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Inspired By: Notebook Magazine

I just spent a good part of my morning finishing up ‘08 taxes while listening to the new Depeche Mode CD for the second time (trying to decide if I like it or not) while simultaneously browsing the galleries over at Notebook magazine. I must say the whole mind numbing exercise of adding numbers together was a lot less stressful listening to music so loudly that, yes Mom, will one day make me deaf. Now I’m running to visit our accountant but before I head out, I simply must share some gorgeous eye candy from Notebook mag, another hot little Australian publication that I recently discovered. Those Aussies! I’ve decided that in addition to Marrakesh, Tokyo and Istanbul, I must add Australia to my list of destinations because I simply cannot take looking at another publication out of that country – I need to see if their world is how I imagine it through the pages of magazines published there. If so, I will certainly never want to come home.

Notebook appears to be a good mix of fashion and interiors, it reminds me ever-so-slightly of the former Blueprint mag we had here in the states. I like the many styles of decor that they highlight, from rustic modern to midwest modern, 1940’s fashion, European country, modern country, eclectic and beyond. Here’s a little visual taste to whet your appetite. All I can say is this woman, from her eye makeup to her flawless skin and gorgeously ruffled dress (and of course the vintage car) had me at hello. Oh, and how lovely is that hallway below with that pale green door and wood pendant?

If you’d like to view more, click here to visit their many inspirational galleries where you can find photos grouped by topic. Enjoy!

(images: notebook magazine)

Posted in uncategorized on April 02, 2009

Craft Tutorial: Photo Lanterns

Ready for a fun project? This is one of those craft tutorials that you can imagine doing because it’s fun and festive but also practical and timely with warmer days here. The uber creative Livy Kanaley from a new favorite blog of mine, A Field Journal, is visiting us to share a craft tutorial — how to make a festive photo lantern with battery operated tea lights. I love sharing random projects like this from time to time on decor8 especially with so many looking for projects that are affordable and not overly time consuming. This project is creative, easy, and something you can actually use. Imagine these lanterns on your patio or even at a wedding… lovely!

Ready to learn how to make these? Livy, the stage is yours!

“These lanterns are adaptable to any occasion and perfect for the warm weather that’s just around the corner. The photos you select can be anything – old family snapshots would be of interest at a reunion for example, or you could play it simple and just use text – a favorite quote, a significant date, or a festive message.” -Livy


  • Store bought lanterns (glass votives are an alternative)
  • Spray adhesive (suitable for paper and glass)
  • Vellum
  • Digital images
  • Printer
  • Battery operated tea lights
  • Scissors/Paper cutter


  1. Step #1: Carefully remove glass from store bought lanterns. (You may want to wear gloves.) Alternatively, cylindrical glass votives could be used, just be sure that whatever vessel you select has straight sides so the vellum will adhere smoothly.
  2. Step #2: Measure the surface to be covered, and print appropriately sized images on 8.5 x 11 sheets of vellum.
  3. Step #3: Using scissors or a paper cutter, cut out each image. Coat glass with spray adhesive and immediately apply vellum. Let dry.
  4. Step #4: Replace glass in lanterns, add a battery operated tea light and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy creating your very own Springtime lanterns… I definitely want to try this project myself! If you end up making your own and have photos to share, please send me ONE photo so I can check it out — maybe I’ll feature it on decor8. :) I love a little show ‘n tell time!

Important safety note: Remember everyone – use only BATTERY OPERATED TEA LIGHTS. I don’t want anyone to burn down their yard or home.

(images from Olivia Kanaley)

Posted in uncategorized on April 01, 2009

An Impressive Treehouse

Would you like to see some lovely photos from a friend who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area? Her name is Anh-Minh Le and she found me through decor8 back in ‘06 — she commented a few times and then we started to exchange emails and before we knew it, we became e-friends. The always supportive, genuine, and very talented Anh-Minh is an office manager by day and a freelance writer by night with hopes of someday becoming a full-time writer. After looking at her home, lets home she decides to write about art and design because she certainly has an eye for beauty!

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Gorgeous view from the dining area.

Anh-Minh compares her home to a “giant treehouse” since it overlooks many beautiful redwoods as you can see in the above photo. Her and her husband, Jon, have lived in their home for eight months and she cannot imagine living anywhere else though she confesses that a year ago, “I would have jumped at the chance to live in London or Tokyo”. Since I know Anh-Minh is one stylish lady who has traveled the globe, I felt confident when I asked her if she’d like to share corners of her home on decor8 because I knew she’d have a gorgeous space and from what you can see here, I’m glad I asked! Today I thought it would be fun to ask her to complete the following statements so you can learn more about the lady behind the abode. My thoughts are boldface and hers are italicized so you won’t get confused…

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Entry — I love this bench and the painting, don’t you?

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Entry- Another part of the entryway.

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Living Room

In my house I love to… take naps in the sun-drenched living room, watch movies on the super-sized projector screen, sit and enjoy coffee with friends at the kitchen table, and contemplate new decorating projects on the weekends and during my free time. This summer – our first in this house – I’m also looking forward to spending many hours hanging out on the deck.

My real passion is… traveling. We have souvenirs scattered throughout the house; like the embroidered textile draped on the back of our sofa (from Mexico).

My favorite objects in my home… most definitely the chaise lounge in our living room, the painting in our entryway and the Jill Bliss mural in the craft room (does that count as an object, even if it takes up an entire wall?).


Anh-Minh Le's Home

Home Office


Guest Bedroom

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Master Bedroom

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Laundry Area

Anh-Minh Le's Home

Craft Room complete with a mural by Jill Bliss!

Anh-Minh Le's Home


My favorite place to hang out in my home is… the living room.

This house is different from other places I’ve lived because… of the setting. All nature, all the time.

My decorating philosophy is… make it personal. I love looking around the house and seeing things that have some significance to me – that remind me of a special time, person or place.

I stay organized by… keeping my label maker close at hand.

If you visit my house, my only rules are… relax, have a good time, and come back real soon.

I plan to live in this house… forever.

Thank you for visiting us today on decor8, Anh-Minh — your home is filled with pattern and life and I’m so happy that you stopped by to share it with all of us here. xo

(images from anh-minh le)

Posted in Home Tours on April 01, 2009


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