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October 2007

Inspiration

VT Wonen

October 4, 2007

Have you heard of the Dutch home interiors magazine VT Wonen? Oh it’s great, for me it’s right up there with Living Etc., Elle Decoration, Skona Hem, and Domino. Swoon!

VT Wonen
Since I don’t know Dutch, I’m a bit lost if I try to read some of the product blurbs, but I still enjoy all the trend pieces, the overall presentation, and the big glossy pages of gorgeous rooms – all in the delicious boho-euro style that I love. If you don’t have access to a copy, no worries because you can browse their inspiration galleries online – so many great images to motivate your next room redux.

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(images from vt wonen)

Trends

Power Poufs!

October 3, 2007

No matter what you call them, pouffes, floor pillows, cushions, poufs — whatever — these beauties are the it accessory for the home right now, and I’m willing to bet into the new year and beyond. Loved for their versatility (foot stool, place to sit, or table), within reach pricing (at least most of the time), and overall cuteness factor, it’s hard to go wrong with something so right. Take this felt pouf from one of my favorite designers, Chris Labrooy. How can you not desire one of these in your home?

Power Poufs!
With so many hunting for durable pieces that perform double duty without taking up much-needed floor space, the pouf is perfect because you can easily tuck one away beneath a table. I think they look so stylish and often bring in the pattern, color, or texture that a room needs – the icing on the cake. In all its available shapes and sizes, why not check out a few of my favorites to see if anything clicks with you, perhaps you’d like one for yourself? I’ve included a few inspirational images from Living Etc. so you can see them in actual spaces.

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First off, the Morrocan pouf – it’s the first thing I think of the moment I hear the p word. I love them in soft leather with the handstitched patterns, they’re very bohemian I think, they have that come relax in my casbah appeal. White leather is my favorite, but a close runner up is pale pink and then the turquoise ones – or something in a pale mustard. Aren’t these beauties from Graham and Greene the best? I like them around a coffee table for dining with friends. Also great for the patio in the warmer months, with candlelight of course.

Power Poufs!
This one from Shabby Chic is gorgeous, I saw it up close and personal in their new Boston/Natick store and it’s worth every penny. Even if you do need several hundred pennies to buy one. :)

Power Poufs!
Of course, you can get them in felt too, which really appeals to those living in colder climates I think. Leather is nice, but if you live in a region that is cold for most of the year, then you may be more inclined to find something in wool or cotton. I like this felted pouf from Danish Bohema (a site I found thanks to Leah) because it has an embroidered pattern much like the Moroccan ones above. This one is made by En Gry & Sif of Copenhagen, distributed by Danish Bohema in the U.S. for $113 – which I think is a terrific price.

Power Poufs!
Shirdak out of the Netherlands also has some in felt showing off some bold ethnic patterns. I see floor cushions and poufs everywhere in decor over here, in all the magazines I flip through they’re in so many rooms – and also in the homes of my friends.

Power Poufs!

The Alseda is another that I really like, it’s a very affordable option for under $30 at IKEA and it’s very natural – made from banana fiber so it’s eco-friendly, too. Top it off with a silver tea tray set, Danielle from the Style Files uses hers for this purpose and I think it looks great near her fireplace.

Power Poufs!

Big on color and pattern? Although these are ottomans, they’re a great alternative if you seek something soft with a decorative pattern. I like these three from Anthropologie, some are under $300 on sale, so click here for the full scoop on that. Or this floor cushion made to resemble an ethnic style pouf from Urban Outfitters for only $40.

Power Poufs!

And of course, some more pouf inspiration in case you wonder about how to place them in your home. They aren’t just for the living room, you can use them just about anywhere you’d like.

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And you can even sew a few up yourself. Amy Butler recently released a new pattern called Gumdrop Pillows, aren’t these the best?

Power Poufs!
And blogger Yvestown from the Netherlands got her hands on a pattern and using fabric from Cath Kidston, she crafted one for her home. (By the way, if you like CK stuff, you can now order a catalog right here at no cost.) Yvestown said that many more gumdrops will follow, as she seemed to really enjoy making this one. Isn’t it gorgeous? Here’s her photo below. I purchased fabric from Amy Butler to make one for my own living room when I’m back in the states (a winter project).

Power Poufs!
Looking for additional seating options that are pouf-like? Try Fat Boy, Livingstones by Smarin (shown below), and Blog Beanbags.

Power Poufs!
Hope this pouffe post gave you some decorating inspiration for today. I know it did for me, now I have to reupholster my ottoman and make a few gumdrop pillows. :)

{Sorry blogging has been light the past day or so, I’m still getting settled here in Germany, our schedule has been nonstop since we landed. I’ll see you tommorow!}

Etsy Faves

Robert Reader Photography – Isofoto

October 3, 2007

I’m so flattered that Robert Reader of Isofoto contacted me to share his photography, especially since he’s never been blogged anywhere before and there’s always this special feeling one has when they read their first blog post about their work. I remember the first time decor8 was blogged about, it was on Apartment Therapy and I was thrilled to have their support, it was the start of great things for me. I hope this little blog post is the start of great things for Robert, too.

Robert Reader Photography - Isofoto
I like his work because he shoots using a classic Polaroid SX-70 camera, a folding SLR camera with self developing film from the early 70’s. So his photos have this unique charm about them, and since I was born in the 70’s I feel funny saying that they have vintage appeal but they do, so I guess this means I’m also vintage and charming as well, yes? Hmmm.

Robert Reader Photography - Isofoto
I like how he selects images that relate to one another and combines them, one next to the other, to form a row of photos printed on high quality paper for framing. Of course, I really like the colors and his subject matter, his focus is mostly on mundane household objects along with mid century furniture and lots of pale blue images of the sand and surf. And depending on the frame you select, his prints can work in a broad range of settings from the office to the fireplace mantle.

Thank you again Robert for contacting me, I wish you lots of success in your etsy store!

(images from robert reader)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products, Travel

Velocity Art + Design *New* Site & Showroom

October 1, 2007

It seems October is all about new beginnings since there’s a slew of newly launched websites being rolled out as I type. I’m so proud of everyone for their accomplishments (you know who you are!). One site that looks absolutely amazing is also one of my favorite online stores, Velocity Art + Design. Check it out below, it doesn’t even look like the same website. Sexy!

Velocity Art + Design *New* Site & Showroom

I have to congratulate Ali and the rest of the Velocity crew, it’s quite an impressive change, great job! The best part, outside of the sleek presentation, it’s so much easier to navigate than before. For instance, I didn’t even know they carried Hella Jongerius until today when I spotted their new drop down list.

For Seattle locals: Did you know that Velocity will extend themselves from the web to the street, with a brand new retail store in Seattle to open on Friday, October 5th?It’s true. And I think that’s so cool, they’ve been so successful with their online business that this was the next natural step for them. So if you live in Seattle, here’s another great store to add to your shopping list. They’re located at 251 Yale Ave N.

Hooray for Velocity!

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

SeaSprayBlue

October 1, 2007

Katrin was born and raised in the former German Democratic Republic, still living there in beautiful Dresden, Germany where she loves to paint and take photos. Inspired by music and the “most impressive pictures I keep in my mind until I wake up”, Katrin translates what it’s her mind onto paper, selling them as prints in her etsy store called SeaSprayBlue. Best part, I don’t think this girl has been blogged before, so if you’re a blogger, you have to spread the word. She’s awesome.

SeaSprayBlue
I just love her work, it’s really modern and playful, each picture with a little story to tell. Aren’t these the best? If I had a little retail store (don’t we all dream of owning a darling little shop in a great neighborhood), I would carry her work, all of it — and if I had enough walls, I’d own it all too!

SeaSprayBlue
Katrin, we love your work! And for those of you here in Europe, you can visit her Dawanda shop, too.

(images from seasprayblue)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Artichoke Hearts

October 1, 2007

Another Flickr find is Artichoke Hearts
She paints whimsical characters and then takes them to another level as greeting cards, recipe cards, even as three dimensional softie characters. I love this idea, taking a familiar character from your artwork and transforming it into a toy. I’m sure that her daughter just adores these things and thinks she is the coolest mom on the planet.

If you’d like to learn more about this artist, visit her blog, see her home on Flickr, or buy her adorable things in her etsy store under the name Artichoke Hearts.

(images from artichoke hearts)

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