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Interior Styling Ideas

One favorite pastime of mine lately is to browse the submissions from over 1,600 members who belong to my Interior Styling group on Flickr. I am constantly amazed by the talent there and thoroughly enjoy it and think that you may too. Here is but a glimpse of some of the most recent submissions, these spaces are so nicely arranged — there’s nothing like the authenticity of a “real” home that hasn’t been fluffed and groomed to perfection. They are perfectly imperfect, with heart and personality, and this is so inspiring to me. Have a look…

Interior Styling on Flickr

Pretty shelves: 1. Haust 2. bigiork 3. ATLITW

Interior Styling on Flickr

Sweet little corners: 1. The Happy Home 2. tovemichelle12

Interior Styling on Flickr

Cozy bedroom inspiration: 1. The Happy Home 2. Lisa Airdrie

You can pick up so many ideas for decorating your own space from regularly visiting and participating in this group. We even have monthly challenges to keep it fun and interesting. To view more inspirational photos taken by members of their own homes, or to join (it’s free!), please visit Interior Styling on Flickr to view over 2,000 submissions!

(images: linked to their source above.)

Posted in Decorating Tips, inspiration on April 06, 2010

Leah Duncan + Paige Newton Photography

Good morning! I hope that you had a very nice holiday weekend! What did you do? Anything fun? I hope that you enjoyed yourself and that you are ready for another week of inspiration and ideas to inspire you. Let’s get started, shall we? First I’d like to share product shots that Austin-based photographer Paige Newton sent to me this morning since she knows I’m a Leah Duncan fan and so she thought I’d enjoy the recent shoot she had with Leah’s products.

Leah Duncan

I really like the outdoor setting and the naturalness of it all – as well as the lighting, and of course the gorgeous stationery and tea towels. Leah is something special, I can see her going very far!

Leah Duncan

Leah Duncan

Thank you Paige for sharing these photos with us and if you’d like to shop for Leah’s handmade prints, tea towels, stationery and more then here is her shop link just for you. :) I love (and want!) the window print. It’s perfection, right!?

I’ll be back with Etsy Take Five Tuesday — See you soon!

(images: paige newton)

Posted in Etsy Faves, stationery on April 06, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Errands? Check. Fridge stocked? Check. Work finished? Um next question, please. House cleaned? Sorta check… It’s a holiday weekend and time to sign off until Tuesday since it’s Easter weekend! Tomorrow is Karfreitag and then Monday is Ostermontag so I’m taking both holidays for myself. We have family coming in tomorrow and a Spring festival (Frühlingsfest) to attend so the weekend will be busy but fun and certainly a time for play – no work allowed!

feminine touches...

Before I sign off, I’m leaving you with an interview to read that the very sweet and talented Jessica Constable had with me this morning called Design Your Life where we talked about intentions and how we can all learn ways in which to turn them into something real. You can read that here. Also do not miss the new collection of jewelry that Jess just rolled out under her brand Jess LC — it’s stunning. I want these and this (with a blue ribbon).

I’m also leaving you with this 50 minute podcast in case you missed it earlier this week — I was interviewed by Darren who authors Problogger in Australia and in his interview with me we discuss everything from ads on blogs to how to handle critical comments and beyond. You may find some helpful points in our discussion so please listen to it if you have a moment. Well, 50 moments to be exact. :) And a special thanks to Swedish magazine Välkommen Hem for the feature! If you live in Sweden look for this magazine on your newsstands, it features some beautiful home and decorating ideas and also a feature on four bloggers — one being me.

I wish you a very nice long weekend…enjoy your family, friends and some time away from the internet to get your hands busy doing the things that inspire confidence and joy.

And please…. please…. don’t bring your child to see an Easter bunny like the one here. Yes, that’s little me. I think this Easter bunny needed anger management counseling. Doesn’t he look kinda creepy? I laugh whenever I see that photo. I think he’s saying, “I’ve got you, my pretty”.  At least I got away safe, ha!

What are your plans this weekend? Oh do tell!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in uncategorized on April 01, 2010

Cox & Cox: 12 Favorites

Whenever I’m in need of a little retail therapy, I turn to Cox & Cox. Well, to look anyway… I’ve not actually purchased a single thing from them ever and am not sure as to whether they’d ship outside of the UK or not but it’s their product photos that inspire me so much. Though after rounding up my 12 favorite things for this post, I found a few that I’m definitely inquiring about. Cox & Cox has many new and lovely offerings for spring and I’d like to share a few of my favorites, the first being this super fab three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle tree. I really, really adore this!

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

1::: 3D Jigsaw Tree

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

2::: Bird Hooks

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

3::: Lotus Tea Lights

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

4::: Music for a Spring Morning CD

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

5::: Number Candle Vases

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

6::: Velvet Drawstring Bag

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

7::: Round Platter

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

8::: Velvet Ribbon

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

9::: Birdsong CD

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

10::: Kiss Tapestry Kit

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

11::: Cookie Cutter Sets

Cox & Cox: 12 Faves

12::: Velvet Pencil Case

If you do not plan to order from them then do what lots of us do — take inspiration from their arrangements, color combos and consider whether you have anything similar at home that you could arrange Cox & Cox style. That is how you can turn your inspirations into something real and original for your own home.

(images: cox & cox)

Posted in round-ups, shopping on April 01, 2010


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