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Inspired by Bodie and Fou

I want to congratulate Karine at Bodie and Fou, her home appeared in Grand Designs magazine and the spread is absolutely gorgeous. I love the charm and simplicity of her French flat. You can view the article here. I hope to meet Karine and her sister Elodie in Amsterdam in September for a blogger meet-up I’ve planned on September 5th. Non-bloggers are also invited, more to follow here on decor8 in August but for now – mark those calendars and come to Amsterdam!

Black walls are a growing trend at the moment and I think this one behind the bed is gorgeous. You may not want to awake to a black wall, so placing it behind your bed is the perfect solution to that while still giving your bedroom a gorgeous focal point upon entering.

Congratulations, Karine!

(images from grand designs magazine)

Posted in inspiration on July 10, 2008

Les Indiennes {ethnic eco-friendly}

Les Indiennes is such an inspiring portal to worlds beyond, ethic prints and patterns continue to inspire and amaze me and Les Indiennes makes some of the loveliest I’ve seen. I’ve known about them for awhile, but after reading their personal story today in the Washington Post I felt inclined to blog about this online jewel.

Based in Tucson, Arizona, Les Indiennes is American designer Mary Bergtold-Mulcahy and Indian designer Srinivas Pitchuka. Together, they design and produce eco-friendly fabrics from organically grown cotton and natural dyes. Made entirely by hand using India’s traditional Kalamkari method. You can shop them online for bedding, tabletop, pillows, wallpaper and books, fabric by the yard, and felt pillows and slippers — They have it all! It appears as though they only ship within the U.S. currently but you can email them to inquire further (info AT lesindiennes.com). They have retail showrooms in America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia if you’d like to view them in a shop nearest to you click here.


Their online flipbook is a brilliant way to present their collection. It’s so easy to quickly view their gorgeous homewares styled to perfection in magnificent spaces. I love how they’ve merged eastern and western design into a modern eco-friendly collection, I find it all very sophisticated, calming, and cozy.

(images from les indiennes)

Posted in Objects, Rooms on July 10, 2008

International Bloggers at Domino {yay!}

Today is a really great day! A piece that I wrote for Domino just went live on their website featuring 16 international design bloggers. I pulled it together last month so I’ve been anticipating it to go live every since… I hope that you enjoy it — it’s so thrilling to see these great blogs with their name up in lights. They totally deserve it.

The Style Files, one of the 16 blogs featured.

It was fun to step away from my etsy column for a moment to explore a different topic and I thank Domino for being so open to the idea of spotlighting bloggers for their very own slideshow. I wish I could have chosen more because so many exist out there but I was limited to only 15-16 slides. Perhaps we can do a Part 2 in the future. :)

Thanks, Domino!

…And a special thanks to all of the lovely bloggers who assisted me in my research.

By the way, Domino has a new Search function on their website, go check it out. Makes life so much easier.

(image from domino online)

Posted in blogs, uncategorized on July 10, 2008

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I nearly missed posting Etsy Take Five Tuesdays today. Oopsy Daisy! Thankfully I remembered just before the stroke of midnight because I have some lovely sellers to share with you with some very special finds ranging from custom fabric to puffy brooches, floral coasters, neon brights, and a man playing his accordion – oh my!


First up is June Craft in Chicago who is relatively new to Etsy. The scalloped edges on this gocco print are so refreshing to see, I don’t think I’ve spotted anything like it before. I just may have to order one… I also like the custom fabric that she designed and printed using Spoonflower (printing details here). It’s great to see people experimenting with Spoonflower.


Roadside is amazing. I randomly found Jayme McGowan while searching for something else totally unrelated on Etsy last night and sat here in shock that I hadn’t heard of her before. She and Roadside deserve major blog coverage because seriously, this work is unique and gorgeous. Wow.


I get so excited when I find quirky unique handmade things, like everything in the Toast Clothing store. These puffy pins are fantastic, don’t you think? How cute to add to your handbag or even a throw pillow.


I take my eyes off of the neon treasures at Raeburn Ink. It’s electric (boogie woogie)! I’m usually not big on neon hues but this stuff is fab, seems the designer really knows how to bring neon from the 1980’s into modern times in the most beautiful way ever. Seems to key to making neon work is to pair it with pastels or neutrals. So grand.


Alison Tauber in Brooklyn has a lot of very nice things. It all looks so comfortable and down-to-earth, and the subdued colors are grand. A few of her design motifs are somewhat retro so there’s this vintage charm about her wares that I really like. The hostess set is perfect, it comes with recipe cards and a tea towel. Great to gift a friend who has invited you over to dinner, especially if you just don’t feel like bringing another bottle of vino. Mix things up!

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out. See you tomorrow!

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in Etsy Faves on July 09, 2008

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