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Easy Home Projects via Country Living

I always find really cute and crafty ideas for home projects through the pages of Country Living magazine. If you live outside of America and cannot access a copy the next best thing is their website where you can find lots of great DIY ideas like these… a few of my recent favorites.

Country Living Magazine

Mirrored tennis rackets, a bookshelf made out of dresser drawers (instructions here), handmade flowers constructed from vintage clothing patterns (I use vintage patterns as tissue paper to wrap presents but love the idea of using them as flowers), and a lovely message board which once had a life as a metal serving tray born from the creative Teri Edwards and Serena Thompson, a.k.a. the Farm Chicks, who regularly contribute to Country Living.

(images: country living magazine)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on May 13, 2009

Amy Butler Eco-Bedding for Welspun

Amy Butler just wrote to me about her new line of bedding and I dropped everything to share these images with you. Yay Amy! It’s her first bedding collection with Welspun and is produced with 100% organic cotton and printed with low impact dyes proving that eco-friendly bedding can be bold and gorgeous. The bedding is 400 thread count and Amy tells me that it feels gorgeous to the touch.

Amy Butler Bedding

Amy Butler Bedding

Amy Butler Bedding

Amy Butler Bedding

Amy Butler Bedding

The complete bedding line will be available in Amy’s online shop in July and at select Bed, Bath & Beyond stores. You can view a slideshow of the entire collection here. Which ones do you like? I really love the turquoise bedding with the lime green accents – so fresh! Congratulations Amy and thanks for letting decor8 readers know the big news!

(images: amy butler designs)

Posted in bedroom on May 13, 2009

Jonathan Adler S + P Shakers: New

Look at these little charmers and tell me how one cannot find a way to justify dropping nearly $50 bucks on s + p shakers? C’mon, you agree with me right, total cuteness — especially the little heads. Of course, looking at them gives me a ton of inappropriate things to say but they’d be absolutely fun to give as gifts.

Jonathan Adler

Thanks Jonathan Adler for keeping it real and keeping us all broke. Lovely. By the way, these aren’t available online yet so you’ll have to keep cruising the JA website to stalk their release.

(images: jonathan adler)

Posted in kitchen on May 13, 2009

Rice – Summer Collection

I love me some Rice. What a great Danish company, I own a bunch of things from them – I particularly like their kitchen items and ceramic bowls because everything is well made and happy looking! They’ve just rolled out a new website with photos in full on saturated color and oh boy, oh boy! You practically need sunglasses it’s so bright.

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Rice

Notice who is shown in the picture frame on the shelf? Cute, isn’t it?

Did you know that Rice is now in America? Oh yes. I joke you not. I started writing about them three years ago and always wondered if someday they’d end up at some local Anthro store and sure enough… I bet a store could curate 100% of their merchandise these days from reading blogs because let’s face it, bloggers report on trends and talk about what consumers want. Reading blogs keeps their finger on the pulse of consumer buzz and that is a hot little pulse to monitor because it means potential profit. Look at Orla Kiely for instance, unknown in America a few years ago and now she’s practically a household name. Not a coincidence. If you want something bad enough just blog about it a couple thousand times. People are out there watching. They’re listening. To us. The bloggers and the blog readers. Kind of cool, don’t you think?

You can buy lovely Rice products in America — click here (type in USA) to view where they’re available.

(images: rice, denmark)

Posted in Decorating Tips on May 13, 2009

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