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2010

Rooms

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

November 19, 2010

I don’t normally blog about children’s rooms but this classy teen bedroom makes me smile today because it is just so cute, isn’t it? It was decorated by former Domino market editor Tori Mellott who designed it for contest JCPenney was running along with Teen Vogue magazine where three teens won a bedroom makeover. The first one is my favorite room below, I love the juicy pink and yellow – it’s very fresh and inspiring! A mostly pink room with a burst of yellow is so energizing. Tori did such a fab job on this sweet space. Bravo, Tori!

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

Teen Vogue Bedroom By Tori Mellott

I loved reading that the fourteen-year-old who won this new room cried when she saw it! Pink is her favorite color, though Tori Mellott didn’t want to turn it into a Barbie dream room — so she avoided frilly pieces (ruffles, scalloped edges, etc.) and went with clean lines (desk, roman shades, etc.) along with a stylish more grown-up geometric rug that the teenager can definitely use for years to come.

Read more about all three of the rooma and see what Tori used to create the look here.

(images: teen vogue)

Travel

Istanbul Impressions

November 19, 2010

Ready to travel with me to Istanbul, Turkey? First, you may want to brush up on the history of the city which is quite fascinating because everything that you see below won’t make much of an impact unless you do. This is the case for me anyway, just knowing something about the patterns, colors, architecture, people, history — it makes everything really come together and gives greater meaning…

Istanbul Impressions

Having some knowledge of textiles is also helpful when you visit a city like Istanbul — personally as I visited various shops I felt that even my limited knowledge came in super helpful. If there is any travel tip I can give you that I could call the greatest travel tip of all it is to either learn about the history of a city, it’s people, it’s crafts, etc. before landing on new shores or immediately hire a recommended guide and let them educate you when you arrive or else you can really lose the essence and for me, there is just no point in leaving your homeland to simply fly somewhere to shop and eat and leave with bags full of pretty stuff that you have no real clue about. I know, I’ve done this before! Learning about the culture makes even the food and the shopping better, there is this foundation laid for then layering your experiences — the foundation is undeniably the most important to have in my opinion.

So let me begin by showing you some beautiful imagery and then I’ll pull together another post tomorrow taking you to some gorgeous shops, at least a few, so you can see a few places that really inspired me (and emptied my wallet!)…

Istanbul Impressions

I was really intrigued by these Ottoman-style miniature paintings, they are painted onto vintage book pages, and were quite colorful and beautiful. I bought a few of them, I’ll show you maybe tomorrow. I’d love for you to see them. I also found some gorgeous shops loaded with sumptuous Turkish towels for the bath, hands, kitchen, every shape and texture and pattern… Gorgeous Suzani pillows were in many shops and quite inexpensive when compared to the prices you’d find them selling for in Europe or America. I bought two pillows and they’re quite lovely, mine were made from vintage Uzbekistan Suzani textiles and quite gorgeous. If you like them, you can see more here and also buy them online at this shop.

Istanbul Impressions

These bowls are from my personal collection, I’ve had them for awhile but I wanted to show them to you again in the photo above since they are quite pretty and you can find them everywhere in Istanbul.

Istanbul Impressions

I was fortunate in that I did do some light research before I left but I also have a friend who is Turkish, her name is Esra Celik, and she was kind enough to plan our adventure so that I was able to see some landmarks but also discover some of the nooks that I longed to find along the way. Having a friend to guide you certainly is a luxury because they not only know your taste well enough to take you to places that you’ll actually like, but they are fun to simply be with! Plus, Esra speaks fluent Turkish so whenever we ran into a language barrier, she started speaking Turkish and everything was fine. Plus, she’s just so sweet and cute and very, very generous and open-minded — the best things you could desire in a travel partner. It was a great time!

Here are some more impressions from Istanbul — of course these are just snippets so if you want to see full size images and more impressions feel free to visit this folder on Flickr that I’ve set up specifically to share with you. I hope that you enjoy it!

Istanbul Impressions

Istanbul Impressions

Istanbul Impressions

Istanbul Impressions

Istanbul Impressions

Istanbul Impressions

Lots of the photos above where taken in the Sultanahmet (Hippodrome) district of the city, the historical area where the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are located — and where we also happened to stay. In fact, the roof dining area of our hotel overlooked the Blue Mosque – it was such a pretty view of the mosque and the sea with fresh salty air, seagulls, and gorgeous fog in the morning over the city (and late at night) which I loved so much… The room shots above were taken in the gorgeous Topkapi Palace – an Istanbul “must see” attraction. Sadly, the palace kitchens were closed for renovations so we missed them but we saw the rest of the palace, including the Harem, and it was just lovely.

I hope you enjoyed these tiny glimpses into my vacation. Tomorrow I’ll share with you more lovely images and some fantastic shops that you simply must visit while in this gorgeous city by the sea.

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Color Inspiration

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

November 18, 2010

Hello everyone! I am so pleased to share with you Color Me Pretty for November, styled and photographed by decor8 contributor Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint. We skipped October to give Leslie some time off as she was traveling but now we’re back on schedule with her monthly columns and surprise! Leslie will continue her column here on decor8 for 2011 so you have lots of CMP inspiration ahead of you. And remember, if you missed any of her work on decor8 in the past you can simply click here to view all of her color stories for lovely palettes that may inspire your next project, room scheme, party, outfit — whatever you fancy! And so with that, Leslie, take it away!

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Hello Friends, it is Leslie here with Color Me Pretty for November. Last month I joined Holly in Morocco at Peacock Pavilions for a wonderful week of creative time organized by Angela Ritchie of Ace Camps. The gorgeous surroundings decorated to the nines by Maryam got me really inspired to continue painting yet more Moroccan patterns. It is kind of addictive and as you may know I have done a couple Color Me Pretty series in the past inspired by Moroccan patterns. They don’t get old for me but I do hope I am not boring you with more! To keep it fresh I used a warm grey for the patterns and then added a little golden yellow, dark olive green and pink to the mix. I really hope you enjoy the combination.

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

I have tried to use the patterns for some crafty little projects for you. With holiday entertaining time upon us, I thought I would spray paint a bunch of old glass bottles and jars to make an interesting floral display for the table or mantle. I can imagine them filled with red berries or evergreens, however I used a bunch of Lisianthus this time. After I had finished spray painting the bottles I couldn’t help but paint a few with some tile patterns. You could really apply any pattern to the finished painted bottle. I used acrylic paint for the pattern and a matte white spray paint for the glass bottles. Metallic paint would also be lovely to use for the holidays.

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

I thought it would also be nice to give you some more wrapping inspiration. I took photographs of my water colored painted patterns and then printed them out on matte photo printer paper. I then used the printouts for wrapping accents and for some tags. I use a Marvy Uchida craft punch for the tags. I love it because I am able to use up scrap paper for the tags. I also use catalog envelopes that have an adhesive strip for my wrapping because they are fast and simple. You just pop your gift into a large envelope and then fold over and seal where needed. No taping! Then you can just decorate them as little or as much as you want. The envelopes are readily available in 6”by 9”, 9”by 12” and 10” by 13”. If you are interested in learning more about Moroccan patterns a fabulous but pricey book called Zillij The Art of Moroccan Ceramics is excellent.

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

Lastly, I used some “Nut and Party Cups” from Michael’s to hold some mini succulent plants I picked up for under a under a dollar each. I thought they made a sweet inexpensive display or gift. The cups could be cute with many different kinds of plants in them and you can easily punch a hole in them for drainage.

Grey, Olive, Yellow + Pink

I will be back next month with many more ideas for you in a holiday inspired Color Me Pretty post. Until then Happy Thanksgiving or Happy November and thank you for joining me here today. – Leslie.

(photography by Leslie Shewring)

Decorating Tips

Rice: Spring 2011

November 17, 2010

I have some super colorful products to share with you today from Rice in Denmark from their Spring 2011 collection. Rice is a household name in Germany, at least in the northern part of the country where I live. You can find it in many small shops and they are best known for their melamine plates, bowls, cups and so on because they are very practical for children but also great for dining outdoors. People in my area are big on using their balcony, patio, garden and winter gardens for eating so as soon as the weather is nice it’s common to take the melamine outside and enjoy the fresh air and something light to eat. I found some things from Rice that float my boat that I thought I’d share with you today, thanks to the lovely Charlotte (founder of Rice) for sending me special access to their image database — I had my pick of imagery to share. Here is the world according to Rice for Spring 2011… a small glimpse of what is to come… COLOR, baby!

Rice: Spring 2011

Rice: Spring 2011

Rice: Spring 2011

Rice: Spring 2011

There are some nice things in the Spring collection, especially if you take a few of your favorites and bring them into a more subdued home for just a dash of color. I’m a little color shy so Rice is a bold big step for me (I need more neutrals around me in order to calm down and think because my brain is always racing and tons of color seems to excite me even more — so I lean more towards neutrals, black, white, gray, silver and then some color on top). With that said though, I can definitely see using some Rice candle holders in a window, gray and pale blue ceramic bowls stacked in my kitchen on a shelf, a straw crocheted tote in the kitchen to store bottles of water, a key hook in black in the entryway… It’s all about picking things from a collection that work for you and your lifestyle!

(images: rice)

Books + Magazines

Rue Magazine: Issue 2 Sneak Peek!

November 17, 2010

Ready to be inspired by a pattern and color-filled industrial meets feminine loft? Oh I bet you are, open space, clean lines, bursts of color, industrial meets girly with loads of white… oh my stop! I’m getting all tingly! When Crystal Gentillello from Rue magazine sent in some gorgeous images to share with decor8 readers today I couldn’t refuse — this is a special sneaky peek of their gorgeous issue #2 which will release on Sunday, November 21st right here.

Rue Magazine: Issue 2 Sneak Peek!

This loft is super amazing and I thought it would be fun to share some glimpses to whet your appetite for the magazine so here’s my favorite home from issue #2, in fact this homeowner (you can find out who she is later today when the issue is live) has a very similar look going on to what I’m pulling together in my own house currently (which is why I have been traveling so much, to collect!). She has several things that I’ve purchased already on my past few trips to Istanbul and Marrakesh and so for me to see her space in my inbox this morning (I got to see the entire loft, full room views, just wait — you’ll die when you see the issue) I felt so encouraged and motivated to finish my own home.

Rue Magazine: Issue 2 Sneak Peek!

Love the dessous! Love the back of that gorgeous chair! This is a great space in my gushing opinion. So what do you think? Amazing right? To see full room views and to learn all about the homeowner, be sure to visit the Rue website on November 21st when issue #2 goes live.

(images: emily anderson)

Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)

November 16, 2010

It’s time to share five of my most recent favorite Etsy shops! There are many beautiful things to enjoy that are handmade with love by some very talented creatives out there. Handmade is the big holiday theme this year, have you noticed? Interiors magazines from Australia to England, the Netherlands to the US, Germany and beyond are all a-buzz about handmade – no doubt due to the influence of bloggers who have been heavily promoting handmade arts & crafts for years now. More on that below my finds…

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Peggy Wolf – This German artist is one I’ve shared before but I can’t take my eyes off of her gorgeous watercolor-y collages of lovely ladies. Great prints, fun colors, adore!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Blushing Pearl – Custom design and letterpress cards, tags, business cards, wedding ephemera and more!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
White Owl – This sister duo makes some of the most feminine yet edgy pieces of jewelry with lots and lots of vintage charm (and charms!).

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Sweet Harvey – A design studio that prints their designs on textiles, papers… so many sweet things to choose from!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday (& Craft Markets)
Helkat Design – More union jacks! This studio run by two textile designers in England churns out gorgeously tactile hand printed pillows and others that show a combination of both hand print and applique work. I love seeing these two techniques combined.

Handmade crafting as a trend in holiday decor is all the mainstream rage this season. If you cannot make things by hand yourself due to limited time or perhaps you are self-conscious about your work, you can try a craft that is relatively easy but still fun and somewhat challenging – use a kit or try a DIY exercise online from one of your favorite websites or blogs. Remember, the more you make things and practice, the better you will be become and with each accomplishment your self esteem grows and soon you’ll be making beautiful things completely on your own.

Of course, time is always an issue and some simply don’t have extra moments to sit down and take time to learn a craft, especially during this hectic season, and if that is the case then you have thousands of talented sellers to buy handmade products from. Be on the look out for indie craft fairs in your local city, or when you travel try to find them because cities like Boston, New York and London (to name a few) usually have many arts & crafts shows this time of the year.

Of course, you can also scout for handmade products online through your favorite blogs and online marketplaces, like Etsy, DaWanda and so many others…

See anything that you love this week? Any etsy shops that you’d like to share with us in the comments section below, including your own? Will you be attending a handmade market this season in your season or elsewhere? If so, please put a link to it below!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

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