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Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

May 10, 2012

Hello everyone! I’m Tina Ramchandani, an interior designer from New York. I recently met Holly at the Blogging Your Way Road Trip, here in New York. It was a great weekend filled with inspiring stories and creative energy. Meeting Holly and her guest teacher Leslie Shewring, of A Creative Mint, was a highlight, as I’ve been reading their blogs for quite some time now. Little did I know I would wake up one rainy New York morning to an email from Holly, asking me to cover the launch of HomeMint for decor8 since she was unable to attend.

Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

HomeMint is a home product line designed and curated by musician and actor Justin Timberlake, and his interior designer and friend, Estee Stanley. Before I jump into the details, I have to tell you that this was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful that Holly thought of me.

Wednesday morning was pouring here in New York, and I was not looking forward to the disgusting commute to work. But when I stepped out of the shower, Holly wrote on my Facebook – “I just sent you an email – please respond as soon as you can!” In my inbox I saw the subject, “Are you free to meet Justin Timberlake for me?” Are you kidding me?! Hell yes! I was going to meet Justin Timberlake! You can try and act super cool, and pretend you won’t be excited by such a thing, but once the moment hits, you are so excited! So thank you Holly for making my day, and week, very memorable!

Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

This was a total VIP event. Justin and Estee had decorated a suite at the Mercer Hotel in HomeMint products. The line is comprised of many accessory items from a variety of sources, all hand picked by the duo. When asked if they every “argue” about what should be included int he line, they said no, they don’t argue. Instead they question each other, and that their design process is always a continuous conversation. The suite was covered with HomeMint rugs, pillows, baskets, throws and blankets as well as tabletop items and ceramic canisters. It wasn’t hard to see their vision as soon as I stepped into the space. Estee and Justin both noted that the collection reflects their personal styles and that their styles are very similar to each other, so it worked out easily.

Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

This is an edited collection, and Justin was quick to point out that as in any other form of art, interior design is never really complete. Up until the very last minute, both Justin and Estee tweak the line, changing and deleting items. One of the most memorable points Justin made was that the design of a room should be constantly changing. Furniture should move, pillows should be switched out, rugs should be replaced. If not, the room does not feel lived in. The pair doesn’t believe in feng shui, instead they feel there is no right or wrong when it comes to design. Justin never tries to “balance” a room as it limits his vision. “Unbalanced looks cool.” Yea it does!

Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

I asked both Justin and Estee to pick out their favorite pieces of the collection. Obviously that’s hard to do as so much time and effort was poured into perfecting the collection, but I pressed them. I really wanted to know! Estee pointed out her favorite pillow, which is her favorite because of the nubby textured fabric which has random streaks of color running through it. Justin was all over the place, and really had a hard time narrowing it down! He mentioned the artwork at first. Two pieces in the art collection are images of New York he shot himself. He spoke about the art for a bit, which are all from artists you won’t normally find work from. The pair wanted affordable artwork available to the general public, which wasn’t “just another map.” Yes folks, I think the map trend is really dying out now! He moved on to the baskets and blankets but finally settled on the rugs. The rugs, are Justin Timberlake’s favorite! FYI, Estee let us know that this, talking in circles, was the difference between men and women. Hilarious! She also said, that these differences are what made the collection really work – having a man and woman work together on a home line. They both agreed that more masculine items are the dinnerware and wooden cutting boards.

The line will change throughout the year, mostly seasonally with a few new items added each month. The goal of the line overall was not to have everything match. Justin and Estee both wanted to push forward timeless, trendless pieces that will “go” with anything that you have, and will not be considered ‘last season’ a month from now. They’ve done a great job.

Justin Timberlake and Designer Estee Stanley Launch HomeMint

When we spoke about how to mix up a room, Justin said he tries not to think of one furniture piece as an absolute. He will take that coffee table and move it to the other room to see if it feels right. Estee described alternate uses for many pieces in the line. A blanket can be used as a table cloth, and napkins can be used as hand towels in a bathroom. Always keep your eyes open and see what you can do differently.

I asked Estee where she looked to for inspiration for this line. It’s her first product line, and it’s a huge task to get started. She used manufacturers she uses when decorating a home, mostly manufacturers that the general public doesn’t know about. She wanted affordable yet unique items in her first collection. Canvas was one of them, which I am very familiar with. Andrew Corrie, the owner of Canvas, was in attendance and it was a pleasure to speak with him a little bit about the line. He worked closely with Estee to develop the table top and dinnerware portion of the line. The baskets are made by Medina and the bedding, towels and linens are made by Matteo. While both Estee and Justin worked closely with these vendors, the items they supply are available exclusively at HomeMint.

It was easy to see the two were comfortable working together. Justin explained their long relationship as having “good shorthand.” Justin described his personal style as simple, while Estee described hers as living in neutral with pops of color. And that, my friends, is what the essence of this collection is. Neutrals, with pops of color. What a great day! – Tina

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Thank you Tina for covering the HomeMint launch for me in NYC! I can’t believe that I missed THE opportunity to meet Mr. Timberlake but I’m thrilled that you were able to go and bask in his loveliness yesterday. :)

So readers, I wonder what your opinion is on celebrities launching home decor lines? I see more and more these days springing up and wonder if you have an opinion on it and also, what do you think of HomeMint?

(images: homemint and hgtv)






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Totally Type A!

May 3, 2012

Now this is totally type A! ByALEX, a British design company based in London, wrote in recently about their A-frame furniture and I found it so cool I had to write up a little post. I appreciate playful design, don’t you? Though I must highlight that this design is all about form and function — not only does the A-frame give the furniture strength but it reflects their passion for typography in a creative, playful way. No doubt type-junkie customers will love it too! Here is the stool AND the lamp…

Totally Type A!

What do you think? To see more products from ByALEX check them out online here.

(image: byalex)






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Kate Spade Featuring Florence Broadhurst

February 15, 2012

Love seeing the teaming up of Kate Spade and Florence Broadhurst for a limited collection of things for the home and to wear that look so fresh for spring. These strong black and white graphic prints caught my eye today, particularly when a bold, punchy orange is thrown in.  This would make for a fabulously retro kitchen scheme for sure! If orange isn’t your thing, you could swap it out for love heart red or a big bad banana yellow or even a fabulous kermit the frog green. And yes, I should totally name paint for a living or nail polish! ha ha!

Kate Spade Featuring Florence Broadhurst

Do you like this pattern or do you wish another Broadhurst pattern had made the cut? And did you see the lining of this coat? It’s gorgeous though severely out of my price range…

(image: kate spade ny)






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Clock Plate Clocks

February 15, 2012

These new clock plates by Young & Battaglia for Mineheart made me smile big today. Tick tock time! I love the tiny ticker best because it looks like my clock from childhood. Well, mine was red with a Hello Kitty face, but still…

Clock Plate Clocks

Clock Plate Clocks

About these little cuties, “The Clock Plate Clocks designed by Young & Battaglia feature images of vintage clocks printed on to glazed porcelain dinner plates. The family consists of 3 different sized plates which are designed to be hung on the wall either individually or as a set to create a unique and quirky wall feature. Each clock is inspired by a different capital city and are appropriately named London, Paris and New York to show different time zones if desired. Made in England with high quality German Quartz movement, these clocks are perfect for an office, dining room or living room.” I can see these being a hit, they’re quirky with character and quite useful, especially to own a few if you are doing business with peeps in other time zones as so many of us are these days. These clocks are currently available online here.

P.S. Have you seen their cowhide mouse pad? Rad!

Are these tickers for you?

(image: mineheart)






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Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

December 14, 2011

With everyone looking for gifts, I thought I’d shout out some pretty things from a few of my advertisers in this post that you may enjoy. Please note, this is not a sponsored or paid-for post (I am not interested in doing posts like that, ever) and none of my advertisers requested that I write about them. It’s just a little shout out to them as a way of saying thanks for their support of decor8 for 2011. Their support allows me to blog daily and connect with all of you so I’m grateful. It was quite a challenge to go through all of the shops though and find things that fit together but I think I did a good job :) and hope that you enjoy seeing a few things that I think would be lovely to give (or receive!).

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For the cozy home, here are some things that are a bit natural and Scandinavian-inspired: 1. Vintage black metal chair from Relique, 2. Greenlandic boy cushion from Story North, 3. Birch tray from Story North, 4. Vitra chair in mauve gray from Story North, 5. Black and white floral cupcake holders from Meri Meri and 6. Accordion book in pewter crosshatch by Rag & Bone.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

Any of the gorgeous photographs from the Eye Poetry shop. Amazing. I see so many that I want for my home!

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For those who like a more traveled vibe: A. Sequin pillow from Aura Home, B. Inka napkins from Aura Home, C. Vintage Moroccan rug from Nazmiyal and D. An adorable dress for the little one from Tea Collection.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For city girls (or boys!): 1. Thomaspaul birdcages pillow from 2Modern (love the front and the stripey back), 2. Paintings by Michael Naples from Daily Paintworks, 3. Set of 4 Byzantine blue dots plate chargers at Burke Decor and 4. Typewriter placemats from Burke Decor.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For those who appreciate the little details: A. Gorgeous jewelry from DeJarnette Nola, B. An inspiring art print by lovely Amy Rice, C. Quack wooden tape dispenser from NoteMaker and D. Kate Spade yellow flat notes from NoteMaker.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For the classy lady or gent: a. Sofa from Carolina Rustica b. Pillows from Designer Fluff, c. jewelry by Lisa Hopkins Design, d. Vintage illustrated guide to birds from Ruby Lane for the coffee table and e. an oil painting (vintage) from Ruby Lane.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All
If crafting and sewing is their favorite hobby, these flirty fabrics from Contemporary Cloth would be a lovely gift!
Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For animal lovers: 1. Art print by Laura Mae, 2. 2012 calendar from ecojot, 3. dog sweaters notebook from ecojot, 4. vintage cat notebook from ecojot and 5. Red robin cards from ecojot.

Cheerful Gift Ideas For All

For those who love to work with special products designed with love, the rubber stamps and lots of paper goods along with a bear pencil holder are all at the fresh and inspiring INK + WIT shop.

You can also look for some unique and sweet presents from these additional decor8 advertisers:

  • Natural Life – Colorful products inspired by nature.
  • 2Modern – Great products for the home or office, free shipping.
  • Ruby Plaza
  • Fabulous Stationery – Cards and other paper goods that you customize.
  • Ruby Violet – the fun new Lilla Rogers Studio collection.
  • Cupcakes Craft – Adorable paper goodies from Korea, Japan, etc.
  • Storkie – Invitations and announcements.
  • Patina Style – A book about materials choices, methods and treatments for obtaining a vintage patina in the home.
  • And finally, an inspirational blog that you may want to share with your friends called Damask & Dentelle.

I’d like to thank all of my current advertisers for supporting decor8!

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West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things

November 30, 2011

I was thinking recently about American interiors retailer West Elm and how much I miss having a store nearby (or even in my country!) where I can go for inspiration and to buy great decorating objects from lighting to furniture and beyond. For those of you who once lived in America and who now live abroad you must be able to relate to sometimes feeling cut off from the mother ship, right!? Shopping in the states is always a huge draw for me when I visit home and I can’t wait until I’m back in NYC this January to hit the stores and indulge again – even if only to window shop!

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things

1. Owl dessert plates, 2. Turned-Leg Dhurrie Ottoman, 3. Marquis Rug, 4. Field Study Rimmed Dessert Plates.

When I’m missing a particular store, as dorky as this sounds, I’ll often visit their website and daydream about the things that I’d love to have but  today I thought I’d take it a step further and pull together a little West Elm wish list to inspire you, make home feel a little less far away for me, and hopefully to highlight some things that those of you living stateside may like to check out for yourself.

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things

5. Deco Sequin Pillow, 6. Long arm chandelier, 7. Taper shade sconce, 8. Chalkboard Candlepot.

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things
9. Porcelain ring dish, 10. Finn pendant, 11. Chevron shower curtain, 12. Turned table lamp.

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things

13. Floating lacquer frames (love! eek!).

West Elm Wish List: 14 Favorite Things
14. Paul Loebach Dining Table.

Though most of these companies (like West Elm) do ship internationally now, it’s not the same experience as walking into an actual shop to touch and experience the product in person, especially for a very tactile person like me but I can’t complain AND that chevron shower curtain IS calling my name, what about you!?

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my 14 faves…

(images: west elm)






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