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Akasha

Akasha?s vision for home furnishings and accessories is ?clean innovative design?, which is obvious the moment you step into their virtual store.


With a focus on ethnic prints and patterns, their line of bedding and pillows will certainly appeal to those with a love of Asian pattern, bold color and lots of rich texture. All of their textiles are made by hand in India, including the blockprints and the intricate embroidered works.

Thank you Shilpa for sharing your designs with us!

(images from akasha)

Posted in bedroom, textiles on September 05, 2007

Etsy Art in Action!

Oh, the power of advice taken! A letter just arrived from reader Julie Shannon that made my day. I love to know that you are out there reading and taking some of the tips that you find on decor8 and applying it to your own space. It’s exciting because when you write in, it hits me just how you really are listening in out there and I’m not just having a love affair with my monitor all day. So thanks for reaching out to me. And it may sound really cheesy to say this, but it positively drives me to keep blogging and to continue searching for finds to bring before you here each day. Now enough about me, let’s hear from Miss Julie.


“Hi Holly, I just wanted to email you and thank you for giving THE best decorating ideas ever! I LOVE your blog! I saw several artists from etsy.com highlighted on your blog and rushed to get their pieces for my new and growing collection. Birds on Tree print by Johanna Anderes and Owl Gocco print by Matte Stephens were both suggested, and I also found some great original illustrations by John Clark which I bought for myself and a few gifts for my fabulous girlfriends. I framed them and now have the start of my first ever little art collection! Thank you for your inspiration! Attached are a few photos. Cheers!- Julie

Thanks, Julie! And I have to add that in addition to her art, I really like her color palette, so soothing for a bedroom and the dark wood adds a richness and warmth, a nice balance with the cool blue walls and silver frames. Her lamps are great to, as is the pattern on those pillows. She’s done a great job layering her bed with multiple patterns, subtle and soft, yet noticeable.

Do you have an art wall that you’d like to share? Send me an email to decor8blog AT yahoo DOT com and please note where the art came from in case I blog your space so others can find it. Thank you again Julie, I’m thrilled you sent these images in.

(images from julie shannon)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, bedroom, etsy, inspiration on August 28, 2007

Shabby Chic *New* Collections

I was beyond thrilled to learn that Rachel Ashwell, who pioneered the whole casual bohemian look (at least here in the states) 18 years ago under the brand Shabby Chic, just launched a new collection of furniture and bedding collections. I want this entire room shown below, right down to the dreamy patchwork pillows. And have you noticed that patchwork is popping up everywhere? Oh yeah! And we love that…


Seems Rachel has been busy traveling the world to gather rugs, accessories and designs for furniture, ranging from classic to casual with a whimsical twist. There’s a little bit of an ethnic vibe going on in this collection, coupled with the California bohemian slash English traditional style she is known for. There are dining tables, coffee tables, dressers, nesting tables, etc. in different painted woods and finishes from washes to primitive stains. In addition, there’s a few new bedding patterns, a leather collection, new pillows, lighting, and vintage Turkish rugs.

I was beginning to think that Shabby Chic was losing it’s appeal (I was wrong) because I haven’t heard much from her since she launched an affordable version of Shabby Chic under the name Simply Shabby Chic at Target. Rachel isn’t about to let down her fans. Remember when she had her own show, I think it was on the Style network? I taped every episode and watched them with my girlfriends religiously every Thursday night with a bottle of wine. And though some may point to other designers as their inspiration because it sounds cooler, I openly confess that the Shabby Chic queen, Rachel Ashwell, is one of the designers that got me started down the road of mixing vintage with modern many years ago, the whole reason behind my obsession for vintage flea market finds, laid back style, and the goal of someday completing my collection of bone china. My goal is to have no plate nor cup the same. Ah, someday…


This is a duvet I had for a few years, so it’s not a new pattern by any means, it’s called wildflower (below). I picture it in a guest bedroom since I’m married now and don’t want to overwhelm my husband with girly patterns in the master bedroom. But it’s still a favorite pattern of mine because it’s so feminine and crisp, so I wanted to show it to you. I love the way it looks in this room with the tiny painting displayed over the lovely blue side table. I’d replace the lamp though with a this one from Re:found Objects hanging from the ceiling over the table. You have to mix things up!

Another staple in her collection that I’ve loved for ages is the beecroft sofa. I met Rachel in L.A. back in 2005 when I attended a tent sale she was having, she signed my book and had her photo taken with me. I was gushing like a little girl. I can’t wait to see more of her new collection, I hope she turns heads with it and that it brings the line back into the spotlight where it should be, as I’ve certainly missed seeing it in some of my favorite magazines.

Go Rachel, Go!

(images from shabby chic)

Posted in bedroom, furniture, textiles on August 14, 2007

Sleeping Buddha (Bedding)

I was looking through the Trunkt lookbook last night and found a designer I’d not heard of before and since ethnic prints are so popular right now, I have to share Sleeping Buddha with you.


This bedding fits in perfectly with all the beachy bohemian rooms we’ve been seeing lately, rooms infused with lots of Asian patterns, particularly from India, against a background of neutrals, mostly white or cream. The Marigold bedding is my favorite, it’s sunny and bright and if you’re lucky enough to have a guest room it would be perfect for that space because yellow is such a welcoming and warm color to greet guests. Shop online right here.

Psst: For those of you near NYC, Sleeping Buddha will have a booth at the Autumn Crafts Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, September 1-2, 2007.

(images from sleeping buddha)

Posted in bedroom on July 27, 2007

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