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Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Objects, Rooms

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for May

May 1, 2007

Shanna Murray contacted me recently about her etsy store and I was so excited to see her new collection when I read, “Every month I celebrate the beauty of daily life, centering on a theme, with each new month and theme, a new set of designs will be here in the shop.” What an exciting store, I love the idea of work created according to a theme, rotating monthly.

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for May
This month, her shop is based on the May} to market theme. She just launched it today, so you have to take a peek. All materials used in her designs are organic and/or recycled (unless otherwise specified), which makes her collection that much more special. Coin purses, linen bags for market shopping, pillows, and the best part, the girl can take a good product shot. She should totally take photos for a living. Her collection of images are stunning. I love how delicate and precious her work appears, using linens combined with hand-stitching, it’s traditional materials used to create modern, clean designs. Something we all love to see.

Shanna Murray *New* Collection for MayShanna Murray *New* Collection for MayShanna Murray *New* Collection for MayThank you Shanna for sharing your collection with us!

(images from shanna murray)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves

Stephanie DosReis of Ponies & Sugar Cookies

April 30, 2007

Stephanie DosReis from Providence contacted me over the weekend about her art. She’ll be attending Surtex for the fist time in May down in New York (4th floor of the River Pavilion, booth #1003 with Bridgewater Design) and thought we’d enjoy a sneak peek of her work before it hits the show. You can view some of her work in progress below or here on flickr. Some already completed designs, in the form of onesies, t-shirts, quilts, art, are for sale in her etsy store, Ponies & Sugar Cookies.

Stephanie DosReis of Ponies & Sugar Cookies
Psst: Learn more about Stephaine via her blog, A Little Deer. I love reading about the process of design, so her blog is a must read if you enjoy tapping into the brain of a creative lady like Ms. DosReis. Thanks Stephanie for introducing us to your work, I especially love your mini quilt art, it’s beautiful!

(images from ponies & sugar cookies)






Arts + Crafts, Etsy Faves, Rooms

Sofia Barao Prints

April 30, 2007

The talented Sofia added a few new prints to her etsy store, La Fee Coriandre, the first: Birds, trees, bows and dots (limited edition of 100) and next, Cameo Spring (limited edition of only 10). So pretty… I can see Kerry lovin’ these. :)

Sofia Barao Prints
Related posts: Sofia Barao 2/20

(images from sofia)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Rooms

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry

April 28, 2007

decor8 reader Kerry Pitt-Hart would like to share her artsy walls with us. She put so much thought into her submission, and with the various colors and techniques she used on her walls, I know that you’ll find her space creative and motivating — maybe to get started on your own walls? Here’s what Kerry has to say about her space. Please read her comments because they really help the images come alive. Trust me, you’ll see…

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“Ever since staying in the Historic Building at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco several years ago, I’ve wanted to add wood paneling to a wall as a reminder of the wonderful room we stayed in. Even though we live in a rented flat, we decided to finally do it. After a lot of measuring, cutting, sanding, and painting, we finished a wall that before was blank and cold. I’m so happy with it, and wish I could take it with me when we leave. We’ll just have to do it all over again I suppose, but this time, we’ll know what we’re doing.”

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“I also included a room that I painted in a bright coral orange. It’s such a bold color that I wanted to try it in a tiny space first. Depending on the light, especially the light from a lamp, the walls glow like a sunset. I chose this color to remind us of our niece who passed away earlier this year. Her favorite color was orange.”

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“The colors and patterns I used in the living room were chosen based on a painting my husband did, the one in the center with the blue bird perched on a tree. I wasn’t planning this, but instinctively, it just happened. When we first moved in, with boxed piled everywhere, I hung it on the wall to make the place seem more like home, and to cover up a huge screw and a bright blue anchor! I never took it down. The chandelier in the foreground was a paint-splattered, rusty brass mess that I tried to revive, but couldn’t. So I shrouded it in some silk. When turned on (it has a dimmer!) the glass shades glow like fireflies. Most of the pillows and the slipcover were ones I made. The red, diamond-patterned one on the chair was an old Diane von Furstenberg dress that I took to be altered. The tailor ended up making it too small, so rather than tossing it, I made it into a pillow.”

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“I also included one of the walls in my studio. The “coraled” branch is one I found on a walk one morning. I painted it in this vibrant Chinese Red. The little shelf has an ever-changing display of papers, clippings, shells, seeds and anything else that inspires me.”

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“This stenciled wall is the Piece de resistance. It took forever! Though I suppose it should have since the wall is some 6 x 8′. The stencil itself is 2′ square, and the paint is a metallic rosey-lilac color. Even though it seemed like it would never be over, I ordered some more stencils from The Stencil Library, and once I’ve cut them out (you save money if you buy the uncut version), I’ll be at it again, though I seem to be running out of wall space.”

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry“Then there is this mural I’m working on. There is a tiny space that is only 4 x 4′ off a room at the front of the house. Too small for seating or a table, I decided to decorate the walls. This is something I began back in June, and haven’t gotten around to finishing quite yet, since I have 100 other things on my ever-growing list of things to do. It’s a work in progress, but the bird silhouettes are made of fabric, and the Art Deco-like trees were done freehand in glitter and paint. I intend to add more flowers and further define the branches, and perhaps add a butterfly or two. :) Thanks Holly. I’ll continue to enjoy what you do and be inspired.” – Kerry Pitt-Hart

Thank YOU Kerry. I applaud your use of stencils, and that you refer to The Stencil Library, a resource I also use because they carry the best selection. Stencils are an affordable alternative to wallpaper and can be just as beautiful. For those that rent, it’s a lot easier to stencil and repaint when you move vs. convincing your landlord to allow wallpaper, so stencils are a smart renters option. Although you may fall in love with your work, and sadly, once it’s on the walls, you can’t take it with you! In addition to Kerry and her beautiful stencil work, I think Maine-based design duo Wary Meyers demonstrates that stencils can be hip and very now. DIY molding, and hand painted motifs on walls can be chic too, and looking at all the custom work they do for their clients (see examples below), it’s easy to see that a good designer doesn’t limit themselves to a few techniques, but explores several. Thanks again, Kerry!

Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry Wary Meyers stencil – amazing!
Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry Wary Meyers
Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry Wary Meyers stencil work
Artsy Walls: Creative Inspiration from Kerry Wary Meyers stencil work – close up

(images from kerry pitt-hart and wary meyers)






Arts + Crafts, Rooms

Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Prints

April 27, 2007

Designer Dora Drimalas just released these limited edition silk screened prints that really pack some modern punch for $40 each. A quad of four over a bench in an entryway would make quite a statement, don’t you think?

Hybrid-Home Limited Edition Prints
Of course, you have to casually leave a matching handbag (maybe in green?) on the bench at all times. Gives it that effortless look that convince guests things just happened that way, yet you spent hours finding a bag and then positioning it perfectly in place. :) Decorating can be so nutty, can’t it? But we’re all obsessed and loving every minute of it…

Pick up your Hybrid-Home prints from Dora over at Design Public right here.

(images from design public)






Arts + Crafts, Shop Tours, Small Business, Travel

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)

April 25, 2007

Another beautiful stop I hit whilst in Portland was Edith & Edna, a new store that stocks only items that are handcrafted by artists, but not just the locals, but from talented designers across the globe, from Morocco to Sweden. Joanna Mendicino, Zid Zid Kids, BlaBla, Alena Hennessy, Curious Bird, Karin Eriksson, and dozens more, they’re all there waiting for you to buy, cherish, love forever. Corny I know, but I feel a sense of excitement when I buy handmade.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)I was instantly charmed the moment I approached the store, as the window display was really sweet and stood out amongst the other windows along busy Market Street. I actually purchased a few items directly from the window, I couldn’t resist. When I stepped into the store and browsed the wares, I was happy to see so many things I’d written about on decor8 before, so of course I highly suggest shopping Edith & Edna when you’re in Portland.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) This is Julie George-Carlson, one of the owners that I had a chance to chat with (her business partner, Brandie Mayes, wasn’t available). She was packaging my new goodies when I snapped this picture. What a sweet lady she is!

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)The location is prime, the store is so fresh and inspiring, and after you finish shopping, you can hop across the street to Starbucks to chill out. After Market Street and topping things off with an Edith & Edna experience, my brain started to spark and sizzle a little bit (sensory overload), so I grabbed my fave mocha light frappuccino and looked through my bag of goodies. :) If you aren’t a Starbucks fan, head down to the waterfront for cold bubble tea (love!). I actually did both, because bubble tea is a rare find in New England, it’s more of a west coast thing, I highly suggest it.

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine) I love their business cards, or shall I say, business blooms. Clever idea. Julie gave me this one, it’s crafted from magazine pages. Oh, and thanks Julie for your exceptional service and for allowing me to photograph your beautiful store!

By the way, here’s a glimpse of the general area for the non-locals. It’s so pretty there, great architecture, yummy seafood places, you can truly make a day of it in Portland. And don’t miss the Portland Museum of Art. (Psst: If you are a Currier member like me, you can get in free right now.)

Edith & Edna (Portland, Maine)
(images by holly becker for decor8)






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