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February 2008

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See You Monday!

February 29, 2008

Today has been one of those days – invigorating, fun, and lots of hard work. I spent the morning working on a few articles that are due in March and around lunch, I devoted some time to a brand new assignment kicking off next week — I’ll announce that on decor8 next Wednesday. It’s really exciting and will give me an opportunity to showcase good design before a new audience of readers — I can’t wait to share it with you!

See You Monday!
I also had a lot of calls and paperwork to do this afternoon (tax season!) and my day ended chatting with Vanessa De Vargas from Turquoise Design and Showroom in L.A. (love her, so creative!) for over 3 hours! We talked all about design and running a practice in general, and put our heads together to help five decor8 readers redesign their offices based on this post. I’ll be revealing our ideas, one office per week on decor8 starting next week. Needless to say, I didn’t have much time to devote to decor8 today and my apologies for being a neglectful blogger. I’ll make it up to you next week. Until then, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you on Monday.

(images from country living magazine)

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Wedding Help!

February 29, 2008

We’re heading into Spring when wedding season kicks off into full gear again and I could really use your help. Etsy asked me to write an article for them about wedding decorations that will run on their site mid March. I’m so excited to get involved because this is a fun topic to research!

Wedding Help!
I want to bring some real life brides into the piece, so if anyone, either newly married or soon to be, wants to give me a few quotes I would really appreciate it. I’d like to know how you decided on a decor style for your wedding – colors, centerpieces on tables, seating card arrangements, fabrics, favors, lighting, etc.

Another question – Can anyone point me in the direction of websites or blogs that focus primarily on wedding decorations? I’d like to include a list of sources in the etsy piece for readers to tap into that real brides are using these days. I was married back in ’01 so I know a lot has changed. Please exclude sites that are more common like the knot, Brides, the Wedding Channel, and Martha Stewart Weddings. With Etsy being so focused on the handmade, I’m hoping you can point me to resources that have a more DIY/budget approach.

You may comment below or email me with “Weddings” in the subject line to decor8blog AT gmail.com

(images from martha stewart weddings)

Rooms

Ballard Designs {new for spring}

February 28, 2008

Call me so yesterday, but I like Ballard Designs and have even shopped them in the past for clients. Ballard Designs sends “to the trade” emails as a way to give us a sneak peek of new collections in advance of their next catalog release to the public. I spotted a few things you may like so of course I have to share….

Ballard Designs {new for spring}Okay so there’s this green and white Miranda Bedding that looks pretty nice — it’s all Kate Spade meets John Robshaw. Well that comparison works for me. I like the elegant Elden Cocktail Ottoman with it’s curvy legs and tufted top. Imagine the design book stacking opportunities on this thing! I’m also a fan of the affordable Seagrass Pendant because it has a Scandinavian vibe to it. I imagine a few of these hovering over a long farmer’s table just like the amazing Room Redux that Victoria recently pulled together for one of her blog readers right here. The Madeira Rug is another fave, great pattern — you notice it but it doesn’t dominate or battle with other patterns in a space.

(images from ballard designs)

Objects

The Koko Company

February 28, 2008

The Koko Company just launched their colorful bedding and fantastic plastic floor mat collection over at 2Modern. Just in time for Spring, their collection flaunts lots of fuchsia, chartreuse, and all the hot colors you’re currently seeing in home design and on the runway, and bonus: lots of Asian influence here that is totally on trend and affordable. Enjoy!

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(images from 2modern)

Inspiration, Small Business

Podcast with Matte Stephens

February 28, 2008

We all love Matte, but do we really know him? Well you’re about to. If you’re a fan of his colorful work filled with whimsical creatures then you’ll enjoy this podcast with him hosted by Creative Thursday that just went live last night. It’s just over an hour but well worth the time since Matte talks all about how artists make a living, a great topic for the times! With all the creative types out there looking to get started doing their own thing or for established artists in need of some encouragement (and tips) to keep going, it’s a terrific podcast to listen in on!

Podcast with Matte Stephens
Great job Marisa and Matte! And for those of you interested, Matte also has an etsy store with nearly 1,500 items sold since it launched just one year ago this month. He is a bright shooting star with fans worldwide — one to watch!

(images from matte stephens)

Events + Markets, Shopping + Products, Travel

Boston Locals: Small Biz Meet-up Tonight at DWR

February 28, 2008

Don’t miss this Boston locals! Tonight there’s another great Boston Design Salon business lady meet-up with a twist — it’s open to the boys! The BDS was formed by local ceramist Boston Locals: Small Biz Meet-up Tonight at DWRTonight authors Chris Grimley and Mimi Love of Color Space Style will present The 22 Minute Design Degree based on principles discussed in their new book that will give you, “everything you need to know about interior design”. They’ll also offer copies of their book Color Space Style, along with limited edition prints and shirts. Details here.

Info: Event will be held this evening, February 28th from 7-9 p.m. Please arrive promptly so that you don’t miss the presentation. The location is at the Design Within Reach showroom located in Boston’s South End at 519 Tremont Street, 617.451.7801. No need to R.S.V.P. at this point, just show up ready to learn and mingle as the event is open to the public. Don’t forget your business cards!

To join the Boston Design Salon group and receive future event announcements via email and to network with locals online, click here.

(images from dwr and color space style)

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