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Paintings By Jennifer Davis

I feel like sharing a new painting in my home from artist Jennifer Davis. It’s called Girl and it looks so pretty on my blue wall in the living room. Jennifer’s work really inspires me. You  know that feeling when you just ‘click’ with a piece of art or the work of a particular artist? It’s like that. {Click} I was hooked the first time I found Jennifer and the love affair hasn’t ended. To date I own a limited edition print and 8 original paintings from Ms. Davis. Don’t do the math, I know I’ve spent some cash. But I have a serious art crush. I always find a way to afford art that I love, even if it means wearing last year’s coat and cutting my own hair. People drop cash on clubbing, their pets, cigarettes, eating out… I’ll stay home for a month just to afford a painting.

This is one that I purchased back in June called Coffee. I love it because the house I lived in before this one was a converted barn and my current home is a converted carriage house (names of the horses are on the beams in our home – Goldie, Maud, and Silver!) and so my cutie man and I have this running joke that we’ll never get away from the horses. I purchased the painting so that no matter where we end up living happily ever after, I’ll always remember our little country life.

Who do you follow (artist)? Share a link, please!

(images by holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, etsy on January 28, 2009

Treat & Company

Now that the entire internet knows Domino has folded, let’s move on to other things to remove that sinking feeling, shall we? I normally skip photographing press kits I receive (kinda tacky) but one arrived yesterday from Treat & Company that was so cute I can’t NOT share what was inside… a real treat indeed.

It’s a vinyl poster that says Eliminate Ugly and it’s very sweet. I absolutely agree with the message! Treat & Company is a product design and development company, kind of like a think tank, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It’s the kind of company you can imagine will churn out magic in the coming months… Their website is interactive, fun, and fresh. I reminds me ever so slightly of decor8, at least the colors, papers, staples, and other elements that make the site feel more touchy-feely and not quite as website-ish.

Seeing their site makes me want to freshen up decor8 again in a few  months, I want to keep the colors and stuff that I have going on but definitely want a logo change and need to find someone to help me with that. Ideally, I’d like a new font for the logo and I’d like to change the banner as I’m not entirely keen on some of my graphics there. I also need to develop the content under the Wanted tab. I have ideas for a new background to replace the linen. I’m always looking for ways to freshen up my blog… Treat & Company is my new website idol. I LOVE how they’ve branded themselves… accessible, handmade vibe, absolute gorgeousness. If you need product design and development definitely check these guys out!

I think after this post they may need to start selling the Eliminate Ugly poster because my guess is that you’ll want one for yourself, am I right?

(images: top by holly becker for decor8, bottom screenshot of treat & company website)

Posted in design on January 28, 2009

Domino Folds

In media news this morning, and prepare yourself for this one… Domino is officially over. I felt it coming for a few months now, especially when my editor resigned (I know how much she loved her job there), and of course their were rumors, but this is just so upsetting. Especially for those of us with columns there, I’ve been writing for them since 2006. Details here.

This is SO sad, it’s the only shelter mag I look forward to each month. Their last issue will appear in March. What do you think? What magazine will you now turn to for your monthly fix? What did you love about Domino? What will you miss?

God, I feel like lighting candles or something. This is pretty yucky news.

(image from Domino magazine)

Posted in Books + Magazines on January 28, 2009

Home Decorators Collection

I read about Home Decorators Collection this morning in the February issue of Real Simple magazine, have you heard of it before? News to me, I had to google them to learn more and found out that they’re a pretty good resource for furniture and accessories!

I could really have fun with the Noland Settee ($399) because first of all, I’d paint it either a bright color (like yellow) and reupholster the seat cushion with a fresh, modern print. It would look great painted navy blue or white with a red and white zigzag print on it – I’d love to put it in an entryway! Even a zebra print if painted red would be great. Fabrics shown from Rubie Green. You can cover a seat cushion like this in an afternoon with your trusty staple gun. Just don’t do what I did last time I used mine and stapled the center of my palm! Oh YAY. That felt amazing. So be careful with your tools ladies.

(image from home decorators collection)

Posted in furniture on January 28, 2009

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