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Decorating: Better Homes and Gardens

You know how Better Homes and Gardens releases special quarterly Decorating issues? Well I rarely purchase them because they’re a little too traditional and ‘perfect’ for my taste and I can’t deal with matchy-matchy interiors. Okay so yesterday I ended up at Barnes & Noble looking for the March LivingEtc issue and since it wasn’t there I picked up the only new thing I could find that looked new — Decorating from BH&G. Expecting to see the normal taupe, blue, chocolate and striped to death interiors, I took a seat and started flipping through it. You know, in that I’m sooo not interested in this magazine but it’s better than nothing fashion. And surprise! This is the part of the story where I eat my words. A darling small space belonging to an artist decorated solely with flea market finds with lots of gold, pink, and turquoise. Pinch me. It’s in the current Spring ’08 issue in case you’re interested and it’s so perfectly imperfect – a knock-out eclectic mix.


The article is called Breaking Convention (on pages 76-83) and features the colorful space of children’s book illustrator Rosie Winstead photographed by Alise O’Brien. Her Springfield, Missouri home is extremely charming and somewhat small as it’s only 1,100 square-foot space. I tried to find information about Rosie on the web, as the article doesn’t point to a website, but I had little success finding anything personal about Rosie with the exception of the books that she’s illustrated and this bio. I was disappointed to see that the magazine didn’t spotlight the article in their resource guide as I’m dying to know where she found some of her fabric. My guess is that they excluded her home in the guide because so much of it was pulled together using vintage finds so BH&G didn’t have much to go on.

The second I flipped open to this article I thought of Nicole Balch from Making It Lovely because she has a similar color palette in her Chicago home. I can totally see Nicole drooling over this article.

The magazine highlights a smallish living/dining room combo, an office (that was once the dining room) and a lovely bedroom. What I like about it is that Rosie isn’t a professional decorator, she just has that magic touch – she knows what she likes and she has a certain look that she sticks with so whenever she brings something home she’s confident it will fit in. If you notice her work space below, the arrangement of art above her desk is just great and was collected from flea markets and from family members.


These are very rough shots of my issue only meant to whet your appetite. To see them in all their full-sized glory you’ll need to pick up the issue or purchase a subscription online. I think you’ll like most of the homes featured inside and there’s a huge 14 page section devoted to flooring that I find extremely helpful when it comes to selecting the right surface according to room. Another nice home tour is Think Pink on pages 30-41.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

Posted in events + markets, inspiration, vintage on February 15, 2008

Allston Skirt Gallery "Love Fest ’08" {Boston}

Boston-based artist Amy Ross asked me to spread the word about an art show opening tonight at Allston Skirt Gallery in the South End called “Love Fest 08″ and being a fan of her work, I couldn’t refuse! There will be many small love-themed pieces by Amy and several other gallery artists available for $250 and under that will be on display and available through Feb. 14. You can learn more about this event here.

Bird Heart by Amy Ross. Here’s a glimpse of some more of Amy’s work
that will appear in the show.

The opening reception is this evening from 5-8 pm, February 1, at the Allston Skirt Gallery located at 65 Thayer Street (at Harrison Avenue). Thank you Amy for the tip!

(images from amy ross)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on February 01, 2008

BKLYN DESIGNS + Call for Exhibitors

I can’t believe that it’s about that time again – Spring design shows! Yippee! BKLYN DESIGNS 2008 is scheduled to take place on May 9-11, 2008 and they’re looking for exhibitors at BKLYN DESIGNS + which is the cash and carry market for small design accessories. Interested exhibitors should submit an application as soon as possible indicating that they’ll be offering products either made and/or designed in Brooklyn. Click here to learn more…

Posted in events + markets on January 15, 2008

SoWa Holiday Market {This Weekend!}

If you live in the area and do not have plans to attend the SoWa Holiday Market this weekend, well kids I’m here to change your mind. The event promises to be a great one with indie artisians galore, yummy foods, and a festive atmosphere and let me tell you… As winter approaches (we already have snow), I can’t think of anything better to do than to shop indoors for handmade products.

Being a girl who has spent many a winter in Germany, seeing winter-y events pop up in Boston excites me because in Germany, weather doesn’t stop anyone from having a good time – it’s one festival after another. And sure it’s cold and blah blah blah but it’s also a lot of fun to grab a coffee, walk in the snow, and escape the frosty air indoors at a beautiful market like this one. I really enjoy shopping online but for me, there’s nothing quite like a little human contact and wintertime in the northeast can be long and depressing if you don’t get out and meet the locals. So if I haven’t convinced you to attend yet, then you may want to take a look at the vendor profiles here – lots of unique items, most of whom I’ve never heard of, like My Sunset Road, Bumble Belly Designs, Swirly Designs, Happy Art Studio, Minka Jewelry, Sew Cuties, and Curly Girl Design who plans to open a local storefront in Belmont on December 15th called Marmalade. We need more stores in Boston, so congrats Curly Girl Design.

Motley Home will have a booth too! I hope they
bring along some of their Jonathan Adler pottery, it’s hard to
find in Boston and they have the largest collection.

The SoWa market kicks off on Saturday morning and runs all day from 10-8 and again on Sunday from 10-6. And if you can’t make Saturday but want to join the fun on Sunday, then you’re in for a treat because the Bazaar Bizarre will be in town on Sunday (another awesome event) and it’s within walking distance of the market so you can hit them both. I’m excited they are both happening on the same weekend, more goods to look at, more indie artists to support, more more more! And since I support the independent arts, decor8 is also a sponsor! Yeah!

Sowa Holiday Market
12/8, 10-8
12/9, 10-6
Cathedral High School Gym, 74 Union Park Street (South End), Boston. Rain or shine. $5 admission. Free Parking at 500 and 540 Harrison Ave. Directions here.

Have fun!

(image from sowa holiday market)

Posted in events + markets, shopping, travel on December 06, 2007

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