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Andrea Heimer {pop art}

I adore the work of Andrea Heimer so when an email arrived the other day announcing her revamped website, I thought I’d take a moment to give this artist a shout out here on decor8. Great bold color in her work, perfect for those bleh walls that you can’t or do not want to paint but that desperately need some TLC. I can imagine her work in one of my favorite bedrooms featured once in Domino magazine shown below.


If I were a bedroom, this is what I’d be. :)

(images top: andrea heimer. bottom: domino)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on January 18, 2008

Pico Modern Furnishings

Contributed by: Vanessa De Vargas, decor8 West Coast Correspondent

If you’re a mid-century design fanatic you’ll want to run — not walk — on over to Pico Modern Furnishings located on Pico Blvd. just one block West of Hauser in Los Angeles.

PMF storefront

This little store recently opened a few short months ago and already it is jam packed with mid century furniture and accessories at affordable prices. Pico Modern Furnishings has a pretty large selection of ceramic and metal lamps in a myriad of colors, side tables refinished in teak wood including some red lacquered two tiered tables (I keep eyeing them in the store), along with some vibrant 1950?s to 1970?s abstract art.


Unfortunately they do not have a website as of yet, but you can always email owner Don (picomodern AT yahoo.com) for pricing and information. He might even have what your looking for since he’s also the buyer for his other store called Design Modern located at 6055 Melrose near Vine St.

Pico Modern Furnishings
5449 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90019

(images from vanessa de vargas)

Posted in guest bloggers, Shop Tours, shopping, travel on January 18, 2008

Welcome Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise!

I’m happy to announce that Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise will be dropping as our West Coast Correspondent contributing a post or two each week! Vanessa was blogging for our friends over at AT-LA for the last two years but with her being such a busy lady between client work, her new retail store (she moved!), and maintaining her own blog, she decided to reduce her online time so that she can continue to grow and expand her design practice and store in Los Angeles. Since Apartment Therapy is looking for daily bloggers, she decided to come over to decor8 and hang out with us for awhile on a very part-time basis. You can look out for 1-2 posts authored by her that will appear weekly on Fridays in addition to my own. Welcome, Vanessa!

Here’s an ad campaign that she appeared in for retail giant IKEA last year.

A few beautiful rooms that Vanessa designed (above).

To read an interview that I had with Vanessa in 2006 click here.

What would you like to see? Below I’ve listed some topics that Vanessa suggested covering. Your input will help us to ensure that what she writes you will both enjoy and benefit from. What would you like to see/not see?

* Tours of new stores and showrooms in LA
* Highlight store openings and events in LA
* Interview the design tastemakers of Los Angeles
* Showcase her firms interior design projects that will include “where to find it” detailed information.

What interests you?

(images from vanessa de vargas)

Posted in guest bloggers on January 18, 2008

decor8 Reader Spaces: Tour a Vermont Nest

Have you ever visited Vermont? We live less than two hours from the border so Tee and I try to get over there whenever we can, we usually visit Brattleboro since it’s the closest and has some neat little stores and a few galleries that we enjoy browsing. Vermont is a beautiful state, it’s definitely worth a visit for either skiing in the Winter or for visiting a working farm in the Spring (I really want to do this). And from an interiors perspective, it’s a pleasure to step out of the mid century modern or ultra contemporary spaces for a little Country Chic. Ready to visit the home of an Interior Stylist based in Shelburne, Vermont?


Nest Decorating is a small design firm and art studio owned and operated by the talented Tamar Schechner, a Parsons grad who spent twenty years creating photo shoots and spreads for several magazines as Stylist and Creative Director. Now Tamar is out on her own doing what she loves – decorating homes in Vermont, dreaming up crafty projects to sell in her etsy store (she also sells wholesale to stores), being a good mother, and blogging. As for her design practice Tamar’s mission is to, “Make my clients as comfortable as possible, to truly understand the way their home functions and to work around their needs and possibilities creating a great inspirational space for them to live in and come home to.”

The stairs once had a tired berber rug but when they purchased the home the rug was removed to reveal plywood (eek!) so they painted it a fun green.

Work studio space


Her mother’s painting, “Spring” (part of a series of four) installed above the back door. It’s beautiful above the door and yes, that is a pink door.

This Japanese kimono belonged to her mother when she was little, she was born in Shanghai in 1931 so this is a most cherished piece deserving center stage above her chest of drawers.

The patterned blanket at the foot of the bed is from Urban Outfitters, the chair cushion is a tea towel, and the red floral painting (in the black frame) was painted by her mother.

A clever way to display her earrings – a window screen repurposed!

Some of the things she makes and sells in her etsy store.

A cozy spot to read complete with a rug from IKEA and an old chair with fabric tacked onto it.

Looking into her kitchen.

A country kitchen is hardly complete without colorful dishware.

Thank you Tamar for allowing us into your country home today – it’s colorful, creative, and full of life, warmth, and positive energy. I really enjoy all the art in each room and the stories so many of your things can tell. That’s truly what makes a house a home. Thank you again!

(images from tamar schechner)

Posted in Home Tours on January 18, 2008

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