Susie from Rock Scissor Paper wrote in to offer offer decor8 readers a special discount on their priducts in celebration of some of their fabulous new stationery. The coupon code is: decor8 and you’ll get 25% off everything on their site, including their personalized stationery, effective now until May 11th.
I love their products and own quite a bit of RSP stuff, so I’m a big fan. I especially like their drink coasters and everything from the fashion floral collection – perfect for summer! Susie is always so good to us, thank you for this great discount — we really appreciate it. :)
(images from rock scissor paper)
I recently dug into a new book called Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design by image consultants Carrie McCarthy and Danielle LaPorte. As I started into the first section, the ideas sounded vaguely familiar and it was then that I remembered columnist Cynthia King first introduced these ladies to us awhile back in Domino magazine in the May 2007 issue, “Phone date with (style) destiny”. Since I like what I’m reading so far, I’ve decided to make this read the decor8 book of the week.
I can still recall how intrigued by McCarthy and LaPorte Cynthia was, and their ability to take in all this information about a person and using only two words, describe exactly their style, or as they call it — your Style Statement that defines your authentic self. Self-branding if you will. Cynthia is Cultivated Wonder.
“In a culture obsessed with image and materialism, it can be hard to feel like yourself. Amidst the craze of ?bigger, better, faster?, living real takes some determination. All too often, one?s best self gets buried beneath conformity and confusion. You wonder if the real you?the life-loving, juicy, most dynamic parts of you?can be excavated, re-invented or finally pulled together all in one place.” – Style Statement.
For instance, author McCarthy calls herself Refined Treasure. She has styled and designed homes, hotels, and magazines. LaPorte’s style statement is Sacred Dramatic. She brands companies for a living. You can learn more about the authors on their website, Carrie & Danielle, Inc. I often think I’m too complicated to be described in only two words, which is why I purchased Style Statement: Live By Your Own Design because I’d like to see if after reading this book I can actually do it. The book is loaded with profound (sometimes funny) questions and mini tests, if anything I’m up for a little self-discovery and fun. I’d even love to have a phone consultation with them as did Muse Marian, wouldn’t that be fun?
What can self-branding do for you? These ladies feel that it can help you to be more confident, make wiser decisions, and even dress and decorate with more confidence. In other words, to be more authentic — to be exactly who you are without fear, to live your life in full color.
Has anyone read this book yet or have an interest in uncovering your Style Statement? Your thoughts on this?
(image by holly becker for decor8)
Cape Cod-based Melissa Averinos from the beautiful blog Yummy Goods wrote in about an exciting announcement that she made today — she’ll soon debut a line of fabric called Sugar Snap for Free Spirit that will be available in August ’08. How cool is that? Here’s a peek.
Great colors and patterns, imagine how happy she must be to launch a line of fabric, thrilling! Just imagine all of the fun projects for the sew queens out there, myself included. She also just helped design the new Free Spirit blog, buttons and banners by Averinos herself. This is one busy lady on the move. Congrats, Melissa!
(images from melissa averinos)
I’ve blogged a lot about wall decals but I often wonder, do you buy them? Do you like them? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know where you stick yours, too. I have one tiny bird on my door and a few others on my window, but that’s about it. I tend to like them on windows, tiles, and appliances though I know the suggested spot is on the wall.
Elaine and Nell from Elly Nelly sent over some of their latest designs for us to enjoy today, you can see more in their store. Thanks ladies for the email!
(images from elly nelly)