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Kitchen Makeover in Sydney

The new face of is live! Their updated site is crisp and clean but most importantly it is a breeze to navigate. I’ve been with them as a contributing writer for a year so I’m personally excited to see such a great improvement to their site. Yay! So what does this gorgeous kitchen have to do with this?

Today I wrote about this Sydney cottage kitchen renovation and I know you’ll love it, especially if you are looking for a little renovation inspiration for your own makeover. You can click here to read all about it and see the before and after photos that will knock your socks off!

(image from ish & chi)

Posted in Rooms on February 23, 2009

Happy Weekend!

It’s the weekend, it’s the weekend, Rat-ta-ta-ta-tat and a bing bada bing! Before I go, I thought I’d leave you with links to 6 Flickr contacts of mine that I cherish and visit regularly, perhaps you may like to add them as your contact too?

1. Moa Maria 2. Cinnamon 3. Yvette Inufio

4. Whimsical Views 5. Lenaah 6. Unravelling: Susannah

I wish you all a lovely weekend filled with blue skies, laughter, and a heaping dose of relaxation and joy. Thank you for visiting me on decor8, and a big thanks to Heather Armstrong at Dooce for giving me a shout out, she’s the Oprah of the blogging world so to have her support is huge.

I’ll see you back here on Monday!



(images above linked to their supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sources)

Posted in inspiration on February 20, 2009

How Much For This Room?

Lori couldn’t join us today for her final post on How Much For This Room? (insert sad face here) so we’ll be hanging out with the talented Brie Harrison, a Print Designer living in London (don’t miss her greeting cards at Art Angels) soon to relocate to the Suffolk countryside. She has worked for various clients including Accessorize, Anthropologie, Amelia’s Magazine, WGSN and appeared in Illustrator Mike Perry’s new book Over & Over where I first discovered her work.

If you fancy Bohemian eclectic or flea market decorating you will really like this cozy apartment filled with budget finds and things collected from her travels to India, Germany, Morocco, and beyond. Brie was nice enough to not only show us one room in her flat but corners of a few others as well so this week How Much For This Room should have been titled How Much For This Flat – great job Brie! Let’s get started!

Living room: 1.Book case (Expedit £29) and table (Bjursta £89) both IKEA. 2.Chairs £25 for all 4 from a Salvation Army shop in Suffolk. 3. Frames- variety- all under £10 from charity shops. 4. Subway map $4.50 Kate’s Paperie NY. 5. vase £10, vintage. 6. Sofa around £700 Habitat. 7. Wooden coffee table painted white around £10 Homebase. 8. Rug – £5 charity shop 9. Cushions- mostly made by me from vintage fabrics from Chelsea Flea Market NY, stripe cushion £15 Habitat, face pillow $6 Pearl River Mart NY. 10. Clock £15 TKMaxx.

Living room shelf: 1. Painting done by a good friend Amy Green. 2. Jug, £4 charity shop. 3. Tile £2 Jaipur, India. 4. Butterfly postcard £1 giftshop in Perugia, Italy. 5. Frame £2 charity shop. 6. Russian nesting dolls, gift from Berlin. 7. Plant and pot £4 garden shop.

Kitchen Shelves: 1. wooden shelves painted turquoise by myself £5 each Homebase, 2. teapot £15 The Tea House, Covent Garden. 3. Tins $3- $7 Pearl River NY . 4. Russian nesting dolls, gift from Berlin. 5. Red framed vintage postcard from Bruges £6 , frame £2 from IKEA. 6. bird illustration from the 1800s £15 from an old bookshop in Lincoln.

Bedroom: 1.bed around £500 Muji. 2. bedlinen £30 IKEA. 3. Cushions all under £30 from Marrakesh, Morocco. 4. lamp £20 Habitat. 5. frame £20 Habitat . 6. limited edition print by Jim Stoten £30.

Bedroom dresser top: 1.turquoise dresser, £15 from Salvation Army shop in Suffolk. 2. round tin $1 from New Jersey flea market. 3. turquoise frame £10 Zara Home 4. Indian painting £4 from Goa. 5. Buddha £3, India. 6. Painted cup £5 and box £5 from Goa, India. 6.bowls £2 from Marrakech, Morocco 7. Frame £6 vintage 8. card inside of frame £2.80 John Dilnot.

Studio workspace: 1. Apple iMac around £1000. 2. thin geisha doll, £3 charity shop. 3. clock, £4 TKMaxx. 4. Most of my books i buy from Amazon. 5. painted vintage Indian cow, £25 from a Hippy garden centre in Buckinghamshire. 6. wood block used for textile printing £10, vintage. 7. paper painted drawers, found on the side of the street in London so I nursed them back to health!

Grand Total= £2786 (approximately $4,020.64 USD).

Would you like to contribute a room or rooms to be featured on decor8? Please submit one photo of your room photographed in daylight to holly AT for consideration, I will reply to all submissions.

Any questions for Brie?

(images from brie harrison)

Posted in Decorating Tips on February 20, 2009

Lealand Eve Discount for decor8!

Lealand Eve and I pulled together a page of deals exclusively for decor8 readers to take advantage of between now and February 28th. Here are a few of my favorites…

As a bonus for shoppers, anyone who purchases something from this page will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate awarded on 2/28. Prices start at only $8 so check it out!

(images from lealand eve)

Posted in reader discounts, shopping on February 20, 2009


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