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Seabreeze Studio

I first shopped with Yukiko from Seabreeze Studio around the same time that etsy launched, and I still have the little bag that I ordered from her and really like it. The fabrics that she uses are totally cute, you can tell that she is from Japan (she lives in the UK now) because the prints, well look at them below, are they not adorable and totally Japanese? And 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)

Posted in etsy, shopping, travel on August 03, 2007

Thanks Adorn Magazine!

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.

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?


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.


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.


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.


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)

Posted in inspiration on August 02, 2007

Rain Harris Installation @ the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus)

decor8 reader Rain Harris of Lusterbunny (and RISD grad) wrote in a few days ago about this gorgeous piece she made that’s currently on display at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio called “Americana”. (It’s part of her fine art, not the work that she offers online.)


Americana is nearly 60 feet long and was designed for the space using wood paneling that is imprinted with a woodland motif of deer, cabins, etc. that she carved Victorian wallpaper designs into using a cnc router almost giving it the look of 3-D wallpaper. Then, she inlaid light blue paint into the grooves to highlight the various patterns and cut out sections of additional panels, extending them from the walls using frosted plexiglas rods. Isn’t this amazing? You can read more about the installation here.


Thank you Rain for writing in!

(images from rain harris)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on August 01, 2007

Macy’s *New* Furniture Online + $699 Sofa Sale

I’m sorry to sound so harsh, but I just don’t look to Macy’s as the source for finding good design. It’s one of those stores that I dash into for something that I really need (usually at the cosmetics counter) and then run for the door feeling very glad the moment fresh air hits my face. I dislike the entire store experience and find it all quite painful. That being said, I have to thank them for offering $699 sofas. And that I no longer have to endure physical pain to shop in their depressing store because they now have an online furniture store. Thank you Macy’s.


So decor8 readers, if you’d like a deal or two, this Corona sofa is a terrific find (and on sale) for $699 and starting tomorrow (Aug 2), will be available in pear, stone, and a very dark chocolate. You can even purchase the coordinating Corona chair for $539. Yup. Steal of the century. I’m not saying anything about quality, but based on looks, these sofas are a great deal and look a lot like their more expensive cousins in the cool stores. Frankly, unless you plan on keeping it for 30 years, sleeping on it daily, or jumping up and down on it like a nut, I’m sure one of these will last you until you get sick of it anyway.

Here’s a few additional $699 sofas, including a yummy steal in chocolate velvet called Tyler. Note: It looks like a shorty in the picture, but it’s actually 82″ wide. The Margaret chair for $549 is another great value and I really like the lines and that it’s available in brown, cream, and blue. Very nice. The East Park Square coffee table (there’s a matching end table as well but I don’t match my coffee tables to my end tables, so I wouldn’t be into this) with a generous square travertine top and steel base is very sleek for $499. It looks like something you’d see in Elle Decor magazine in some tricked out space. I love finding great deals that look like you spent a fortune.

And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I see a modular seating trend coming on for Fall/Winter ’07. Sectionals are hot. I’m not sure why, but all of the sudden they’re everywhere – magazines, showrooms, catalogs. They are the new foo dogs, I guess. Just a whole heck of a lot larger, so unless you have the space, step away from the sectionals.

(images from macy’s)

Posted in furniture on August 01, 2007

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