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Favorite Posts of ’08

Until I collect my thoughts and figure out what I’d like to talk about today, because I have no clue, I’ve pulled together a bunch of my favorite posts from 2008 to keep you occupied (I got the idea from Dooce to do this). I wrote 994 posts on decor8 in 2008 so I had a hard time pulling together my favorites but I managed to find some and have listed them below. I found the ones with the most comments that made me smile as your input here is really what makes this blog. I just show up and you guys do the rest. I invite you to click around and enjoy. There’s lots of reading to catch up on in case you’ve missed some of them.

I’ll kick off this massive list of bloggy highlights with a little love to the Aussie crowd since I have a lot of new readers from Australia so if you’re from the land down under you’ll want to learn about all of the lovely bloggers in your part of the world.

Australian Design Blogs, May 8, 2008
“Prepare for a lot of reading and clicking because this post offers a boatload of resources when it comes to Aussie bloggers. I like to talk about things that inspire me, and right now I am feeling some major inspiration coming in from Australian magazines, designers, and blogs…” continue reading here. Psst: Here’s another post about Aussie design mags.

D E C E M B E R

Hopeful Things, December 15, 2008
“Let’s talk about HOPE for a moment, okay? I know, not a topic frequently discussed on design and decorating blogs but it is on a lot of people’s minds, agree? I noticed a ‘hope’ theme on lots of products lately… what do you think…” continue here.

Decorating Outside of the Lines, December 10, 2008
“Let’s talk a little about decorating outside of the lines, shall we? I’m not sure where I’m going with this thought so I invite you to just roll with it and let’s see where we end up. I am…”continue here.

Round Up: Online Markets and Galleries, December 5, 2008
“Looking to sell your wares online? Or simply to shop for handmade gifts? After writing about DaWanda today, I thought it would be helpful to pull together some of the current online marketplaces and some online galleries…”continue here.

Inspired by Mandalas (and fellow bloggers!), December 4, 2008
“I mentioned earlier today that I’ve had mandala patterns on the brain again. When I say again it’s because I was very…”continue here.

N O V E M B E R

Giveaway: Win This Book – The Creative Entrepreneur, November 24, 2008
This contest has some of the best comments ever! Read them here.

Delicate Doilies from Martha Stewart Living, November 20, 2008
“I’m always fascinated with end of November through New Year’s here in Germany… the winter activities are non-stop and most are outdoors which I think enhances the mood so much more than indoor festivals. Who wants to…”continue here.

New Project Announcement: Kindred, November 17, 2008
“The best things in life are often free… I’m very excited to share a new project under the name Kindred that I’ve teamed up with Heather “Ez” Pudewa from Creature Comforts on…” continue here.

Are Assumptions Cluttering Your Life?, November 12, 2008
“One of my blogger-colleagues over at Real Simple, Erin Doland, wrote a fine post today called, Keep Assumptions from Cluttering Up Your Life…”continue here.

O C T O B E R

Folksy – New!, October 30, 2008
“I have a question for everyone and I’d love your input but first I have to tell you about…” continue here.

Decorating on a Budget, October 23, 2008
“I’ve received so many nice comments and emails in response to my living room that was featured in the…”continue here.

2009 Calendar Round Up, October 17, 2008
“It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006…”continue here.

How Do You Handle Inspiration Overload?, October 6, 2008
“I’m still feeling the warm glow from yesterday’s inspiration that came from Living & More magazine and Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer. I wish so badly that I…”continue here.

Anthropologie Videos: Creepy or Cute?, October 10, 2008
“I was just checking out the Anthropologie stuff for Autumn ‘08 and came across these videos… I have to say, while they creep me out I…” continue here.

Wallpaper Borders – Your Thoughts?, October 9, 2008
“One designer there asked me what my thoughts are on wallpaper border as she was thinking about making and selling some borders…”continue here.

S E P T E M B E R

What’s Your Obsession?, September 25, 2008
“I’m absolutely obsessed with Moroccan teapots right…”continue here.

Flea Market and Thrift Finds, September 16, 2008
“I usually save the more ‘personal’ posts like this one for my Haus Maus blog, but I am way too excited about my recent flea market…” continue here.

A U G U S T

Your Office: Make it Pretty & Functional, August 29, 2008
“Let’s talk about your home workspace for a moment, shall we? What does it look like? Is it accomplishing…”continue here.

J U L Y

Magic Markers on the Sofa: Your Thoughts?, July 23, 2008
“I had huge reservations on posting this, I feared the home owner would contact me and tell me to either bite it or she’d do a drive by and take out all…”continue here.

Where Did You Shop (as a kid)?, July 10, 2008
“We sometimes like to think we are wayyy cooler than we actually are. It’s good to pause for a second and recall our roots…” continue here.

J U N E

Career Advice for Creatives, June 16, 2008
“I thought it may be fun to open this up as a topic today on decor8, Career Advice for Creatives. Warning: This post…”continue here.

Print Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower, June 10, 2008
“This is sure to appear on every design blog known to mankind, and I hope it does because we have to…”continue here.

M A Y

Design Motifs, May 29, 2008
“Zig zags are hot, silhouettes remain strong, birds are big, what would you like to see become a more common design motif? An oct…”continue here.

Homegrown and the Bug, May 9, 2008
“Do you get stink eye when you try to use a tote at your local store? Where do you…”continue here.

What Would a Perfect Magazine Look Like?, May 8, 2008
“I really miss Blueprint magazine. I know lots of you weren’t big fans, but looking back I think you’ll agree that it was becoming…”continue here.

A P R I L

Flea Marketing: Plan Your Attack, April 25, 2008
“With the weekend ahead I’m certain that some of you are planning to hit a few flea markets. Time to plan your…” continue here.

Am I Crazy?, April 9, 2008
“Here’s a thought to consider and if you can, please share your views. I can decorate and even style a bookcase better when I photograph it…” continue here.

Too Much Inspiration?, April 7, 2008
“Is there such a thing as having too much inspiration? I was reading a fashion design book over…”continue here.

M A R C H

Turning Patterns into Product, March 19, 2008
“How do you take your patterns to the next level — from the drawing board to an actual product…” continue here.

A Grand Welcome: Entryway Tips, March 6, 2008
“First impressions are important, the way you’ve decorated and organized your entryway will either welcome guests with…” continue here.

J A N U A R Y

Boho Modern, January 4, 2008
“I’m thrilled by the response to this post about London stylist Liza Giles and cannot believe the amount of emails…” continue here.

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Back later with more goodies!

(image from twitter)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on January 07, 2009

Hello 2009!

Hello friends! I had a great time off but I’m so glad to be back in the saddle because I’m not one for taking lots of time away from work… the longer I stay away the harder it is to return and get back into the groove. Truth is, I love blogging and this whole crazy web world and though I thought staying away would inspire me in crazy new ways it sort of didn’t because I missed my favorite blogs, connecting through emails, and writing in general. Have I turned into a total computer geek? A hermit? What’s next? Taking in stray cats, wearing my pj’s all day, living on take out food?

Many of my friends encouraged me to take a break, step away from the computer, avoid blog reading for a few weeks and I listened… but I do not feel as super inspired as they claimed. I do have tons of ideas for the blog this year so in that sense stepping away was productive. I think we all need one another more than we care to admit. Isn’t that why blogs sprung up in the first place, as places to share our thoughts with others and for gaining insight, entertainment, and/or friendship in return? Stepping away from blogs and spending time only with family and friends was certainly nice as I was able to connect with some that I’ve not seen in awhile but overall, after two weeks, I felt the same way towards the end of my vacation that I recall feeling back in 2005 when I decided to start this blog: kinda alone with my ideas, like no one in my immediate circle “got me”. Not much has changed is what I learned recently. Most of my dear friends still do not know what a blog, blehg, blag, “a what?”, is and most aren’t too interested in learning as being a blogger and freelance writer certainly isn’t nearly as amazing as being a {insert real job title here} as most of them are.

With that being said, I’d like to kick off the new year on a positive note by saying thank you for reading my blog and for supporting my work throughout 2008. Every blogger posts this kind of thing, thanking their readers and getting all mushy about it so I’m no different I guess. And while I love my family, it’s great to have an online posse who does know what a blog is, is equally obsessed with Facebook, and who is quite familiar with blogs like Dooce and why they make me laugh so hard that whatever I’m eating usually ends up on my computer screen.

To thank you even more, and to bid adieu to 2008, I’ve decided to round up my favorite posts from this past year in a post that will follow this one. There’s lots of reading, so stay tuned!

P.S. A special thanks to Australian interiors magazine Real Living for the decor8 love in their January/February 2009 issue. What a way to kick off the new year! I don’t know what their readership is but Aussies must be a loyal group smitten by this mag because I cannot begin to tell you how my traffic spiked. Good grief. Watching the traffic flow in from Australia and New Zealand, there is no doubt it’s coming from this single press mention, so thank you Real Living.

(images from Real Living magazine. A special thanks to Catherine Bain for scanning this article for me!)

Posted in blogs, inspiration, press, round-up on January 07, 2009

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NEW: Samantha Hahn is at it again!

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