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August 2008


Happy Weekend!

August 1, 2008

It feels quiet in blogland today so I’m signing off to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend and start packing for 5 months in Germany, I leave in 6 days! What do you pack for 5 months? Well it’s a problem I’m happy to have so I won’t complain. :)

Happy Weekend!

I love Friday by Chez Sucre Chez. She also has a darling shop.

I have my eyes on my husband’s luggage already and he is getting suspicious… I’m really dying to grab one of his and then I can haul three suitcases over with me. He packs so light anyway… Can you already see the wheels spinning in my head? Oh yes, I want that third bag! The benefits of traveling abroad this year is that we finally have our own apartment there so I can leave what I bring over without having to haul it back again.

Next week I’ll be blogging Monday-Thursday, so I’ll meet you back here on Monday for another week of inspirations and musings. Then during most of the month of August, decor8 will have a ton of fantastic guest bloggers to help me run things here while I’m getting settled in Germany. I have a kitchen to design from the pipes up and a one bedroom apartment to furnish so many kind friends of this blog will be visiting between August 11-29. Of course, I’ll pop in from time to time too but I’m handing the baton over to bloggers that I think you’ll really enjoying hearing from. If you are interested in being part of the guest bloggers series this month please contact me as I have about 3 spots left to fill.

Visiting Amsterdam in September? On Friday, September 5th I will be in Amsterdam meeting up with many nice blogger friends I’ve made and I’m inviting you to attend. There are some fantastic ladies attending, and you can feel free to bring your man friends too. :) Location to be determined but it’s pretty much a small, informal meet and greet where we’ll have some drinks and eats and do a little networking! Let me know if you’d like to join us.

Are you visiting Berlin in September? Dawanda and I have teamed up to bring an event to Berlin that merges blogging with independent art and craft called Blog It! Shop It! and will take place on Saturday, September 20th from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. I’ll be speaking (in English) on how to build your business and broaden your horizons through blogging and a q + a session will follow. We have cupcakes and refreshments for all, music, shopping, a screenprinting session with Smil (tea towels, pillow cases, t-shirts), and lovely guest speaker Luzia Pimpinella who authors a very popular German crafting blog.

Have a fantastic weekend!


Simplesong {letterpress love}

August 1, 2008

I was so happy to hear from Suann yesterday from Simplesong. I’m always touched whenever someone takes a moment to introduce themselves and their work to me, and very flattered! I’ve talked about Simplesong before, but now that she has expanded her work to include letterpress I just have to show you her latest creations.

Simplesong {letterpress love}

I’m having a huge font crush right now. Look at the textured papers, deep impressions, and that font! Oh the font! Deeee-licious. That Happy Anniversary library card has to be the absolute cutest design ever. And hopefully yours will be without an expiration date.

Simplesong {letterpress love}
Simplesong {letterpress love}
Simplesong {letterpress love}

Thank you Suann for sharing your new letterpress with us. And everyone, this talented lady muses about her inspirations on the Simplesong blog where I discovered she’s a mother, part-time director at a public relations firm, foodie, and an amazing crafter on top of her stationery business. Let’s hear it for the modern woman!
(images from simplesong)

Shop Tours, Shopping + Products, Small Business

Lucky Shops

August 1, 2008

Obviously I’m a girl who loves a good retail experience. I mean, just look at this roundup of shops both domestic and international. It’s a bit obsessive I know. I think that as much as I love the online world, walking into a beautifully arranged store can be a tad bit more satisfying than the virtual shopping experience. This sounds funny coming out of my mouth as 80% of everything I purchase now is online and I author a blog with most items I write about being solely available on the web. I must admit that I find online shopping more convenient though (for the most part) and usually I find fun perks like discounts or free shipping. I’m divided on this one. I love my retail shopping trips but online stores have a lot to offer a girl like me who isn’t based in the heart of a big city.

Lucky ShopsOoga Booga in LA.

What about you? Do you shop online more than in-store or vice versa (or equally)? What are the benefits of each?

Have you noticed the City Guide section over on the Lucky magazine website? It’s brilliant. My shops section once lived in the right column of this blog and was called City Guide too. Now it’s called Shops and is located directly above this post (yellow tab). I love how Lucky editors hand pick stores from all over the world (mostly fashion and accessories – no home decor but still) and feature a boutique of the week complete with a photo of the owner.

I’ve dreamed of doing this for decor8 when it comes to home design and gift boutiques and I have store tours on the blog from time to time… It would be wonderful to somehow make this a regular feature here but I’m still trying to figure out how and if shops would participate. I’ve had store tours on decor8 since February 2006 but I’d like to step it up a notch and turn it into a more regular feature.

As a reader, are you interested in this?

Especially now since the economy here has taken a hit and people are shopping less frequently, I want to help these shops ride the tide through this period until things change. I’m seeing more and more little stores closing up shop, on the web and in local towns, and it saddens me because not only is the dream of one little store owner over, but what about all those who once had products there? While I’m not encouraging debt or shopping for the sake of buying, I am encouraging everyone to consider how they are spending their money and if quality can start to replace quantity a little more often… Buy one item that you really love for $50 from a small boutique instead of 5 items for $10 each that you merely like from a major retailer. Less stuff, more of what you love, that’s the way to go in this economy but really it’s a good rule of thumb to follow no matter how strong (or not) the local economy is. Wouldn’t you rather have a few good friends than ten that you can’t depend on? Same goes when you shop. And of course, inexpensive things can be of good quality, just because something expensive has a shocking price tag does not make it better. I have a table lamp that I spent $375 on. I also have one that I spent $100 on and another I won on eBay for $30. Do you know that the best of three lamps in terms of quality is the $30 one? The pricey version looks pretty but that’s about it, I’ve already had problems with the socket cup and the harp snapped off!

When it comes to stores, I’d love a photo of the owner, a mini interview, and of course photos of their boutique so we can see all of the goodness. Of course, they’d need to have a website. And I’d like to take it a layer deeper and get insider’s tips on display ideas, how items are sourced, and why the business was started in the first place.

Lucky ShopsMaeve Riley boutique in San Diego.

So I’m putting the idea out there to see if any store owners are reading and if so, would you like to be featured here on decor8? I can develop a special section dedicated to shop owners that would look somewhat like how I’ve organized Faves. Below each image I’d list the shop name and city.

If you are a shop owner and are interested in participating, please contact me using this form. Depending on how many submissions I get and of course, the quality of the images sent, I may try to run one at least once every few weeks. Image quality is the most important to me and of course, the store needs to carry items for the home and/or gifts (no kids, fashion, art galleries, jewelry). So if you’d like to share your shop, no matter where you are located in the word, click here and tell me more. Those who have brick and mortar locations who are also online are preferred but those without will still be considered.

Readers: To view past store tours featured on decor8 click here.

If you have a moment today please visit the Lucky City Guides for a wonderful fashion fix and don’t miss their Boutique of the Week. Great stuff over there.

(images from lucky magazine)

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