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Oscar Has Arrived!

April 7, 2008

Remember how I told you about Oscar the vintage umbrella stand that I won last week on eBay? He just flew in today. I can’t believe it. Just look at this cuteness.

Oscar Has Arrived!

He exceeds my expectations in every way imaginable. He is shown here on my credenza because the wall in my little entryway is white so his details do not show as well in a photo taken there.


Oscar Has Arrived!

I placed alongside him some owl cups that are the height of standard tea cups to give you an idea of how very large and proud this boy really is. Look at those wings and that little flip in the back. Total cuteness. Some of you asked how much I paid for him, he was $154 shipped and insured. I found something else like it on eBay for those of you interested… Or here at Tonic Home.

(images from holly becker for decor8)






Ramblings

Can There Really Be To Much Inspiration?

April 7, 2008

Is there such a thing as having too much inspiration? I was reading a fashion design book over the weekend and learned a new perspective that I found extremely beneficial for my own work and perhaps you’ll have a few comments to leave here with thoughts on this topic as well.

Can There Really Be To Much Inspiration?

While it’s important that designers always have a finger on the pulse of trends from music to art, street culture, films, fine art movements, and beyond it’s also important to avoid absorbing too much at once. The key according to what I read is to be selective with your research and disciplined in developing only a couple of well-chosen themes so that you can produce designs that are cohesive but also from the heart.

I’d like to ask you, as you click through tons of blogs, read interiors magazines, search through Flickr — can their sometimes be too much inspiration? Does it overwhelm you? Do you sometimes stand still because your choices are a bit daunting? I’d love to hear more from readers on this topic. Also, how do you stay disciplined in allowing in only what you want to inspire your creations — whether it’s your living room redesign or a painting that you’re working on?

(image from living etc)






Designers + Stylists

All Things Original

April 7, 2008

With a shop called All Things Original it must be quite a challenge to curate, as the name alone gives hope that you will not only be exposed to designs not seen already a thousand times over, but that everything is handmade by the maker and very, very special. All Things Original does a fantastic job at living up to it’s name…

All Things Original
As I click through their gorgeous product offerings, I’m reminded of how much exists out there that we still have yet to discover and it excites me because I think many worry that all this instant gratification on the web will leave us high and dry at some point with nothing left to blog about. Many readers ask me about this and my reply is always the same, I think we’ll always have plenty of new designs to be exposed to as long as these designers are supported and products are being purchased. Schools are releasing thousands of design-hungry motivated grads each year so as long as they have a place to show their work and others pushing them along to succeed, we’ll continue to have designs to drool for. In addition to the grads, we see growing numbers of men and women who may have missed their earlier calling in the arts to pursue an unrelated field only to return to art and design later in life. The massive following that the indie craft culture has right now is exciting and though I believe it will continue to gain popularity, I think that at some point it will level out a little and growth won’t be quite as aggressive as it is now. But despite all that, there is enough to go around so don’t worry. The well isn’t drying up anytime soon!

All Things Original
The curated collection of wares found over at All Things Original exposes us to some amazing work from homewares to furniture all from independent British designers. Ceramics by Hanna Melin, lighting by Rose Cobb, and Jo Heckett ceramics are a few of my favorites all shown above. Thanks Beverly for writing in about your unique shop!

(images from all things original)






Objects

Nice

April 7, 2008

I’ve mentioned Nice and the work of Caitlin Holcomb a few times already on decor8, so when she wrote in this morning sharing her latest creations, I was both excited and inspired to see what she’s been up to lately.

Nice
Caitlin has created a special collection of one-of-a-kind pendants and lamp shades using delicate vintage trims, doilies and lace. I really love seeing work like this that is not only super pretty but affordable, and these fit in a variety of decors from bohemian to modern, country, and beyond. And of course, you know how much I love seeing doilies (doily love here) used in new ways so these immediately caught my eye.

Nice
Nice
Four shades are currently available, though she can make shades to order so if you have a special request please contact her directly. She also creates other decor items for the home so be sure to visit her store.

Thanks Caitlin for sharing your work!

(images from cake)






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Happy Friday!

April 5, 2008

This post is late because my husband and I had date night at home tonight with homemade pasta, wine, and board games. It was so much fun! Then as I went to read my email, I realized I hadn’t said goodbye to you for the week so here it is, so long for now… And some links!

Happy Friday!
Vogue Living Australia has a few teasers on their site showing you their current and a past issue. Drool. Vogue stylist Pippa Holt looks so pretty here. {via All Things Bright and Beautiful.}

Happy Friday! Ez from Creature Comforts now has a second blog called Muse. Gorgeous! {via Layers of Meaning}

Happy Friday!
First Thoughts on life, blogging, and the creative process: Indie book by emcee who also has an awesome blog.

Some blogging tips from me to you via All Things Bright and Beautiful.

Making it Lovely and decor8 in the Washington Post, print and online.

Follow me on Twitter.

I’ll see you back here on Monday for another week of decor8ing.:)

(image from emcee, vogue living, and creature comforts)






Interviews

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter

April 4, 2008

The following interview is by L.A. Interior Designer Vanessa De Vargas who also pops in from time to time to share on decor8 her unique west coast perspective on interiors along with her inspirations, including designers and stores that she loves to shop. Today I’m especially excited about her recent chat with Lee Kleinhelter from Pieces in Atlanta, a store that not only has appeared in some of our favorite magazines including Domino, but one that continuously inspires me. I stalk the Pieces website almost daily looking at all of Lee’s amazing finds and dream of visiting Atlanta just to see her store. Lee even photographed the interior to show decor8 readers so you’re in for a real treat. I love her eye for color and style, but being that I grew up in coastal South Carolina, I understand why I’m drawn to this look. Welcome Vanessa and Lee!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee KleinhelterInterview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter by Vanessa De Vargas for decor8.

I am so happy to announce that I have had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite designers and store owners Lee Kleinhelter from Pieces Inc. Lee owns a wonderful eclectic store called Pieces in Atlanta, in which she has decorated her store with perfection. Her store houses all things vintage and most of her pieces (no pun) have been revamped with shiny white lacquer and/or new upholstery. She has wonderful way of combining color and making it not seem busy or fussy. Her interiors are crisp and clean (as she mentions below) and she’s known for her color bursts — colorful curtains or perhaps an unexpected orange lacquer dresser or a bright geometric pillow. Please visit Lee?s website, as she sells her vintage items online and is updated regularly. We hope you enjoy my interview with Lee!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Vanessa: How did you come to be a designer?

Lee: I think it was obvious at an early age. I would always arrange my bookshelves and my room as a child. I never really played with toys I just organized them. I was an art history major and fine arts. I loved art, but was never a true artist. It was natural to then lead into design after college. I took an associates course so I could learn drafting and auto cad. It was very commercial and technical. Lots of presentation boards and late nights hovering over the drafting table. I didn?t feel like I really fit into the design world until I started working for designers and had exposure to amazing projects! I could see how to run a business and had to learn how to dive into it. Residential design was much different than anything we had been exposed to in school. It was very invigorating. That?s when I knew I was in the right spot!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee KleinhelterInterview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter

Vanessa: What’s your favorite color to work with and why?

Lee: I love color…bold pinks, browns, oranges. But, the key is how it’s used. White is my most favorite color. I love to live in it and wear it! I think it’s clean and simple. I like to introduce a punch of color & repeat, with out mixing too many. I normally stay consistent with one and make an impact. I think sometimes people see a room and think it needs to be a color. But, I like creating flow throughout a space. I don?t really believe in trends for your home, I think it needs to be timeless.

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter

Vanessa: What color combinations do you see using in the future?

Lee: I?m always exploring new color ideas for the store. It?s refreshing to come up with something new in and see customer?s response. Maybe because its spring, I?m really into lighter colors, which is a departure for me. I usually got a little bold. I?m loving pink/coral colors and sticking with solids and keep it simple.

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter

Vanessa: What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Lee: It would have to be traveling. Though I can easily be inspired by looking at a paint deck, sitting in a fantastic lobby or restaurant, flipping through Vogue Living. I think you are inspired when you?re in spaces that move you. I easily become depressed and grumpy when my surroundings are less appealing.

Vanessa: Which interior or furniture designers, past or present, do you most admire?

Lee: David Hicks, Albert Hadley, LULU DK, Slim Aaron, Dorothy Draper, Richard Meier… Many more!

Vanessa: Describe your design theory in 4-6 words.

Lee: Tailored, simple space with unexpected pieces.

Vanessa: What is your signature mark that you always try to implement in a space?

Lee: Throwing in a rustic textured piece as the focal point to an all white crisp/ modern background.

Vanessa: If you could redo any space, past or present, what would it be?

Lee: I know this is the best answer, but it’s so true, every dentist and doctor’s office I’ve ever been in! I literally wait in the lobby thinking… Why? What happened? Did they not have any other option besides burgundy and hunter green?

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Vanessa: What have you learned about having your own business that you wish you knew when you were just starting out.

Lee: I feel like I’m always learning something new or how to handle things more efficiently. If you aren’t organized, get someone to help you, because there is a lot of paperwork involved. From a retail standpoint, trust your instincts and stick to your policies and don’t let anyone take advantage of you! It’s a business!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Vanessa: What are your best practices when it comes to client relations?

Lee: Always be honest. If we don’t know the exact origin or era of a piece, we don’t create a story. Form a good relationship with customers so you have repeat business. Be accommodating and helpful to everyone. Treat everyone the same!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Vanessa: What 5 things does a well designed home need?

Lee: 1. No clutter! Clean out or find a place for everything that is hidden. 2. Large master closet painted a dark color so your clothes pop! 3. Dimmers on all lights! Lighting is so important. Landscape lighting adds so much to the exterior of the home. 4. Chic outside fireplace. We use ours daily! and 5. Central Vac System (If you have a golden retriever!) My new favorite thing.

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Vanessa: If you hadn’t become a designer, what do you think you would be doing now?

Lee: Professional organizer!

Vanessa: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Lee: Continue having a successful store with hopefully adding our own line of chic products like textiles, furniture, and accessories, that would be fabulous! Great customers and enjoying life!

Interview with Pieces Owner Lee Kleinhelter
Thank you so much Lee and Vanessa for stopping in today on decor8, and Lee your store is as amazing as I imagined it to be. I think many of us want to know when we can move in!

(images from lee kleinhelter)






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