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New: Pecanoot

The fab artist Jessica Gonacha just launched a new project called Pecannoot. It’s a blog dedicated to abundance where she creates and posts illustrations on this theme and invites other artists to create images in whatever medium they choose for Pecannoot. Her aim is to create a beautiful inspirational place where people can visit to tune out the negativity in the world for a heaping scoop of positive thoughts and images. Let’s hear it for happy places!

If you are interested in submitting images to be considered please email Jessica: pecannoot AT gmail.com. Lovely new project!

(images from pecanoot)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on February 18, 2009

Food & Rooms

Today over at Real Simple I wrote about a delicious food blog that I discovered and how food inspires room design. Here’s a teaser to entice you…

You can click here to drool see more.

(image from aran goyoaga)

Posted in blogs on February 18, 2009

decor8 Tweets!

I’m a Twitter addict and have found it to be the perfect micro-blogging tool for me! If you like decor8 {the blog}, you may want to follow decor8 {the tweets} over on Twitter. I tweet throughout the day, weekends included, linking you to artists, great blogs, contests, websites, and other things I’m checking out or doing that don’t always make it to my blog. I also tweet from the road, so if I spot something on sale or hear some good design news I’ll be tweeting it for sure! You can click here to follow me if you’d like. Chirp!

Hope to see you over at Twitter!

(image from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in blogs on February 02, 2009

Lovely Links from Visual Notes

I met a very nice Finnish lady, Maaret, in Berlin last Autumn at a small business and blogging event that I helped pull together with the goal of encouraging those living in Germany to start blogging and share design from their part of the world because there is a really strong art and design scene over there –  Berlin is like an extra large Brooklyn. That’s why today I was so happy to hear from Maaret and learn that she launched a blog just before the holidays called Visual Notes.

This print is the work of from Sonnenzimmer in Chicago. Love his screen prints, this one is still available ($48) and looks really nice in Maaret’s Berlin apartment.

I like Visual Notes for many reasons, one being that it’s in English so more have an opportunity to read it and next, I like that she shows lots of finds from Europe which definitely makes it more interesting. There are so many design blogs out there now that I’m really hoping to see more localized content so I personally can learn more about the part of the world where the blogger lives and what is going on there when it comes to design. I think it’s a way we can all make our blogs stand out as a bit more unique if we add in some local stuff. When I’m in New Hampshire I sometimes talk about events and things in my local area (and Boston) and when I’m in my apartment in Germany you’ll find me talking about stuff I do and events I’m attending over there. I think it makes blogging more exciting when you can share what makes you proud about your city or country in addition to all of the international finds you may feature because certainly inspiration is never confined to one area. I digress…

In looking over Visual Notes today I came across a few favorites that I’m sharing below so you can get a sneak peek of what Maaret likes to blog about.

Maaret shared with her readers Castle in Australia, a bedding company that also happens to carry a darling collection of hand stitched one-of-a-kind pieces on vintage French linen.


She also wrote about schubLaden, a company in Berlin who fits new furniture with vintage drawers. They do bespoke work, too. Love this!


I found out about Nadja Müller who is a designer in Berlin who makes some very unique things for the home – blankets, bedding, curtains, lighting, . More here. Everything is handmade!

And finally Hanna Konala and her gorgeous illustrative work. She has a most inspiring blog, too.

Be sure to visit Visual Notes for more beautiful finds and congrats on your new blog, Maaret!

(images linked to their sources above)

Posted in blogs on January 20, 2009

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