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October 2009

Objects

Sexy Legs

October 2, 2009

Love. This. Chair. I spotted it over on the BoligLiv website this afternoon… my oh my does it have some sexy legs, am I right? Love the stripey tights! I want to paint stripes on all of my chair legs now, ha ha, imagine that!? This is very Dr Seuss, don’t you think? The entire room is just darling and I don’t even love red as an accent color (sorry red lovers) but here I actually do love it. This is fun and playful and oh gosh, oh golly, it makes me think of candy canes and story time!

Sexy Legs

Are you loving this too? Would you paint your chair legs with stripes?

10/3 UPDATE: These are actually knitted “cozies” for the legs, but the idea of painted legs like this sounds like a good idea for those of us who do not knit, huh? And by the way, I wrote about the idea of chairs with socks a few years ago here in case you’d like to see it for further inspiration.

(image: boligliv magazine)






Rooms

Designers Guild – Autumn 2009

October 2, 2009

Designers Guild just rolled out their Autumn collection and I adore these bed linens. I own some of their fabrics and they are so luxurious and the colors are vivid and so, so lovely. I would really like to own bedding from them at some point, and wallpaper too. Designer Tricia Guild has such incredible vision.

Designers Guild - Autumn 2009

Have you ever seen her book, an oldie but goodie, called Inspiration? It’s packed with gorgeous photos ranging from interiors to flowers and travel photos from places that have inspired her work. Pick up a copy if you don’t own it already, it’s what every creative type should make a point to add to their library. :)

(images: designers guild)






Inspiration

Pilgrim Lee

October 2, 2009

Have you heard of Pilgrim Lee, illustrator and designer, from Australia? She is a freelance graphic designer who studied visual communications at the University of South Australia and who is inspired by folk art, 60s design, fashion, textiles and music. Someday, she’s love to open her own diner and write a children’s book. I enjoy her blog, Draw! Pilgrim, and enjoyed peeking into her home recently on Flickr. Here’s a few views for you that I especially liked since I think it shows her fun loving nature and love of color and pattern.

Pilgrim Lee

Pilgrim Lee

I think it takes a lot of courage to just go with the flow and decorate exactly how you like, not following trends or giving in to what your friends or family may like. It’s hard to not be a crown follower sometimes, and Pilgrim seems to enjoy setting herself apart from the ‘norms’ out there and I think this is what makes her aesthetic so charming and fun. When it comes to decorating and your home, shouldn’t it be a true reflection of self (and your family)?

Dare to be different, right!?

(images: pilgrim lee)






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Getting Your Act Together

October 1, 2009

So, in preparation of the upcoming arrival in three weeks or so of about 82 boxes arriving from the states, I am trying to get my act together. For instance, I need to organize my apartment because well… I never thought I’d be living in our vacation flat full-time and now that we are (until we find a larger place), we have to make due with a one bedroom, 600 square foot space with only one bedroom and no office (we both work from home). Which is fine if we didn’t have all those boxes on their way over. For starters, my dining room cabinet is not organized and this needs to be taken care of asap. This first photo is a lie. It’s a glimpse of how beautiful you think my cabinet is until I zoom out and show you the whole thing. So here is the zoomed in view to make you think my cabinet is so lovely…

Getting Your Act Together

And here is the zoomed out version to pound in the reality of it: My cabinet is a disaster.

Getting Your Act Together

I mean, just look at this thing? A train wreck. The top, above the fairy lights, is not styled, things just tossed up there because I couldn’t stuff them into the cabinet… train. wreck. The top shelf is acceptable though carelessly arranged. The second shelf, well the right half is OKAY but the left half is scary. Then it just gets worse as you go down. Like, by the time you hit the bottom shelf you know that I just threw stuff in and pushed the doors REALLLLLLY hard to shut them tight enough for them to stay closed. Closing the doors is like trying to put on those jeans that fit you 10 years ago. Not happenin’. If this cabinet could, it would lay on the bed and try to pull those doors shut.

But I’m not embarrassed at all because this is a view of what my authentic self is like sometimes. A sometimes very messy china cabinet person. But it’s also a sort of coming out for me because I really need to organize this cabinet before my boxes arrive.  I promise to show you an after. I plan to work on it very soon. :)

So — what is messy in your home right now that you realllly need to work on cleaning out? Now that Fall is here, what home projects do you have in mind? Maybe we can all keep one another get our act together… :)

(images: holly becker for decor8)






Rooms

Herzensart: Viking Plates

October 1, 2009

Like vikings much? You may not know how charming they can be until now. Sandra Monat from Herzensart has a new collection of viking plates that I think are darling. So fun! I imagine whether you have small boys in the house or not, you could own some for personal use too. No boys required! I’ve talked about Sandra on decor8 before, but in case you aren’t familiar with her then today is your lucky day. She is a German artist/designer who I’ve been following for almost as long as I’ve been writing this blog. And she’s great.

Herzensart: Viking Plates

Sandra makes soft toys, cards, and other neat things out of her studio in a small town just outside of Cologne. Her whimsical blog is full of  inspiration — in addition to sharing her work, she’s been busy sketching her daily outfits and posting them for fun and I really appreciate her sense of humor and her sweet illustrative style.

(images: sandra monat)






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