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Alessandra Cave Photography

It was so nice to hear from a former Blogging Your Way student, Alessandra Cave, just the other day to hear about a milestone she has reached — she launched a new website to feature her portrait/fashion photography! I always love to hear from students of mine because it helps me to press forward and to continue to stay on my path because we all have those days were little voices try to throw us off course, don’t we? Friends like Alessandra really help me personally and professionally to stay on the road and to remain steadfast and confident.

Alessandra Cave Photography

It’s often tricky when you are a small business owner trying to make your way in the world! Alessandra told me, “As usual, I like to celebrate my little milestones with you because you inspire me so much… I always have your ‘voice’ and style sensibility in my head. So you play a major role here. Your blogging course really helped me frame things in a new way.”

Her words encourage me to continue forward with Blogging Your Way too – despite all of the other blogging e-courses popping up which can be discouraging when you are the one who launched the first blogging courses online and then many others take your content, spin it their own way, and then sell it as their own. One lady took my content and used it as her own which really frustrated me (she has taken it down thankfully and never launched her course) which was quite a shock to see. I guess online these are just things a business owner has to deal with — copycats! But then again the best form of flattery is when someone tries to imitate you and I keep telling myself that to stay above the water and to be positive. But when challenged I usually work harder than ever to prove my value and so I have used these experiences to develop Blogging Your Way further to keep it fresh and interesting because I love working with students online and so soon again I will be teaching it for 5 weeks beginning in September alongside the lovely and talented Leslie Shewring from A Creative Mint who styles and takes all of the wonderful photos on her blog. We want to make it more inspiring than ever!

If you’d like to be the first to enroll when we open up registration, please click here and join the mailing list. We’d love to have you and since it will be the final Blogging Your Way course for this year I encourage you to participate so you can enjoy the tips and inspiration that Leslie and I will be sharing with you during those very special weeks together.

Alessandra thank you for the encouraging words and for sharing your new website with us!

(images: alessandra cave)

Posted in uncategorized on June 11, 2010

Martensen Jones Interiors

I recently had a chat with Jan from Martensen Jones Interiors and she arranged to have all of these beautiful images from their portfolio sent my way to inspire decor8 readers today. I also asked her a few questions about Martensen Jones in Dallas, which has been in practice for four years, to learn more about this design studio and so you can find my questions and her replies below.

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

First, a little about the lovely ladies behind the firm. “Lisa Martensen and Jan Jones have each worked in the advertising, editorial, and retail industry for over 25 years as make-up, fashion, and interior stylists. Lisa has a degree in Interior Design and Jan has a BFA in Art History.”

Steve Karlisch

What inspires you both? FASHION! Also movies, travel… staying in beautifully designed hotels, museums, architecture, nature: the colors of the sky and water. Who are some of your favorite interior designers? Vincente Wolf, John Saladino, Susan Ferrier, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas O’Brien, David Hicks, Billy Baldwin, Michael Taylor and John Dickinson.

Steve Karlisch

Steve Karlisch

What are some quick design tips you can give decor8 readers today?

  • Go with white slipcovered sofas… the easiest to maintain because they don’t fade and can be laundered and bleached.
  • Every room needs black and punches of WHITE.
  • Every chair needs a place to set a drink.
  • If you can’t afford good art, buy a great mirror.
  • Never buy an antique unless you can use it.
  • Seagrass is like a classic pair of khakis.
  • Never underestimate good accessories…they are like a great pair of shoes!
  • Skirts on upholstered furniture make a room less nervous.
  • Even a period room needs a mod piece to shake it up.
  • Buy good quality and buy once.
  • Educate yourself.

“They attribute their vision and sense of style in their design of interior spaces to their extensive travels, passion for found objects, and experience behind the camera.”

Steve Karlisch

Steve Karlisch

Ladies can you please give us a list of trends that are currently hot…

  • White French plaster
  • Wallpaper
  • Brutally modern lighting
  • Cerused oak
  • Modern wicker
  • European rustic
  • Jade green
  • Bollywood glamour
  • Navy blue
  • All shades of pink
  • All shades of gray

“Their eclectic approach is classic, contemporary, global, and comfortable which often results in pairing a pedigreed antique with an economical piece. The final product can result in rooms that are timeless, have style and are fresh and personal.”

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Manny Rodriques

Thanks for visiting us today on decor8 and thank you for the tips and the gorgeous glimpses into your portfolio.

(images: blue/green kids room: Manny Rodriquez and all others: Steve Karlisch)

Posted in Decorating Tips, designers on June 10, 2010

Affordable Flower Vases

I know this isn’t a ground breaking decorating idea but I found an image today in Karaku’s etsy shop and love the idea of stamping waxy paper bags and adding flowers inside. It’s pretty and simply, isn’t it? It would be nice to line these up on a table for outdoor dining or to use them for showers as inexpensive “vases”. Inside you can use a clear glass (even just a basic water glass, shorter than the bag of course — but the weight of it will hold the bag in place and glass will hold the water for the flowers. It’s the simplicity that I think is so charming and really makes a statement.

Flower Display Idea

You can buy the waxy square paper bags here and some rubber stamps from Japan here. Would you try this idea?

(images: kakaku)

Posted in diy on June 10, 2010

Graham & Brown: New Wallpaper!

Graham & Brown sent over some of their exciting new collections which launched at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York last month. Graham & Brown unveiled new designs from renowned designers Kelly Hoppen (UK) and Amy Butler (US). Kelly Hoppen is a world renowned designer who has pioneered a simple, yet opulent style  — her blend of Eastern & Western influence is quick striking. Then there is Amy Butler who is known for her midwest modern style with spirit and color. She combines fresh prints that really look great as papers on the wall as you can see below. Yum!

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

Amy Butler Wallpaper

You can view more of Kelly’s wallcoverings here and you may see the full range from Amy Butler here.

Out of the patterns shown above, which do you like the best and where can you see it in your home? I like Lacework (reminds me of doilies and you know I have a think for those!), Momento, Passion Lily and Temple Tulips. They have different colorways of each of the patterns shown above so be sure to check out the website to view them all. I would also like to have several of these papers to line drawers, cabinets or to use to create a patchwork design on the wall or door – so pretty!

(images: graham & brown)

Posted in walls on June 10, 2010

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