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August 2008

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

August 5, 2008

Ready to view my picks for this week from Etsy? Of course you are, we all love to see what’s cooking over at Etsy and it seems there is always someone new to discover. Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Vicky Riley is a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e. Love this girl. Her color palette is soft and girly, her handmade pieces are sweet and endearing. Bags, coin purses, badges, I can’t stop looking at the things in her shop. So Anthropologie only not nearly as expensive! Delicate and detailed, loads of layering and texture, I’m hoping she’ll add more pillows at some point! Lovely work, Miss Riley! Psst: Don’t miss her blog.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I’m a little bag-obsessed this week so please bare with me. Another sweet store on etsy is run by Susan Lam and it’s called Lami Design based in San Francisco. I can’t stop but think about how many hours Susan must put into each bag and yet they are priced so well. She is also an illustrator who designs her own journals and such, perfect for tucking away in your new Lami Design bag. Her shop makes me want to pack a picnic lunch and run to the nearest park to take in the last bits of summer. :)

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Ana Laura Perez is the lady behind Bang Bags based in Buenos Aires and I first found her via the wonderful Creature Comforts. She sells mostly bags, which are nice, but I’m enjoying her illustrations in a big way. Click here to peek at the beautiful illustrations in her Flickr album.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I feel weird even blogging about Esther Coombs because I’ve seen her work on every single blog I can think of over the past few weeks and I have no clue who to credit for finding out about her etsy store at this point! So sorry for that. But I’ve known about Esther for awhile now but her work wasn’t available via Etsy until April. I’m so pleased you can now order it directly from her, she is such a great talent and though her pieces are not as affordable as some of you may like I’m sure you can appreciate what goes into creating these fine things and the fact that they’re one-of-a-kind means something… Right?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

One thing you may not have guessed is that, though I love all of the cuteness and sweet colors I feature on decor8, I’m a huge fan of the Dada movement, and so proud to say that Kurt Schwitters is from Hannover. I really like this letterpress print, I went to New York a few years ago just to see the National Gallery of Art’s 2006 Dada Exhibition at the MoMA and loved it so this poster from Yee Haw takes me back… I think you’ll like a lot of the prints over at Yee Haw and there’s even a cute t-shirt thrown in to mix it up. The back of the shirt pictured reads, “If you don’t like my peaches don’t shake my tree”. Pretty cheeky there, Yee Haw.

I’m curious… What do you think are/will be the next big Etsy trends? I’m seeing lots of vintage china being used as a surface for illustrative work and then refired… I’m also seeing more and more covered paperclips, tacks, clothes pins and Amy Butler everything on Etsy from bags to shower curtains. Badges are still hot. Owls and silhouettes of course, along with every other bird know to mankind. Wall decals are everywhere. I’m also noticing products that promote the upcoming election and encourage voting.

What are you noticing as trends in the indie arts and crafts world?

(images above linked to sources)

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Design Star Dish with Becky

August 5, 2008

Design Star Fans:

I am so sorry. I was so excited about finding out who won Design Star that I totally forgot to watch it and write about it. I guess I had convinced myself that it was over and I never had to watch it again! I hate it when shows make you suffer through a reunion show just to find out the winner. If you missed it too, the winner announcement video is here.

Design Star Dish with Becky–OR–

Design Star Dish with Becky

Seeing some of these flashbacks made me realize how much more interesting it was on a drama level when people I didn’t like were on the show. Is there anyone besides Matt or Jen you think should have made it to the final two? Who was your favorite? Least favorite? Was there one particular challenge-winning design that stood out from the rest? Do you think anyone unfairly got the shaft?

What do you think the winner’s show should be called. So far, past winners have shows called Color Splash and Myles of Style.

What’s the cheesiest and most pun-filled name you can come up with? Why doesn’t Sparkle Josh have a show of his own? Oh wait, he is on a show, how did I miss this? He’s hilarious. Maybe he and Blayne from Project Runway should make cameo appearances on Sunset Tan.

Alright, enough from me, what did you all think? – Becky Harris

(text by Becky Harris, Images from HGTV.com)

Objects, Shopping + Products

IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.

August 5, 2008

I was invited to an event recently down in New York to celebrate the launch of the 2009 IKEA catalog. I couldn’t make it with all that I have going on right now, but after looking over their new catalog online I’m thrilled to say that 2009 is looking really good for IKEA. The cover is fantastic, love the art, the rug, the bold black paired with crisp white, and of course the shot of pink. I know I’m a total geek for posting this because you can see all of these images online but I don’t care, I like affordable design and feel sometimes like IKEA doesn’t get the full respect that they deserve. I was always so hesitant to purchase from them but after a few purchases I’m all for IKEA nowadays.

IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.

Home is the most important place in the world is their mantra. Like it. I agree totally. When the world wipes its snotty nose on your sleeve, you have your home as an escape. Of course, home isn’t just for hiding from the cruel, cruel world. :) It’s also for entertaining, creating, dreaming, and so many other good things and most of all it’s the place where you can be YOU. You can do crazy things that you’d never do in public. You can burp the alphabet, treat yourself to a can of Spaghetti O’s at midnight watching reruns of Will & Grace, and walk around naked no matter what shape you are in. That is what makes it the most important place in the world. There really isn’t a spot on earth where you can be yourself 100%, let’s face it, we try to behave most of the time. At home, screw it. We LIVE. And that is just so lovely. I remember when I was 19 and moved into my first apartment, away from family, and how I just laid on the bed the first night gazed up at the ceiling and thought, “You made it, you have your own home now”. It was a great feeling of ‘arrival’ and the only time in my life when it hit me that from that point on, I could do whatever I wanted, when I wanted, in the privacy of my own home. No longer confined to pure freedom in only the bedroom of my parents home, I had run of the house. I ruled the roost and there is no better feeling. Home rocks. :)

IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.

Back to IKEA. There are many new products that are very stylish and affordable, and I’m really enjoying the overall presentation of the rooms in this catalog — they feel a bit different from the ’08 one and I’m unable to put my finger on why exactly. I have my eye on this entertainment cabinet for my new apartment. It will be perfect for the space I’m looking to place it. I’m waiting for this white Samsung to become available so I can order it. I told my husband we’re doing a white television in our new place. You would have been proud of me ladies, I put my big girl shoes on and down went my right foot. I was prepared to hold my own and battle it out. We have a big black shiny thing here in the states (I lost during our last television purchase) and I’m just so over the massiveness of it and wasn’t interested in the whole rinse and repeat of buying the same black ‘window to the world’ all over again. And there I was in my living room, ready to duke it out, and he was like, “Sure no problem mausy”. As calmly and as sweet as that. He’s fine with a white television as long as it has everything needed to do what he needs it to do. In other words, it needs to be pimped. So white it is. I LOVE THIS MAN.

IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.

Speaking of shopping for new stuff, I’m going to IKEA in Germany this weekend. I leave on Thursday from Boston, arrive on Friday, and Saturday I’m taking the train to the big blue box. I’m fully charged, lists are in hand, and I’m ready to go. I have my shiny new EC card (kind of like an American debit card) and the money I’ve slaved to save for the past several years is linked to my card and calling to me. “Spend me!”, it cries. “If you desire”, I reply.

I’m not rich and yet people assume this because oh-la-la I have two apartments in two countries now so I must be swimming in cash. Truth is, I’m kind of good with money and so is my husband. I sucked with money in my twenties but my god the planets must have lined up and hell perhaps froze over because in my thirties I started to climb out of debt and into the plus. Now that we’re embarking on this exciting new journey, I cannot lie, I’m extremely excited to have a second pad abroad and the money to do it. And warning: You may have to suffer through me talking about it a few more times but please allow me to bask in all of this. It was my dream for many years and I’m finally reaching it so of course it’s all I’m thinking about right now. When I was getting married I was more excited of course, but this is the second most exciting moment of my life to land in Germany on Friday, pick up the keys to our new abode, and turn that shiny key. I think I may pee the second I open the door and breathe in all of that new apartment smell. It may be empty, but with IKEA and the myriads of retail stores waiting, it will be OUR HOME in no time flat.

And yes, of course I’ll share all of this with you as we go. I’ve already launched a second blog called Haus Maus, so you can follow my adventures as an American in Germany over there. I doubt I’ll post my home photos and such here on decor8, but I tell you what… When I post them on Haus Maus I’ll put a link in the Daily News section so you can go over there and see them.

IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.
IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.
IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.
IKEA 2009 Catalog & Etc.


By the way, and I apologize for rambling… But I found it so funny over the weekend when I was trying to place an order for a German IKEA catalog to be sent to my apartment there and newsflash! Some error message appeared that homes within my zip code would automatically receive a catalog within a few weeks. HELLO GERMANY. I smiled and asked my husband about this and he said that they are usually sent directly to homes without residents having to request one. Now how cool is that? Shows you how popular they really are over there I guess.

(images from IKEA US)

Home Tours, Inspiration

The Home of Talented Emma Cassi

August 4, 2008

My friend Kat just wrote in to suggest that I feature French stylist and jewelery designer Emma Cassi. I’d not heard of her before but the interior of her home blew me away this morning. I’m smitten. The casual elegance, the soft color palette, all of the texture and natural light… Thanks Kat!

The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi

This really inspires me because I am about to embark on furnishing a one-bedroom apartment from scratch and though I have plans laid out, seeing interiors such as Emma’s goes a long way right now since I’m eager to get started on my own place.

With so many of the same elements already in place that I hope to put into my own home, Emma’s space gives me a huge dose of enthusiasm and hopefully the same will be for you as well. What a glorious space, Emma — You possess a style that clearly extends beyond what is considered mainstream decorating and I love it.

The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi
The Home of Talented Emma Cassi

Don’t miss her beaded jewelry collection — it’s as exquisite as her home. And don’t miss her professional portfolio, lovely.

UPDATE: Aug. 4th@ 10:18 PM EST. My bloggy friend Irene from Bloesem wrote in to let us all know that she has an interview with Emma Cassi on the BKids blog. You can read it here (I’m on my way over myself.) Thanks so much, Irene!

(images from emma cassi)

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