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August 2009

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

August 4, 2009

Hi Everyone! Marichelle here from Heart Handmade and Wunderlust filling in for Holly as she makes her way across the Atlantic and then some. Really ballsy move right?? I’m SO jealous!! (but very, very excited for her and Tee.) Alright let’s get this Etsy Take Five Tuesdays rollin’ shall we?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

1. Warsaw Made is a one woman operation and by the looks of things in her shop, Luren Jenison runs a pretty tight ship! I love her rustic utilitarian style and the best part is that it’s all surprisingly affordable! I’ve got my eye on the Farm Tote and the Grocery Sacks (comes in a great little pouch of its own).

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

2. Kristen, the creator of Moontea Artwork lives on a hay farm with a creek, an old barn and an orchard. Oh and if that wasn’t inspiring enough, it’s also just 30 minutes away from a brewery on the beach! And she owns 7 llamas…. Erm exactly! Who’s coming with me? Kristen, so is that the secret to creating a wonderful line of handprinted accessories and homewares? I’m a huge fan of the Lavender Sachets, you can never have too many of these! I stuff them in my drawers, keep them on my desk, by the windows, everywhere!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

3. Osoo… oh Osoo! The original paintings were done with pencil and watercolor. The details are unbelievable, the colors mesmerizing. You really have to go to the shop to check out the larger images, especially the Butterfly! Beautiful.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

4. Looking to do something creative? HyeKyung’s Nothing Elegant shop never fails to inspire. She stocks THE cutest stamps, deco tapes, stationery and desk accessories. How cute is that matchbook post-it note set for instance? Or the Antique Rubber Stamp Kit?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

5. Let’s face it, there are a TON of jewelry shops on Etsy and the shops just keep comin’. Amy Olson’s designs were an immediate stand out and I couldn’t wait to share her work with everyone. Simply alluring! A punch of color is quietly tucked just so in each of the pieces, portraying a nice balance between bold and delicate. And not to mention the A-M-A-Z-I-N-G product shots!!!

Hope you saw a few of your favorites and discovered a couple of new ones! Holly will be back next week, reporting from her new hive and since I had the toughest time editing this down to just five I’ve decided to post some of my other picks on Heart Handmade today. Hope you enjoy them! Bye everyone! – Marichelle

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Color Inspiration

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

August 4, 2009

Hello everyone! I spent a fantastic day out and about in Boston where it is sunny and hot, hot, hot outside. We just returned to our hotel and I found a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in our room from a couple of friends of mine – how nice, huh? The room smells fantastic and our view of the Charles River and the skyline is a fantastic back drop. We’ve been here since Saturday and things have been non-stop between visits with friends and family coming in to the city to see us off… I’m tired! And most of all, I’m tired of saying goodbye because I am not too keen on goodbyes — it’s hard to say to those you love. Okay, I’m going off track because this post isn’t about me — it’s about Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint, a guest writer on decor8 who will post two Mondays each month (1st and 3rd Mon.) – her column is called Color Me Pretty and officially kicks off right now… Here is Leslie’s current color inspiration — I hope that her palette inspires you, too!

Colors Selected: Blues, Aquas, Whites and a little Sand

Inspiration: Making sun prints and playing at the beach with my kids

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Blues, Aquas, Whites and Sand

Ideas on using these colors at home: Even though blue and white is a traditional color combination you can freshen the look in your home by adding more variations of blue to your palette, like throwing in some aqua. I love water pictures from past family vacations so I framed a series for my bathroom all using similar frames. Sun prints are another way to bring a great bold blue into a room as they are an inexpensive way to create art for your walls. I used lots of found objects from around the house to make a little series that would have a nice impact if hung together as a group. Of course collecting patterns with similar colors always makes a nice statement too, like my blue patterned Japanese bowls stacked on a shelf. I hope you enjoy this series and I am still staring at my long lasting blue hydrangeas! – Leslie

(images: leslie shewring)

Bloggers

Souvenirs Blog

August 3, 2009

Have you heard of the dreamy French blog, Souvenirs? It’s one of my favorites — particularly nice to follow on a lazy Sunday morning while still in your jammies drinking a cup of freshly brewed magic (tea, coffee, whatever your potion). It’s feminine and altogether lovely to sink into. If you need to escape today, or everyday, I highly suggest bookmarking Souvenirs. Here’s just a glimpse of what you can expect to find there on a regular basis.

Souvenirs Blog

Souvenirs Blog

French blogger, Chloe, is currently on holiday break until mid August so this gives you lots of time to catch up and linger without feeling like you’ll miss her latest post. Then upon her return, you’ll be all caught up and thirsty for more Souvenir deliciousness.

(images: souvenirs)

Guest Bloggers

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

August 3, 2009

Hello everyone. Today begins a two week series on decor8, A Few Of My Favorite Things, where you will find several guests who will share with you things in their home that they love along with other miscellaneous loves — from the best advice they’ve been given to favorite movies and music. Along with this series, I’ll be popping my head in from time to time to say hello as I travel. So without further ado, here’s my first guest — Jason from Rag & Bone….

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Rag & Bone Bindery

Auf Wiedersehen Holly and Hello fabulous Decor8 readers! Holly is preparing to go on her way to new digs and a new life in Germany and we wish her luck and look forward to all the discoveries from her new home.

My name is Jason Thompson. I’m the father of two, founder of the bookbinding studio Rag & Bone Bindery and author of “Making Journals by Hand” and the forthcoming “Playing With Books: Upcycling, Recycling and Re-Imaginging the Book“. Here are a few photos of favorite things from my home in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Our loft is located above Rag & Bone Bindery, making our morning commute a quick one. The two story brick building was constructed in 1900 and renovated for the bindery and living space in 2004. My wife Ilira and I live with our spirited three year old son Ian, and our endlessly creative eight year old daughter Faye. When Holly asked me to photograph favorite things in our home, I picked up the camera and started photographing. But I soon realized however that I don’t really have too many favorite “things” as in “stuff”. But I do have an appreciation for the abundance of light in the loft, the open space, the room to create and run around. I don’t think I can take a picture of “creativity”, but here are a few photos of the place we call home where we like to create, design, live and play.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Overall view. I like this view because it shows the open floor plan of the loft. We can watch the kids while we put dinner together or share a drink with friends. Pictured is a twelve foot farmhouse style dining table designed by a local woodworker using workbenches salvaged during renovation. Also an oak pew purchased from a church prior to demolition and lots of room to run around in.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

This is the view looking in from the roof deck. We keep these barn doors open 24/7 in the spring and summer, except when it rains. The indoor-outdoor feel gives us a little bit of nature in our otherwise industrial wasteland neighborhood.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Our kitchen sits on a three foot platform giving us a view of the loft where we can watch the kids play.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

One thing we couldn’t live without is art. Most of the pieces were created by ourselves or by friends. Art by Teesha Moore, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Anahata Katkin, Sonny Rolle, Brett Cortesi, Kristen Sollenberger, my wife Ilira, myself and others.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Light! It’s one thing you can’t pay for, beautiful sunlight spring, summer, winter and fall. I think natural light inspires our kids to want to create more – paint, draw and build. It also makes us happy. Especially on cold winter days.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

BEFORE AND AFTER…Friends & Family. If there’s one thing we love about our comfortable home, it’s sharing it with friends & family. We’re inspired by art and design, a lot of which we come across perusing the internet. Art, personal and decorating blogs are where we get our ideas, not jsut for decorating – we don’t think of our house as ‘decorated’ – but also for art & projects which become a part of our home. We unplugged our TV a few years ago (we still watch once and a while, we’re not luddites) which gives us more time to create together with our kids. We’re inspired by food. A friend told us recently that her favorite kind of food was “growing food”, and we agree! We signed up for a community garden plot nearby and grew lots of vegetables for the first time this year. Now that our kids are a little older, they can help in the kitchen too. We didn’t know how much our daughter would love grating carrots until we asked her one day. No TV also gives us time to listen to music, as does the convenience of wireless iTunes.

Rag & Bone: My Favorite Things

Oh yeah, one last thing that inspires us: Toys! You’re never too old to play with toys.

Good luck Thorsten & Holly! – Jason Thompson

(images: jason thompson)

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