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Arro Home Design Crush

I found out lately about Arro Home on Instagram and oh my goodness I had to bookmark them so I’d remember to share with all of you. They are this wickedly cute design label out of Australia who ship worldwide and just have the most joyful and festive homewares stuff ever. Check them out.











My wish list: Dot Dash cloth napkins, Bowtie tea towels, pink lunch plate, pink snack plate, pink stripe beaker, pink stripe mug, apple cushionmicroscope cushion and all of the fun pillowcases.But most of all, I would love to own the Stepped Cross Quilt. Swoon.

What do you see that lights your fire?

(images: arro home)


Posted in bedroom, kitchen on August 22, 2014

Aura Home Bedding

I have to share some great new bedding from Aura Home with you that I’m hoping to get for my bedroom redesign. I need to get my bedroom looking good because after having a baby, I didn’t bother to decorate it because the room has been all about function, function, function since our little guy has slept in there with us in his little bed for the past 6 months.

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But soon, I’m thinking to move him into his room or at least start getting him in that direction even if it’s a bit sporadic as “cry it out” sleep training is not for me so I know it will take a ton of work to finally wean him into his own bed. But I’m hoping it won’t come to that and it will all just flow naturally. So far, Aidan has flowed into every next step very naturally, including teething. He has two little teeth popping up and he hasn’t cried at all or shown any signs of being cranky or in pain. I know sleep is harder, especially to get them over to their own beds, but once his new window treatments are installed I’m going to start moving in that direction so he can sleep in his room. And this also means that I REALLY WANT TO DECORATE OUR BEDROOM NOW and make it pretty (we moved in this past January so it’s about time!). I want it to be a relaxing and lovely place for us to unwind but also cheerful and modern.

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OK so here is some bedding I’m loving. It’s graphic and modern but also very versatile. It’s from Aura Home. They’ve been advertising on decor8 forever but this post has nothing to do with their ads or any under the table deals I’ve cut with them or anything else. I simply love their bedding and I’m hoping to order some. I think mixing and matching and adding a quilt that is very modern, could be nice. I’ll show you another bedding post in a minute that you may also like highlighting more great looks for the bedroom.

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Back in a moment. But first, what do you think of these shown above?

(aura home)

Posted in bedroom on August 22, 2014

Shannon Fricke Bed Linens

Australian stylist and interiors author Shannon Fricke released a new collection of bed linens this past Spring called, “Where Love Resides”, which is in her signature palette of greens and blues. The collection is presented “free range style” so you can mix and match your favorite pieces to create a bed with your own personal style stamp. There are quilt covers, pillowcases and cushions in cottons, linens and velvets. Here is a glimpse below – so beautiful! And hello, can someone please transport me to this hammock on the Australian coast? Like, now!


I can definitely see these selling at Anthropologie or the wonderful ABC Carpet + Home, so perhaps this post will be shared and you guys can help Shannon get her line into the US or European market. I’d love to see that.  I know Shannon personally, we dined together a few times in New York City while I was working on one of my books a few years ago, and we hit it off quite nicely. She is a very dedicated business woman with a creative soul – an Aries like me – a real go-getter. She has a billion ideas and tons of passion, talent, energy and drive. You really can’t fail with that recipe can you?








Shannon all the best on your new collection!

(images: shannon fricke)

Posted in bedroom on July 28, 2014

Blogging Thoughts & Kantha Quilt Love

Hi friends! How are you today? I’m back to blogging regularly after taking August off and I’m glad to be back because I love connecting with all of you as we share inspiring things that fuel us. It really keeps me going and that is why I blog, it’s an affordable therapist. :) Whether it’s pretty homewares, inspiring colors or how we feel about our life and career – it’s so wonderful to have you to connect to daily via decor8 and I’m happy to be back despite how I’m still trying to navigate a few things in my personal life – but who isn’t?

Kantha Quilts

I definitely learned during my month off that my blog FUELS my creative spirit. When I’m not writing regularly, I go inward a bit and over-think things. Analysis paralysis is a term I often refer to when I’m lecturing or teaching a class because it’s exactly what happens to me when I think too much. I think myself almost into a hole or a corner and become paralyzed.

Writing gets me back out again and for me, is such a huge creative release and exercise – it’s like working out – when you stop doing regular exercise you feel a huge dip in your overall feeling of well being. Same for me and my personal creativity – primarily tapped into through writing and photography. I never realized until I took a month away from blogging just how vital is was for my well being and how healing to my soul.

No matter what I go through in my personal life, blogging about design, creative things, art, our community, blog topics, crafts, travel… All of this sharing and processing of ideas helps me to concentrate on positive things that make me happy. This act of giving and receiving makes a difference in my life. In fact, taking a month off made me realize all of this – I have been thinking all weekend about why August was a hard month for me and it really came down to that – blogging is more than just posting “pretty things” or tossing up some pictures with a few sentences. It is my version of painting – and it digs me out of holes and keeps me feeling energized and refreshed.

Kantha Quilts

Now, onto the subject of inspiring objects and beautiful things because when I did research on these quilts today I actually began to feel better because the research gave me the feeling like I had traveled – and now I know more about these quilts and want to share them with you if you’re not too familiar with these beauties.

First, they originate from India and Bangladesh. I like them because they’re reversible and lightweight but more than that, these cotton quilts are usually quite colorful with gorgeous patterns and patches. They are constructed by hand by sewing layers of cloth and often vintage saris together and then stitched using a traditional, delicate “Kantha” stitch. They have become more and more popular over the past several years in western interiors and you can find them online in these shops listed below in case you fancy owning one (or ten).

I want to own several and stack them on top of my white wooden cabinet in my sitting room – then they are available for warmth when snuggling on the sofa at night and by day, add color to the room and a jolt of personality.

Kantha Quilts

Kantha Quilts

Kantha Quilts

Kantha Quilts

Kantha Quilts

Kantha Quilts

Sources for Kantha quilts, both new and vintage, online include:

The Family Love Tree
Connected Goods
Rajasthan Royals
Niki Jones

Are you a fan of Kantha quilts from India, too? Now I really want to go to India! :)

(images: from shops above.)

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