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Amy Leonard Lighting

Casapinka wrote to me today about her friend Amy Leonard and her sculptural lamps. Amy is the blogger behind Design DNA and creates these glass cloche lamps merely as hobby right now, although I can see her selling these designs or the lamps themselves to stores like Caravan in London, Figments in Providence, Deyrolle in Paris, or even Anthropologie because they are exquisite works of art with that vintage feel we all love so much.

I love that each is unique, her work a piece of delicate art that seems to tell a sweet little story of the character living inside. They have an almost fairy tale quality to them, illuminated little stories under glass! Thank you so much Pink for telling me about these, and Amy your lights are really great and if I had a little shop, I’d sell them in a second!

Also readers, Amy is looking for a little feedback about her creations, if you’d take a moment to leave some, that would really be helpful to her.

Posted in blogs, lighting on July 25, 2007

Swedish Design Blog Roundup

In addition to my favorite Swedish design blogger Emma, I discovered a few more to add to my list and thought you’d like to see them. It’s so exciting to find all these beautiful blogs and to be introduced to decorating styles in other parts of the globe. Especially Sweden. Aren’t we forever fascinated with the Swedes?

Flitiga Myran – This blog is beautiful with its full-color massive eye candy and terrific links. From here I found TurQuoise, a charming boutique in Stockholm, that I’ll add to the decor8 shopping links.

Lantliv i stan has a very fresh organic vibe, awesome imagery, and more fantastic links to keep you clicking around for hours.

Spets och snor is another stunning blog. This lady seems to love flea market finds and the diy approach. The overall look is very Shabby Chic with a lot of white and frilly femininity, so it’s not for everyone, but I think it’s important to keep an open mind because sometimes you fall upon things you never knew you’d like until seeing them presented in a different way. Plus, there is a lot about this look that can be appreciated, the use of white as a foundation, slipcovered sofas and chairs really are practical if you have children/pets, poplin and linen are quite beautiful and good linen only improves with age (it’s like scotch!), incorporating pink into a room can be empowering (most ladies like this color anyway so why not?), and recycling flea market finds is good for the planet and your budget. It’s also a fun way to spend time outdoors for fresh air and exercise. This look also embraces the joy of turning trash into treasure, which is good for elevating self-esteem – many claim that a successful DIY project helps people cope with depression!

HOOM.STHLM is a blog I found via SFGirlByBay, and the huge bonus here is that this blogger posts in Swedish and English so we can follow along without feeling a bit lost. HS posted this living room image that will be etched in my brain forever. I love it.

Ljuvligt Hemma is another nice blog, I especially like how this blogger takes a room she finds (example here) in a magazine and then shows her readers how to create the room using items online. I love this idea because I’ve been thinking of a fun addition to decor8 that has to do with building rooms using things found online so maybe I’ll try something like this out on you. I don’t believe in copying a room 1:1 (not creative or challenging enough!), but I’m all for the idea of designing a space to create a certain look that you’re going for. I can use only items found online and I can mix in budget pieces as well. What do you think? Then I can archive them on a separate page for quick reference. Hmmm…

Cleo’s blog Inredningsbloggen shows this bloggers obsession with imagery, all that’s handmade, and intricately designed textiles. I can tell this lady loves to touch everything she comes in contact with! She recently blogged about Fiona Zobole, a textile artist in the UK that you must check out. The image above is one of her works.


And I’ve mentioned her already, but in case you missed the link, Emmas designblogg is my favorite Swedish blog because Emma is a really nice lady and she reaches out to a pretty broad audience since her blog is in both Swedish and English. We seem to share the same design aesthetic, another reason why I keep clicking back for more inspiration from the talented Emma. I found Kids Factory in Amsterdam via her blog, what a fantastic store for kids design.

I know I’ve missed a lot of other Swedish design blogs, so please comment with your favorites below so other readers can learn about them. Thank you!

Posted in blogs on July 25, 2007

Blog of the Week: Rang – Your Passage to India!

With all of the ethnic prints and patterns used in fashion and interior design collections lately, especially those from India, I thought I’d highlight two new blogs authored by loyal decor8 reader, Archana Srinivas. (You may recall that we toured her Bangalore home last summer.) Her blogs, Rang – Decor and Rang – The Colours of Life are a fabulous way to step into the world of the modern Indian woman.


I enjoy learning about what inspires Archana, from the food she enjoys to the patterns, flowers, and decorating styles that bring her joy. India is such a fascinating land of rich culture and vibrant color, which is precisely why I crave to learn more about it through the eyes of Archana.


I love blogging and the opportunities that we have to peek into cultures other than our own. The exposure we have from being a part of this growing worldwide community is like nothing I’ve ever seen! You can travel to magical India without leaving your desk… Isn’t that a nice thought?

(images from rang)

Posted in blogs, travel on July 12, 2007

New Look for Summer

With each season, the decor8 header changes, so it was only fitting to add a new look for summer. I recently asked the amazing Tara Hogan to design my latest business cards, so graphic designer Brent (my close friend in Minneapolis), spotted my new cards and decided to give the header a similar look for the season. (He’s also the man behind my last 2 blog headers here and here.)


Some of you wrote in recently concerned that changing my header damages my brand, and I know that you mean well, so thank you so much for your concerns. I realize that changing headers with the seasons may not be so great for “branding” but I’m not worried. Dooce swaps out her blog header monthly, along with Delicious Days, and I think they’re both pretty awesome blogs because they allow themselves some flexibility with their design and that, unlike large corporations, they do it because they can. I want to keep things fresh and inspiring here too, and because I came from corporate, I think I’m intentionally rebelling against anything that fences me in — right down to creating a set brand for myself. If anything, people know this blog by its contents and my voice, that’s “brand” enough for me. But thank you all for the nice comments you’ve sent in, and the words of advice, I really do appreciate that you’re looking out for my blog. :)

So with all that being said, I hope you like the new banner! I really love pods for their organic shapes and thought capping them in yellow would be nice. And of course, birds are always in style, so why not? Of course, in October this will all change when a Fall header is introduced, but for now, birds and pods work for me.

Posted in blogs, small business on June 29, 2007

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