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July 2008

DIY, Rooms

Awesome Kitchen DIY

July 15, 2008

Miss Leah from More Ways to Waste Time sent over a link to a fabulous kitchen remodel that she just posted her blog. You have to check it out. It’s great especially if you’re about to embark on a remodel project involving a lot of elbow grease. In 3 weeks when I leave for Germany I have to design my kitchen from the floor up so Leah’s post encouraged me a lot. When it comes to kitchen design in a foreign country I’m quite lost… But I’m excited and these photos only serve to excite me more because I’m planning on a gray/white/goldenrod scheme for my new kitchen and the refrigerator that I purchased for it yesterday is stainless as all of our appliances will be. The kitchen is also quite small, smaller than this one even… But I have lots of hope for it!

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Leah, thank you! Click here to get the nitty gritty on this kitchen, complete with before and additional after photos.

(images from more ways to waste time and house obsession)

Inspiration, Objects

Inspired on a Budget

July 15, 2008

These products are pretty much only available to you if you live in Germany at one of my favorite shops called Car M?bel so what’s my point in posting about them here on decor8? You’ll see…

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I think these images answer the question — they’re inspiring! It’s fun to look at how things are arranged and draw inspiration from the styling, colors, products used, etc. In this economy, most of us aren’t out shopping as we once were. We’re forced to get more creative in how we decorate our homes. Instead of purchasing something brand new, try to source it first within your own home. Perhaps you have something with similar lines that can be painted and placed elsewhere in your home. Have you checked your garage or attic lately?

Do you hit thrift stores, Craigslist, eBay, flea markets, and even yard sales to find what you need and simply refresh it so that it works for you? You may already own pieces much like the ones shown below in these inspiring photos. There are so many do-it-yourself ideas out there that it just may be the right time to give a few of them a whirl. Try to look at each piece of furniture – the lines, the color, the function, and consider if you already own something like it that you can easily transform in a single afternoon or less.

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What if you do not own that one piece of furniture that you are currently in need of? I’ve already mentioned craigslist and flea markets, but you can also visit those unfinished furniture stores or paint IKEA and Target furniture… Interested in some examples of affordable furniture that can be easily transformed?

Inspired on a Budget
Okay… I would paint this $349 armoire shown above in a dove gray, wallpaper the interior using my favorite pattern from a leftover roll, and embellish the drawers with new knobs. I’d take this $149 desk, lacquer it in black, and have a local glass company fit a piece of glass on top so that I could place a new sheet of my favorite wrapping paper, wallpaper, or fabric between the glass and the desktop each month to refresh my workspace. This dresser for $249 would be transformed with goldenrod yellow paint and patterned yellow and white hardware from Anthropologie (I’d hit their clearance section for that). And this $35 stool? Easy! Paint it any color of choice and reupholster the top with a scrap fabric you love but don’t have enough of to cover a pillow. You can even reupholster it with a cotton dress or scarf that you no longer wear or a vintage pillowcase or tea towel from a flea market.

How do you decorate your home on a budget? Any tips you’d like to share with readers?

(images: car m?bel, bottom:

Shopping + Products, Travel

Production Designer Seeks Shopping Help {Boston}

July 15, 2008

A rather interesting email arrived yesterday from a decor8 reader who has a very interesting profession as a Production Designer. She’s about to take a trip up to Boston to work on a film for a couple of months (Boston is quickly becoming a huge spot for filming movies, Bruce Willis is currently in the South End), and she’s not that familiar with thrift stores in the region and unable to find much help online. To give you a general understanding of her vision:

Set 1 is Tennessee Williams heroine meets The Paris Apartment: not so much big budget as feminine, collected and homespun.

Set 2 is Sanford and Son meets backwoods: junk furniture, fix-it projects never finished, taxidermy.

Production Designer Seeks Shopping Help {Boston} Artifaktori may be a good spot.

She is looking for some not-so-expensive vintage finds. She loves flea markets and Goodwill and Salvation Army and she is not opposed to a bit of a splurge but generally tends to buy a lot at bargain prices with a few expensive things thrown in if she feels that they are important to the character.

Does anyone have tips for her? Thrift shopping in Boston?


Absolutely Inspired By…

July 14, 2008

Today I am completely taken by these towels, this porcelain lamp, and Tine K Home, blogged on The Style Files. Tine K Home is a lifestyle shop based in Denmark with a lovely online catalog for browsing. I find this home altogether wonderful. It gives me so many decorating ideas, I can’t stop looking at such gorgeous simplicity merging Asian, Moroccan, and Scandinavian styles in mostly black, white, and grey with silver accents, natural wood, and lovely lilac to warm things up. Breathtaking. A space like this really inspires me, it’s so clear and relaxing, uncluttered, welcoming…

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Enjoy the rest of your day my friends, I’m off to celebrate our wedding anniversary. See you tomorrow!

(images from tine k)

Reality TV

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}

July 14, 2008

Here’s the weekly Design Star Dish with Becky Harris… The stage is all yours, Miss Becky! – Holly

Design Star Dish {with Becky Harris}Hi Design Star Viewers! After reading last week’s comments from you all, I’ve been thinking a lot about the show and my attitude toward it. I realized I have not been taking into account that this is not a cutting edge, high end design show, that it is an HGTV show set in Nashville. HGTV is for the masses; it’s not geared towards design experts, it’s geared towards people who are interested in design to help guide and inspire them, which is a great thing (I’m not trying to knock Nashville or the masses – Nashville is the new Atlanta, and I live in Atlanta). Thus, I’m going to try to approach the show with this in mind as I watch it from here on out.

That being said, this episode should have been called “The Kitschen.” The kitchen challenge always seems to beat the tar out of the contestants, as they scramble to finish overambitious projects in too little time. I was shocked at the amount of demolition and construction this group planned to accomplish from the start. I have to say I was impressed how quickly they were able to put up drywall, install a floor, and reface the cabinet doors. It was a superhuman effort in time management and accomplishment.

However, this challenge is the perfect example of what is wrong with most of the solutions the contestants have been coming up with – they think that accessorizing with a bunch of tchotchkes is the same thing as design. A glass full of jelly jars and a hideous valance does not a design make! Some bolder color choices, creative repetitive elements or vertical painted stripes on the wall probably would have sated these judges.

A few comments/questions without giving too much away:

1) No one on the show wanted Tracee to succeed as a leader. I think she actually had some good ideas in the past (silver leaf in the first challenge, the pattern she stenciled at Opryland). Time management was such an issue that she didn’t get a chance to try to design, though she did pick a hideous tile combination – I’ll take the brown walls instead, thank you! That being said, she should be self-aware about her shopping problems. Who would you have sent to do the shopping? How much more quickly do you think they would have done it?

2) Why didn’t the cameraman or anyone else tell Tracee that she had white spots under her nose? Were they trying to do a crossover show with Intervention on A&E? Someone who won’t tell me that I have lipstick on my teeth or paint on my face is no friend of mine! It was there for the entire shopping excursion! Obviously, she was not wasting time primping in the ladies room.

3) Why would you waste the time of the 911 operator, the expense of a fire truck and the resources of four firemen to remove a ring? Couldn’t the van have dropped Trish off at the fire station on the way to the challenge? Couldn’t they have put some ice on it? What would you do if you needed a ring removed?

4) Martha said “wow factor,” one of my biggest Design TV pet peeves. What’s your biggest design cliche phrase pet peeve? I’ve created a drinking game out of these and would love to add some to the list. Holly, I know yours is “make it pop,” right?

5) Who is doing the best job hosting? Do you think the judges made a wise choice?

Please chime in with your comments. I’d love to know the answers to the questions above or any others that you have. Go ahead and rank the remaining contestants in some different categories, like likability, hosting ability, and design ability. It seems that is the order of importance on this show. Go ahead and do it for the judges too. I rank them 1) Cynthia 2) Martha 3) Vern.

– Becky

P.S. I have the answers to Stephanie’s questions. I went ahead and posted them on Hatch because Miss Holly is off having a great time for her anniversary, and the answers just came in at the last minute.


{update} Happy Weekend!

July 11, 2008

I am signing off for the weekend so I thought I’d take a moment to wish you all fun times spent with friends and family over the next few days. Monday is our 7th year wedding anniversary so I’m taking off to enjoy every second of it but Miss Becky will still meet you here on Monday morning with her weekly Design Star Dish and I’ll have a post up on the same day (early morning) at Real Simple. I’ll meet you back here on decor8 Tuesday with a new week of posts and news about the inspiration pack giveaway. I’m still creating the ‘inspire’ packs but they are coming along just great and will be ready next week. Yay!

{update} Happy Weekend!Currently loving… (on flickr)

{updated} — I wrote August 28th below and this is totally the incorrect date. I mean JULY 28, as in TWO WEEKS! :) In other news… The new decor8 is almost ready to be revealed! To sum it up, I’m moving the blog from Blogger to WordPress, adding lots of new features, and promise that when you stop by on August 28th (possibly sooner) you will like what you see. I’ve listened to your opinions on past surveys and have incorporated nearly everything into the new design. I can’t wait to finish this 7+ month project. Yay!

Have a wonderful weekend!

(image from flickr)

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