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?toile home

I found the yummy ?toile home via Indie Quarter, a great blog out of th UK that features primarily independent art and design. They blogged about ?toile home recently, a small company that has been around for a few years now based in the UK and oh my — they have some very pretty things. Bold graphics, modern florals, and happy colorways. I love the black and white nina patchwork quilt, the beautiful oscar cushions (so cute to top a stool), and the nina pillow in yellow and pink.

My fave four are shown above. :) When I see these prints, I think of a swank Polynesian beach house or some cute patio on the beach in any part of the world, really. Also nice if you live far from the coast but you want to bring a little of the tropics to your world. It’s funny seeing these patterns living in the rooms below just as well, with wood paneled walls, cowhide chairs, and antlers. A very unexpected pairing I think. I love how well things work when not weighed down under complex design rules. How it ought to look isn’t always as fun or beautiful anyway. I’m so over staged perfection.Design in a box. It appealed to me on some level when I first embarked on my newfound career path of interior design back in ’05, but by the end of one of my first classes, I was over it as quickly as I fell into it. It felt so boring, so confining. And as I watch decorating shows on television (less and less, I only watch House Hunters and Design Star now and then), and flip through books with these overly staged designs I feel a bit queasy. Not because it’s bad, but because I can’t handle this pursuit of perfection in decorating that some of my peers have. It’s okay that they do it and I appreciate their approach very much, but I don’t think it’s fun or interesting to live in a designer showroom. It’s not even fun or interesting to shop at most of these showrooms. I’m a bit of a rebel. When I look at these product shots below I feel at home. This is laid back. It allows for change. People can live here. There’s a little ‘managed’ clutter around. I see balance and harmony. Old and new. Flawed and near perfect living together. This is how I see good design. It is human.

Okay enough about me… ?toile home currently accepts Paypal, making it a relatively painless transaction should you decide to shop them, and the prices are reasonable considering this is handmade fabric from a small company. You can’t expect prices to be much lower or else it would hardly be worth producing these things in the first place. They also offer fabric by the meter in case you’re feeling up to a little DIY action. :)

Thanks Indie Quarter for the great find!

(images from ?toile home)

Posted in Objects on June 30, 2008

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

Here’s our weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris… The stage is yours, Beckster! - Holly

I just finished watching Episode 4 of Design Star on HGTV. As soon as Mikey V. said he was going for “zen,” I realized what the problem is with these contestants. They watch too much HGTV, including past seasons of Design Star. People saying they want “zen” when they are designing, unless they are professional Japanese garden designers, make me cringe. Anyway, if you missed the show but want to skip and just see the designs so you can comment today, they are right here.

I was hoping the theme of the show would be “go big or go home.” Instead, the theme became “I want my mom.”

Slight Spoiler Alert: If someone implied I was going somewhere in a private Gulf Stream that required a passport and then sent me to Michael’s, the homicide would be justifiable. I hate that place. It makes me feel dizzy and nauseated, much like this show. I’ve only spent time in two of the destinations. All I can say is Italy = Aalto, fountains, history, and Prada. Spain = Ibiza, Gaudi, Miro, Picasso, Las Ramblas, Calatrava and sangria. Michael’s is the world capital of fake flowers, which is part of what makes me dizzy in there. Personally, I would have totally used the inspiration of the fake flower field that the Marc Jacobs windows had last spring in the West Village… You know, the one that the man in the skunk suit hung out in on the weekends? It would have gone big, right?

Again, WARNING: There will be no major winner/loser spoiler alerts in these intros, but there will be in the comments section, so if you haven’t seen it yet and you don’t want to know what happened, do not click into the comments section until you have caught up on your viewing.

What did you think? Do you have someone who would make the best host in mind, regardless of design skill? For me it’s a very clear cut at this point. What cheesy typical “design moves” irked you? Did you think someone was making a fort in the first 5 minutes? What are your design-speak pet peeves? I know you have a bunch! What do you think of as inspiration when you think of the different destinations mentioned? What would you have done with certain destinations and Michael’s as your shopping source? Who is showing appropriate restraint? Too much? Not enough? Who should work for Rooms 2 Go? Who had karma rain down on them? Who didn’t? Should saying “Ferosh” or “Tee-ragic” be banned? Did someone make manopy #2? Whose room looked the most like a Trading Spaces “feng shui” room? Did you agree with the judges? More interesting, with whom did you disagree?

O.K., I’ll stop, just dish about whatever you want! – Becky Harris

Posted in reality tv on June 30, 2008

Happy Weekend!

I wish you all a lovely and inspiring weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday with another week of goodies. :) See you in a few days friends!

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on June 28, 2008

Mood Board Contest Winners!

It’s 3 o’clock… Time to announce the 2008 decor8 Mood Board Contest Winners sponsored by Amy Butler Design! The people have spoken and we’ve found our winner along with the 5 runner ups. Drum roll please…

~~:: The winner is Sandra Earl! ::~~
Sandra wins a prize pack valued at approximately $300 that will include a signed copy of Amy’s book Midwest Modern, 1 Birdie Sling in her Midwest Modern Fabric, 1 Sew It Kit, 2 Card Kits, and 10 of her most recent patterns. Non pro: Technical Writer
Country: Canada
Title: Sunkissed Living Room
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Modern Optic Blossom Linen.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “SooHappy, Soo bright, soo many lovely things to feast your eyes on. Fantastic.”
  • “Theconsistent use of yellows and whites clearly carries the sunkissed theme…”
  • “Thisis the truest representation of “sunkissed” I’ve ever seen in design and out of the ordinary! A true winner.”
  • “Thorough, strong theme without being over the top. Fun and funky!”

1st Runner Up

~~:: Jeanee L. Wallace ::~~
Jeanee wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
State/Country: Missouri, USA
Title: Hostess Haven Kitchen
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: grey happy dots, mustard martini and linen optic blossom.

Survey comments from readers include:

“Couldbe a page out of Domino!”
feel this board has simple yet lovely emotive qualities. The textures are quite inviting. Side illustrations are nice touches.”
is a room not usually done. Love the handmade apron and the cupcakes!”
is fabulous! My favorite, hands down.”

2nd Runner Up

~~:: Zoe Tucker ::~~
Zoe wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Children’s Book Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Country: England
Title: Creative Space
Fabric: Orange Dahlia and Ohio Sky

Survey comments from readers include:
  • “Ilove, love, love this entry! Fresh, vibrant colors; clean, modern lines mixed with vintage-esque fabrics…so me!”
  • “Thisis a beautiful layout that really gives you a sense of thefeel the room would have… gorgeous!”
  • “ILOVE, LOVE, LOVE this entry. I’d move right into this room!”
  • Zo?‘sboard really captures the essence of the mood of the fabricsand her space feels contemporary and fresh whilst at the same time it feelscosy and comfortable somewhere I would definitely like to be.”

3rd Runner Up

~~:: Lisa Tilse ::~~
Lisa wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Pro: Graphic Designer
Country: Australia
Title: Dots and Dinosaurs — Don’t Forget the Boys!
Fabric: Pink Dahlia collection: Mustard, Martini and Apricot Happy Dots.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “LOVE the colors, layout & made for boys! Very thought out and fun. I think this is my FAVE.”
  • “I really like the creative use of this seemingly “girlish” fabric combined with dinosaurs and little boys! This is a great design!”
  • “Designing for boys and doing it tastefully, whilst retaining the fun and funky elements of children’s design is hard – this is truly gorgeous and a much harder task than designing adult spaces. A clear winner.”
  • “Fun, fresh and very creative. Every boy would love a dinosaur room!”

4th Runner Up

~~:: Natalie Chaung ::~~
Natalie wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Engineer
State/Country: New Jersey, USA
Title: Cheerful Home Office + Guest Bedroom
Fabric: linen and optic blossom

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Wow, so stunning. Should give up engineering.”
  • “Sophisticated, excellent tones. Classic and yet unique at the same time.”
  • “I love the various texture represented here”
  • “Comforting choices and tasteful layout.”

5th Runner Up

~~:: Kathryn Louise ::~~
Kathryn wins a bag handmade by Amy Butler Designs valued at $75
Non pro: Currently not employed
Country: England
Title: Seaglass and Seashells Kitchen/Dining Room
Fabric: Aqua Honeycomb, Green fresh poppies, Green nouveau trees.

Survey comments from readers include:

  • “Definitely should be pro. Beautiful.”
  • “Lovethe description, love that she stated how the fabrics would be used.”
  • “Perfectas a coastal retreat!”
  • “Thisboard really radiates a feeling above all of the others andI love that it is handmade and not digital, also that paint swatches are shown.”

I will contact each of our winners today for their mailing address and Amy Butler Design will handle the rest from there. Congratulations to all! Yay!

I’d like to give a huge, global virtual hug to all who entered this contest and for those who took the time to vote. I’ve listened to some of your advice and I’ll most definitely use it as I pull together the mood board contest for next year. I want so badly to please everyone and ensure that everything is handled fair and square. I think that this year Amy and I did our best and that the only direction is up from here. Stay tuned for our next contest, although it’s a mini one not requiring a project… Where you can win an Inspiration Box filled with goodies to get your started on your next arts and crafts projects. Stay tuned for that in early July.

Thank you again! – Holly

Posted in contests on June 27, 2008


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