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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, Rooms 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 on February 21, 2008

Blissliving {bedding}

Pamela wrote in today from the online bedding boutique Pillows and Throws to tell me about some of the latest contemporary floral patterns from Blissliving. I receive lots of emails asking for bedding suggestions so if you’re looking for a good resource on the web you’ll want to bookmark Pillows and Throws. In addition to Blissliving, they also carry bedding from Inhabit, Jonathan Adler, Koko Company, Denyse Schmidt Designs, Unison, Plush Living, In-Fusions, and Twinkle Living plus shipping over $100 is free.

For more bedding resources, click here.

Thank you Pamela for the tip!

(images from pillows and throws)

Posted in Objects on February 21, 2008

DaWanda Anyone?

I’ve blogged about Berlin-based indie super store DaWanda before, but a quick show of hands… Do you shop DaWanda? If not then I’ll try to entice you with a quick snapshot of a few of my favorite DaWanda shop owners. I love Etsy so I’m always talking about them, but with so many other great indie shops online I don’t want to ignore anyone. What I think sets DaWanda apart is that they’re based in Berlin so they attract more small business owners based in Europe. Plus, their site is in German, French, and English — a very attractive perk as well. And when it comes to payment, many offer Paypal but most accept bank transfers which is the most common payment method in Europe. The overall aesthetic feels slightly different, too. Here are some of my favorites, see what you think… :)

Prints and cards from Ted + Rose Design with terrific graphics and bright happy colors. Yellow, pink, and animal motifs – how can we not like ’em?

Andrea from Pequenio Craft in Argentina simply loves paper (especially Japanese papers) and with this paper passion she creates everything from stickers to brooches and prints. The colors she uses are beautiful, they really lure me in. I love her sweet little handcrafted girls, so sweet!

These are concept bags are new and sold in Thailand by a group of independent designers and they’re now available in their Made In Spire DaWanda store. The bags are only 15- Euro, free shipping, and come with free pins to coordinate with the pattern on the bag so that the bag has some dimension to it and stands out as unique.

Falling down a rabbit hole I landed in the imaginative world of Isabella’s Art, a Dutch artist inspired by fairy tales and silhouette art. There are so many prints to choose from, all very affordable and each telling a unique story.

In addition to all sorts of crafty things, Lady Dilema from Spain makes these great shirts with ties — super cute!

Anything made by Enna in Hannover, Germany makes me happy. I met her last year and toured her retail store (so sweet, click here to view it), and she even taught me how to make my own stamps for designing fabric (our project here, don’t laugh). I can’t wait to get back over to Germany to see her again this year!

DaWanda asked me last year if I’d pull together a pinboard for their site and since I only recently had time to do that, it will go live on their homepage soon. Yay! When that occurs, I’ll be sure to post a link here on decor8. It will link you to over 50 of my favorite DaWanda sellers which just may become yours as well. :)

(images linked above to sellers)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Small Business on February 21, 2008

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