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April 2009

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Lockette Paper & Fabric

April 20, 2009

Happy Monday everyone! This post is partly about Lockette and also a little about my weekend along with some great news about a press mention that I’m really excited about… First, these darling handmade cards by Priscilla Locke of the Lockette {Paper & Fabric} shop on Etsy are a nice way to kick things off today. Priscilla (don’t you love her name by the way, so old-fashioned and darling), recently opened her shop where she makes all things by hand using fabric and paper, “I hand cut all the pieces and fuse them to card stock. This tactile element gives my stationery a unique look and feel, and the combination of fabric + paper is a modern twist on the traditional paper products out there right now. The fabrics I use range from bold, graphic prints and colors to subtle patterns and simple silhouettes.”

Lockette Paper & Fabric

Okay, now for the more personal from me-to-you bit. :) I hope you are rested and inspired from whatever it is that you did over the weekend. We had beautiful weather on Sunday so we went to a big flea market and to lots of antiques stores (New Hampshire has some great ones) — what a great way to spend a lazy Sunday! The flea market was the first for me of the year and it got me pretty excited about Brimfield (May 12-17) next month and all the fleas I plan to attend abroad this year before the cold weather sets in again. Flea markets are great! I didn’t find much yesterday but simply roaming around was inspiring enough, plus I secured an entire brown bag full of vintage wooden spools for only a $1 so I will soon embark on a crafty project to put those to good use.

Along with all the fun browsing I did, we went on a nice nature walk and I spent time cleaning my home, I used a ton of ec0 cleaning supplies which made me feel great about the chore and an added bonus — they worked better than the chemical-loaded stuff I normally use AND they smelled great. I raided the cleaning supply aisle at Lowe’s recently and found a ton of products I’d not seen before, in addition to the full line of Method products (they’ve added some great new things by the way)… so if you have a Lowe’s nearby I suggest checking them out for ec0-cleaning supplies. I couldn’t get over the variety! I also spent nearly two full days offline, which felt great and I honestly recommend it from time to time. It really helps to unplug now and then. But then, right when I was feeling so proud for staying away from the computer, I decided to send a quick email and….

I discovered that decor8 was in the London Financial Times (both print and online in the House & Home Edition) yesterday in an article called A Blog’s Life which quickly reminded me that though unplugging is good, I still really love and value the web and feel so grateful that I’m part of the blogosphere and this wonderful online network of bloggers. This was a really nice way to finish the weekend! The article is here if you’d like to read it. The FT editor, Caroline Taylor, approached me months ago for an interview but like the many interviews I’ve given I only half expected it to ever show up in print — lots of articles get cut. Just when I was beginning to lose hope – viola! there is was! The article spotlights several other blogs in addition to mine so it was nice to be in such great company alongside Susan Serra, Danielle DeLange and of course Patchwork Harmony (this blogger is the same lady who wrote the article – small world!). So inspiring and encouraging to see blogs and their popularity be a subject of interest enough to the FT to run a story on it. What a testimony to all bloggers that we’re making progress in reaching many to share our passions.

(image from lockette)

Home Tours

Interiors By Francesca

April 17, 2009

The lovely designer Frances Herrera Viola who runs the New York-based design firm Interiors by Francesca, sent in a few before and afters of her space and I thought it was so nicely done that you may find it inspirational. Francesca offers decorating services to those living in New York City and Long Island, in case you are local and have an interest in hiring out for design help whether that be a one day project, home staging, or a complete redesign of your space she just may be the lady for you to call! The first few photos below are of her recently designed bedroom (before & after) and the others are glimpses of her living space.

Interiors By Francesca

Seeing a makeover like this is helpful for those not living in magazine-like homes (most of us!) or around fancy architectural details — in other words people who basically have four blank walls and a floor — normal ceiling height, average windows, mediocre views, and annoying things to deal with like built-in air conditioners. A space like Francesca’s is a terrific example of how you can cozy up an “average” home using furniture, drapes, and throw rugs because not everyone has soaring ceilings, perfect floors, ocean views, and gorgeous fireplaces to fall back on! In fact, it’s much more of a challenge to design a home like this in my opinion. If you have a gorgeous flat overlooking the beach with massive windows, a massive fireplace and ceilings that go on forever well I see this as not much of a design challenge. You can put a sofa and a few chairs in a room like that and editors would be begging you to photograph your space for their magazine. It’s not so easy when you don’t occupy what I call, a home with supermodel good looks. This space is the perfect example of that — even a somewhat boxy room can have style – this ‘before’ bedroom photo below looks like a lot of plain Jane rental properties I’ve toured in my life. Plain Jane was transformed into Chic Chantal. It helps to see spaces like this to be able to train your eye to look for the potential.

Interiors By Francesca

Interiors By Francesca

Interiors By Francesca

Interiors By Francesca

Interiors By Francesca

Interiors By Francesca

I really admire the editing in this space, Francesca clearly knows when to quit. Though I must confess that if I lived here, I’d have a lot more color and art work, that’s for sure! Of course though, my personal taste is not the point — it’s more about foundation pieces. I could really build on a foundation like this. I love the trimmed drapes in the bedroom, and appreciate how the built-in a/c unit was replaced with a newer model in white — way better on the eyes! The pendant over the dining room table looks very chic, and the round table allows for good movement in a small space and enables flexibility with seating, you can add more chairs if needed for a larger gathering. Really nice work, Francesca!

(images francesca herrera viola)

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How Much For This Room?

April 17, 2009

Last week you had the chance to see the newly renovated kitchen and dining room space of graphic designer Tara Hogan from INK & WIT. Today Miss Tara would like to share her cozy den for this week’s edition of How Much For This Room.

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

How Much For This Room?

Items used in her den: 1. sofa: Pier1, $1000, 2.trestles: Vika Artur (2), IKEA $60., 3. oak wood top on trestle desk: Lowes (lumber), $30. 4. white desk lamp: Kulla, IKEA, $40. 5. floor lamp: ALÄNG, IKEA, $40. 6. planters: BLADET, IKEA, small, $5. 7. desk chair: Marais A chair, DWR, $250. 8. 2 side tables (TV table): Strut Side Table, Blu Dot, $500. 9. 24? Firewood Storage Log Rack Hoop Holder: Big Marble Basics via eBay, $40. 10. 12 birch logs: Clear Pond via eBay, $24. 11. Mid Century Modern Expandable Slat Bench: eBay, $200. 12. bird mobile, Flensted Mobiles Swallow Mobile, Design Public, $27. 13. coffee table/Restoration Hardware, $250. 14. bamboo lounge chair/Pottery Barn, $350. 15. wall art, INK+WIT Everything Counts and A-Z Animal Poster, INK+WIT, $60/$50 ($110) and Lara Cameron fabric print framed. All other items, like the television and smaller miscellaneous decorative finds along with books are not included in this — only key pieces.

TOTAL: $2,926.00

If you have any questions, or comments for Tara please feel free to leave them below!

Note: If you would like to participate in How Much For This Room? please email me at holly at decor8blog dot com for more information — please include ONE photo of the room you are interested in submitting. Thank you!

With the sun shining today, birdies breaking into song in my backyard, and the air a lovely 72 degrees, I’m going to post a few more times today and then I’ll be signing off until Monday.

(images: tara hogan, ink & wit)

Arts + Crafts, uncategorized

Hadley Hutton: Online Art Sale

April 17, 2009

If you love artist Hadley Hutton as much as I do, hurry over to her online art sale where you can scoop up original paintings priced, on average, between $80-120 OR you can purchase prints of her work on the same page. Beautiful work!

Hadley Hutton: Online Art Sale

I own one original painting from Hadley and now, a second on the way because I just purchased #16, Diamond Bloom (shown above top right). I wanted #40 but someone beat me to it! Rrrrrr! That’s why you have to act fast if you see something you like, but no pressure or anything! LOL. If you would like a free desktop wallpaper for your computer created by Hadley, visit Kindred where you can find all kinds of free desktop wallpapers created by artists.

(image: hadley hutton)

Round-ups, uncategorized

Candles – A Few Favorites

April 16, 2009

Do you enjoy scented candles? They are such a nice way to add ambiance don’t you think? They are also a nice way to mask odors, particularly after you’ve prepared a meal with onions, garlic or fish! Yesterday at Real Simple, I wrote about 8 of my favorite candle companies and scents and to my surprise, many readers chimed in sharing personal faves of their own which made the post that much more enjoyable! I found so many new candles thanks to Real Simple readers.

Candles - A Few Favorites

Here are some additional candles that, though I’ve not tried them personally, they certainly do look lovely. All are from Anthropologie. A. ChaCha candle tin B. Garden Study candle C. Ilume tile tin Moroccan mint tea (yummy).

Maybe you would enjoy seeing a collection of candles that I personally use and recommend? If so, you may click here.

(images from Anthropologie)

Designers + Stylists

Frank Roop Design

April 16, 2009

My friend and Boston-based interior designer Julieann Covino blogged about a gorgeous condo, also in Boston, that she found in the May issue of Metropolitan Home. I’m so glad she highlighted this space or I would’ve missed out on learning about the designer behind it. Here’s a glimpse below, but to learn more about the interior designer, Frank Roop, who is responsible for this project and to view more photos you’ll need to visit Julieann’s design blog, CreateGirl.

Frank Roop Design

Frank Roop Design

Great colors, gorgeous paintings, unique and beautiful bar stools, creative horizontal striped walls… Class act! Frank Roop in Boston has designed some killer spaces, here’s just a taste of his online portfolio where you can drool and dream for most of the afternoon. See for yourself below…

Frank Roop Design

Frank Roop Design

Frank Roop Design

Frank Roop Design

Frank Roop Design

Thank you Julieann for writing about Frank, what an phenomenal local designer!

(Top two photos are by Eric Roth via Met Home, all others from Frank Roop Designs)

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