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Giveaway Time From Serena & Lily!

If you’re an expecting parent or know of one, you’ll love this special giveaway sponsored by Serena & Lily, a manufacturer of bedding and furniture for both baby and child based in Sausalito, California. They are offering THREE (3) prize packs to decor8 readers, each prize is valued at nearly $150! Here’s what each winner will receive: One (1) stylish Market Sling (valued at $109-129 each) and a signed copy of their new book ($29.95), Nursery Style, published by Chronicle Books.

Both functional and fabulous, the market sling allows you to hold your baby close in style — some even offer hand embroidered details! The book is a brand new, inspiring guide to help you find your personal style and create a very special nursery. Each chapter will show you how to implement your theme with color, fabrics and accessories, 144 pages, hardcover, signed by the authors.

“Nursery Style does a great job of giving us permission to break the rules. I only wish it had been written just a few years earlier!” – Kate Spade

To enter this giveaway, please visit Serena & Lily and list 3-5 things that you love on their site (include the link using and also tell us why you deserve to win this prize! Are you a soon-to-be mother? Is your best friend expecting? We want to know!

Note: You can enter only via the comments section below. Contest ends Thursday, April 9 at 5pm EST. Entries after that time will not be considered. Winners will be selected and posted on decor8 Friday, April 10th. One entry per household only.

Also, don’t forget to sign up for their free catalog!

(images from serena & lily)

Posted in uncategorized on April 03, 2009

Happy Weekend!

It’s time to say goodbye and wish you a nice weekend! It is hard to believe that another week is coming to a close — where does the time go? I hope that what plans you have over the next few days involves a little rest & relaxation and brings you some joy and maybe even a dab of inspiration. Thank you so much for hanging out with me this week — I hope you enjoyed yourself here as much as I enjoyed writing and sharing. Until I see you again on Monday, here are some fun linky links for your enjoyment. Hugs everyone!

Euphorian Chic prints, gorgeous ceramic bowls from LM London, new work by Pepperminte, great bowls for dipping from ceramicist Jill Rosenwald in Boston, City Chic Country Mouse who makes ironing board covers that are far from boring (or ordinary) and lovely Mexican dresses for bohemian girls by Aida Coronado! Oh and I cannot forget jewelry by Hannah Maigh Chandler (who is also a lovely photographer!).

See you on Monday, friends! xo, – Holly

(images linked to sources above)

Posted in uncategorized on April 03, 2009

How Much For This Room?

I have a special treat for you today! Not one, but TWO homeowners from two different parts of the world are here to share their rooms with us in How Much For This Room? — yay! Our first inspirational space is from one of my favorite Etsy sellers, Bernadette Sipkes from Sugarloop who lives in Auckland, New Zealand. In case you’ve not heard of her work, here’s a glimpse of what you can expect in her etsy shop.

Bernadette is here today to share both her balcony followed by the adjacent dining room area and it’s gorgeous, bring and so inviting! Now I want a balcony overlooking rooftops and palm trees…

Balcony — Furniture:White outdoor plastic chairs from Living Edge Interiors, $90 for two. Offi Tiki Stool in white (used as a table) from Home Republic (now Naked Decor), $49. Flokati rug (it was bought brand new nearly a decade ago so I cannot remember the store!) but I do remember the price $34, Various pots & plants from King’s Plant Barn, $35. Bed table in white from Rhubarb, $12. Curtain made by me using yellow Jute fabric from Spotlight, $6 for 2.8 metres (and sprayed with Scotchgard to make it waterproof). It is hung in place using spring tension shower curtain rod in white from Mitre, $15. Soft Furnishings: Hand-printed cushion cover Mari print in Mustard by Kalla (etsy), $35 (including shipping). Yellow floral motif blockprinted (by me) on plain cushion cover from Spotlight, $5. Striped pillows from Rhubarb, $10 for a set of four. Multi Bean Bag from Kidscapes, $42. Retro-inspired cushion from Nest, $7.Plain woven cushion from BoConcept, $15. Lighting: Candela rechargeable glow lights by OXO was earned for free from Fly Buys (but retails for $69), Solar light rope from Ezibuy, $17.


Dining Room – Furniture: Eames wire chairs – from Cite, $800. Occa dining table from BoConcept, $400. Buffet Cabinet from Corniche Interiors, $685. Wooden step stool from IKEA, $13. Stokke Tripp Trapp from TradeMe, $85. On the Walls: Josh “Shag” Agle limited edition art print from Outre Gallery, $150. Artwork by Amy Ruppel, $100. Bird Limited Edition print by Yumi Yumi (etsy), $20. On Dining Table: Olive Oil and Vinegar bottles from Rhubarb, $8 for both. Tea light candle holder from IKEA, $1. Vase and flower arrangement from Freedom, $20. Ramekin bowls by Martin Boyd from eBay, $13 for 5 coasters. Crocheted table runner by Trade Aid New Zealand, and the napkins were wedding gifts. On Buffet Cabinet: Wooden Bowl, water pitcher and crystal bowl were wedding gifts. Large pasta bowl in white from Victoria’s Basement, $8. Wooden Tray from Nest, $10. Phone by Uniden, $45. Ipod and speaker by Apple, $350.

TOTAL DINING – $2,708.00 USD

Isn’t this such a fresh and inviting space?

Stay tuned for a gorgeous bathroom in New York in today’s second gorgeous space featured in How Much For This Room

(images: bernadette sipkes, sugarloop)

Posted in uncategorized on April 03, 2009

Vintage Modern Apartment in Germany

You’re going to love this apartment… I’m thrilled that I can show it to you today because I didn’t expect my interview with this apartment dweller to run so soon. My editor over at Cookie magazine just informed me that the tour I pulled together for their site is live. Yay! I’m very excited about this because it’s a city abode in Hannover where I happen to also live part-time when I’m not in New Hampshire and I really want the city to get a little press lovin’ since you don’t hear about Hannover that often. Soooo many great artists and designers live in some pretty swank apartments there like this one below!

Note: only one of the photos shown here (first one below) is on the Cookie site, the rest are extras Kerstin sent over for me to run here on decor8… that way what you see over there is not what you’re viewing here — so double your pleasure!

The tour I’m taking you on over at Cookie is one I’m proud of because it was quite a challenge to pull together because Kerstin, who lives in this gorgeous space, does not speak fluent English and I’m not yet fluent in German so we needed a translator. Fortunately for us, we both share the same friend (Anne Wendlendt/Enna) and she worked with both Kerstin Reilemann/Domestic Candy and I to make the interview happen so thanks Anne for that.

Great living room space, huh? She found this vintage wooden elephant who nearly became firewood! Yes, really. I’m glad she rescued him for her little son.

Her small balcony, I love the old building she lives in — such pretty windows and brick.

Large hallway/entry with original hardwood floors.

Another view of the hallway which appears to be an “L” shape.

Sunny, cozy kitchen.

More kitchen views.

Master bedroom. Love this color combo!

Some bedroom artwork.

Emil, who is 2-years-old and in my eyes, a very lucky boy because his mommy put so much love and care into his room.

He even has his own store thanks to his creative parents, his store comes complete with wooden fruits and veggies which are quite popular in German toy stores which tend to have more wood products available vs. plastic.

I really enjoyed learning more about Kerstin, her small family of three, and her inspirations as a designer. I’ve already arranged with Anne to meet Kerstin this year so I’m very excited to soon know the lady behind this home. To read my interview with her and to view even more photos of her home, please click here.

Thanks Anne and Kerstin!

(images from kerstin reilemann)

Posted in uncategorized on April 02, 2009


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