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Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O’Brien

July 24, 2007

Love the looks of the DWR parallel shelving that I just blogged but can’t afford either the white-lacquered $1,700 version, or the $2400 find in oak? No worries. Order the sturdy Thomas O’Brien bi-fold bookcase for $239 (74H x 72W x 11.75D) from Target and pimp it! It has great customer reviews, and since I examined this bad boy in person, I know it’s nice and would be fun to alter a little with a mere can of paint.

Design Within Our Reach: Pimp My O'Brien
You can white-lacquer your hearts out, or paint it bold red, black, or leave it alone because the wood is an appealing color in person. You can even do a little two-tone magic on it, like the bookcase shown above from a back issue of Living Etc magazine. Sure, the design is different, but it’s the paint job we’re focusing on here — the lovely two-tone style in white and wood. Oh wait… You see this bookcase and like it so much for it’s compact cuteness, and want that one instead? Well, this is a no-brain situation because you can order the Remsen bookcase as-is from West Elm for $399.

So my friends, we do have affordable options sometimes, ones that don’t involve lumber yards and power tools. Just add paint!

(images from target, DWR, and living etc)

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Real Simple Galleries

June 27, 2007

Jason wrote about something that I look forward to whenever Real Simple hits my mailbox, the amazing paper constructions inside! Check out the new paper construction gallery on the Real Simple website showing a few from past issues. I hope they spoil us and show them all. I loved the ones that they created using road maps once. Do you remember them? They were amazing.

Real Simple Galleries
While cruising their site, I found more goodies! There’s a terrific new round up of all their past covers from 2001-2006, and since they have some of the best stylists around (outside of the Martha Stewart gang), I love examining all the details for styling ideas. And sidepoint, but don’t they have the best wall colors ever?

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If you have time today, visit their additional galleries because they feature everything from centerpieces and flowers to relaxation and pets. Click here for your very own drool fest.

I’m so glad that Real Simple enlarged the imagery on their website, because like you, when it comes to getting enough of a good thing, that simply does not exist when looking at gorgeous spaces!

(images from real simple)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Shopping + Products, Travel

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!

June 19, 2007

Matthew Mead is someone I admire, so of course his name appears on decor8 from time to time, especially since his website updates with the seasons. This is your reminder to check out his new summer site, it’s so drool-inducing, you’ll really enjoy it.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!I find Matthew’s work to be a breathe of fresh, New Hampshire country air and love stepping into his magical website to see life through his eyes. Yummy recipes, entertaining tips, and easy craft projects all based around a cottage theme, including a fun way to transform an IKEA lantern for summer.

Matthew Mead Style: Summer!
Psst: Be sure to browse his archives, too.

(images from matthew mead)

Arts + Crafts, Books + Magazines, DIY, Shopping + Products, Travel

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

June 19, 2007

I came across the cutest book last night, Sock and Glove by Miyako Kanamori, I have to share it with you! Part children’s story, part instructional guide for creating softies with personality, it’s great for all ages because it gives lone socks, gloves, and mittens purpose again and gets you back into sewing without a huge time commitment.

Sock and Glove: Creating Softy Friends!

The book has 13 adorable friends to make, from fish to dogs, cats to mice, and the author encourages creativity by explaining that each doll can have a unique personality according to how you arrange the face and how much stuffing you use in the body. She encourages experimenting with different looks and not copying one for one what she shows in the book. In other words, live a little, it’s okay to go outside of the line. It’s simple format and darling photos lured me in at first, especially since I’ve had a thing for Japanese craft books since I first “discovered” them in San Francisco back in ’01, but find them hard to follow in Japanese and looking at pretty images only takes me so far when sewing… Sock and Glove released in Japan a few years ago, but was recently translated into English and released here in America just this month.

Simple Sparrow reviewed this book on her gorgeous blog, make sure you take a moment to read what she has to say about it, she wrote a nice review and has some great photos.

(image by holly becker for decor8)

Arts + Crafts, DIY, Inspiration, Rooms

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love

May 18, 2007

I selected the decor8 book of the week, Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love, based on a personal need. Like you, I have billions of digital images and although I enjoy uploading them to my Flickr account and sharing them with others, I haven’t dedicated the time to actually print them out and do something with them. Relate?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
My husband Thorsten took this photo in the apple orchard behind our home where there’s this tiny patch of green with what seems like thousands of dandelions. Most of us have long admired these delicate white puffs because as children, we’d blow them just to watch the seeds dance in the blue sky and drift off into the horizon. Looks like this one was about to take that same journey. I’d like to turn it into a huge canvas for my dining room wall. What do you think? Where do you go to turn a photo into a large canvas? I’ve seen a ton of places online offering this service, but I’d love to hear from someone that has actually tried one with good results. Anyone?

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
As we mature, and time is no longer spent running through fields amongst flowers, capturing a moment is key because we don’t know when we’ll have the opportunity to repeat the magic. Outside of desktop wallpaper, photos in frames, or the latest craze, photos clipped on DIY lines, I haven’t explored alternate creative ways to display photos as much as I should. So I started to look into this a bit and fell upon Photocraft displayed proudly at Barnes and Noble last week. I grabbed it, scanned every page, and quickly found 1, 2, 3…6 projects that I totally imagined taking on. And they’re amazingly easy, any idiot can do it. Big plus.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You LoveOne of the projects in the book, creating jewel box photo art, is actually demonstrated by Photojojo on their website in a quick and easy video how to. I love this project because you can purchase brand new jewel cases in bulk (my husband swears by eBay as the best source. Search: jewel cases. Or shop Circuit City or Best Buy, but they’ll cost a lot more). You can find cases that are as thick as your typical music CDs, or you can find the slim ones, meant for CDR’s. You don’t have to take apart your music CDs, in fact I don’t suggest it because more likely than not, your cases will have scratches and you want only those that are in perfect shape.

Hop on over to Photojojo and watch how it’s done.

Book of the Week: Photocraft: Cool Things to Do with the Pictures You Love
Now you can take your photos to the next level — off of your computer and onto your walls — in a less traditional, and totally modern, way. For more cool projects from Photocraft, purchase the book here on Amazon for only $13. Photojojo sells lots of neat things that will help you use your photos as art, so browse their website while you’re at it, like their photo block kit shown above.

Have fun!

(images from amazon + photojojo)

DIY, Objects

FLOR DIY: Hopskotch Rug

May 11, 2007

The second I saw this, I knew I had to share it here on decor8 — a fun FLOR project showing us how to create a hopskotch rug. I’d love to see this in a home where the only kids living there are the adults. I mean, seeing this in a kids space or school would be adorable, but somewhat expected, not so much of a conversation piece. But spotting this in an adults only space, in a home office or living room, now that would be completely fun. Not to mention great exercise. Now if only FLOR had a template for Twister… Sign me up!

FLOR DIY: Hopskotch Rug
To create the above, FLOR tells us to follow this handy guide where you’ll need:

1. FLOR Rug Map which includes layout, tile and design guidelines.
2. Number stencils from any craft store, or create your own with this template.
3. Bristol Brush or a Stippling Brush to dry brush paint onto FLOR tiles.
4. One to two 4oz. bottles of Opaque White airbrush paint. (Suggested: Createx brand from Bear Air).
5. Carpet knife for quick and easy trim of the Hop Skotch marquis.
6. Eight FLOR Tiles (they come with FLOR Dots). Toy Poodle was used to create the rug shown above.

Get hoppin’!

(image from flor)

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