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Vintage Typewriter Cravings + Country Living Galleries

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.


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.


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.


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)

Posted in vintage on August 03, 2007

Simply Photo

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!


(images from simply photo)

Posted in etsy, stationery on August 03, 2007

Inspiration from Readers

Let’s drool over pretty rooms, shall we? :) I’d like to share some of the entries submitted so far for the Fabulous Stationery contest. (If you would like to enter, details are right here.) I am delighted to associate with such a talented bunch of readers and thank you all for sharing your creative vision with us. I have all entries filed away here for now, but worry that readers will forget to click over and will miss out on viewing them, so here are just a few that I fell in love with.

Carlene Vitale from Knit Squirrel. “Mod Vases in Green…I really love this card; I collect green pottery, and rooms with these colors + pottery are some of my favorites. I already remembered a few I’d seen when I picked this card. The card reminded me of modern interiors in shades of cool blues and greens, with sketchy, linear accents, wood tones and natural, leafy elements (all my favorites).” – Carlene.

Marie-Christine Hoffmann from Kischa. “The name of the card design is Blossom. I choose this card as opportunity to create a nature look, because for me the blossom could also be a butterfly or a clover leaf. Black alone would have work very elegant, but by the nature tones the areas are loosened up, more comfortable and cosy. The style mix gives a loft like atmosphere, which I enjoy.” -Marie Christine.

Sofia Barao from la fee coriandre. “I selected Hyacinth because it’s a feminine and simple beautiful card that matches perfectly these interiors, plus the hyacinth is such a beautiful and retro flower to me it’s the flower that matches perfectly a vintage interior style. I chose these 3 wonderful photos because they are really what I like in a house: space, light, comfort and a retro esprit links each of these photos.” – Sofia.

From Angela Burke at Ambient Design. “The Shroom card reminds me of my early 1980s Vermont upbringing: Cozy, autumnal, and sort of hippie but cute.I tried to find rooms that had an equally retro-made-modern, cozy feel.” – Angela.

Sarah Dennis from Toast and Tables. “The card I chose was Dandelion in green. The dandelion flower means happiness and happiness to mean means ?color?. The crisp green and aqua blue color combinations in these rooms are used in a bright, cheery and retro way. I choose a flower because of its association with nature. Blue and green are colors taken directly from nature; think blue skies and green grass. Nature inspires the most creative combination of color. Right now, the nature trend is coming on strong and can be interpreted in various ways. These rooms are not only refreshing but there?s an added level of sophistication.” – Sarah.

Silvia Amtmann from Lazy Angel. “I selected Poppy because I love this particular color combination: sky blue, bright green, golden yellow, and red orange. Also, I absolutely love poppies. Lastly, the card is bold and playful but still polished, as well as organic and yet structured. The rooms I chose fit the color palette of the card, but were also fun and clean designs, feminine without being sugary or frilly. Undoubtedly modern but neither cold nor sterile.” -Silvia.

Alicia Bock from Bloom Grow Love “Card: Fashionista Madison. Chosen because she has such wonderful character, and we both adore pink and black. Lots of romance, girliness and fun. The retreat I’d want to hang out in with a bunch of girlfriends.” -Alicia.

Sidsel Gaustadnes from Spagats. “I love the colours and the whimsical style in this card, called Teaparty-Tan. And I just love tea and cakes. We are close to buying a summerhouse and these photo show pretty well how I would like to decorate my kitchen there.” -Sidsel

(images from readers indicated above)

Posted in contests, inspiration, small business on August 03, 2007

Color Conversation: Podcast

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!


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)

Posted in Color Inspiration on August 03, 2007

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