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Creative Collections

You know that Creative Collections group that I started on Flickr recently, well I can’t stop peeking in to see what photos have been added – I’m a girl obsessed with collections right now and creative styling in general is forever a passion. It’s fun to see how others put together things that they love. Their creativity is evident as I browse the many photos in the group. If you’re a collector or would simply like to sit back and observe how others arrange things, you may want to join in. And who knows, all of this inspiration just may lead you on your very own relentless pursuit of pulling together the perfect arrangement to fit your personality.

Top: elsiemarley has four shelves above her sink where she creates little vignettes like this grouping of natural things called “brown”. The next photo shows a few tiny houses that she likes. Bottom: retro dresser with a great photo collection proudly display above in the home of ATLITW, vintage clothing displayed on the wall from ninainvorm.

This grouping over the bed belonging to arthur’s circus is simply the best for two reasons. The composition and colors are great but beyond that, they are photos that she took herself. Love that personal touch! You can view her professional portfolio here, she’s an amazing photographer.

ATLITW’s white pottery collection, of which I love.

Starting a small art wall by ninainvorm.

And this is ATLITW’s yellow collection.

Cookie jar collection from arthur’s circus, cute little people as shown in the home of elsiemarley (they were handmade by her friend, she blogged about it here), winter scene arranged by paper-flower-girl.

Some of my nesting dolls, the ones to the far left I found in Paris in 1997 in a Russian gift shop. If you’re wondering about the unfinished dolls they’re for an upcoming project I plan to work on in February. I’ve always wanted to design a set of nesting dolls so I’m thinking of a few ideas for these ladies.If you look closely not all are nesting dolls, there’s a little guy hiding amongst them. He like a lady with a little meat, so these girls had him at hello. Can you find him?

Related post: More Collections {we love ‘em}

(images linked to source above)

Posted in inspiration, trends on January 15, 2008
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BKLYN DESIGNS + Call for Exhibitors

I can’t believe that it’s about that time again – Spring design shows! Yippee! BKLYN DESIGNS 2008 is scheduled to take place on May 9-11, 2008 and they’re looking for exhibitors at BKLYN DESIGNS + which is the cash and carry market for small design accessories. Interested exhibitors should submit an application as soon as possible indicating that they’ll be offering products either made and/or designed in Brooklyn. Click here to learn more…

Posted in events + markets on January 15, 2008

Let’s Talk About Wallpaper

Wallpaper. One word certain to raise eyebrows amongst your peer group whenever you mention it as a decorative option. Your level of taste will certainly be questioned, especially if you mention alternative ways of using it, like perhaps on the ceiling. Why does wallpaper freak so many people out? The English seem to have a jolly good time with it. And though I’ve never purchased a single copy of the UK version of Country Living magazine, I browsed their website yesterday and noticed wallpaper in nearly every image, further confirmation that they’re still quite keen on it. Over on this side of the pond however, we’re still having our issues. But why?


Whether on walls or ceilings, in bookcases or closets, the idea of wallpaper enchants, the reality overwhelms. Placement and pattern selection are often a nightmare because unlike paint, you’re somewhat married to it once it’s on the wall. Cost is also a concern. Most can’t imagine this level of commitment, others are so bonkers over it that they really don’t care. I’m stuck somewhere in between, I guess I’m part of that “wallpaper a single wall as an accent” cult. Though this trend has set the design world ablaze, I’m beginning to explore alternative creative uses for wallpaper. I’m not seeing a lot of papered ceilings (it’s certainly not a trend) but the idea is appealing especially if the walls are painted a solid color and there’s a spectacular light fixture taking center stage. Another idea is to paint the walls pure white adding a graphical wallpaper to that “fifth wall” (here I go sounding all HGTV).


Or what about dormers? I really like the look of papering them. I suggest painting all the walls in a room a solid color and then applying wallpaper only to dormer walls. Most aren’t big on them because they cut into precious floor space, you bump your head, installing art is a pain, but since knocking them down is seldom an option then highlighting dormers can be a creative solution.

When it comes to papered walls and fancy ceilings, whether it’s a ceiling medallion (view resources here), hand painted murals, tin, or just about anything else, I have my southern upbringing to blame and all of the South Carolina plantations we toured in school. Enamored with all of the fabulous details as a child, I’m not surprised that these things still entice me. But times have changed and people are no longer investing as much time and money into their homes on things that they can’t use as a future selling point. The economy and sheer desire to explore has created a transient nation. When you’re always on the go you tend to think in terms of granite counters and wood flooring as a better long term investment over wallpaper since it’s definitely not an easy sell. As for renters, short-term ideas for decorating will forever be the rage. Few want to invest money and energy on wallpaper when they plan to ultimately move out anyway – you can’t take wallpaper with you. Considering all of this, wallpaper tempts but ultimately loses out to paint. I wonder, will things ever change?

Cole + Son Malabar wallpaper available at Walnut Wallpaper.

What do you think of wallpaper? Have you tried it in your home? If so, where? Thoughts?

(top two images from country living, bottom image from walnut wallpaper)

Posted in walls on January 15, 2008

She Loves Stars {total cuteness}

Hannah Billings owns the cute online store She Loves Stars and she’s on Flickr and her photos are so pretty! She has many great images of small English villages (she lives in Hampshire, UK) along with sweet shots of Paris and London.


If you also dream of European life, you’ll really love browsing her many photos. I selected a few of my favorites and grouped them together, I really like these soft pastels and seeing a cute store sign announcing fresh lavender bread made me a bit weak in the knees. Since Hannah owns a small business online, I thought that I’d ask her a few questions to accompany the photos so you could get to know her a little better.

decor8: Can you tell readers what you sell in your shop?
Hannah: My style is colourful, fun, and full of floral patterns so my store reflects that. It’s a mixture of homewares, accessories and stationary. A small selection of my items have been imported from Japan, and others are handmade or produced by some of my favourite designers. I’m hoping to introduce more handmade designs this year along with vintage finds and crafty supplies. A bit of a selection of things I love and collect myself!


decor8: What made you want to open an online store?
Hannah: I wanted to create a small space to sell designs and items I was passionate about. I always get excited when I discover a designer or crafts person that makes beautiful things, and I thought how lovely it would be to make a shop where I could have the chance to stock their goods.

decor8: What inspires you?
Hannah: I love collecting interior magazines and books and looking at all the different ideas in them. I’m especially fond of Cath Kidston and her use of vintage style fabrics. Flickr and lovely blogs are great inspirations too, I love seeing other peoples homes and how they decorate them. I also find inspiration from reading and collecting books, crochet, knitting, sewing, weaving, taking photographs, and going for walks.

decor8: What are some of your favorite things at home?
Hannah: Second hand items from charity shops or bootsales, like little tea sets, pretty fabrics, old furniture I’ve purchased and given a makeover. I love anything handmade too and have become quite addicted to Etsy and all the wonderful shops on there.


decor8: What are some of your favorite books and magazines?
Hannah: Country Living (UK), Country Homes and Interiors (UK), Frankie, and Selvedge are some of my favourite magazines. There are so many books! Japanese craft books, In Print, and Tips for Vintage Style by Cath Kidston, Sew Pretty Home Style by Tonne Finnanger, The Crafters Companion (decor8 review here), Bend the Rules Sewing, The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket are all pride of place on my bookshelf right now! (decor8 note: Jane Brocket authors the popular UK blog Yarnstorm.)

It was so nice to meet you Hannah and to learn about your darling store She Loves Stars, too!

(images from she loves stars)

Posted in inspiration, shopping, travel on January 14, 2008

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