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Howcast {diy videos}

I heard from Howcast today and after spending time on their website watching a bunch of diy videos, I thought you may really dig it. I love a good how-to video and see this as the next big thing on the web for all the design addicts out there – professional videos showing us how to do really cool things that design blog followers would actually want to make. Some of the videos out there are really boring and the projects are quite dreadful, but Howcast seems to have lots of videos that are very informative and well produced.

Here’s a shot from How To Re Cover A Lamp Shade by the
Home Refiner. How cute is this wallpaper?

Some of my personal picks from Howcast: All of Elfya’s videos, aka the Home Refiner. She’s not only real cute and wears great clothes, but the laundry/craft space where the videos are shot are so Blueprint magazine. Love it. Elfya is a New York-based Interior Designer with her own website so you’re dealing with a pro here. Then there’s The FlowerGod – this guy really knows how to arrange flowers. How To Understand a Work Of Art,, How To Pretend You?re a Real New Yorker, How to Blog Using WordPress (helpful stuff), even videos on wardrobe styling from Ford Models. re both pretty good too. I can’t wait to watch Howcast grow – I’d love to see some more professional how-to videos on the web like these!

Psst: Boston locals, don’t miss the Garden Girl over in Roxbury. What an inspiration this lady is!

Want to link up with me on Howcast? Here’s my page if you’d like to add me as your friend or share some of your videos with me. :)

(image from howcast)

Posted in diy on February 22, 2008
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DaWanda Pinboard

Dawanda invited me a few months ago to pull together a pinboard of 20 of decor8′s favorite finds on their site, but I got a little carried away and pulled together 70.


Of course, I needed to shrink the list so here are my 20 favorite finds that are currently being sold by DaWanda artists. :) I hope that you enjoy it and that you take some time today to browse their website.

(images from dawanda)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, small business on February 22, 2008

Right Brain Terrain {eco posters}

Misa and Fred own Right Brain Terrain, a company that specializes in alternative motivational posters that just so happen to be green. All of their posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and they use soy-based inks for printing. They believe that their posters not only serve as reminders of our imperfect nature so as to kick us into action at times, but they also cheer us on and celebrate our personal victories — paper cheerleaders!

I see a big trend going on right now with modern motivational posters, whether it’s a single world or quote. Thank goodness we’ve finally advanced beyond these things because well, they drive me crazy. I recall my former life in the office where soaring eagle and mountain posters with words like “Aim High” and “Soar to New Heights” could be found on every wall. Thankfully we have more than corporate motivational posters to select from when we’re looking for inspiration, all in a hipper more modern format.

(images from right brain terrain)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on February 21, 2008

Pretty in Pink

I feel like showing you a few pretty in pink finds today since I’m hoping that it will somehow rub off and turn cold New Hampshire into a warm Springy day. What do you think of when pink comes to mind? Little girls? Love and affection? Blushing brides? Cotton candy? Does it calm you down or excite you?

Pink vinyl doilies, glasses suitcase stationery set from pink loves brown,
camellia watercolor print, rainbow sherbet reading glasses, kate spade
pink agenda, grid pillow, Identity5 print on canvas, and the new orange22
Botanist Flora cocktail table.

Pablo Tube Top pink lamp, Un-Bermuda bag from Lilly Pulitzer,
Hepper Podium pet bed, assorted pink wallpaper patterns from
Walnut Wallpaper, and A Stitch in Time necklace.
Keep Calm and Carry On poster that you know all bloggers and blog
readers must own to establish that we are secretly part of this online
design world… I mean, if I go into someone’s home and find this poster,
I’ll instantly know they read blogs whether they admit to it or not. :)
Areaware Orlov horse pillow, Filles Des Iles eau de toilette, and a
pink poppy pillow from Hable Construction.
Pink Hairhide chair, Bamboozled bracelets in gold with tiny pink
ladybugs (so coastal South Carolina preppy), Stargazer lily knob,
Doxies and Hearts personalized stationery, Petite drop crystal
pink chandelier, and the Bedlam patterned wallpaper which I
think would go so well with this chair, don’t you?

While pink is a toned down version of red, it isn’t perceived nearly as powerful as red despite being in the same family. In fact, most associate pink with weakness. Guess that’s why most men wouldn’t be caught dead in a pink shirt in the office while women show little problem wearing this flirty hue. If red is passion and fire, pink is all about being spontaneous and sweet. I associate pink with certain people, places, and movies. When I think of where I grew up, I think of pink (South Carolina) because we had lots of it in the surf shops and clothing stores. I also think of my pale pink izod shirt because I wore it constantly.

I’ll say pink and you tell me what immediately comes to mind. Ready? PINK.

If you have a positive response to this color, if you think of positive things, try to incorporate it into your home and/or wardrobe whether in small doses or in Betsey Johnson extremes (tour her apartment here). You should be living with colors that give you joy and though many a lady claims that her partner hates pink and won’t allow it in the house, you can inject shots of it in rooms that they may not spend much time in – like your art studio/office, your closet (wallpaper the inside of the door or if you have a walk-in transform it into a girly dressing room), or add it to your patio through cushions and flowering shrubs. Where there’s a will, er, woman, there’s a way!

(images linked above)

Posted in Color Inspiration, Color Me Pretty, Decorating Tips on February 21, 2008

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