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2011

Events + Markets

Selvedge Spring Fair in London April 2nd

March 11, 2011

I’m so happy to hear about the Selvedge Spring Fair in London on April 2nd but also quite sad as I’ll miss it by only a week since I won’t arrive in London until the 10th for my book launch party on the 13th. This news breaks my heart, especially since I love Selvedge magazine and because their official sponsor is Amy Butler (who is a contributor to my upcoming book). May I just add that I love London. I mean, hello! There always seems to be something super creative and interesting going on there especially when it comes to the arts and craft scene. I feel SO tempted to just fly over for the day to check out this fair and return home but I don’t know… it does look lovely though, doesn’t it? Oh my. Temptation calls.

Selvedge Spring Fair in London April 2nd

Those who will exhibit at the fair are listed below, so even if you cannot make this event please visit their lovely links and shops below.

Les Soeurs Anglaises, Milla and Arti, Papa Stour, Parna, Noolibird, Grace Ink Design, Charlotte Macey, Bojo Childrenswear, Holy Smoke, Naomi Avsec, Claire Fletcher, Cath Ball, Catherine Hammerton, Becky Adams, Jam Tart, Rosie’s Armoire, Emma Lamb, Emily Maude, Folk at Home, Ray Stitch, Emily’s Ark, Biba’s Tea Party, Makers Market, The Laundry, Jennifer Collier, The Natural Store, Blodwen, Charlotte Farmer, Beyond France and Cornelia O’Donovan.

The Selvedge Spring Fair will take place on Saturday April 2, 2011 at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Langdon Park Road, London N6 5QG from 10am – 5pm. Entrance fee £2.50 and the cute little map above shows you where to go to find them. Enjoy!

(images: selvedge and their exhibitors)

Events + Markets

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

March 9, 2011

I’ve known about this for awhile now but wasn’t able to reveal it until today… but my source at Anthropologie has confirmed that I can announce this lovely news today… But this month they will launch a new decorator concept which will help customers carefully select products to fit their needs along with expert advice and assistance. These workshop-style decorator shops will roll out in twelve existing Anthropologie locations in the U.S. and U.K. (listed at the end of this post) and their website will mirror their offerings.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

The decorator concept will share Anthropologie’s aesthetic but it will be completely dedicated to, “delivering a unique experience that helps generate design ideas and support decision making,” and the decorator shops in stores will have wallpaper swatches, rugs, curtains, printed information about products, and it will host regular workshops with design experts. Main categories such as curtains, furniture, hardware, lighting, rugs and wallpaper, will be helpful to decorators and the in-store shop will look a little different in each location and will serve as both reference and to spark creativity.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

They will also have design books and magazines (a first for Anthro to stock magazines!) that will also be presented and I’m happy to say that my upcoming book, Decorate, will be part of the line-up of inspirational books so I’m very excited. I have to fly over to the states just to see it with my own eyes. :)

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Online customers will benefit from the new “For the Decorator” section listed under Features, which will debut on March 17th. The section will be home to tips and tool, such as a wallpaper calculator, upholstery fabric and wallpaper swatch requests, and glossary.

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

Decorator Concept: Coming March 24th To Anthropologie!

The Anthropologie store locations that will launch the decorator concept on March 24th are: London, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Corte Madera, CA, Denver, Houston, Miami, Nashville, NYC, Wayne, PA and Westport, CT.

NOTE: In London, at their King’s Rd location, two workshops are slated for March 27th: Meet Emily Chalmers, author of Modern Vintage Style and owner of hip Shoreditch boutique Caravan who will be offering one-on-one personal design consultations with customers. You can also meet Jemma Ooi and Nathan Philpott, founders of Custhom, will be screen printing individual postcards demonstrating their techniques which customers will be able to take home.

(images: anthropologie)

Rooms

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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