I’m finishing up all of the inspiration packs so I can photograph them and post them here on decor8 in the morning along with how you can win one!
I’m also working with my designer to put the finished touches on the new decor8 – which unfortunately includes tagging over 3,000 posts and organizing a lot of content so if you wonder where I am I’m working behind on the scenes on blog-related goodies.
Back in a moment with our Get Real topic of the week…
I was so happy when Miss Kati at The Finer Things told me about the decor8 mention in the summer issue of Stationery Trends magazine. The article, “To Blog or Not to Blog” featured helpful blogging advice from the talented ladies behind Creature Comforts, One Good Bumblebee and The Finer Things. A few blogging points mentioned include: write what you are truly passionate about, remain authentic in how you present yourself and your work, and say what you mean — don’t lose your voice because you worry about others (though there is such a thing as blog etiquette so it may be a good idea to not trash a competitor or fellow blogger). All of these ladies author blogs that are “real” but also professional (they are business ladies with online stores) and though their words are uncensored, they are sincere and captivating — their content makes you want to come back for more.
And while it’s great to talk about your business, don’t make your work the entire focus of your blog. Ez from Creature Comforts has a great tip for bloggers, “Don’t make it about the products…It’s easy to tell if a blog is forced, and it quickly becomes obvious over time.” I have to agree with Ez, I’d much rather learn about the inspiration behind the work.
In this article decor8 is mentioned alongside Design*Sponge, Print + Pattern, Poppytalk, Design Crush, Design for Mankind, Hostess with the Mostess, Tastefully Entertaining, Style Me Pretty and Design is Mine.
(image from stationery trends)
Katie Deedy just sent me the most wonderful collection of hand-printed wallpaper that she creates and sells under the name Grow House Grow! in her Brooklyn design studio. This is a nice alternative to the wildly popular Cole & Son Woods pattern in case you happen to be looking for something slightly different.
Katie’s first collection is inspired by some of her favorite childhood friends, children’s books and memories and each roll is $150 USD or you can purchase them by the sheet in case you are more interesting in framing your favorite one. Currently there are three patterns available in three different colorways.
(images from grow house grow!)
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!
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)
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…
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.
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?
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: target.com)