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Just A Peek

Decorating comes in all shapes and sizes yet time and time again my eye gravitates towards homes that are well edited and creative, places where you know details matter. My friend has a very well edited home — even shampoo bottles are discarded and contents poured into clear plastic bottles instead so that the tub looks simple and neat. THE TUB. Hello. I am detailed-oriented and even I don’t do that! But it’s something to aspire to so I think I’ll talk to my husband because I often close the shower curtain to hide all of the ugly labels anyway. In the states it was different, the shampoo and conditioners that I used had the best packaging but here product packaging is a bit more generic and the good stuff in the gorgeous bottles is expensive. I simply do not want to shell out $25-30 for an 8 ounce bottle of shampoo.

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Sweet Berry Me

But shampoo bottles aside, I really appreciate people who put SO MUCH into their decor. It’s extremely energizing and motivating! So, with that being said, would you like to peek in on a few spaces today of your neighbors in the online decorating and crafting community?

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Dottie Angel + souvenirs du passé récent

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How Now Design + jasna janekovic

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ishtar olivera + Mundo Flo

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Simply Grove + herz allerliebst

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Trisha Brink Design + miss vu

How inspiring! What did you like in the photos above? I really like Simply Grove and her well arranged bookcase. I love all of the photos above, of course, but that one really stood out as I can only imagine the thought and care that went into such a gorgeous arrangement. And are her books facing pages outward and spines in or am I seeing things? How cool is that. And what about you? Spot anything above, in particular, that stood out? Another detail I noticed is the globe in How Now Design’s workspace. Scroll back up and see for yourself. Neat-o.

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in Decorating Tips on January 18, 2010

Wilkintie Letterpress Prints

Hello and welcome to a new week on decor8! I hope that each of you had a very nice and restful weekend, did you? I had plans to attend a rug design show (I know it doesn’t sound too exciting does it?) but I ended up staying home and organizing and thorough cleaning my living room, going through stacks of magazines, and writing, writing, writing course materials for my e-class which kicks off today for the next 7 weeks! And what about you, what do you have going on in your life currently? I like to catch up with you so feel free to share! And speaking of sharing…


Wilkintie is a lovely etsy shop that I just discovered and shared today with my Real Simple audience, you may want to visit there for the full scoop on this exciting design duo based in Australia. This is truly fantastic letterpress work in which Wilkintie collaborates with some of their favorite artists to turn their work into prints with those lovely, deep impressions known as letterpress. There’s nothing like it in my opinion, it’s tactile and truly gorgeous – everyone should own at least one letterpress print or some cards because they feel almost like a luxury item, like sheets with a high thread count, LOL. :)


The rabbit print is my favorite as feels very folk art inspired and I’m always eager to see modern interpretation of Finnish, Swedish, Russian, Czech and Polish folk art.

Happy Monday to you! I’ll be posting more goodies to share and inspire us both soon so stay tuned!

(images: wilkintie)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves on January 18, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend friends and I’ll meet you back here on Monday for another week of fun on decor8 — and I’ll be announcing the winner of the decor8/West Elm gift card contest on Tuesday so you have all weekend still to enter if you haven’t already. Here’s the link to that post with details on how to win.

happy weekend

Oh and a little Friday treat for you today, here are some CDs that you may want to check out over the weekend if you have time. I think they’re just love to play as you organize, tidy up, cook, play with your kids, or get ready for that hot date.

La Roux, The Resistance by Muse, Contra by Vampire Weekend, Lungs by Florence and the Machine, Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow and Rebkka Bakken.

And by the way, if you are a part of the eclass that I’m teaching with Leslie that begins on Monday, your login information was sent out this week so make sure you have it and have those pencils sharpened as class begins bright and early on Monday.

Make your weekend a great one!

(photo: hybris from my Interior Styling group.)

Posted in uncategorized on January 15, 2010

Kate Spade Inspires

Kate Spade never fails to inspire me with something bold and now that I live abroad, what looks very, very American all of a sudden. And it’s nice. Here are some fabulous Kate Spade things mixed with rooms that feel a tad bit Kate-inspired from two of my favorite magazines Livingetc in England and House Beautiful in America. The best of both worlds!

kate spade


kate spade

And by the way… I thought I’d share a bit about expat life for a moment if you don’t mind. It’s interesting how when you grow up in one country like me and then relocate to Europe and start to settle in how very American certain behavior, fashion, interiors, even “text speak”, slang and pop culture (like reality television!) really are. While in the states I never gave it much thought but now that I’m here someone will say, “Oh that sounds so American!” or “Your way of speaking German is so cute – it’s sooo American!” (is that good or bad by the way, I can’t quite decide!). And so today, exactly 6 months since I relocated here, I’m finally starting to sink into what this whole, that or this looks sooo American really means. And I like it. In my city, I’m exotic. I like being exotic.

+ Kate Spade — you indeed are very American and that is a very good thing.

(images: kate spade, house beautiful, livingetc)

Posted in Fashion + Accessories on January 15, 2010


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