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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

Oromono *new* Online Shop

Kirsty wrote in from Oromono to let us know the good news — her store is online and ready to accept orders! I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Oromono, but her 3D work using textiles is stunning; I actually first came in touch with them over a year ago while browsing Lekker and wrote about it here. Oromono ships almost anywhere, so if you see something you love online, chances are that Kirsty can send it to your home. I really love her rouging and pleating techniques…

Thank you Kirsty for the tip!

(images from oromono)

Posted in designers, textiles on May 07, 2007

John Robshaw Textiles *New* for Spring ’07

If you’ve been keeping up with Beach Bungalow 8, our blog of the week, you’ll see that Megan has a huge crush on John Robshaw. She’s not alone. So do I. And if you thought the post showing the Brooklyn store, Layla, was an impressive display of Indian textiles, well visit John Robshaw. Crazy beautiful. Exotic, colorful, chic…

Most of us are familiar with Robshaw and his textiles since they’re featured in so many magazines, but have you peeked in on his Spring ’07 collection yet? Positively sumptuous.

I love to see designers that travel and collect inspiration from distant parts of the globe, then reinterpret those motifs to produce a modern version of a block print (for example), which Robshaw does by turning up the color to say, hot pink. Robshaw travels India and Southeast Asia for inspiration and goods, and although the colorways may be chic and modern, the ancient craftsmanship isn’t anything new — yet it’s still a theme of his work, hand-stitched and hand-printed textiles are what make his designs so appealing to me.

You can purchase some of his bedding for adults and babies over at auto or nonchalant mom. You can find some of his shower curtains online at Fine Linen and Bath.

Thanks to Cate and Allyson at John Robshaw for most of these images, much appreciated ladies!

(images from john robshaw and nonchalant mom)

Posted in designers, shopping, textiles, travel on May 01, 2007


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