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July 2009

Rooms

Free Stencil Download

July 24, 2009

Sorry to be such a tease… but this wall below is NOT the result of wall decals or wallpaper… and you can do something like this in your own home with a few stencils and some paper. Talk about a budget transformation!

Free Stencil Download

You’ll need to visit this link for the good stuff though. :)

(image: elle decoration south africa)

Round-ups

Catkin Collection

July 24, 2009

I heard about Catkin Collection for the first time last week from owner Emily Jewsbury and I’ve been wanting to write about her site ever since! I found four things that I really loved and have highlighted them below… they are so unique — I’m smitten by the nesting doll frames because they are so modern and minimalistic while remaining playful as a nesting doll should be. I also like that you can actually store goodies inside so they serve as storage, too.

Catkin Collection

A. Babushka dolls photo frame – set of 5, B. Lemons round tray, C. Owls print and D. Magnetic memo board.

Catkin Collection may be based in the UK but Emily assures me that they can deliver worldwide, cost obviously depends on size and weight of the order.

Psst: If you place an order by 1st Aug that will get you entered into a prize drawing for £25 to spend at Catkin Collection! Just a wee perk…

(images: catkin collection)

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Musical Thursday

July 23, 2009

Hello friends! So for today’s Musical Thursday I’m sharing a selection of tunes that are keeping me company as I rummage through my attic and continue packing and organizing my home. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I am this week!

Musical Thursday

A. Florence & The Machine: Lungs

B. Michael Jackson: Hello World – The Motown Solo Collection (outstanding album!)

C. 2raumwohnung: Lasso

D. Kate Miller-Heidke: Curiouser

E. coeur de pirate

F. Pitbull: I Know You Want Me (single, fun to dance to)

G. Cascada: Evacuate The Dancefloor

H. Kelly Sweet: We Are One

I also cannot stop listening to Send Me An Angel from Real Life in 1989, I remember being in school listening to this in the hallway between classes on my walkman. :) Watch this video for a little synth pop action and a definite blast from the past.

(images from individual artists and amazon)

Objects, Rooms

Dandi: New!

July 23, 2009

Dandi is a brand new homewares company based in Sydney made up of four ladies who met in college while studying industrial design. They decided to combine their talents and form a business and Dandi was born. I heard from one of these ladies, Melinda, who sent me these photos to premiere here on decor8 today. They specialize in the design and creation of innovative screen printed fabric and etched bamboo products for the home. Dandi infuses their collection with bright colors, fresh patterns and a bit of the 1950’s housewife femininity combined with nature motifs.

Dandi: New!

The Dandi team.

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

The Dandi girls playing around…

Dandi: New!

Dandi: New!

To view more products or to learn about these lovely ladies, visit either their website or blog, Fine and Dandi.

(images: dandi)

Inspiration

Photographer Petra Bindel

July 22, 2009

It all started with this tear sheet of a super delicious dining room (my dream DR) and the search for its origin, and finally I landed upon the online portfolio of Swedish photographer Petra Bindel. Her work is stunning, she has done a lot for Elle Interiör Sweden which some of you may recognize right away.

Photographer Petra Bindel

My dream dining room shown above right. I already own some of these things, it’s just a matter of finding a new apartment with an adequate dining space and making it my own. I also love all the storage options, I could easily have a dining room/craft space in one with a dining table that doubles as a work table for sewing and crafting. This gives me ideas as I begin my new apartment search…

Photographer Petra Bindel

I’ve long wanted a framed butterfly, even more so now… I’m going to start looking for something like this in the near future. And don’t you just love the composition of things in this photo? The poodle reminds me of a vintage Avon perfume bottle on my grandmother’s dresser.

Photographer Petra Bindel

Here’s another glossy white table with mismatched seating in white and wood tones. Must be a Scandinavian thing, huh? I love it. I have a shelf like this one in my current eating nook, I should play around with it and add some new accessories to liven it up.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I haven’t stopped today long enough to eat, and this bun looks delightful. What really grabbed me in this image was the lighting and composition of the shot but also that backsplash tile. I long to someday have pretty tile like that in my kitchen. I’d love some vintage tiles from Belgium, Holland or Turkey, I seem to like their patterns best.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I have a Moroccan wedding quilt (vintage) just like this one but never in the world did I think to tack it to the wall over a sofa! I see lots of people use them on the floor but honestly, I can’t imagine doing that with mine. For now, it remains at the foot of my bed more for decorative purposes than functional ones.

Photographer Petra Bindel

I’m looking for a low lounge chair in wood or rattan for my living room, I can’t seem to find exactly what I want though so I’m in my second year now of searching. But I know once I find what I see in my mind’s eye I’ll be really, really happy and I’ll always keep it! That’s the beauty of getting something stuck in your head, if it stays stuck for a long time — you know you must have it. Then once you do find it you’ll treasure the possession above all other things for many years. It’s better to buy what you love than to settle for something you don’t for a quicker fix.

Photographer Petra Bindel

There are so many things about each of these rooms that speak to me, I don’t know where to begin really. I think in the end it really comes down to the feminine bits combined with the bolder pieces and all of the eclectic items thrown together to compose the perfect interior melody. That turquoise door is to die for, the shoe shelf, beaded chandelier, it’s also very amazing… and then you have a white glossy table again with wood chairs. I also love that black Swedish oven, those things are lovely – aren’t they? The bedroom with that lighting, ah – so welcoming. I like the casually tossed heels on that fluffy white rug. Nice touch. Now can I move in?

If you are interested in Petra’s work, she is represented by Susanne Björkman at Folio in Stockholm, her contact information is listed here.

(images: petra bindel/folio management/portfolio cph/elle interiör)

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