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March 2009


Happy Weekend!

March 27, 2009

I’d love to wish everyone a very happy weekend! I am heading out now for the weekend as I’ll be traveling a bit but I’ll meet you back on Monday or Tuesday (at the latest) for another week of good things to share and discuss. I also plan to write a little more on the topic of creativity next Thursday in case you’ve been wondering whether or not I’ll bring back the series… more on that later. Here are some lovely links to keep you busy until I’m back March 31.

:: Subscribe to Real Living magazine if you have some extra cash, it’s an Australia decorating magazine to die for!

:: Make some new friends or post a topic you’d like some advice on over in the Kindred forums.

:: If you love Orla Kiely designs this site will take your breath away. Great sales too! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

:: Delicious books from Finland.

:: Fashion to die for at Gorman, including some organic finds.

:: Put this in your shopping cart and eat it: baked goods and marshmallows from Whimsy and Spice, the photo above gives you a teaser of what you could be enjoying this weekend. I ordered my goodies that should be arriving today. (nom, nom, nom.)

:: Anne stocked her Etsy store, Enna, due to an overwhelming number of requests generated from her home tour.

And finally something I’m pretty exciting about…

:: Look for me in the April 17, 2009 issue of Family Circle magazine (it looks like this) where they asked a bunch of designers and decorators for simple decor tips, the article is called 50 Under $50 and appears on pages 22-29. I am honored to be included alongside Celerie Kemble, Thom Filicia, Nate Berkus, Kim Myles, Cat Wei and John Gidding to name a few.

See you later, happy trails! – Holly

(photo: william brinson for whimsy & spice)


How Much For This Room?

March 27, 2009

Ready to fall in love with a newly designed bedroom in San Francisco? Of course you are! This week’s How Much For This Room? shines the spotlight once again on Christiana Coop who co-owns Hygge & West and ferm LIVING. She also co-authors a blog called Clever Spaces. If you recall, her kitchen was featured here on March 6th. She also helped produced this informative and adorable DIY video with 10 tips on how to wallpaper.

What inspired the design of this room? The design was actually inspired by the paint color (Benjamin Moore, Iron Mountain). I’d seen this color is several places and completely fell in love with it – it is so warm, rich and sophisticated, I think. I also wanted to wallpaper an accent wall in my bedroom so we could make a little how to video; we just uploaded it yesterday! The one white accent wall allowed for the other three walls to be dark (I think doing all four walls in a dark color would have created a bit of a cave feel which I wanted to avoid). I went with a white pattern so it would really pop against the darker walls. I also thought the more masculine wall color would be a nice contrast to the more feminine gold floral design. So… The design idea definitely started with the walls! I’d also recently found a fantastic pair of vintage wall lamps that I knew would be perfect for above my bed. I’d already had the furniture and ended up switching around some floor rugs between rooms and brought the red/shaggier rug into the room to add more coziness. – Christiana Coop

At what point in the design did you know when to quit? You seem to have a knack at editing well… “As far as editing, for this room, I knew that I wanted the focus to be on the walls and the vintage lamps so I kept the bedding simple. I also have a few necklaces that I really love, so thought I’d display them them a bit more like art and be able to see them everyday. I’d considered adding a piece of art between the lamps and a mirror above the desk, but it started to feel too cluttered and distracting so I let those ideas go. I think my key to editing is to make sure each piece is either functional or something that makes me really happy to see. If not, what is the point of keeping it around? I also have a natural tendency towards the more is more philosophy, so sometimes when I think the room is done, I look around and force myself to take one or two things away – kind of like Coco Chanel’s, “Before you walk out the door, take on thing off,” applied to interior design.” – Christiana Coop

Bedroom breakdown: Plant: $65, Basket (Area): $45, Bed and side tables (Room and Board): $2,600, Bedding (Anthropologie): $200, Throw blanket (Banana Republic): $150, Rug (Propeller): $1,200, Clock radio (Unica): $400, Jewelry knobs (Hygge & West): $45, Jewelry dishes and boxes: $300, Vintage wall sconces (The Perish Trust): $75, Stool (Area): $300, Console table (CB2): $350, 4 felt doilies (Eden & Eden): $150, Vintage mice candle stick (The Perish Trust): $50, Candle votive set (Hygge & West): $36, Daisy pillow (Hygge & West): $65, Devotion print (Rare Device): $15, A Little Birdy Told Me print (Samantha Hahn): Gift, Bamboo blinds: $200, Collage art (Egg & The Urban Mercantile): $150, Hello There chair (The Magazine): $300, 2 rolls Fairy Flower wallpaper (ferm LIVING): $115 per roll/$230 and 1 can of paint (Benjamin Moore, Iron Mountain): $60.

Grand Total: $6,986. USD

Lovely! Thank you Christiana for taking us into your cozy and elegant bedroom — that gray looks gorgeous with the crisp white trim and eye catching gold and white wallpaper. Very nice touch, I’m sure this room will inspire lots of Iron Mountain gray bedrooms out there in blogland! :) Thanks again!

(images from christiana coop)


Lovely Plover Organic Bedding

March 27, 2009

I just love bedding, especially when the pillowcases aren’t the same pattern as the top or bottom sheets and the duvet is a completely different, yet coordinating, fabric altogether. Like mismatched china patterns, my favorite look in the bedroom is definitely not traditional and matchy-matchy – it’s eclectic all the way and fun-loving! For some, selecting a variety of patterns and colors scares them because they don’t think they can “put it off” so they tend to shy away from creating a fun look for fear of falling flat. If that’s you never fear because there are lots of companies out there like

Plover has grown so much since launch by expanding their collection to include a more ethnic-inspired collection with an array of colors and patterns to fall in love with in addition to their 100% high quality organic cotton. They even have bedding for the nursery and table linens. Enjoy!

(images from plover organic)

Arts + Crafts, Shopping + Products

NEW: Fey Handmade

March 27, 2009

Have you ever heard of Fey Handmade? They just launched a few weeks ago and I can already see this site taking flight because there is a very special lady behind it who is keen on promoting the work of talented emerging artists and designers while providing the rest of us with unique, quality products that are shipped in earth-friendly, recycled packaging. Founder, Christine Lindstrom, has her BA in fine art and was once a visual merchandiser which is obvious from the moment you visit her site — the design is so pretty and welcoming.

Fey Handmade is brand spankin’ new so of course Christine is currently looking for fresh new artists and designers so if you are interested in contacting her please do so via her website. I can’t wait to watch Fey grow up, it’s exciting to see promising new businesses being born!

(images from fey handmade)


NEW: Delphine Letterpress Online Ordering

March 27, 2009

The delightful Delphine just made a few new announcements, first their letterpress is now available to order online and next, they’ve just launched a lovely blog called Delphine Ephemera. What’s so special about online ordering? THIS:

Fantastic work, Delphine!

(images from delphine)

Arts + Crafts, Home Tours

Inspired By Nina van de Goor

March 26, 2009

If color and personality are what you love to see in a home, then you’ll really enjoy Nina van de Goor who lives in the Netherlands because both the way she lives and the art she creates leaps with joy. I had the pleasure of meeting Nina in person last year in Amsterdam and really enjoyed chatting with her. It’s always such a treat to connect with those I meet online a bit more personally – like in the flesh! In addition to her creative and unique ceramics, Nina recently started working on some screen prints and would like to offer decor8 readers a 15% discount on the new screen prints found in her shop on Etsy. Upon purchasing please put “decor8 discount” in the comments to seller box and Nina will send you a revised invoice in reply. Here are some inspirational photos showing Nina’s home and workspace along with lots of her handmade goodies for you to enjoy!

For more inspiration from Nina, view her Flickr photos here. Thank you for sending me all of these wonderful photos Nina and for the very special discount which, by the way, is valid for one week until April 2, 2009.

(images from nina van de goor)

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