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Proud Mary Textiles

I always like to hear from my friends over at Freunde von Freunden in Berlin so today when Sarah asked me if I’d like to share this story with decor8 readers I instantly checked it out and said Yes, yes, yes! It’s a portrait of textile designer Harper Poe in South Carolina who has an, “intrepid spirit and affinity for indigenous materials”, and who owns textile label Proud Mary.

Proud Mary

After Harper’s divorce after being married for 8 years, she was forced to make some changes and started to reach out for inspiration traveling as far as Central and South America along with West Africa. I love her strong will and determination to start anew! Sourcing textiles from native artisans, she frequently ventures solo to remote locations in order to connect with her suppliers, most of whom have never sold their products outside of their own village.

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Proud Mary

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Her complete profile with lots of lovely photos can be found here. Thank you Sarah from FvF for reaching out to me!

(photos: fvonf)

Posted in textiles on June 20, 2012

Studio Tour: Dear Colleen

I love a good studio tour and this one in New Zealand doesn’t disappoint! It was submitted by Colleen who runs her own design firm called Dear Colleen who specializes in hand lettering, fashion and homeware design. It hasn’t been shown yet online so I wanted to give you a first peek!

Studio tour

Colleen’s studio sits on the second floor of an old shared building for artists and creatives. The building is nearly 100 years old and has amazing features like large metal framed window and wooden floors. Colleen is based in Dunedin which is in the south island of New Zealand. Here is her studio from start to finish in a video shot by Scott Savage.

About her space Colleen says, “I did the studio up in a week with a lot of help from my boyfriend and a budget of around $300. I bought filing cabinets from op shops and gave some of them a new lease of life by having them powder coated in a bright green. The wood desk was dirty and abandoned in the room so I sanded it, added casters that I had saved from another piece and added new handles.” Being on such a small budget forced Colleen to get creative!

Studio tour

Studio tour

Studio tour

Studio tour

Studio tour

“I painted large wall graphics to add interest to the space, which took time but pretty much cost me nothing. All the furniture in my studio is second hand or salvaged. I love rescuing pieces that are destined for the dump and giving them a second chance.” Well done, Colleen!

(photos: Emily Hlavac Green.)

Posted in Home Tours on June 20, 2012

Living Room Decorating Ideas Under $100!

I love how changing 3 things in a room can make such a big difference – yeah, just THREE. An American friend of mine, Tina Fussell from the Traveling Mama blog, is now living up in Denmark and loves to do DIY projects and to decorate on a budget. Recently she wrote in with three quick changes that she made to her living room that I think made a pretty big impact — all for under $100!
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BEFORE (below)

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AFTER (below)

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“This cabinet was just washed out and too country for our home here in Denmark. This was one of the few pieces I brought from the States, so I was in a near panic about painting it because it was going to be hard to replace a solid wood piece, but I love the result! I’m so glad I didn’t let fear stand in the way!”

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Before (above)
Tina also decided to change up something else in the space, “I didn’t like all the little things on the side tables in our living room and it just didn’t feel pulled together.” So this is what she did…

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After (below), “By pulling the tables to the center, we have a place to prop up our feet, but also somewhere my little guys can race their cars!” But that’s not all, Tina decided to change another element in the room…

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Before (below),”This wall just felt a bit blank and out of place. The chair was too big for this room and couldn’t recline the way it was suppose to. The table was full of too many little messy things…”

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After (below),”I created a new piece of art and exchanged the chair for one that was a better scale. Shopping in my own home, buying a can of paint and a canvas, and moving things about gave me a mini room makeover for less than $100!”

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What a great job Tina, thank you for sharing this! What a difference shopping at home and a fresh can of paint can make!

(images: tina fussell)

Posted in Decorating Tips, diy on June 19, 2012

South African Design at West Elm

I love that West Elm has partnered with Elle Décor magazine to bring South African design to America with sixteen lovely collaborations with artists and designers who live and work there. I love this! You can catch a peek here of the collection – everything is simply divine.

West Elm

west elm

I particularly love the elephant lamp by Shirley Fintz and the ceramics from Gemma Orkin who describes her style as, “Happy and uncomplicated.” So, so pretty, right???

West Elm

west elm

West Elm

west elm

west elm

west elm

What do you think of these gorgeous, colorful designs? I am smitten!

(images: west elm)

Posted in shopping on June 07, 2012

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