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Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hey everyone, how are you today? I’m doing great, very busy at the moment but I always look forward to times when I can be on decor8 sharing my finds and interacting with you because it’s my escape from the chaos. :) Blogging is such therapy, isn’t it!? Today is Tuesday and as you know, it’s time for me to highlight five Etsy shops that I’m enjoying this week so let’s get started and see what talent awaits us over on Etsy today!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

First up, I’m mad for prize ribbons, badges and paper crafting so the Saratops shop had my attention the second I found Sara’s sweet little crafty heaven. I love her map ribbons and library book card notebooks and that she’s into recycling – she’s quite clever I think!

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Arminho in Portugal has the best notebooks – I’d love to have a bunch of them for my office as I refer to travel size notebooks so often and carry them everywhere I go. Do you use notebooks too?

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

The next little shop keeper is Love, Maude and I really like her sweet hand-embroidered felted wool creations, especially her embroidery hoops-as-decor. So pretty and created so expertly – I appreciate her attention to finer details and her limited, sophisticated color palette.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Illustrative watercolors from Gennebra in Portugal is another pretty find that I discovered this morning while browsing Etsy. Her focus on animals and soft pastels is quite sweet. Her animal paw art is my favorite – I’d love to frame them for a kid’s bedroom.

Etsy Take Five Tuesdays

Kirbee Lawler in Sydney is a graphic designer and illustrator who creates nice wooden brooches and art prints that you can frame and display with a feminine look and feel.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my round up, I’ll be back in a moment with a few more inspiring posts for your decorating pleasure… :)

(images: linked to their sources above.)

Posted in etsy, Etsy Take 5 Tuesday on May 24, 2011

An Inspiring Family Apartment

I love cozy corners and cherish possessions in a home — they are the best parts! I love to see the corners where the home owner reads to her children, where dad relaxes with his favorite novel, where the kids enjoy the company of their best friends… Or simply those moments when the home is silent and there is nothing to be heard except for the purring of Miss Kitty on your lap… Of course, families come in all shapes in sizes, perhaps for you it’s simply your one room apartment with your hamster or your five bedroom house with your partner and three dogs… Or maybe you are still at home with your parents or living in a dorm. The point is, an inspiring home, or “space”,  is one filled with love, warmth, meaningful touches, personalized nooks and an inspiring family (or person) at its core – someone who really cares about their home life – those who live with them and who love being part of a family.

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The lovely Tina Fussell from the Traveling Mama blog, a lady whom I known know online for several years, has an inspiring family life and an apartment that captures all of these things — she sent in photos of many lovely nooks in her Danish apartment and I thought I’d share them as they have a special feeling of warmth of coziness that I really love.

Tina recently relocated from Morocco to Copenhagen to live in a typical Danish modern apartment that is 1,200 square feet with a large living room in the center with all other rooms off of the living area. She shares this space with her husband and three children, which is amazing because the work involved in maintaining a city apartment with five people must be quite challenging! Imagine?

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Art by Studio Violet

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A traditional Moroccan wedding quilt used in a modern home — so pretty and fresh!

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What I like about Tina’s home is that her decorating style is a reflection of all the places where they have lived throughout the years and that almost everything has a story since moving frequently to distant lands has forced her to edit when packing for the next destination since she cannot take everything with her. She is forced to carry only what they cannot part with — but this has been a good thing for Tina and her family because now each item in their lovingly curated home has meaning and value. It’s something to consider isn’t it – to really keep those things that have meaning…

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“I wouldn’t call our home a designer home, it’s my hope to encourage others that a beautiful home can be achieved on a very tight budget and limited resources,” Tina says and I could agree more – one can do a lot with little money, a good eye and a lot of love for decorating and of course, their family life and the dedication they have to making it a nice place to be for themselves and other family members.

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I Love You Blogs And Coffee print from Made By Girl.

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Tina thank you for this glimpse into your world, I’ve enjoyed it so much and I’m sure decor8 readers do as well.

Psst: Tina takes lovely photos, as you can see above, and also here in her etsy shop.

(images: tina fussell)

Posted in Home Tours on May 23, 2011

Blog of the Week: Double Exposure

I have such an exciting bit of news to share and it’s about the blog of the week, Double Exposure. You see, my friend Debi Treloar launched a blog and I am so excited because I just love Debi and can’t wait to read every word and see everything she sees… following her will be such a treat for me as I admire her so…

I imagine her visits to favorite places, inspiring shops and her travels will be such a nice thing to peek in on. And while she’s a busy lady with a career in interiors photography and has children and a lot going on, I know that when she does post it will be a very sweet glimpse into her life and a way for me to keep up with her so I’m so looking forward to it. And I’m sure that you will enjoy it to.

Debi is such an inspiration to me, she is a really special lady and I have her to thank for making Decorate such a hit because her wonderful photos make it such a special book. Debi, I’m so happy you are blogging! xo

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’ll see you on Monday.

(image: an iphone snapshot from debi treloar)

Posted in blogs on May 20, 2011

5 Artists That You Should Check Out

Hello and happy Friday! Earlier today I posted a book review on Real Simple for Pulled, A Catalog of Screen Printing by Mike Perry so feel free to hop over there and read it… but this post isn’t a repeat of that, rather it’s to meant to share 5 of the 40+ artists in Perry’s book that I really liked. We each have our own definition of what beauty is so something I love may not be your personal favorite but at least check these creative folks out below and see what you think. In fact, I’d love to really see what you think – so if any of these artists click with you, let me know and tell me why. Okay, let’s get started! :)

First up is Ashkahn Shahparnia – his work is bold, colorful and awesome and I love his shop. And yes, that is an illustration of blogger Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan who founded the web’s first, largest and most popular design blog, Apartment Therapy that all other design bloggers sorta laud as the god of blogging. That snazzy illustration appeared in ReadyMade magazine who just so happens to always have the best illustrations, don’t you think?

Next is Brooklyn’s own Jim Datz, I love his city posters. Great stuff. The London one is funny, spiffy, and I like the colors. I also love the little black cab with the man riding in the back reading his newspaper (an actual newspaper, remember those?) with his giant mustache. I’m happy to see the mouth of the cab driver completely shut because most cabbies I’ve had in the past several months wouldn’t stop talking about god, politics, religion and terrorism. Yeah, I always seem to get the best cab drivers (not). At least this little guy with the fancy stache can read his paper in peace.

Rachel Domm, whom you may know from some of her awesome work for jumbo clients like J.Crew is also in Perry’s new book. She has a store, too. I like that subtle pink Forever & Ever poster.

Next up is Andrew Holder and really, what’s not to love about his work? So strong and clean. Peacocks, bear, deer, raindrops, pine trees. He does them all so very well and his color mixes are phenomenal. Swoon.

And last, but not least because Perry’s book has tons more artists to browse, is Hannah Waldron. She has a bigcartel store too. I like her work because it’s intricate while feeling casual and that’s hard to pull off. I can’t explain what it is but I love the Rain Day poster. It’s sweet but I’m not really sure what it’s all about. When I first saw it I thought it was like another way to say Sick Day, like a Rain Day would be a day when you are just blue and not really ill, sorta depressed and sad and needing a warm bed, a hug and a vodka martini. :) I  really don’t know what a Rain Day is, do you? But I like the swirly letters, the color, the spacing and just the vibe those two little words put off.

Also in this book is the work of Steven Harrington (not shown above) who I think is pretty darn special. I own a limited edition print of his, two actually, and really like the colors and shapes he uses. I love the work he did for Target – I’m so inspired by this video. Can you imagine being an artist and seeing your work displayed like that?

Do you have any favorites from the PULLED book?

(images: linked to their sources above.)

 

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines on May 20, 2011

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