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Ugly Home [Paris]

The moment you step into Ugly Home online, you begin watching what appears to be somone busily using an etch-a-sketch to create a storefront.

Intriqued, you wait to see what’s next, and clicking on Entrer, you step inside a quaint little home boutique filled with lots of good things. Plates with blooms, plates with shoes (adds new meaning to soul food), candles, lamps (great egg pendant), wallpaper, furniture, textiles, wall decals (love the lab and the chandelier!), and more. At Ugly Home, everything ugly is pretty again!
When in Paris, visit them at 108 Rue Saint-Honor?. When online, visit their website.


(images from ugly home)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, ceramics, kitchen, lighting, shopping, travel on August 23, 2006

Sample Sale at Denyse Schmidt Quilts [September 23-24 CT]

Marcy from Denyse Schmidt Quilts contacted me today about their Sample Sale on September 23 + 24 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They’re calling it the sale of all sales, and seeing that these delicious quilts will be reduced up to 70% off retail, I have to encourage the locals to mark your calenders. You can’t miss this one if you’re a Schmidt fan!


For those not familiar with Denyse Schmidt, Apartment Therapy did a lovely write up about her here, and decor8 contributor Christine Liu wrote about her several months back here on decor8. In addition, you can familiarize yourself with Denyse’s work on her website, it’s full of modern quilts that are guaranteed to make you do a double take. Even a triple.

Sale details: September 23-24, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1069 Connecticut Ave., Building 4, Bridgeport, CT. Samples from her Couture, Works and Sarita Handa collections along with samples and yardage from items in development, scraps, stationery, etc. Prices range from $3 – 4,000.00. Serious buyers need to arrive early as her sales are well attended. Mastercard, Visa and cash only. For directions and more information, click here for a downloadable pdf document. Have fun!

(images from denyse schmidt)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, events + markets on August 22, 2006

Stella Im Hultberg

By: Christine Liu, decor8 contributor

The ink sketches and watercolour paintings by Stella Im Hultberg perfectly exude the sad, sophisticated energy of the postmodern ingenue. Women pout with seductively disillusioned lips; limb-entwined couples wait in silence for a sadder truth. Every character is shadowed, stained, and soiled with glamour.

Working as an artist in New York City, Stella features her work in galleries (view her work at the current exhibition at thinkspace gallery, running from now to September 3) and sells her prints online at her momomoogie shop. Trained in industrial design and toy design, she currently applies her creative energy to her print works. Treat yourself to the delicious darkness of her online sketchbooks and portfolio.

Stella broadcasts art updates at her livejournal, and her daily report covers all sorts of life’s delight from green tea soba salad to a mottled seashell collection.

In addition to the prints for sale on momomoogie, she boasts a design collection of wallets and shirts at art-collective-vinyl-wallet company Poketo. Plus, you can purchase her oh-so-precious my favorite mirrors at Art Star Philly.

In Stella’s world, the city self-reflects with beauty and sorrow alike.

Your thoughts on Stella?


(images from Stella Im Hultberg)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, guest bloggers on August 18, 2006

ask decor8: Stencil Resources?

After reading my post yesterday about wallpaper and the DIY squiggle idea, decor8 reader Christina Sachtleben wrote in to share a photo of her very own DIY wallpaper project – just add paint and a good stencil and viola! fauxpaper, as I call it (see below photo). I think Christina did a great job, and of course, she gave me permission to post her work for all of you to enjoy and to hopefully become inspired by! Maybe there’s a space in your home where you can create your own fauxpaper?


Christina is looking to take on another DIY project in her home, so she’s wildly combing the web for more stencil resources, this time, plaster stencils. I tried to do some digging for her, and I found the following stencil and/or plaster stencil resources. Some of these places are great, I am really surprised at how easy it is to dress up your walls on a budget. When I think of stencils, visions of apples and chicken borders race through my head. Time to think OUTSIDE of that very small box. Stenciling goes way beyond farmhouse folk art and shaker styles…

Stencil 1 – Sheesh, this place is total coolness. Scroll down the entire page, so many fun designs, I really love the sparrows (see top photo). Deers, skulls, stars, great stencils for gals and guys.

Modello Desgin – Classy place for gorgeous stencils. These people embrace ceilings as being the fifth wall and glam them up to the max. (They even sell kits to create antique mirror effects.)

Stencil Planet – Lots of everything. I really like this idea, only I’d add glass to the top to dress it up a bit more.

Victoria Larsen
– Plaster stencils + more!

Stencil Library – Great source for stencils from Japan to Art Deco and Modern Design.

Henry Donovan Motif – UK based, super selection, unique designs. Isn’t the water chrysanthemum stencil beautiful?

My Stencils
– These folks tend to carry more of the folksy stencils, but the damask stencils they have are gorgeous – so check them out!

Royal Design Studio – Another great site with lots of stencil designs to choose from. I really like the Swedish Florals. After I emailed Christina last night with these resources, she is going with the Swedish Florals as her next DIY project. Hopefully she’ll send in some more photos…

If you have a quick design question, need help finding that special something, or if you’re looking to share photos from a project you’ve completed, please send me an email.

Christina’s DIY Fauxpaper Project – Good job!


(images: Top: Stencil Planet, Stencil 1, and My Stencils. bottom: Christina Sachtleben)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, reader questions, tips, walls on August 17, 2006

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