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March 2011

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Butterfly Graphics From Blik

March 9, 2011

Christy Flora is an artist with a degree in Art and Design from the University of Chicago and she is a greeting card and stationery designer. Her greeting cards and stationery have been sold nationwide in small boutiques and in leading department stores such as Barneys NY. As part of her work, she makes hand-drawn, hand-cut and hand-colored paper butterflies and they inspired her new Flutter wall decal collection over at Blik. Christy is known for her whimsical illustrations and has been a long time collaborator for Blik because her clean colorful lines and happy imagery works beautifully when translated into wall decals which is their specialty.

Butterfly Graphics From Blik

Butterfly Graphics From Blik

Butterfly Graphics From Blik

Butterfly Graphics From Blik

“What I love about Flutter is the sense of movement the butterflies bring to a space,” said Christy. “I rarely see butterflies, but when I do, they bring me an unexpected moment of joy. With Flutter, I’ve brought one of the most beautiful parts of nature indoors and in turn (I hope) a smile to someone’s face.” What a sweet thought. I like how you can apply these decals however you would like on the wall as well so you can be creative with the arrangement of them.

I’m fascinated by the process of how makers translate their ideas into products and then, those products evolve into other ideas and products and well… it’s all quite magical to behold isn’t it?

(images: blik)

Shop Tours

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

March 9, 2011

Love to order goods from giddy London but hate paying the $30, $40, $50+  that it often costs to ship things over to the states or mainland Europe? Well my friends, you won’t be paying a single dime for shipping in this lovely shop for the next week…

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Do you recall my recent post about Lisa Stickley and her fabulous new bedding? Well, news travels fast and guess what? She was so pleased to be featured on decor8 that she asked if my readers in North America, Europe and the UK would be interested in FREE SHIPPING on everything offered in her web shop. Well of course we would! This means huge savings starting now for one full week so open those wallets and cha-ching your way to shopping bliss!

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Free Shipping From Lisa Stickley

Please, take advantage of this wonderful exclusive deal for decor8 readers. Simply fill your virtual shopping carts and if you have a shipping address in North America, Europe or the UK your shipping fee will be ZERO. I’m thrilled because I want to place an order for a few things myself. This offer ends on March 16 and you need no special code as they know to expect you in their online shop so please take advantage of it soon!

By the way, the Lisa Stickley store in London just did a little shuffling around and their new shop interior looks so beautiful that I thought I’d share it with you above. It’s also a nice chance for you to see some of her beautiful wares in situ. Tempting, eh?

Enjoy your big fat freebie my lovely friends! xo

(images: lisa stickley)

Decorating Tips

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

March 8, 2011

I’m really tempted to paint a single piece of furniture in the house a minty beach glass green or a striking aqua right now. This obsession began over a year ago when I first saw a chippy country style sofa table on the blog of Fryd+Design… This one below, see?

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

via: Fryd+Design

I couldn’t get that image out of my head for the longest time, then one day POOF! it vanished but almost as quickly as I had forgotten it, I remembered all over again when I was at a store and saw a lovely old battered table in the same color. From that day forward, my obsession continues. Seems like a lot of people like just a smidgen of this color at home as an accent. Here are some recent examples that I found around the web.

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Photographed by Nancy Nolan and designed by Tobi Fairley, shown in Traditional Home magazine via House of Turquoise.

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Home of Jasna Janekovic in Germany via Tamar Schechner.

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Urban Outfitters bookshelf, cabinet from Vita Ranunkler, cabinet from garden view cottage.

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Stylist Tara Sloggett

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

ferm living.

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Painted wooden stairs from light locations.
Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Le Versha Chair from Anthropologie

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

Debi Treloar’s amazing home in London (also available to rent as a location space).

Fresh Greens + Blues: Painted Furniture

VTWonen magazine

Don’t you want to run out and paint something quick!?

(images linked to their sources above.)

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Happy Monday Inspirations

March 7, 2011

I thought that by approaching Monday with a positive “let’s do THIS” attitude today that it might help me to get through my painfully long task list this week. Gulp! I’ve got a lot on my plate but I wouldn’t have it any other way because the truth is that a busy schedule invigorates me if I’m busy doing things that I like. You must feel the same!

Happy Monday Inspirations

[Affordable furniture from UO: mint green bookshelf, gold chair, patchwork chair, metal storage shelf, birdcage hanging lamp and the concert folding chair.]

Truth is, I’ve been thinking a lot about my business lately and some new project ideas which has me very inspired and motivated because I believe that you have to be in the right place emotionally at the right time in order to put certain plans into motion — I believe that I’m ready for taking on some new (but still decor8-related) projects and as I go, I’ll certainly tell you about them.

We evolve as people and so does our decorating style, interests, friendships, even where we live and the foods we eat — life is really about knowledge, growth, change, improvement, working hard to make our life better and to help those around us amongst many other things. I think that when you begin a week on a positive note and view it as a way to evolve and grow – by Friday you will have learned a few new things and quite possibly found an illuminating realization or discovery along the way.

Happy Monday Inspirations
[I love this cabinet because I want one just like it for my office to store props and supplies in. This is from Purl Bee.]

Happy Monday Inspirations

[I’m inspired by how this book was wrapped in white paper and then decorated with Japanese masking tape as shown in German magazine Living At Home.]

Happy Monday Inspirations

[I love these patterns from Abbey Hendrickson.]

Happy Monday Inspirations

[Bolts of gorgeous Amy Butler fabric and a patch on a jeans pocket. Patches in general are inspiring me currently.]

Happy Monday Inspirations

[The 60s vibe of this white dress and the gorgeous details and these fresh colors from Lilly Pulitzer.]

Happy Monday Inspirations

[Sequin-toe shoes from J.Crew, lace bowls by Hideminy, Orla Kiely candles, sequin pillow from Urban Outfitters.]

Let’s face, you can’t have an “A-ha!” moment unless you are out there surrounding yourself with what you help you to connect the dots. Work, people, family, going outside of your comfort zone, pushing yourself a little hard, testing your ideas… Monday is the starting point to a new week and a new change to go out into the world to gather and give.

To begin the week on a positive note this post contains inspiring finds from around the web. Please click on the links under each image above to see more. It’s a nice way to begin the week – to share what is currently inspiring me with the goal to inspire you as well. Enjoy!

(images linked to their sources above)

 

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Decorate + decor8 on Facebook!

March 7, 2011

I got up this morning and felt so inspired to begin a new week… and I’m starting to feel really excited about my book launching on March 25 in the UK — I can’t wait! I have a Facebook fan page for Decorate and I’d love it if you would join because I’m not only sharing book contributors and their websites each day until the launch, but I’m also going to start listing upcoming book tour dates. So far, I have a book launch party secured in London on April 13 (I’ll tell you where soon) and a book signing and blogger meet up scheduled in Amsterdam on June 25.

Decorate + decor8 on Facebook!

I’ll also be speaking at the Blogher/Creative Connection event in St. Paul (please come if you can!!!) on September 15 and doing a book signing there that weekend, and on Sunday, September 18th I’ll be in Berlin speaking at a huge event for small business that Etsy is hosting called Hello Etsy. It feels good to be booking dates to get out there and meet lots of you – I can’t wait.

To stay in the loop please join the Decorate Facebook Page and if you’d like, the decor8 Facebook page too — I’m posting stuff regularly on both fan pages for the book and the blog. :)

Decorate + decor8 on Facebook!

Here’s to getting out there to mix +  mingle and sell some books – yay! These are exciting times for sure.

P.S. Thank you Casasugar for the great review!

(image: holly becker for decor8)

Shop Tours

Cotton Love Home

March 4, 2011

Would you like to go shopping with me for a moment today? We can… c’mon — let’s go visit Susan Sheller from Cotton Love Home in Woollahra, Sydney, Australia. This lovely shop is both chic and casual and specializes in Belgian interiors with an infusion of the Hamptons and a dash of ethnic chic. I love eclectic style – taking this from that corner of the world and combining it with something else from another favorite culture and boom – you have created a look of your own. How do you make it work? The common thread is usually the color palette that holds everything together.

Cotton Love Home

In the case of Cotton Love Home, it’s color (mostly neutrals), patterns (subtle graphic prints) and texture (objects that are very tactile from nubby linens to woodgrains and wools. And like me, Susan loves products from Flamant, a leading decoration and furniture brand in Europe, which she carries in her Australian store.

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

Cotton Love Home

 

I have to shout out Australian photographer Jillian Leiboff who shot all of the above photos for Susan and offered to share them with decor8 readers – beautiful work, Jillian – thank you!

(images: jillian leiboff)

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