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Decorator Shannon Fricke

Shannon Fricke wrote to me about her beautiful blog and as I scrolled down the page I found myself seeing many new things, then realizing why – Shannon is lives and works in Australia. Shannon is a decorator and I fully embrace her design philosophy, “I believe that the way you decorate your home can influence the way that you feel about your life and so I love to inspire people to create a home that suits their individuality”. Right on, Shannon!

I cannot figure out if these are windows to another room or mirrors.Then I thought if they are mirrors then this look is easy to duplicate with full length mirrors sold at any big box store. I don’t think I would have thought to arrange so many together on a single wall like this…

In addition to her blog, she has a lovely website containing a plethora of images that surely will inspire you this morning. Seems she makes regular television appearances, conducts decorating workshops, and has a series of books (that I want just when I thought I was all set with book purchases for the next few months). Here are some images from her blog so you are able to get a sense of the style Shannon gravitates towards, much like that of my own – laid back, natural meets bohemian with lots of natural elements in the mix. There is a cottage meets the sea feel with a dash of urban through in to make things feel a bit edgy.

Kids art offers an affordable (and cherished!) option for adorning the walls. A cute, perfectly placed, pastel yellow bike never hurts along with polished cement floors!

I’m so attracted to the look of a tiled back splash. Subway tiles, hand painted ethnic patterns from faraway lands, it’s all good.

Note: I don’t believe that these are rooms that Shannon has styled or anything but are sources of her own inspiration taken from various places that I found on her blog.

Thank you Shannon for sharing a glimpse of your world, I’ll be turning into your blog regularly now that is for sure!

(images from the blog of shannon fricke)

Posted in blogs, designers on July 31, 2008

Please Read This Post {important notes}

When you visit decor8 on Monday, July 28th you be automatically redirected to a new URL and a completely new decor8 blog. It looks nothing like this one, so please don’t assume you are in the wrong place! :) I’m spending the day finishing up on last minute site details so I don’t plan to blog again until Monday.

Please note: comments left on this blog after 6am EST Saturday morning (7/26) will not move over to the new decor8, so please either comment today or wait until Monday.

It’s time for change!
(clock from
Decoy Lab, $30)

And two final notes to share. First, we have a good conversation going here thanks to reader Pippa if you’d like to jump in with your thoughts. We’re basically talking about art vs. craft, how taking a risk is defined, and other thoughts on this topic so please join us. It’s a good one! Again… Comments left on this blog after 6am EST Saturday morning (7/26) will not be moved over to the new decor8, so please comment either today or wait until Monday. I wouldn’t want your thoughts forever lost!

And finally, the Inspire Me! contest will wrap up at midnight tonight. All comments left until then will be considered for the giveaway so please make sure to enter if you haven’t already. I’ll post the winners on Monday so meet me back here in a few days to see if you’ve won and to visit the new decor8.

See you on Monday and have a lovely weekend… xo, Holly

(image from decoy lab, text/border added by decor8)

Posted in blogs on July 25, 2008

I Heart Design Freebies

I’m in love with this new blog called Free Design authored by Summer Allen-Gibson, the same lady behind Design Is Mine and who co-authors Bread & Honey alongside pal Alicia Carrier. Design Freebies is a brilliant idea for a blog, I’m loving some of the more focused blogs out there because now I know exactly where to go for really nice free stuff on the web.

Summer, with her impeccable eye for beautiful things, scours the web and posts lovely freebies that I know I’ll like and I bet you will too. She found out that the The Small Object has free downloads on her site and she even discovered Amelie wallpapers. Big smiles for all!

In addition to her three blogs, Summer just launched her own collection of t-shirts that read, “Be kind, design” for $19 over on Etsy. How fab is this lady, huh? She wears so many hats, each one as pretty and special as the next.

(images from small object)

Posted in blogs on July 22, 2008

Blog of the Week: Design Aglow

I hate to gush but… I just found the most amazing blog (thanks to an anon reader for the tip!) all about photography and how to display photos in your home called Design Aglow. This blog just started in January and already has pages of inspiration to offer readers, you simply must feast your eyes on the beauty here!

Design Aglow even offers these amazingly helpful templates on how to display art on your wall. I’m completely blown away by this site and I’m sure you will like it just as much.

(all images from design aglow)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs on July 21, 2008


Some of my books...

Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.


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