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March 2009

Inspiration

Toast {Spring 09}

March 24, 2009

I love this time of year because all of the Spring/Summer collections surface and never cease to thrill me. The lovely Toast Spring catalog just went live on their site today, do you subscribe to the print version? I do — I’m so addicted — when one arrives in the mail I cling to it for weeks toting around its pretty pages in my bag. Right before I recycle it I gently remove a few of my favorite pages to tack onto my inspiration board in my home office. It’s easy to see why I love Toast so much…

Toast {Spring 09}

I really like this photo (above, right). Notice the shadow and the little detail there… a heart. This is a sweet touch. The lighting and vibe completely relaxes me. I can almost smell the salty air and feel the sunlight on my back, too.

Toast {Spring 09}

Toast {Spring 09}

Toast {Spring 09}

Of course these images are but a teaser, to view more you’ll need to click here.

These photos whisk me off to a magical oceanside resort far, faraway. Free from the internet, my cell phone, and my home that is currently a pretty uncomfortable place to be since the kitchen and partial living room space was flooded last night due to a faulty washer machine that pumped water into the space for nearly 45 minutes straight before we even noticed it. Sigh. These images put me in a happy place today. :) I needed this badly!

(images from toast uk)

Etsy Faves, uncategorized

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

March 24, 2009

Colorful mixed media collages, turquoise pottery, tin jewelry, soft nature photography, ruffled pillows that mimic fashion and sweetly made soft toys and pin cushions are what you can expect today. This week’s featured seller is California artist Liz Kalloch and she’s giving decor8 readers a lovely discount on her work… and I’ve decided to add a bonus seller so you have 6 artists and designers to enjoy. Let’s get started, share we?

Featured Seller

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Liz Kalloch from Athena Dreams is offering decor8 readers a 20% off discount if you purchase anything in her etsy shop between now and March 31st. To receive this discount type “decor8 discount” in the notes to seller section upon check out and wait for Liz to send you a revised invoice before making payment. {website} {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Isn’t this pottery stunning? Yes, yes, yes! Made in Arizona, it truly reflects the beauty of the American southwest. I’m especially loving the heart-shaped nesting bowls and the lotus plate. Red Hot Pottery is artist Christine Tenenholtz who, “keeps herself busy inventing new ways to play with clay, beads, the camera, the computer, learning to drum, bellydance, and speak Spanish”. What a lady! {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

This tin jewelry and art by Little Black Rabbit in Seattle is BEAUTIFUL. I can absolutely see this at a trendy retailer like Anthropologie selling for 3x the price. I also love her makeup bags and rings, gosh all of it — it’s very country/bohemian!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Jenny owns a little shop, Bubbletime, in Virginia where she creates soft things using fabric like plush toys and pin cushions. So cute, especially the softie globe and the beaded pin cushions shown above.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

Au Fil De in France has such serene and magical photography. Béatrice has a way with the camera… there is so much femininity and grace in these… Sigh. {blog} {flickr}

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays + 1

And for my bonus find this week… If you love the ruffles you’ve been seeing on the runway, why not bring them home to create a cozy, girly nest with pillows by Hettle in Connecticut. Gorgeous and oh-so-tactile — just add cuddling!

(images above linked to their sources)

Books + Magazines

New: Antler Magazine

March 23, 2009

Oh wow! This is a fantastic treat for us all on a Monday morning — introducing Antler magazine! To say I’m in love with their premiere issue is an understatement. It’s gorgeous and one that I’ll be referring to over and over and I bet you’ll fall in love too.

New: Antler Magazine

Antler is an online magazine showing a curated collection of beautiful, inspiring ideas and designs from all aspects of life. Antler hopes to, “inspire through not only fashion, but art, design, literature, and culture. We strive to compile a new collection each month that meets this criteria”.

In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint they publish solely online, also making their publication accessible worldwide. They seek to focus on innovation and how creative types are truly making the world a more exciting place to live.

New: Antler Magazine

New: Antler Magazine

What a fantastic publication. So refreshing! Make sure to check out their premiere issue right here. Their next issue is due out on April 15th so be sure to bookmark them too.

Congrats to their Editor in Chief and Art Director Andi Stand for such a lovely and inspirational new read. Great job to her and her team and thanks for the headsup regarding your fantastic new mag!

(images from Antler magazine)

Rooms

The Happy Shop

March 23, 2009

Last Thursday I talked about the The Happy Shop over at Cookie and I want to make sure you didn’t miss it because it’s the sweetest shop ever! The name is so fitting, it makes me happier the second I click on the link and view the many handmade goodies in stock. The fact that they’re French only adds to their uniqueness and charm. Here’s the link over to Cookie to learn more about this sweet little corner of the web. I know, I’m such a tease! :)

The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop, in addition to selling handmade products also carries a small collection of vintage finds like this mid century teapot that looks like some of the porcelain I usually find in the German flea markets I hit when abroad. You wouldn’t believe the finds in random, small European town flea markets. The big ones in Paris and such usually have inflated prices for tourists but small villages and less popular tourist cities have some of the best finds and prices. A little tip for you in case you find yourself in Europe over the Spring or Summer – venture outside of the “hot” destinations for some of the best flea markets. If a city does not have a hop on hop off tour bus you may be in the right place for scouring better deals on vintage finds. :)

(images from the happy shop)

Shop Tours

Knack Studios {shop tour}

March 23, 2009

Ready to drool like a fool? Barb Blair was nice enough to contact me and the result ended up being so nice — a tour of her gorgeous store, Knack Studios, located in Greenville, South Carolina which happens to be my home state (go SC!).

Knack Studios {shop tour}

It’s great to see how she incorporates wallpaper into so many of her pieces — she’s fearless which is such an inspiration to me. I want to own one of everything I see. Barb offered to give us a little shop tour today along with some additional great shots of her merchandise, would you like a little more eye candy to kick off the week? Good. :)

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Where Barb sits down for a little inspiration.

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

Knack Studios {shop tour}

I know what your next question is, when can you move in — right? That was going through my mind as I looked through these images. Sigh. So lovely. Barb thanks for taking us on a trip fantastic to your storefront. Next time I’m down your way I’m stopping in for a visit now that I know your store exists. Thanks again!

Looking for more inspiration? Find Knack Studios here: {Flickr} {Website} {Blog}

(images from knack studios)

Inspiration

Happy Weekend! {and links}

March 20, 2009

Have I got some great news for you but first, here’s a little Happy Weekend post with some lovely links before I officially sign off for the weekend!

Happy Weekend! {and links}

Hug a tree.

Happy Weekend! {and links}

The latest flickr photos of UK stylist Selina Lake.

Happy Weekend! {and links}

Lovely fashion illustration by Kate Doodles {via Ink on my Fingers}.

Happy Weekend! {and links}

Blogs to roam: Art Nest & Make, Grow Gather.

Also don’t miss Pia’s lovely new blog design.

I’ll be back at 3:00 p.m. with a very special announcement, so stay tuned!

(images linked to their sources above. first image of trees/sky taken by holly becker for decor8)

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