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Happy Weekend {and links!}

H is for Happy Weekend! It’s also one big stuffed letter that Yvonne from The Yvestown Blog makes and sells in her little web shop, I placed it here on my dresser so you can see it for yourself. I like the charming Cath Kidston fabrics that she uses. I’ll meet you back here on Monday but first, here are some events and links to enjoy. Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


Boston, MAKoo de Kir Sidewalk Sale, 6/8 10am-6pm, 65 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill.

Brookline, MACoolidge Corner Arts Festival, 6/7 from 10-6 pm. Over 70 artists on the grounds of the Devotion School at 345 Harvard Street in Brookline.

Lincoln, MADecordova Museum’s Annual Art in the Park, Sunday 6/8 from 10-5 pm. $12 admission, free parking at reservoir place. 51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA. Over 100 exhibitors of New England’s finest artist and artisans exhibit and sell their artwork.

Providence, RIThe Providence Open Market opens for the season on 6/7, noon – 6pm on Westminster Street between Eddy and Clemence.

Atlanta, GAIndie Craft Experience, 6/7 from 11 to 6pm, Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave West NW. Don’t miss visiting the booth of Jess Gonacha and Renee Garner who release a special print during this event. It will be online and available in their Etsy shops in the days ahead.

San Francisco, CA – Free craft workshop on Sunday, June 8th, 2-5pm @ The Curiosity Shoppe 855 Valencia St.

Los Angeles, CA – Huge Moderica warehouse sale, 6/7 from 9am-4pm at 1820 Industrial St. Biscuit Lofts, Downtown LA. (For those unable to attend, take 30% online, details here.)

Los Angeles, CADwell on Design is in full swing until 6/8. If you attend don’t miss the outdoor, press and editors lounge because it was designed by Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise LA.

More Bay area events here (thanks, Leah!).

Art by Amy Sol.

Links & News

Scraps started to arrive today in response to Can You Inspire Someone, yay! Jen Renninger and Kayte Terry sent some beautiful things. I can’t wait to see what will arrive next week. It’s so fun to look through the packages. I’d like to give Kayte a little plug while I have your attention, her new book about embellishing releases next month (pre-order here).

The decor8 Mood Board contest sponsored by Amy Butler Design is in full swing, please enter by midnight on June 23rd.

An interesting blog post I read, especially the comments, on the topic of creative
minds think alike and how you can often have an idea and then when you see someone else launch it, it’s natural to assume your idea was stolen. Is this always the case?

Inspired by… The art of Amy Sole.

I heart this Shabby Chic dining area… Especially the seat cushions,
cement floor, green bookcase, and that gorgeous painting.

Shabby Chic just launched their online store, including furniture. Rachel has her favorite things posted too.

… And an update on the decor8 redesign. Stay tuned for a blog that will look and feel a lot different as soon as next month. This has been an ongoing labor of love, it took months to figure out how I wanted it to look, then budget for the work, locate someone patient enough to work with me (ha ha) and now after reviewing the final concepts today, I am over the moon happy with it. Look for the new decor8 mid July!

Have a great weekend!

Posted in uncategorized on June 06, 2008

San Francisco Letterpress Print by Lab Partners

The last thing I need is another print but I cannot resist this San Francisco letterpress print created by Lab Partners. My husband and I spent our honeymoon in this amazing city along with Sonoma, so we have a special place in our hearts for one of our favorite spots in America. It will be seven years next month, I can’t believe how fast time goes by between 28 and 35… All I can say is that things better start slowing down now! :)

This is such a lovely letterpress print, the colors, the retro vibe, so sweet! I just purchased one to pack for Germany since I want to hang it in our place over there. These prints seem to be flying off of the shelves so if you want one get ’em while they’re hot (and available) right here.

There’s this quote about San Francisco and I can’t help but feel exactly the same as Mencken, “What fetched me instantly (and thousands of other newcomers with me) was the subtle but unmistakable sense of escape from the United States.”-H.L. Mencken, Writer.

(image from lab partners)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms on June 06, 2008


I’m so inspired by these lovely West African fabrics from Vlisco in the Netherlands, a collection of strong, vibrant colors and patterns that radiate energy and style. Brandi, a decor8 reader who lives in Sudan, was kind enough to send their link my way and I fell in love the moment I saw their fabrics as fashion on these gorgeous women, their new collection Rythme de Jeunesse is shown below.

You can purchase all of their textiles by the yard so you can easily use them for any project including home decorating. Some of these patterns would look striking on a modern white, grey or navy sofa with very clean lines, or mixed with other ethnic prints, such as those from Morocco or India. Truly inspiring! Thank you so much Brandi.

(images from vlisco)

Posted in Objects on June 05, 2008

decor8 Mood Board Contest

It’s time for our annual mood board contest on decor8! I’ve teamed up with Amy Butler Design for another round of fun and prizes, this year we?ll award a super prize package to the winner plus a special handmade bag from Amy for 5 runner ups. The contest is open to both domestic and international readers and digital mood board submissions will be accepted this year. So… Are you game?

Grand Prize Pack (above): One winner will receive 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.

Runner ups: 5 runner ups will receive one of these 5 bags created by Amy’s studio.

Contest Details: Your mission will be to design a room around one (or more) of your picks from Amy’s new Midwest Modern fabric collection. Please show the fabric swatch on the mood board. You can enlarge and print swatches out here.

Suggested materials: A foam core board, poster board, cork board, wood, or other surface that is at least 11″ x 14″ or larger. You can also create the mood board digitally using Photoshop or another graphics program. Fabric, paint, magazine clippings, trim, wallpaper samples, photographs, whatever! Just get creative and have fun! Important: Please make sure to list the furniture and accessories that you found with links so that readers can create the room themselves in real time if they’d like.

How winners will be chosen: I’ll select 30 finalists and will group them into 2 categories, pros (those working or trained in a creative field) and others to keep judging fair. I’ll reveal the top 30 finalists on June 24 + 25 (15 per day) and you will have a chance to vote for your favorite at that time. The winner, along with 5 runner ups, will be announced on decor8 June 30. At that time, I will also give you a link to a special folder so you can view all entries in case you are curious. :)

UPDATE: All have been grouped together, pros alongside of non-pros. Many reasons exist for this, for instance lots of the non-pros ended up having a design background though they are currently not in a design-related field. Some were not disclosing this fact and I was told through a few readers that ‘so and so’ has a degree in design. With these little issues popping up, we decided to group everyone together because in the end – all had amazing entries to be proud of!

Submission details: When you finish your board please send me a link to the image location. You can upload it to Flickr, Shutterfly, Photobucket, etc. I will then move the image to my Flickr account and create a folder to collect all submissions. Please, no email attachments. If you send an email attachment, I will not open it and your entry will not be considered. Along with the link, please include the following information, in this exact order:

Your name:
Your occupation:
Are you entering as pro or other (based on your career or past training)?
Your blog/website:
Mood Board title:
Name of Midwest Modern fabric that inspired your room:
Where did you find the furniture and accessories in your room?* (links to sources go here, use for long links please):
Image link (images must be clear and at least 800 x 800 pixels):

Email to decor8blog {at} yahoo {dot} com

Submission deadline: Monday, June 23rd, Midnight EST.

Thank you again to our generous sponsor, Amy Butler Design!

If I need to clarify anything feel free to ask any questions that you may have below. Thank you all, have fun!

For creative inspiration from past contests, please click here. To view past winners, please visit this link.

{*Updated 6/6: You do not HAVE to include links to where you found your furniture and accessories, but I’m sure many would appreciate it and that may mean more votes for your :) board.}

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in contests on June 05, 2008


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