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Top Design – Are You In?

The votes are in, you want to dish about Top Design after the show, so look for a weekly post here on decor8 starting tonight where you can rant and rave, praise and protect, and have some fun mingling with others to talk about each episode. Tonight is the much anticipated premiere! Yeah! Here’s a sneak peek of episode 1.

I’ll post “Dishing Top Design” after the show each week. The post will only contain a line or two of text and a Top Design image. I promise not to give anything away in the actual post, just in case some of you are planning to Tivo it. The details will be in the comments section – so if you don’t want to know what happened, don’t read the comments. We don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

Psst: Tim Gunn is part of the mix, at least for tonight. I know, I know… How amazing is that? You have to click on over to the Bravo website and watch Tim chatting it up with Jonathan Adler, you’ll love it! I was so excited to see Tim surface again, I couldn’t wait until the next Project Runway to hear his voice, love that guy!

(image from bravo)

Posted in reality tv on January 31, 2007

Luxury Lab Linens *New*

I was thrilled when Caressa Allen, designer and owner of Luxury Lab in California, wrote in about her new line of bedding. She describes her linens as “clothing for your home” and “art for your bed”. I’d describe this bedding as one part sugar, one part spice.

With bold rocker style graphics, this bedding screams California cool – I imagine Luxury Labs being a huge hit with celebs and hip urban dwellers that are done with sweet bird and branch motifs and want to strike a more femme fatale chord.

I love this somewhat seductive bad girl/boy bedding for many reasons, but one that stands out is that most of these patterns would appeal to men, so if you’re a couple, you won’t strip your other half of his manhood with another sweet floral pattern. Duvet sets (complete with two shams) run at around $285.- complete.

Luxury Lab is fun, flirty, sexy (but subtle), and much thought was put into the design process, materials, and staying as environmentally friendly as possible. I mean, even a girl with crossbones on her shams has a conscience.

Thanks Caressa for introducing us to your rockin’ line!

Psst: I did my homework and discovered that Ana of OhMyGooshness recently interviewed Caressa. Get the full scoop here. Great job, Ana!

(images from luxury lab)

Posted in Rooms on January 31, 2007

West Elm Heyward Sofa – Review

Here’s a quick review of a great sofa I spotted at West Elm over the weekend. It’s called the Heyward and I’m keen on the textured tweed oatmeal ($799.-), back cushions, and the clean lines — what a great piece. It’s not only extremely comfortable, but gorgeous and very sturdy to boot.

It’s also available in leather ($999.-), which was beautiful in person, but I’m not a leather sofa person so I don’t have an opinion either way about it. I want to order the oatmeal Heyward for my office/guest room because it would be great for my pals who crash here. Since most of them are single (and the ones that are married usually don’t sleep over), this would be great because the size of the Heyward would accomodate one person. It doesn’t flip out into a bed, but honestly, I don’t care because I seldom have two people sleeping over at once. So, if you’re considering the Heyward sofa, then you have my 4 star vote because I think it’s sweet. :)

(image from west elm)

Posted in Objects on January 31, 2007

Furniture Galleries at Domino

Have you visited the Domino galleries lately? Be sure to catch their latest guide to chests of drawers. I just love the image below, seeing a dresser in an entryway, decked out in a pretty color (like teal), adorned with beautiful things… Well it sort of makes me weak. Having all of those deep drawers is also very handy for storage. You can neatly tuck away slippers, mittens, and outdoor gear, to office supplies, tools, wrapping paper, and sheets of tissue paper.

You see, I’ve always wanted to have an entryway since becoming a bonafide adult, an entry like the ones in my family home as a child. Ever since abandoning the nest at 19, I’ve had either long narrow hallways to welcome me, or doors that opened directly into the living space. Never a halfway point between the outside world and the living space – never a neat little entryway to call my own. That welcoming space (only complete with fresh cut flowers, a little chair, and a dresser) is where greetings are exchanged and kisses on the cheeks are given to welcome or bid adieu. It’s the one space that I miss, and desire, the most.

After examining their chest of drawers gallery (and feeling the pang of nostalgia), I hopped on on over to the Dining Tables and Chairs gallery, another worthy feature to visit. I’m so pleased to see the mix up in chairs and tables becoming more mainstream, no longer do we need conform to ‘matchy matchy’ sets that are too imposing for a modern, relaxed lifestyle. We can mix wood tables with acrylic chairs, not because we cannot afford a matching set, but because we prefer the casual look. Isn’t it exciting to see decor taking a turn from the overly done to a bit haphazard?

(images from domino)

Posted in inspiration, Objects on January 30, 2007


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