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New Designers Online

I stumbled upon a most informative UK-based website called New Designers Online, a comprehensive guide showcasing new design talent mostly from Europe, much along the same lines as Trunkt here in America. It’s a site you’ll want to browse because the talent featured is phenomenal – so fresh! And talk about inspired design… I’d like to share with you a few of my favorites, all of whom I’ve written to requesting more information and imagery, with hopes that they will write back and I can feature them again in the future. I’m especially smitten by the work of Heidi Turner and Matt Smith. Wow. Impressive.

Heidi Turner – “Contemporary, embroidered and embellished designs with a bright folkloric feel, inspired by nature and environment on natural fabric.” – New Designers Online.

Loretta Harmer – “Loretta’s distinct style is inspired by her dual love of nature and textures, evident in her creations which include silver seed pendants, poetry bangles and pine cone table sculptures.” -New Designers Online. Loretta also has a website called Natural Impression.

Katja Behre – “Katja creates distinctive neo-romantic designs with consideration given to colour, shape and theme, manifesting itself as wall coverings and textiles for furniture, drapes and fashion.” – New Designers Online.

Matt Smith – “Matt juxtaposes the permanence of clay with the fleeting coincidenses of day dreams to produce charming and whimsical vessels and wall pieces.” – New Designers Online.

Helen Gallogly – “Helen produces highly decorative, hand drawn and embroidered textiles, inspired by 17th/18th century wallpapers and botanical illustrations. Products include, furniture throws and bespoke chair coverings.” – New Designers Online.

(images from new designers online)

Posted in designers on July 31, 2007

John Stefanidis Design & Textiles

I’ve been a bit on a textile kick lately, so when Caroline from John Stefanidis Design contacted me out of the blue with information on Stefanidis fabrics (based in London), one look told me that you’d enjoy his collection, too. Of course, you simply must take a moment to view his intoxicating portfolio. Browsing beautifully decorated rooms is always a treat. The Stefanidis rooms will have you longing for your next vacation. You may even start turning thoughts over in your head about owning a second home in some exotic locale.


Here’s a glimpse of rooms designed in some amazing locations, from the West Indies to Turkey. I’ll take one in Istanbul (one of my dream destinations) and another someplace very tropical and secluded, please. Perhaps a beachfront abode in Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve had my eye on visiting there for a few years now… Or perhaps a spot in Marrakesh so I can run wild with the amazing Maryam, shopping the souks and carrying her luggage as she hops from one country to the next for her job. I would carry her bags and cook her meals and I’d even consider trimming the toenails on her peacocks if I could somehow be lucky enough to experience the world Maryam style. If you don’t already read her blog, drop everything, she’s an American living in Marrakesh and her stories are fascinating. I digress…

Back to John Stefanidis. I love looking at how he arranges things. Some of his clients seem to fancy colorful glassware and he’s certainly not afraid to show off their collections by utilizing every square inch of a space to incorporate their possessions, is he?

The chair in this bathroom is perfect as an unexpected touch. And with wall colors so rich and gorgeous, who needs art? Well, in the red room above, I guess they needed it, but in the images below, sometimes a simple mirror is all you need when your entire wall is a glowing canvas of color. The hot pink piping on the canopy bed paired with the yellow floral wallpaper has to be one of my favorite color combinations. If it could have a taste, it would surely be raspberry lemonade.

If you could pick a place to set up a house, or at least a second home, where would it be and why?

(images from john stefanidis design)

Posted in designers, textiles on July 05, 2007

Orange Cottage by Civility Design

Once upon a time, there was a little cottage… with funky chandeliers and the brightest orange walls you’ve ever seen in your life! Seriously, these rooms blow “cottage charm” out of the window, there isn’t a single cabbage rose pattern to be found! How did I come across this place? I didn’t. These images arrived via email and my immediate reaction was a jaw-dropping “Wow!”. When I pulled together my most recent trend piece for HGTV on Cane, Don and Jaymes at Civility Design supplied the quotes needed for that article and we’ve been in touch ever since, they’re based in Chicago and have a glorious online portfolio if you’re like to check it out. From what Don tells me, after reading all the recent color posts about orange here on decor8, he was inspired to share with decor8 readers a glimpse into a vintage cottage designed using orange and kelly green as the dominant colors. Ready?

Here’s what Don has to say about the project, “We incorporated a great deal of custom pieces from tile, to fabric, to chairs to even cruelty-free, resin-antler chandeliers we custom made in ‘Hermes’ Orange!”

“The chandeliers we made for the kitchen, even in their Orange Color, read as ‘red’…to the point where we have received requests for them from all over the world because people have thought they were large pieces of coral, made into chandeliers.” – Don Raney
“All photos are from the same remodel/project we designed; a vintage cottage reinterpreted with period-appropriate materials but with a modern twist. Fun Fun Fun – and beautiful, all at the same time.” – Don Raney


What do you think about that cottage space? I love all the bold accents and how these designers didn’t let the word cottage deter their vision at all. Great job!

Related posts: 6/14 Cane

(images from civility design)

Posted in bathroom, Color Inspiration, designers, kitchen on June 29, 2007

Tara Hogan: Art, Design + Greetings

Tara Hogan flat out rocks. Not only does she design amazing paper products and prints on etsy, but she has a graphic design studio where she churns out creative designs for clients in the form of business cards, logos, and websites. I’ve been working with her all week on my new business cards. At first, I thought I wanted robin’s egg blue and fuchsia, but you know, it feels a bit dated now, the blue feels draining and cold, and so I pleaded to Tara to not kill me, but I needed to change the entire concept. I’m sure she lives for clients like me.

No go:

So I told her about a bird in a cage…A yellow bird, and the cage and all the text on the front of the card would be white. And the background would be sky blue, that color to me represents absolute freedom. And the little bird is me because I once felt trapped in my 9-to-5 but opened the door and escaped into the world of freelance. I also had a pet bird as a child that I adored so much that I still talk about my childhood pal (just ask my poor husband who gets to hear me repeat such stories, thrilling, right honey?). Luckily, Tara thought to leave the cage without a door, and I like it that way, everything has to be tied to a deeper meaning for me or else it doesn’t work. And maybe the bird motif is a bit pass?, but please, it’s my card and I’ve decided that the bird stays. Chirp!

The geometric trellis pattern on the back is so me. I’m thinking of having her plump it up and add joints to resemble cane, but that may make it too trendy or seasonal and I’m not sure I’d hand this card out in say, the middle of October, if it felt too much like summer. Perhaps this is perfect as is. What do you think?

I’m now trying to decide on whether or not I want the color yellow somewhere else on the front. Maybe a trellis pattern along the white band on the bottom of the cage? Or maybe “8” in decor8 in yellow? Or my name in yellow? I’m not sure. What do you think? I’d like to see the trellis pattern SOMEWHERE on the front. I consulted design guru Tara about this, so let’s see what she comes up with. Clever Tara. Hire this girl, she really is amazing to work with. And patient. Oh, and I forgot to add that the card is shiny, high-gloss, with rounded edges. It almost looks like a playing card.

Almost a go:


Note: While you’re viewing these cards, you may notice my new url. I’ve been working on this since December since I’ve moved off of blogger to my own server and domain, but since it’s still “in process” please do not update any of your links until I have everything finished. Thanks.

(images from tara hogan)

Posted in designers on June 08, 2007

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