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December 2009

Objects

Selina Rose

December 10, 2009

I fell in love this morning with award-winning textile designer Selina Rose after seeing her products over at Bodie & Fou (10% off everything on their site until Dec. 20th: enter code XMAS09 at checkout). Selina is a  London-based designer who uses cutting-edge technology to create intricate and beautiful felted runners and throws, but also brilliant wallpaper, panels, pillows and rugs. Here’s but a glimpse… so tactile and cozy!

Selina Rose

Selina Rose

Selina Rose

Selina Rose

All products are made from 100% wool felt that is renewable and biodegradable and environmentally friendly dyes are used to create her distinctive color palette. All designs and manufacturing are done in the UK and custom work is available. Lovely work!

(images: selina rose)

Arts + Crafts

Art Wall

December 9, 2009

Have you heard of the inspiring online indie gallery called Art Wall? American proprietress Katie Stephenson, who left her job in the corporate world to care for her daughter and start her own small business, curates this collection that changes on a monthly basis. What inspired art wall? This photo is from a Hable Construction store in New York that has since closed. Katie saw it and her ideas began to flow…

Art Wall

Art Wall is not a shop but a curated gallery and Katie is there to point you in the right direction — you simply click on apiece that you are interested in and then you’ll be directed to a page that tells you more about it along with an opportunity to enlarge it. Then, if you are interested in proceeding you can click on Purchase Here and you’ll be directed to shop of the artist . New whimsical, illustrated black and white art walls are added to the site each month with art in full color — such a great display idea and each piece is reasonably priced between $5 and $500 depending on whether or not the art is a print or an original.

Art Wall

Art Wall

I love seeing creative people inventing new and interesting ways for others to see things — presentation is so important when it comes to purchasing art online and I think Katie was pretty clever to develop such an imaginative way to share the art that she loves.

If you are an artist and would like to see your work displayed on Art Wall, please visit this page to learn more.

Great work, Miss Katie!

(images: top: hable construction, others: art wall online)

Inspiration

Alan Jensen Photography

December 9, 2009

Photographer Alan Jensen wrote me the kindest email today! It is so encouraging to hear from a photographer as most that I share on this site are ones that I spent hours finding — not the other way around. It feels good to have days when the most wonderful submission arrives — I didn’t have to work for it! :) Alan is an Australian photographer who recently relocated to nearby Amsterdam with his partner, Cath Conroy who is an equally talented photographer. Here is some of Alan’s work for Real Living magazine…

Alan Jensen Photography

Alan Jensen Photography

I’d love to receive more submissions from talented photographers, especially those who specialize in still life and interiors since highlighting their work is something that I enjoy doing as I don’t think photographers receive as much credit as they do for all the beautiful work we see in magazines that we usually credit the magazine itself. Behind the scenes you have so many talented people and I want to highlight them more and more for two reasons: I’m inspired by beautiful photography and learn from it and secondly, I want others to think more about what they see, study images (dissect them even), learn from them and also to acknowledge the person behind the glory shots as so many of those you find in magazines have portfolios online — just google them and see what you find!

Thank you Alan for writing to me (and Pia too!) and welcome to northern Europe!

(images: alan jensen photography)

Arts + Crafts

Veekee Agendas

December 9, 2009

I wrote about these lovely illustrated agendas today from Veekee over at Real Simple… do join me there to learn more.

Veekee Agendas

I think that they are just so cute! And look at designer Veekee there working so hard on creating them. Oh my heart just swells when I see an artist at work, it’s such pleasure to me to watch people doing what they love and producing special things for all of us to enjoy.

Psst: If you are new to decor8 and would like to see calendars for 2010 from a myriad of indie artists and designers I have rounded up many for you to enjoy — please click here.

(images: veekee)

Inspiration

Winter Is…

December 8, 2009

Winter is magical with crystal trees and marshmallow hills as snowflakes fall to gently kiss your lips. Isn’t this a beautiful time of year? Here are a few photos of what winter means to me, a few of my own combined with those of my lovely Flickr friends. I hope you enjoy this composition of winter’s highlights.

Winter Is...

Winter Is...

Left column top to bottom: Liz, decor8, Little Pink Studio, Pink Peony Photography, decor8.

Right column top to bottom: Life Love Paper, Simple Tess, Wynzia, K. Manghi, Kat Heyes and Craft & Creativity.

“Wide, sparkling fields snow-vestured lie, beneath a blue, unshadowed sky; A glistening splendor crowns the woods and bosky, whistling solitudes; In hemlock glen and reedy mere, the tang of frost is sharp and clear; Life hath a jollity and zest, A poignancy made manifest; Laughter and courage have their way, at noontide of a winter’s day.” – Lucy Maud Montgomery.

(images linked to their sources above)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

December 8, 2009

It’s Etsy Take Five Tuesday time! Are you ready to see what’s on the radar this week? Lots of crafty gorgeousness, that’s what. I’ve even thrown in some fancy leggings and some chubby birds. :) Enjoy!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Pulsatilla has a fine selection of gorgeous prints inspired by some of her favorite animals set against modern patterns.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I’ve shared Miss Dottie Angel with you before but it’s been awhile, and you may not have been a decor8 reader when I last talked about her handmade wares so here you go… meet Dottie Angel and her retrofabulousness.

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

I have this real obsession with tights and leggings lately… especially patterned ones with pretty shoes and so when I was looking for some over on Etsy I was surprised to find Norwegian Wood — such lovely leggings + things! And by the way, aren’t her black heels fierce?

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my Darling Clementine! You’re not lost or gone forever, such pretty papers, Clementine!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Step right up folks! Pick a bird, any bird, and Ashley Anna Brown will custom make it for you! I love this idea… she invites you to look at her Flickr stream to get an idea of the bird colors and details that she has created in the past… Tweet!

(images linked to their sources above)


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