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April 2008

Designers + Stylists

Pop Pervert – Your Opinion?

April 14, 2008

Your opinion is needed for this budding new surface pattern designer… Alexandra Bedoya is based in Spain and is not only the resident Barcelona editor for Luxe City Guides but also runs a design studio called Pop Pervert that just launched a new line of over 120 prints and patterns & prints that can be applied to jewelry, textiles, wall paper, ceramics. The designer is her business partner, Ana Montiel.

Pop Pervert - Your Opinion?
Though Pop Pervert is still in the beginner’s stage (no product for purchasing), Alex contacted me to present their work here on decor8 to see what type of reaction it gets from readers. A little market research. :) They really wants to get Pop Pervert out there and could really use your feedback, or if you are in a position to discuss something project-related, feel free to contact her for that too. What do you think, would you like to help? All I can say is that if Smeg produces refrigerators with their patterns on them, I will definitely order one. I would love to see washers and dryers go this route too, a little surface pattern would make for a great touch to otherwise boring appliances. Especially patterns that you can apply to that can be removed and replaced with other patterns, like giant decals or those shrink wrap ads you see on public transportation.

Pop Pervert - Your Opinion?
Pop Perverty has a very creative website that you may enjoy browsing too. I love that they took the time to show renderings because it really gives me a solid idea of what she as a designer is looking to do with their work, hers creative vision for it — but also helps me to better see it in a real world environment and to see the scale of the patterns because on paper a print may look great but once on the wall, the print is much smaller or larger than you envisioned which is sometimes a negative. This way, you can see things how Ana and Alex would like them to be. They pulled together an extremely professional pdf file (download it here for your viewing pleasure) with her patterns and renderings that I think makes for the perfect presentation to show to potential buyers, I love what they’ve done and am thankful for the sneak peek.

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What do you think of Pop Pervert? Again, they encourage your participation if you feel so inclined… Thank you Alex for sharing these with us.

(images from pop pervert)


Three Potato Four – New Product Launch

April 14, 2008

Three Potato Four is a new decor8 sponsor as of Saturday so their ad now appears in the right column for the next 5 months – yay! 3P4 is a small business on the web owned and operated by Stu and his wife Janet (and baby girl Holly) who source for quality vintage and new products that are both functional and decorative adding them to their web shop weekly. You may want to subscribe to their mailing list (lower left on homepage) so when updates are made you’re the first to know. This is handy since their vintage finds seem to disappear fast.

Three Potato Four - New Product Launch
This week, 3P4 will roll out two original products (so keep watching their site) and they wanted decor8 readers to enjoy a sneak peek. They are the 8oz and 32 oz Milk Bottle carafes which double as vases and I think they’re super cute and because they’re not vintage, all will be able to own them. I really like the numbers on them, 8 for me is decor8 and 32 is how old I was when I left corporate a few years back to pursue my own business. Of course, 8 and 32 is also the size of each bottle in ounces, but maybe you do this too — the moment you see products with numbers or letters you try to relate them back to your own life so they mean something to you… Do you?

(images from three potato four)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Restless Things {Olivia Jeffries}

April 14, 2008

Olivia Jeffries just released 4 limited edition prints today in the Restless Things Shop, all are signed and ready to go. Of course, these are in addition to her current works, which are equally enchanting…

Restless Things {Olivia Jeffries}I’ve talked about her on decor8 before but in case you’re new here, Olivia obtained her BA in Printmaking and Photomedia from the Norwich School of Art and Design in the UK. She’s currently pursuing exhibition opportunities both nationally and internationally, so if you are a store or gallery coordinating an event please contact her directly. I’d love to see her work visit us here in New England! Olivia also maintains a blog so her fans can keep up with her, it’s called Sweet as a Loon Bird.

(images from olivia jeffries)


Have a Great Weekend!

April 11, 2008

I’m signing off now, yeah you’ve guessed it – date night with my boy. But I first want to thank you for participating on decor8 this week whether you left a comment simply stating that you liked something or maybe you left one a bit deeper than that, each comment means a lot to me and to fellow readers. So thank you so much for taking time to hang out with me here.

Have a Great Weekend!1. A tote bag for $17 from Target purchased by the lovely Shim + Sons, who also has a beautiful blog and a new store. 2. New Amy Butler fabric is in over at Starlit Nest, buy 10 yards of any Midwest Modern print and get 3 yards free. 3. A cupcake made by Kylie Lambert of Le Cupcake in Sydney, Australia. 4. This photo called Hands Collection is from bricolagelife who also maintains a shop on etsy. Doesn’t this give you a good idea for the weekend? Photograph objects together that relate to one another.

Good Links:

Blogger Leslie has a lot to say about sheep and some funny words on the expression, “pop” of color and thought her post was hilarious and worth sending you over to, “We?re all pretty bad about being sheep. The blagosphere is no different. I?m starting to become curious in a pretentious amateur microsociologist way how certain trends start. Like where is the actual nexus for these things? Who is the original disease carrier and who are the most active spreaders. I think it?s Apartment Therapy and Decor8 respectively. If Decor8 blogs something hold on to your f**ing hat because it?ll be on every blog within 24 hours.” You can read more here.

20% off sale at Twig, use code HAPPY_BDAY at checkout. Offer ends April 18th.

Creative Thursday’s Marisa Haedike now has her work at Urban Outfitters in both America and Europe. Yay!

Val?rie Parizeault of The Montreal Craft Mafia told me that they’re now accepting applications for their June event so click here to learn more.

Seattle: The Lab: An Evening With Matte Stephens hosted by Velocity Art & Design. A local meet-up on open to the public for creative thinking, networking, and inspiration. Wednesday, April 16th 6-8 pm, details here. And side note, way to go Matte on your relocation from Alabama to Seattle — All the best!

Chicago: Advance notice for all of you lucky enough to live close to this event. Jayson Home & Garden is hosting an outdoor European Flea Market filled with vintage finds. Event takes place April 18-20, details here.

Boston: Mark your calendars ladies for April 28 when you are invited to a free meet up for creative ladies in Boston called the Boston Design Salon, who also just launched a new blog. April’s event will feature Doreen Hing of Plank Designs and Michele Yeeles of Bobs Your Uncle. Event details here.

Feel More Human just launched and I was told that it’s, “a new online destination that mixes shopping for modern products with original editorial content”. Doesn’t that pretty much sum up a blog? Well regardless, the site looks pretty slick so check it out.

What one blogger has to say about the What To Do Series…

Me over at Real Simple this week talking about patios, stray dogs and cleaning supplies.

I’ll be back for another week of decor8 on Monday and Tuesday where you’ll hear from Lisa Congdon, Irene Hoofs from Bloesem, and my husband Thorsten Becker with their thoughts on What To Do… with a few more of our friends joining us on Tuesday to wrap up the series. Of course, all that mixed in with the usual decor8 content (pretty things!) so if you’d like to meet me back here on Monday, please do. :)

Bad News: Remember my post on Deyrolle in Paris about a year ago? The shop suffered a massive fire recently, blog reader Hazel just told me the terrible news. I’m so very sad for the owner as his collection isn’t something you can easily replace. Translated version here.

(images linked to their source above)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Diana Brennan Photography – 10% Discount

April 11, 2008

I really like photographer Diana Brennan. She’s an interesting, sweet and all around genuine person. She’s a nature lover too, like so many of us. Her photos are a study of natural history as she shoots in museums and I find them so interesting, I even grabbed my husband and showed him her photos because her subject matter isn’t typical and I like that it sets her apart from the pack. It made me think of natural history museums as a bit more of an exciting place to spend an afternoon too. I plan to bring my camera and use the lens as a more creative way to view displays going forward.

Diana Brennan Photography - 10% Discount
Last Fall I was at the Landesmuseum in Hannover and saw an amazing exhibit that I liked so much that I stayed in the exhibition hall for nearly 2 hours just gazing into the display cases. I wish I had taken photos and I remember being annoyed that I had forgotten my trust camera as I stood there amidst so many inspiring displays. If you’re in Hannover anytime soon the exhibit runs until May and is called Fantastische Riesen und bizarre Zwerge – Fr?chte und Samen der Sammlung Erika Schmidt which was all about large and small seed pods found all over the world curated by Prof. Dr. Erika Schmidt from the Institut f?r Landschaftsarchitektur in Dresden. I think if Diana Brennan could see this exhibit she’d be moved to photograph it for her own collection of photos because the seed pods, illustrations, and watercolors were amazing. I had never been so moved at a natural history museum before.

Diana Brennan Photography - 10% Discount
Diana Brennan Photography - 10% Discount
If you are interested in Diana’s work, she’s offering decor readers an exclusive 10% discount if you mention decor8 during checkout in the comments box. At that point, you’ll need to wait a few moments and Diana will send you a revised invoice (of how I wish Etsy would allow stores to create discount codes!).

Thank you Diana for sharing your fascinating and wonderful photography.

(images from diana brennan)


Kelly McKibben Ceramics

April 11, 2008

Kelly McKibben is a ceramic artist completing her MFA this semester at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. In her work, Kelly uses a screen-printed slip transfer process mixing wallpaper and fabric patterns with handwritten sayings and illustrations.

Kelly McKibben Ceramics
As a child, Kelly moved a lot with her parents and the only comfort she had with each box she unpacked was found in her material possessions — those special objects she felt connected to no matter where she lived. She has always placed great value on the items people collect over time, they’re a part of our history and each tells a story and gives us a measure of security. It’s obvious why she turned out to be a ceramic artist, she’s now able to share special objects with others who have a certain affection for them and they are able to become a part of someone else’s journey. Nice to think about, isn’t it?

(images from kelly mckibben)

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