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Lick Your Chops Interiors (and Contest Ideas??)


Seems fellow blogpal Victoria (SFGirlbyBay) has the same fascination with home peeping as we do. Look at these lovely images that she’s collected and displayed on her wonderful blog this week.

The photo above is from Pink Loves Brown (who was featured here and also here – stationery goddess!) Would you like to peek at a few other areas in her home? Sure you would. Click here.

Victoria also pulls together the most amazing design boards ever on AT:SF. This lady rocks it out, I think she is so clever. This one, ’40’s Finds at the Flea Market, is my favorite by far. I love the corals, tropical barkcloths (they look Hawaiian to me), that kiwi green, and the pops of red, especially the adorable red dog silhouette (click on image below for larger view or read the complete post over at AT:SF).


This design board ‘ABC’s for Renters‘, is fun and has a lot of personality. Also from Victoria. Get the specifics here. How inspirational is this, huh?

Makes me think, maybe in the new year we should have a new contest. Maybe I can find a sponsor and if not, I’ll reach into my pockets and just do it myself. I’d love to have a Design Board competition. Where readers pull together images and paint chips and fabric swatches to create a dream room. What do you think? Would you be interested in something like that?

I could also make the voting system a little more on spot by using some nifty software or something where a person can only vote once for their favorite. I don’t think anon votes on blogs are always 100% if you know what I’m sayin’…. Maybe a SPRING FLING contest held in late March? What types of prizes would you like? Any ideas for me? We have a nice group of readers, why not try out another contest – only this time, something where you can get out the gluesticks and magazine clippings and go absolutely nuts.

Let me know what you think, so I guess you can consider this your warning so you can start thinking about your dream room in advance… :)

(images, top from pink loves brown, bottom two from victoria)

Posted in blogs, inspiration on November 22, 2006

Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure – Thoughts???

Question. Have you read and applied the book Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure? I have it, but being away from home for nearly two months now, it’s not really a book I can dig into at the moment. I am a huge AT addict though and find the whole “cure” thing most fascinating – especially how Maxwell’s loyal (and massive!) readership responds to each and every step on his book blog. I can burn hours reading through all the comments. Good stuff.

Confession. I’m a pack rat. Bigger issue is that I don’t pack junk, I pack some seriously nice items that I truly love but have zero space for. People also give me lots of nice things that I don’t want to part with – things from clients, gifts from friends. How do you say goodbye to it all? I need to hop on the home cure band wagon and edit my space because my little home is bursting at the seams and this is not good but at the same time, how do you toss items you adore?

Have you followed the cure and if so, do you have any thoughts/advice on the subject? I’d love to hear what you have to say.

(image from apartment therapy)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines on November 17, 2006

coffee + cre8tive {nov 17 ’06}


Did you spot the new book and blog of the week? If not, it’s time to introduce you to a few of my new faves. First up, Danielle’s design blog – The Style Files – where she blogs from the Netherlands about (mostly) Dutch design, but of course, a girl can’t stop there – so she blogs about design that she finds inspiring from all over the globe. We met up and spent a day together in Eindhoven for Dutch Design Week, so I’m extra excited to have her featured as blog of the week – what a great lady she is! Her blog is so insightful, she posts daily, and she features many great designers and products that are so knock-your-socks off good that I suggest making the Style Files your daily read. (psst: Here’s a photo I snapped of her in Eindhoven. She’s quite lovely, isn’t she?)

Next, a book I’m really nuts about lately, Paul Smith: You Can Find Inspiration in Everything*: (*and if you can’t, look again). I spotted this book for the first time in Hamburg a few weeks ago and wondered why I’d not heard of it before – it’s been out for a few years already. There is so much in life that can stimulate creativity, but because we are exposed to these things on a daily basis (i.e. product packaging) we start ignoring it. Brit designer and global icon Paul Smith teaches us how to look at things in a different way – to really SEE what you are touching and using and watching – that’s the real key to creative and inspired living. This book examines this topic further with loads of pictures that will stimulate your brain and put you on a much more creative track. It’s a great coffee table book since it’s bound to strike up conversations with guests, and a good resource for you to refer to when you find yourself stuck in a bit of a creative rut. If you don’t already own a copy, I highly suggest changing that el pronto ! (Learn more about Paul Smith here.)

I’d also like to welcome an additional sponsor here on decor8, Imooi, who has the most gorgeous jewelry for men and women, along with ladies handbags (love the jewelry for men). Imooi is offering FREE SHIPPING to decor8 readers for a limited time, so if you’d like to gift a friend, there’s no time like the present. Here’s a link to their store on Amazon. Please use code: decor806 at checkout. Welcome Imooi!

Oh, almost forgot… Look at what Danielle found (below) from Tord Boontje for Moroso. Read more here. Sweet find, Danielle!


(images from imoii, paul smith, and the style files.)

Posted in blogs, Books + Magazines, ceramics on November 17, 2006

Blog of the Week: Make It


I’m happy to welcome craft-obsessed Shannon from Make It, a new blogger based in Davis Square, Somerville. She not only blogs, but she’s a crafter herself and loves creating jewelry, painting, knitting and is learning how to sew, too. On top of that, she’s passionately exploring the wonderful world of batik. Shannon even has an etsy store!

Make It focuses mainly on the business side of crafting, so it’s light on eye candy, heavy on well thought out content – Shannon believes in inspiration through education, and posts at least twice daily. Make It offers tips on starting your own business (What’s the right consignment fee for a new boutique? for instance), crafter interviews, selling how-to’s, and a new monthly feature, Ask An Expert. This feature offers Make It readers a chance to learn from those who Shannon deems an expert in their field. She selects a topic that she would like to learn more about, hunts down an expert, asks them a series of questions, and shares the fruitage of her labor with Make It readers. “Everyone is very eager to share their knowledge and I’ve met a ton of talented people”, Shannon says. “The craft scene is mostly female and they I love that there are so many women with entrepreneurial goals.”

Want to know what else Shannon has to say? Of course you do!

decor8: Hi Shannon. Since I’ve already introduced you to decor8 readers, why don’t you tell us about what you’re looking to accomplished via Make It, you know, big picture here…

shannon: I have a lot of goals for myself. Of course, visibility (via Make It) for my own crafty pursuits. I’d love for Make It to evolve to a point where it’s a behind the scenes look at my own experience as I build my crafty business, but I’m not there yet. A book is also something I’m thinking of. There’s definitely a need for a book about the business side of creative enterprises. Someone has to write it, why not me? As I continue to blog, learn more, and meet crafters, the book idea will develop more. I’m currently working on my first freelance writing gig and that’s a direct result of someone from a magazine seeing my blog. Eventually I’d love to start an organization like the Boston-based Artists for Humanity, which is a program that teaches youth artistic skills and then also teaches them about the business side of the arts with the goal of bridging racial, social and economic divides. What an inspiring organization. Make It is a starting point for a variety of creative endeavors that I want to achieve.

decor8: Great goals! From your own experience, and I know you’re new at this, but what is the best thing about blogging thus far?

shannon: It’s such an easy way to get your writing onto the internet for potentially anyone to see. I highly encourage those who want to express their creative side, but aren’t sure where to start, to just blog and develop your ideas from there. It’s so easy and it can lead you places you never anticipated. I see my blog almost as a mini-magazine. I think of the things that I would do if I had magazine about the business of crafts, and then I make those ideas work for my blog. Best part, the budget is lower and the turnaround time is 24 hours instead of 6 months (compared to print publications). The medium of what a blog can be or do is really expanding and I love it. An idea can go straight from my head to my blog and there’s nothing anyone can do or say about it (for better or for worse). On my blog, I answer to no one!

decor8: There are lots of crafty blogs. What do you think makes your blog stand out?

shannon: As far as I know there isn’t another blog offering a daily dose of information about this subject. The Switchboards is an amazing resource, as are a number of other online craft communities: Get Crafty, Supernaturale, Etsy, Craftster. But these are all forum-based communities. Sometimes the problems with forums is that there can be so much information that you have to know what you’re looking for or you’ll get overwhelmed. With my blog, it’s just two posts a day, it’s quick, it’s easy and maybe a reader will hear about something they had never thought of before.

decor8: Let’s switch gears now, shall we? As a local, I’d like to hear what you think sets Boston apart from other cities…

shannon: Boston has alot of the advantages of a big city but feels like a small city. It’s very walkable, it’s very safe and it’s not intimidating in a way I find New York City to be. I also love autumn and no one does autumn like New England! I also really enjoy the proximity to other major cities, in August I went to NYC one weekend and then Philly the next. Everything is pretty accesible.

decor8: What are your favorite Boston-based design/crafty stores?

shannon: Hmm, this is a tough one because as a recent college grad I am extremely frugal. I have relied on Craigslist for so much of my post-college life from furniture to apartments to volunteer opportunities, so that’s my favorite “store” of all time. I also love thrift stores and Urban Renewals located on 122 Brighton Avenue in Allston is incredible.

decor8: Other than blogs, are there any creative websites that you suggest visiting for inspiration?

shannon: I pretty much only visit blogs. I visit The Hunt in NY Times Sunday Real Estate section because they always profile an average person’s space and I love to see how average people live (not magazine people). It also makes me glad I don’t live in the land of $2,000 per month studio apartments. I check Lotta Jansdotter’s site probably once a week. I am a huge fan of her work and her career and she’s a big inspiration. I wrote about her in my second blog post ever. I visit decor8 and other design and craft blogs daily, those are my main source of inspiration.

decor8: What are five subjects that you’d like to learn more about and why?

shannon: I want to become a batik expert, so I want to really dig into that subject. How to be an effective writer (obvious reasons). How to sew and how to quilt. Because batik is the process of designing and dyeing fabric, I want to be able to then make that fabric into something. Also HTML and web design interest me because I’d like to be able to do cooler things with my blog and create my own crafting business website.

decor8: Favorite trends you’re seeing…

shannon: I like the trend towards more organic and handmade items. I think in light of issues like global warming and foreign oil dependence, people are becoming more concerned about where the things they buy come from. That applies not only to gifts and clothing (see American Apparel) but food and furniture. I think it’s great because I want to be a part of the handmade industry, but I also think it makes alot of sense for the planet.

decor8: Indulgences?

shannon: Pizza and expensive shoes. There’s always room for expensive shoes. :)

Thank you Shannon for stopping by and sharing your blog with decor8 readers.

Due to limited space, I try to keep interviews brief. If you have additional questions for Shannon, please ask her by clicking on ‘comments’ below. Shannon will answer your questions there. Thank you!

(images from Shannon)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, blogs, interviews, uncategorized on September 18, 2006

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