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Get Real: TV Reality Design Shows – Your Thoughts?

Let’s dish about television reality design shows today. With HGTV’s Design Star season three premiering on June 8th complete with cutie pie host Clive Pearse and Bravo’s Top Design set for sometime in the Fall with India Hicks as host of season two, I think this is a good Get Real topic for today. Many will no doubt tune in to watch designers battle it out, vying for money, prizes, and even their own show. I just watched the sneak peek of Design Star on their website and the enthusiastic contestant Michael Stribling used the word ferosh. Ut oh! We may be in for quite a ride gang.

Would you want to be a contestant on a reality design show? What are some of the pros and cons in your eyes? Do you think these shows are entertaining or just plain dumb? I’ll get the ball rolling with my comments on this below.

If you missed Get Real last week, we discussed Design Motifs here.

Posted in inspiration, small business on June 05, 2008

Fabric Resources {not trade only}

I pulled together a little something for fabric lovers over at Real Simple yesterday that I forgot to mention. It’s not an article as much as a total link fest connecting you to some of the fabric stores that I’ve talked about in the past on decor8. You can look at Fabric Resources {not trade only} to view all of the links, it’s a mini catalog just for you!


I am so excited to see all of the handmade fabrics that are now available through small design studios, it’s something I had hoped to see for many years now. As more studios pop up to create fresh, new designs I can’t help but feel excited about what’s next. I know I talked about this over a year ago, but I’m dying for someone to launch a fabric line that blends traditional West African inspired patterns with bright, modern hues or soft sorbets combined with lots of crisp white. I really love West African wax print fabrics, but find that most of the colors are fairly deep or a bit bright and do not always work in my home. Maybe I’m just not that bold. I hope it’s okay to say this, I don’t want to sound like the traditional colorways aren’t good enough or whatever because they are. I’m just not someone who uses a lot of emerald green, navy, purple, and red. I was in this African shop last year in Hannover and found so many amazing patterns for under $20 per yard but the colors would not work in my apartment, lots of brown combined with bright yellow and purple. But I loved the patterns (view tons of West African prints here over on Flickr)!


I know the above photo is a Shabby Chic room and that you most likely have that “huh?” look on your face right about now. Like, how in the world can Holly tie in Shabby Chic into this conversation? Watch me guys. So when I thought of a room I’d love to see these prints in, I remembered this SC photo. I imagine those wax prints only in softer shades of blue, green, pink, and yellow. I then picture them used sparingly in a living room like the one above as pillows, a throw, or a giant patchwork pouf on the floor. Only my pouf would be round and I’d hand stitch a few tiny beads throughout but not that many. And don’t worry, I won’t pull out my bedazzler on you (please click here and watch Tana in case you have no clue what a bedazzler is). So there you have it. Shabby Chic meets West Africa and has a baby, resulting in my wacky vision.

Does anyone know of such lines already out there that I’ve somehow missed? West African patterns in softer hues?

(image from african fabric linked above and shabby chic.)

Posted in Objects on June 05, 2008

Red Bridge Studio

Tyshawn Henry wrote in this morning about Red Bridge Studio, her Brooklyn-based textile and surface design studio. Thank you for introducing your work, Tyshawn!


Inspired by New Zealand using vivid greens and blues, the Maize and Kelp patterns are her latest designs. Each item at Red Bridge Studio is individually screen printed and made by hand.

Wonderful work!

(images from red bridge studio)

Posted in Etsy Faves, Objects on June 05, 2008

Baby’s Got a Hip New Crib

If you are a Boston local and subscribe to the Globe, you’ll find something I pulled together today called Baby’s Got a Hip New Crib in the Style & Arts section. Products featured include items for the nursery from Sparkability, Right Start, Design Public, Ouef, Three Potato Four, Butch & Harold, and 2Modern.

Posted in uncategorized on June 05, 2008

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