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DIY, Inspiration

DesignMyRoom

August 31, 2007

Jesse from Swatchbox Technologies told me about a new site they’ve launched called DesignMyRoom that allows you to decorate a room virtually using either your own photo or one of the rooms in their library. I haven’t tested it yet since I family here for a few days, and then friends coming in from Montreal so I’ve been running around crazy, but if you’re bored at work today perhaps you can test it out and report in on what you think. I’d love to know. :)

DesignMyRoom
It works like this. You first upload a photo of your own room or select an empty room from their website. Then you decorate it by adding paint, flooring, furniture, etc. You can resize, move, and rotate objects as you see fit. Then you can opt to share it with the community at DesignMyRoom for feedback. Beyond that, I’m not really sure what other features this site offers, but I’m interested in testing the waters next week when I’m back at my desk. It looks pretty cool! Thanks Jesse for the headsup!

(image from designmyroom)






Inspiration, Small Business

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

August 29, 2007

More etsy art walls from readers! This is fun! Next up is reader Nike from Rotterdam. “I live in Rotterdam and I’ve been reading your blog for sometime and I enjoy my visit. Thanks for all your effort, it’s really nice to see beautiful things everyday. In one hand, your post are sometime so inspiring, but the other hand, I’m addicted to prints and fabrics nowadays. *thanks ;)* Anyway, I’m sending you some picture of prints that I purchased from Etsy. There are more pics on my website of our apartment if you feel like checking it. (Tour entire apartment here).” -Nike.

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

I love that it’s all on a shelf, you can totally rotate this collection as your preferences change. Perfect!

Etsy Art in Rotterdam

Psst: You HAVE to view the DIY project in her craft folder online, it’s a magnetic wall of Europe. It’s THE BEST.

Great space, Nike!

(images from nike)






Inspiration, Rooms

China Sprout

August 28, 2007

I was just thinking about Chinese design the other day, so the link to China Sprout from reader Kristi came at the perfect time. I want to plan a dinner party around an Asian theme with lots of teal, white, turquoise, pink, and white (vs. the traditional red) and this may be the perfect place to start scouting for decorative finds.

China Sprout
Here are some of the things I would use at my party. And of course, it would be take-out because I’d want to put all the thought into the decorating and it would need to be somewhat of a ‘party in a box’, I could just pull out my Chinese things, set up, order take-out, and call over my friends. And lots of Arizona tea bottles (because they are so pretty), and a few bottles of sake of course. Actually wait a minute. Our friends are coming down from Montreal this weekend…. Hmm. Maybe an outdoor party in my backyard? What do you think? Could I pull this off in only a few days?

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Or I could go with these tin plates from Mottahedeh. So pretty and $45 a set for plates that won’t break sounds good to me.

And of course, a party wouldn’t be a party without a pretty tablecloth. I’d like a patchwork tablecloth in these Amy Butler prints from Purl for the table. (I love Purl.) And of course, flowers spilling out of simple glass jars tied with ribbon in your accent colors. Keep it simple, ya know?

Psst: The Oriental Trading Company is another great one, I’ve been ordering from them since I was 15 years old and they have great stuff, but mostly in bulk… Just search under keyword “chinese” to find things to fit this particular theme.

Thanks Kristi for the China Sprout tip.

(images from china sprout)






Arts + Crafts, Inspiration, Small Business

Fabulous Art Walls from Readers

August 28, 2007

I had a few readers write in today to show me their fabulous art walls (yay!) either DIY projects or affordable art finds on etsy. This one is from reader Elizabeth, “I love your blog and visit it several times a day, so I wanted to send you my own art wall. These are little canvas paintings I did myself. I’m in the process of making several small paintings, bags, aprons, and home goods to start an Etsy shop, but it’s not quite up yet. I thought I’d send you this anyway.” – Elizabeth B.

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And this terrific wall arrived in my inbox from creative reader Kristi, “My absolute favorite art wall in our home is in our daughters’ room. We purchased these peasant paintings in China and had them framed when we came home. Each one is an original, hand-painted piece and depicts the same scene in a different season. I hung them starting with Winter since that’s when my girls were born. Peasant paintings, or folk paintings, are readily available on the web. China Sprout is one good source.” – Kristi T. (Details on room design and additional images here.)

Fabulous Art Walls from Readers
Anyone else care to share? This could be fun!! :)






Inspiration

Feeling Relaxed for Fall @ Living Etc.

August 27, 2007

The feeling over in the Feeling Relaxed for Fall @ Living Etc.Like leaving the newspaper on the coffee table with a cup of tea is expected — immediately cleaning up after yourself isn’t mandatory in these rooms. Casual clutter warms it up a little. And I kind of like that because a room without the fingerprints of those living there is just a showroom and how boring is that. I also notice a lot of linen and purple tones for Fall – lilac, lavender, eggplant.

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(images from living etc)






Inspiration

Rice *New* Winter Collection ’07

August 23, 2007

Blogging about Susanne Schjerning made me think of Rice in Denmark and how excited I am to soon be in on of my favorite shops in Hannover again. I can’t wait to go away next month, this time of year is filled with much excitement and anticipation for me because I love spending the autumn months with my husband’s family and our friends in Germany. It’s all such a special, almost magical time for us.

Rice *New* Winter Collection '07
Germany is so beautiful in the cooler months (ah, Oktoberfest!) and I love watching everything change from green to gold. It’s like one big Robert Frost poem unfolding before our eyes. And when I arrive, since we sublet a 2-room suite, I always head to Esplanade for Rice stuff. I buy inexpensive candle holders, a few pillows, and a vase for fresh flowers. You can’t spend time in Europe without flowers in your room. And for our balcony, I always buy a few pretty plants. I find that I have to do these things to make it feel more personal and cozy. We have some things there in storage that I pull out to, which helps me make a very quick mental transition from our home here to our place there.

Here are some product shots from the Rice winter collection. This is one of those lines where I find myself liking everything and the best part, it’s all so affordable.

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I’m not sure where it’s sold in the states, but if you are interested, perhaps you can contact Rice directly for store location information.

(images from rice)






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