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Amsterdam Design Guide

No need to travel alone! Danielle over at the style files just posted a beautiful guide to Amsterdam, a city she knows inside and out. What a comprehensive booklet she created!

I can’t wait to return to the Netherlands with her guide in hand next year – beautiful work Danielle! It’s an 8 page PDF file, divided by section (sleep, shop, eat + drink, etc.) so you’ll have to download it, but it’s so well organized it will put any Time Out guide to shame (sorry Time Out). Plus being a PDF file makes it so easy to print and take along with you on your journey. Of course I am a bit partial to anything Danielle does because I really like her style, she is one classy lady.

Psst: And if you like her blog, you’ll love her new store Le Souk. But more on Le Souk later…

(image from the style files)

Posted in travel on November 27, 2007
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Doily Love!

Do not fear the loyal doily! Listen to your grandmother, your lacey round friends can be quite practical and, with thanks to designers giving them a fresh creative spin, even trendy. And because they resemble snowflakes, I’m thinking this is another reason for their increased popularity in the cooler months. If you prefer to take the doily into your own hands (a little DIY’er are you?), perhaps this post will offer you a few affordable ideas where you have an ah-ha moment, “I can do that myself!”. Because in some cases, you certainly can!

{via Inhabitat}

These look pretty simply pinned to a linen board as a decorative touch. This is the work area of Holly Waterfield’s office space in the West Village at her boutique, Camp. Notice the many doilies framed above her desk…

Another modern use for a traditional piece – shape one into
something pretty just like blogger Sweet Paul did here.
Artsy! {via Emma}

While in Europe, I spotted the darling doily on linens and plates, even clothing, and now back in the states, I’m seeing them around town trying to win your favor and love despite how most tend to view them as, well old-fashioned and boring. Ah, c’mon… Show a little doily love. After this post, you may just start rummaging through the attic or hitting the local flea to find a few that you can bring forward into 2007. That’s my goal.

Tips: I think it would be fun to hand sew a few to the bottom edge of a linen curtain (tone on tone is best for this look to stay modern vs. kitschy) or apply a few in random areas on a throw pillow. You can even use the paper ones and with a little spray glue, affix them to the exterior of a glass lantern or candle holder. Candles look so pretty glowing behind their intricate patterns.

Hannover-based German artist Evelyn Hahn incorporates doilies
into her mixed media art, on display here at Gross Stadt Rekorder.

Wrapping paper from Eieio at Rose + Radish, a doily chair by
the uber talented Tara Murray, the many ceramic bowls and plates
from Country Creek Pottery, the gorgeous work of
London artist Mhari McMullan. Are you a believer yet?

Unblossom salt crystal bowl vis Inhabitat.

Of course, you can always count on the craft queen Martha Stewart
for a few good ideas. I like the Lacy Luminarias, the
Lovely Lace DIY idea, doily envelopes, and
the doily-edges shelves – this is a nice idea for a kid’s room.

Thomas Paul is in on this motif, he has some
dinner plates offered over at Velocity Art + Design with
a goth vibe.

Floating vintage doilies framed from Dima Designs,
Small Stump “Tea For Me” Silkscreen print
(she churns out the cutest stuff), and
sweet retro pillows from Dottie Angel.

Or you can be all fancy pants with these 22K gold plates
by notNeutral, also at Velocity.

Modern doily gift tags and cards created by May Third.

Accessorize!
Ink Jet’s badge set in black and white, or a damsels
and doilies key fob from Mary Mo. A black and white
tote made with love by Oh Honey, or how about
a cute wristlet from Generi Online?

There’s also these black rubber coasters or a set of 8 pink vinyl
doilies – both from Rockett St George, Silver
Elissa Frankino contemporary jewelry with
doily impressions (lovely), and Amy Butler lace work fabric.

Crocheted doily jewelry, and another darling creation from
Dottie Angel: dish towels. Tea towels “Tree House” from
new Scandinavian design store (in the USA – yeah!), Huset.
Love this store. You will too. Contrary uses a doily in her
dyptych painting, “When I Was Happy”.

Anthropologie is one we can always count on to be in on the
trends with a mug in blue and white, the porcelain doily cake stand
(perfect for cupcakes – make sure you view the up close details,
it’s very sweet), and the bone doily mirrors (these are such a good
example of bringing a traditional design into 2007 in a very grown-up way).

Doilies influence New Hampshire-based artist Gina Adams.

This is perhaps my favorite of the bunch based on the story alone. How cute is this?

“The doily will be handmade by my mother who has been crocheting for over 50 years! She has made nearly 2000 of these doilies and therefore I guarantee the quality. The cost is $15 for up to 8 letters. Each additional letter would be $2.00.”

Available in white, ecru, and cream. I’d like one with my name on it in
pure white to center in an all white frame and mat. Modern yet
extremely old-fashioned at the same time. I’m ordering! I have
a friend with an all-white home, this would be perfect for her
since she relies to much on texture to add warmth to her space.

The Suspect Shop seems to be inspired by our little lace friends too.

First Snow patterned dinnerware just released by Rosanna at Kekk2.

Crate and Barrel has some dessert plates, felt placemats
(I picked one up for my coffee table over the weekend),
and some very dainty glasses with a doily motif.
Perfect for something a little boozey. :)

Psst: Free crochet doily pattern links {via Inhabitat}.

And for all the fashion victims out there, this doily tee from Urbans is a great piece to throw on beneath a cardigan or black velvet blazer.

So now I ask, do you or don’t you desire a doily?

(images: All from those cited in this entry, with the exception of the intro image via Inhabitat.)

Posted in trends on November 26, 2007

Domino: Femme Fatales Gallery is Live!

This is an exciting slide show, one of my favorites, because I tend to lean towards nature, animals, and imagery of women in nearly all of the artwork I buy for myself and friends. Organic circles are another fascination of mine. It’s funny to look around the home after your collection of art really starts to come together — you see such a definite pattern in what turns you on or not.


In case you’re shopping around for some lovely gifts, or just on the prowl for a few new (to you) etsy artists to discover, I invite you to explore the latest etsy slide show that I pulled together for Domino magazine online. It’s so colorful and if you click around the artists’ individual stores, you’re certain to unearth many of your own faves.

I own work by most of these artists, in fact all of the slide shows that I pull together for Domino highlight my personal favorites, many based on my own personal experience with the artist or that of decor8 readers who have suggested them to me. Viewing art up close and personal and/or hearing your personal opinions about the work of others greatly assists me when I write, so thank you for that. You can trust that I’m confident on both the quality of the work and how these ladies conduct business and they’re all class acts. You can count on it.

View the slide show here.

Warning: These are some very pretty ladies, you may want to take all of them home.

(images from individual etsy sellers mentioned in the domino piece cited above.)

Posted in etsy on November 26, 2007

decor8 Discount: Twig -20%

Here’s another great discount to share with you today, 20% off at Twig for the next 8 days. If you liked my Orla travel bag (shown below), then this is your chance to grab one for yourself.


After checking it into Boston Logan (too large to carry on for int’l flights), it flew through a few airports, and joined me in Stockholm, then back again over the ocean to Boston, and it still looks great and held up very well considering I stuffed it to the max and it was thrown into 6 airplanes and several trains and taxis. The best thing about this bag is that it’s lightweight (but super sturdy) so you can fit more inside than in the bulky bags that already weigh a ton empty. It was also super easy to find on the conveyor belt in the sea of black luggage, I consistently had the best looking bag on the belt. It even received a few complements. I could tell a few girls had a serious case of bag envy. ;) Never underestimate the power of stylish luggage. I schlepped around ratty bags in airports for too long, it felt good to fly in style.


Enter code decor8 upon check out, offer valid until December 3, 2007 (midnight EST) on everything except items in the sale category under “wear” and excludes Ana Ventura prints, but outside of that, go crazy! Thank you Elizabeth for this special offer!

(images from holly becker and twig)

Posted in discounts on November 26, 2007

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