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Fun Fabric Idea

Want to take fabric (or pretty paper) and give it a whole new purpose? How about applying it to the front of a dresser as shown here in 101 woonideeen magazine date November ’07? I’ve had this on my inspiration board for a few months, I’m dying to pick up a piece like this and experiment with some fabric and spray adhesive.


I’d also like to try cutting out floral patterns from fabric, stitching the edges, and doing some furniture applique work… Maybe apply a floral cutout up the side of a cabinet in an entryway for instance. Imagine painting a dresser like the one shown above in red lacquer or teal and then up one side, apply a large floral motif cut from fabric? Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Maybe only to me because I’m a little left of center sometimes, but I think it would look great.

I’d like to start collecting issues of 101 woonideeen but cannot find them in the states. It’s the best magazine ever, and I do mean ever. Even better than Livingetc and Elle Decoration because the things featured are so attainable, it’s packed with DIY projects that don’t involve Chex cereal boxes, pipe cleaners, or tin cans but really chic things that give you a chance to put on your pink toolbelt and have some fun. I wish we had a magazine just like it here – we really need something like this. Badly.

(image from 101 woonideeen.)

Posted in diy, furniture, textiles on January 30, 2008

Serendipity

I found out about this beautiful French company called Serendipity and it was there that I spotted tons of inspiring images – I especially like the pillows with home appliqued across the front in contrasting prints. Really nice and a fun little project to take on for a little DIY crafting afternoon. I really like their floor pillows in linen with the words bla bla bla on the sides. You’ll have to look on their website for those. Another well designed site, I might add. Although you can’t shop on it, so it’s a bit frustrating but still a delight. I love all the grays, violets, and linen I’m seeing at Serendipity.


It’s important to note that this gem called Serendipity came by way of Ez over at Creature Comforts who found them on an amazing blog called D?cocentric (I cannot read it though!) that will have you drooling for hours. So many pretty things to find online, I love the web!

(images from serendipity via d?cocentric)

Posted in blogs, kids on January 30, 2008

Reader Q: Find This Pillow!

Fiona Lucas from the UK is a new decor8 reader with a life long addiction to interiors (she’s a designer) and a new found love of blogs. She wrote to me today looking for some cushions from an Elle Decoration UK article, the pastel silk ones, from Vanessa Bruno’s Paris apartment. Fiona is exhausted from her search and still hasn’t found the pillow shown below. Can anyone give her any leads?


Assuming she already combed through the April ’07 issue of Elle Decoration, perhaps Fiona can write to the magazine directly or contact Ms. Bruno’s assistant somehow? Hmmm. If not, here’s a few leads Fiona and with the help of readers, perhaps they can point us to some great online stores for throw pillows like the ones you’re dreaming of here.

MirrorMirror, Megan Park, LLPH, Graham and Green, and of course Anthropologie has embroidered pillows. Or you could hit a few flea markets or ebay to find an embroidered pillowcase, scarf, silk robe, and have it made into a pillow by a sewer. Embroidered items are everywhere right now – such a huge trend – so you may find something you like (shirt or bag) and then can design your own cushion by using it – you know, make it a one-of-a-kind Fiona original. You can also click on the word pillows linked below to see the many articles relating to them that have appeared in the past on decor8. You may find what you’re looking for there.

Can anyone help Fiona?

(image from elle decoration uk submitted to decor8 by fiona lucas)

Posted in reader questions, textiles on January 30, 2008

WhippetGrey

WhippetGrey has a completely charming website that allows you to click around within the pages of a pop-up book to browse all the pretty things that they sell online.


You can also download their complete catalog or ask them to send one to your home. I’m so intriqued by online stores that have a bit of an untraditional approach to e-commerce, it’s fun to browse a website as whimsical as this one, just like a treasure hunt.


Enjoy!

(images from whippetgrey)

Posted in uncategorized on January 30, 2008

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