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Amy Butler Design *new* Pillows + Cards

Amy Butler Design just launched a collection of pillows and stationery today that I think you’ll really love if you’re an Amy fan, especially if you are someone who loves her fabric but who doesn’t love to sew. Amy did all the work for you!


I especially like how much attention she put into the design of her pillows using fabric from her Nigella collection because the pillow covers are removable (with zipper), and reversible-front to back design gives you two prints in one pillow so you can change up the look with a simple flip. Plus, the pillow forms are made out of sustainable materials (like bamboo) making them eco-friendly and naturally antibacterial.

(images from amy butler design)

Posted in reality tv, textiles on March 31, 2008
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Design Star *Week 1*

What did you think of the first episode of Design Star last night? Per the request of Becky and Paola, I’ll post a weekly open thread each Monday so those of you who are DS viewers can dish about the show. I struggled through last season, so I’m hoping that season 2 brings a bit more drama and decent design so we can at least have a little fun watching it and maybe learn a few things. I’m also hoping for a little character bonding to happen because if a viewer can relate to at least one finalist, it’s a good show (at least until that finalist gets canned).

I predict a lot more drama this season, a few cat fights coming on, and with the finalists being quite an assorted bunch (two words: Josh Sparkle), I’m thinking we’ll at least have fun watching it until Project Runway kicks off.

A few snippets from the bio of Mr. Sparkles himself: His favorite designer is Versace, if he weren’t a designer he’d be a Solid Gold dancer, and the boy knows how to clog. Pair him up with finalist Christina Ray, who adores the designs of Christopher Lowell, or with Neeraja Lockart who adores Muriel Brandolini, and you just may have the recipe for good reality tv.

(images from HGTV, photographer: Dennis Galante)

Posted in inspiration, reality tv, small business on July 23, 2007

Reader Q: Name That Poodle from Top Design

decor8 reader Jennifer needs our help. She writes, “Last night on Top Design, in Carisa’s room, there was an AWESOME white ceramic poodle on the floor at the foot of the bed. I absolutely have to have it. Do you have any clue as to who makes it or where I can find it? Thanks so much!” -Jennifer


Jennifer – For the first time all season, I missed Top Design last night. I have to leave this in the capable hands of readers to help you out. I pulled the above image off of the Bravo website, but can barely see the poodle. I’m sure it came from the PAC, but with so many showrooms to choose from on their website, it’s hard to narrow it down. Did anyone notice which showroom Carisa shopped last night? Jennifer, have you searched Ruby Lane or eBay? Maybe you can call around to your local antiques dealers to see if they have a life size ceramic poodle?

Can anyone help out Ms. Jennifer?

Posted in reader questions, reality tv on March 29, 2007

Dishing Top Design – Episode #6 Open Thread

Here’s our Top Design open thread for Wednesday, March 14th. Meet you back here after the show, and if you’re too tired to post tonight, we can dish tomorrow… :)

(image from top design)

Posted in reality tv on March 15, 2007

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