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coffee + cre8tive {sept 5 ’06}

Here’s a creative idea to start off your week! It’s always fun to find new and exciting ways to display things, right? Traditional methods can become quite boring after awhile, but with a dash of creativity, finding an alternative way to show off your things can transform your space into a visually stimulating and appealing place to hang out.
By creating inspirational focal points in your home, guests will linger, conversation will fill the air, and friends will return home with a new eye for their own space. Most importantly, displaying your favorite things (vs. tucking them into drawers or displaying them somewhat incorrectly) makes you feel happier at home, more stimulated, too. Don’t you want your home to sing your song? Your space should tell your story, your home = your life. All of the things you’ve collected and cherished throughout the years deserve a place, whether grouped together on a shelf or dresser top, displayed on a transparent wall mounted shelf or carefully congregated on the fireplace mantle, all deserve a place to shine and be seen.


If you haven’t picked up the September issue of Living Etc (UK) magazine yet, grab it and turn to page 41. There’s this great tip called “Off The Peg” which suggests using a clothes line in your kitchen to display your favorite dish towels. That idea didn’t interest me much, but the thought of using a retractable clothes line did give me ideas for other spaces in the home – over the bed, over the sofa, down a long narrow hallway… I encourage use of this clothes line technique to any room in your home, going far beyond dish towels, to include posters, photography, fabric, even strips of gorgeous wallpaper. Install a clothes line over your sofa, for instance, and clip on 3 bold prints from the International Poster Gallery in Boston (or online). Viola! Art you can rotate without purchasing poster frames.


Living Etc. suggests using a clothes line with metal wall mounts, which I stand behind as well since the look is more contemporary than rope, wood pins, and eye hooks. I would like to see the clothes line extrended across an entire wall, rotating your favorites as the seasons change. How fun! This clothes line and these funky black birds clothes pins are hip and functional, as well as affordable. Gotta love that!

Have you experimented with this display technique in your own home? Do you like this idea?

(images from living etc, international poster gallery, where did you buy that, and
vendio)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, shopping, tips, travel, walls on September 05, 2006

Adorn Magazine – NEW!


Have you heard of Adorn magazine, the new craft mag on the block for women? Geared towards ladies that love to create as well as those that never progressed beyond 1st grade macaroni necklaces, if you’re willing to learn something new, Adorn delivers. It’s well-written (short + sweet!), informative, fun, and packed with DIY projects from totally kitschy stuff to projects that have a more grown up appeal.


I think it’s a great magazine for all ages, perfect for mom and ‘tween daughter to come together for an afternoon of crafting with her friends, terrific for you and your friends for a Friday night craft meet. Despite how much I tend to dislike craft magazines, this one is actually a huge step up from the typical country kitchen stencil, silk flower wreath, and glue gun galore that’s so present in most DIY publications. Adorn is smarter, hipper, and even smaller than your standard size magazine. The fresh cover first caught my eye, and as I flipped through, I was impressed by the layout and design, full-color photos that inspire, and the appealing typefaces. Adorn touches on trends, party planning, DIY fashion and accessories, and cool projects for embellishing the home. They throw in a little bit of everything, but for some reason, it doesn’t feel like it’s missing focus (no signs that the entire staff has ADD -smile-).


The message Adorn sends forth is clear – carve out time to be creative, whether you consider yourself a lost cause or a crafty diva. Flipping through that pile of magazines on your floor or drooling over what others create isn’t half as fulfilling as making something with your own hands. It also helps you find your own personal style and create a home that oozes with personality and charm.

I found my copy at Borders, however I’ve since spotted them at Barnes + Noble and a few local craft stores, too. You can preview their premiere issue online, and you can check out their blog if you’d like a glimpse of Adorn behind the scenes. Their Fall/Winter issue will hit newsstands on November 7th, so you still have time to pick up their Summer premiere.

Psst: Some of the items created for the product shots are being offered by etsy seller Indie Craft Movie, like these crochet embellished pillow covers and this funky hobo handbag.

(all images from adorn)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, inspiration on September 01, 2006

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

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