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Blog of the Week: Design for Mankind {and her e-zine}

Design for Mankind, who is also the decor8 blog of the week, just released her second issue of monthly e-zine Inspiration. It looks so nice, I’m looking forward to reading it soon myself and I’m so proud of her hard work — way to go Erin!

Click here to download your free copy! Yay!

(image from design for mankind)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on February 27, 2008

Bodie and Fou {and a little Provence love too}

I haven’t blogged Bodie and Fou in quite some time and with so many new products on their website, I figured I’d circle back to see what’s new with them. As always, they source only the best and everything works so well together that you can imagine most of their pieces living in the same home without tension. Love that! Decorating made easy.

Birgit ?stergaard lighting and a Bodie and Fou bubble vase.

I particularly like their selection of items from C?t? Bastide, it’s a company that I long to visit someday as they have a showroom in Lourmarin, Provence that is only open during a select period of time each year and with a sweet little sign placed on a path leading to their shop (that appears to be handwritten using chalk on a board), how can any girl resist? Such cuteness. But there’s more. Want to tour the store online? Of course you do!

C?t? Bastide has lovely product shots, and such pretty labels too.

The beautiful blog A Heart in Provence gives us a tour here. Wonderful linen products, soaps and bath gels, and loads of charm set in a beautiful village – sounds like a fantastic vacation. Roaming Provence and popping into bakeries (smell the fresh lavender bread?), quaint stores with gorgeous interiors, and hitting a few farmers’ markets along the way (oh the cheese!). Warm sunshine, your favorite sandals, hair tied up in a stylish chignon…

Kathleen Hills cluster light, linen bag and bed canopy from C?t? Bastide.

Okay, back to reality. Me here in New Hampshire tapping away on my keys, listening to Beirut, looking out over a frozen orchard with tons of snow from the latest storm last night. But a girl can dream, can’t she?

If you’re interested in hitting a great sale today, visit Bodie and Fou’s winter offers where most items are at least 50%.

(images from bodie and fou)

Posted in bathroom, bedroom, blogs, textiles, travel on February 13, 2008

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


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