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March 2009

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Cute as a Button!

March 6, 2009

I just spotted the most adorable coasters, large olive wood buttons that measure 5″, over at Eden & Eden and my little heart went moosh…. gush…. beat, beat, beat!

Cute as a Button!

Oh so cute!

(image from eden & eden)

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How Much For This Room?

March 6, 2009

This week’s How Much For This Room? takes us to a fab kitchen in San Francisco! This modern, graphic kitchen belongs to Christiana Coop who co-owns Hygge & West and ferm LIVING shop along with her business partner and best friend, Aimee Lagos. “We’re both recovering ex-lawyers and are extremely happy to be collaborating together on work we feel passionate about,” says Christiana.

How Much For This Room?

Christiana has other business plans in the works as well, she’s soon to launch a new website with her interior design consulting partner, Rachel Eden for their interior design services in San Francisco. They have been working together for the past year on various interior design projects and their approach is low key and budget-friendly and to reflect their clients’ unique personality in their living spaces. So! Now that you know a little bit about this talented lady, how about we check out her kitchen and see how much money she had to spend to make it this nice!

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

Here’s the breakdown (does not include the appliances, flooring or cabinetry as this is a rental property):

1) 2 rolls of Amaze wallpaper in black/gray from Hygge & West $250 2) 1 Gallon paint, Balboa Mist, Benjamin Moore $65 3) Gehry Face Off Table $2,789 (for the record, the table belongs to her landlord but we’ll still include it into the total) 4) 2 vintage, refinished Bertoia chairs from Eden & Eden $500 5) Spazzio yellow fruit bowl Hygge & West $125 6) Candle $35 7) Small plant pot $20 8) IKEA Lack shelves $129 9) 2 ceramic guinea hens from Area $235 10) Cake stand and 3 pitchers by Linda Bloomfield Hygge & West $165 11) Butterfly plate, bowl and cups by Ivana Helsinki Hygge & West $250 12) Mister Rob tile $36 13) Nambe glass pitcher, ice bucket and wine holder from yearly warehouse sales in Santa Fe $180 14) 212 New York Skyline platter, dish and cereal bowls from Fishs Eddy $83 15) Sunburst clock $385 16) Chilewich rug $185 17) Cigar table lamp $362 18) Tea towels by Mateo Illasco $38 19) Turquoise vintage bird from estate sale $4 20) Gold plate set by Casey O’Connell Hygge & West $95 21) Kahler’s Storia tea set Hygge & West $500 22) Acrylic tray from CB2 $35 23) Rectangular plant pot from Area $30 24) 4 succulent plants $24 25) Vintage Stelton ash tray $50 26) Black record frame from CB2 $15 27) Vintage beverage cart from Eden & Eden $550 28) Vintage ice bucket $30 29) Pillar umbrella stand originally designed for Kanye West $300 30) 4 turquoise wine goblets: $128

TOTAL: $7,593 USD.

$ Saver Tip: If you want to duplicate this room for less you could go for a knock off table and replace the Gehry with a DOCKSTA from IKEA ($149) which would bring down the total to $4,903 USD.

Christiana will be back in April with her newly designed bedroom (so stay tuned) that she’s in the process of revamping and it will feature vintage wall lamps, pretty wallpaper (of course!) and a big tree – quite a fun space!

Would you like to show off a room in your home and give us a breakdown showing what you used and the total cost? If so, please email me one photo of your space and we’ll talk! :) holly AT decor8blog.com

(images from christiana coop)

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A Little Something…

March 5, 2009

Just seeing this lovely photo puts my mind at ease. Spring will be here soon, time for cute handbags and peep toe heels. Lots of outdoor time, colorful flowers, the smell of freshly cut grass. I think every year I want Spring so badly because I was born on the first day of Spring and find it such a beautiful season and a fresh new starting point for many things from our wardrobe to the natural world around us. If Winter means self reflection, going inward, and preparation Spring means it’s show and tell time! It’s a season of hope and beauty.

A Little Something...

I love these scarf scene totes at Anthropologie and bonus, they’re not quite as expensive as most of their handbags so $78 is something I can see myself buying without feeling to much pain afterwards. I’m asking myself more and more though, do I want it or do I need it? I’m trying to think more before I shop, I was thoughtful before the recession but now I weigh and measure a lot more. I am making better choices as a result. But it’s not just about consumers being smarter, it’s also about retailers thinking about their approach and perhaps giving us some incentives.

I hope that stores like Anthropologie will do something to show their customers that they truly care about us and our contributions to making them who they are today by offering a few more affordable goods or better yet, customer appreciation coupons or select discount coupons for email list subscribers. I appreciate their sale sections in their stores and online, but I’d like to have choices for items I actually like and want, not items that either did not sell, unpopular sizes, or were returned, damaged, etc. In the end I want to see some of my favorite stores reach back and show us they care, I think it would make me a lot more loyal to a larger retailer if I genuinely felt that way.

(image from anthropologie)

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Creativity Series: Just Do It! {8}

March 5, 2009

Today for the Creativity Series I’m keeping it short and sweet — the goal this week is to DO SOMETHING. Ready?

Buy out time for creative pursuits. Leaving creativity to chance is equivalent to leaving exercise to chance. It won’t happen unless you take charge. Analyze your weekly tasks and decide what can be exchanged in order for you to schedule a regular creative pursuit. This can be an outing such as a gallery visit or something as simple as a visit to the local book shop, or you can use the time to be more hands-on whether it’s through photography, composing music, or scrapbooking. When I’m in need of inspiration I usually open up my journals and start cutting and pasting (example above).

Key is at first: Keep It Simple and as you start seeing the benefits, you can expand from there. In looking over these 500+ comments where decor8 readers outlined what they would do if they had a day off and $20 to spend, I noticed a theme: They’d get outside, exercise, and do something creative. Maybe you can spend time today looking over some of their comments for ideas as to how you can carve out an hour, an afternoon, an entire day for YOU. Easier said than done, but if you leave something that impacts your life in a positive way (and those around you) on the back burner and just keep plugging away at work, work, work you may find yourself at the doors of burnout and absolute loss of ideas and inspiration. Be an example to your family, friends, and those in your field: You have your act together, you are at the steering wheel, you buy out time for yourself which makes your body of work stronger and more interesting.

For encouragement, I’d like to leave you with a creative exercise this week. Write done at least ONE thing that you plan to do this weekend that will put you back in touch with your creative side. It can be anything. Then I’d like to ask that you return here to this post on Monday and report in whether or not you actually did it, how it felt, and how you feel after the activity. I’ll do the same. If you can photograph what you did or saw during that creative time, please link to the photo in Monday’s comment. Sound good?

(photo by holly becker for decor8)


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Christopher David Ryan: $5 Book Sale

March 5, 2009

Looking for a unique little something but on a budget? Christopher David Ryan is doing a pre-Spring cleaning and has marked down three of his illustrated books to only $5 on his website called My Little Underground. He only has a few left in stock, so if you’re a CDR fan, better scoop one up!

Christopher David Ryan: $5 Book Sale

Christopher David Ryan: $5 Book Sale

I love the illustrations in Her, I bet children would also love this one. I just ordered it because I can frame some of these illustrations for my kitchen, especially the apple.

(images from christopher david ryan)

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Spool Design {& 5 tips for a better shop}

March 5, 2009

I really like jewelry shop Spool Design, a pretty place that I stumbled upon yesterday owned by Alison, a graphic designer living and working in Delaware. I like this shop for more than the obvious, feminine jewelry, and I’d love to highlight a few reasons because some of you may benefit by reading this if you own a small online store selling jewelry (or anything else for that matter).

Spool Design {& 5 tips for a better shop}

1. Thoughtful item descriptions. For one, the dainty finds are so sweet… if I had a daughter I’d scoop up these owl earrings for her in a second. I also like Spool Design because she gives each creation a beautiful name and going a bit further, writes a charming story as the item description. Not everyone can and should do this, but it’s nice that Allison found a way to make her products stand out in such an original way. You can talk about the inspiration behind the piece, where you found the materials (a trip to Morocco, a local flea market, etc.), why you love the piece. It can be one simple sentence but often it’s that personal bit that really attracts me to a piece. Here is an example of the story behind the owl earrings shown above as told by Spool Design.

Every evening, just after dusk, Miss Olivia sits high on her branch, ready to gab with any passerby that is willing to listen. Since Ralph flew the coop, she has kept each of her thoughts to herself about what she thinks of Lorraine’s new boyfriend, some of the new customers at Farrina’s Feather Fluff Salon and how easy her new recipe for sugarberrie pie is. “Oh! How grand…looks like Betsy is grazing her way over here! Her new rouge looks absolutely splendid…Oh Betsy…” – Allison, Spool Design.

Spool Design {& 5 tips for a better shop}

2. Another thing I love is that Spool Design has a cohesive collection, everything works together, there’s a theme and feeling to it. It’s important when you open a shop to have a vision and to carry that vision through from the shop name to the props in the photographs that you choose, colors, and so on. It really makes you stand out as a seller. I like how easy it is on the eyes, you open her shop and immediately feel like this girl has style and vision – it’s quite welcoming vs. something very chaotic.

Spool Design {& 5 tips for a better shop}

3. The photography at Spool Design is thoughtful, she obviously spends time thinking of how she’ll style her pieces and then she makes sure to shoot them in daylight so that their natural color is apparent. If you are a jewelry artist using a flash camera rethink that because you will lose significant sales with photos that aren’t doing your beautiful work justice with amateur flash photography (note: if you’re a pro this sentence does not apply obviously). I have purchased jewelry photographed using a flash and the colors were all wrong for my outfit when they arrived in the mail. I was deeply disappointed.

4. Allison has some great props. What props can you use? If you are doing close up shots you can find beautiful large squares of scrapbook paper or even matte gift wrap to photograph against. You can tape it to the wall behind the item or you can place it below the item. You can also use natural linen, cork, wood, fabric (iron it first), old book pages with text or illustrations, road maps (flatten and iron out creases), wallpaper, the sky is the limit. Get creative! For props, Allison uses a really unique and lovely dress form for her jewelry, not the typical black velvet necks that you see in every shop but a lovely bust she found that appears to be vintage with wood and linen. An old dressmaker’s form works well. I blogged about them and where you can find them a few years ago but I think the post is still very helpful so you can find it right here.

5. Allison also blogs and it looks and feels like her shop so there is no disconnect. It’s light and bright just like her shop so you know you’ve just landed on the seller’s blog and were not redirected elsewhere.

I’m glad that I found Spool Design because simply viewing her shop and the beautiful job that she’s done to give a thoughtful presentation of her work inspired me to write this post and perhaps it will inspire you, if you have a shop, to consider a few of these points to make your shop stand out more, too. In this economy it’s REALLY IMPORTANT to stand out now more than ever, be an original!

Spool Design {& 5 tips for a better shop}

Other shops that stand out: les zigouis by Barbara Berrada, Naomi Murrell, Allen Company Inc, Karlita, Acts of Kindness, Lobster&Swan, and SusyJack* come to mind.

Any tips of your own that you’d like to share for shop owners? Things you’ve encountered that you did not like? Things you’ve seen that you loved and would enjoy pointing to as a good example?

(images from spool design)

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