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John Beck Paper & Steel

My interior decorating style leans more on the feminine side but there is still this love of industrial furniture that lurks beneath… these beauties are from John Beck Paper & Steel. I was so pleased when an email from John arrived today and I found his work for the first time, all of these childhood memories came rushing in that I had long forgotten. When I was a kid my father would drag me to commercial kitchen warehouses where I’d spend hours by his side as he’d select counters for the kitchens of his restaurants (his evening ‘hobby’ was owning a business or two on the side). I remembered rooms with what looked to hold hundreds of industrial steel tables and cabinetry. I also recall how proud of his purchases he was and how often, after school, I would sit on a stool in the kitchen watching him lay everything out on the shiny metal surface to prepare for the nightly special. To this day I think about owning a chef’s kitchen with industrial counters like these. Obviously I’m not the only one.


My first love is an all-white kitchen or white with bits of teak throughout, I can imagine integrating steel into the mix. It gives the look of a professional kitchen which is a popular look right now. Steel is a great surface to work on, heavy-duty tough and nearly impossible to stain. An open kitchen is one many enjoy as today?s kitchens are social areas, more and more are knocking down walls to open up space to include a center prep area to accommodate either additional helpers or guests who enjoy socializing while the chef is at work. I also love what John has done to the storefront cashier’s table shown below, it’s brilliant. You also have to see the desk on wheels below, another great find.


Please take a moment to look at John’s website, his bio reads so down-to-earth — I especially loved this line, “I got a rock star wife, a couple of rugrats (18 and 7), a truck, and a house in the ‘burbs.”

(images from john beck paper & steel)

Posted in furniture on June 23, 2008
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Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

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

Well, I just finished watching this week’s Design Star on HGTV. It was really boring. You know how on Project Runway they have amazing creative challenges, like making in outfit from materials bought at the grocery store or in a nursery? The interior design shows just don’t seem to have very creative ideas for challenges. It seems like the contestants spend more time stripping wallpaper, painting, and racing the clock than they do actually designing and problem solving. The end results never seem very well thought out or polished. Maybe that’s why they race through them during the reveals. I literally have to pause my DVR to really see the rooms.

This week the contestants were put into teams of two, which made for more interesting dynamics and created the potential for results with more of a point of view. Do you think any of the teams accomplished that? What did you think of the rooms? Has your opinion changed about any of the contestants, or are your first impressions proving to be pretty accurate? Do you think anyone in particular appears to be a front runner? Did you agree with the judges on who was sent home? How much do you think the inspiration pieces influenced the designs?

Again, WARNING: There will be no 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.

Now dish away…

Posted in reality tv on June 23, 2008

Happy Weekend!

Thank you so much for being a part of decor8 this week, your readership, linking to posts I’ve written, and comments make writing this blog an important and inspiring part of my life. You give me the will to press on and keep showing up here everyday. I am so grateful to you so thank you for the support.


These inspiring photos capture the beauty of summer and one of childhood dreams so well I think. They are my little visual gift to you as I think you will feel peace and hope simply by imaging yourself in each setting. They are from the portfolio of professional photographer Trine Bukh in Copenhagen.

Please don’t forget that entries to the decor8 mood board contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design are due on Monday, June 23rd. On Tuesday and Wednesday, decor8 will be solely devoted to mood boards and voting but we’ll have a good time I promise, and all will have a chance to cast their vote. So until we meet again… I wish you all a blissful weekend!

(images from trine bukh)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on June 21, 2008

Wonting NYC

I must confess my love for this set of girly prints from Wonting NYC. How hard it is to refrain from purchasing these. I adore the feminine borders, you don’t see a lot of borders like this on prints so it’s an unexpected surprise.

(images from wonting nyc)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, walls on June 20, 2008

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