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Blogger House Party {tour time!}

The Blogger House Party was such a fun creative exercise, I hope that all the bloggers involved (and readers peeking in) had a good time with this because I certainly did. When I posted my room first, I was sitting here just pulling together images of things that inspired me at that time and then after showing it here on decor8, I realized that it almost looked like the beginning of a little room. See?

Then I noticed that Ez over at the Creature Comforts blog was inspired by my little round up of items so she pulled together a coordinating office space. At that point I thought that it would be fun to see if anyone else wanted to get together to ‘furnish’ our virtual space so I decided to throw out a challenge to some of my blogger pals to see if they’d like to work on decorating the home together around a virtual client. Bloesem, SFGirlByBay, The Style Files, Making It Lovely, Creature Comforts, The Kitchen Designer, and others quickly accepted and then other bloggers started sending in submissions too. It’s been great to watch this evolve! I want to do it again for sure. So here’s our virtual client (I made her up) and here are all of the submissions below.

Virtual client profile: young single mom (cookbook author) who lives with her 8-year-old son in a 18th century Georgian townhouse in Savannah, Georgia approx. 2,000 sq ft., 2 floors, 3 bedrooms (one is an office), and a large patio off of the kitchen. She loves to entertain, enjoys pastels and a Swedish modern decor, decorating on somewhat of a budget but she can splurge on one expensive item per room. Loves pattern and feminine touches but can?t deal with too much clutter. All flooring in the house is hardwood and walls are mostly white.

decor8 *new* Living Room
(needed more stuff)

Resources: Standing black Giverny mirror, Patrick Townsend white orbit chandelier, Jasper slipcover sofa, Samantha Hahn print (black frame), Dahlias in a Row by Marisa Haedike, STAACH cain collection stool, vintage anglepoise lamp from a flea market in black (or new here), Cosmos canvas storage box for holding magazines, LACK coffee table, fresh flowers from Jayson Home + Garden, sofa pillows available at Lagom Designs, IKEA Stockholm Rand rug.

Since our client has a son, I thought he’d like the animals on the pillows and the fun yellow stool. His mother appreciates having a slipcovered sofa (Paola, thanks!). The rug is inexpensive enough so that a spill won’t stress anyone out and is fun for her son to race his cars on since it’s a low pile rug. The black was added to the space since our floors are hardwood but Irene decided to paint the boy’s bedroom hardwood in black, so I thought another room in the house needed to somehow relate to that space.

Design For Mankind: Craft Room (shares the same room with the office space, just the opposite side.)


The Style Files Master Bedroom

Perfect Bound Vanity Corner (in master bedroom)
Bloesem: Little Boy’s Bedroom

SFGirlByBay Bathroom

AphroChic Breakfast Nook (eat in kitchen area)

Design is Mine Kitchen (accessories, decor only.)


The Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra: Complete Kitchen (such amazingness!)

This complete kitchen design is from Long Island blogger and Interior Designer Susan Serra. Her drawings and extensive materials list is all on her blog, it’s AMAZING, a totally complete kitchen design from flooring to counters and cabinetry. She took this project above and beyond what was requested, what a thorough lady she is!

Making It Lovely Patio (off of the kitchen)

Although everyone translated the idea a little differently, I think the overall design is somewhat cohesive and since we’re all coming into this with our own aesthetic and background, and lots of us are located all over the place, it is just fun to see how a few design bloggers decorate a space when challenged. It’s a great way for all of us to give readers some ideas and to have fun on a collaborative project. I like the idea of bloggers working together. We have to do this on a regular basis I think!

Thank you my dear blog friends for your participation — it means a lot to me and to all of our readers. Now it’s time to crack open the champagne and celebrate – our client is happy and her home looks lovely!

(images from bloggers linked above)

Posted in blogs, inspiration, small business on February 08, 2008

Inspiration: A Monthly e-Zine

Blogger Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind sent me her new e-zine today called Inspiration (yay!) and I really like it – nice work Erin! It’s a glance into the inspiration boards of others and I’d love to share it with you so you can download the free 20-page PDF file and read what inspires some of her creative lady friends. I spotted many decor8 images in her newsletter from the various inspiration board contests I’ve held here, it was exciting to see some decor8 readers part of Erin’s piece – not just bloggers and designers but also lots of really creative types that are a bit harder to find on the web. Such a refreshing body of work. Yay!

I hope this is the start of many more e-zines from bloggers, I think newsletters and e-zines are the best!

And speaking of past decor8 contests, I’ve been working with Amy Butler for the past few weeks on an amazing contest she’ll be sponsoring on decor8 in the Spring and again, the focus will be on inspiration and mood boards just like last time only with a twist. You’ll have to wait until April to learn more as many details need to be ironed out, but Amy and I can’t wait to get the contest rolling. You’ll love the prizes. Maybe I can work with Erin to get our 5 winners posted in her May issue of Inspiration. Hmmmm….

(images from various contributors to erin’s newsletter, all credited in Inspiration.)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on January 31, 2008


I found out about this beautiful French company called Serendipity and it was there that I spotted tons of inspiring images – I especially like the pillows with home appliqued across the front in contrasting prints. Really nice and a fun little project to take on for a little DIY crafting afternoon. I really like their floor pillows in linen with the words bla bla bla on the sides. You’ll have to look on their website for those. Another well designed site, I might add. Although you can’t shop on it, so it’s a bit frustrating but still a delight. I love all the grays, violets, and linen I’m seeing at Serendipity.

It’s important to note that this gem called Serendipity came by way of Ez over at Creature Comforts who found them on an amazing blog called D?cocentric (I cannot read it though!) that will have you drooling for hours. So many pretty things to find online, I love the web!

(images from serendipity via d?cocentric)

Posted in blogs, kids on January 30, 2008

An Angel at my Table {Mari Eriksson}

Mari Eriksson authors a beautiful blog called An Angel at my Table and though it’s in Swedish her more recent posts contain a bit of English so you can follow along. It’s filled with photos of her home and workspace that are nothing short of inspirational and lovely. There are so many things that I enjoy about her home, from the white wood floors to the industrial pieces living so nicely alongside modern country, chandeliers, and great vintage finds (like the lockers and her sewing machine). Isn’t this a glowing space?

Mari lives in Sweden and as I drool over her magazine worthy abode, I’m left to wonder what this obviously talented lady does for a living. A designer? stylist? photographer? She doesn’t mention it in her blog. Her home has lots of character and positive energy, everything is arranged so effortlessly chic!

Pairing unexpected things seems to be a theme here in Mari’s home. All of the furniture appears to have modern clean lines no matter what period it is from. Good tip to note when you try this look at home. Select furniture that coordinates by color/wood – select a few that you like, i.e. gray, white, and medium wood tones for instance, and then by style like clean modern lines (works best). If you have a curvy piece, you can add it to create a little tension but go easy on mixing curvy with straight because you won’t be able to pull off Mari’s look if this is what you’re going for. I’d consider one curvy dresser or desk and leave it at that.

I love the idea of using a bench along the wall in an eating nook. It’s a clever use of space because if you live in small quarters a slim bench is so practical. You can also look for one with a lift up seat to provide additional storage. My friend in Montreal uses a detailed vintage church pew (like this one only with a clear stain) that she purchased at a flea market and it’s topped with a simple white linen cushion. The detailed carvings and overall patina of the wood paired with her white-washed farm table and white Bertoia side chairs looks so nice.

Show of hands… How many would like to move in? :)

{1/22 3:48 pm update: Thanks to a few comments below, it was revealed that Mari is a photographer. Thank you Linnea and Annemeike!}

(images from mari eriksson)

Posted in blogs, Home Tours, travel on January 22, 2008


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