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October 2009

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Calendars: Poster Style

October 16, 2009

Looking for a single sheet with all the months in quick view? These calendars are for you! Silk screened, paper, canvas, linen, there are all kinds to choose from.

Calendars: Poster Style

Olive dear, I love this lady and her work – such cute characters! $18

Calendars: Poster Style

Stephanie Levy, available in many different colorways, $15

Calendars: Poster Style

Two Brunettes, canvas. Love these pretty illustrations for a real handmade feel. Cute! $28.

Calendars: Poster Style

Esta Sketch, silk screened,$25. This is nice because both men and woman can enjoy this design. I know, lots of my picks are geared more towards the girls but I’m tryin’, I’m tryin’! There isn’t a lot out there for men when it comes to calendars designed by indie crafters for them… I hope that will change, men enjoy good design just as much as woman. Not all guys want a babes calender, one with cars, or some very basic one from Spanky’s Ford dealership or UPay Insurance.

Calendars: Poster Style

Nisee Made, $20. Okay, how cute is this with pink ellie’s and flowers? Oh this has my heart!

Calendars: Poster Style

Miriam Bereson, $15. This calendar has my attention because it’s bold and if you happen to own a blue carpet that will coordinate perfectly with it… :)

Calendars: Poster Style

Vik Design, A calendar that encourages you to eat healthy! Yay! The months and days are shown, each square is one day and so you take the sticker from your apple each day and place it on the square. Cool! $25.

Calendars: Poster Style

Linea Carta, $18. The weather changes with each month, at least the weather in California where this designer lives. Love the yellow and blue, don’t you?

Calendars: Poster Style

Linea Carta, linen, $26. This is so cute, I’d put it in my kitchen and let it double as a dish towel.

Calendars: Poster Style

Lisa Rupp Design, cotton, $20. One for mom and one for your little one. I like the circus train theme, you don’t see that a lot. Cute.

Calendars: Poster Style

Le Papier Studio, A canvas calendar with kid silhouettes for a bit of whimsy, $28.

So, are you keeping up with me? :) Lots to consider, eh? I told you this would be a BIG round up!

(images: linked to their sources above)

Round-ups

Calendars: Download Only

October 16, 2009

For the first part of the calendar round up, I thought I’d highlight printable ones since they are growing in popularity and demand… These calendars are available as downloads only, you print ’em yourself — also perfect for those on a budget since they’re all under $10!

Calendars: Download Only

A Little Hut, Make Your Own and more, $5. What pretty options!

Calendars: Download Only

Yael Fran, $9 – Don’t you just love Yael? She’s so creative!

Calendars: Download Only

Karmic Pixie, $5. Okay, how seriously cute are these little things? I love the wooden easel, too. You can find those at any art supply shop.

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Sweetbeets, $6. This is a great kitchen calendar.

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Little Paper Dogs, $7. Bows, bows, bows! Very sweet and feminine.

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Sweetbeets, Simple and yet so very pretty, $6

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Little Brown Pen, $5. I love that husband and wife duo, Nichole and Evan, designed 12 for men and 12 for women, a funny take on the Keep Calm and Carry On posters that are all the rage. I love, “Strum guitar and look sensitive”. Riot!

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Blue Tricycle, $5. Mid century modern chairs or cute animals, your choice.

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Up Up Creative, $8. Simple is good, too.

Calendars: Download Only

Ali Design, $5. Learn the French words for each month and you’re one step closer to living successfully in Paris. :) Or opt for the sweet deer.

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Govango, $5. I love the yo-yos in the March calendar (bottom left). Her hand illustrations are so cute!

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And for those of you who prefer a bit of a more moody and romantic… Beverly Brown makes this floral printable calendar, $8.

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Mufn Inc, postcard calendar you can download and print, $8

Other indie designers who produce calendars to download, not pictured above, include:

Maria Lunate, Happy Papers, Empapers, Fall into Pink, Tiny Space, Pink Sprinkle Prints, Stelie Designs, Snoopytk05, Typewink, Lisa Samartino Atelier, Amieee and Pinecone + Lola.

(images: linked to their sources above)

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Calendar Round Up 2010

October 16, 2009

Hello friends and happy Friday! Yay, it’s Friday, let’s all do the happy dance together, okay? So move a little to the left, a little to the right, pump your arms over your head and shout Yahoo!!! Yes,  now your entire office thinks you’re nuts but honey, they already knew you were a little “unique” so no worries. :) Okay so we’re done happy dancing, now it’s time to get down to some serious blogging and blog reading. You know, the stuff you do when you are supposed to be working. Today will be unique in that posts will only be about calendars. Yup. An entire day of calendars, but I’m sure you can handle it! :) It’s time for the annual decor8 calendar round up for 2010! I’m so excited to share some of my favorites with all of you… though I shouldn’t say some — there are so, so many!

Calendar Round Up 2010

I bought 4 calendars last year, one for the kitchen, another for the office, one for a friend and then another for my husband. This year, I’ve purchased 2 already for 2010 – one for my office and another for my wallet… but I’m thinking I’ll order a few more to give as gifts and also to display in my home, perhaps in my kitchen. What about you, how many do you usually buy and where do you hang them? Do you use the artwork from the calendars to as prints or cards after? I always recycle my calendars into either postcards or prints that I frame. It’s a great way to spruce up your home for cheap and to justify the expense of owning so many calendars (ha ha).

Here’s how it will work: I plan to do lots of showing and not so much telling, I figure you will need the artist name and link and a pretty photo so that’s what I’ve pulled together. I’m going to group them into categories: Letterpress, for the desk, poster style, month-to-month (the more traditional wall style), photography, and misc. I know that’s not the best way to organize this but it’s the only way I could do it in order to avoid a post with 15 million calendars all mashed together. Okay, so! I hope you enjoy this great big calendar round up! Stay tuned…

Note: I received over 500 submissions and of course, couldn’t round up all of them because my fingers would fall off from coding it all, but I tried to include as many as I could… if I missed yours, please do not hate me or mail stinky things to my house, and don’t call my house heavy breathing into the phone, “Sydney…. Sydney…..” (ha ha, from that crazy Scream flick).

Ready? Okay, let me start roundin’ up… be back soon!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Inspiration

Si Lolita Parfum

October 15, 2009

I felt intrigued when my husband called me into his office today to share a video that he thought I’d really love. I wasn’t sure what it would be. But did my eyes widen when he shared not one, but two videos for Si Lolita parfum. You can watch them along with me if you’d like. But first, please view the “making of” the video here and then afterwards, watch the final video that is the advertisement running on tv currently in France.

Si Lolita Parfum

It is the new Si Lolita parfum and I just love the whole handmade feel — so many models built and intricately painted, flea markets sourced for inspiration that the designers relied upon… Oh it’s just so magical. I wish the behind-the-scenes footage lasted a wee bit longer, I would have loved to have learned more about the production. :) It’s Dali meets Coraline meets Tim Burton. So, so magical. Enjoy!

(images: si lolita)

Shop Tours

Brook Farm General Store

October 15, 2009

Would you like to take a trip with me to Brooklyn, New York today to visit the newly opened Brook Farm General Store? I was so pleased when one of the owners, Christopher Winterbourne, wrote in recently and I learned about his shop which he owns with partner Philippa Content and you’ll see why soon enough but in addition to what you see here, they have an online shop so don’t miss it.

Brook Farm General Store

I love to feature store tours on decor8. So many inspiring little nooks exist out there, places where ones heart and soul is deposited each day  —  where there is so much care being given to product selection and display — and sometimes these charming destinations are unknown outside of the neighborhood, state or even country in which they sit. My goal in having a blog with a worldwide readership is to spotlight these creative little shops with their talented owners, with hopes that you’ll not only be inspired enough to visit them online, but that if you are traveling or have friends who are, that you’ll suggest these stores or visit them in person. Let’s look around a bit at the Brook Farm General Store today, shall we?

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Welcome to the Brook Farm General Store in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn just under the Williamsburg Bridge. This shop is lovingly curated by Christopher and Philippa who have such an amazing eye for organic beauty, mixing old with new, and finding products that are tactile and appeal to the senses in some way – whether the smooth porcelain of a vase or the fragrance of a bar of handmade soap, there is something to delight all who visit. Before opening this past summer, Philippa managed a small chain of boutiques in the West Village and Christopher was working in television and film production. When I asked them why they opened the shop they told me, “We realized that we were having a hard time finding the simple, classic, well-designed items that we had grown up with. So, we decided to open a modern version of the old general stores of New York. We chose everything in the store very carefully, and we only sell items that we would want to have in our own home.” Again, another story of something amazing being born out of lack — if something is lacking, you step up and fill the void!

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Brook Farm General Store

Vintage rolling pins, tea, soap, brushes, duralex glassware, soft towels, vintage quilts, linen blankets, hamman towels, construction blocks, necklaces and more… like the lovely Lampes Gras architects’ lamps. Christopher and Philippa prove that functional does not need to be boring. Displayed in a mostly white space, the natural brushes and wooden handles really stand out adding warmth to the shop, as does the big black cast ironware on the walls. In addition to their current offerings, they are designing a line of bed and table linens under the label Tourne. They eventually plan on expanding to other housewares as well.

I hope to visit in person someday — but for now, we can all visit them online via their online shop. I see so many things that I would like to own. See anything you like?

Brook Farm General Store, 75 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Tues-Sat 11-8 and Sunday 12-7.

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Beauty…

October 15, 2009

I wrote about Pony Rider yesterday and well, one of the pony girls sent over extra images today and I couldn’t resist posting just one more because this is how my morning feels… laid back, relaxing, with lots of sunlight streaming through my windows. I’m sitting here soaking up the energy of the moment and it feels so good.

Beauty...

I love this photo, here you can see some of their tea towels… so nice.

(image: pony rider)

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