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March 2009

Home Tours, Rooms

Darling Home Tour in England

March 11, 2009

I was so excited when Shella Anderson wrote asking to share her home over at Cookie magazine, I immediately agreed and now it’s live over on the site in the House Tours section (look for the square that says Essex, England or link here).

Styled by Selina Lake and photographed by Sussie Bell, this home is so joyful and full of life — I can’t stop looking at all of the little nooks and details. I also love that Shella is NOT scared of color. If you have access to Ideal Home (UK interiors mag), you can find her home in their April 09 issue. I had the pleasure of interviewing Shella and so I asked about favorite things, the shops that she loves, what inspires her design, how she decorates for 3 daughters (and keeps things so neat!), favorite books… I’m sure you will really enjoy reading about her family of 5 right here.

(photography: Sussie Bell)

Arts + Crafts

You Are What You Love & Aprile Elcich

March 10, 2009

I recently came across a thoughtful blog called You Are What You Love and felt an instant connection to the overall aesthetic and really enjoyed viewing the handmade work presented there. After some digging I found out the blogger is Canadian artist and graphic design student Aprile Elcich who also has an etsy shop where you can find delightful works like these:

I really enjoy her recent nature-inspired collages, specially like the chairs clipped from a 1901 Eaton’s catalog and other vintage book scraps that she couldn’t allow herself to throw out; I’m so glad she recycled them into her art.

I’m also digging her photos and most of all, her Flickr favorites found here.

Aprile can be found via: Twitter, Flickr, Blog, Etsy.

(images from aprile elcich)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

March 10, 2009

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?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

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.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

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…

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

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!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

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!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

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)

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Blog of the Week: A View To

March 9, 2009

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.

Blog of the Week: A View To

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

Blog of the Week: A View To

Blog of the Week: A View To

Blog of the Week: A View To

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)

Decorating Tips, Home Tours

A Handmade Home in Denmark

March 9, 2009

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)

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Happy Weekend {and links!}

March 6, 2009

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!

Happy Weekend {and links!}

Swedish blog Vintage by Johanna Flyckt

Happy Weekend {and links!}

Happy Weekend {and links!}

Pretty Spring clothing with a feminine gypsy vibe at NOA NOA

Happy Weekend {and links!}

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

Happy Weekend {and links!}

The beautiful blog of interior decorator and stylist Helena Skarp.

Happy Weekend {and links!}

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

Happy Weekend {and links!}

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

(images above linked to their sources)

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