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July 2008

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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

July 22, 2008

Are you ready for another installment of Etsy Take Five Tuesdays? Today let’s see about some his and her ceramics, baby elephants, letterpress frames, custom labels, and a few freshly sharpened pencils! Let’s go!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Originally from Turkey, Basak Notz runs a successful stationery studio out of San Francisco called Small Square Design with paper products that are minimalistic, fresh and modern. Cards printed with gocco are also available. You can view more from the collection on the Small Square Design website, where I learned that you can find her paper sold nationally at one of my favorite destinations for pretty papers — Paper Source. Basak also authors a blog where she shares her many inspirations.

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Another Turkish designer to share with you today, this time it’s Studio tto or Baris Gun Sahin, a student at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul, Turkey. She is studying in the traditional Turkish handcrafts department specializing in ceramic and traditional tile design. I like what I’m seeing from this talented student… She has many good ideas and I’m enjoying the simplicity here. All are original, hand painted designs, completely dishwasher and food safe, and she even accepts custom work.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays
Sycamore Street Press is unique because in addition to lovely letterpress stationery and creative couple Eva & Kirk at the wheel, you will find letterpress frames that are quite original finds. They are budget-friendly and an ideal way to spruce up your framed art, a great alternative to the typical mats out there. Let’s here it for something new – hurrah, hurrah!

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Are you looking for custom stickers and stamps in lovely fonts and borders for your small business or to label things at home? If you want to add that perfect final touch, Sweet Papery is a Dallas-based shop that specializes in affordable rubber stamps and stickers, completely custom. Wedding seals, business labels, address labels, Thank You stickers, they are all here… I would use them to seal bundles of cookies and homemade sweets to gift friends or to mark the inside of books to ensure loaners to friends return to me! :)

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Stockton & Company so nicely donated papers to the Inspire Me giveaway so I have to highlight them today because seeing some of their papers in person made all the difference for me. Cute baby elephants have me at hello every single time, I swear. Total cuteness. Stockton & Co. maintains a blog too. Side point: For more animal cuteness only of the real kind, this image on Marilyn Patrizio’s blog made my day and maybe yours too…

If you’ve missed previous Take Five Tuesdays, please click here to check them out. I try to run this column each Tuesday but sometimes I fall behind if other work commitments get in the way, you know the ones that involve editors and such. What I’m saying is that if I miss a week here and there, don’t worry, I usually make up for it with extra special finds. You can also check the left column of this blog for my Etsy picks of the day. Thank you!

(images linked to sources above)


Villa Collection {Denmark}

July 22, 2008

UPDATE: 2/14/11 – As of February 14, 2011 it appears as though this company is no longer in business. – Editor

The Danish company Villa Collection had my attention the moment I discovered their products in Europe last year. I’m leaving the states in a few weeks to continue working on my new apartment abroad where we will live for five months each year, New Hampshire is my base but northern Germany will be my hideout. :) Well, not really a hideout as I have a ton of plans during my time abroad and I’ll still be writing decor8 so I certainly won’t be hiding from all of you — that’s for sure!

Villa Collection {Denmark}
I’m currently in the process of decorating our new one-bedroom apartment remotely, and things are coming along quite well with only a few minor issues popping up here and there. I ordered so many things online in advance of our arrival, going through lists I’d created to decide what we need the moment that we arrive vs. what can wait a day or two. So far our mattresses were delivered along with a pendant light, the entryway furniture, towels, vacuum, iron, clothes rack, duvets and pillows, a ceramic hallway table light, and other bathroom items (soaps and etc.). All ordered from the web. Since our kitchen is completely bare (not even a kitchen sink!), I have a new refrigerator waiting but will quickly need to pull together a usable kitchen so no doubt I’ll be at IKEA the day after we arrive. It’s extremely exciting to pull this together but a bonus from all of this online shopping in German is that I’ve learned many new words from Kleiderschrank (clothes closet/wardrobe) to Teppiche (carpet).

Villa Collection {Denmark}
Although small (59 square meters = 635 sq. ft.) and definitely simple (post-war, no fancy architectural details or flooring), I plan to make our second home cozy and relaxing. Our goal is to eventually buy a condo in a pre-war Jugendstil style building but for now, simple is the plan because wealthy we are not. :)

It’s important that the overall style is a reflection of both of us so I made the decision to merge our favorite things and figure out how to make them play well together. Taking into account Thorsten’s love of all things contemporary and streamlined along with metal, black, gray, orchids (he enjoys growing them), Japanese design (he loves a clean, modern aesthetic) and my love for white, textiles, bohemian, vintage, ethnic design, Scandinavian design, and my recent affection for the color lilac, I’ve nailed the exact look and feel that I want for our place. Add a little yellow, a little sea glass blue, a splash of pink and there you have it. Home.

Villa Collection {Denmark}
Would you like a glimpse of the spaces that have inspired the design of our new place? Villa Collection gives you a good sense of what I’m going for, although not quite as pristine and definitely a bit less styled. But the elements and textures are all here. And I plan to add more color to the mix but at least you can view my inspirations for now. And don’t worry, zebra and hides of any kind will not be part of the mix!

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Again, I plan to infuse each room with a bit more color and pattern, but these images show you an example of my starting point. You can view a few pages from my inspiration binder here.

If you enjoy following decorating projects like this one, please visit my other blog called haus maus which is dedicated to shopping in Germany (and surrounding countries), navigating a new culture, and setting up house abroad. I’m trying to keep decor8 and haus maus separate but from time to time I will update you with our decorating progress here on decor8. I hope you don’t mind. :)

(images from villa collection)


New at Rian Rae

July 21, 2008

You can always count on Rian Rae to stock some of the most unique finds and good news for us — Jeni just stocked her store with more new finds! Included in her chest of treasures: the cargo mushroom boxes with removable ‘caps’ and a matte white porcelain squirrel lamp to keep you company at night.

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Thanks Jeni for sending over these products to share with decor8 readers today, lovely finds!

(images from rian rae)


Design Aglow Blog

July 21, 2008

I hate to gush but… I just found the most amazing blog (thanks to an anon reader for the tip!) all about photography and how to display photos in your home called Design Aglow. This blog just started in January and already has pages of inspiration to offer readers, you simply must feast your eyes on the beauty here!

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Design Aglow even offers these amazingly helpful templates on how to display art on your wall. I’m completely blown away by this site and I’m sure you will like it just as much.

(all images from design aglow)

Reader Questions

Reader Q: Ornate Frame Resources?

July 21, 2008

Beth wrote in yesterday from Eden Photography looking for frame help. She is trying to do something like you see in this photo with an empty display of painted ornate frames for her wall.

Reader Q: Ornate Frame Resources?
I suggested that she try Brocade Home, Urban Outfitters (ornate rose frame $14), and eBay (keyword search: ‘ornate frames‘ to paint). Then I thought that perhaps some of you have some ideas or sources for Beth…

Reader Q: Ornate Frame Resources? Triple frames at Brocade Home.

Anyone want to help frame our friend Beth?

(image: jen thompson photography)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, Etsy Faves

Because Sometimes Things Cannot Wait…

July 20, 2008

Just look at these darling handmade books (in English) for children that double as art — pretty enough to display on a shelf or frame. I could not wait until tomorrow to share them. They are made with love by La Pomme Stories in France.

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What little (or grown up) girl would not love one of these… A special thanks to Shelly DeVous/heartlandart for the tip!

Also… If you are looking for a little inspiration today, I’ve posted some images from my binder over at haus maus along with a few of my finds from shopping at Red Chair Antiques yesterday…

(images from la pomme stories)

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