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Kate Spade Paper

Well what do you know… seems Kate Spade is expanding their paper line a wee bit and I’m tickled pink about it. I love their classic Spade motif, their stripes, and their watercolory flowers, too. Their new monogrammed card collection is another fave. It’s all quite festive but also very classy!

Kate Spade

Kate Spade

There is so much inspiration over at the Kate Spade website from their gorgeous products that always inspire to their Behind The Curtain views, Films, Color Blog (which I love!) and the ever-popular Things We Love slideshows, it’s a happy space to visit on a Monday morning for sure.

P.S. Their brand has become quite young and fresh these days, have you noticed?

(images: kate spade)

Posted in Stationery on August 01, 2011

Spotlight On: #Stripemania Bloggers!

I’m so happy to share with you #Stripemania — a huge virtual blogroll with nearly 300 bloggers wearing stripes! But first, how this all came to be… My friend Igor and I recently hosted a virtual “Stripemania” party because we observed in our travels that lots of bloggers love to wear stripes. I wear stripes, Igor wears ’em and all of these lovely bloggers wear them too. Here’s a peek at just a few…

#Stripemania

Natalie in San Francisco, CA and Annabel Lowe Wrigley in Warrenton, VA.

#Stripemania

Steffi in Hamburg, Germany and Dana Miller in Cincinnati, Ohio.

#Stripemania

Alexandra in LA and Anna Dorfman in NY.

#Stripemania

Alicia Bock in Michigan and Alexandra Tyler from San Francisco.

#Stripemania

Sania Pell in London and Michelle Verdugo in New Jersey.

I rounded up all 285 bloggers (some are shown above) who sent in links to photos that they took especially for #Stripemania over on Pinterest and below each photograph I inserted their blog link so it turned into a big visual blogroll where you can see all of your blogger friends. Please check it out, visit the blogs if you have time, and have fun!

I’d like to give an enormous thanks to all who got involved by sending in your photos – Igor and I had so much fun seeing all of the submissions and I loved pinning them all to our board. Again, many thanks!

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in Events + Markets on July 30, 2011

Spotlight On: Jonathan Viner

American fine artist Jonathan Viner posted three new prints available in his store and they are so lovely… “While my oil paintings sell for thousands of dollars through art galleries, I produce limited edition art prints priced within everyone’s reach.” He’s a smart cookie to make some of his work accessible. I like that and I like his work very much as I’m sure you will too.

Jonathan Viner

Jonathan Viner

Jonathan Viner

Lovely ladies and gorgeous colors!

(images: jonathan viner)

Posted in Arts + Crafts on July 29, 2011

Spotlight On: Pimp My Lamp

See the lamp on the left? I bought it a few days ago at the German equivalent of American chain store, TJMaxx – it’s called TKMaxx and is owned by the same parent company. You can occasionally find good, affordable things in their if your timing is good. I found this huge table lamp for under $30 but there was a little problem – I really disliked everything from the base color to the shade pattern. I loved the shape of the base and the size of the lamp overall though so I decided to buy it and change a few things up.

B4 and After

Flamant Paint

I wanted the base to be a chalky matte paint, and I happened to have a small container of Flamant paint in Mentalo (JU407). I painted 4 coats (yes, 4!) to cover the original base because I didn’t have primer and felt too lazy to go out and buy some. Doesn’t matter, the results are the same – a nice looking lamp! I topped it with a slightly smaller lamp shade to change the look a bit – I used the Mibo pendant light that I bought several years ago from Design Public but never used — it’s been sitting in a box since 2007! I removed the lighting kit from the shade, flipped it upside down, and popped it on top of the light base. I like it, it’s quirky, and works until I get tired of it and decide to change once again. :)

Bottom line when shopping is this: Don’t look at what something IS look at what it could BE. A new paint color and shade can make all the difference in the world and it took only a few hours to do it!

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in DIY on July 29, 2011

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