold orange & chocolate brown color scheme to appease my orange fetish that saturates my living room, but when I saw this card I was drawn to the mustardy tint. The whimsical repetition of the petals makes the image pop, and really feminizes the otherwise bold color scheme. I chose each of these rooms for the continuity in color pallet. I really loved how just by changing the patterns or balance of the yellow and dark tones could give either a hip, feminine look or a stronger, masculine feel. Such a versatile color scheme.” – Allison.

Entry #50 Julie Koester from Surrey, UK, “Mod Menorah – This colour combination is so simple and yet striking too. I think the simplicity of the 2 colours is lovely. Just the most delightful colour combination that makes me want to jump on a plane to an exotic island for a holiday. The white for the brightness of the sunshine and the colour of the sand and the turquoise for the sea and the sky.” -Julie.

Entry #56 Jill Cavanaugh from New Jersey, “Duet – I loved the softness of all the colors together and the simplicity of the image. It inspired me to try and create this same feeling and look in my own living space (shown). For each of these rooms I incorporated the colors from the card so as to keep the same palate and feel.” -Jill.

Entry #91 Jeanine Hays from California, “Scribble Mandala – Very fitting I think. A mandala is a spiritual tool, something to help us quiet the mind and listen to what’s in our soul. I feel the same about interior design. Whatever I design, whatever I come up with has to quiet my mind and feed my soul. This card is true expression of me and my design philosophy. Scribble Mandala is a simple piece of art. I purposely picked it in brown to maintain a natural feel. It actually reminded of Africa, therefore the African feel to the design of my room.” – Jeanine.

Entry #92 Melissa Robertson from Maryland, “Mod Butterfly in Orange – I wanted to do a kid’s theme and I felt this card would be perfect for that. I love the colors of this design and the butterflies give it a sweet touch with out it being overly childish.” -Melissa.

It’s wonderful to see so many international readers involved in this contest and I’m impressed by each entry and how creative you are, everyone has such great taste! Thank you for entering everyone! Winners will be announced sometime on Monday or Tuesday. View all entries right here.

Posted in contests on August 09, 2007

Witty Workshop

More pretty things for your walls… Valerie told me about her store Witty Workshop and since this Montreal-based artist has super cute things, why not share them with you? I don’t see many ovens as a motif out there which makes this so original and a bit of a break from the norm. Plus, it’s quite fun to see drawings of appliances in great colors. :)
I really like this tea party print because it not only reminds me of the ones I had as a child, but I’m always looking for pretty art for children’s bedrooms that have a bit of a storybook quality to them. Does that even make sense? It sounded better in my head… :) But I think you know what I mean. This print is one that a child can look at and build an entire story around it, it’s so charming.


I’m forever fascinated with color and the direct link that it has to mood. The colors in this print are very soft, calming, you could pull together a room using this palette and create an inviting magical space for a little girl. I really appreciate it when artists write to me sharing their work, so thank you so much Valerie for saying hello.

(images from witty workshop)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy, walls on August 09, 2007

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!

Twig has the cutest things ever! Today, Twig owner Elizabeth wrote to me about a limited edition exclusive print by Creative Thursday. Marisa is a blog friend of mine and since she never mentioned this to me, I’m beginning to wonder what other creative projects she has up her sleeve. :)
I’m happy to see her branching out, it’s very exciting as I’ve been watching her work for some time now and enjoy seeing her progress, she’s becoming a brighter star in the art world all the time. Go Marisa! And the best part, she’s not a shooting star – quick in, quick to burn out and fade. She is steady, forward moving, and patient with her process and content with the truth that the best things in life are often attained one step at a time. I think this is one of the most important things to be comfortable with about your career, your health, everything really. Enjoy the ride, right?

So I’m happy today to see Marisa doing well and that Elizabeth from Twig is building her business and moving forward, too. Outside of Marisa’s print, Twig has other great things like some of the Orla Kiely Fall collection (drool) and a few things from her previous collections as well. I really like this travel bag because I need something like this for Fall. I’m still running around with the luggage given to me at my bridal shower 6 years ago and I’m sorely in need of a quick weekend bag in a perky print. It also has to travel well, and I’ve heard Orla makes a sturdy bag. How cute is this?


Bottom line: Shop Twig! This lady has a great eye and a beautiful selection. Thank you Elizabeth for writing to me.

(images from twig)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, travel on August 09, 2007

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