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Bluelines: It’s Electric DIY Wallpaper Lanterns

Bluelines fashion editor Katie Hatch posted a fun how-to project It’s Electric: DIY Wallpaper Lanterns that you may want to check out. It’s a fun way to recycle those leftover bits of wallpaper that always remain after an installation.


Since she mentions her inability to confirm how safe they are (she only uses hers for parties while she’s awake), I suggest following only her template instructions on creating the actual lantern and skip the whole light part and hang them without lights to add some character to your space. You can string several around your kitchen or on the patio, for instance. Maybe you can create tiny ones and string them beneath the umbrella of your patio set? Or use twinkle lights (clear bulbs, white cord) and fashion a mini lantern around each one by hand. Okay that’s time consuming, but imagine the cuteness factor…

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(images from bluelines)

Posted in Books + Magazines, lighting on July 25, 2007

Design Within Reach *New* Additions

I was excited to see the St?lzl Plate 160 rug at Design Within Reach today. Originally created on paper at the Bauhaus in the 20s, the work of textile artist Gunta St?lzl is meticulous and so accomplished that her work transcends time and culture, proven in that we can still enjoy this pattern over 80 years later, incorporating it into modern homes today. Talk about enduring appeal!


A few more additions to the DWR collection is this white-lacquered Parallel Shelving designed by Stephen Burks, an Eva Zeisel coffee table (brings 18th-century ornamentation into modern times for sure), fun mirror ball pendants, and the gorgeous lines of the two-seater Neo sofa, which screams slick European city apartment so of course, I love it.


Stay tuned for a budget option on this bookcase, next post!

(images from design within reach)

Posted in flooring, furniture, lighting on July 24, 2007

Visiting Orla Kiely London (+ new pendants)

The second Anh-Minh mentioned her London vacation and that she’d like to contribute a post about Orla Kiely’s flagship store on decor8 (she knows how much I love Orla), I knew I couldn’t resist! And this isn’t your ordinary shop tour, as you’re about to catch a sneak peek of some brand new lighting that hasn’t yet launched, and I’m extremely excited about it because the moment these beauties do hit the streets, I’m posting about them on decor8 and pulling out my charge card (great find, Anh-Minh!).

Visiting Orla Kiely London
By: Anh-Minh Le, decor8 contributor.

Whether you?re browsing or buying, Orla Kiely?s flagship store in London is a real treat for fans of her organic yet modern graphics. The merchandise is gorgeous, but so are the details found throughout the Covent Garden shop.


I couldn?t help but inquire about the pendant lamps on display. The sales associate informed me that they were originally created as store props, but have (understandably) garnered so much interest, that the company has decided to market them. The pricing is still being worked out, but they will soon be available for purchase ? including online (good news for those of us living outside England!).


In case you just can?t wait or are concerned that the price may be a wee bit high: The latest issue of British Elle D?cor includes a DIY Orla Kiely lamp. (Nice coincidence!) The ?Flower Blossom Lawn? wallpaper, which is carried at Anthropologie, adorns the shade of a table lamp.


Back at the Orla Kiely store, the wallpaper is also used to spruce up wood furniture. This is an idea I just might have to steal to spruce up a piece in my own house!


In case you?re lucky enough to be heading to London soon, you can check out the goods for yourself at 31 Monmouth Street.

(images from anh-minh le for decor8)

Posted in guest bloggers, lighting, shopping, travel, walls on July 09, 2007

Norm 03 Gorgeousness

We’ve all spotted the Norm 03 light designed by Britt Kornum before, but usually in contemporary spaces with clean lines and lots of furniture from stores like DWR and BoConcept. Isn’t it refreshing to see the Norm 03 in a cottage home, the abode of our blog of the week, Dutch blogger Yvestown?


It’s always exciting to see homeowners who know how to create healthy tension in a space by mixing something contemporary (and unexpected) into a more cottage, bohemian decor. It’s a fusion that I’m drawn to constantly, one that I’ve admired since I was in my teens, when I first starting purchasing design magazines and books and going back and forth to England. I find that there’s a definite ‘art’ to merging several styles together, vintage and modern, and I’ve decided that our European friends must have this talent hardwired into their genetic blueprint because they effortlessly nail it time and time again.

Psst: Click here to see more gorgeousness inside of the Yvestown home.

(image from yvestown)

Posted in lighting on July 02, 2007

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