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Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

I’m so excited to show you my finds for Etsy Take Five Tuesdays today because not only do I know you’ll fancy them, but one of my favorite artists is offering decor8 readers a huge 20% discount 0ff of all original paintings in her shop. That’s right, originals! Plus I’ve selected another seller offering a special freebie with every order for the month of March. Ready to see this week’s faves?

I don’t believe in holding back so let’s reveal this week’s discount right away, shall we? Starting now, you can take 20% off of any work found in the Etsy shop of artist Jennifer Davis but act quickly because they’re all originals and once a piece is gone it’s gone for good. I collect her paintings so this is extreme temptation for me but I’m going to give you all first dibs. :) To receive 20% off please type “decor8 reader discount” in the notes section of your purchase and Jennifer will revise and send you a new invoice reflecting the discount. Enjoy! Offer good until March 17, 2009 only.

Art by Charmaine Olivia in San Francisco is a new favorite of mine. I just love her technique — a photographic print on vintage paper with acrylic paint. Really, really nice combo of my favorite things – acrylics, found papers, and photography. This has given me a few ideas for a possible crafting project of my own…

Miniature Rhino in Brooklyn is such a fun shop of curiosities! Collections here will have you dreaming up sneaky spy or nutty professor scenarios. Handmade books, hand stitched hearts bearing the name of you and yours, glass-corked vials filled with shelled, sea horses, and acorns… Swoon!

Chicago’s Earth Cadets create unique hand screen printed tote bags made out of recycled materials, “80% Ecotec™ – a blended cotton yarn produced from the excess fabric of newly made clothing – and 20% Bottle Bag material – material made from 100% recycled soda bottles. This unique manufacturing process saves land, energy and water.” Freebie: For the month of March enter “Free and Green” in the Message to Seller box during checkout and receive a free Earth Cadets screen printed, 100% organic flour sack towel!

And for the fifth pick today on my list, Daphne Cellophane in Portland, Oregon. Her bio is so cute I have to share it with you as is, “Daphne Cellophane lives in Portland Oregon where she spends her days studying the language of whales, thinking about time and space travel, and giving her cats English lessons. Sometimes she gets into fights with her sewing machine. She is happiest when she has a nice pen, a piece of paper, and a strong cup of tea.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed this week’s picks! If you have an etsy shop and would like to offer decor8 readers a discount that will be featured in this column please contact holly at decor8blog dot com. Thank you!

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on March 10, 2009

Blog of the Week: A View To

I found a lovely blog for the week to feature called A View To based in Germany (written in English) owned by the same lady behind the gorgeous etsy shop i.klee. A View To features lovely photography and design that inspires Imke Klee, a stylist, designer, illustrator and photographer from Bremen, Germany.

I have spent a good hour today enjoying both her blog and Flickr photos, especially her recent views of Paris.

Her brooches, necklaces, and other creations really captivate me. I think her blog is so interesting because as you view her many inspirations you can clearly see how she interprets her surroundings into her work. It’s such a beautiful process to behold.

(images from imke klee)

Posted in uncategorized on March 09, 2009

A Handmade Home in Denmark

I fell in love this morning with a darling home located in Mols, Denmark because the space is just so cozy and personal, I know you’ll adore it! The space belongs to creative entrepreneur, blogger and mother Tracy Lorna Nors who has a background in art and design and a real flair for decorating — especially mixing in vintage objects with more modern pieces. She just returned to her design work after taking a few years off to have her son so we can expect to see more from this creative lady going forward. Her home is a traditional Danish farmhouse from 1913 and she and her husband Jesper, son Indigo and two cats live in this charming space filled with love, personality and a sense of humor. Tracy and her husband recently launched a decorating website called Boboho that I think you may enjoy browsing but first let’s check out her inspirational Danish home filled with vintage toys, mixed media art and recycled found items.

A cozy reading nook.

Living room with a beautiful round felt pouf in pink.

I love the handmade lamp shades throughout her home. Lovely!

A vintage birdcage paired with a recycled dressers and a painting dated around 1900 found in an antiques shop.

Vintage printers drawers filled with tiny collected objects. In the living room you’ll spot a coffee table made from floorboards and on top you can see a handmade paper bowl. Tracy is so talented!

A Swedish bench from the 19th century and a painting I’d love to own by Danish artist Nanna Ask.

Some favorite vintage finds on a kitchen shelf and her handmade flower brooches.

Chinese lanterns recovered Tracy’s way with found papers and a lamp she made out of vintage toys along with another one of her handmade lamp shades. Eventually the lamps will be sold through her website however she is now accepting commissions and in addition to table lamps she also makes chandeliers.

Want to see more? Tour Tracy’s home here on her website.

Thank you Tracy for welcoming us into your beautiful home today!

(images from tracy nors)

Posted in Decorating Tips, Home Tours on March 09, 2009

Happy Weekend {and links!}

I’m signing off a little early today to get a jump start on the weekend so I’m leaving some lovely links behind along with a big cyber hug from me to you! :) Have a nice weekend my dear friends!

Swedish blog Vintage by Johanna Flyckt

Pretty Spring clothing with a feminine gypsy vibe at NOA NOA

A beautiful country life, and a darling yellow cabinet, in Norway via Bo med barn.

The beautiful blog of interior decorator and stylist Helena Skarp.

Browse dreamy interiors at Dixcot Locations, a location agency in England (via Chocolate Creative)

Discover new recipes over at The Jewels of New York by two Brooklyn NY friends & foodies. Yum!

Have a happy weekend, see you on Monday! – xo, Holly

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Posted in uncategorized on March 06, 2009

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