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Bemz {*New Lifestyles*}

Time for a little Bemz-spiration.I’ve talked about Bemz a few times here, they carry slipcovers that fit IKEA sofas and chairs so that you can customize your IKEA finds turning them into something more personalized. They just launched a section on their site called “Lifestyles” where you can view different collections of Bemz’ fabrics in real homes. Seeing some of their fabrics living in a real environment is really helpful. Currently there are 6 Bemz Lifestyles and more will follow later this year.

This is my favorite of all the rooms. I’d have a little more in this space (a rug, a few chairs, etc.), but I really the cool colors and the mixing of florals with stripes in a way that looks very stylish, like a fashion designer would live here.


I found their break down of the various styles they’re trying to mimic helpful since we often try to define our look to friends and don’t know what to call it, there are so many styles and definitions floating around. As I look at these definitions along with the Bemz images I realize that they are based purely from a Scandinavian perspective, as they’re Stockholm-based and this is their own take on these looks. In other words, I don’t think Country Romance or Downtown really looks like the typical country or downtown style that we’d see here in America.

Fun exercise: As you read through their definitions below, examine the images shown as examples and consider how each style would be interpreted in your part of the world.


1. Bohemian Chic - Aimed at people who love combining old and new to add unexpected contrasts to their home. This Lifestyle employs a palette of dark, intimate colors, with elements of brown, mauve, black and pink.


2. Country Romance - Is Bemz’s modern interpretation of a delightful past: elegant and graceful, romantic and playful, while not coming across as cute. Shades of white anchor this Lifestyle, thoughtfully blended with pale pastels, gentle florals and muted checks.

3. Downtown – This look pays tribute to city slickers, people who are energized by the skyscrapers and pulse of a big city. Downtown draws from an urban palette of black, grey and white, combined with discrete patterns and bright accent colors.

4. Nordic Home - Embodies a clean, simple and harmonious backdrop for the changing seasons that can be highlighted with materials such as cushions and curtains. This 5. Lifestyle features some of Bemz’ distinctive Scandinavian patterns.

5. Playground - For those homes where the walls are white and it’s the furniture and art projects that add color. Red, green, orange, blue and black are combined with strong graphic patterns and bold horizontal and vertical stripes.


6. Swedish Grace - Features clean lines, natural shapes and understated tones, inspired by a legacy of classic 50s Scandinavian design.

How would you define your style?

(images from bemz)

Posted in diy, furniture, inspiration, textiles on April 04, 2008

Rapture and Wright {fabric + wallpaper}

I’m always looking for new fabric and wallpaper so the second I came across this photo in the March issue of Livingetc magazine, I had to learn more about the headboard. The fabric is called Birds and Butterflies and is hand printed by Rapture and Wright, a company based in the UK that I’d not heard of before.


The headboard itself is custom made by The Dormy House, but I can’t stop thinking about how easy it would be to DIY this idea with plywood (or an old door), cotton batting, your favorite fabric, a staple gun, and some mounting hardware for the wall (easy video here on You Tube). It’s also amazing to me just how great this particular print looks in person as I don’t think I would have given it a second glance if only seen on their website. Livingetc really grabbed my attention with birds and butterflies – I love the serene neutral space with a pop of black and yellow. Heaven!

(most images from Rapture and Rright, photograph taken of the March 08 issue of Livingetc by Holly Becker for decor8. Photographer: Penny Wincer. Room styled by Melanie Molesworth.)

Posted in diy, textiles, walls on March 10, 2008

Whimsy Press (eco gift wrap)

Gift wrap has a wide range of uses that goes far beyond gift giving. You can use it to create tags and labels for canisters and storage boxes (use a craft punch and affix it to card stock so it doesn’t curl), line your drawers, incorporate into your art work, decoupage a pencil holder, flower pot, even wood furniture, frame your favorite pieces as art, lay your favorite pattern beneath a sheet of glass on your desk (alternate it each month with a new print), ideas for it really are endless! Have you shopped Whimsy Press lately for gift wrap? Need motivation? Cupcakes and bird motifs!


They’ve just added some new prints that I spotted on HWTM, their gift wrap sheets are FSC certified paper and contain 30% post consumer fiber so they’re pretty and eco-friendly. Whimsy Press has added new products in addition to their extensive (and beautiful) collection of wrapping paper to include wall art, placemats, stickers, and much more.

Need some visual inspiration? Use wrapping paper to whip up this project from Martha Stewart, it’s one of my favorites on her site.

(images from whimsy press)

Posted in diy on March 04, 2008

Furniture Spruce Up by Turquoise LA

Photos and Text by: Vanessa De Vargas, Turquoise LA Interior Design and Showroom.

I thought it would be fun to show off some of my before and afters to all of you here on decor8. Most of these pieces have been completely redone with new lacquer and new upholstery. Most of my inspiration comes from viewing old 1950 and 1960’s Better Homes and Gardens Books and Magazines to see how best I can replicate it from that era.


The 1930’s side chairs upholstered (above) in red have actually been redone “green”. The chairs are painted with NO VOC paint, and the batting is 100% certified organic cotton, which means no chemicals were used in treating the cotton. The stuffing or foam, is actually recycled denim mostly used for insulation of homes. The upholstery is from the 1960’s which is recycled.

Most of the inventory for my store is painted in black or white, but I have painted items in kelly green or Chinese red, it all depends on what I feel would look the best for the item and what would appeal to my customers.


I also offer a lacquer service from my store, so if clients bring in a piece I can custom lacquer it to any color from a fan deck and customize it to their liking. My lacquering service runs between $150-$250 for chairs depending on labor. If you are interested in having a piece redone and would like a quote, please send in pictures with the measurements to turquoise.la AT gmail.com

(images from turquoise la)

Posted in diy, furniture, shopping, travel on March 04, 2008

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Further editions available: Decorate published by Murdoch Books for AU/NZ, Decorar BR, Alt om indretning DK, Inspirace pro váš byt CZ, Dekorácie SK, La décoration FR, Lust auf Wohnen DE, Sisusta tyylillä FI and Sztuka aranżacji wnętrz PL.

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