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Blog of the Week: Mer Mag

I’d love to introduce you to the decor8 blog of the week: Mer Mag! I’ve been reading this blog for only a few weeks but I’ve been enjoying it and really like some of the finds there so I felt it was time to introduce it to those of you not already reading.

On Mer Mag you can find:

How pretty the Lillberg chair from IKEA can look when creativity is applied in huge doses. I don’t know where she found this ‘after’ but it’s just the best.

The styling, photography and fashion of Bea Szenfeld.

Her love for pinks and grays. Oh me too, Mer… we’re all suckas for this.

Romantic rooms also top her list of loves.

And she adores Liz Tran as much as I do.

Mer Mag is authored by Merrilee in Tennessee, a mother of two, married to an actor (Jon Liddiard), and she herself is an illustrator for her company Tuesday Mourning, painter, and designer. You can learn more about her illustration work here in a Knoxville newspaper. She also was part of the decor8/Amy Butler contest back in June (view her submission here). Her blog really reminds me of Creature Comforts, Bloesem, and decor8 come to think of it, which could be why it appeals to me so much as she is definitely of the same mind, for sure. So pretty!

Psst: I also discovered that she is a Stephanie Meyers fan. :) Who isn’t, huh?

(images from mer mag blog)

Posted in blogs on November 11, 2008

Southern Weddings & Katie Elfers

How many of you are married but still love to flip through bridal magazines for decorating inspiration? Me me me me! I find many great ideas in wedding mags from the dreamy color palettes to floral arrangements, wedding favors, the general styling of receptions, it’s all simply amazing. That’s why when I noticed that an editor by the name of Madelyn kept visiting decor8 leaving comments that linked back to Southern Weddings I had to see what the blog was like because their print magazine is pure bliss.

The Southern Weddings blog maintained by the editors of the magazine has now occupied my time for the past 30 minutes… And I’m married already! If you are looking for inspiration either for your own wedding, one that you are helping plan, or you simply love to look at beautiful photographs, head on over to the Southern Weddings blog. That’s where I found floral designer Katie Elfers and in this blog post you can see some of her work, however there is lots more on her website.

I can’t get enough when it comes to floral design, I love all of the latest techniques that I see whenever I scan bridal mags or blogs. I make it a habit to buy flowers each week from the local farmers’ market and I take about 30 minutes to style them in a way that is just a little different from my last arrangement. It’s a very peaceful 30 minutes for me, I usually stand over my kitchen sink arranging them in one hand as my mother taught me, then tying them, I set them in a vase and often I’ll secure a pretty ribbon around the vase or maybe use small paper butterflies or some other accent from the hobby shop and glue it onto a thin stick and stick it into the arrangement to make it look a little more interesting, not too kitschy though as I don’t want to take away from the beauty of the blooms.

I just love the portfolio of Katie Elfers and the talented editors of Southern Weddings magazine and blog, which they’ve pulled together so nicely. Thanks Madelyn for stopping by!

(images from katie elfers, photographed by german photographer Tine Hoffman.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on November 03, 2008

What Blogging Means To Me

I have a very special blog in which I visit each day authored by Kathryn in England. Her blog, Secrets of a Butterfly, is not only a beautiful space, but one that fills me back up again whenever I’m feeling a bit tired or lonely because let’s face it, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! It’s easy to run low on fuel but I think if you’re also a small business owner working mostly alone you can relate. We really need our friends whether they are virtual or sitting across from us, and I think Kathryn nicely explains why on her blog and I’ll direct you to a post that I particularly enjoyed in just a moment…

Kathryn is a caring soul, someone who may be young but is filled with wisdom, hope, strength. Her genuine spirit illuminates through her blog right into the reader. At least this reader: me. Kat recently wrote a beautiful post on Secrets of a Butterfly called What Blogging Means To Me that touched my heart. I hope that if you have time you will read it because I would like to see some of you commenting over there on her blog to tell her what blogging means to you if you’re interested… I think Kathryn, who has reached out with such honestly, deserves some in return so maybe you can visit her today and share your blogging experience there.

One quote she mentioned on her blog is one I’d not heard before, but so very nice, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” — George Eliot, English novelist.

(image designed by secrets of a butterfly using flickr toys. To see who the owner is of each photo shown, click here please.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on October 30, 2008

Thanks, Domino!

I just found out over the weekend that decor8 was mentioned in the November 2008 issue of Domino magazine on page 40! Thanks, Domino!

What an honor to be highlighted as a “So Right Now” blog alongside many others, they did a nice job matching blogs by group and what a great moment to have the #1 shelter magazine in America highlight blogs as being a go-to source for inspiration and decorating tips and ideas. Fantastic. It’s what I’ve been hoping to see since early 2006 when I pitched a similar article idea to some of the big shelter mags and their editors turned me down flat. One even told me that, “blogs are written by inexperienced housewives who have no say in the design world”. Another told me, “blogs won’t stick” (this was in ’06), and finally I heard “blogs are of no interest to *this* magazine {click}” (funny because that magazine now has a blog two years later).

I can’t tell you how many times I cried after talking on the phone to such editors. Tears of frustration mixed mostly with anger. I didn’t feel deflated, I felt empowered… “We bloggers will SHOW THEM” was how I viewed every single snub I faced. And I was snubbed by many, trust me. “decor8 who?”, “You author a design blAg, oh um blOg, get to the point I have to take a call…”, “What is a blog, is that MySpace?”… But I had faith that the “little guy” and our voices would someday matter to the big guys. To say that I am excited to see Domino write about blogs is an understatement. I am OVER.THE.MOON. They have been supportive of blogging since day one, same goes for Elle Decor, never once did they snub blogs or make us feel unloved. They are smart, they see the value in both blog and magazine living together. Their mention of blogs as “So Right Now” is a tremendous vote not only for those mentioned (like me) but to many bloggers not mentioned since this will no doubt draw non-blog readers into the circle to see what ‘this blogging thing is all about’ and they’ll eventually find others by linking around.

Of course the magazine could not include all of the equally important and inspirational decorating/craft/design blogs out there (they number into the thousands)… So if you’re new to decor8 please know that the design blog community is made up of many great blogs which is why I have a visual blogroll — so readers can use that as a portal to finding the greatness that truly exists out there. Click here to be introduced to more great blogs.

And so more Domino readers who stop by can find YOU, please leave a comment here with a direct link to YOUR blog – shameless plugs welcome! The goal is to list as many blogs here as possible so that you can be part of this feature alongside of the blogs featured in the article. United we stand!

Thank you Domino, so much for recognizing us!

(images from domino magazine and scanned image from Sara on Flickr)

Posted in blogs, press on October 27, 2008

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