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New Blogs On The Block

I’ve had a lot of really nice bloggers write in over the past few months, or readers writing in about their favorite blogs, to share a bit of their world with me. I appreciate this, and am flattered my these emails, so thank you. As a way to show my gratitude, here’s a mini blog round-up, from my inbox to you! I’m thrilled to see the world of blogging grow, it’s so exciting.

Style Me Pretty – A blog for the style obsessed bride. Abby McLucas is a married lady who designs stationery under the brand Abby Jean Press, her paper goods can be found in stores throughout the United States. Abby has a beautiful blog with excellent wedding tips and inspiration for the bride, it’s gorgeous!

Rockett St. George Blog – They have an amazing store, and now they’re blogging about design in the UK. Always a new find that most of us stateside haven’t heard of yet. Check them out!
Something Old, Something New – Another gorgeous bridal blog that I just discovered after clicking around Style Me Pretty. This blog isn’t new, she’s been blogging for awhile already, but it’s too beautiful to not include in this round-up. Packed with informative posts, inspirational finds, tips, and altogether lovely things, the blogger is also the owner of Kenzie Kate Invitations out of Brooklyn. Love!
Fly in my Mint Julep – Erin Glover is a blogger from Albuquerque, New Mexico that just started her blog. She plans to talk about everything from art and design to movies, food, wine, and whatever her heart desires. Thanks for writing in, Erin!
Design Hole
– Interior designer and freelance writer, Jennifer Mitchell, is the author of this new design blog. Let’s see if Jennifer can put Detroit on the design map! I think she can!
Desire to Inspire – A blog created by two friends, Jo and Kim, that showcases beautiful interiors from the pages of magazines and the portfolios of designers and firms around the room. Beautiful!
Happy Living
– I love the name of Erinn’s blog, Happy Living. Who can resist a blog with such a cheery outlook?

Yellow Bell Pepper Design – A Boston-based blogger (yeah!), Jeniffer Almonte loves design and is on a mission to share her voice with others that seek fresh, bold finds.
A Small Work A Day – Pamela Viola offers a print, in an edition of 100, for sale with $10 from each sale going to a rotating list of charities. They sell for $25 including domestic postage and this blog showcases her beautiful prints.
All Pop Blog – After years of collecting everything from plastic saints and Hindu posters to oilcloth bags and Mexican pop culture trinkets, LA artists/designers Jennifer and Josh Hoffert decided it was time to share their love of kitsch with others through their store, and now, their blog.

Art Diary Bradford Brenner – Bradford is an artist located in San Diego that blogs about his work, offering it for sale via his blog. He paints primarily figurative, still life, landscape, portrait and abstract in acrylics and oil on either canvas or board. Excellent!

At?pica Objetos Placenteros – Nancy Kulfas blogs from Buenos Aires, Argentina about handmade objects desiged by Argentine artists. Thank you Nancy for sharing finds from your beautiful country with us!
*Terramia* – I don’t much about the woman behind *Terramia*, but I see her commenting all over the place, and truly love her energy and positivity – her support means so much to me. Her blog is all about decorating, a fun read from a great lady!

Casapinka – Here’s another active blogger and blog reader, she comments on blogs frequently with such supportive words. She loves needlepoint, cherry blossoms, and the color pink. We just love her. :)

In looking at these blogs, as well as so many others, I’m especially interested in those that specialize in something special, like the wedding bloggers, the mid century modern lovers, the stationery blogs, etc. Readers always write to me asking about blogs and how to get started, and I’m quick to reply that more blogs are needed that focus on a particular subject matter, one that the blogger is experienced in and passionate about, those are really needed. Maybe you’re a graphic designer and you want to blog about what inspires your work, how you create images, etc. Or perhaps you love letterpress and own one, and you love to create beautiful cards…. Maybe you can blog about this along with a few mini tutorials and images that walk the rest of us through the process.

If you want to start a blog and wonder what you will talk about, think about what it is you know. Think of what your friends tend to ask you about the most. Think about what you would like to say to a whole new world of readers that will flock to your site to read your words.

Do you realize how helpful a blog about entertaining is, or a blog about writing song lyrics, crochet, pulling together a room, an outfit, or a blog that helps someone learn about opera music or the art of quilting. Whatever it is you consider yourself a smarty pants at is what you should blog about. Have a voice, stand up, show your skills – blog! :)

And welcome to all the bloggers above, you make the world a better place, you can believe that for sure!

Posted in blogs on March 06, 2007

Visit the *New* Blueprint Blog – Bluelines!

I’m excited that the new Blueprint magazine blog, Bluelines, launched today. Of course, another surprise was seeing decor8 on their blogroll under Sites We Love, thanks so much Blueprinters for the mention! Visit their new blog and see what you think. Congrats to Blueprint for entering the blogosphere, we’re happy to have you, and your fancy banners… Seriously, aren’t these pretty?

(image from blueprint)

Posted in blogs on March 01, 2007

See you tomorrow!

It’s a holiday here in the states and most of us have off, so I decided not to blog and go on a date with my husband. We started off feasting on a delicious brunch out, then hit an afternoon matinee (Music and Lyrics), and finally wrapped things up in a nearby cafe lingering over cappuccino and dessert. I highly recommend date time with your husband, it’s fantastic. I’ll see everyone tomorrow, but until then, here are some excellent links for you to enjoy:

Irene’s informative and bookmark-worthy post about vintage ceramics over at Bloesem.

Stylish Danielle is spotting bright yellow as a trend over at the Style Files.

Domino magazine and their amazing “green” issue. It hit my mailbox over the weekend and I plan to dig in tonight. I heard some of their amazing eco-finds are online over on their website…

The March Country Living magazine is all about creating your own craft room and my favorite topic, “Turn Your Passions Into Profits”. The issue is devoted to women entrepreneurs and it’s just a terrific read. You can catch some of it online here. The rest you’ll need to see in the issue!

Victoria shares some of her favorite chick flicks.

Tomorrow is a HUGE day for Apartment Therapy as the Gillingham-Ryan family makes their debut on the Oprah show. The show is called, “Nate’s Small Space Miracle”. Don’t miss it! People are starting to post about the show on the Oprah website… I can’t wait to watch how the boards fill up post show! This is such great news for AT.

And meet a few new decor8 sponsors: Green Tea Design, Truche, Indie Fixx, Galleria Pangea, and Amy Burhoe.


And a bit of saving the best for last, don’t miss A Year Of Living Gorgeously, Paola’s new blog from Mirror Mirror. It seems to be a bit of everything delicious all rolled into one space.

See you tomorrow, February 20th with a special decor8 discount from an artist and designer we all love… Stay tuned!

Posted in blogs, ceramics on February 19, 2007

Snow Day!


We’re snowed in under a blanket of beautiful white, well more like several blankets, so I’m lacing up my huge stormtrooper boots and heading outside for a little fun in winter wonderland. It’s nearly 3pm, time to go have some fun, it is or first snow… I’ll be back tomorrow with the next trend report: Beachy Keen, a look at how to bring a little California cool into your home. It’s finally ready, it took me forever!

If you’re looking for links, there are plenty of great blogs that I’ve added in the left column, which I’ve categorized to make things easier. (Those added over the past few days are clearly marked *.) Oh, and don’t miss Rachel’s Reds Report, she’s a color Queen from Maryland and is willing to take any questions you may have, so don’t be shy.

Enjoy your day… See you tomorrow!

(image from cloud berry terrier on flickr. She also has a blog and an Etsy shop where she sells her handmade buttcrack characters under the name “Smosch” in case you’re interested. Too cute!)

Posted in blogs, etsy on February 14, 2007

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