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Martha Stewart *New* Crafts

Woo-hoo! The much anticipated Martha Stewart: Crafts collection is now at Michaels and on the new Martha Stewart: Crafts website where you can shop online 24/7.

You see, I have this thing for Martha and her perfection. I’m so charmed by it all. To live the lifestyle she offers the modern haus frau is exciting, and if I can buy into it by crafting paper monkeys and sticking some minty green labels on a glass jar, writing “flour” and “sugar” in the best cursive I can, then I’ll take it, sold!

Speaking of labels, I’m a huge fan of all the food packaging goodies she carries now, especially the project tips, like this one. There’s even gorgeous ribbon and wrapping paper to buy, along with gift wrapping tips. Oh Martha, you are too perfect. I’m thrilled to see this line, it looks flat out addicting.

Get crafty, have fun, create!

(images from martha stewart:crafts)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, diy, inspiration on May 02, 2007

decor8 Reader Kitchen Transformation

This is what I live for. At least from a career perspective. I seldom post entire letters from readers, but this one from Niki C. absolutely made my day. I have to share it with you.


“Hi Holly! I’ve been reading your website for over a year now – check it every day and have turned countless friends to your site as well. I am a hurricane Katrina survivor and moved up to Pennsylvania after the storm – no flood zone – my husband and I bought our first home this past September. Your daily postings served as inspiration for me to decorate and design the way I like — but not the bland suburban way that would guarantee a resale value (all that beige and stone color, blech!). The first room we renovated was the tiny bathroom; we went with bright yellow and loved it so much that it gave us the confidence to take on the kitchen with boldness too.

before and after


Since your aesthetic and daily musings served for such a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to be bold – I wanted to share with you the photos from my kitchen renovation. The lights aren’t worked out yet and there are still little things that aren’t finished, but I just felt like sharing it with you because you were a part of it to me. :) Thank you for decor8 and your vision.” :) -Niki

before and after


Thank you so much Niki, very impressive work that I’m sure everyone reading here today will enjoy. We all know how hard a DIY renovation can be, especially a kitchen, so we applaud your amazing transformation. That candy apple kitchen is gorgeous, I would cook in there day and night! Readers, you can view all of her before and after photos here on flickr. Thank you for sharing it with us.

For all the other design/creative bloggers out there that have long time lurkers (like Niki) reading YOUR blog, remember this: You may have no clue how your words are helping others to make positive changes. So stay with it. Keep sharing your voice. There’s room for all of us.

(images from niki crosby)

Posted in diy, inspiration, kitchen on April 30, 2007

Artsy Walls: Rate This Room!

decor8 reader Jet G. sent in a pic of his newly designed bedroom, with a very fresh, simple approach to displaying the things he loves. This wall is a great example of a clean, well-edited space – and that art doesn’t always need to be displayed on the wall – it can extend down to a shelf, leaned against the wall as this picture shows. And don’t you love the little starfish and the white orb lamp?


The grouping of objects is serene and uncomplicated, and the touch of the ocean is just great! Jet said that you can actually Rate His Room over on HGTV.com, so if you’d be so kind to cast your vote, click here. And Jet… That bedroom of yours is so chic as is, but when I looked down and spotted that very unexpected Zebra rug — All I can say is bonus points to you for going there because most wouldn’t dare. Mega gold stars for you!


Thanks for writing in, Jet!

(images from jet guer)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, bedroom, diy on April 18, 2007

InStyle Home Spring 2007

The Spring 2007 issue of InStyle Home just hit newsstands and it really delivers with stunning home tours, trend reports, and even a DIY section on how to use wallpaper in far less traditional ways – on headboards, screens, as wall art, etc.

The cover shows American actress Alicia Silverstone, 30, who really surprised me with her eco-conscious home and lifestyle (she is a vegan and actively involved in animal rights). It’s rare to see a young actress, and her musician husband, so tuned in to the environment. From her Mod Green Pod butterfly pillows, to energy-saving appliances, roof with solar panels, her obsessive need to unplug everything, and their recycled bowling alley floor turned tabletop, their home tour is quite impressive. I purchased the issue just to see that. But there’s more…

One of my favorite decorating articles, Off the Wall, was especially helpful because it not only gives you alternative ways to use wallpaper in your home, but a complete how to section so you can DIY what they show. I love the DIY headboad (below), made from foam-core panels cut to size and wallpaper. Swanky! A few online resources highlighted for wallpaper that I found blogworthy: Rare Chic and a very funny name (and store) called Naked and Angry.


Additional highlights from their Spring issue: All of the Zebra rugs, Chinese ceramic stools, a peacock trend alert (looks like they’re back again in ’07!), and tons of yellow. Of course, we’ve covered these trends here on decor8, but seeing their take was interesting to check out.

(images from instyle, mod green pod, naked and angry, and rare chic)

Posted in bedroom, diy, trends, walls on April 17, 2007

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