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Thank goodness it’s Friday, am I right? What a week we’ve all had, so much to do! I’m unplugging until Monday but I’ll be back then with a new week of blogtime fun. :) I am so busy this weekend that I don’t know how I’m going to do all I have on my list in two days, including a trip to southern Rhode Island, but I shall unplug and conquer. Rrrrrr!

See you on Monday!

I hope you have a lovely little weekend for yourself, that you get to enjoy family & friends, slip in a little something artsy ‘n craftsy, and don’t forget to schedule some ‘you’ time even if it’s just laying in the park with a book you’ve been meaning to read or a visit to your favorite cafe to meet a good friend. It’s all about taking a pinch of time for the little things which really are big things since they feed the soul like crazy and can cause all sorts of creativity and ideas to flow. When in a rut, move thy butt, right!?

Thank you for sharing another week with me here on decor8, I’ll see you in a few days!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on May 29, 2009

Gardenhouse & Simone Howell

Designer, wife, mother and fabric lover Simone Howell from Gardenhouse in California is some kind of wonderful. Her handbag designs and children’s clothes are so creative and colorful, it’s hard not to imagine them as quilts, pillows and duvets. Simone is one of those ladies that you imagine designing her own line of fabrics or owning a gorgeous shop someday.



Her home, in Los Angeles, is vibrant and energetic just as how I imagine her to be as I read her blog and visit her Flickr photos. Inspired by her eye for color and mixing patterns you wouldn’t think go together until you see them living merrily as one on some of her handbags, I thought you may like her cheery dose of imagination and whimsy to take you into the weekend.


I love this bench cover!



Though I’m definitely not daring enough to wear one of these bags, a clutch with a pretty summer a-line dress and sandals would look so pretty I think. I am daring enough to rock a bench like that in my entryway though, which is giving me some ideas as I type… and Simone if you’re reading these you have to sell these!!! No pressure but seriously, no one is doing stuff like this on Etsy – bench slipcovers would be fab!

(images: simone howell)

Posted in Inspiration on May 29, 2009

Fabric Wall Decals By Mae

I have to share Australian designer Mae with you and her wall stickers because ohmygoodness they are the cutest whether you have a little one or not, these are just darling. I saw them for the first time last night at an Etsy shop live event and loved them instantly because instead of vinyl they are fabric… I wish more would experiment with fabric and wallpaper like Inke Heiland, who I first introduced to you here back in ‘06, who creates animal silhouettes out of vintage wallpaper from her design studio in the Netherlands.


The Mae designs are not only fabric so they’re tactile and to me, more beautiful but also removable, washable and reusable. You can put them on many surfaces, from your window to the wall or even certain furniture. Don’t you just love these? The tea set is my favorite but there is also a build your own tree set, woodland creatures, dinosaurs and more.

(images: mae)

Posted in Rooms on May 29, 2009

Elphicks – New Online Shop!

Artist Sharon Elphick contacted me today about the opening of her new online shop, Elphicks, where you can find a curated selection of art prints from not only Sharon but from some of her favorite artists like Charley Harper, Karin Akesson and Hazel Nicholls.


It’s nice to be nice, what a sweet print — I especially like that it appears to be on a biscuit that resembles a Bahlsen cookie. Cute!

(images: elphicks)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Rooms on May 28, 2009


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