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Kerry Cassill *New* Online Store

I can’t believe it! Kerry Cassill now has an online store with home goods and fashion so shout it from the rooftops! To me, there’s nothing better than combining a little Bombay/Mumbai influence with a touch of California sunshine for Summer ’07. I love how Kerry layers patterns and colors, I think I’ll pick up a few pillowcases to cut apart and convert into a simple ottoman cover… Oh, how you inspire us to do great things in our homes, Kerry!

(images from kerry cassill)

Posted in bedroom, designers, fashion + accessories, textiles on May 14, 2007
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Brooklyn Designs 2007: Round-up!

Brooklyn Designs 2007 kicks off tomorrow, so in support of all the amazingly talented design collectives participating, this shout out is for you. Here’s a mini roundup of some of my favorite exhibitors (see them all here), I’m sure you’ll love them too. Known as the coming out party for the hottest furnishings designers, don’t miss this exciting event. Best part, it’s not trade only, it’s open to all.

The Puzzle Conference Table from 4-Pli, this funky sofa
from a+g, and amy helfand rugs.

Andrea Claire lighting, the Hovering coffee table from City Joinery,
anything at all made by Brave Space (wow), and the Bentboard table
designed Daniel Moyer Design.

The Marsh table and Symbol coat rack from DESU, the Title Danish chair
from elucidesign, or this gorgeous Bandwidth table by Eric Manigian.

An Eames-inspired Orville maple table (love this!) by McCullah Designs,
and Maureen Nollette’s fine art prints.

Of course, I have to mention Paul Loebach, whom I have a huge design crush on right now because, well look at his work, doesn’t that alone explain my adoration? The man is pure genius and in my eyes, has the potential to become huge. Then there’s Pryor & Williams, I like their Daily Bread board. I wish I had more images to share with you, but I am dying to see more images from Re-Surface. Their lighting is quite intriguing. Robert Martin is another talent, all of his tables interest me.

And last but certainly not least, Uhuru, Wud, and Zia Priven. God. More talents to watch. Can I just hire all three to come into my home and fill it with their amazing work? I would love to use the stoolen by Uhuru as a coffee table. By the way, these aren’t the latest from Zia Priven, in fact, their new lighting is all about exotic woods and will debut tomorrow at the show. I can’t wait to check them out, I’m hoping they’ll send me some photos so I can share it will all of you.

If you would like to attend Brooklyn Designs, it’s open to the public (vs. trade-only as so many design fairs are) and only $12* for admission and may be purchased at the show. Show hours are Friday, May 11th froom 10-8 pm; Saturday, May 12th from 10-7 pm; and Sunday, May 13 from 10-6 pm. Click here for additional information about shuttles, parking, directions, etc.

*Pre-registered members of the trade will receive free admission.

Posted in designers, furniture, shopping, travel on May 10, 2007

Kelley Proxmire Interior Design

Kelley Proxmire’s daughter, Brocky, sent along a message and some photos that I think you’ll enjoy. (Notice that these walls are black. Isn’t this stunning?)


“My mom loves your blog and thought it was so nice of you to include her in your March addition by mentioning her sun room. Well, she recently finished a room that is being featured in a Spring show house sponsored by the Washington Design Center and Home and Design Magazine. She wanted me to send you some pictures of the room for you to share on Decor8. I hope you enjoy them!” – Brocky Proxmire.


Thank you so much Kelley and Brocky, what a nice surprise to hear from you. The dramatic black walls are stunning, it’s refreshing to see a crisp, bold bedroom in black and white with red as an accent, yet it doesn’t at all look harsh, dated, or dark. Quite the opposite really, the black walls are fresh, inviting, and positive because Kelley kept the floor and ceiling light – the key to pulling off solid black walls. Perfect!

Get to know Kelley and view her online portfolio here.

(images by angie seckinger)

Posted in bedroom, designers on May 08, 2007

Amy Butler *New* Book: Midwest Modern

I was so excited when I found a little package in the mail last week from Amy Butler. It contained a sneak peek of her new book, Midwest Modern, along with some great patterns for the home, like her new gum drop pillows and feather your nest — patterns for pillow shams, cases, and a quilted coverlet.


Although I love gifts, I think it’s more fun to share, so I asked Amy if she’d like to get involved in a decor8 contest, and she YES! In fact, she was so pleased that I should be receiving a bunch of patterns from her this month to giveaway to decor8 readers! So watch the blog over the next few weeks because I’ll be posting another contest to give you the chance to win free Amy Butler patterns. :)


Now back to the book… Midwest Modern: A Fresh Design Spirit for the Modern Lifestyle isn’t due out until Autumn, but you can pre-order it on Amazon. I just love some of the images inside, all shot by Amy’s talented husband. Although I don’t have the entire copy, just the jacket and an 8 page preview, I can tell it’s going to be a great read. I love how she blends mid century modern with country and lots of flea market finds.

The intro is just great, and a good reminder to many of us, “Attention, design and style mavens! There?s a lot more to America than just the east and west coasts. Today, innovative American design?in clothing, home decor, even gardening?is emerging from the Midwest. So lay your bicoastal biases aside, and let Amy Butler show you what?s happening in the heartland.” Go midwest!


A huge thanks to Amy Butler and her team for supporting decor8, I can’t wait to tell you more about the giveaway in the weeks to come…

(images from midwest modern)

Posted in Books + Magazines, designers on May 08, 2007

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