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Tabletop Styling DIY Projects: Recap

Hello! For those of you just tuning in, I asked London-based author/stylist Sania Pell to drop in today to share some inspiring DIY projects for your next party, wedding, or really any decorating scenario because all of these beautiful things could be used in so many different parts of the home from a kid’s room to a kitchen. I hope that you have enjoyed meeting Sania today and that if you haven’t seen her posts yet that you will visit them, as shown in order from the first to the last, below.

DIY Projects Today on decor8

Spring Flower Garlands (shown in examples b and f above).

Fabric Wrapped Lampshade (b).

Liberty Flower Napkin Rings (e and d), How To Button Covers (d) and Sequin Glamour (a).

Little House Mobile (c).

Thank you again Sania for joining me today on decor8 and I wish you loads of luck on your new blog and on everything else you do going forward with all of your creative energy and cheerful can-do attitude. You made my launch party in London such a success thanks to your enthusiasm, friendship, support and hard work and I’d like to thank you for all of it — including your hospitality, good laughs, and endless bottles of wine and yummy treats in your kitchen. You are such a doll!

Readers: Can you do me a favor? Can you visit Sania’s blog and leave a comment for her over there, she is working in her craft loft all day and I want her to return to her computer with a big, warm surprise waiting from her with your comments! Thank you so much. I remember how it felt to start blogging, how scary it was, so your comments will make her day! I’m going over there now to do the same so please join me.

(images: sania pell)

Posted in blogs, DIY on May 16, 2011

A New Week!

Welcome to a new week of decorating ideas and eye candy! Before we get started, how was your weekend? Did you accomplish all you had hoped and more? I hit the flea market and found a few pretty things, and I bought some new inline skates and a tennis racket for Spring! I did a bit of organizing but ended up spending so much time outside of the house that I didn’t quite accomplish all I had hoped to indoors. Oh well. I guess I will just to have chip away at it again in the week to come! I found these beautiful images this morning on the Die Frau im Haus blog that I thought were just lovely — I love the entryway of this blogger who lives in Vienna. It’s quite nice, don’t you think? A nice “welcome” to a new week, too!

Haus Frau

I also like this nook in her kitchen, she shows it before and then after some rearranging below. Aren’t her tiled floors a dream?

Haus Frau

And finally, I love this shop tour of Mutterland in Hamburg. Hamburg is just an hour from me so I have to go to this shop when I’m there in May to see Sia with my friends.

So friends, welcome to a new week — things to do, places to see and inspiration to be found!

(images: Die Frau im Haus)

Posted in blogs on March 29, 2010

Spring Has Sprung!

I know it’s winter but Spring has sprung! I just got the news from Michelle, Life Coach from When I Grow Up (and a friend of mine, woot!) that her new blogging project just kicked off called Spring. What is it? It’s a collaboration of four creative female entrepreneurs who want to inspire others by talking about their passions, professions, and how they’re navigating it all.

Spring

Who are they? Life coach Michelle Ward, illustrator & pattern artist Jessica Gonacha Swift, author and blogger Carolyn Rubenstein and jewelry designer Jessica Constable.

They’ve just posted their first episode where they discuss Gratitude and you can watch them here. Enjoy and ladies — serious, great initiative – congratulations!

(image: Spring)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on December 02, 2009

Favorite Posts of ’08

Until I collect my thoughts and figure out what I’d like to talk about today, because I have no clue, I’ve pulled together a bunch of my favorite posts from 2008 to keep you occupied (I got the idea from Dooce to do this). I wrote 994 posts on decor8 in 2008 so I had a hard time pulling together my favorites but I managed to find some and have listed them below. I found the ones with the most comments that made me smile as your input here is really what makes this blog. I just show up and you guys do the rest. I invite you to click around and enjoy. There’s lots of reading to catch up on in case you’ve missed some of them.

I’ll kick off this massive list of bloggy highlights with a little love to the Aussie crowd since I have a lot of new readers from Australia so if you’re from the land down under you’ll want to learn about all of the lovely bloggers in your part of the world.

Australian Design Blogs, May 8, 2008
“Prepare for a lot of reading and clicking because this post offers a boatload of resources when it comes to Aussie bloggers. I like to talk about things that inspire me, and right now I am feeling some major inspiration coming in from Australian magazines, designers, and blogs…” continue reading here. Psst: Here’s another post about Aussie design mags.

D E C E M B E R

Hopeful Things, December 15, 2008
“Let’s talk about HOPE for a moment, okay? I know, not a topic frequently discussed on design and decorating blogs but it is on a lot of people’s minds, agree? I noticed a ‘hope’ theme on lots of products lately… what do you think…” continue here.

Decorating Outside of the Lines, December 10, 2008
“Let’s talk a little about decorating outside of the lines, shall we? I’m not sure where I’m going with this thought so I invite you to just roll with it and let’s see where we end up. I am…”continue here.

Round Up: Online Markets and Galleries, December 5, 2008
“Looking to sell your wares online? Or simply to shop for handmade gifts? After writing about DaWanda today, I thought it would be helpful to pull together some of the current online marketplaces and some online galleries…”continue here.

Inspired by Mandalas (and fellow bloggers!), December 4, 2008
“I mentioned earlier today that I’ve had mandala patterns on the brain again. When I say again it’s because I was very…”continue here.

N O V E M B E R

Giveaway: Win This Book – The Creative Entrepreneur, November 24, 2008
This contest has some of the best comments ever! Read them here.

Delicate Doilies from Martha Stewart Living, November 20, 2008
“I’m always fascinated with end of November through New Year’s here in Germany… the winter activities are non-stop and most are outdoors which I think enhances the mood so much more than indoor festivals. Who wants to…”continue here.

New Project Announcement: Kindred, November 17, 2008
“The best things in life are often free… I’m very excited to share a new project under the name Kindred that I’ve teamed up with Heather “Ez” Pudewa from Creature Comforts on…” continue here.

Are Assumptions Cluttering Your Life?, November 12, 2008
“One of my blogger-colleagues over at Real Simple, Erin Doland, wrote a fine post today called, Keep Assumptions from Cluttering Up Your Life…”continue here.

O C T O B E R

Folksy – New!, October 30, 2008
“I have a question for everyone and I’d love your input but first I have to tell you about…” continue here.

Decorating on a Budget, October 23, 2008
“I’ve received so many nice comments and emails in response to my living room that was featured in the…”continue here.

2009 Calendar Round Up, October 17, 2008
“It’s that time again… Time for the annual decor8 Calendar round up. It’s funny, when I started writing this back in 2006…”continue here.

How Do You Handle Inspiration Overload?, October 6, 2008
“I’m still feeling the warm glow from yesterday’s inspiration that came from Living & More magazine and Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer. I wish so badly that I…”continue here.

Anthropologie Videos: Creepy or Cute?, October 10, 2008
“I was just checking out the Anthropologie stuff for Autumn ‘08 and came across these videos… I have to say, while they creep me out I…” continue here.

Wallpaper Borders – Your Thoughts?, October 9, 2008
“One designer there asked me what my thoughts are on wallpaper border as she was thinking about making and selling some borders…”continue here.

S E P T E M B E R

What’s Your Obsession?, September 25, 2008
“I’m absolutely obsessed with Moroccan teapots right…”continue here.

Flea Market and Thrift Finds, September 16, 2008
“I usually save the more ‘personal’ posts like this one for my Haus Maus blog, but I am way too excited about my recent flea market…” continue here.

A U G U S T

Your Office: Make it Pretty & Functional, August 29, 2008
“Let’s talk about your home workspace for a moment, shall we? What does it look like? Is it accomplishing…”continue here.

J U L Y

Magic Markers on the Sofa: Your Thoughts?, July 23, 2008
“I had huge reservations on posting this, I feared the home owner would contact me and tell me to either bite it or she’d do a drive by and take out all…”continue here.

Where Did You Shop (as a kid)?, July 10, 2008
“We sometimes like to think we are wayyy cooler than we actually are. It’s good to pause for a second and recall our roots…” continue here.

J U N E

Career Advice for Creatives, June 16, 2008
“I thought it may be fun to open this up as a topic today on decor8, Career Advice for Creatives. Warning: This post…”continue here.

Print Your Own Fabric at Spoonflower, June 10, 2008
“This is sure to appear on every design blog known to mankind, and I hope it does because we have to…”continue here.

M A Y

Design Motifs, May 29, 2008
“Zig zags are hot, silhouettes remain strong, birds are big, what would you like to see become a more common design motif? An oct…”continue here.

Homegrown and the Bug, May 9, 2008
“Do you get stink eye when you try to use a tote at your local store? Where do you…”continue here.

What Would a Perfect Magazine Look Like?, May 8, 2008
“I really miss Blueprint magazine. I know lots of you weren’t big fans, but looking back I think you’ll agree that it was becoming…”continue here.

A P R I L

Flea Marketing: Plan Your Attack, April 25, 2008
“With the weekend ahead I’m certain that some of you are planning to hit a few flea markets. Time to plan your…” continue here.

Am I Crazy?, April 9, 2008
“Here’s a thought to consider and if you can, please share your views. I can decorate and even style a bookcase better when I photograph it…” continue here.

Too Much Inspiration?, April 7, 2008
“Is there such a thing as having too much inspiration? I was reading a fashion design book over…”continue here.

M A R C H

Turning Patterns into Product, March 19, 2008
“How do you take your patterns to the next level — from the drawing board to an actual product…” continue here.

A Grand Welcome: Entryway Tips, March 6, 2008
“First impressions are important, the way you’ve decorated and organized your entryway will either welcome guests with…” continue here.

J A N U A R Y

Boho Modern, January 4, 2008
“I’m thrilled by the response to this post about London stylist Liza Giles and cannot believe the amount of emails…” continue here.

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Posted in blogs, inspiration on January 07, 2009

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