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Indiepublic *New* Website

August 15, 2007

Sion Lee from the blog Cuteable invited me to join a new social networking site that she developed called Indiepublic. It’s like MySpace for independent artists, designers, bloggers, retailers and shoppers.

Indiepublic *New* Website
They have around 620 members (as of this post), so if you fall into any of the above categories, Sion would love if you’d join too. It’s completely free of charge, so you have nothing to lose. You can watch videos that members contribute (like this gocco demo), contribute photos, post questions (like “how do I get myself out there?”) and lots more. If you’d like to link up with me, here’s my page. Congratulations to the talented Sion!

(screenshot from indiepublic)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Jen Oaks Illustration

August 13, 2007

I went a little nuts in Jen’s etsy store yesterday, scooping up 4 prints that I have no idea what I’ll do with but for $5 a piece, I think I’ll figure out something. :) Are they not irresistible?

Jen Oaks Illustration
I’ve been thinking about starting a rotating etsy art wall in my home somewhere, as I have too many prints to show off all at once in my tiny house and think it would be fun to rotate prints with the seasons. Maybe a summer wall that then becomes an autumn wall, etc. I can use the same frames, just swap out the prints so that I’m not banging too many holes in the wall. I think in the summer, it would be nice to showcase prints of the sea and lots of pink, yellow, and blues and in the autumn, maybe leaves, umbrellas, owls and lots of pretty mustard yellow and orange tones. Or go with themes, like fashion illustration in the fall and animals in the spring. Hmmm. At this point, I need a plan of action because I have a lot of prints and little space for them.

Are you a print addict? How do you display your prints? If you have photos that you’d like to share, I’d love to post them here on decor8, so just say the word! I can collect them all and pull together a post dedicated to print display ideas or something.

Now go shop Jen Oaks! :)

{Update: I forgot to mention her online portfolio, it can be viewed right here.}

(images from jen oaks)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Witty Workshop

August 9, 2007

More pretty things for your walls… Valerie told me about her store Witty WorkshopI really like this tea party print because it not only reminds me of the ones I had as a child, but I’m always looking for pretty art for children’s bedrooms that have a bit of a storybook quality to them. Does that even make sense? It sounded better in my head… :) But I think you know what I mean. This print is one that a child can look at and build an entire story around it, it’s so charming.

Witty Workshop
I’m forever fascinated with color and the direct link that it has to mood. The colors in this print are very soft, calming, you could pull together a room using this palette and create an inviting magical space for a little girl. I really appreciate it when artists write to me sharing their work, so thank you so much Valerie for saying hello.

(images from witty workshop)






Arts + Crafts, Travel

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!

August 9, 2007

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!
I’m happy to see her branching out, it’s very exciting as I’ve been watching her work for some time now and enjoy seeing her progress, she’s becoming a brighter star in the art world all the time. Go Marisa! And the best part, she’s not a shooting star – quick in, quick to burn out and fade. She is steady, forward moving, and patient with her process and content with the truth that the best things in life are often attained one step at a time. I think this is one of the most important things to be comfortable with about your career, your health, everything really. Enjoy the ride, right?

So I’m happy today to see Marisa doing well and that Elizabeth from Twig is building her business and moving forward, too. Outside of Marisa’s print, Twig has other great things like some of the Orla Kiely Fall collection (drool) and a few things from her previous collections as well. I really like this travel bag because I need something like this for Fall. I’m still running around with the luggage given to me at my bridal shower 6 years ago and I’m sorely in need of a quick weekend bag in a perky print. It also has to travel well, and I’ve heard Orla makes a sturdy bag. How cute is this?

Twig + Congratulations to Marisa!
Bottom line: Shop Twig! This lady has a great eye and a beautiful selection. Thank you Elizabeth for writing to me.

(images from twig)






Arts + Crafts

Granada Design

August 7, 2007

C?line from Granada Design wrote in today about their design house in Barcelona that produces silk-screened artwork on cotton. And although these aren’t exactly my personal taste (I lean more on the feminine side when it comes to decorating), some of you may really like it because their art is a bit more gender-friendly (good news male readers!) than most of what I post on decor8.

Granada Design
Granada Design offers art that you can finally agree on with your partner because there’s not a deer, bird, or fashion illustration to be found. This art is bold, urban, graphic, and definitely not shy – a great alternative to that boring white wall. Can’t you imagine one mixed in an IKEA room? The green artwork (above) in this white kitchen with the green chair and blue/green striped rug would look nice, don’t you think?

Granada DesignGranada Design
Thank you so much C?line for sharing Granada Design with us today!

(images from granada design)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Little Doodles – Launching 8/7!

August 6, 2007

A little birdie told me that tomorrow (8/7) Kate from Little Doodles will open the doors of her etsy store to sell some darling prints of her original drawings. You can preview some illustrations in flickr that she may list in her store tomorrow. So don’t forget! Add her to your etsy faves so when tomorrow comes, you will be first to preview her darling things.

Little Doodles - Launching 8/7!Above illustration reads, “Betty would trade a years worth of worms for those fendi heels…”

Thanks Kate for the news! Yay, congrats!

(image from






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