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Little Doodles – Launching 8/7!

A little birdie told me that tomorrow (8/7) Kate from Little Doodles will open the doors of her etsy store to sell some darling prints of her original drawings. You can preview some illustrations in flickr that she may list in her store tomorrow. So don’t forget! Add her to your etsy faves so when tomorrow comes, you will be first to preview her darling things.

Above illustration reads, “Betty would trade a years worth of worms for those fendi heels…”

Thanks Kate for the news! Yay, congrats!

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Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on August 06, 2007


Gabriella told me about her new store in East Hampton, NY called j.roaman and the moment I opened the photos, I thought of decor8 readers and how much you’d love seeing this place. It’s an eclectic blend of patterns from all over the world, all merged together to usher in a fresh, new look – a little different from the norm. Lots of bright colors and pattern, lively, fun! I’ve seen this look in Elle Decoration and Living Etc magazines, but I can’t say it’s a huge trend here in the states yet as the average American household isn’t bold enough to go with patchwork bespoke sofas. Why be average?! Mix things up and have a little fun. j.roaman offers one-of-a-kind custom furniture, quilts from Milan, tableware, art, soft toys, even Moroccan pouffes in unexpected prints (very unexpected!).

Scheduled to appear in an upcoming issue of Oprah Magazine, Gabriella wants to give decor8 readers a sneak peek of their enticing selection. I don’t know friends, looks like Fall ’07 right into 2008 just may be the most colorful and pattern-filled that I’ve seen in a very long time!

They don’t have an online store, so I need to highlight the point of this post is more to inspire than to shop. Of course, if you find yourself in Hampton, New York you have to visit this place, but for the rest of us, look at these items as inspiration. What can you recycle in your own home with some bold patchwork? These images may motivate you to do something interesting to an old chair, mirror frame, or foot stool, you never know… Recycle whenever possible, there are so many cool things you can do with a can of brightly colored paint and fabric scraps.

From a recent trip to the Brimfield flea market, I found lots of vintage suzanis, some in not-so-good condition (a hole, some fading in spots, etc). This is a great alternative for vintage textiles that you love that you can’t use as a cover – cut out the best pieces and use to cover furniture or to create bolster or throw pillows. Despite what some Interior Designer from Watch Hill, RI told me at Brimfield this past May, suzanis are hardly pass?. She was so against them, and I told her that nothing is pass? if you love it. She wasn’t a big fan of my personal feelings about interior style, but I still shared them with her. And the more I see suzanis in magazines and stores, the more I’m thinking that they aren’t pass? at all.

Thanks Gabriella for the tip and the great store images!

(images from j.roaman)

Posted in Shop Tours on August 06, 2007

IKEA 2008

You can now order and preview the 2008 IKEA catalog online (US version). For ’08, it’s all about color! color! and more color! Don’t you just love the shot of green amidst all this white? I imagine a geometric white and green pattern somewhere, either as a tile back splash over the counter or as wallpaper on an accent wall. Or maybe some art? Either way, I love this look.

I think they’ve expanded their selection of sofas and textiles, which I’m excited about because I love every sofa I find at Bo Concept, but a more budget option for sleek Euro-styled sofas was needed and it seems like IKEA is bringin’ it for ’08. I’m seeing lots of chic sofas and sectionals. Here are a few items that caught my attention — some are on the website, others aren’t listed yet so in those cases, I’m simply sharing some product shots.

Kulla light in red $50, Sebastian bar stool in white $50, Besta Burs TV unit $400, Effektiv storage for the office $470, Lillberg rocking chair $159 (so cute on a patio and I saw the fabric in person, it’s very nice), Jakob swivel chair with pad (very Design Within Reach, only this time, really within reach for $139).

Love the blue wall and the great new white bed (looks so crisp), and the children’s bedding is adorable too. Sofas and colors are all looking very good to me.

More bold textiles by the yard, a pet bed that’s just too cute (and stylish!), the Alex drawers (I have 3 of these units now and love them, tons of storage space), and a very green sectional sofa that looks apartment size for a change, most sectionals are super-sized.

All of these pots, vases, and textiles work for me. Especially the leaf pattern. That is seriously gorgeous, has quite a Marimekko vibe in my opinion.

A yellow accent wall in a kitchen is clean and bright (I love yellow these days), and the striped runner is a must-have, I love it and wonder if it’s available in larger sizes (like 5×7)? The green drop leaf table is affordable, functional, but most of all – cute, cute, cute! And did you see the yellow dresser? That is a seriously fun piece, and such a refreshing change from standard wood and white.

This is the first year that I’m excited over IKEA and their upcoming catalog. They have a strong collection for ’08 and I look forward to viewing everything in person so I can give it the Holly inspection because not everything is as great in person as it appears online. Although my IKEA PS Locker in White and my Alex drawers have made me a very happy girl. :)

(images from ikea)

Posted in Objects on August 06, 2007

Hambly Screen Prints: DIY Fun!

I read about Hambly Screen Prints in the Fall ’07 issue of Adorn magazine (page 17, purchase your copy right here), where they show a ceramic dish and soap dispenser with an owl print and mentioned that the designs are hand-printed owl rub-ons from Hambly Screen Prints that can be turned into home accessories in a flash. Really? This could be fun for a little DIY adventure, don’t you think?

So I visited the Hambly website and then found their blog with lots of pictures of their Fall line (including lots of rub-ons designs), and a link to a etsy jewelry store that Allison Kreft, who designs for Hambly Screen Prints, maintains. Looks like she uses rub-ons to create her charms). I like the simple look of the mod flowers (available in orange, lime, turquoise, red, white and brown) and think they may look cute as accents on mirrors and other surfaces in the home (especially fun for dorm rooms and the nursery), as long as you keep it simple so things doing cross over into scary tacky. They have an extensive collection of papers, vellums, and overlay papers to spark your creativity as well, so visit their website and blog to see if you can find something to inspire your next project!

Doesn’t it almost look like they added some pretty papers to this ho-hum IKEA light? Great idea, Hambly!

(images from hambly screen prints)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 06, 2007


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