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Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

The Sitting Room {chart crush}

December 4, 2007

Yup. I still have a crush on these charts that many of us sat around staring at for most of our youth in an effort to memorize for the next pop quiz. (I mean, we can’t all be like Lilly, although I do clap for myself on occasion just like she does). Then when you’re an adult and a chart no longer represents fear, sweating, and the difference between getting into the next grade or not, suddenly we find them quite appealing. At least I do. So while reading Vanessa’s blog recently (you must check out the huge sale she’s having – 40% off everything until 12/31), I discovered The Sitting Room located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

The Sitting Room {chart crush}
Upon closer inspection of the beautiful room Vanessa posted of Heather’s shop (which doubles as her home), I noticed a gorgeous vintage-inspired map over the dreamy apple green velvet sofa (also for sale, $3,610). See it? Oh yes…

The Sitting Room {chart crush}
And of course you recall these posts about Deyrolle and Jung-Koch-Quentell? So you know about my fascination with these things and that they’ve held my attention for nine whole months, so that means I really like them. Of course, I had to learn more about the chart hanging so nicely there above that sofa, so I wrote to Heather to get the scoop on it and discovered that she carries more – they sell for around $75 USD each.

Please contact Heather via email (heather AT thesittingroomhome DOT com) for dimensions, shipping, and etc. She carries several botanical charts in addition to the maps and more are expected to arrive in her shop soon, so please contact her if you’re interested in adding a chart to your home. Oh-la-la~!

(images from the sitting room)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Chez-Sucre-Chez

November 29, 2007

When Kimberly from Chez-Sucre-Chez wrote to me last night confessing her fear of self-promotion, I knew I had to rid her of these fears by posting about her work here on decor8.

Chez-Sucre-Chez
The #1 mistake we can make as creative types is to kick our own butt by not talking about our work and passions with others. Always carry business cards, a small photo book showing off your wares (a little Kate Spade or Hable Construction brag book is both fashionable and durable while giving a professional appearance. Plus, you aren’t a walking url, you can’t show them your website while in line at Starbucks, but you can pull out a mini non-intimidating book showing recent photos of your collection inside). And most importantly, keep a positive feeling in your heart about who you are and what you are working so hard to do because that passion inside will beam through on your face. If you don’t love your work, no one else will. I walked around Renegade last year and though I really enjoyed it and plan to return next summer, I couldn’t believe some of the non-communicative, fear loaded vendors sitting around talking to their partners and ignoring their customers. I know they weren’t being mean, they were most likely scared to be approached. Don’t be. Then I noticed Emily from the Black Apple who took a very different approach – chatty, welcoming, warm. As a result, her booth was hopping, not 5 minutes passed where that booth sat still. So let’s put an end to I’m not good enough. You are good enough. You rock. Get it? Self promote with style (don’t annoy, just share) and you’ll go far.

Now back to Chez-Sucre-Chez. This is a confident business lady, she takes pride in her work which is exactly why she wrote to me despite her fears to self-promote. I’m so glad she did. Her little crochet letters are Domino or Blueprint magazine worthy for sure. Best part, she’ll create any letter you’d like, or if you’d like several to spell a word, just let her know. Wrap a few up and give to your friends. I appreciate how she showcases her work arranged here in a studio space. Fantastic!

(image from chez-sucre-chez)

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Ground Work

November 29, 2007

Mature, as in grown up, works of art catch my eye too, I’m not always lured in by playful colors and characters. Take for example the soft and imaginative work of D. Ray. This artist holds a BFA in Illustration and with work featured in CMYK Magazine, it’s exciting to discover her Etsy store Ground Work and to learn that some of her originals are priced under $75 (such thoughtful and beautiful gifts).

Ground Work

Ground Work clearly has talent, her color and composition being both serene and comforting yet striking and mesmerizing. Her focus: the natural world around her. Exploring what’s out there and translating what she sees into soft sensitive forms, combined with a keen eye for color, resulting in delightful works of art. She has a definite style, and though no two paintings are alike, you certainly could group a collection of things on a single wall and create such a diversified focal point as displayed in the image above.

Stunning, mature, fresh, fluid, beautiful.

(images from ground work)

Arts + Crafts, Objects

Amy Butler Patterns {Free}

November 27, 2007

Amy sent out her shop updates today and in addition to her new Sweet Life bags, she’s offering (for a limited time) free pattern downloads on her site (see bottom of menu, main page).

Amy Butler Patterns {Free}
Give it a try, download a few, they’re a great project to work on while engaging in marathon trash television viewing or something. :) Who ARE the Kardashians anyway?? Plus, these patterns look fun, especially those fabric leaves) and I don’t think they’ll leave us feeling like a bunch of incompetents because they seem relatively easy.

Thanks for the great free stuff Amy!

(images from amy butler)

Arts + Crafts, Rooms, Shopping + Products, Travel

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me}

November 9, 2007

One big thing that attracts me to Hannover is the progress being made here in many areas, from restoration to building, new cafes and restaurants popping up, and the many indie artists coming out of the cracks to show their faces, their talent, to lend a voice to the growing world community of independent artists.

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me} Beautiful things from Fruehling Bitte.

One voice in this community is Fruehling Bitte, a design studio that caters mostly to kids and the young at heart, with lots of pink and blue and the sweetest accessories including hats that I wish I could get away with wearing (you can order from them online). This is one example of the rising talent here and there’s more… Which I’ll show you when I return to decor8 on November 19th.

Fruehling Bitte {+ mini vacation for me} Tee and muffins with YippieYeah.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be taking some “me” time off to travel with my family and step away from my computer for about 10 days – I haven’t done this is over 2 years so it’s time to unplug! But I’ll return on the 19th with a full week of sales (remember?) and several atelier tours including a glimpse into the home of YippieYeah, and lots of other goodies – so until then I’m signing off and I’ll be seeing you right here on November 19.

Hugs to you all! xo, holly

p.s. In case you missed it, here’s the 2008 calendar round up part 1 and part 2. There’s a fantastic selection for you, don’t miss it.

p.s.s. Oh, and I really want to get the reader home tours back in action again. We did this in 2006 on decor8 but I put it on hold in 2007. The goal is to get started again in the new year, so if you have a home that you’d like to share with readers, please let me know via email at decor8blogATyahooDOTcom

Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Sea Spray Blue: Buy 1 Get 1 Free {today only}

November 7, 2007

Today at Sea Spray Blue there’s a fantastic buy one get one free sale going on that you won’t want to miss. It’s the perfect chance to own two beautiful prints for only $15 total – there are 35 so you have plenty of choices and the offer is only valid today, Wednesday November 7, 2007.

Sea Spray Blue: Buy 1 Get 1 Free {today only}
(images from sea spray blue)

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