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2012

DIY

DIY: Spray Paint Plastic Animals

August 24, 2012

I found this cute idea and had to share it quickly because painting wooden, ceramic and plastic animals has been popping up here and there throughout the years but I’ve not found a dedicated post yet to it with so many lovely examples. Until now! This was posted on the Living Gazette.

DIY: Spray Paint Plastic Animals

What a fun and easy DIY project – all you need is a little paint and patience, though not much of both! My kind of project. Spray and go! I imagine you could even use nail lacquer on the plastic animals… Anyway, have fun with this and see if you can find some spare animals laying around the toy box. NOTE: Just make sure the little one doesn’t chew on them after you’ve decided to repurpose toys into decor items! Eek.

Have you ever tried this idea? How did it turn out for you?

(images: the every girl and glitter guide)

Rooms

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

August 24, 2012

Hello dear friends and a very happy Friday to you! I am still on a month long summer pause so I’m not officially back to blogging again, but I miss you so I thought to check in and say hi.

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

I also thought to have a little fun so I posted a self-sponsored contest over on my Instagram account if you want to go there and check it out – you’ll need to login to Instagram and look for me (@decor8) and you will see a photo announcing a contest to win a very special item. Here is a link on Followgram so you can see what it is, but you have to login to Instagram for the full skinny. :)

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

So here I am popping in with two posts today, one from me and the other from my lovely columnist in Paris who will post immediately following this one (stay tuned, it’s lovely and inspired by the color yellow!). This post is to show the next collection from Deborah Bowness, via her publicist Lucy, who wrote in to show me her latest wallpapers that will launch at Tent London. It can be hung alone or in a series to cover an entire wall.

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

About Ms. Bowness: Deborah grew up in a village on the outskirts of York, England. She graduated from Leeds College of Art & Design in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in surface pattern & textile design. Over the years, Deborah has been commissioned to design wallpapers for a wide variety of clients including Polydor, Lacroix, Reebok, Paul Smith and Selfridges. Deborah’s contribution to the industry has been noted in a number of publications. ‘The Papered Wall’ by Lesley Hoskins, ‘Wallpaper History Review’ by Christine Woods and ‘Wallpaper in Interior Decoration’ by Gill Saunders are amongst them. Deborah is now working with her sister, Leigh. In a studio over-looking the sea, in St Leonards, on the South coast of England. In a small factory near York, in the north of England, Deborah’s wallpapers are produced and dispatched to destinations across the world.

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

Deborah Bowness: New Wallpaper

She is exhibiting at Tent London from 20-23 September 2012 at The Old Truman Brewery.

Gorgeous, quirky, fun!

(images: deborah bowness)

uncategorized

See You Soon!

August 1, 2012

Hi dear friends. How are you? I’m going to take a little “Summer Pause” for the month of August but don’t worry because I’ll be popping in to visit you on decor8 from time to time to share my inspirations and favorite finds as I go…

See You Soon!

I’m taking a break so that I can relax a bit before I get back to serious business in September because as you know, Summer is too short and the Autumn and Winter is often so, so long!

I’ll see you in a few days or so. xo, Holly

(lovely print from yny, with permission)

Events + Markets

The Finders Keepers

August 1, 2012

Hello decor8 readers! This is Jillian with another Shopgirl Visits column. Today I’m taking you with me on a market visit that you’re bound to love. Have you heard about The Finders Keepers?

The Finders Keepers

This design and art market supports emerging designers, artists & musicians. The markets, which were started 3 years ago by Sarah Thornton and Brooke Johnston, are held bi-annually in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and are a huge hit.

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

My own introduction to the markets was a bit circuitous. I saw some of Kylie Johnson’s ceramics on Pia’s blog a few years ago and I was enchanted. I bought some of her work and soon started following her blog, Instinct and Grace. Kylie mentioned on the blog that she’d be in Sydney attending the Finders Keepers. I’d not been to Finders Keepers before so I decided to have a look see and whilst there, I found the Paperboat Press stall. I summoned up the courage to approach Kylie and I’ve been an annual visitor to the market since then, camera always in hand. You can see some of my earlier Finders Keepers images here on decor8 from 2010.

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Sydney Winter Finders Keepers were held on a cold, wet windy day in Sydney. I put on my boots, picked up my camera and firmly placed my ‘Shopgirl visits for decor8’ hat on my head and made my way over to the lovely Carriageworks building in Eveleigh.

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Sydney Finders Keepers is always a bustling event. What a better way to wile a way a wet Saturday than with a spot of shopping? The beauty of the markets is their ever changing nature. The line-up of stall holders varies with every market so you never quite know what to expect.

What did I find there? A beguiling mix of old favourites and some new discoveries. Some of my old favourites were there – Paperboat Press, Attia, the Storybook Rabbit and Bespoke Press.

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

And my new discoveries? The spare ceramics designed by Haydn Youlley, the funky Las Vegas style lighting from Fromage La Rue, some beautiful furniture from Ply Candy and a great pop up stationery shop, the Super Cool.

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers

The Finders Keepers


Did you see anything in my photos that caught your eye?

To check for upcoming markets and stallholder line-up you can check the Finders Keepers website.

See you again later this month with another Shopgirl Visits! – Jillian

(images/text: jillian leiboff)

DIY

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

August 1, 2012

I thought that today I’d share a peek from my own workspace of a corner that I’ve created where I clip my inspirations. While I have a mood board in the space and a bulletin board, I find this corner a refreshing space because I’ve hung 9 patterned clipboards that look neat and organized yet hold my inspirations of the moment.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

First, I asked my husband to hang a simple white shelf from IKEA and below it, I placed a few wooden stools so the shelf didn’t look quite so lonely. I intentionally hung the shelf lower because I knew that above it I wanted to hang clipboards and after measuring them (length x width), I knew how much space I needed to begin my project. I measured carefully to insure the shelf was at the correct level. The best thing is that the shelf doubles as a guest work space so when my students are here they can use this nook to jump on their laptop or to take notes while I’m teaching. The shelf is about the same height as a desk for this purpose.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

These clipboards came with patterns, so I selected 3 patterns and opted for 3 each for a total of 9 to fit the space. For your wall, you may need less (or more). My clipboards are from House Doctor in Denmark via Agentur Pedersen (their German rep) but if you cannot find their products in your country, you can always use clipboards from an office supply store and add your own patterns with wallpaper or you can paint them in a favorite color or colors. You could even be a bit subtle yet playful and paint them solid gray and if they have sides that are visible, you could paint only the sides neon colors like yellow or pink. You could also use chalkboard paint so that you can jot down notes or quotes using chalk on some and one others, clip what inspires you at the moment.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

Using a leveler, pencil and a measuring tape, my husband and I pulled together this little nook in about 20 minutes. I rent my apartment, so I’m stuck with the wallpaper in the bumpy white for now (oh well) but I still love my home and do what I can to distract the eye from the things that I do not like and in this case, the clipboards really work well and help me to better organize my office.

Organize Your Office: Clipboard DIY!

I hope that this idea inspires you to try this in your own workspace. Would you experiment with this idea? What do you think? Any other ways you can think of to organize an office wall easily?

(photos: holly becker)

Decorating Tips

Fabric Wall Hanging DIY

August 1, 2012

Hello friends! I came across this stunning page in the August 2012 issue of Country Living (UK) and simply had to share it with hopes to inspire you today. Country Living produces some lovely DIY projects in their issues and online (here) so I invite you to check them out if you haven’t already.

Fabric Wall Hanging DIY

See that clever and easy wall hanging? This caught my eye because it’s an idea I’ve thought of many times but have not yet tried it. Does that ever happen to you? You have this really good idea but you sit on it, then it pops up in a book or magazine? Yeah, it happens to me all of the time too. I guess it’s a reminder that 1) our ideas are good ones and 2) that we need to put our ideas into motion more often! Seeing this idea in-situ vs. trapped in my brain only encourages me even more to try it out.

Country Living suggests using large-scale bold patterns when you decide to suspend fabric in this way above a bed. They also suggest hanging the fabric from a bamboo pole (most likely because it is hollow and lightweight but sturdy). It reminds me of those old-fashioned German and French charts from school, particularly with the fabric cord, don’t you think? To hang it, you could use ribbon that is sturdy, rope or leather, too. It is also suggested to change up the fabric to suit your mood or seasonal color theme.

I’d like to add that you’ll need to use fabric with a good weight to it so opt for upholstery fabrics and stitch in a simple pocket along the top to slip onto your piece of bamboo as you would secure a curtain to a rod. I suggest a clean pocket vs. ruffled for a look that is clean and modern. If it looks too much like a curtain it may not look nearly as good and even a bit misplaced. I think this look works so well because it is hung close to the top of the headboard, then the headboard is used as a little shelf for placing things (which works for a magazine shoot but not for real living, right?). This is why I suggest hanging your fabric a bit higher, then install a shelf to run beneath it in the exact same width of the fabric or a bit wider (not smaller) so you can then display a vase of flowers and some other pretty bits to add dimension and life to the overall display that you’ve created as a focal point above you bed.

For more wonderful crafty ideas, visit Country Living to see if you can find anything that clicks with your taste.

(photo: holly becker)

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