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Nebo Peklo: Prints + Home

I found some lovely home photos on flickr from Natalie Tweedie, aka Nebo Peklo, an artist/illustrator living in Glasgow, Scotland/UK. “My love of drawing flowers was born from studying printed textiles,” Natalie says. “If I was asked to describe my work and style I would say it was organic, linear, detailed, intricate, an abstract version of traditional flower and botanical studies with a contemporary use of line.” Most of us know about Natalie’s watercolor and gocco prints, but after spotting them “living” in her own home, I had to ask if I could show some on decor8. Her home sweet home has a lot of breathing space, and that’s quite refreshing as it’s a switch for me to see rooms that aren’t packed with color, pattern, and piled high with tschotskies for a change. Although in the right doses, accessories and lots of color can be wonderful adds, rooms can be equally pleasing if one decides to keep it simple. Some feel more creative in a minimalist space. Didn’t Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe once say, “Less is more”? Here are some thoughts from Natalie, along with some images of her favorite pieces of art, including her very own prints.

“We recently decorated the living room and I picked the wallpaper to mirror the view of the trees from the window. The teak sideboard was found in a charity shop and I?ve had the original 60?s rocket lamp for nearly 16 years and it?s still going strong! Soon I hope to purchase hanging ?glow bowls? by artist Diana Fayt.” -Natalie Tweedie

“My boyfriend and I bought our first flat last August and one of the main things that I love about my living room is the light from the windows and the view of the massive ash trees over the river. Having lived here nearly a year now I have seen the seasons change through the trees.” -Natalie Tweedie

“On a recent trip to San Francisco I picked up the ?beauty? letterpress print by Hammerpress. It sits beside a small vase by Karin Eriksson whose work I love.” -Natalie Tweedie

“I have a mini teak bureau that sits in my hallway and I like to use this to display some of the art I have. I have a ceramic log sculpture by Christine Buckton Tillman, a ?twins? collage artpiece by Dawbis, a Port2Port Press letterpressed calendar alongside some of my own artwork.” -Natalie Tweedie

“My bedroom is very plain, which I really like; I don?t like too much clutter or decoration in my bedroom. I made the duvet cover from original ?still in the box? linen set from the 50?s which my mum found in a charity shop. I love the bright fresh yellow of the bed linen and this love of yellow can be found in my recent artwork. I have Tord Boontje garland lampshades in both my bedrooms in copper and gold.” -Natalie Tweedie

“This is one of my new gocco screenprints created with my ink line drawings of poppies layered in blues, teal and yellow ochre. This is available online at my shop and is a limited edition of 49. More details here.” -Natalie Tweedie

I love seeing work displayed in the home of the artist, so thank you Natalie for this glimpse into your home, and to enjoy your pretty prints! I also love that Natalie allows herself to build her space over time. I think this organic design process is really the key to having a home that truly reflects who you are as a person. Allow each room to grow as your own life unfolds, as you grow as a person, or couple. You don’t have to order everything all at once and rush the process, stressing over it, making your hunt for a chair an obsessive, life or death, issue. Allow for some breathing space while you develop your ideas. What you like today may not be worth the investment, because tomorrow, you may be onto something else. Whenever I’m about to jump in and make a big purchase, I bookmark the item and allow it to sit on my desktop for a month. I frequently look at it, print it out, carry it with me, and “live” with it for a month before deciding on whether or not I will purchase it. Maybe you can give yourself this option sometimes, too. If pulling together your home is a stressful event for you, you’re taking it too seriously and you may want to pull back and do something unrelated for awhile because your home will reflect whatever energy you are bringing into it. Sounds silly, but it’s so true. You attach memories with each purchase. Let those memories be sweet.

Thank you Natalie for showing us your prints and the corners of your home. She appears to be a lady that prefers quality over quantity, a good lesson for us all. I read somewhere that you should think of decorating your home, not as a decorator, but as a curator. I can’t recall who said that, but I absolutely love the thought.

(images from nebo peklo)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Home Tours, walls on June 25, 2007

AB Chao’s Hip Lousiana Abode

I want to give a little shout out today to the wonderful Anh-Minh and her informative blog. When I think of those that are supportive, generous, and kind, Anh-Minh always comes to mind because she consistently uses her talent as a writer to spotlight great people on her blog, over at Apartment Therapy, and in the various print publications she writes for. She recently blogged a home tour on AT:SF that I completely missed, so in case you did to, you have to check it out.


The home is of AB Chao’s very hip pad in Louisiana, which is a little bit Southern charm mixed in with… umm… (I’m going to take a stab at this one) urban apartment (in perhaps London), with a dash of midwest modern, and lots of DIY and flea market finds, and oh yeah, tons of style and gorgeous art. Yeah, I know… What a melting pot of gorgeousness. And best part, it totally works! I love how effortless everything appears. Some really have this fantastic ability to pull a look together, merging furniture and accessories from many different periods and cultures, and viola! the spell is cast with interior perfection as the result. I think we *all* want that magic wand.


AB Chao also has beautiful images on flickr and is a fellow blogger, too. (Just in case you miss that when reading the AT post.) I’m so happy to find her via Anh-Minh, and I’m sure you’ll love her, too. The girl’s got style!

(images from AB Chao)

Posted in guest bloggers, Home Tours, inspiration on June 19, 2007

Apartment Peeking!


Would you like to peek in today on a really cute apartment? Of course you do! Check out the fresh pad of Nicole from Pink Loves Brown by clicking here. Lots of pretty colors and so much inspiration. Make sure you read all of her notes, that’s the best part!

(images from pink loves brown)

Posted in blogs, Home Tours, inspiration on January 02, 2007

decor8 Reader Spaces: Victoria’s San Francisco Treat

Since decor8 launched Reader Spaces a few short weeks ago, you’ve already toured Geninne’s Mexican Retreat, Danielle’s Serene in the City apartment in the Netherlands, Archana’s Colorful Home in India, Jonathan’s Retro Flashback, and Rachel’s Happy Home in Louisiana. You’ve also helped a few readers, like Courtney and Heather, who both needed design advice for thier kitchens and looked to decor8 readers for help. So far, this new feature is going well so as long as readers keep sending in questions and home tours, we’ll keep it up!


Next on our list of home tours, Victoria Smith shares with us her utterly charming art-filled one bedroom rental apartment (with terrace!) in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. Filled with cleverly arranged objects and lovely art, she adores “eclectic-modernism – kind of Bohemian Modern. Flea market finds mixed with contemporary pieces. Lots of white with colored pillows, accessories that I can change out to a different color when I get bored.” Victoria’s favorite designers include older, modernist designers like Eames, McCobb along with Todd Oldham, Angela Adams, and Jonathan Adler.

Finding treasures at places like West Elm, CB2, Amy Butler, Anthropologie home, eBay, and Craigslist, along with her many travel adventures, she’s pulled together a beautiful space that will certainly inspire and perhaps give you a fresh perspective, along with lots of ideas for experimenting in your own space.

Some of Victoria’s favorite features in her apartment, “The light especially. The bay window, definitely the working fireplace, and the terrace. The stained glass windows in the bedroom are pretty cool, too. Oh, and the extra large bathtub.” She also adds, “My neighbors are amazing – we call our building ‘buchanan manor’ and everyone looks out for each other.”

Interesting fact: Herb Caen, the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning San Francisco newspaper columnist, lived in her apartment at one time.

If you’d like to see the grand tour of Victoria’s space, featuring 69 full size photos, click here. Warning: Gorgeous drool-inducing shots. May inspire you to stop everything you’re doing and redecorate your home.

Living Room (sofa from IKEA)
A long hallway leads into the space, it was a blank canvas just waiting to be transformed into her own little gallery. The hallway opens into her living room area where there is a fireplace and a sitting area near bay windows.


Kitchen – Some of her kitchenwares – knife and pot racks from Ikea, her galvanized metal magazine rack for holding cooking magazines and her favorite Anthropologie apron. Great paint color on the walls, don’t you think?

Dining Room – A San Francisco view from her dining room.
Mies Van Der Rohe chairs.
Terrace off of Dining Room by night. Twinkle lights and Morrocan style
cushions on rattan flooring.
Bath – Herb Caen washed here! Notice that extra deep
tub, gorgeous sink and fabulous tile floor. Drool.
Bedroom with ‘Church Bed’ complete with gothic stained glass windows.
More great collections. These are Victoria’s favorite cameras along side her Peggy Guggenheim kaladiscope glasses, purchased in Venice at her museum on the Grand Canal (it used to be her home).


Wasn’t that a lovely tour? Thank you Victoria for welcoming us into your amazing space!

If you have a design question or if you’d like your home to be featured on decor8 reader spaces, please email decor8blog[at]yahoo[dot]com

(images from victoria smith)

Posted in Home Tours, shopping, travel on September 11, 2006

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