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The Emperor’s New Lamp {diy}

This is fantastic, I’m thrilled that decor8 reader Linnea in Sweden shared this with us! Recall The Emperor’s New Lamp that I blogged about earlier? Linnea loved the design so much that she recently took a little DIY action to an old lampshade to recreate the light Linnea-style. This is such a cool idea.


She’s since painted the frame black (vs. pink) but you get the idea. Just strip the shade off of an old lampshade that has a groovy shape and viola! you have a very sweet new light source. Here are a few additional shots of Linnea’s space, it’s so pretty and designed on a budget.

“String shelf with some eye candy. Middle row: promo photo from Phocus, mug from Siv Andr?ason Malm?, small artwork by Angie Lewin and vintage cup from Gefle. Bottom row: Stig Lindberg ceramic bowl and a retro radio from Rusta.”

“The small “library” part of the bedroom. All second hand. Lamp 50 SEK. Armchair 650 SEK. Green mat 25 SEK. Bookcase 145 SEK. The wallpaper is from swedish Decor Maison. I love this corner.”

(images and text in quotes from hemma hos linnea)

Posted in DIY, Inspiration, Objects on October 31, 2007

Stop! Banner Time

Maybe it’s the season or just a German thing, but I’ve been spotting a lot of garlands over here lately and I don’t know about you, but I love me some garland. Banners aren’t all about popcorn and pinecones!


There’s something exciting about a hand-crafted string of pretty things displayed somewhere in the home, it creates a festive mood. Whether displayed across a mantle, over a window, around a tabletop, they bring personality in, especially if you like to decorate according to a season or reason, or for a kid’s party or a theme party (hey, theme parties in all their tacky displays can be fun!). Here’s a few that I found on etsy and elsewhere, and remember, with some string and a little imagination, you can string up a pretty fantastic piece yourself – so you can either buy or DIY.

These were crafted by French etsy seller So*Sage (oh those French!).
A white felted banner from Chet and Dot is spooky but sweet.
A colorful fabric banner made from vintage linens by Jump Up And Down.
Nice has some crazy cute banners with pom-poms and such.
This girly floral banner from The Drawing Room is sweet too.
A simple search on the Martha Stewart craft website yields
many results sending you into garland heaven.
Small Stump has a few great ones, too. Faux bois fabulousness!

Psst: Fond of maps? Learn how to create a garland using them via Hallmark magazine right here.

Looking for inspiration? Visit the Paper Crafts group on Flickr. Garlands also fit in great in Jeu de Paume inspired homes, too. :)

(top image from living etc.)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, DIY on October 18, 2007

Mel Lim Wall Decals {new}

If you know Joy by Mel Lim stationery, and how could you not since she’s popping up everywhere, then you’ll love knowing that she has her hands in the wall decal biz now designing for Blik.

Oh yes, it’s true. So you can adorn your walls with her lush designs of happy, pretty, swirly things. Great for adults and kids, and since each element is a separate sticker, you can arrange them however you’d like. Big plus. More information here.

(images from mel lim)

Posted in DIY on October 11, 2007

Make Up The Wall

Maria Kirk Mikkelsen is the 34-year-old textile designer behind Make Up The Wall based in Copenhagen. Maria lives to create. In fact, she says that she has no real hobbies because her satisfaction comes from her work — she doesn’t need anything else.

In addition to creating, she teaches textile design and the design process at The Scandinavian Design College. I found out about her aluminum wall stencils and had to share them with you because I think they’re so clever – you can use them to trace designs on your wall in any pattern you’d like using markers or crayons, then you can either fill in the designs with paint or nothing at all.

For the locals: Make Up The Wall is available at Raumformplan located at Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 27 in Hannover.

If you’d like to learn more about Maria, visit her website here.

(images from make up the wall)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, DIY on September 28, 2007

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